Michelle L. Risley is the Founding President of My Kale Life, LLC and creator of the Vegan Fit Formula™. She is an Ethical Vegan, Personal Trainer, Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Fitness Model, Reiki Healer, and has been a medical professional for 25+ years. Although she's a Clinical Pharmacist, she's had a lifelong interest in nutrition and fitness, and believes in a holistic approach to health and well-being. She's been working in the fitness industry since high school, and worked as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor at various health clubs and gyms during college and Pharmacy School. Even after becoming a licensed Pharmacist, she continued her personal training. Michelle went on to become a Yoga and Meditation Teacher in 2001 and a Second Degree Reiki Healer in 2014. Throughout her Pharmacy career, she has been an outspoken advocate for preventive medicine and lifestyle changes as an approach to health. Michelle began her eventual vegan path as a vegetarian in 1999, but made the transition to veganism in 2001. Although she decided to go vegan for moral and ethical reasons, the heath and nutrition aspects of the vegan diet were additional benefits.
Michelle grew up in rural south Louisiana, and will often point out that if someone with her background and upbringing can go vegan, anyone can. She studied Pre-Pharmacy, with an emphasis on chemistry, math, and physics at Louisiana State University; she received her Pharmacy Degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Pharmacy. Although being a Pharmacist was rewarding for a while, it soon became obvious to her that something was very wrong with the whole system. Pushing drugs, rather than teaching disease prevention and lifestyle changes, just seemed wrong and backward. And this is why she continued her 'side jobs' throughout her Pharmacy career. After spending many years in her profession, Michelle decided to blend all of her experience from many different areas of expertise and start her own company. As a Vegan Lifestyle Coach, her mantra is to always strive to be the coach she wishes she had when she decided to go vegan.
The following is an excerpt from an October 7, 2015 Press Release: