Michelle grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia and received a BS and MS degree in Dental Hygiene from Old Dominion University. She has been an educator since 1995, and has taught at Old Dominion University, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and most recently at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Michelle enjoys doing research and the challenge of working with students. Michelle has served as President of the Minnesota Dental Hygienists' Association. She spends her free time working out, outdoors, especially on the water, traveling, and being with her dog, Simone.