Get to the heart of your healing journey, the natural way–that’s the idea behind GR Natural Health. A natural health center that focuses on patient-centered care, GR Natural Health does it all, really. Over the years, they have developed a collaborative team of practitioners who inspire their clients to restore all areas of wellness: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. I’ve visited these practitioners for a number of reasons, and can honestly say that everyone here is just amazing.

About GR Natural Healthnatural health

GR Natural Health is the only business in Grand Rapids that combines integrative health care with naturopathic medical professionals and natural healing methods such as acupuncture, health coaching, and energy therapy.

Practice Director & CEO: Kelly Peterson

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Kelly Peterson opened GR Natural Health inside a chiropractic office in 2012 after completing her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Since then, the practice has moved to the west side of downtown. Her team of integrative practitioners and services and continues to grow. Over the years, Kelly has cultivated an environment that appeals to anyone seeking holistic wellness, clean beauty, spa services, and natural remedies.

What to Expect

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During my first visit, I instantly noticed the bright, clean, and relaxing ambiance. Plenty of windows and natural light create a beautiful environment that’s ideal for anyone’s health and wellness journey. The front desk staff is friendly, helpful, and make you feel right at home. Need extra guidance choosing a service or want to get to know a staff member? They offer complimentary 15-minute meet and greet consultations to get you on the right track.

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Ok. Let’s get a couple wonderings out of the way.

Acupuncture? Energy healing? Sounds a little woo-woo, I get it.

But, give it a try. I did. Stephen Durell, a National Board Certified acupuncturist who works out of GR Natural Health one day a week, treats a wide range of conditions.  After just one session with him, I felt totally refreshed, euphoric, and less achy. It was a serious difference and totally worth the investment.

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I also had the pleasure of getting to know Chris Wheeler, an energy touch practitioner/ CranioSacral Therapist, and had an incredible experience. Her passion for showing people how the body can naturally heal itself was evident during my time with her.

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By incorporating breath, spiritual guidance, guided meditation, and intention, she helps people recover from trauma, pain, and even disease. She has extraordinary testimonials from clients who have been healed through her spiritual energy work and the results are impressive.

Integrative Health Carenatural health

More and more people are realizing the importance of preventative and natural medicine. Being prescribed prescription medications without a long-term solution doesn’t fully treat the problem. GR Natural Health utilizes a medical director, David Johnson MD, and a team of naturopathic doctors to provide both conventional and alternative therapies. Naturopathic medicine decreases the need for medical interventions by improving your well-being, preventing disease, and enhancing your overall health.

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Each doctor incorporates Integrative medicine, a healing-oriented practice that takes into account the whole person (body, mind, and spirit). Natural therapies include nutrition, exercise, stress/relaxation, herbal medicines, dietary supplements, and functional lab testing. Rest assured that you’ll not only receive sound medical advice but also additional support to enhance all areas of your life. 

Light Therapy

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LED Light Therapy offers serious benefits for the body, mind, and skin. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode.  It sends low level light energy into the deepest layers of the skin, which stimulates multiple functions of repair and regeneration depending on the color of the light used.  Each light produces chemical reactions throughout damaged blood and nerve cells, which enables healing and relieves pain. If you’re dealing with common concerns such as inflammation, slow healing wounds, depression, stress, or even fine lines and wrinkles, give LED Light Therapy a try!  It’s a safe, noninvasive, procedure to help your body heal itself naturally.

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Every staff member at GR Natural Health is invested in your health and wellness. For example, Andrea Hop, certified health coach, is passionate about making knowledgeable food choices and focused on improving all aspects of wellness. She really gets to the root of your nutritional needs and guides you through a comprehensive evaluation that determines how to take more control of your health through food, mental clarity, and daily routines/ habits.  She’s personable, educated, and empowers you to build healthier habits.

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Claudia Ellenberger, the massage therapist, is phenomenal, and uses hot stones and cupping to help alleviate stress and tension. If you haven’t tried cupping, you must! It’s invigorating, therapeutic, and helps improve circulation. I’ve also been treated to many facials by their phenomenal team of Estheticians and holistic skin care specialists.

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After months of treatment, I can say with confidence that they genuinely address your skin care needs, help you choose products that are most beneficial, and personalize each and every facial. GR Natural Health is committed to using organic, toxic-free products. The pumpkin and dark chocolate seasonal masks are heavenly. You can literally eat them, that’s how clean they are. Want to make your eyes really pop? They just added brow, lash, and waxing services.

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Treat yourself to a spa package for ultimate pampering and rejuvenation. If you need to restock, you can also purchase select skincare and makeup products via the GR Natural Health online store. I’ve used several from each line and LOVE the results. BONUS: They smell amazing and FEEL incredible. 

Plan a Visitnatural health center

GR Natural Health hosts fun and informative community events once a month including panel discussions that dive into healthcare concerns and trends. We especially loved the panel about cleansing and the many ways we can detox and give our bodies a break. Need a girl’s night out!? Stop by for their next beauty and spa event complete with appetizers, samples of skincare products, and mini facials!

Get Connectednatural health center

Want to schedule an appointment or learn more about the comprehensive services at GR Natural Health? Check out their integrative health blog or website, where staff regularly address a range of trending healthcare issues and controversial concerns. Schedule an appointment online or contact them anytime with questions. Oh! And you have to follow GR Natural Health on Instagram – they are all over it!

