Owner / Business Analyst
Michelle is an international lecturer, trainer and consultant who has been in the field of Orthodontics for the past 28 years, having worked as a Registered Dental Assistant in Orthodontics, administering and teaching orthodontic assisting at the Academy of Orthodontic Assisting, Inc., as well as teaching marketing, financials, treatment coordinating and practice management to practices around the world.
Previously, she was an Office Manager and ‘super star’ Treatment Coordinator in Kirkland, Washington for an office that obtained Invisalign Elite status while only seeing patients 2.5 days per week! Since leading her practice to unprecedented growth, Michelle has quickly become one of North America and Canada’s most sought-after trainers.
Early on, Michelle wanted to be a psychologist. She studied psychology in college and quickly realized that her knowledge and experience in orthodontics, combined with her training in psychology, were valuable assets. Michelle has successfully married these two passions into a highly accomplished consulting firm.
Michelle started Shimmin Consulting out of a desire to teach and train others in practice processes and influential communication techniques. She consults with practices on their systems to promote training, growth and success in all areas. Michelle is passionate about communication and setting others up to succeed, and with her electric personality, knowledge and experience, her clients have seen unbelievable growth when applying the information and techniques that she so enthusiastically teaches. Michelle specializes in efficient, streamlined management processes and leadership techniques, case acceptance, and increased conversion rates.
Michelle is considered a premier lecturer with many lecture events each year, globally, including the 2014, 2016 & 2018 Invisalign Ortho Summit, AAO, PCSO, HSO, SCAO, Dolphin Annual Meetings, Align Expos, MKS, The Invisible Orthodontist and many others. She has hosted multi-day training conferences with tremendous success. With her dynamic presentations and her ability to connect with her audiences, her lecture events are not only informational but extremely influential and motivating. In addition to publishing articles for many industry leading publications, she has recorded Ask the Expert webinars for Align Technologies and works as an Industry Expert and Key Opinion Leader for Invisalign.
Michelle lives near Seattle with her husband, Chris, and two college-aged sons. They spend their free time at their home in Eastern Washington where they enjoy family, friends, sun, golf and water sports. Michelle and her family are avid snow skiers, University of Washington Husky fans, and die-hard Seahawks enthusiasts. She is involved in her church and volunteers on the board for the Cedar Park Christian Junior Football program.
Contact Michelle for a complimentary phone consultation or about a customized training program that will meet your practice needs.