Michelle’s first career after graduating from Penn State was in Advertising in Los Angeles, where a close friend introduced her to Louise Hay’s, You Can Heal Your Life, which sparked Michelle’s spiritual journey. Despite being fascinated by advertising’s influence of people’s thoughts, Michelle sought more meaning in her work. After a few years in LA, Michelle backpacked through Europe, and upon returning to her home state of New York, moved to Massachusetts, obtained her MA in Counseling Psychology and joined the state’s Department of Children & Families as a Social Worker.
During graduate school, Michelle received Reiki during massages to manage stress, and these transformative treatments led her to receive Level I and II attunements. She joined a community of practitioners for monthly clinics, led by friend and spiritual mentor, Eliza Johnson, and in whose memory Synergy’s energy work offerings will encourage healing.
Michelle later joined Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, where for 19 years she managed multiple programs that provided services to families involved with DCF. She was a Senior Manager, developed their customer service initiative, led legislative advocacy efforts, and planned agency wide wellness events. Her passion for keeping family and young people’s voices at the table, focusing on strengths, and emphasizing mindfulness in a high stress work environment were priorities until her departure in April 2018 to focus on opening Synergy.
Michelle’s desire to provide holistic services to personal and professional caregivers is an extension of her personal and professional life. Michelle is a wife to her loving husband, mom to her much adored grade school son, and daughter to her aging mother who recently moved to Massachusetts. Michelle loves to cook, garden, kayak, and she lives with her family and two cats in Westborough. She is grateful for the generosity and kindness of many family and friends who have helped fulfill her dream of opening a center for well being.