Executive Director of Research and Innovation
Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy
Northwestern Health Sciences University
Michele received her BS in Human Biology and DC from Northwestern College of Chiropractic, then went on to receive her MPH from the University of Minnesota. In 2015, she received her PhD in Clinical Research and Biomechanics from the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark. Michele is excited about her work because she believes in the capacity for integrative and complementary professions to be a positive force to improving the landscape of health care. When not at work, she enjoys traveling, reading, running and baking pies.
“We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge.” – Rutherford Rogers
This axiom aptly characterizes how many see research as it relates to health care delivery. Michele’s professional goal is to facilitate the pragmatic use of research to both inform clinical practice and shape public health policy.
Michele’s own research has focused on clinical trials that answer practical questions, including:
* Are patient outcomes improved with co-management by different provider types?
* Is short term treatment or long term management a better approach for chronic musculoskeletal conditions?
* What aspects of care matter most to patients?
It is essential that the information gained in these and other studies is translated into knowledge that improves patient care, policy guidelines, access and reimbursement.