Holistic Health PractitionersThe Wellness Collective of Grand Rapids
Holistic Occupational Therapist and Myofascial Release Practitioner at Essence Physical Therapy
Michel is a holistic occupational therapist specializing in John F. Barnes myofascial release and therapeutic yoga. Michel utilizes the gentle hands-on approach of John F. Barnes MFR to release restrictions of emotional and physical trauma in order to increase the mind-body connection, decrease pain, improve body alignment and balance, restore function, and increase overall health and wellness. Michel further offers therapeutic services based on principles of yoga to create a sacred space for the body to heal. Meditation and mindfulness techniques, restorative postures and movement, along with breath and energy work are used to align the body, mind and spirit. Michel strives to provide authentic therapeutic practices based on principles she has personally experienced and found to be truly powerful and healing. Her primary intention as a holistic practitioner is to serve as a guide to assist people through their own unique healing process in order to reveal an enhanced connection to the authentic self.
Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapist with Grand Rapids Healing Yoga
Heather Baker-Jackson is an RYT 200 certified yoga instructor as well as a certified Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist. She also graduated from the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education (N.I.T.E) as a Natural Health Educator. During her education at N.I.T.E, she learned flower essence therapy, which is a therapy that she continues to utilize in her work with trauma-informed yoga. Her passion in her work is to create and facilitate a space for people to feel safe and seen and known. She believes in the innate wisdom of the body and seeks to cultivate a mind/body relationship that honors that wisdom. While every person’s healing journey is unique to them, a central part to each step in that journey is finding a supportive space where one can turn inward and truly listen to their inner guidance. Heather seeks to help create that space through the mindful movement and meditative practice of yoga.
Therapeutic Bodywork Practitioner at Little Dipper
Kate is a licensed massage therapist specializing in deep tissue, trigger point therapy, and emotional release work. Additionally, she is a certified yoga teacher (RYT 200) trained specifically in vinyasa style (flow-based) yoga and mindfulness techniques. For Kate, bodywork and yoga are all about learning how to show up, connect, and align with your deepest, truest self. She believes that truly honoring your body as both your best teacher and your ultimate authority is the secret to letting go of old patterns that aren’t serving you and building new ones that will. Kate’s heart-centered approach to yoga and bodywork creates a safe space for her students and clients to process personal narratives and beliefs that are preventing them from experiencing true wellness and transformation.
Holistic Physical Therapist at Essence Physical Therapy
Specializing in personal healing and wellness, Rachel is a holistic physical therapist and an expert level John F. Barnes myofascial release therapist. JFB MFR is a gentle, hands-on treatment approach using sustained pressure into tissue restrictions over an extended period of time to decrease pain and increase function.
Rachel brings compassionate care in a relaxed setting, allowing her patients to go deeper than the physical level and access their true power. By treating with this mind, body and spirit approach, she helps her patients return to an active, pain-free lifestyle. Her life’s purpose is to facilitate others on their healing journeys!
Registered Nurse at Out of the Blue, RN, BSN, MBe
Nancy Despres in a Registered Nurse who specializes in nutrition, homeopathy and mindset strategies. Using her 15 year experience in cardiovascular thoracic medicine and open heart surgery, she brings a functional medicine perspective to her holistic practice. Her belief is that the body is a self-regulating system, and when you identify and remove the obstacles and support the system the body returns to a balanced state of being.
Her methods include electro acupuncture (EAV testing), a form of biofeedback, which helps her “eavesdrop” in on the body to identify strengths and weaknesses within the meridian system. Tissue hair mineral analysis assesses the body’s metabolic oxidation rate and looks at mineral and heavy metal status. Adrenal saliva index testing (ASI) looks deeper into the stress regulating glands of the body. ALCAT food sensitivity testing evaluates how foods trigger the immune system to contribute to weight, hormonal and overall pre dis-ease states. She also combines SRT biofeedback and a new device, The NuCalm system, which is patented for balancing the autonomic nervous system and brain entrainment.
Nancy graduated from Grand Valley State Universtity with a BSN in 1985 and holds a variety of BioEnergetic and Functional Medicine Certifications. She has been a holistic nurse since 2000. She is also certified in The Courageous Coaching Method and a student in the Robbins-Madanes Strategic Intervention Coach Training. Nancy believes that when you incorporate a strategy for the mindset as well as the whole body, healing is a natural unfoldment.
