In the world of high school athletics, it’s easy to focus solely on the physical aspect—the skills, the training, the court time. But at Vertical Horizons, we believe that an athlete’s journey is more than their physical presence on the court; it’s about what they carry with them in their proverbial ‘bag.’ This bag is filled with emotions, thoughts, and physiological responses, influenced by the food they eat, the way they think, the quality of sleep they get, and their willingness to make meaningful changes, even when it’s challenging.
Our mission goes beyond the surface. We are dedicated to educating, guiding, and instilling body awareness, equipping athletes with a toolkit for change that evolves throughout the season. It’s about more than just acquiring knowledge; it’s about the transformation of knowledge into actionable steps for enhanced performance.
Michelle is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach and a Functional Medicine health coach with a strong track record of guiding high school athletes to achieve mental, physical, and emotional well-being. As a former educator, parent of three teenagers, and a dedicated advocate for holistic athletic development, Michelle brings professional expertise and practical insights to help her clients thrive. Her approach transcends the ordinary to encompass the full spectrum of athlete well-being.
With a profound understanding of positive psychology, the pivotal role of nutrition and sleep, Michelle empowers athletes to excel both on and off the court. Her focus extends beyond physical health to encompass emotional, mental, and psychological well-being. What truly sets Michelle apart is her unique experience in working with athletes, delving beyond just mindset or nutrition to uncover underlying factors that may hinder their progress—insights only a Functional Medicine health coach can provide. She has successfully assisted clients in addressing issues such as IBS, Anxiety, Food Sensitivities, and more, all while enhancing their performance.
Michelle understands that peak performance involves more than just physical skills; it’s about embracing a well-rounded approach to health and life. She holds an FMCHC credential (Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach) achieved in collaboration with the Institute for Functional Medicine® and is board-certified by the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches. With a bachelor’s degree in education from Purdue University, she possesses the knowledge and experience to empower athletes, leading them to create a profound, holistic transformation in their well-being, ultimately optimizing their athletic performance.