Michelle graduated from the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks, ND, as a physician assistant-certified (PA-C). She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois, and her Associate’s Degree in Nursing and Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate from Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois. 

Certificates & Achievements

  • Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Special Recognition (Gold Seal) NCCPA Boards
  • National Board for Certified Diabetes Educators
  • American Nurses Association Med-Surg Certification

Background & Experience

Physician Assistant • August 2000 - July 2021

For more than 20 years, Michelle has served as a physician assistant at nearly a dozen different establishments that included hospitals, civic and youth centers, and private practices. Her specialty focuses have included diabetes, geriatrics, and women’s health.

Private Practice • January 1993 - November 2006

Michelle practiced solo in a busy rural health clinic where she was also responsible for initiating policies and procedures, upholding OSHA standards, and preparing the clinic for state and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH) certifications. In 1998, her practice converted into a regular internal medicine practice that focused on diabetes, geriatrics, and women’s health.

Clinical Care Coordinator, May 1991 - December 1992

Assisted physicians on rounds, reviewed charts with physicians, coordinated treatment plans with ancillary departments, liaison for physicians/ nurses, physicians/ patients, and physician/ administration; responsible for staff discipline and education; responsible for quality assurance on the unit.

Supervisor/Emergency Room Supervisor, 1984 - 1989

Responsible for employee staffing, evaluations, and supervision on medical-surgical and emergency departments, departmental quality assurance, and general operations of both units.

Inservice Coordinator

Responsible for whole house in servicing of new employees and monthly in servicing of nursing personnel, departmental quality assurance, sponsored several external seminars, developed bedside charting and instituted the program, developed new Kardexes and various requisitions that are still in use, assisted with the opening of Crossroads Community Hospital.

On a personal note:

“I feel like my talent for taking care of people is a gift from God. What I do with that talent is my gift back to Him.”

Michelle loves her job as a primary care provider and loves being a Nana to her grandkids. She can plan a dinner party in less than 30 minutes. One of her greatest loves is the ministry that she has at her home, called Way of the Cross Ranch Ministries. Here, she works with at-risk youth and adults and teaches them about Jesus using her horses. Way of the Cross Ranch Ministries is in its 11th year of operation and has assisted hundreds of people.

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