Rachel Leah Gerson
Metaphysical Practitioner at Doorway to Self
Rachel Leah Gerson is a metaphysical practitioner and owner and creator of Doorway to Self. Rachel delved into the depths of her own shadows after years of self-loathing, psychic abuse, and a complete misunderstanding of her own abilities and emerged in a place of deep self love and a grounded, balanced and understood psychic practice. She is inspired to help people who do not understand their psychic selves, who have trouble connecting to their higher selves, who have undergone psychic abuse, and who have trouble loving themselves in their earthbound skin.
Rachel offers metaphysical inner guidance sessions: the rough outline of a life coaching or counseling-like format infused with metaphysics. In other words, amidst the talking, listening, and processing, tools like card readings, numerology, astrology, energy healing, “diagnosis” of psychic abilities, and more are used to help individuals to bring answers to light in a different way and connect to the highest versions of themselves.
- Inner Guidance Sessions
Metaphysical mediums: energy healing (twisting the bone), oracle card readings, guided meditations, psychic reading, numerology and astrology
Exercises provided to aid in strengthening psychic abilities, grounding, balancing and exerting boundaries
Facilitation in Higher Self connection
Life Purpose and Entreprenurial Coach
After years of working individually with clients and pursuing a relentless quest for the understanding of why people don’t reach their potential, Leah has discovered that it all comes down to having the ability to access true potential and implement it into their lives. Over the years what has emerged is a powerful methodology that gives people the tools to do just that.
Leah’s passion now is speaking and educating people on the anatomy of their potential and awakening them to their ability to experience it. She has developed a training program on her methodology and also leads clients through a five-stage transformational process to implement this training as a new way of Living in Alignment with their full Potential.
Reiki Master/Teacher at The Sacred Soul
Jeanne is a Reiki Master/Teacher certified through the International Center for Reiki Training. Jeanne specializes in Reiki, but has studied and practiced several forms of energy healing. Jeanne believes that we are all divine in nature, but sometimes we forget. At the Sacred Soul, Jeanne provides a space for your soul to rest and your energy to remember its light. Reiki is beneficial for all areas of the body, mind and soul. After a Reiki session, clients of Jeanne have commonly noted reduction in physical pain, feelings of a renewed sense of spirit and feelings of affirmation in their connection to the divine.
Life Coach and Yoga Instructor at Jillian J Coaching
If your life isn’t working and feels chaotic, Jill can help you find a more authentic way to live based on your personality and insights from your past. Jill’s Insightful Action program incorporates results from the Enneagram personality test along with a thought and belief management system that is sure to give you a new perspective on life. Jill also has a passion for organizational coaching in all areas whether it’s your thoughts, schedule or actual belongings!
Jill spent eight months in the Martha Beck Wayfinder Life Coach Training in 2013/14 and went on another year to get certified in 2015. She is also an RYT 500 yoga instructor and blends yogic philosophy with her coaching for a holistic approach to help people move forward in their lives. Additionally, Jill has over 100 hours of Enneagram training with Russ Hudson of the Enneagram Institute in Stoneride, NY. She is continuously learning new ways to help clients with the issues that hold them back from trusting themselves and thriving.
Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapist and Meditation Teacher at Grand Rapids Healing Yoga
In our busy lives we’re often pressured to identify with our minds – our thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, labels. These things usually belong to our past or the future, making it hard to notice what’s present right now. Our bodies hold this turning it into discomfort, dis-ease, or just the feeling that there’s something more.
In yoga therapy sessions I help you release what no longer serves and come home to what does. Through guided questions, meditation, and other support, we begin moment-by-moment and breath-by-breath. We listen to your body as it opens up the way home. We move toward yoga postures that are gentle, supportive, and adapted to you. Each session is unique, but they have a common root: when you practice yoga as therapy, you are not “doing” yoga but instead receiving yoga. In that spirit I take great care in how I hold space for you. Experience with the particular practices (yoga, meditation) is not required and everything can be adapted for different body types, emotions, and sensitivity toward past traumas.
