About

InspiredLife Grand Rapids was founded in 2016 by Kelly Peterson, ND, Mary Johnson, and Chris Wheeler. The conference was designed to inspire individuals throughout West Michigan to transform their lives by providing access to practitioners and resources to help optimize their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual lives.

In 2018, the InspiredLife GR team saw an opportunity for Universal Health Solutions (UHS), a non-profit organization in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to host the conference moving forward. UHS’ mission is to inform, educate, and advocate for increased awareness of and access to integrative health care treatments, and to truly integrate complementary and alternative treatment modalities into the more traditional and mainstream healthcare approaches. UHS is pleased to carry on this important community event! 

Founders

Kelly Peterson, ND
Grand Rapids Natural Health

Kelly S. Peterson graduated with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, with highest honors, from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in July of 2011. She then went on to complete a 1-year general medicine residency in Naturopathic Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Medical Center. She has always had a passion for medicine and through growing up in a household that opened her up to the power of a healthy, loving, fulfilling life, she found her passion in Naturopathic Medicine. With this passion, she opened Grand Rapids Natural Health in 2012 and has become an active speaker and advocate for Naturopathic Medicine in the Grand Rapids community. She is also a contributor to Medicine Talk, a non-profit organization providing education, seminars and programming on Naturopathic Medicine to the general public.

Kelly is passionate about creating access to Naturopathic and Functional Medicine for the greater Michigan community. She is the past president of the Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians (MANP) and continues to work diligently with this association to achieve licensure for Naturopathic Physicians in Michigan. She is also an active member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).

Dr. Kelly has been inspired to teach the community how they can better their lives physically, mentally and emotionally. This vision helped Dr. Kelly to create InspiredLifeGR, a platform she hopes will touch many and help others to learn that they can truly build the life they have always dreamed of.

Mary Johnson
1Breath4All

Mary Johnson is co-founder of 1Breath4All. She designs and facilitates classes and retreats with a spiritual imprint. She is a spiritual seeker who pursues education in spirituality, meditation, and bodywork, and is dedicated to bring that to our community. She is a graduate of the Energy Touch® School of Advanced Healing, which has become the foundation of her healing practice in energy healing therapies. Mary incorporates her skills in meditation, breath-work, intuition and energy healing in client sessions, retreats, classes and events. She possesses extensive knowledge, compassion and experience working with persons in addiction family cultures. She looks forward to providing a supportive environment for your healing on spiritual, emotional and physical levels.

Mary had been in the public service field since 1985 when she began her 25-year career as a firefighter. Her experience with the community in its time of need has helped her develop a deep understanding and ability to assist in the healing of the stress placed upon persons in crisis such as PTSD.

Through variety of career paths, Mary has hosted and coordinated all aspects of community and private events. Mary’s desire to pursue a more intimate connection with all aspects of our human well-being gave rise to her career in energy modalities in 2006.

  • Certified in Michigan Education Methodology
  • Graduated Energy Touch School of Advanced Healing in 2008
  • Assisted as instructor of Energy Touch School from 2010 through 2013
  • Graduated from a two-year International Spiritual School in New York

Chris Wheeler
1Breath4All

Chris Wheeler has been a student, practitioner and teacher of many forms of bodywork, energy work, meditation and spiritual training for over 20 years. She is co-founder of 1Breath4All and has a healing practice specializing in EnergyTouch® and CranioSacral therapies. As an ordained minister, Chris brings a deep spiritual element into her healings, classes and retreats. Her approach is to incorporate use of the breath, spiritual guidance, guided meditation and intention into her work. She enjoys the co-creative process with the client on their healing journey. Chris has the following experience:

  • Graduated from Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education (NITE) in their massage program
  • Co-founded a holistic health center in 1998
  • Specialized in Upledger CranioSacral with a focus on SomatoEmotional Release (SER) and pediatrics and became part of the teaching assistant staff
  • Studied various forms of energy therapy and medical intuitive courses
  • Graduated with certification in EnergyTouch™ Therapy in 2006 and was on staff as teacher assistant until 2013
  • Currently practices CS and ET
  • Graduated from CMED, a study of the Archetypes and Sacred Contracts taught by Carolyn Myss and now co-leads Archetypal classes and retreats 
  • Graduated from a two-year International Spiritual School in New York

Laurie Angell
Universal Health Solutions

Laurie currently serves as the President and Founder of Universal Health Solutions, a non-profit organization in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She 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 member of 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 23 years.