Dr. Michele Smallidge comes to the University of New Haven from legacy Western Connecticut Health Network, now known as NuVance Health, where she is the Wellness Manager of the Employee Wellness Program. Michele has spent over 24 years at Western Connecticut Health Network in clinical roles and over the past three years has taken on an administrative role in developing the network wide employee wellness program, where she will continue to spend part of her time overseeing strategy, programming and growth.
Michele’s doctorate of education degree in Nutrition Education is from Columbia University Teacher College. Her Masters of Education in Nutrition Education and Masters of Arts in Exercise Science degrees are from Columbia University Teachers College and the University of Connecticut, respectively, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut.
Michele interests lie in the area of exercise, health, and human behavior including program development and wellness initiatives with a focus on addressing the total well-being of an individual ranging from theory to design to implementation. She has collaborated actively with various constituents and resources in the health and wellness industry to ascertain a comprehensive approach to health and wellness educations and offerings. What keeps her centered on the total well-being of all individuals is her strong belief that everyone has an underlying athletic potential which can be tapped through targeted education, behavior and cognitive constructs, and motivation.
Michele, as a Registered Dietitian and a Clinical Exercise Physiologist has dedicated twenty plus years in individual diet and exercise counseling and program development.
Michele lives with her husband and two young adult children along with brother and sister pygmy goats and their cat Jambo. Michele enjoys cycling, running, resistive training and plays on a women's flag football team. And she balances that with real food and a good beer.