I will help you prepare you’re heart, practice with your body, and receive whatever comes with compassion. I come to Grand Rapids Healing Yoga and Wellness Collective GR after almost 20 year of personal practice and training. I completed Prairie Yoga’s Teacher Training program in 2013 and have since trained in chair yoga, trauma-informed yoga therapy, and meditation. I’m a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Spiritual Director at manIFeStations GR
As a practitioner of interspiritual direction, Cami firmly believes that the sacred resides deep with each of us. Interspiritual direction takes its lead from the seeker, whether through a practiced traditional faith-based experience or through a more eclectic spirituality. We encounter the sacred through our own life’s journey and bear a sense that there is something more to our experience of life. Interspiritual direction accompanies the seeker as they move deeper into the sacred, the holy.
Cami journeys with soul seekers as they explore their spiritual longings, hopes and dreams by tapping into their own wisdom as it is divinely sourced through the source of all wisdom. Each session consists of a practice of attentive prayerful listening, deep noticing and naming. Along with interspiritual direction, Cami is experienced in offering spiritual direction to those who are in spiritual distress due to spiritual woundedness, crisis or spiritual abuse. We often have a language around physical and mental distress, but we don’t always have the awareness that we are experiencing spiritual distress. Direction offers a safe, sacred space to explore our wounds and find a sense of healing. Cami is humbled and privileged to accompany those with whom she enters this relationship of sacred exploration and deep trust.
Yoga Teacher at Grand Rapids Healing Yoga
Erica McLaughlin is a registered yoga teacher and mind-body therapist offering classes to promote and support the quiet moments needed to cultivate connection to self. Her offering places great value on a person’s own innate healing abilities and she aims to offer students respect, humility, integrity, presence and compassion while helping them draw inward. Erica strongly believes in the healing power that comes when we provide ourselves a quiet space to connect the mind and body. In this space our true essence has a chance to emerge offering the greatest gift of healing: acceptance.
Naturopathic Practitioner at Continuum Healing
Micah McLaughlin is a naturopathic practitioner specializing in the integration of the body and mind. Micah uses the traditional naturopathic tools of sclerology, muscle testing, holistic counseling, and facial/fingernail/tongue analysis to find the root of his clients’ health complaints. Herbs, flower essences, supplements, breath work, and energy work are used as Micah helps people connect to who they truly are. Through this process clients are able to shed their limiting beliefs and embodied patterns and find healing on a physical, emotional, and often spiritual level. Micah is also founder of the Vitalist School of Psychospiritual Transformation.
Naturopathic Practitioner at Continuum Healing
Kara McNabb is a naturopathic practitioner that sees you as a whole person, rather than a collection of disconnected or broken pieces. Kara believes our bodies have the power to heal if provided the right environment, and often, that environment is a blend of physical, emotional and spiritual factors. By recognizing that symptoms are simply red flags, she works with clients to discover and heal the root cause of any condition. Through traditional naturopathic assessments, like muscle response testing, iridology and holistic counseling, she incorporates nutrition, herbs, flower essences, homeopathy, mind-body connections, energy work and a variety of other natural modalities to help reconnect clients, bringing their health back to balance.
Certified Yoga Therapist and Trauma Release Specialist at GR Healing Yoga
Raechel provides a compassionate and nurturing way to empower oneself to a greater level of healing than believed possible. After years of working as a yoga teacher and a yoga therapist, she witnessed chronic emotional and physical pain in her students. This lead her to develop techniques to bring people deeper into their bodies and let go of what is no longer serving them. Her somatic techniques help bridge the gap between talk therapy and body therapy. Working with Raechel is often used as an adjunctive treatment to talk-therapy, and she works closely with many clinicians in Greater Grand Rapids area. She will help you tune into your inner wisdom using embodied presence, self-inquiry and self-care. Raechel is a certified yoga therapist through Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapies and trauma certified through The Trauma Center at JRI in Boston, MA. She is currently under a fellowship with The Trauma Center to continue to bring the work of trauma to the Greater Grand Rapids area.
Cannabis for Health Consultant
Cannabis is an intriguing science frontier that brings balance to the body’s systems and functions which inevitably help us all feel better. Education and demystifying what hemp and marijuana contribute is an exciting focus as we become aware of how this plant aids in health and wellness. Through community education, product partnerships, mindful business development and practitioner integration, Shelbe meets each client where they are. Private sessions are available for those desiring further information on how cannabis can impact their personal health journey.
