Growing up in South Africa, I learned that success is more than just a desire: it’s a goal that takes hard work and dedication. My parents, Barney and Louise, were the ones that taught me that lesson. My dad owned a builder’s emporium (where they supplied everything you need to build a home) while my mom was a real estate agent in our hometown of Plettenberg Bay. They were both driven and successful, and I was ready to take on life just like they showed me.
I worked with them at the European bakery they owned, Chez Michele, until I went to Europe myself at age twenty-one. After earning two culinary degrees, I began traveling throughout the continent, until I eventually ended up across the Atlantic in the United States.
I wasn’t planning to stay at first. In fact, I had already made up my mind to return to Europe. But while I was visiting some friends in San Luis Obispo, I met my future husband, Jack—and suddenly, my plans had changed.
Jack and I were married in 1991, and made our home in North San Luis Obispo County, where we reside now in Templeton. A few years later, I followed my mother’s path and began my career in real estate. She always took her clients’ needs to heart and went above and beyond to help them achieve their goals. I adopted that philosophy and set out to help people tackle their challenges—even as my family dealt with some of our own.
In 2001, Jack and I welcomed our son Dalton into the world. He had some serious health issues, and started having severe seizures at a young age. Doctors had him on over a dozen different medications, but we never seemed to see substantial progress. By the time he was seven, he had even stopped speaking entirely.
We were desperate for treatment. We started in closer to home, eventually speaking to top doctors at UCLA and Stanford. When we didn’t find a solution, we looked farther—across the country at first, and then internationally, to London and South Africa. We went to the ends of the earth to save our son, but we kept getting different diagnoses, and there was no end in sight.
Finally, we found our answer right back in California. Doctor Chez in Sacramento connected us to a surgeon who was willing to operate on Dalton. Facing the prospect of brain surgery on your nine-year-old son is an unbelievable thing. Dalton could have died from the operation, and there was a risk he would lose all his motor skills. But to our family, there was far greater risk in not doing the surgery.
Thankfully, the results were incredible. To begin with, Dalton started speaking again. Beyond that, he was clearly healthier and happier, able to express himself and cope better with school. His motor skills are also incredible, and it was amazing to witness him play the piano, create art, and even start playing golf. Today, Dalton leads a life just like any other teenager.
After an experience like that, your approach to life transforms. It showed me that if we could get through that, then we could achieve anything. With my son on track again, I was inspired to be a better mother and a better provider, and to continue to put my whole heart and soul into giving him life.
That dedication has become the driving force in my own life and career, as well. While I enjoy tackling the professional challenges brought to me by my real estate clients, I never forget about the personal challenges some families must overcome. For that reason, I donate a portion of every commission to the Children’s Miracle Network and the Race for the Cure.
I would love nothing more than to lend my knowledge and experience toward helping you with your real estate endeavors, but I don’t expect your business simply because of our relationship—I only ask that you take the time to interview me and see if I might be the best agent for you.
Buying or selling real estate is often an enormously important transaction, and the representation you receive from your agent can have significant impact on your results.
It is important for you to choose the person who will do the best job for you, and who is the right fit for your particular needs. I’ve worked hard as a professional to be able to provide the highest level of service, so I mightbe a good choice for you. I want you to know that if you do not choose me, I will never be disappointed. But if you do, I promise to work diligently to exceed your expectations.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. When you or someone you know is in need of a real estate agent, I hope you give me the opportunity to demonstrate my services and interview for the job.