Michelle grew up in Dilkon, Arizona on the Navajo Nation Reservation. She is the daughter of two silversmiths who are both nationally recognized for their work. She has two sisters and two brothers who are still living close to home. They all encourage and support each other the best they can. Living on the reservation has allowed to her connect with her spirituality and maintain her beliefs.
Basketball is one of her passions and she was recruited to play Division 1 at Arizona State University. She lived in the Phoenix area for a few years to finish her Microbiology (Pre-Medicine) Bachelor’s degree through ASU. She obtained her Master of Public Health degree, focused in health administration and policy, through the University of Arizona. She then moved to Davie, FL to attend medical school at Nova Southeastern University. During this time is when she realized the impact she could have. She started her residency program in New York at Southampton Hospital in 2015 and finished at Inspiration Health Network from 2016 to 2018. This community is very important to her and she started working for the Winslow Indian Health Care Center, as well as the Little Colorado Medical Center, in March of 2019. Daily, she sees the struggles of her people— lack of nutrition, lack of clean drinking water, lack of running water, lack of electricity, and a lack of medical attention. She labels herself as an advocate because she wants her people and culture flourish. In the end she hopes this leads them to be a stronger and healthier nation. It’s very important to her to spread these positive words and bring awareness to the inequities of the Navajo people.
Thank you for joining her in this journey and thank you all for your support.
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