Michael earned his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University. During his graduate studies, Michael tutored and completed a teaching assistantship in Human Anatomy. In addition to his academic studies, Michael was also actively involved in organizations, such as the Student Occupational Therapy Association board, as well as the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity. Upon graduating, Michael received awards for his academic excellence in the sciences. Prior to his graduate studies, Michael obtained his bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with honors, from Siena College in Loudonville, New York.
While pursuing his clinical training, Michael gained extensive experience treating patients with orthopedic injuries, as well as patients with neuromuscular conditions. Additionally, Michael has experience treating various diagnoses of the upper extremity with training in custom fabricated splinting of the hand and wrist. Michael has worked in a variety of settings, such as outpatient rehab, acute inpatient rehab, and pediatric-based sensory gyms, and has worked with patients across the lifespan. While completing his clinical rotation at SPEAR, Michael prioritized the safety and comfort of his patients and developed patient-clinician relationships that made lasting impressions on his approach to care. Michael believes that treatment should be highly individualized and specifically tailored to suit the needs of each of his patients. In doing so, Michael seeks to promote the independence of his patients in their everyday lives.
Michael began running competitively in high school and went on to run Division I cross country and track & field during his four years at Siena College. Whether he is running, biking, or hiking, Michael loves spending his free time outdoors and immersed in nature. As a New York native, Michael enjoys exploring different areas of the city and finding new places in the area to travel.