Expressive Artist and Spiritual Director
Rachelle is an expressive artist* and spiritual director whose spiritual and creative passion is informed by a deep appreciation for the healing and wholeness available in relationship with Creator Spirit. Rachelle’s practice of presence in individual sessions, group sessions, and retreats cultivates the creation of a safe container in which to explore meaning and to listen-into-being the seedlings of individual growth and development. Her reverence for the sacred dignity of each person’s story is attentively BeHeld in individual spiritual direction sessions which may or may not include various art forms, depending on the preference of the individual.
Rachelle’s certifications and training in spiritual direction, the expressive arts, mandalas, and dreamwork (deeply informed by the insights of Carl G. Jung) have resulted in her fluidity to offer a spiritual direction hybrid which aims to celebrate the unique, individual essence of those with whom she meets.
*”artist”, as defined by Tom Crockett, is “someone who works with Spirit in material form.” The Artist Inside
Emotional Release Therapy Practitioner at The Alignment Principle
Julie’s goals are to help people connect better to themselves, their families and their community – finding their best self. Julie practices Emotional Release Therapy, helping people let go of emotions that are keeping them stuck. Emotional Release therapy gets the body to catch up to the head so you can move forward in your life with freedom and happiness. Julie also practices holistic coaching and is trained in holistic counseling.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Yoga Teacher at Well-Bean
Jen Rapanos has developed a distinct approach to working with children and adolescents as a clinical therapist. Drawing from almost two decades of experience working in the schools and as a clinician, she blends her comprehensive background in mental health with training in mindfulness and yoga to offer an integrated and holistic approach to treatment.
Her philosophy towards health is rooted in self-efficacy. With yoga mats rolled out and conscious breathing to start a session, she supports her clients in relearning to trust in their innate wisdom, guiding them towards wellness. “Sometimes stress and anxiety or other conditions or life circumstances take us off that path, but I have found there is such power in teaching children and adolescents to find solace within. Too often in this world, they’re taught to look outwardly; that something else or someone else is the key to their own happiness and wellness.” She strives to create a nurturing space that fosters learning, where her clients are supported in building skills to help navigate their way through the world while finding calm and peace within.
Animal Health Consultant at Whisker Wellness
Michelle Rhodes is a natural health consultant offering consultations for animals and their guardians. We are uniquely privileged to share our space with animals, but we must listen to them when they try to tell us something is wrong. Often we miss the signs of a bigger underlying problem when we ignore a “hot spot” on the skin or disregard vomiting and diarrhea as normal. Even when we recognize these issues as not normal and consult a veterinarian, we can become frustrated that the prescribed medication is not helping our animal to become healthy.
Michelle addresses both acute and chronic health concerns such as gastrointestinal issues, skin and coat problems, allergies and emotional or behavioral problems. Through the traditional naturopathic methods of muscle response testing, iridology and nutrition counseling, an animal is able to help me address the root cause of their dis-ease. Suggestions will be tailored to each individual animal and may include dietary changes, supplements, flower essences and light healing touch.
Karen Robertson, LMSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Civil and Domestic Mediator, Owner at Healthy Heads + Hearts, LLC
Karen Robertson is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in relationship counseling, adult psychotherapy, and conflict resolution (mediation.) Retiring after 26 years at a multinational Fortune 200 company, she enrolled in the University of Michigan School of Social Work where she earned her MSW and graduated with honors. She also completed certification programs required for court appointed mediators in the State of Michigan.
Karen’s practice is based not only on years of professional experience and education, but on the wisdom of life experience gained through joyful (and at times stressful) roles as a mother, wife, artist, astrologer, teacher and peacemaker. She views these experiences as critical to helping her relate, deeply and authentically, to a wide range of personal and relationship challenges. She has traveled extensively and holds appreciation for different cultural, spiritual, familial and environmental backgrounds.
Whether it is at work or at home, Karen ascribes to the belief that the “quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives.” (Ester Perel). She has created a unique offering of services to address wellness through creating healthy relationships and positive approaches to conflict and distress. Her methods incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, Gottman method couples therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction and conflict resolution techniques with the goal of helping people identify areas of vulnerability, build on areas of strength and find creative ways to relate and resolve conflict.
Coach at Courage to Thrive
Mike is a certified professional coach and Energy Leadership Index (ELI) master practitioner through IPEC coaching school. In addition, Mike is also a certified Emotion Code practitioner. The reason I became a coach is because I know that working with the right life coach is the most powerful and transformational experience you can have. The results can be as big as you dare to dream and to trust yourself. My job is to work with you to (re) ignite and (re) connect you to your dreams and passions and to remind you just how powerful you really are. Don’t believe me? I will offer you a free 30 minute session to show you the power you really have to make immediate changes in your life.
