The Trusted List of Favorite Grand Rapids Doctors and More – 2019

I’m a Grand Rapids transplant and when I was pregnant with my first child, I had no idea how to find a great OB/GYN or pediatrician. Thankfully, my husband’s childhood doc was still in practice, so we figured that one out. But my OB/GYN was a shot in the dark. It worked out, but only because I have a “roll with it” personality.

If you are looking for a dentist or doc, where do you start??

You start here. We’ve polled parents across West Michigan to find the area’s most beloved pediatricians, mental health professionals, doulas, ENT’s and more. Read on to find your new favorite healthcare provider!

best Grand Rapids doctors

Technical Information on Voting Process

Earlier this year we asked our readers to nominate, then vote on the best family care providers in West Michigan in several categories. Below you’ll find the TOP provider for each field, followed by the top nominees, all who received a significant number of reader votes.

It is also important to know that we only invite the top 10 providers to advertise in this guide. We did this so you can trust that every listing in this guide showcases one of the best local family care providers, based on GRKIDS’ reader votes.

(Please note that this content is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Users are advised to check the certification of any care providers listed below and consult their own medical doctors before proceeding with a care plan.)

Allergists for Kids in Grand Rapids

Dealing with allergies and asthma is no joke…it can be incredibly challenging (and scary) for kids and their families. If you are looking for high-quality pediatric allergy specialists, look no further. Here are the top West Michigan allergists, according to our readers:

Voted Top Allergist for Kids

Dr. Sara Uekert at Grand Rapids Allergy

1 – Uekert, Dr. Sara (Grand Rapids Allergy)
2 – Gell, Dr. Karyn (Grand Rapids Allergy)
3 – Kelbel, Dr. Ted (Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Helen DeVos)
4 – Schafer, Dr. Christine (Grand Rapids Allergy)
5 – Millar, Dr. Mark (Allergy & Asthma Care of Western Michigan)
6 – Townley, Dr. Richard (Allergy Associates of Western Michigan)
7 – Hartog, Dr. Nicholas (SHMG Allergy & Immunology Helen DeVos)
8 – Heyboer, Dr. Lisa (SHMG Allergy & Immunology)
9 – Strabbing, Dr. Richard (Michigan ENT and Allergy)
10 – Bishop, Dr. James 

Dr. Sara Uekert, Dr. Christine Schafer, Dr. Karyn Gell, Grand Rapids Allergy

At Grand Rapids Allergy, we provide the highest quality of care to our young patients and their families, so they can experience life without the barriers of allergic disease. Uncontrolled allergies, asthma and eczema can interfere with a child’s ability to rest, play and learn. “GRA” physicians are Board Certified and passionate about partnering with you to identify allergic triggers and create safe, effective care plans. A Registered Dietitian can meet with you to assist with meal planning at home. Our Certified Asthma Educator is available to help you understand your child’s asthma management. We believe in shared decision making and we want you to feel supported when exploring options for your child’s care with our clinical team. Your child is unique. Your child’s allergy treatment should be too!

“Having a child who struggles with anxiety and the fear that comes with this type of appointment, it is so important to have a doctor that can understand this and use a gentle approach. Without doubt, this is the care we received from Grand Rapids Allergy. I would recommend this office one hundred percent!” ~Patient of Grand Rapids Allergy

970 Parchment Dr. SE | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-949-4840

Chiropractors for Families in Grand Rapids

Have you ever pulled something in your back or neck and the pain is so bad that you want to see a chiropractor immediately? Many of us have been there before!

Other families simply prefer to seek chiropractic care for general health and maintenance throughout the year.

Whatever the reason is that you’re looking for a trusted chiropractor, check out these top recommendations below.

Voted Top Chiropractor for Families

Dr. David Ward at Active Life Chiropractor

Dr. Ward at Active Life Chiropractic

Dr. Ward is the only Cox Technic certified physician in the greater Grand Rapids area. Through this technic he is helping people from near and far with their low back and cervical disc pain. The Cox technic is the use of spinal decompression to relieve the pressure on the discs in the spine. By using flexion and distraction, Dr. Ward gently stretches the spine to change the force and position of the spine. This helps take the pressure off of the discs and get you back to a healthier, pain-free you.

2700 5 Mile Rd NE #101 | Grand Rapids, MI

Dr. Erik Kowalke, Dr. Marc & Dr. Katie DeMeester, and Dr. John Deyo, Higher Health Chiropractic

Our mission is to help kids and their families achieve their God-given optimal health potential through Principled Chiropractic Care. We utilize harmless, state of the art chiropractic technology to locate nerve interference, which causes health concerns. Without the typical twisting, cracking and popping, we are able to make specific, gentle, pain-free adjustments. We believe the power that made the body can also heal the body without the use of drugs or medication. We are driven by faith, our methods are proven by results, and we are committed to creating an extraordinary experience!

