My name is Dr. Michele Thorne. I am a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children, families, and adults. I joined Axon Health Associates in 2013 after working with children and families at Riley Hospital for Children for several years. I have been interested in psychology and mental health issues throughout my life, working with foster children and families while still in high school. My interest continued to grow throughout my undergraduate career at the University of Kansas where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Human Biology. Before graduate school, I worked for a year as a psychology technician in the psychiatric units at St. John’s Mercy Hospital. While there, I was privileged to work with children, adults, and seniors who were experiencing a wide array of mental health and substance abuse concerns. This led me to pursue my graduate education at Purdue University in Clinical Psychology. During my time at Purdue, I trained in delivering the most effective and up-to-date therapies for a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, behavioral concerns, and trauma reactions. My research focused on resilience and the function of therapy in helping people reach their life goals.
After 5 years at Purdue University, I was given an internship at Indiana University School of Medicine where I worked at Riley Hospital and Larue D. Carter Memorial Hospital. As part of my training during the internship year, I was able to work closely with individuals with medical concerns as well as mental health symptoms. I was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship through IU School of Medicine to complete my training. I served as the clinical psychologist for the adolescent girls’ unit at Carter Hospital. This was one of the most rewarding experiences of my career to date. I thoroughly enjoyed working with these young women and helping them learn techniques and strategies to overcome the many adversities they faced. At the conclusion of this year, I was offered a faculty position as the Clinical Director of Consultation/Liaison Service at Riley Hospital. This was an incredible experience where I was able to work with children with medical concerns and their families. Part of this role involved helping children and families learn to adapt to chronic medical conditions and learn to overcome the anxiety and depression that often accompany these conditions. I trained many patients in biofeedback techniques as a treatment for anxiety and pain. I continue to have a strong interest in biofeedback and use it in my current practice regularly. While I enjoyed my time at Riley, I felt ready to make a change to the private practice community. I have enjoyed working with Dr. Dalton and Dr. Kledzik at Axon Health Associates and am excited to be a part of the practice on a full-time basis. My areas of specialty include anxiety and depression in both adults and children, medical and psychological concerns, and trauma-focused treatments.
As part of my practice, I strive to help others achieve balance in their lives. This is an important area of focus in my own life as well. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy outdoor activities, sports, reading, and running.