Are You Looking for Quality Healthcare Providers for Your Family?

Use This List to Help You Choose

After getting pregnant, you quickly realize that you will need to find a trusted Midwife or OB/Gyn if you don’t already have one. Or you may want a birth doula to aid in the birth process; some mamas even hire postpartum doulas to help out once baby has arrived. And by the third trimester your doctor has reminded you that it’s high time to find a pediatrician for your growing nugget…

Once baby arrives and as they grow up, the list of health care providers you need to find grows. From pediatric dentists to ophthalmologists to ENT doctors and more…this process can be a bit daunting!

How do you go about finding trusted health care providers for you and your family? Where do you even begin…?

That’s where this guide comes in! We began updating a reader-voted Family Health Care Provider Guide each year to help our wonderful community of local parents get connected to trusted care providers. Make sure to bookmark this guide, because this is a resource you are sure to come back to again and again!

Now, on to some technical information…

Starting at the end of July, we asked our readers to nominate, then vote on the best family care providers in West Michigan in 11 categories. Below you’ll find the TOP provider for each field, followed by the top nominees, all whom 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.)

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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

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

Struggling with allergies and asthma can interfere with a child’s school performance, interrupt restful sleep and diminish simple enjoyment of daily activities. The good news is, there are safe, effective treatments for children’s allergies. We encourage you to explore these options in partnership with our clinical team. We will work with you to create care plans that allow you and your child to experience life without limits. At Grand Rapids Allergy, our physicians are passionate in their efforts to identify and manage allergic triggers for healthy, thriving families. You are unique. Your allergy treatment should be too!

“At Grand Rapids Allergy, they are so professional, and also incredibly empathetic and understanding. They know what they are doing, and they work with you! It was horrible having to have my 4-year-old do the test, but the staff are quick, efficient, and super knowledgeable. I highly recommend!”

Patient of Grand Rapids Allergy


970 Parchment Dr. SE | Grand Rapids, MI, 49546
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK |  616-949-4840

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

Dr. Richard Strabbing, Michigan ENT & Allergy Specialists

Our locally owned and operated team specializes in individualized ear, nose, throat, and allergy care. We honor our patient’s individual needs with respect, compassion, and a health care plan that supports their lifestyle and goals.


3100 N. Wellness Dr. | Holland, MI 49424
WEBSITE |  616-994-2770

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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. Nicole Bumhoffer at Thrive Chiropractic Center

Dr. 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 fulfilling journey. To thrive from within allows for an enriched lifetime beginning with conception. Our goal is to create a comfortable environment where individuals and families wanting better health can feel empowered and motivated to reach their goals at any stage of life.

“We’ve been seeing Dr. Nicole for almost a year now and are so happy with the care she provides for my husband and I, as well as all three of our children. She’s thorough, thoughtful, and so patient. We leave her office feeling so equipped to stay healthy – and that’s a wonderful feeling!”

Thrive Chiropractic Patient


Dr. Nicole Bumhoffer | Dr. Becca Tijerina


7199 Kalamazoo Ave SE | Suite 234 | Caledonia, MI 49316
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK616-554-5070

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1 – Bumhoffer, Dr. Nicole (Thrive Chiropractic Center)
2 – Ward, Dr. David (Active Life Chiropractic)
3 – Kowalke, Dr. Erik (Higher Health Chiropractic Wyoming)
4 – Osmer, Dr. Theresa (Flow Chiropractic – in Renew Mama)
5 – den Boer, Dr. Adrian (DBC Natural Holistic Health Center)
6 – Babbitt, Dr. Rachel (Balanced Health Chiropractic Grand Rapids)
7 – deVries, Dr. Douglas  (Grand Rapids Wellness)
8  – Wolfman, Dr. Mark (Rivertown Family Chiropractic)
9 – Schmitt, Dr. Miranda (Growing Family Chiropractic)
10 – Deyo, Dr. John (Higher Health Chiropractic)

Dr. Erik Kowalke, 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 three testimonials showing amazing results through principled chiropractic care:

