Holistic Health PractitionersThe Wellness Collective of Grand Rapids
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.
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.
Traditional Naturopathic Doctor, Holistic Doula, Trauma-Sensitive Therapeutic Yoga Guide, a Certified Reiki Master/Practitioner and Natural Childbirth Educator.
Heather works with clients in a one on one setting to empower them to take ownership of their health. Safe space is held for clients as they move along the path of self towards deliberate balance and harmony of their whole-self; Mind-Body-Emotion-Spirit. Together they create a natural health program that encompasses suggestions for alignment. It is her desire to provide realistic options that meet the client’s needs, with solutions acting as liberators, bringing freedom from symptoms, diagnosis and disease, providing capacity for reconnection to the essence of self.
Psychospiritual and somatic therapy, coaching,
After 20 years, Leah specializes in helping conscious entrepreneurs and leaders step into their highest potential. She is the creator of The Sacred State and The Sacred Leadership programs. Leah integrates strategic coaching, neuroscience, breathwork and somatic therapy into a process that will facilitate transformation and reveal a whole new way of living and leading – in alignment with your true self. Leah is founder of Leah Grace LLC as well as co-founder of the Wellness Collective GR and the Women in Connection Networking Group.
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.
Psychospiritual and somatic bodywork practitioner at Continuum Healing
Micah utilizes holistic dialogue, breathwork, and somatic therapies to assist humans in finding their way back to full embodiment and presence. By working to integrate the childhood beliefs, developmental traumas, shock traumas, and patterned behaviors learned in youth, Micah supports people as they learn to FEEL again; making it possible to create a life filled with safety, meaning and purpose. A life not dictated by past beliefs and habitual patterns, but a life in the here and now, fully present to the unfolding experience of each moment. Micah is also founder of the Vitalist School of Psychospiritual Transformation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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