As one of the largest pediatric chiropractic offices in the Midwest, we see kids and adults for a number of symptoms. Here are testimonials showing amazing results through principled chiropractic care:

Maxton, age 6, had chronic ear infections requiring tubes. Since under care, his ear infections are gone and surgery was avoided! “The doctors adjust infants as small as 5 days old, which gave me comfort for treating my children!” Shari, Maxton’s mom

Pam is a mother of five, who suffered from severe anxiety and depression. Since being under chiropractic care, “my depression has decreased dramatically from not wanting to leave the house to needing to leave the house!” Pam

“Emily suffered from epilepsy and loss of verbal/motor skills. At her worst, seizures would be 10 minutes several times a day. Medications provided no relief. Since under care, Emily has fewer seizures and better verbal/motor skills. Several of her specialists have been amazed at her improvements!” ~Emily’s mother

1027 Gezon Parkway SW Wyoming, MI 49509 | 616-301-8300
4735 Lake Michigan Dr. NW Walker, MI 49534 | 616-214-7782
98 Douglas Ave, Holland MI 49424 | 616-294-8376

1 – Ward, Dr. David (Active Life Chiropractic)
2 – Kowalke, Dr. Erik (Higher Health Chiropractic Wyoming)
3 – Bumhoffer, Dr. Nicole (Thrive Chiropractic)
4 – Finkbeiner, Dr. Brittnie (Dynamic Essence Chiropractic Center)
5 – (TIE) Deyo, Dr. John (Higher Health Chiropractic)
(TIE) Le Bon, Dr. Alexander (Simple Truth Chiropractic)
7 – Osmer, Dr. Theresa (Flow Chiropractic – in Renew Mama)
8 – Wilcox, Dr. Ronald (Zeeland Chiropractic Center)
9 – Babbitt, Dr. Rachel (Rise Wellness Chiropractic)
10 – Hartman, Dr Eric (Hartman Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center)

Nicole Bumhoffer, Thrive Chiropractic Center

Thrive Chiropractic provides superior health and balance through chiropractic care and massage. Through wellness care, we aim to improve your quality of life and empower you to lead a healthier, happier and more fulfulling journey. Our goal is to create a comfortable atmosphere where families wanting better health can feel motivated to reach their goals at any stage of life.

7199 Kalamazoo Ave SE | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-554-5070

Dentists for Families in Grand Rapids

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children start seeing a dentist around the age of one. Visiting the dentist does not have to be intimidating, especially when you know the dentist is well-loved and trusted by local families. Check out our readers’ favorite dentists for kids below.

Voted Top Dentist for Kids

Dr. Agata Lefere at Grandville Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Agata Lefere, Grandville Pediatric Dentistry

As a pediatric dental office, we believe it is a privilege to treat children, and that we have a unique opportunity to make a difference in their lives. Here at Grandville Pediatric Dentistry, we are committed to family-centered care for infant, children, adolescents and children with special needs. In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, our mission is to establish and maintain the highest standards of clinical excellence and competency.

We strive to create an environment that encourages preventive care from infancy through adolescence as well as communication with families. We recognize the uniqueness of each child and the right to express this individuality.

We will continually seek ways to minimize children’s apprehension to dental care through our words, and other behavior management techniques. Our goal is to provide quality pediatric dental care for your child in a warm, welcoming, kid-friendly facility. It is our mission at Grandville Pediatric Dentistry to treat each child as if they were our own.

“Our daughter had an amazing first dental visit. As a parent I was extremely impressed with everything (atmosphere, staff, services). I felt the doctor was very thorough in explaining what she was doing to not only my daughter but also to me. I was nervous about taking a 3 year old to the dentist, but look forward to going again!” ~A. Pierce (parent of a patient)

3131 44th Street SW, Grandville | Grandville, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-531-3430

Dr. Brett Kingma DDS, Kingma Pediatric Dentistry

From infants, toddlers and preschoolers to adolescents — our experienced and caring team of pediatric dental professionals remains committed to providing quality and compassionate dental care for children of all ages. With the experiences and education of our staff, we are also able to treat children with special health care needs. Proper care and treatment of your child’s teeth requires specialized procedures and techniques to ensure proper growth and maintain overall oral health. Each stage of childhood presents unique issues and concerns — from brushing, flossing and routine exams to dental restorations and specialty procedures. Our compassionate pediatric dentists, Dr. Kingma and Dr. Randall, specialize in protecting and maintaining your child’s teeth — to set the foundation for a lifetime of proper oral hygiene.

“We give the highest recommendation to Kingma Pediatric Dentistry. From the moment you enter until the moment you leave, each and every professional is pleasant and accommodating! Our son loves to go to the dentist and we thank Dr. Kingma and staff for helping him feel that way.” ~Jane W.

1179 East Paris Avenue #130 | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-942-9840

Dr. Jessica C. Massie, Dr. Aimee C. Valleau, Dr. Christopher E. VanDeven at Valleau, VanDeven, and Massie Dentistry for Children

At Valleau, VanDeven, and Massie Dentistry for Children, what sets our office apart is the kind, gentle, and compassionate care we provide all of our patients. We understand that a child’s mind is constantly growing and developing and that all children cope with new situations differently.

Our wonderful staff takes pride in making all children feel comfortable, relaxed, and even making a dental visit fun! Education is the focus of our practice, which is why our board-certified doctors feel it is important to take their time getting to know each patient and their family. We value parental involvement and we welcome parents and guardians back into our treatment area. We believe that with the right approach, parents and guardians can enhance the positive experience for their child. 

Our office utilizes the highest standards of care and the most up to date, evidence-based techniques and materials available. As parents ourselves, we understand that our children are the most precious people in the world. We built our practice around the needs of children and our doctors take their roles as members of your child’s healthcare team very seriously. We look forward to welcoming you to our family!

“The staff and environment are fantastic! They worked my daughter’s care into the schedule when no one else could see her for weeks. She was in lots of pain and we were new to the area…Wow! They came through, and as we went in for our regular visits it was a pleasure to bring my kids to the dentist. We need to speak out and promote people who really are top in their field!” ~Tamara A., parent of a patient 

2000 43rd St SE, Suite B | Grand Rapids, MI
170 Marcell Dr. N.E. | Rockford, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-455-1301 (Grand Rapids) 616-884-5812 (Rockford)

1 – Lefere, Dr. Agata (Grandville Pediatric Dentistry)
2 – Dr. Brett (Kingma Pediatric Dentistry)
3 – Massie, Dr. Jessica (Valleau, VanDeven and Massie, DDS)
4 – O’Callaghan, Dr. Daniel (Gaines Pediatric Dentistry)
5 – Valleau, Dr. Aimee (Valleau, VanDeven and Massie, DDS)
6 – Hoekwater, Dr. Jamie (Hoekwater Family Dentistry)
7 – (TIE) Bishop, Dr. Larissa (Grandville Dental Health Center)
(TIE) DeYoung, Dr. Amy (Dr. Amy DeYoung Pediatric Dentistry)
(TIE) Desai, Dr. Sunil (Alpine Ridge Dental)
10 – (TIE) McCone, Dr. Meggan (Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry)
(TIE) Rashewsky, Dr. Stephanie (Norman Family Dentistry) 

Gaines Pediatric Dentistry

We understand that a trip to the dental office can be intimidating for people of all ages. That’s why our office offers a fun environment for everyone! We have amenities for your kids including a play area with children’s books, toys, and iPads. Don’t worry parents, we haven’t forgotten about you either; while your child is enjoying games you can enjoy a coffee and access our WiFi. Our expert staff is kind, gentle and fun. We will do everything we can to ensure your child is at ease and relaxed.

As a pediatric dentist, Dr. O’Callaghan has two years of additional specialty training following his four years of dental school. During his residency, Dr. O’Callaghan had extensive training in infant oral health care, trauma management, cavity risk assessment, growth and development, interceptive orthodontic management, treatment of children and special needs patients in the operating room, and general restorative treatments.

A child’s mouth is constantly growing and changing so treatment is approached differently for children than it is for adults. Whether you’re looking for infant, special needs, or toddler to adolescent dental care, we’ve got you covered!

“The entire staff is so absolutely amazing. They do such a fantastic job, and care so much for their patients. My kids actually look forward to their dentist appointment.” ~Bonnie S.

1559 68th St. SE | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-258-2005

Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

At Growing Smiles, we know how important it is for you to choose the right pediatric dental office for your child, and our goal is to exceed your expectations. Drs. Meggan and Chris take pride in the high standard of dental care we provide for infants, children, teens and patients with special needs—in a friendly and safe environment created just for them!

Your child’s experience begins when they enter our cozy entertainment area with a life-size rowboat and sunny beach theme—complete with tablet games and a television with children’s movies. At Growing Smiles, we respect that parents know their child best, so we welcome one parent to accompany your child during their exam, or wait in our entertainment area while enjoying a complimentary beverage and Wi-Fi.

During the exam, your child can continue to enjoy the movie on our overhead screens. Our team is trained in using kid-friendly terminology, including identifying where cavity bugs are hiding with our sleek intraoral camera. Our goal is to help our little patients understand the steps they can take at home to keep their smiles beautiful and healthy for a lifetime. We look forward to meeting you and your child soon!

“We love coming here! They always have kid movies playing and books to read. The staff is very friendly and have extreme patience. Many have younger children themselves, so they completely get it. Also the kids get to pick out a fun reward! Hands down love this place!” ~Parent of Growing Smiles Patient

1750 Grand Ridge Court NE, Suite 202 | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-988-9485

Dermatologists for Families in Grand Rapids

Skin care is important for people of all ages – it’s the body’s largest organ after all! From pediatric dermatology to adolescent skin concerns and all through adulthood, these local dermatologists can help your whole family! Below you’ll find the top dermatologists recommended by GRKIDS readers.

Voted Top Dermatologist

Dr. Richard Ashack at Dermatology Associates of West Michigan

1 – Ashack, Dr. Richard  (Dermatology Associates of West Michigan)
2 – Green, Dr. Bridget  (Dermatology Center of Grand Rapids)
3 – Patel, Dr. Dipa  (Dermatology at MidTown)
4 – Stawiski, Dr. Marek (M.A. Stawiski, M.D., Dermatology)
5 – Hawley, Dr. Kristi (M.A. Stawiski, M.D., Dermatology) 

Doulas – Birth and Postpartum

Before getting pregnant, one GRKIDS writer didn’t know what a doula was. But once she learned more about the natural birth process she was hoping to experience with her first child, she hired a birth doula. She and her husband both felt empowered by the experience and were so glad they opted to have a doula’s support. For their second child, they hired a postpartum doula to help out once they were home from the hospital. Both of these experiences were very positive for their whole family. If you’re interested in hiring a birth or postpartum doula, check out the top recommendations below!

