Michele grew up in a small town in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Growing up she learned early to focus on taking care of others in need, while surviving within a dysfunctional family surrounded by alcohol abuse, domestic abuse, and domestic violence. After graduating high school, she continued with her studies at McHenry County College and DePaul University.
Michele married and started a family in 1995. In 2005, she lost her husband unexpectedly and was left as a single mother. These next years became extremely challenging for Michele as a result of her loss and struggle raising her son as a single mother. Being no stranger to alcohol, Michele resorted to the coping mechanisms learned from her childhood.
For the next 12 years, she learned to become a functioning alcoholic, while growing her career under stressful work conditions, as a sales rep, then as a sales manager and finally as a sales trainer/coach. Out of complacency, she never aspired to further her career, she was comfortable and satisfied merely going through the motions as a functioning alcoholic.
However, the alcohol caught up quickly with her and on January 1st, 2017, she glanced in the mirror at someone she no longer recognized. It was then that she realized it was time for a change. When she woke on January 2, 2017, she reached inside for her strength and courage to begin her recovery journey toward freeing herself from alcohol addiction.
Spending the next years with multiple therapists and going through her own personal recovery coaching, Michele was grateful to find Dr. Calie Estes and The Addictions Academy team of professionals. This support has been instrumental to her success. Michele is a passionate Professional Recovery Coach, coaching with purpose and mindfulness, who promises to deliver sunshine, while guiding you through your recovery journey. She understands the importance of thriving in life with a positive outlook on the future and looks forward to sharing that energy with you.