I grew up in Gonzales, Louisiana graduating from East Ascension High School. I earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree from Louisiana State University in 1994. I always knew I wanted to work in the health care field helping people in some manner. After college graduation my first job was with The Baton Rouge General – Bluebonnet Campus (before the doors opened to the public). I treasured being part of the staff that opened the hospital in 1994. This is when I received my first massage. I began taking a few more college courses in my spare time because I was contemplating applying to nursing school at the Baton Rouge General. Then a great business opportunity arose. I was recruited as the Guest Services Manager for The Courtyard Marriott – Acadian Thruway in Baton Rouge. Both of these jobs were crucial and allowed me to learn different aspects of the business world. After marrying my husband, Clint, in 1999, I seriously started thinking about seeking massage therapy as a career.
I attended Blue Cliff School of Therapeutic Massage in Metairie, Louisiana. I graduated in February 2000 with a Diploma of Massage Therapist Program and an advanced Diploma of Clinical Massage Therapy. I won several prestigious awards in my massage graduating class. Within two weeks, I took my Massage Therapy National Boards and State Boards. Then I immediately opened my business, Massage Therapy by Michelle Babin Tranchina, in February 2000. I still reside in my same office building on Post Office Road, but I have expanded over the years.
From the beginning I wanted to startup and own a massage therapy clinic. Originally my massage therapy clientele consisted of 70% men and 30% women. Men felt comfortable at their appointment because it was a private office. There were no ladies sitting around in rollers staring at them, like in most hair salons. As the demand for massage grew greater, I expanded my practice with more massage therapists. When clients started telling me they wanted facial services, I expanded and added licensed aestheticians to my staff. My clients have helped me mold what St. Michel Day Spa is today. Many of my clients are business owners. Most have advised I stay small until the spa absolutely needs to expand. This is advice well taken. St. Michel Day Spa is here to stay! We are a staple in the Ascension Parish community. In 2006, St. Michel Day Spa was voted #1 as the Best Spa in Ascension Parish in a reader’s poll conducted by The Gonzales Weekly.
Still today I take advice from my clients. If there are new treatments clients are requesting, the staff seeks certification and starts offering the new services to our clients. The St. Michel Day Spa clients are a big part of making our spa a booming business and huge success. In February 2010, I will be celebrating 10 years in business.