Michelle is an Advanced Practice Nurse-Clinical Nurse Specialist with the Consultation-Liaison Program at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Department of Psychiatry. She consults to the Neuroinflammatory Team, the Multi-organ Transplant Team and provides consultation to medical and surgical teams caring for patients with complex behavior, Autism Spectrum Disorder or Developmental Disabilities. She is cross appointed as an Adjunct Lecturer with the University of Toronto, Lawrence S. Bloomberg School of Nursing and is curtly the Co-Chair of the Advanced Practice Nurse Council at SickKids.
Michelle graduated with her Master of Nursing Degree from the University of Toronto and two Bachelor’s Degrees, one in Nursing and the other in Health Science, with Honours from the University of Western Ontario. She also hold a certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Before joining the team at SickKids, Michelle worked at Toronto East General Hospital in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Some of her earlier work includes: Director of Integration/Accessibility Service; Applied Behavioural Analysis Therapist and behavioural consultant in the community; RN at Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehab in both the Acquired Brain Injury Program and in the Psychopharmacology program; RN at Mount Sinai Hospital in Labour and Delivery.
Michelle has dedicated much of her early career to children with disabilities/mental health issues with a particular interest in autism. Michelle has co-created a program at SickKids called “Planning my Trip to the Hospital” to help kids with Autism, developmental disabilities, behavioural issues or mental illness cope better with hospitalizations and treatment. She also dedicates time to education as well as crisis prevention work, restraint minimization and patient/staff safety.