Aiden is just 5 years old and loves sports, but had asthma, which put him in the ICU twice.
“Since being under chiropractic care, Aiden has had no asthma issues and has a great immune system!”
Becky, Aiden'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!”
Sue’s twin girls were constantly spitting up large amounts after feedings. When medication didn’t work, her friend referred her to Higher Health Chiropractic. Here’s what Sue is saying about Principled Chiropractic Care.
“After just two months of bringing my girls here, the reflux was completely gone. No more constant spitting!”
Practitioners:Dr. Erik Kowalke | Dr. Marc DeMeester | Dr. Katie DeMeester | Dr. John Deyo


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

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Dr. Theresa Osmer, Flow Chiropractic

FLOW stands for “Foster a Life of Wellness”. We are a boutique style practice located within Renew Mama Studio, delivering personalized and integrated healthcare through chiropractic, nutrition, and strategic supplementation.

Dr. Osmer is trained through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and has helped children and their families achieve optimal health.


5161 Northland Dr NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49525
WEBSITE |  989-277-9119

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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. Stephanie Kloostra at Hudsonville Dental Kids

Dr. Stephanie Kloostra, Hudsonville Dental Kids

Dr. Stephanie Kloostra is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and serves on the Board of the West Michigan Dental Foundation.  She is actively involved in serving the dental community as well as your family.

At Hudsonville Dental and Hudsonville Dental Kids, our mission is simple: we put patients first.  We strive to provide a positive experience for you and your children by working together as a team in making decisions to ensure your family’s oral health needs are met and maintained. 

We also have a commitment to serving our community.  Through events like Dentistry from the Heart (Free Dental Day), to Halloween Candy Buyback, to sponsoring Little League teams, we are dedicated to giving back to the community in which we live.

One unique feature about our office is that we not only specialize in pediatric dentistry but are able to serve the entire family in one location. When you place your family’s trust in us, we will care for you and your children to ensure that you are offered, understand, and receive the highest quality dental care to help the whole family achieve and maintain excellent oral health.

“Always a friendly, comfortable, and anxiety-free visit!  Dr. Stephanie took time to explain simply everything she was doing and was very gentle and considerate to our child’s needs. Take your kiddo here! The plus is that mom & dad get their cleanings done at the same place!”
Lauren M.


Dr. Stephanie Kloostra | Dr. Bradley Dykstra | Dr. Brian Yared | Dr. Dale Schuur | Dr. Joshua Peiffer | Dr. Jeremy Schell | Dr. Daniel Roberts | Dr. Andrew Clemes


Hudsonville Dental | 3250 Central Blvd. | Hudsonville, MI 49426
Contemporary Family Dental | 2005 Breton Rd. SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Grand Haven Smiles | 921 S Beechtree St Suite 6B | Grand Haven, MI 49417

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1  – Kloostra, Dr. Stephanie (Hudsonville Dental Kids)
2 – Kingma, Dr. Brett (Kingma Pediatric Dentistry)
3 – Lefere, Dr. Agata (Grandville Pediatric Dentistry)
4 – Valleau, Dr. Aimee (Valleau, VanDeven and Massie, DDS)
5 – Massie, Dr. Jessica (Valleau, VanDeven and Massie, DDS)
6 – VanDeven, Dr. Chris (Valleau, VanDeven and Massie, DDS)
7 – (TIE) O’Callaghan, Dr. Daniel (Gaines Pediatric Dentistry)
(TIE) DeYoung, Dr. Amy (Dr. Amy DeYoung Pediatric Dentistry)
9 – Krause, Dr. Meggan (Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry)
10 – Hamilton, Dr. Veronica (Hamilton Pediatric Dentistry)

Dr. Daniel P. O’Callaghan, Gaines Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Daniel O’Callaghan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. O’Callaghan and the entire Gaines Pediatric Dentistry team enjoy caring for the smiles of your children, whether they are infants getting their first teeth or children starting to gain confidence in their smiles. We also know that visiting the dentist can be an intimidating experience for children of any age, so we’ve done all that we can to create a warm and welcoming office environment.

We’ve stocked our office with fun amenities for kids, including TVs in our private treatment rooms and iPads in our play area. We want your child to enjoy visits to our office and to have fun caring for his or her smile. We love caring for the smiles of children of all ages, and we can’t wait to meet you and your child.

