Michelle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience in human resources, management, and workplace dynamics. She excels at combining her collaborative people skills with her experience analyzing data and metrics to enhance and improve individual and group performance across all levels of our organization.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Applied Psychology from the University of California – Santa Barbara and her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She has received specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and holds a certificate in Human Resources Management from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
Michelle has worked with Evolve since we first opened our doors. She’s now our CEO, but she’s also been our Chief Operating Officer, Director of Operations, Discharge Coordinator, Program Director, and therapist. She began as an associate intern and worked her way to her current leadership position through a commitment to the Evolve vision and a passion for helping adolescents meet and exceed their goals for treatment and recovery.
When she’s not hard at work at Evolve, Michelle loves spending quality time with family and friends. She enjoys playing board games, spending weekends in her hometown of Santa Barbara, and traveling abroad – especially to Italy, where she spent a college year abroad and returns whenever possible.