Voted Top Birth Doula

Kristin Revere at Gold Coast Doulas

1 – Revere, Kristin (Gold Coast Doulas)
2 – Baar, Brenda
3 – Platt, Jamie (Gold Coast Doulas)
4 – Hollemans, Ginger (Ginger Hollemans LLC)
5 – Pahman, Kelly (St. Brigid’s Holistic Labor Care)
6 – Townsend, Tiffany (Gold Coast Doulas)
7 – Forton, Ashley (Gold Coast Doulas)
8 – Michelotti, Megan (GR Doulas)
9 – Schultz, Cassie (GR Doulas)
10 – Baskin, Kiara (Bump to Birth Doula Services) 

Kristin Revere, Gold Coast Doulas LLC

Whole care for the entire family from conception through crawling. Gold Coast Doulas is the premier birth and postpartum doula agency in Grand Rapids and the Lakeshore communities. In addition to doula services, we also offer bedrest support, gentle sleep consultations, lactation consultations, placenta encapsulation, HypnoBirthing classes and more.

1430 Robinson Rd SE, Suite 204 | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-294-0207

Megan Michelotti, CD(DONA), GR Doulas, LLC

GR Doulas provides professional birth and postpartum doula care and placenta preparation services. We connect women with evidence-based information and encourage self-advocacy as part of a self-care plan during the childbearing year.

Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-965-1590

Voted Top Postpartum Doula

Carrie Stephens at Ginger Blossom Doula Services

1 – Stephens, Carrie (Ginger Blossom Doula Services)
2 – Platt, Jamie (Gold Coast Doulas)
3 – Revere, Kristin (Gold Coast Doulas)
4 – Miller Rocha, Alexandrea (Gold Coast Doulas)
5 – Hollemans, Ginger (Ginger Hollemans LLC)
6 – Veneklase, Alyssa (Gold Coast Doulas)
7 – Figg, Stacey (The Village Doula)
8 – Schultz, Cassie (GR Doulas)
9 – Michelotti, Megan (GR Doulas)
10 – Heaton, Hannah (Flat River Doulas) 

Alyssa Veneklase, Gold Coast Doulas LLC

Whole care for the entire family from conception through crawling. Gold Coast Doulas is the premier birth and postpartum doula agency in Grand Rapids and the Lakeshore communities. In addition to doula services, we also offer bedrest support, gentle sleep consultations, lactation consultations, placenta encapsulation, HypnoBirthing classes and more.

1430 Robinson Rd SE, Suite 204 | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-294-0207

Stacey Figg, The Village Doula GR

For most families, navigating through the postpartum period can be both joyous and overwhelming. The Postpartum Doula comes into the home to “mother the mother” during the 4th trimester as the family transitions during this delicate time. By nurturing the mother and supporting her physical and emotional needs, she is then better equipped to nurture her newborn. The Village Doula GR offers professional, nonjudgemental support, companionship, evidence based information in several areas as well as specialized care for women struggling with postpartum mood disorders.

233 Fulton St. East, Suite #226 | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-633-7500

ENT Doctors for Kids in Grand Rapids

While ear infections are basically a rite of passage for most children, some kids end up needing to get tubes in their ears after numerous recurring ear infections. Perhaps that’s why you’re here looking for a great ENT doctor for your kid. Or maybe your child is dealing with frequent tonsil or adenoid infections, balance problems or hearing issues. Whatever the reason, if you want to find trusted ENT doctor recommendations in West Michigan, check out our readers’ favorites below.

Voted Top ENT Doctor

Dr. Chad Afman at Spectrum Health Medical Group

Dr. Claudell Cox and Dr. Joseph Taylor at Grand Rapids Ear Nose & Throat

For over 25 years, Grand Rapids Ear, Nose & Throat, P.C. has been providing a full range of ear nose and throat services including allergy testing and treatment, audiological testing, and hearing aid sales and services. We are a single specialty Otolaryngology group with five board-certified physicians.

“This has been one of the most wonderful experiences I have had at a doctors office. The staff is wonderful and very caring. Thanks again!” ~Patient of GR ENT

1555 44th St SW | Wyoming, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-249-8000

1 – Afman, Dr. Chad (Spectrum Health Medical Group)
2 – Taylor, Dr. Joseph (Grand Rapids ENT)
3 – Winkle, Dr. Mark (Ear Nose and Throat Center PC)
4 – Postma, Dr. Keith (Spectrum Health Medical Group)
5 – Cox, Dr. Claudell (Grand Rapids ENT)
6 – Kosta, Dr. John (Ear Nose and Throat Center PC)
7 – Hart, Dr. Francis (MMPC Department of Ear, Nose & Throat)
8 – Behler, Dr. Andrew (Metro Health Ear, Nose & Throat)
9 – Heaford, Dr. Andrew (Spectrum Health Medical Group)
10 – Sprik, Dr. Sherman (Ear Nose and Throat Center PC) 

Eye Doctors for Kids

You probably tell your kids that eating carrots will help their eye sight, but offering our kids vegetables isn’t the only thing we should do when it comes to our kids’ vision. Children also need to see an eye doctor.

