Michelle is a Family Nurse Practitioner who joined Dr. Simonds Weight Loss in May, 2012. She is nationally certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. As a nationally certified Nurse Practitioner, Michelle can assess, diagnose, and treat acute and chronic illnesses, write prescriptions, administer and dispense medications, order and interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests, and consult with and refer to fellow healthcare providers.
Born and raised in Newark, Delaware, Michelle graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Delaware in 2008. Caring for hospitalized patients on a medical/surgical hospital unit suffering from health complications due to preventable diseases helped her realize that contributing to the prevention of these diseases in an outpatient setting was where she felt she could have the most impact. She decided that the advanced education and clinical experience required to become a Nurse Practitioner would allow her to provide more comprehensive care to patients in an outpatient setting where she could focus on disease prevention and health management.
She completed her Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Delaware and graduated with her Master’s Degree in Nursing in January 2012. She is a member of the Obesity Medicine Association, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the North Carolina Nurses Association. In September, 2017, she became a Fellow of the Obesity Medicine Association, one of the highest honors reserved for those who demonstrate dedication and commitment to the clinical treatment of obesity and obesity-related diseases.