Michael has nearly two decades of working with children and families in a variety of settings, including as a Children’s Pastor, Camp Counselor and speaker, VBS Director, Multi-Systemic Therapist & as a clinician. He was the first male to graduate from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in children’s ministry. After serving as a Children’s pastor, he went on to obtain his Master or Arts in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. While finishing up his counseling degree, Michael worked with his parents, Stan and Mary Remole, with the start up of Hooves of Hope. Following seminary, Michael worked in Columbus Ohio as a Multi-Systemic Therapist at The Buckeye Ranch, working with individuals 12-18 and their families. After obtaining his independent clinical license in Ohio, Michael returned to Illinois to work hands-on with Hooves of Hope & to start a private clinical practice, Gateway Family Services, which has grown to a team of four clinicians, equine professionals, mentors, respite providers and tutors. This team is working with youth in the foster care system & post-adoption, as well as students and families that have experienced trauma.
Michael is passionate about neuroscience and understanding the impact of trauma on the brain. He is currently enrolled in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics course taught by the leading trauma expert Dr Bruce Perry, who was recently featured on 60 Minutes. Michael was recently inducted into the International Association of Health Care Providers, being recognized as a leader in his field. In Michael’s spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Gabby, riding horses, photography, playing the piano & building projects.