The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends children have a thorough eye exam at age 3 and again just before entering kindergarten or first grade. If you are looking (pun intended) for a great eye doctor for your family, check out this list of the top-voted eye doctors in West Michigan.

Voted Top Eye Doctor for Kids

Dr. Jeffrey Kenyon at West Michigan Eyecare Associates

1 – Kenyon, Dr. Jeffrey (West Michigan Eyecare Associates)
2 – Sees, Dr. Theodore (Rockford Family Eyecare)
3 – Droste, Dr. Patrick (Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Motility)
4 – Conley, Dr. Julie (Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Ophthalmology)
5 – Geddie, Dr. Brooke (Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Ophthalmology)
6 – Anderson, Dr. Gary (Anderson Eye Care)
7 – Coon, Dr. Kiersten (Family and Pediatric Eyecare)
8 – Burton, Dr. James (Grandville Eye Care)
9 – (TIE) Ecenbarger, Dr. Staci (Ecenbarger Eye Care)
(TIE) Weatherhead, Dr. Lindsay (Grand Rapids Ophthalmology)

Jeffrey Kenyon, OD at West Michigan Eyecare Associates

Dr. Jeff Kenyon is committed to providing exceptional care and personalized service to each of his patients, from infancy to adulthood. Ours friendly doctors and staff will help your kids feel at ease from the moment they walk in. Thank you for trusting us with your family’s eye care needs.

2112 East Paris Ave. | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-949-8500

Mental Health Professionals for Families in Grand Rapids

The emotional and mental health of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health helps children thrive and develop coping skills necessary for a happy childhood, and allows them to focus on the fun of being a kid. Below are the top-rated local mental health professionals, as voted on by local parents.

Voted Top Mental Health Professional for Families

Dr. Michael Wolff at BRAINS

1 – Wolff, Dr. Michael (BRAINS)
2 – Kingma, Nancy (Psychology Associates of GR)
3 – Matlosz, Dr. Erin (BRAINS)
4 – (TIE) Fritch, Faene (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
(TIE) Tobin, Ashleigh (Mindful Counseling GR)
6 – Padron, Katie (The Collaborative Center GR)
7 – Caldas, Rafael (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
(TIE) Nixon, Bryan (Mindful Counseling GR)
(TIE) Ruch, Dr. Michael
10 – (TIE) Kool, Rachael (Rachael Kool Counseling LLC)
(TIE) Langley, Melissa (Third Coast Counseling)
(TIE) Stearns, Dr. Jeffrey (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services) 

Rachael Kool at Kool Counseling

My strongest desire is to build confidence navigating situations that cause fear and unknown. I try to help people find ways to control their emotions and thoughts instead of trying to control what’s going on outside of themselves unsuccessfully. I know how difficult it can be to sit and talk with someone unfamiliar so I create comfort in the room with different hands on activities, exercises, games, or expressive arts. Change can be hard so using compassion towards ourselves in the journey only helps us achieve success.

2335 Burton St SE, STE 130 | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-929-0189

Midwife Options in Grand Rapids

Some women choose a midwife for their pregnancy and/or well-woman care. Several of our team members have gone this route and one of our local mom friends, Jen Byrne, even wrote about her positive experience with her midwife here. If you are looking for a midwife, you will enjoy browsing our readers’ recommendations below.

Please note: As of January 2017, the state of Michigan requires all midwives to obtain state licensing and follow the regulations established by the newly formed Michigan Board of Licensed Midwifery. Moreover, the word “midwife” has multiple meanings. Some midwives work in hospitals, others work in birthing centers or in homes. It is important to understand the type of training your midwife has and the protocols your midwife subscribes to. Read more here

Voted Top Midwife

Sarah LaGrand at Advanced Obstetrics and Gynecology

1 – LaGrand, Sarah (Advanced Obstetrics and Gynecology)
2 – Reinsma, Breck (Advanced Obstetrics and Gynecology)
3 – Daniels, Brenda (Spectrum Health Medical Group OB/GYN)
4 – Visser, Yolanda (Birth Song)
5 – Badger, Sara (Simply Born)
6 – George, MaryAnne (Spectrum Health Medical Group )
7 – Dib, Kristen  (Advanced Obstetrics & Gynocology)
8 – Porter, Kim (Michigan Born & Raised)
9 – Holshoe, Jennifer  (West Michigan Midwifery)
10 – Slater, Laura (MI Home Birth) 

Sara Badger at SimplyBorn Midwifery Services

At SimplyBorn, we work to create the birth you and your family are looking for. We offer out of hospital birth choices with West Michigan’s only Birth Center. In addition to the Birth Center and Home birth, we offer complete prenatal care, lab testing, and extended postpartum care. We walk alongside you to help foster trust in yourself and your body to give birth, naturally.

