About Michelle Wallach, OTR/L, CAPS
Michelle Wallach Design was founded by occupational therapist and interior designer Michelle Wallach to address the specific design needs of people with disabilities and those looking for Universal Design and Aging-In-Place solutions. After graduating from Boston University’s occupational therapy program, Michelle became a licensed New York State occupational therapist. She has over 12 years of clinical experience at the world-renowned Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. During this time, Michelle was also enrolled at Parson’s School of Design in their Interior Design Program, completing their certificate program in 2006. In addition to working in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation at The Rusk Institute, Michelle was the Clinical Specialist in Barrier-Free Design, a specialty service assisting people with disabilities and their families with home modifications that accommodate their needs. Through her many years managing the Barrier-Free Design program at The Rusk Institute, Michelle helped hundreds of patients of all ages and their families to improve the safety and accessibility of their home environments.

Michelle has completed numerous courses on the subjects of home modification and Universal Design. In 2005, she became a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) through coursework with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB.) She has also lectured on the subjects of home modification, universal design and aging-in-place in various settings to healthcare workers, occupational therapy graduate students and general community members.

Michelle resides in New York City with her husband and two daughters.