Meet the Team
Co-founder: Shannon Kowalke B.S., Communication Disorders
I am proud and honored to join my husband- Dr. Erik in serving this awesome community with natural health care. I have experienced firsthand the benefits of Principled Chiropractic care in both my life and in our children’s lives. More often than not, you’ll see me in the office, our baby in tow, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I look forward to meeting you & your family!
My Chiropractic Story: During my teens I was introduced to chiropractic care when I suffered from chronic migraine headaches. Regular over-the-counter pain medications were not helping and I didn’t feel comfortable taking prescription drugs to just cover up my symptoms. After receiving regular chiropractic care for 3 months my headaches diminished in length and strength and after six months of care, I was completely migraine free! I continue to maintain regular chiropractic care as part of a pro-active approach to health and I have been migraine free for several years. I am passionate about helping others heal naturally~ from the Inside- Out!
Chiropractic Assistant Professional: Emily Scoles A.A., Liberal Studies
In a culture of people with a declining health rate, I see people every day come into our office with sickness, pain, and a decreased quality of life due to health problems. Some people do not even know what good health feels like. Our mission at Higher Health Chiropractic is to share the message of hope and healing; our bodies were designed to heal and function at their optimal ability. My heart is to share that mission through encouraging others and serving the community of Grand Rapids as people seek to reach their God-given health potential through principled chiropractic care.
My Chiropractic Story: When I first began Principled Chiropractic Care, I was suffering from severe low back pain for about a year. I couldn’t sit up straight, and I would wake up at night beyond uncomfortable because of the pain. During that period, I also suffered from anxiety; I felt tense with an uneasy gut feeling that constantly put me on edge. However, after three months of specific, scientific, chiropractic adjustments, my back pain was nearly GONE! Not only that, but I realized that my anxiety had disappeared! Looking back on my health, chiropractic care has truly changed my life!
Chiropractic Assistant Professional: Maria Guzman
After being able to experience the ongoing results of specific chiropractic care for the last few years, I am now thrilled to be a part of Team HHC! Taking care of our bodies physically and mentally is vital. I am blessed to be able to help educate and encourage our community on the incredible healing that our bodies can experience naturally through principled chiropractic care.
My Chiropractic Story: When I began my journey under chiropractic care I was dealing with health issues that had become daily occurrences. I was frequently visiting my medical doctor but never received answers. After months of specific adjustments, I began to notice my issues weren't occurring as often and my overall health was improving. I have a passion for exercising and keeping active, so my regular adjustments keep my nervous system functioning optimally to help me keep doing what I love. I am excited to be able to be a part of life changing journeys and help people live the life they enjoy.
Chiropractic Assistant Professional: Julie Weaver B.S. Consumer Food Science
It is an immense privilege to serve the greater Grand Rapids community as a member of the Higher Health Chiropractic team! My life has changed dramatically since I was first introduced to HHC and principled chiropractic care in 2015. As someone who has always aspired to work in a wellness profession, I am blessed with the opportunity to witness the hope and healing of so many on a daily basis.
My Chiropractic Story: After a long period of searching for answers to hip pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, digestive issues and headaches that were becoming progressively worse with each year, I had lost hope that I would ever experience the quality of life that I so strongly desired. In 2015, I considered chiropractic care as a last resort. During the initial consultation process, I was deeply touched by the HHC team's concern for my health and finally began to understand the reasons for my symptoms and conditions. Through principled chiropractic care, my body has been able to heal and is stronger than ever. I am free of medication and full of passion for the amazing abilities of the nervous system. Our bodies are truly incredibly made!
Chiropractic Assistant Professional: Stephanie Weener
I grew up in the Grand Rapids area and I studied Health and Exercise Science at Spring Arbor University. Before working at Higher Health I never had any chiropractic experience, however, the science behind it was very intriguing to me, and I wanted to learn more.
My Chiropractic Story: I always considered myself to be in pretty good health but after my initial evaluation I realized that I wasn't as healthy as I thought. My spine was definitely out of alignment and curving in the wrong direction. Even though I wasn't experiencing any pain yet, I learned that the longer I let this continue the more issues i could eventually experience later on in life. I've always had a passion for health and I especially want to take care of the body God has given me. Another passion of mine is to serve others, and I'm so thankful to be a part of a team that makes both of these their mission. Everyday I'm learning new things, meeting new people, and helping people live better lives.
Chiropractic Assistant Professional: Ashley Schutte
I am so blessed to get a front row seat to God changing lives through the Higher Health Community. The people that work here and the patients that come in bring so much love and positive energy, that it is such a joy to work here. It is amazing what our body can do when we let it have time and repetition to heal instead of using medication.
My Chiropractic Story: I have never been to a chiropractor that used an integrator before so this is a new experience for me. I started care dealing with constant shoulder pain and headaches also having terrible ear problems from my last ear infection. All the other chiropractors and doctors said there was nothing wrong with my shoulder or i had to limit what i could do and my ears hurt so much, I could barely hear for months so I was given medication. Since starting care here, I haven't had any limits and I feel great and my ears are so much better and only after a few adjustments! I know it can only get better from here!
Chiropractic Assistant Professional: Lisse Dolinger B.S. Biblical Studies
As my passion for a healthy and holistic lifestyle has grown, I have been extremely thankful for Team HHC and how they have consistently, genuinely cared about my journey. I am immensely excited to join the team, and to play a part in one of the most important aspects of our lives: health! Whether it be through time, family, rest, or spinal function, HHC cares about their members in the best possible ways. I am proud to fill a need, and change lives with the team!
My Chiropractic Story: Through several different sports in high school and college, I have sustained a variety of injuries that have impeded daily life. My chronic pain had been given multiple "guesses" and opinions, and drugs to try and help with the pain, but no answers or real progress. Nothing began to change and heal my body like principled chiropractic care has been able too. I have not had my "breakthrough" yet, but I have seen more function and health restored to my life than any other medical means, as well as learned WHY my body has been in this position. This education (not found elsewhere!) and purpose of aiding the body in it's natural God-given ability to heal itself, is the most beautiful mission the team could have.
Chiropractic Assistant Professional: Elisabeth Van Duinen B.A., German Major/Spanish Minor
It is such an honor and privilege to serve along side the team at Higher Health Chiropractic in order to see optimal health restored and lives changed through principled chiropractic care right here in Grand Rapids. As a non native Grand Rapidian, I fell in love with the community here while attending school, and I couldn't think of a better way to give back to the wonderful people of Grand Rapids than by helping spread the word that God-given health is attainable and principle chiropractic care can facilitate that!
My Chiropractic Story: As a much newer practice member, even after being under care for a month now, I have already noticed a difference in my own health. Of the noticeable symptoms for me before beginning care, I now have fewer and less intense headaches and my sleeping has improved greatly. I wasn't even aware that concentration and mental focus were symptoms and even issues in my own life until I began receiving adjustments, but even now I find that my productivity on a daily basis is improving as well. This gives me great hope to know that it is only a matter of time and repetition before I see the other health issues improve and normal, God-designed function restored in my body!
Back Office Specialist: Jackie Moore A.S., Medical Billing and Coding
I am so excited to be a part of Team HHC. I am thrilled to be able to help educate people on chiropractic care and show them how God made our incredible bodies able to heal themselves when put on the right path.
My Chiropractic Story: For 15 years I had been in constant neck pain. Sometimes tolerable and sometimes unbearable. I was rear-ended in an auto accident by a car going at a high rate of speed. After months of the pain not letting up, an x-ray was finally done. I was told I had degenerative disc disease. Nothing could be done immediately but that i would eventually have to have my discs fused. I was prescribed heavy anti-inflammatory's which did nothing. So I learned to live with the pain. I was not familiar with TRT chiropractic until I came to TEAM HHC but after much education I had my first adjustment. I was shocked when I stood up and after a few minutes I realized that the constant pain in my neck was gone. With regular adjustments the pain in my neck when I turn my head is also almost gone. Thank You GOD!!