802 Merritt Street SE | Grand Rapids, MI

OB/GYN Options for Grand Rapids Moms

Pregnancy is an exciting time, but can also be filled with challenges for some. You want an OB/Gyn you feel comfortable with and can trust, but that can be difficult, especially if you recently moved to the area. If you’re looking for a new OB/Gyn, start with our list of top-voted OBs in West Michigan. We hope this list of recommended doctors helps you narrow down your options and make the right choice for you.

Voted Top OB/GYN

Dr. John LaGrand at Advanced Obstetrics and Gynecology

1 – LaGrand, Dr. John (Advanced Obstetrics and Gynecology)
2 – Hubbard, Dr. Robyn (Grand Rapids Women’s Health)
3 – Vandeburg, Dr. Anita (Grand Rapids Women’s Health)
4 – Elderkin, Dr. Renee (Metro Health OB/GYN)
5 – Michele, Dr. Tami (Spectrum Health Medical Group – Gerber Memorial Fremont)
6 – (TIE) Klyn, Dr. Michelle (Grand Rapids Women’s Health)
(TIE) Turke, Dr. Geron (Mercy Health St. Mary’s OB/GYN)
8 – Brandt, Dr. Ruth (Grand Rapids Women’s Health)
(TIE) Forgue, Dr. Maggi (Mercy Health Physician Partners)
(TIE) Zylstra, Dr. Tricia (Mercy Health Physician Partners)

Occupational Therapists for Kids

Occupational Therapy, otherwise known as OT, is a game-changer for many kids and families. OT focuses on helping kids improve their fine and gross motor skills. When a child shows delays in mastering typical activities, OT is often recommended.

OT is often used when sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, Downs syndrome, or Autism spectrum disorders are present. The goal of occupational therapy is to help children acquire the skills they need to learn to be able to play and be successful in life. OT is a broad field and encompasses much more than delays, including a whole branch dedicated to adults.

Voted Top Occupational Therapist

Chelsey Langley at Paper Plane Therapies

1 – Langley, Chelsey (Paper Plane Therapies)
2 – Carroll, Patricia (BRAINS)
3 – Stender, Carly (Everyday Play Occupational Therapy)
4 – Kerbs, Kendra (Paper Plane Therapies)
5 – Young, Tracy (Calvin College Rehabilitation Services)
6 – Olsen, Hanna (Paper Plane Therapies)
7 – Cooper, Terri (Family Tree Therapies)
8 – Ballard, Stephanie (Family Tree Therapies)
9 – Hunt, Lauren (The Center for Childhood Development)
10 – Vugteveen, Jim (Family Tree Therapies) 

Chelsey Langley, Kendra Kerbs & Hannah Olsen at Paper Plane Therapies

We strive to create a fun, creative and warm atmosphere that considers the needs of the entire family. Our therapists are trained to consider the whole child and identify not only the barriers that keep each child from reaching his or her goals, but also the strengths that can be utilized to achieve them. Common areas we target include: sensory processing challenges, picky eating, anxiety, challenging behaviors, fine and gross motor challenges, social engagement and attention. We are devoted to meeting each family where they are at and walking along side them with compassion to where they want to be.

400 Ann St NW Suite 106A NW | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-591-2905

Tracy Young, OTR at Calvin College Rehabilitation Services

Excellent rehabilitative care in a welcoming community of faith and support.

Calvin College Rehabilitation Clinics, collaborating with Western Michigan University, offer coordinated services including speech, occupational and physical therapy, audiology, and social work. Our therapists provide exceptional care while meeting each family’s individual needs in creative and compassionate ways.

1310 East Beltline Ave SE, Suite 230 | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-288-3732

Carly Stender at Everyday Play Occupational Therapy

Everyday Play brings therapy to your everyday life by providing home-based occupational therapy services for children birth to 6 years old while empowering and collaborating with parents to maximize their child’s potential through play and everyday routines. We are here to see your family thrive and connect together!

Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 517-614-4586

Orthodontists in Grand Rapids

Does your tween need braces? Orthodontia is a big time commitment and financial investment for many families, so you want to be certain your kid is in great hands. Check out our GRKIDS’ reader favorites to find the best orthodontists around town!

Voted Top Orthodontist

Dr. Mark J. Wierenga at Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics

Dr. Mark Wierenga at Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics

Voted reader’s poll #1 Orthodontist for the past three years, Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics is honored to be considered for your orthodontic needs. Over the last 40 years, we have developed a reputation in the community for providing the highest quality orthodontic care for children, teens and adults in a warm, friendly and comfortable environment. Many of our patients are children of previous patients who return looking for the same quality results they had when they were younger.

Our treatment fees are very competitive and our payment plans will help make your orthodontic treatment affordable. We use the latest technology to treat the orthodontic needs of our patients including intraoral scanning and state-of-the-art 3-dimensional x-rays. You will be seen by an orthodontist at each visit to ensure your treatment remains on track. We have two office locations – Grand Rapids and Grandville – available for your appointments. You will also have the ability to schedule your visits any day Monday through Friday.

At Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics, we’re proud of the team we have to treat your needs, and we look forward to helping you accomplish your orthodontic goals.

