As the proud new co-owner (along with my wonderful husband Colin Stipe) of The Kneaded Touch, I am excited to ground my roots in Amherst and share my passion and love for Massage Therapy with my clients. I grew up in Amherst and met Sue McMillan and Julie Haldeman through a Medical Technology program at Amherst Steele High School. They inspired me to follow the path of Massage Therapy. After a significant motor vehicle accident in 2004, I found out first hand the healing ways of touch and massage which further drove me to follow this path.
I graduated from Harmony Path School of Massage Therapy in Rocky River, OH in September of 2008 and received my State Board Licensure in January of 2009. I have studied Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Lomi-Lomi (Hawaiian Massage), Hot Stone Massage, Pre-Natal Massage and Deep Tissue for Relaxation.
Together with life experiences and hard work, I have a great collection of tools that I use to help tailor each therapy session to the individual.
Graduated from Ehove Massage Program in 2008 and has worked at The Kneaded Touch since. Post graduation, she studied and became certified in Ashiatsu and Ashi-Thai in February of 2011.
Michelle went into the field of Massage because of her family's needs for therapy. She believes in all the wonderful benefits of massage and how it can help so many people needs. Michelle had tried other career paths before Massage but can honestly say that this is what she loves and is meant to do.