InspiredLife Grand Rapids will feature several compelling speakers who have been selected to elevate the practice of health and wellness in our community.

Keynote Speaker

The Inner Life of Healers: Personal and Professional Renewal for Health Professionals

“When you talk about healing you’re including the way you live your life.  Healing insists that you reexamine everything until you find those things that are truest at the core…where you have integrity with yourself and the world on a daily basis.” (Dawna Markova)

As healing professionals, we face many challenges that can erode our innate well-being if we do not attend to it.  In this talk, we will explore what can be done to sustain our own well-being through a lifetime of caring for others. We will explore an integrative approach to one’s own health, vitality and sense of purpose. We will discuss the core factors in well-being, their scientific basis, and how they can help one achieve greater vitality, equanimity, openness and connection.


At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the foundations of well-being for health professionals.
  2. Understand non-medicinal alternatives that can support a healthy stress response.
  3. Understand how to apply neuroscience research to improve mood, reduce personal stress and prevent professional burnout.

Henry Emmons, MD

Henry Emmons, MD, is a psychiatrist who integrates mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness and neuroscience into his clinical work. He practices with Partners in Resilience in Minneapolis, and is a co-founder of, offering trusted information and holistic products to help individuals of all ages build their resilience and rediscover joy. Henry is the author of The Chemistry of Joy, The Chemistry of Calm, and Staying Sharp, and is in demand as a workshop and retreat leader for both healthcare professionals and the general public.

Additional Speakers

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Assessment and Solutions

ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) are traumatic events such as abuse, neglect and household dysfunction that occur in childhood. These early experiences have been linked to a variety of health conditions in children and adults, ranging from increased headaches to depression. Left untreated, ACEs cause a variety of chronic conditions and social problems.

In this session, we will explore the ACEs study, and the movement to use this science to shape everything from government policies to the daily interactions with the people in our families, workplaces and communities.


At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Define ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).
  • Understand how ACEs impact early brain development and overall health.
  • Understand how ACEs shape our personal stress lens.
  • Understand how ACEs shape the stress lens of our clients.
  • Understand how supportive relationships at home and in a therapeutic relationship can change the trajectory. 
  • Understand the rationale for using this research to reduce social and health problems in the community.

Deb Timmerman, RN

Deb Timmerman is a Registered Nurse, and Stress Management Strategist, passionate about sharing the neuroscience of stress and stress survival skills with kids, teens and adults.  She is a regular presenter for the Metro Health-University of Michigan Health Live Healthy Program. She has met the requirements of education, training and experience to achieve the designation of Diplomate through the American Institute of Stress and holds certifications in mindfulness and meditation and Tai Chi Easy® Practice Leadership.  She is a Synergy Certified Stress Mastery Educator and Community Champions Trainer in the MI ACE Initiative.

Panel Discussion: Building Your Practice: Tips for Success and Resilience in an Integrative Practice

You have been drawn to healing work and have honed your technical skills, or maybe you are looking for ways to revitalize your already existing practice, so now what? There are many opportunities for bringing your work out into the world, but how do you know which path will lead you to a successful practice? Join three integrative healthcare professionals to learn more about each of their approaches to building a resilient integrative practice in West Michigan. We will discuss basic elements of each practice model as well as what works well, potential roadblocks to success, and ways to utilize what we’ve learned to energize your own practice.


At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the basic elements of the 3 highlighted practice models.
  • Understand factors that can support a successful and resilient practice. 
  • Understand potential roadblocks to success to facilitate informed choices in building a thriving resilient practice.

Laurie DeDecker, RN, MHIA

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.

Kelly Peterson, ND

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.

Resilience Solutions: Tools to Help Cultivate Well-Being

While it is important to recognize how adversity impacts health and well-being, it is equally important to know how resiliency can mitigate the adverse health effects of stress. Self-care strategies are fundamental to cultivating resilience and well-being. We will explore several evidence-based strategies that support individual health and vitality.


At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Learn basic foundations of well-being and resiliency.
  • Understand the importance of self-care in cultivating well-being.
  • Learn basic tools or strategies that cultivate resilience.

David Johnson, MD, FACC

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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