Counselor and Registered Yoga Teacher at GR Healing Yoga
Biomagnetic Pair Therapy at Biomag Balance
Ann is certified in Biomagnetic Pair Therapy, Microbioenergetics and The Mora Technique. Biomagnetism uses paired magnets to neutralize the energetic pH frequencies of the body which allows your body to start to heal. Other therapies include protocols to address certain conflicts and help balance your mind, body and spirit. Ann’s clients are all ages, but after years of working in the education system she is passionate about helping children and adolescents.
Andrea Sulak, MA, LLP
Licensed Holistic Psychotherapist and Certified Chakradance™ Facilitator at Sacred Pathways
As a holistic psychotherapist for 19 years, Andrea combines the traditional principles of humanistic psychology with the ancient teachings of the chakra system including subtle body energy healing, movement therapy, and guided meditation as a way to work comprehensively with her clients.
Andrea believes that when energy gets stuck in the body and mind, whether it’s from trauma, painful experiences or everyday stimuli in our lives, it causes patterns of unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. If the stuck energy is not addressed, over time this leads to an imbalance in the physical, emotional, energetic, intellectual and spiritual components of one self, thus resulting in a disconnection from one’s true divinity. This is often experienced through physical illness, feelings of anxiety, depression, anger issues, low-self esteem and limiting beliefs. Andrea is passionate about assisting individuals on their sacred path back to wholeness.
Licensed Massage Therapist at Embodied Truth
Emily is a Licensed Massage Therapist through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She specializes in Clinical Massage Therapy including Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue, and Sports Massage as well as having several years of clinical experience working with sufferers of chronic pain due to postural deviations, joint pain, tension headaches, migraines, and TMJ. She also practices Relaxation and Therapeutic Bodywork and is Prenatal Certified.
As a Bodyworker, Emily is in constant awe of our bodies and their ability to heal themselves. She considers it a great honor to foster the healing process in the people she works with, and appreciates the opportunity to bear daily witness to the mind-body connection. Emily believes that the health of our families, communities, neighborhoods, cities, and global community rely on the health of individuals. Without health and wellness we are unable to be fully alive or fully at home in ourselves as human beings. Emily’s goal is to help you return to and maintain a compassionate, pain-free life so that you can sink more deeply into your own embodied truth.
Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor at Kundalini Yoga GR
Susanne Werblow discovered Kundalini Yoga many years ago in Paris where she went through intense learning and practice. Kundalini yoga totally changed her relationship with her body. She started yoga because of her back problems. They quickly disappeared. She also discovered how to better master her mind, stay calm in the face of difficulty. But it’s the work with the flow of energy that was the most impressive for her. Starting every day with her early morning practice is the best gift to herself ! It just gets her through the day with so much more energy, grace and balance.
What drives her as a certified kundalini yoga instructor is helping other people from the deepest of her heart.
Spiritual Director and Enneagram Practitioner at SoulCare Sanctuaries
Lorilyn is a certified Spiritual Director and SoulCare practitioner. With a heart of compassion for those who find themselves on the edges of family, faith, culture, society, institutional religion and/or self, Lorilyn offers centering presence and nurtures belonging. She delights in exploring and facilitating the vital and right relationship between edge and center in order to live from a place of wholeness and holiness.
Spiritual direction is a contemplative practice which increases one’s awareness of Sacred Presence and Action in one’s life and supports one’s freedom to be a trusting participant in that action. Time in spiritual direction facilitates deep, prayerful, and compassionate listening to one’s life, helps identify spiritual constriction, wounds or mis-alignment, and restores flow, establishing deeper connection to God, self, others and creation.
Also certified as an Enneagram Practitioner, Lorilyn brings her knowledge of our three centers of knowing (Mind, Heart and Body), and their correlating illusions, to her work with directees. This grounding in Original Blessing restores directees to their unique Sacred Identity and Flow and frees each one to experience and embody the transformation s/he longs to ignite in the world.
Spiritual direction sessions can include deep listening to one’s life, sacred silence, engaging in contemplative prayer practices, body wisdom practices, guided visualizations, and the expressive arts as the Spirit invites and directees choose.
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