Michelle qualified at Wits University and her career has focused on HIV, across several sectors and countries. She has worked in the Eastern Cape, United Kingdom and most recently in Gauteng. She has a husband (a brainy scientist), many cats and two dogs. She has worked in both private and public sector settings, as well as a stint in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2003, she was awarded an honorary fellowship at the Royal Free Hospital, London in one of the top European HIV treatment centres. She is an experienced researcher, and cofounded two research centres in the Eastern Cape. Previously she worked at Ezintsha, where she was engaged in HIV research, policy and teaching, and she was the co-principal investigator on the large ADVANCE study. She is a member of national and global guideline committees.
She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society until 2018 and of the Editorial Board of HIV Nursing Matters, as well as Editor-in-Chief of the South African Journal of HIV Medicine.
Michelle has made several media appearances and has many publications including (but not limited to the ones below)