“I have been to this office 3 times now. I have to say every time I go I receive exceptional service. I love the way Dr. O’Callaghan interacts with my daughter and the rest of the office staff is very friendly as well. She feels comfortable and actually likes going there. Everything is explained in detail and you know what to expect price wise before anything is done. I am so glad I stumbled across this office.”
Patient of Dr. O'Callaghan


1559 68th St SE | Suite A | Grand Rapids, MI 49508

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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 a make a difference in their lives. Here at Grandville Pediatric Dentistry, we are committed to family-centered care for infants, 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.

“From the fun and entertaining waiting area, to the friendly staff, our first visit at Grandville Pediatric dentistry was phenomenal. Dr. Agata was sweet and patient with my 2 1/2 year old, and was extremely thorough. Would definitely recommend to those with young children!”
Patient of Dr. Agata Lefere


Dr. Agata Lefere | Dr. Michael Demeter | Dr. Sally Kotani


3131 44th Street SW | Grandville MI 49418

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Dr. Brett Kingma, Kingma Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Brett Kingma is reinventing what it means for a child to visit the dentist. Here at Kingma Pediatric Dentistry, we’re building a place where you and your family will feel like you belong. We want your kids to be our partners instead of just our patients. We want them to have an avenue to express their ideas, creativity, and ambitions. Beyond that, Dr. Kingma strives to provide his patients with opportunities for scholarships, clubs, sponsorships, and social events. Of course, while we create a memorable experience for your children, we will also be fighting the #1 chronic disease in children: tooth decay. How do we do this? Education is our focus!

As a board certified pediatric dentist and father of two, you can be sure Dr. Kingma is up to date on the latest research and technology, striving to provide the highest level of care to you and your children.

We pride ourselves in seeing any child with any need. We’re here to serve you! Oh, and we have a blast doing it!

Dr. Brett Kingma also is certified in laser dentistry, and is highly trained in treating infants and children who are tongue tied.

“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 can’t thank Dr. Kingma and staff enough for helping him feel that way.”
Patient of Dr. Kingma


1179 East Paris Ave SE | Suite 130 | Grand Rapids, MI 49546
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | GOOGLE+ | 616-942-9840

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Dr. Aimee Valleau, Dr. Jessica Massie, Dr. Chris VanDeven
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.


2000 43rd St. S.E.| Grand Rapids, MI | 616-455-1301
170 Marcell Dr. N.E. | Rockford, MI | 616-884-5812
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | Grand Rapids GOOGLE+ | Rockford GOOGLE+

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Before getting pregnant, GRKIDS writer Peg didn’t know what a doula even was… But once Peg learned more about the natural birth process she was hoping to experience, she hired a birth doula for the birth of her first child. 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 family. If you’re interested in hiring a birth or postpartum doula, check out the top recommendations below!

Voted Top Birth Doula

Brenda Baar at GR Doulas

Brenda Baar, GR Doulas

GR Doulas offers compassionate and experienced care for a positive pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Our services include birth and postpartum doula care, placenta encapsulation, GentleBirth childbirth education, infant massage classes, counseling services, and documentary-style photography. Contact us for a free consultation!


4289 Mohave Ct. SW | Grandville MI 49418
WEBSITE | 616-965-1590

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1 – Baar, Brenda (GR Doulas)
2 – Revere, Kristin (Gold Coast Doulas)
3 – Michelotti, Megan (GR Doulas)
4 – Townsend, Tiffany (Gold Coast Doulas)
5 – Forton, Ashley (Gold Coast Doulas)
6 – (TIE) Duhm, Jenny (Jenny’s Childbirth Services)
(TIE) Hollemans, Ginger (GR Doulas)
8 – Schultz, Cassie (GR Doulas)
9 – Dexter, Heather (Earth Mother’s Natural Health & Birth Services)
10 – Gowins, Lisa (Holistic Life Family Wellness)

Kristin Revere, Gold Coast Doulas

Gold Coast Doulas offer judgment-free support to families during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum time. We offer lactation support, daytime and overnight postpartum support, birth support, infant massage, placenta encapsulation, and several classes including HypnoBirthing and Preparing for Multiples. We’re here from conception to crawling!


