President & Founder
Organization: Universal Health Solutions
Laurie is a Registered Sanitarian and has worked as a public health inspector. She is also a licensed massage therapist and continues to pursue studies in other fields, including stress management and more. An alum of Grand Valley State University, Laurie is a charter member and active volunteer with the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) and is also a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has practiced Transcendental Meditation (TM) for the past 20 years.
Barbara Meconis, RN, bs
Organization: Holistic Care Approach
Barbara Meconis RN, BS, is a holistic nurse consultant and health coach with experience including IV infusion, case management, quality improvement, and strategic planning. She has completed extensive course work in Healing Touch, energy healing, health coaching, aromatherapy, medical intuitive certification, allergy elimination, and auricular acupuncture. Barbara has served as adjunct faculty at area colleges and universities and is the principle owner of Holistic Care Approach in Grand Rapids.
Dave Johnson, MD
Organization: Grand Rapids Natural Health
David Johnson, MD, FACC is a board certified cardiologist with specialized training in integrative medicine from the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. He applies his scientific knowledge with a holistic approach that aims to restore body, mind and spiritual balance in the healing process.
paul nicholson, apma
Organization: Macatawa Bank
Paul joined Macatawa Bank’s Wealth Management team in 2010, as a member of the Asset Management Group. Paul is a Portfolio Manager overseeing investments for individuals and institutions. He has been in the financial services industry for 17 years working at various national investment and insurance firms. Paul is also the current President of the Kent Medical Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors. He and his wife, Diane, live in Cascade and have 2 children, Daniel and Rachel. They attend Forest Hill Central High Schools.
Laurie DeDecker, RN
Organization: DeDecker Consulting, LLC/WoodsEdge Healing
Laurie has been an RN for more than 30 years. She is also an energy therapy practitioner, trainer, healthcare contractor, researcher and medical writer/editor. She is a certified practitioner/trainer in the Healing in America method of energy therapy. Her healing practice includes adults, children and communities. She loves to help people reach their full potential in life through her healing and wellness practice, lecturing, writing, teaching and tribal healthcare. She has served on several nonprofit boards, and as part of her clinical focus she has participated in cancer genetics and public health on a local, state and national level.
Jamarie geller, MA, MD Candidate
Organization: Michigan State College of Human Medicine
Jamarie has a Master's in Contemplative Psychotherapy and is now pursuing her medical degree at Michigan State College of Human Medicine. She plans to practice holistic psychiatry and pediatrics, helping patients heal from the inside out. She is also passionate about social justice, nutrition, and adolescent health issues. Jamarie is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, Michigan Medical Association, Kent County Medical Society, and American Group Psychotherapy Association.
Organization: Irv Marcus Acupuncture
2019 marks the 25th year for Irv as a Nationally Board Certified Acupuncturist serving multiple locations in West Michigan. Irv's goal is for individuals to be better informed about how to help themselves utilize the best of Eastern and Western modalities so they can choose wisely and have great confidence in their own healing ability. Irv is a graduate of Meiji College of Oriental Medicine in San Francisco, CA.
Organization: Taig Family Chiropractic
Dr. Cathy Taig has helped west Michigan achieve better health for over 15 years. She and her husband, Dr. Tim Taig, practice in Cascade where they focus on enhancing an individual’s “24 hour health cycle” with chiropractic, nutrition, and sleep.
Organization: Footprints of the Soul
Elizabeth (Betsy) Willey is a certified Healing Touch practitioner and a Reiki Master. Developed by the nursing profession, Healing Touch has many applications for health and healing. Betsy studied neurological energy work with Carol Desantos, psychotherapist and founder of NSEW. Betsy also received a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Dominican Center in Grand Rapids and completed a two year program in Interfaith Spiritual Guidance. She is a retired high school teacher and author of Footprints of the Soul, A Creative Guide for Spiritual Journey Groups and Individuals.
Ex Officio Board Members
Barbara Pickut, MD, MPH
Organization: Mercy Health St. Mary’s Campus
Dr. Pickut is the medical director of the Parkinson's and Movement Disorders program at Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences. She also is an Associate Professor in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Prior to joining Mercy Health, Dr. Pickut was a neurologist in Antwerp, Belgium for more than twenty years and is also currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Antwerp focusing on Neuromodulation in Parkinson's disease. Dr. Pickut has been involved in yoga practice as a therapeutic methodology since the late 1970's and is trained in mindfulness and has been teaching it to others since 2006. Her current research involves mindfulness training among individuals with Parkinson's Disease.