About the Author

Marjorie Behm founded GR Healthy Living in 2017 and has lived in Grand Rapids since 2006. She’s passionate about supporting local businesses that are positively impacting the community. She graduated from Hope College, has a Masters in Education, and loves anything health, wellness, and fitness related. When she’s not creating awesome content for GR Healthy Living, you can typically find her jogging Oscar the Weim (her sweet fur baby), exploring new trails on her road bike, planning travel adventures, and hanging with her friends and family.


Potential-based treatment plans through natural, non-invasive practices – that’s the big idea behind Dynamic Essence Chiropractic Center. Located in Grand Rapids, MI, this place is pretty amazing. Focused on physical and mental well-being, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Britt seek to empower people to develop lifelong, self-sustaining habits that positively impact the whole body. They not only fix you, but they give you the tools to fix yourself – inside and out.  

Meet Dr. Lisa and Dr. Britt

Both Dr. Lisa and Dr. Britt are just lovely individuals. Their passion and care shine through in every interaction. They make you feel welcome and their adjustments are intentional and gentle. I always look forward to my weekly visit and feeling amazing when I leave. They view chiropractic care as a healing art, improving the health and function of the body as a whole. Functional chiropractic care helps increase the communication between your brain, body, and environment.

Chiropractic Services Meant for Everyone

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Dynamic Essence offers a variety of services for pediatric patients, athletes, pregnancy, and adults in every walk of life. No matter who you are, they stand by the 4 pillars of care:

Mindset: They believe your personal perspective and desire in your health is a direct reflection of your ability to be well.

Movement: They believe that dysfunction and destruction are directly related to immobility on many levels. Mobility, in your spine and body, enhance your ability to be adaptable and healthy.

Nutrition: They believe that eating and digesting clean, chemical-free food generates more efficient function and longevity. Proper chiropractic care enhances your ability to rest and digest.

Recuperation: They believe that executing the proper recovery techniques help you to recharge your battery, and this directly relates to your health.


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Dr. Lisa and Britt’s approach to care is multi-fold. Knowing that clarity fuels the momentum to health, they seek to assist, inform, and empower everyone. While you may have interacted with various chiropractors in the past, Dynamic provides you with effective adjustments based on a personalized treatment plan and tailored exercises.

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Here, the doctors stress the importance of mind and body connectedness, helping you achieve better overall health. And beyond regular appointments, the staff here are always taking care one step further by posting informative and helpful videos online. They also offer classes, such as meditation workshops, that take your health to the next level.

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Whether you’re an expert athlete, retiree, young child or with child, Dynamic Essence Chiropractic Center is the place to find positive change, balance, and relief. And honestly, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Britt not only know their stuff, but their friendly demeanor and caring spirit make you feel entirely relaxed and comfortable. They’re pretty awesome.

Get Connected to Dynamic Essence

If you’re interested in learning more about their approach to chiropractic care, visit Dynamic Essence online or contact them to set up your first appointment.


Transform your Mind, Body & Spirit with an energy therapy and nutritional cleansing session. Sam Kalawart is a Certified Energy Therapist & Nutrition Practitioner working out of her home studio, The Healing Space in Heritage Hill near downtown, Grand Rapids. This form of self-care, brings your wellness full-circle and allows you to strengthen your mind+body connection in a new way.

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Discovering Body Peace

After a high-stress job left her with facial paralysis, Sam used several natural modalities to fully recover within 21 days. Through her own health journey, she realized the power of an integrated approach with both nutritional cleansing and healing habits to achieve sustainable Body Peace.

For many women, eating right and exercising on a regular basis has become second nature. Yet they are still left feeling disconnected, anxious, chronically fatigued and burnt out. Energy Therapy works to address this missing link and bring your body back to its natural state of balance.

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If you have tried every diet under the sun with no success it may be “life toxins” or “emotional tension” getting in your way. When mental, emotional, or spiritual challenges are standing in your way, they can block your progress and undermine your health.

If cortisol (our stress hormone) is too high, diet and exercise may not be enough to achieve weight loss which is why stress-reduction and creating balance in your life is KEY to your success.

What to Expect

During an Energy Therapy session, suppressed emotions are released from your body, which naturally lowers stress. It is a gentle and supportive method that supports the release of negative patterns and built up emotions of the past. This modality of therapeutic touch truly empowers you as you let go of what is no longer serving you and revitalize your mind-body connection on all levels.

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Similar to getting a massage, you will lay on a table, fully clothed and faced up. Gentle spa music plays in the background as aromatherapy and light healing touch ensures a safe and relaxing state of mind. This is your time to completely decompress and be fully present in the moment. Emotional release during these sessions is common and welcomed. As the body purges emotional blocks you may feel strong emotions such as sadness, grief or anger released through tears. Most will stay in a relaxed meditative state or even fall asleep.

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Take Your Health to the Next Level

After the session, you will receive recommendations customized specifically for you. Because every aspect of our lives impacts the other, Sam look’s at strengthening not just your nutrition, but also your daily habits, self-care, stress, mindfulness and beyond to establish balance in both mind+body.

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Sam gives you the same tools she used in her own healing journey so that you can become your own healer. You will deepen your own intuitive knowing to understand which foods, supplements, guided meditations, morning affirmations and healing habits are needed so you can thrive in all aspects of your life and achieve the Body Peace you deserve!

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Learn More

If you are ready to deepen your own mind+body connection then click HERE to learn more about The Healing Space. Sam also hosts monthly workshops on Intuitive Eating, Natural Stress Reduction and more. She also leads Guided Emotional Release Meditations throughout Grand Rapids.

Follow Sam on Social Media for weekly tips on Intuitive Wellness & Nutrition!



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