4804 Cascade Road SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546
WEBSITE |  616-294-0207

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Voted Top Postpartum Doula

Alyssa Veneklase at Gold Coast Doulas

Alyssa Veneklase, Gold Coast Doulas

Gold Coast Doulas offer judgment-free support to families during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum time. We offer lactation support, daytime and overnight postpartum support, birth support, infant massage, placenta encapsulation, and several classes including HypnoBirthing and Preparing for Multiples. We’re here from conception to crawling!


4804 Cascade Road SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546
WEBSITE |  616-294-0207

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1 – Veneklase, Alyssa (Gold Coast Doulas)
2 – Schultz, Cassie (GR Doulas)
3 – Revere, Kristin (Gold Coast Doulas)
4 – Forton, Ashley (Gold Coast Doulas)
5 – Barcelo, Breezy (Breezy Birth & Postpartum Doula)
6 – Miller Rocha, Alexandrea (Gold Coast Doulas)
7 – Figg, Stacey (The Village Doula)
8 – Guthaus, Erica (MomsBloom)

Stacey Figg, The Village Doula GR, LLC

For most families, navigating through the postpartum period can be both challenging and overwhelming. All too often, moms feel as though they have to do it all alone. As a postpartum doula, I come into the home to “mother the mother” as the family transitions during this special time. By nurturing the mother and supporting her physical and emotional needs, she is then better equipped to nurture her newborn. I offer professional, nonjudgmental support, companionship and evidence based information in several areas.

Excellent experience working with moms who have had a Perinatal Mood Disorder (depression, anxiety, etc.) and work on the Pine Rest Mother/Baby Unit.


233 East Fulton | #226 | Grand Rapids MI 49503
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK |  616-633-7500

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Cassie Schultz, GR Doulas

GR Doulas offers compassionate and experienced care for a positive pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Our services include birth and postpartum doula care, placenta encapsulation, GentleBirth childbirth education, infant massage classes, counseling services, and documentary-style photography. Contact us for a free consultation!


4289 Mohave Ct. SW | Grandville MI 49418
WEBSITE | 616-965-1590

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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. Claudell Cox at Grand Rapids ENT

Dr. Claudell Cox & Dr. Joseph Taylor, 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.


1555 44th St SW | Wyoming, MI 49509
WEBSITE |  616-249-8000

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

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. Julie Conley at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Ophthalmology

1 – Conley, Dr. Julie (Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Ophthalmology)
2 – Droste, Dr. Patrick (Dr. Robert J. Peters)
3 – Kenyon, Dr. Jeffrey (West Michigan Eyecare Associates)
4 – Wilke, Dr. Andrew (Grand Rapids Ophthalmology)
5 – Huizenga, Dr. Angela (Grand Rapids Ophthalmology)
6 – Coon, Dr. Kiersten (Family and Pediatric Eyecare)
7 – Vollink, Dr. Michael (Vollink Eyecare)
8 – Peters, Dr. Robert J. (Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Motility)
9 – Vredevoogd, Dr. Lisa (Eyes to See Pediatric Ophthalmology)
10 – Gammage, Dr. Paul (Hudsonville Vision Care)

Jeffrey Kenyon, OD, 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. Our 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 SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546
WEBSITE |  616-949-8500

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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

Sara Badger at Simply Born

Certified Professional Midwife

Sara Badger, CPM, Simply Born Midwifery Services

Helping families achieve their dreams of safe, gentle childbirth.

Providing the greater Grand Rapids area with safe and empowering home birth options; as well as the city’s only out of hospital birth center.


802 Merritt St. SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49507
WEBSITE |  616-419-8117

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1 – Badger, Sara, CPM (Simply Born)
2 – Visser, Yolanda, CPM (Birth Song)
3 – Reinsma, Breck, MSN, CNM (Advanced Obstetrics and Gynecology)
4 – LaGrand, Sarah, MSN, CNM (Advanced Obstetrics and Gynecology)
5 – (TIE) Holshoe, Jennifer, CPM  (West Michigan Midwifery)
(TIE) George, Maryanne, CNM (Spectrum Health Medical Group)
7 – Porter, Kim, CNM (Midwifery Matters – Closed 9/2017)
8 – Slater, Laura (MI Home Birth)
9 – (TIE) Bratschie, Alexandra, CNM (Spectrum Health OB/GYN)
(TIE) Cornwell, Leslie, CNM (Midwifery Matters – Closed 9/2017)

Jennifer Holshoe, CPM, West Michigan Midwifery

{Family-centered care for the childbearing years}

Professional, holistic and evidence based midwifery care for pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. We provide out of hospital midwifery services throughout Grand Rapids, the Lakeshore and surrounding areas.


6655 College Ave. SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49548
WEBSITE | 872-36-6880

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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 – Vandeburg, Dr. Anita (Grand Rapids Women’s Health)
3 – Brandt, Dr. Ruth (Grand Rapids Women’s Health)
4 – Hubbard, Dr. Robyn (Grand Rapids Women’s Health)
5 – Zylstra, Dr. Tricia (Mercy Health Physician Partners)
6 – Klyn, Dr. Michelle (Grand Rapids Women’s Health)
7 – Leazenby, Dr. Calvin (Spectrum Health OB/GYN)
8 – Hicks, Dr. Susan (Spectrum Health Medical Group)
9 – (TIE) Dietrich, Dr. Emily (Spectrum Health Medical Group OB/GYN Michigan St.)
(TIE) Gary, Dr. Monica (Grand Rapids Women’s Health)
(TIE) Hoekstra, Dr. Erinn (Grand Rapids Women’s Health)
(TIE) Michele, Dr. Tami (Spectrum Health Medical Group Gerber Memorial Fremont)

Occupational Therapists for Kids

Occupational Therapy, otherwise known as OT, is a game-changer for may 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.

Occupational Therapist OT Grand Rapids

Voted Top Occupational Therapist

Tracy Young at Calvin College Rehabilitation Services

Tracy Young, OTR, 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 | STE 230 | Grand Rapids, MI. 49506
WEBSITE |  616-526-6070 or 616-288-3732

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1 – Young, Tracy (Calvin College Rehabilitation Services)
2 – Cooper, Terri (Family Tree Therapies)
3 – Langley, Chelsey (Paper Plane Therapies)
4 – Kerbs, Kendra (Paper Plane Therapies)
5 – Hunt, Lauren (THE CENTER for Childhood Development)
6 – Vugteveen, Jim (Family Tree Therapies)

Chelsey Langley & Kendra Kerbs, Paper Plane Therapies

At Paper Plane Therapies, we create a warm atmosphere that considers the needs of the entire family. It is our goal to construct a functional plan to overcome barriers in order to help the child and their family reach their fullest potential and lead happy and healthy lives.


400 Ann St NW Suite 106A | Grand Rapids, MI 49504
WEBSITE |  616-591-2905

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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 see the best orthodontists around town!

Voted Top Orthodontist

Dr. Mark J. Wierenga at Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics

Dr. Mark J. Wierenga, Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics

Voted’s 2016 and 2017 Top Orthodontist! Dr. David Armbrecht, Dr. Gary Armbrecht, and Dr. Mark Wierenga are honored to be considered for your family’s orthodontic needs. Over the last 40 years, we have developed a reputation in the Grandville and Grand Rapids communities for providing the highest quality orthodontic care for children 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 Grandville and Grand Rapids office staff is highly trained with years of experience treating patients with the highest level of care.

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends children visit the orthodontist by age 7. Call today for a complimentary consultation if you have any orthodontic concerns!

We’re proud of the team we have to treat your needs, and we look forward to helping you and your family achieve healthy, confident smiles. 

“The staff and doctors at Armbrecht & Wierenga have been wonderful! My daughter just got her braces off and we are so pleased with her smile! Thank you so much for making this experience a positive one for her and for our family. I would recommend this office to anyone and everyone.”

Lindsey N.


Mark J. Wierenga | David L. Armbrecht | Gary D. Armbrecht


2000 43rd St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508 | 3131 44th St SW, Grandville, MI 49418
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-455-4800

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

Dr. Eric Hannapel, Hannapel Orthodontics

Hannapel Orthodontics is proud to be providing exceptional orthodontic care for the Caledonia and Grand Rapids area since 1996. With Dr. Eric Hannapel you are never too young or too old to have an amazing smile. The changes you want to see in your smile are our main focus from the minute we meet. You can count on our team to have excellent clinical skills, the most advanced technology available and great communication so that every aspect of your time with us is fun and rewarding.

“My three children and I have all been going to Hannapel Orthodontics for over ten years and trust us when we say that this orthodontic office is unlike ANY other. Their customer service, and professionalism is “top notch” and they go above and beyond to make all patients comfortable at their office visits. My oldest son was the first in our family to go here (when he was 8 or 9) and because he has autism spectrum disorder, he had HIGH anxiety about dental visits. Dr. Hannapel and his staff put him at ease from the start and were so knowledgeable about his disability and patient with him! After that, my other two children and I came on board as well, and we’ve all had nothing but GREAT experiences. From scheduling and changing appointments, to the way they explain each step of the way during your orthodontic process, to the ease of billing, and the way that each and every staff member is cheerful and welcoming, this Dr. and staff are AMAZING!”

Dawn Z.


6477 Cherry Meadow Dr. SE | Caledonia, MI 49316

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Dr. Daniel Kruse, Kruse Orthodontics

As a patient of Kruse Orthodontics in Kentwood, you and your smile goal are our top priorities. Dr. Daniel 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 cares 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 absolutely love this place. The staff and Dr. Kruse are very professional, caring and always make you feel welcome and comfortable. Everyone you work with at the office is always friendly and ready to answer any questions you could possibly have. If you are thinking of getting braces or any other orthodontic procedure I would recommend you give them a call. They are great and have awesome recommendations for jaw surgery. Everyone works as a team to make sure you have the best outcome and smile that you can.”

Mirela K.


6208 Kalamazoo | Ste. 3 |  Grand Rapids, MI 49508

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Dr. Paul O’Grady, DDS, MS, O’Grady Orthodontics

Dr. Paul O’Grady, and our Grand Rapids orthodontic staff, can provide you with the latest advancements in orthodontics that will make your treatment more comfortable and with fewer appointments! Providing family-friendly orthodontic care for adults, teens, and children, we believe that everybody deserves the opportunity to have a beautiful smile!

Dr. O’Grady is proud to be a 2017 Invisalign Elite Provider, having treated over 700 patients through Invisalign technology! Our office also uses the state of the art Damon self-ligating brackets.

Dr. O’Grady is proud to participate with SCRIP/TRIP to help provide funds for local area schools and churches. Our patients benefit too by paying on their account with SCRIP/TRIP and receiving a reduction in tuition and other school costs as well.

As an avid supporter of local area schools, Dr. O’Grady is involved with, and sponsors, many community events.

When asked what Dr. O’Grady likes best about being an orthodontist, he will tell you it is the look he sees on his patients’ faces when they see their amazing results of orthodontic treatment. That is when Dr. O’Grady knows he has served his patients well.

“I just got done with my Invisalign treatment and I’ve never felt more confident. Dr. O’Grady and his team truly are the best around and I will recommend them to everyone I know. So professional, caring, organized, and talented. Thank you all! I’m so happy with my final result!”

Patient of Dr. O'Grady


825 Forest Hill Ave SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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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

 Grandville Pediatrics
Jeffrey Mantia, MD

(from left to right)
Jenna Sargent, CPNP      Emily Rusticus, CFNP      Abigail Lamar, CPNP

Our independent, pro-vaccine office of four dedicated practitioners and our long term staff provides personalized care in a colorful environment.

“Our kids love Dr. Mantia! We have had an excellent experience with everyone in the office. Dr. Mantia is extremely thorough and knowledgeable. I have never had a problem scheduling appointments, and his office returns phone calls very promptly. His staff is always helpful and friendly. We drive to the office from Rockford…we tried another office after we moved and then transferred right back. I would never take my kids anywhere else!”

Patient of Dr. Mantia

“We have been with Dr. Mantia since our first child was a newborn. He is now almost fourteen and has four younger siblings who all come to Grandville Pediatrics. We have had ONLY ABSOLUTELY EXCEPTIONAL experiences! Dr. Mantia, his partners, and staff are friendly/welcoming, consistently show respect our family’s values/thoughts, educate us on all treatment and developmental issues, answer questions and make referrals in a timely, thorough manner. Our children feel comfortable here and trust the doctors and their staff. Grandville Pediatrics is well worth the nearly hour long drive we choose to make….we very much appreciate their exceptional care of our children.”

Patient of Dr. Mantia


2845 44th St SW | Suite 200 | Grandville, MI 49418
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-538-2410

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1 – Mantia, Dr. Jeffrey (Grandville Pediatrics)
2 – Macfield, Dr. Masuma (Breton Village Pediatrics and Family Medicine)
3 – Hofman, Dr. Ron (Alger Pediatrics)
4 – App, Dr. Michael (Internal Medicine & Pediatrics of West Michigan)
5 – Rauwerda, Dr. Jayne (Alger Pediatrics)
6 – Wynalda, Dr. James (Brookville Pediatrics)
7 – McMahon, Dr. Stephen (Spectrum Health Medical Group)
8 – Dyksen, Dr. Cheryl (Forest Hills Pediatrics)
9 – Sova, Dr. David (David Sova Family Practice)
10 – Lake, Dr. Dennis (Western Michigan Pediatrics)

Dr. Dennis Lake, MD, Western Michigan Pediatrics

Infancy to Young Adulthood – Every Step of the Way!

We have two locations – Grand Rapids and Jenison. The health and wellness of our patients is of utmost importance to our office. We strive to provide the best care possible to our patients.


“Dr. Lake has been our pediatrician since day one. We have two boys, 15 and almost 18. We love that he’s raised four sons of his own. This has been reassuring when we’ve asked for his opinion on various issues over the years. He’s kind, warm, and knowledgeable. We asked him to be sure to not retire before our boys finish college. He’s a great doctor.”

Patient of Dr. Lake


Dennis L Lake, MD | John M. Koetsier, MD | Megan N. Clark, MD | Jennifer L. Van Zee, MD | Shawna Pierce, MD | Jeremy R, Veenema, DO | Nicole R. Van Allen, MD | Kathleen A. Buller, RN, CPNP


721 Kenmoor SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 1915 Georgetown Center Dr, Suite 102, Jenison, MI 49428
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK616-949-6112

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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 – Macfield, Dr. Peter (Breton Village Pediatrics and Family Medicine)
3 – Sova, Dr. David (David Sova Family Practice)
4 – Stevens, Dr. Erica (Spectrum Health Medical Group)
5 – Zelasko, Dr. Pamela (West Michigan Family Health)
6 – Kline, Dr. Mary (Mercy Health)
7 – (TIE) Decker, Dr. Brian (Mercy Health)
(TIE) Boet, Dr. Chelsea (Spectrum Health Medical Group)
9 – Schmid, Dr. Hilary (Metro Health Cedar Springs)
10 – Wright, Dr. Terrence (Family Medicine Specialists)

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.

Speech Therapy Grand Rapids

Voted Top Speech Therapist

Katie DeVries at Calvin College Rehabilitation Services

Katie DeVries, CCC-SLP, 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 | STE 230 | Grand Rapids, MI. 49506
WEBSITE |  616-526-6070 or 616-288-3732

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1 – DeVries, Katie (Calvin College Rehabilitation Services)
2 – Pulley, Stacy (Family Tree Therapies)
3 – Wybenga, Ashley (Hudsonville Public Schools)
4 – (TIE) Miller, Jill (Paper Plane Therapies)
(TIE) Monticello Bonnema, Christine (Grand Rapids Public Schools)
6 – Kemler, Bethany (Paper Plane Therapies)
7 – VanWylen, Rachel (Paper Plane Therapies)
8 – O’Rourke, Gail (Family Tree Therapies)
9 – Van Der Heide, Kelli (THE CENTER for Childhood Development)

Jill Miller, Bethany Kemler & Rachel VanWylen, Paper Plane Therapies

At Paper Plane Therapies, we create a warm atmosphere that considers the needs of the entire family. It is our goal to construct a functional plan to overcome barriers in order to help the child and their family reach their fullest potential and lead happy and healthy lives.


400 Ann St NW Suite 106A | Grand Rapids, MI 49504
WEBSITE |  616-591-2905

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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!

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  1. Heather Blaszczyk January 1, 2018 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    I also didn’t see my OB listed and I adore him! Dr. Joseph Talcott. I had a miscarriage between my boys and didn’t have the best experience at Dr. Lown’s office which is a part of Metro Health and I was recommended Talcott and could not have been happier! He knew I had concerns about my previous miscarriage and did whatever made me feel comfortable with the next pregnancy including extra blood draws and u/s. He has such a passion for helping women and their families and it totally shows through any time you come into contact with him! Also, it’s one of the few OB offices that I know of that let you bring your kids, so if you are a sahm you don’t have to worry about childcare to go to a darn appt!

  2. Heather Blaszczyk January 1, 2018 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love Megan Mouser at Metro Health Jenison. I have recommended her to multiple families and they also have loved her. She is amazing with my children, we get fantastic care there, the nurses are amazing and my boys actually ask to go see her!

  3. Paper Plane Therapies November 8, 2017 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Thank you for selecting the ladies at Paper Plane Therapies to be on the list of best speech and occupational therapy providers. It is such an honor to serve the Grand Rapids community!

  4. Colleen Dodgson November 7, 2017 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Cascade Pediatrics is not listed but definitley deserves an honorable mention! We see Dr. VanZee, but EVERY doctor there is friendly and knowledgable. I would recommend them in a heart beat!

  5. Melinda slater January 9, 2017 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Dr Klyn is an amazing obgyn!! Glad she was picked! Amazing doctor, great staff, nice location and office set up (right by the hospital)! ?

  6. Dr. Droste November 16, 2016 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Thank you for selecting me and my practice as number one for pediatric medical and surgical eye care! What an honor!

  7. Chris November 5, 2016 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Dr. Laura Fogle 3 mile and alpine for Orthodontics

  8. Katy Austin November 4, 2016 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    I LOVE Brookville Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.

  9. Kristiana Kay via Facebook October 21, 2015 at 2:19 am - Reply

    Dr. Marcotte near 44th street and Breton is great! I had a preemie who exited the NICU after 2 months and had to follow a strict feeding regimen with neosure. Dr. Marcotte was really good in helping with his care and the nurses there are amazing!! I now have a daughter who also needs 24 calorie feeds (breastmilk fortified with formula) and has been also been under supervision of this office. They even ordered me “samples” of neosure and 2 full cans for free came delivered to my house! They really, truly care about each and every patient. Feel free to personally PM me.

  10. Alexis June 24, 2015 at 11:37 am - Reply

    I didn’t even hear about this list. I would have voted Dr. Steve Byrne of Rockford Chiropractic and Wellness Center as top chiropractor. I used him for my prenatal care, and post natal care. My son was seen just a couple days after he was born. We Arron our second child and Dr. Byrne is the only one who has been able to help me with my HG (severe morning sickness) Fortunately my son has never had to see another doctor because Dr. Byrne keeps his body functioning properly. He has also helped many infant and kids with: allergies (seasonal, food and environmental), asthma, ADD/ADHD, bed wetting, colic, constipation, arthritis, ear infections, and many more. I will not take my son any where else. Dr. Byrne has a true passion for helping others. He goes above and beyond what others could only imagine. I can not say enough about him!

  11. Naomi Heyboer via Facebook June 18, 2015 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Alger Pediatrics has the best doctors!

  12. Ann and Liz check out top primary care physician!

  13. Amber Brandt via Facebook June 17, 2015 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Olivia Fitzpatrick

  14. Sarah Brenner via Facebook June 17, 2015 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Whoo hoo! My children’s dentist and orthodontist made the list! Definitely agree 😉

  15. Jen Davis via Facebook June 17, 2015 at 6:37 am - Reply

    I don’t see any allergist listed…..

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