Hello! My name is Michelle, and I grew up in sunny California for most of my life. I lived in San Diego where I attended UC San Diego for undergrad and soon after moved to Chicago (brr, truly a Windy City!) to pursue my master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Northwestern University. I was fortunate with opportunities to learn and refine my clinical skills at a Developmental Diagnostic Program for autism working alongside fabulous mentors, as well as in outpatient medical settings, public schools, and private clinics. Some of my passion areas include AAC, autism, early language development, parent coaching, and phonology. Working as a speech-language pathologist brings me so much happiness as I get to functionally help children meet their unique communication needs while creating meaningful relationships with their support system. I absolutely love working with children as they energize me and keep me young and curious! This profession challenges, intrigues, and pushes me every day to further my knowledge so that our precious children receive the best evidence-based care from people that care. Learning truly never stops! Outside of BBPS, I love sunbathing, hiking, surfing, catching sunsets, and cooking.