Start Up Stars Profile
Michelle Miller, Massage Envy Tomball and Massage Envy Teas Crossing
TWU graduate Michelle Wooley Miller (B.S. ’91) has the enviable job of searching for the best massages in Texas. She’s made it her business to find therapists who feel a deep desire to heal people through all types of massage. After her own life-changing health scare, this type of therapy played a critical role in Michelle’s healing process.
Michelle never found time for a massage during college. She was busy earning her degree in nutrition and food service management from Texas Woman’s while working at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. She married Mack Miller, whom she met in college, and went on to work for Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, before she became a Texas-based entrepreneur.
Michelle says TWU provided an atmosphere of success, respect and honor.
“The close partnerships I had with my professors gave me the courage, management skills, reasoning ability and self-confidence to pursue my dreams.” Michelle would build on these embedded strengths from TWU, and cultivate a deep desire to change lives for the better through her profession and family.
Without warning, except for a headache that lasted for a week, Michelle was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2009. “I needed all the courage I could muster. Suddenly, I was now in the hands of a surgeon and God to save my life without me having absolutely any control of the outcome.”
The surgery was successful, and Michelle, with her background, knew her recovery would include the healing power of human touch, nutrition and spiritual well-being. Michelle and Mack were never massage therapists, but were avid patrons of their local Massage Envy®, an independently owned and managed franchise business.
“Massage was a coping tool we both used to de-stress during the difficult diagnosis and recovery period,” according to Michelle. “For my husband, it eased the anxiety and fear of nearly losing his wife and mother of his four children. For me, it eased the anxiety and trauma both physically and mentally.”
Michelle and her husband evaluated their lives. As Michelle healed from surgery, Mack chose to leave the corporate world, deciding to open a business that allowed them to be together. In early 2012, they started FBE Ventures, Inc., and opened a Massage Envy franchise in Conroe, TX, at Teas Crossing, which was so successful, they decided to open a second location two years later in Tomball.