Michelle believes that one of her most important roles as a provider is to serve as a patient advocate. She does this through transparent communication and by providing appropriate education for patients and their family members/significant others regarding their disease or illness as well as the treatment needed to optimize their health and quality of life.
When not working, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and three boxers. She is an avid snowboarder, outdoorsman and also enjoys oil painting.
Qualifications and experience
- Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Surgery - Trauma and Acute Care
Colorado State University (2009)
Colorado State University (2010)
South College (2015)
- Clinical interest for patients
Michelle enjoys trauma and general surgery because it allows her to work on wide variety of cases and procedures. “I like forming relationships with a patient, making a plan of care with them, and following them over time. I love having an active role in affecting a positive change. It’s very rewarding to see the result when you successfully treat a patient.”
In particular she enjoys the challenges presented in trauma and general surgery, “I typically have a short period of time to cultivate trust with patients since I am usually meeting them for the first time in an emergency situation and during one of their scariest movements in life. There is nothing more rewarding than helping care for and supporting a patient and their family during this time.”
Michelle’s clinical areas of interest are trauma and acute care, general surgery, critical care medicine, and oncology, specifically she has been very involved in the breast cancer community and trained under one of Tennessee’s top breast cancer surgeons.