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!


Operations Manager: Jason Tolkkinen - A.A. Liberal Arts & Sciences

I am gratified to have joined the team here at Higher Health Chiropractic. It is beyond rewarding to play a role in the chiropractic profession. Thriving on faith, hope, and positivity, we create a beaming atmosphere in which we are fortunate enough to help and witness families and individuals of all ages achieve their health goals through Specific Scientific Chiropractic care. Being surrounded by an entire team who has the same drive and passion for chiropractic is right where I feel called to be. 

My Chiropractic Story: As a child I suffered for many years with migraines. As tradition taught me, I resorted to symptom suppression through pain relievers. What I didn’t know, was that I was only TEMPORARILY suppressing my symptoms. I was never told that my symptoms would persist if the root cause was not addressed. After 5 years of suffering, I received care under a chiropractor. Less than 6 months after beginning care my migraines had completely dissipated. To this day I am migraine free.

I am a father of 3 children who have been under principled Chiropractic care since the first week of their lives. Through experiencing the joys and blessings of raising healthy kids, on top of my own testimonies, I have forever committed my family to Chiropractic care. Now, Being involved in the profession, I will always strive to help others seek and achieve their own health goals through principled chiropractic care.


Chiropractic Assistant Professional: Emily Scoles    Bachelor of Social Work (BSW),          A.A., Liberal Studies

From a young age, people hear that some of the main ways to deal with health concerns and symptoms is through taking medication, having surgery, or learning to live with the issues. What they often do not hear is that, put in the right position, the body has an incredible innate ability to heal itself. Through principled chiropractic care, it is possible for people to find relief from health concerns, and experience optimal health. I love being part of a mission that educates, encourages, and empowers individuals to live within that truth, changing the health of individuals and overall, the entire community.

My Chiropractic Story: Growing up, going to a chiropractor was not something that was foreign to my family. However, although we went every so often, I still experienced considerable pain. After being referred to Higher Health by my sister, I started receiving specific, scientific, torque release technique chiropractic adjustments, and my life has not been the same since. I have been under chiropractic care for many years now, and it has helped improve or eliminate lower back pain, an abnormal spinal curvature, migraines, headaches, neck pain, foot injuries, anxiety, and so many other things. I experience less sickness, and have an overall improved quality of life. While my health journey is ongoing, I could not have made it this far without chiropractic care. The body’s ability to heal itself amazes me, and I am thankful to be a part of a movement that walks with people through their health journeys.


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: 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: Chiropractic has greatly increased my quality of life. I first came to Higher Health as a last resort for severe hormonal issues resulting in the lack of a cycle for three years. I was told that I would need medication and that I potentially had a cyst on my pituitary gland. After opting out of testing and medication, I decided to find a more holistic approach to healing. I had already changed my diet and exercise routines, so I knew something was missing. Now after being under care for a year and a half, I am super excited to share that not only have I found relief from migraines, concentration issues and sleeping problems, but I have also started to have cycles again! This gives me great hope to know that it is only a matter of time and repetition before I see complete healing in my body and normal God-given function restored!


Chiropractic Assistant Professional: Monica Drake B.A. Social Work

I can't think of anything more that I want to do with my life than help others live fully, and feel lucky to do that as a profession! As someone who has spent the last few years making an effort to learn and implement healthy habits, I have had a keen interest in learning about chiropractic care. I have found myself being eager to educate others on spinal health outside of work as well as during! It has been incredible to see people stepping into a fullness of life, and to see hope given as they realize that they don't have to live with their health and mental illnesses.

My chiropractic story: Before knowing anything about chiropractic care, I thought nothing of my health issues. I was experiencing no pain, had no history of major traumas and rarely got sick. I never knew that my susceptibility to ear infections, allergies, low energy, and yearly colds were things I never had to live with! My first assessment at Higher Health revealed that my neck was practically straight, which came as a shock to me, as I have had no major traumas in my past. I learned that my neck could have been misaligned since birth, and that the nerves in my neck connect to - you guessed it - my ears, sinuses, and throat. I felt a difference in my sinuses after my very first adjustment, and look forward to noting the differences as I continue my first year of care!


Chiropractic Assistant Professional: Alex McKissick Bachelors of Science-Human Services

To be able to work on a team with a faith centered mission of serving others, and a focus on natural health and healing is sincerely a dream come true for me. I am excited to be on Team Higher Health and carry out our mission of helping our community reach their God-given health potential!

My Chiropractic Story: For a large majority of my adolescent and teenage years I was heavily medicated for health issues. This lead to multiple health conditions in my young adult years: depression, chronic headaches, food allergies, digestive issues, and hormone dysfunction. After growing increasingly ill into young adulthood, I decided to change my lifestyle and dive into true healing. I got off all medications and started to address the root cause of my health problems, which wasn't something familiar to me. Fast forward to now, regular Chiropractic Care has changed the course of my health and future. I am the healthiest I have ever been, and for the first time in my life I have hope for having the healthy future.

I am proud to be a part of a team that is passionate about true healing from the inside out. It is a pleasure to serve my community through education of the nervous system, and spreading the message of whole health! 


Chiropractic Assistant Professional: Grace McLemore

My passion in life is to help people in whatever way I can. I was so excited when I discovered chiropractic care! Not only can I help people on their journey to health, but I get to be encouraged daily by all the amazing testimonies that come out of our office. I am so eager to give people the gift of spinal education and watch their lives transform! I am a native to the Grand Rapids area, and I love being able to reach out to our community. I am proud to be apart of a team that is so focused on helping restore the natural function of the body!

My Chiropractic Story: When I was a child I was in a traumatic car accident. After that car
accident I started suffering from headaches that became worse the older I got. Before chiropractic care I would regularly get severe migraines, almost twice a day. After being under care for even just a month I am proud to say my migraines are few and far in-between! I'm so excited to see how chiropractic care will further improve my overall health!