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​“I’ve always been interested in helping people have the best life possible.”​

Marshfield - Marshfield Medical Center

1000 N Oak Ave
Marshfield, WI 54449

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Dr. Jennifer Michels is a clinical psychologist who treats adults with mood and anxiety disorders, as well as those with acute or chronic medical illness. She also teaches communication skills and treatment of behavioral health disorders to medical students and doctors in residency at Marshfield Clinic.​​

​​“I have a deep passion for helping medical doctors in training understand the purpose and value of psychotherapy to improve mental and physical health for patients,” she said. Residents shadow her and gain an understanding about treating the whole patient and providing integrated mind/ body care.

Dr. Michels also treats the psychological needs of patients diagnosed with cancer as a part of the team of care providers in the Oncology Department.

“After a diagnosis of cancer, patients and their families often have high levels of anxiety. They may experience grief, fear, sadness and anger, and often face major adjustments in their lives due to disruption of work, changing family roles and responsibilities,” she said. Dr. Michels works to assist patients with management of adjustment difficulties, depression and anxiety that can result from a challenging medical diagnosis like cancer.

Dr. Michels has expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy, which focuses on modifying a patient’s thinking and behavioral patterns for improved wellbeing. Dr. Michels also trains patients in the use of mindfulness techniques to improve stress management and emotional balance through treatment for complex health issues.

Growing up in the Minocqua area, she feels at home in northern and central Wisconsin and was drawn to health care at an early age.​​

​​“I’ve always been interested in clinical psychology,” she said. “I enjoy helping to alleviate the psychological suffering that people experience from mental health and medical issues.” 

Dr. Michels completed graduate school at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She completed an internship and fellowship in clinical psychology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health in Madison.​​

Dr. Michels enjoys spending time with family and outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, skiing and gardening.​​

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  • Internship
    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health Madison, WI, United States, Clinical Psychology 1999

    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health Madison, WI, United States, Clinical Psychology 2001

  • Professional Societies
    American Psychological Association American Psychosocial Oncology Society National Registry of Health Service Providers in Psychology Wisconsin Psychological Association

    State Licenses

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