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    Bachelor of Social Work (BSW),          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: 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!