Raised in Long Beach California, Michael moved to San Luis Obispo for college in 2004. While pursuing his B.S. in mathematics, Michael started practicing Tai Chi at the Wushu Tai Chi Center. After graduation, he traveled multiple times to China to practice Tai Chi and later traveled through Europe and Asia attending various meditation retreats to study Buddhism.
After his travels, Michael returned to San Luis Obispo and worked for the Youth Treatment Program as a Residential Youth Counselor. It was during this time, that Michael began his career at Windhorse– first as a therapeutic housemate. Inspired by Windhorse’s compassionate approach, he returned to university and is currently working towards a Masters Degree in Psychology at Cal Poly.