Meet the Team

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Co-founder: Shannon Kowalke

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 three 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

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 five years of suffering, I received care under a chiropractor. Less than six months after beginning care, my migraines had completely dissipated. To this day I am migraine free.

I am a father of three 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: 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 had never been to a chiropractor that used an integrator before so this was a new experience for me. I started Principled Chiropractic care because I was dealing with constant shoulder pain, headaches, and 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 did. Meanwhile my ears hurt so much and 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: Elisabeth Van Duinen 

It is such an honor and privilege to serve alongside 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 Principled 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: Alex McKissick

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 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 where 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 a 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! 

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Chiropractic Assistant Professional: Hannah Ondersma

My Chiropractic Story: I was introduced to principled chiropractic care when a friend referred me to Higher Health Chiropractic. After seeing my Primary Care Physician, doing multiple tests, and having blood work for health concerns including fatigue, irregular heart palpitations, and low blood pressure issues, I did not receive any answers. I was excited to hear that principled chiropractic may help improve my overall health, because on top of those health concerns, I have been experiencing joint pain since childhood. Since beginning care, I am happy to say that I am experiencing almost complete relief from my heath concerns, have seen amazing improvements with my joint pain, and have been better able to manage daily stress in my life! I am so thankful to have found principled chiropractic care and a holistic approach to health and healing!

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Chiropractic Assistant Professional: Erika Kremnitzer

I am beyond excited to be a part of the team here at Higher Health Chiropractic. I am learning so much more about health, holistic living, and how important it is for me and my family.  I am happy to come along the side of this team to serve, educate, and bring hope to the individuals and families in our community.

My Chiropractic Story: When I first began Principled Chiropractic care, I was very excited to see what all the hype was about. I never had been to a chiropractor before and I was blown away by the amount of passion everyone carried and all the education I was able to learn at my first visit. I thought I was a pretty healthy person.  Occasionally I would get a headache when I was stressed or my lower back would flair up from being on my feet all day, but I thought that was all normal. I also thought everyone deals with seasonal allergies and by taking allergy medication every four hours in order to function, I thought that was normal too. Since I started care, my headaches are less frequent, my low back pain is hardly noticeable, and my seasonal allergies are so much better! I am thankful for all Principled Chiropractic care and this awesome team has taught me in my first six months of care. Principled Chiropractic will always be a part of my lifestyle.

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Chiropractic Assistant Professional: Anna Medina

I am so thankful to be a part of this amazing team and mission. I love being able to share with people that they have the ability to take their health into their own hands and heal naturally!

My Chiropractic Story: Before Higher Health Chiropractic, I had never been to a chiropractor before. I am so glad I found them because chiropractic is helping me so much! I struggled with pain for so long due to early development. I had horrible posture because of it, constant back pain, shoulder pain, and neck pain. It held me back from doing a lot of activities and life in general. After my breast reduction, I really wanted to work on my posture and my back pain from years of suffering. Since starting chiropractic, I have had zero back pain! I am so thankful that Higher Health came into my life.

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Chiropractic Administrative Assistant: Madelynn Messenger

I'm thrilled to be a part of the team here at Higher Health Chiropractic. I’m thankful that I have this opportunity to serve and be a part of the hope and healing that principled chiropractic care brings to the community. I feel blessed to work alongside a team of passionate, faith filled people who are uplifting, challenging, and encouraging.

My Chiropractic Story: Chiropractic care was always something that I thought about. Not until I started working at HHC was I able to start receiving care for the first time. I got to learn the depth of chiropractic care and the multitude of benefits that come from it. For a long time I experienced breathing problems, lower back pain, knee pain, and had hip popping, especially with exercise. I would get sick multiple times within a year and it would take weeks to recover. Being under chiropractic care, my immune system has been able to function better and fight viruses faster. It's been exciting to see all the aches and pains improve as well. I’m thrilled to be more proactive about my health and functioning at my fullest God given potential.