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Laurie Angell
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. She has practiced Transcendental Meditation (TM) for the past 20 years.

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Barbara Meconis, RN, bs
vice president

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.

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Dave Johnson, MD
Secretary

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.

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Linda Unterkircher
Treasurer

Organization: Verve

Linda’s curiosity about holistic medicine began while working in research laboratories as a medical technologist. She has been fascinated with the energy field of the body and the role it plays in health. Linda continues to investigate natural options to support the body’s ability to raise this energy field for healing.

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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.

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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.

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.

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Betsy Willey

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.