“I cannot express how amazing this place is. From the front desk, to the hygienists, and finally the orthodontists! They have made this process painless and affordable. They are friendly, professional, and honest! I would give ten stars if I could!” ~ Larissa K – Google Review

2000 43rd St SE | Grand Rapids, MI
3131 44th St SW | Grandville, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-455-4800

Dr. Daniel Kruse at Kruse Orthodontics

As a patient of Kruse Orthodontics, you and your smile goal are our top priorities. Dr. Kruse will work with you to determine the optimal orthodontic treatment plan based on your unique situation. He will then provide effective, gentle care that will create healthy, straight teeth and a lasting, beautiful smile.

You will be welcomed into a warm and friendly atmosphere with a staff who genuinely care about each person we treat. You will quickly discover that you are never “just another patient” here. We know our patients as individuals, gradually building treasured friendships and positive experiences.

A happy orthodontic experience can set the foundation for a lifetime of positive dental experiences. We would love to welcome you to our family of happy smiles.

“I am so impressed with Dr. Kruse and every member of his staff – front office and back. They are just as knowledgeable and efficient as they are patient and kind. My son’s orthodontic journey thus far has been positive and he looks forward to his appointments. Everyone is so upbeat it makes him feel special and I know that he’s in good hands. I can’t say enough good things about Kruse Orthodontics!” ~ Parent of a patient at Kruse Orthodontics

6208 Kalamazoo Ave. Ste 3 | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-656-4155

1 – Wierenga, Dr. Mark (Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics)
2 – Kruse, Dr. Daniel (Kruse Orthodontics)
3 – Swan, Dr. Kathryn (Swan Orthodontics)
4 – Hannapel, Dr. Eric (Hannapel Orthodontics)
5 – O’Grady, Dr. Paul (O’Grady Orthodontics)
6 – Powell, Dr. Mark (Powell Orthodontics)
7 – Williams, Dr. Thomas (Williams Orthodontics)
8 – Shannon, Dr. Tom (Shannon Orthodontics)
9 – Fogle, Dr. Laura (Fogle Orthodontics)
10 – Miller, Dr. Lathe (Miller Orthodontics) 

Dr. Eric Hannapel at Hannapel Orthodontics

It is an honor to be selected as one of the TOP Orthodontic providers! Our team has been creating beautiful smiles in Caledonia, Middleville, and the greater Grand Rapids area for over 20 years!

Dr. Eric Hannapel created a team that has the same passion and dedication to our patients and their personalized care, treating both children and adults. We pride ourselves in creating a welcoming and comfortable environment and delivering exceptional care at every visit!

Dr. Eric Hannapel was born and raised in Middleville, MI. He attended Dental School and completed a two-year Orthodontic residency at University of Michigan. He is very involved in our community and also volunteers on the Oral Cleft Palate team at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. He also teaches as an adjunct professor at U of M. In June 2018 our team welcomed Dr. Sonni Pellillo. Dr. Sonni is originally from West Virginia, where she attended Dental School and then received her Masters from Nova Southeastern University. She practiced in South Carolina for two years before joining our practice.

We look forward to seeing how our team can help create YOUR beautiful smile!

“Dr. Hannapel and the staff are all amazing! Not only did they do a wonderful job with my daughter’s teeth, they always make us feel welcome and at home when we come for an appointment. I have, and will continue to recommend Dr. Hannapel to anyone that needs orthodontic work!” ~Patient of Hannapel Orthodontics 

6477 Cherry Meadow Dr. SE, Suite 2 | Caledonia, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-891-7272

Pediatricians Around Grand Rapids

Having a pediatrician your family knows and trusts is worth its weight in gold. Your child’s pediatrician will walk through your child’s growth, development and milestones with you and will be a sounding board for many of your questions and concerns. Kids love visiting the top pediatricians listed below. In fact, some are so beloved that GRKIDS Editor April’s kids will even brave the “horrific” shots in order to get a visit with their favorite doc. 

Voted Top Pediatrician

Dr. Jeffrey Mantia at Grandville Pediatrics

Dr. Jeffrey Mantia, Grandville Pediatrics

Grandville Pediatrics was founded in 2001 with the idea that a small independent practice could provide high-quality patient care for infants, children, and teenagers and more quickly implement the ideas of its physicians, nurse practitioners and support staff.

We believe that children are not little adults. Their treatment involves specialized pediatric knowledge and care, closer follow-up, a higher dedication to care of the entire patient and an increased level of provider and nurse involvement. We are committed to maintaining this standard.

We believe that patients and parents deserve thorough explanations about growth and development as well as illnesses, behavioral/developmental issues, and their management. Our providers and staff will take the time to get to know you and your children and respond to your concerns.

We have worked hard to maintain a personal atmosphere where you and your children feel comfortable and are remembered by name. We are also small enough that you will know all of us well. The best part of our job is the relationships that we build with our patient families over time!

Our office maintains close relationships with local pediatric specialists and is well respected by the staff of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and local obstetricians.

We look forward to meeting you and your family!

“Love this group!!! Our oldest is 15 and we started with Dr. Mantia when she was born. I love the time, friendliness, and caring everyone gives.”” ~Parent of patient at Grandville Pediatrics

2845 44th St SW Suite 200 | Grandville, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | (616) 538-2410

Jeremy Veenema, DO at Western Michigan Pediatrics, PC


Our dedicated staff of pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners provides primary pediatric care to infants, children and adolescents.

“We are very blessed to have our children cared for by Dr. Veenema. Dr. Veenema exudes compassion with his patients by approaching them at their level. He is knowledgeable and trustworthy; we value the opinions and expertise he provides us as a doctor, friend and dad!” ~Patient of Western Michigan Pediatrics

721 Kenmoor Ave SE | Grand Rapids, MI
1915 Georgetown Center Dr Suite 102 | Jenison, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-949-6112

1 – Mantia, Dr. Jeffrey (Grandville Pediatrics)
2 – Huizen, Dr. Rebecca (Christian Healthcare Centers)
3 – App, Dr. Michael (Internal Medicine & Pediatrics of West Michigan)
4 – Hofman, Dr. Ron (Alger Pediatrics)
5 – McMahon, Dr. Stephen (MiKids Pediatrics)
6 -Budinsky, Dr Robert (MI Kids Pediatrics)
7 – (TIE) Veenema, Dr. Jeremy (Western Michigan Pediatrics)
(TIE) Macfield, Dr. Masuma (Breton Village Pediatrics and Family Medicine)
(TIE) Dyksen, Dr. Cheryl (Forest Hills Pediatrics)
(TIE) Wang, Dr. Sheila (Mercy Health)

Primary Care Physicians

Maybe you just moved to West Michigan and you’re trying to figure out who to see for your annual wellness visits. Or maybe your wonderful PCP just sent you a letter declaring their retirement. Either way, finding a physician who understands you and can give you the right personalized care is nothing to take lightly. Local parents love the PCPs listed below- we bet you will, too!

Voted Top Primary Care Provider

Dr. Michael App at Internal Medicine & Pediatrics of West Michigan

1 – App, Dr. Michael (Internal Medicine & Pediatrics of West Michigan)
2 – Sova, Dr. David (David Sova Family Practice)
3 – Steen, Dr. Stacyann (Mercy Health)
4 – Zelasko, Dr. Pamela (West Michigan Family Health)
5 – Boet, Dr. Chelsea (Spectrum Health Medical Group)
6 – Beltran, Dr. Rhoda (Mercy Health)
(TIE) Macfield, Dr. Peter (Breton Village Pediatrics and Family Medicine)
(TIE) Veldhouse, Dr. Linnelle  (Brookville Pediatric and Internal Medicine)
9 – Battiste, Dr. Jennifer (Battiste Family Medicine)
10 – Kline, Dr. Mary (Mercy Health)

Speech Therapists for Kids

When you child’s language and speech skills don’t develop as expected, it can be unnerving. Working with a speech therapist, though, has proven to be an effective way to help kids progress in their speech and language skills. Even toddlers as young as 18 months can benefit from these services in certain situations. If you’re not sure whether or not your child qualifies for speech services, talk with your pediatrician.

Voted Top Speech Therapist

Jill Miller at Paper Plane Therapies

1 – Miller, Jill (Paper Plane Therapies)
2 – Rimbey, Kelly (BRAINS)
3 – Van Wylen, Rachel (Paper Plane Therapies)
4 – Smith, Nicole (Paper Plane Therapies)
5 – Kemler, Bethany (Paper Plane Therapies)
6 – DeVries, Katie (Calvin College Rehabilitation Services)
7 – Keller, Lisa (Early On Kent County)
8 – Van Der Heide, Kelli (The Center for Childhood Development)
9 – Pulley, Stacy (Family Tree Therapies)
10 – Wybenga, Ashley (Hudsonville Public Schools) 

Jill Miller, Nicole Smith, Bethany Kemler, and Rachel VanWylen at Paper Plane Therapies

At Paper Plane Therapies, we create a fun, creative, and warm atmosphere that considers the needs of the entire family. We implement a variety of therapeutic intervention strategies focusing on treating expressive and receptive language deficits, apraxia of speech, AAC device facilitation, social deficits, articulation deficits, feeding/swallowing difficulties, and reading challenges. We focus on the whole child which includes collaborating with others professionals to best serve the child’s needs. It is our goal to identify barriers and to construct a functional plan to help the child and their family reach their fullest potential and lead happy and healthy lives.  

400 Ann St Suite 106A | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-591-2905

Katie DeVries, MA, CCC-SLP at Calvin College Rehabilitation Services

Excellent rehabilitative care in a welcoming community of faith and support.

Calvin College Rehabilitation Clinics, collaborating with Western Michigan University, offer coordinated services including speech, occupational and physical therapy, audiology, and social work. Our therapists provide exceptional care while meeting each family’s individual needs in creative and compassionate ways.

1310 East Beltline Ave SE, Suite 230 | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-288-3732

West Michigan Health Care Providers Rock!

There is certainly a wealth of top-notch medical care in our community. We greatly appreciate the long hours our care providers work and the compassionate care they put forth. Our families are grateful for you!