Michelle Willette was at a time in her life when she wanted to learn a new career. She previously owned and operated Stewart's Ambulance Service, Inc., and when she sold the company she found herself with a lot of free time. “I felt the most beneficial use of my time would be to go back to school,” Michelle said.
She explained, “I have spent most of my life seeing people in pain, being that I am a paramedic, and the cost of insurance and medical bills only adds to people’s stress. I wanted a career where people left with smiles instead of worries. I knew I felt best after I received a massage, so I began looking into massage schools.”
“When I interviewed at Seacoast Career School in Manchester, NH, I knew it was where I wanted to be. I had a sense of being at home and the environment was professional and warm. Plus the flexible schedules that were available allowed me to take day classes which I liked because I am a single mom of two daughters,” Michelle stated.
With her previous business experience and her new massage therapy skills obtained from Seacoast, Michelle opened a Massage Envy franchise in Manchester, the first spa franchise to open in the state of New Hampshire! Massage Envy has clinics in 40 states and is recognized as one of the leading franchises in a recent Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 survey.
Michelle shared, “The Massage Therapy program was amazing and led me to where I am today. I love going to work."
As part of operating Massage Envy, Michelle needs to employ skilled massage therapists. “Since opening my business, I have hired a total of 12 graduates from Seacoast Career School! I am always thrilled with the quality of massages they perform and their attention to detail,” she expressed.
Michelle is on Seacoast’s Advisory Board and she also hosts field trips for current massage students, providing them with insight into massage therapy careers and encouraging them to set goals for themselves.
“It’s an honor for me to give back to Seacoast for all they have done and help promote a great school that has changed my life. I look forward to hiring more talented Seacoast graduates in the future.”
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