Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Michelle received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, and Master of Science in Nursing, from University of Texas Medical Branch- Galveston. Michelle spent more than 18 years in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). During that time, she worked as a transport nurse transporting sick and premature infants from outlying areas back to Dallas by ground and air transportation. She also worked as a charge nurse, patient safety expert and surveyor, central line specialist, magnet hospital champion, and finally as a nurse practitioner. While working as a nurse practitioner in the NICU, Michelle served on safety committees, Golden Hour committees (the first hour of a newborn’s life), delayed cord clamping committees, and evidence- based practice committees while serving as the NNP Liaison for Baylor University McKinney hospital.
When Michelle was working a 24- hour shift in small, slower hospitals, she spent her days studying functional and integrative medicine. She also worked as a program coordinator for a very large functional medicine program in the DFW area. Today, Michelle has received more than 2000 hours of continuing education in the area of functional, integrative, and traditional medicine, including blood lab analysis, stool studies, nutrition studies, hair studies, methylation pathway defects, autoimmune diseases, allergies and sensitivities, sensory disorders, autism, developmental delay, chronic diseases, hormone imbalance, and many others. Michelle has extensive training in working with infants with tongue and lip tie, feeding disorders, prematurity, syndromes and congenital defects, multiples, eczema, feeding intolerance, food allergies and sensitivities, and moms with low or micro supply.
Michelle’s passion for helping children obtain the best health possible stems from her own unhealthy childhood and early adulthood that she overcame with traditional and functional medicine. 93% of children raised with the help of Michelle’s education and guidance reach the age of two without the use of antibiotics or other medications. Because of her own childhood, Michelle strives to help others raise healthy children, so that they do not have to experience the terrible loop of poor health, frequent illness, repeat antibiotics, or other medications. She believes the body is always trying to tell us something, and that we need to listen to what the body is trying to say and fix the problem, rather than cover up the symptoms.
Michelle is married to John James, Co- Owner of KeKino Massage Academy and Clinic and The C-Section Recovery Center. They have three children, Nick, 21, Julia, 4, and Jason, 2. Michelle and John also have three horses, Miss Kitty, Sweet Pea, and Chewy, a German Shepherd Dog named Lexi, a barn cat named Valentino, and too many chickens to name or count. Their property has been organic since 1999. Michelle raises her family in a non-toxic lifestyle, eating organic whole foods and, utilizing traditional therapies for ailments and illness. Michelle “walks the walk,” yet never forgets how much work it took to make those changes. She can meet anyone where they are in their journey to health, and provide them the resources and referrals need to be successful.
- Neonatal Pediatrics
- Functional Medicine
- Bachelor of Science in NursingTexas A&M University – Corpus Christi
- Master of Science in NursingUniversity of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston