Born in northwestern Ohio (the oldest of four children), I grew up in a small farm town. I was named after my great-grandfather Michael, who reportedly had the first Ford dealership in the State of Ohio (he ran it out of his hardware store).
Eventually, I escaped the farm and made it to the big city of Cincinnati, where I earned a B.A. in Personnel and Group Development.
After graduation, I moved to London where I worked at a punk clothing store in Covent Garden and did window displays for Selfridge’s department store. During much of my twenties and thirties, I lived in France, England, Wales, Egypt, Denmark, Greece and (the former) Yugoslavia.
After returning to the USA, I earned a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology while interning for “Sesame Street” in New York City.
In San Francisco, I was the Clinical Director for the Homeless Children’s Network and a counselor for Aptos and Potrero Hill Middle Schools while earning my second Master’s Degree.
In San Diego, I’ve worked as a licensed psychotherapist for Kaiser Permanente, Psychiatric Centers at San Diego and San Diego Hospice.
I opened my private practice in 2002.