Michael has experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults as an occupational therapist. He has served as a staff occupational therapist, clinical supervisor, and consultant in private paediatric clinics, hospitals, and community health settings in the past. In each of these roles, he has built links between families, community settings (kindergartens and schools), and clients receiving treatment to achieve the most effective therapeutic outcomes. Michael is passionate about supporting children of all ages to achieve their occupational therapy goals, with a strong focus on evidence-based practice and a goal-based approach. He has worked at a highly specialised autism school for almost seven years, offering OT services ranging from early childhood to middle school. Outside of work, Michael loves traveling and exploring new places, learning new things, eating new and delicious foods, photography, and meeting and learning from new people.
In 2012, Michael obtained a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. In 2021, he received his Master of Educational Studies with a concentration in Guidance, Counselling, and Career from the University of Queensland in Australia. In the United States, he has recently completed his Doctorate Degree in Occupational Therapy (OTD) at Marymount University. He is completing his studies and fieldwork supervision hours for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Behaviour Analysis at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds occupational therapy registrations and licenses in the United States (State of Texas), Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. He has received training in Handwriting Without Tears (HWT), Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI), and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) in Hong Kong, the United States, and Qatar, respectively.