2018 PANEL EXPERTS

Our 2018 Panel Sponsor and Moderator

Nicole Zaagman, Branding & Design Expert, Founder of LUX CHIX
Nicole Zaagman is a branding & design expert, bestselling author of Bee BADASS and Brilliant and founder of LUX CHIX - A Creative Agency for Holistic Brands. Her featured services include branding, graphic design, marketing strategy, coaching, visibility and website development. Zaagman resides in West Michigan with her husband Ken and Shih Tzu dog Hadley. She enJOYs growing her faith as a Christian and spends spare time in community, horseback riding, listening to country music, cooking organic and paleo foods, drinking green juice and experiencing Michigan's four seasons.

2018 Bodywork Panel Experts

During our 2018 Conference our attendees will have the privilege of learning from local experts that practice various forms of bodywork, one of our greatest tools for self-care! 
Lauren Ramey, Licensed Esthetician, Holistic Skin Care Specialist
Grand Rapids Natural Health

Lauren Ramey graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business from Aquinas College in 2014. Growing up on an organic farm, she has a passion for health related practices. In 2015 she graduated from the Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics in Tempe Arizona, and is a licensed esthetician in Michigan and Arizona.

She believes that what we put in and on our bodies is a big contribution to our overall well-being.  Consistent with her holistic approach to life she chooses to work with an all organic, clean, free of toxins line, Elina Organics. These products are formulated to penetrate and work in harmony with the skin.

Lauren’s motto is “our hands are our greatest tools.” Her desire is to perform non-invasive holistic skin care treatments on men, women, and teens, while continuing to educate herself on a daily basis in skin care. Encompassed in her purpose as an esthetician, is the knowledge and love for the largest organ of the body, the skin.

Karen Palaszek, BS, MA, RYT 500 (Yoga), Parayoga Level 1 Certified, Ayurvedic Consultant, Four Desires Certified Trainer, Yoga Products Entrepreneur of Quiet Mountain

Karen has a Bachelor of Science Degree from UofM and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Development/Educational Leadership.  Her love of all things yoga blossomed--when she was a stay at home mother of two young children--into a desire to study, share and teach.  She holds an RYT 500 certification through Yoga Alliance, is Level 1 certified in the Parayoga system of Tantra Hatha Yoga, www.parayoga.com, and is certified in Ayurveda through the Himalayan Institute, himalayaninstitute.org.  Karen is also a passionate yoga products entrepreneur.  She sells her creative and visionary collections through her online business, Quiet Mountain, explorequietmountain.com.  Karen has also donated the Whisper, her specialized yoga mat to Gilda's Club Grand Rapids, and has also held a yoga fundraiser for the Children's Assessment Center, to fund much needed counseling for child victims of sexual abuse.  

Most recently, Karen has become a certified trainer of The Four Desires, (also through Parayoga) based on the best selling book written by her teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker.  This powerful system helps individuals to truly become the authors of their own lives, identifying and dissolving patterns to systematically and intentionally create the freedom and empowerment to live life fully, with joy and courage.  Karen's passion is working with people to assist them in discovering their own definition of vibrant health, happiness and wholeness.  She joyfully teaches yoga as a full spectrum practice and includes work with asana, energy (prana), breath, yoga nidra (deep systematic relaxation) and mediation practices.  She holds sacred her ability to teach to the whole person; weaving elements of deep wisdom from both the traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda, expanding the classroom experience.  Karen offers group classes, workshops and private consultations in Yoga and Ayurveda, as well as The Four Desires.  She currently holds classes at Holistic Care Approach in Grand Rapids. Karen has two grown children.  She enjoys traveling and the great outdoors with Mike, her husband of 32 years.

Ken Porter, CHT, LMT, Certified Hakomi Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist
Eagle Park Wellness, Men's Resource Center of West Michigan

Ken Porter is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and a Licensed Massage Therapist. He received his Hakomi Therapy training and certification from the Hakomi Institute in Chicago, and his Massage Therapy training and certification from the Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts. Ken offers individual sessions of Hakomi Therapy, and also brings this approach to men’s support groups which he co-facilitates with Randy Flood MA, LLP.

Ken has received extensive additional training in somatic/experiential healing, including Non-Violent Communication, Focusing, Vipassana meditation, Cornerstone crisis listening skills, CranioSacral Therapy, and Myofascial Release. He has practiced in Grand Rapids since 1999. Learn more about his work at BodyandSoulGR.com.

Molly Kehoe, Cranio/Sacral Therapist
Holistic Care Approach

My journey to be a Bodyworker/Healer as been a long one! Thirty years ago I never would have believed how satisfying and interesting  my career has become. I was once interested in teaching, and my first degree came from GVSU , a  B.S. in Anthropology, then I enrolled in nursing school, and became an LPN. After working at C.S. Mott children's Hospital in Ann Arbor for 2 years, we moved to Grand Rapids, and I began a long career (27 years) as a surgical scrub nurse at Blodgett Hospital. My team was orthopedics, and plastic surgery. I was very fortunate to see literally every organ and most of the bones and nerves of the human body...because in that amount of time, you will scrub every sort of case from brain surgery to c-sections to lots and lots of spinal,knee and hip replacement. 

That became crucial, when I switched gears in 1999, and attended the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education, in Mt. Pleasant. I received my Bodyworker degree, and quickly became interested in Dr. John Upledger's courses in Cranio/Sacral Therapy. The wonderful amount of  human anatomy I had seen helped me trememdously to visualize the closed hydraulic system of the Cranio/Sacral, spinal-head connection.

 I have completed seven levels of the Upledger Institute's wonderful courses, and have been a practicing CS Therapist at Holistic Care Approach for the past 17 years. I love doing this work! I see clients with many different issues...great results freeing those from migraine pain, anxiety, and chronic pain issues of all kinds. I also work on children, and newborn infants, in doing a traumatic birth release, which helps them sleep more fully, and is helpful fro preventing reflux. 

As my Spiritual personal work has deepened over the past ten years, I find my perception of "where to go..what to do" for individual clients has become much more effective. I am very involved with use of essential oils and I am interested in your birthday, and how that may be affecting your present circumstance, because I was also a professional Astrologer for several years.

Theresa Osmer, BS, DC, Certified Chiropractic Physician
Flow Chiropractic

Dr. Osmer received her Doctor of Chiropractic from National University of Health Sciences near Chicago, Illinois. She has additional post-graduate training in pre-natal and postpartum care, pediatrics, functional rehabilitation, ergonomics, athletic taping, and lifestyle medicine. She was trained as a prenatal yoga instructor through Blooma's Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training.

Born and raised in Michigan, Dr. Osmer grew up in Owosso, MI. She is the oldest of 5 girls! She attended Michigan State University (Go Green!) for her Human Biology degree with a specialization in bioethics and humanitis. Coming from a long line of medical professionals, she always had a love for the "art" of healing. Combining this with her passion for athletics and healthy eating, Chiropractic was a natural fit. Following graduation, Dr. Osmer and her husband moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. She started in practice under the mentorship of Dr. Karen May in Mason, Michigan for her first 5 years in practice. During this time, Dr. Osmer was able to develop her knowledge and skill set to effectively manage a wide variety of patients. Her treatment style is strongly based in restoring health by utilizing non-invasive therapies, such as nutritional counseling, vitamin and mineral supplementation, various myofascial release techniques, and chiropractic manipulation.

FLOW Chiropractic was developed out of a passion to bring this knowledge and skill set to the people of West Michigan. Dr. Osmer wholeheartedly believes in “Doctor as teacher” and that education can empower people to live optimally. In her free time, Dr. Osmer enjoys spending time with her family, on the mat at yoga, running (annual Riverbank Run 25K participant!), cooking, supporting small businesses in her local community, and traveling. 

2018 Integrative Medicine Panel Experts 

Our 2018 attendees will have the honor of learning from a panel of integrative medicine practitioners, sharing their journey toward integrative care and the WHY behind their passion of practicing individualized, whole-person medicine. 
Barbara Meconis, RN, BS, CEO, Holistic Nurse Consultant
Holistic Care Approach 

Barb has a Bachelor's Degree in Health Care Administration from Davenport University and a nursing diploma from Mercy Central School of Nursing. She has completed graduate work in public health from Michigan State University and holds certifications in case management, and intravenous infusion. She has completed Level III course work through the Colorado Institute of Healing Touch and Level I towards Medical Intuitive Certification. She is a versatile healthcare professional with extensive experience progressing from clinical to administrative roles, in both profit and non-profit healthcare organizations. She was with Priority Health from 1995-2002 as the Director of Health Management Programs and at Spectrum Health from 2002-2003 as the Director of System Quality Improvement. Leadership strengths focus on strategic planning, and innovation as evidenced by award winning, published disease management programs and public speaking requests. Career emphasis has been program development and implementations. Barbara currently serves on the Board of directors for Healthy Homes, Davenport University Alumni Boar, and is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Regional Council for Inforum. She became the principle owner of Holistic Care Approach in 2003, is a Certified NAET practitioner and a Holistic Nurse Consultant. 

Dave Johnson, MD, Integrative and Preventive Physician and Cardiologist
Grand Rapids Natural Health

Dave Johnson, MD is a board certified cardiologist and integrative medicine specialist. He earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1990. He then trained in internal medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and subsequent cardiovascular specialty training at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Most recently, he has completed the fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine founded by Andrew Weil, MD.

Dr. Johnson believes healing is the natural capacity of the body. He supports his clients on their journey towards health and well-being by helping them find balance in thebody, mind, soul and spirit; all essential aspects of our individual being that contribute to health. He draws from his decades of experience in traditional modern Western medicine as well as the practices of ancient wisdom traditions. Dr. Johnson has traveled throughout the Western hemisphere to explore diverse healing strategies from the ancient traditions of shamanism to the most advanced modern medical care. The result is an integration of various aspects, pulled from his travels and training and is what he refers to as integrative cardiology.

A holistic approach understands that the body, mind, and spirit work collaboratively to create the reality of our individual and collective lives, whether in sickness or health. Although treating the physical signs and symptoms of disease can reduce suffering, restoration of health requires finding a more harmonious balance between the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Learning from the previous roadmap in your life is an essential tool for creating change that leads you toward a healthier destiny.

Dr. Johnson uses a heart-centered approach that both guides and empowers the individual on their journey towards health and well-being. Most diseases are not inherited but rather influenced by our exposures and experiences; Dr. Johnson works with you to ensure that the body is adequately nourished, that the mind promotes resiliency, and that your environment supports your health. He will help you alleviate your signs and symptoms of heart disease while also getting to the root cause of your symptoms so that a new roadmap can be created on your journey towards health and well-being.

Joe Witte, Physical Therapist, GCFP, AMB
JoeWitte.com

Physical therapist since 1978 with over 38 years of clinical experience. Over the years Joe has developed an approach which primarily utilizes an array of manual therapy techniques such as: cranial-sacral, myofascial, Jin-Shin-Do acupressure, trigger point treatment with strain-counterrstain, and functional indirect. 

Joe Witte is trained in the McKenzie approach for the treatment of back pain and in spine unloading strategies. "My approach blends of many of these tools and utilizes Feldenkrais® concepts." Joe has also been practicing Guild Certified Feldenkrais® method since 2000. 

Laurie DeDecker, RN, MHIA, Registered Nurse, Energy Therapy Practitioner
Grand Rapids Natural Health, Holistic Care Approach

Laurie DeDecker is a registered nurse, certified energy therapy practitioner and trainerhealthcare contractorresearchergrant writer and medical writer/editor. She has been involved in healthcare for more than 30 years. She received her nursing diploma from the Blodgett Memorial Medical Center School of Nursing in 1985. She has practiced nursing in a variety of settings in Michigan and has worked as a nursing consultant since 2002 in public and tribal health.  Laurie began her energy therapy training through Healing in America in 2010 and is a Certified Trainer and Healer Member of Healing in America (HIA).

In addition to her healing practice, she is actively involved in local efforts to integrate energy therapy and other complementary forms of medicine into healthcare. She teaches the HIA method in Michigan and Wisconsin and coordinates the Community Healing Project, which trains members of underserved communities to do healing work within their local community. Her energy therapy practice includes adults, children, and communities. She is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association.

“I love to help people reach their full potential in life through my healing practice, lecturing, writing and teaching. My mission is to allow each client to reach their full potential through relaxation, stress reduction, healing, and better balance. I believe that all healing is self-healing and I work with my clients to clear old energetic patterns and help them explore new ways to experience improved health and wellbeing in collaboration with their usual medical care.” – Laurie DeDecker

The Healing in America (HIA) method of Energy Therapy was founded in England in 1954 by the world-renowned healer Harry Edwards. This evidence-based method is used alongside standard Western medicine in England where physicians often order it for their patients. Now available in the US, HIA has a certified training program that maintains the highest standards. Practitioners like Laurie are required to maintain a high standard of practice under the strict Code of Conduct, assuring that energy therapy is offered in a grounded and safe manner.

Nicole Cain, ND, MA, Integrative Bipolar Disorder and Mental Health Doctor
Health For Life Grand Rapids

Dr. Cain is a consultant, speaker and physician. She is an expert in integrative treatments for bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, postpartum depression/anxiety and trauma. She is a licensed primary care physician in the state of Arizona and received her medical degree in Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she also completed an accredited residency in primary care medicine. She has a Master’s Degree in clinical psychology, counseling specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and she received her B.A. in Psychology from Luther College. She is published in many journals, newspapers and blogs and is the founder and CMO of Health For Life Grand Rapids in Grand Rapids Michigan. She is also the founder and CMO of Natural Mental Health Supplements. In her free time she loves arts and crafts, being outdoors and spending time with her loved ones.

Meet Our 2017 Nutrition & Energy Therapy Panelists

Tricia
Eldrige

Dr. Ginger
Southhall

Nanette Bowen

Levi
Gardner

Jennifer Kurinsky

Shannon Sadoski

Geoff   Lamden

Ashley
Forton

Elizabeth Cosmos

Irv
Marcus

 

Meet Our 2016 Health Practitioner & HOLISTIC ENTREPRENEUR Panelists

Barbara Meconis

Christine Schoenek

David Schroeder

Audrey
Byker

Kerry
Hart

Amber
Kilpatrick

Kassandra Gillespie

Jermale
Eddie

Stephen
Durell

Mike
Hughes

Nicole
Zaagman

Natalie Novak-Bauss