Our Team

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Co-founder & Partner

Beth Tuttle, an Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner, has spent more than a decade studying energy medicine, holistic living, and stress management.

Beth’s journey began when her husband experienced an extreme food intolerance and was subsequently diagnosed with thyroid cancer. As she watched her husband’s health deteriorate, she was increasingly disappointed with how standard medical practice was handling his illness. Based on her studies, she knew stress was at the core of his health issues and connected with an integrative physician. With the physician’s guidance and the stress management tools she now shares with others, her husband’s health was restored. He has been cancer free since 2008.

Through this journey, Beth realized how powerful mind-body practices could be and how crucial it was to be able to manage stress and connect with the signals the body sends when out of balance. Beth’s oldest daughter, was placed on ADHD medication in 3rd grade upon teacher and physician recommendation. After experiencing multiple side effects, Beth introduced her daughter to the holistic principles of healthy eating, diet supplementation, and energy exercises. Her daughter found these non-pharmaceutical interventions worked better and without unwanted side effects, and was totally able to wean off the meds. Her daughter grew into a happy, healthy, successful adult.


Co-founder & Partner

Deb Timmerman is a Registered Nurse and Healing Touch Practitioner. Deb began studying energy medicine and holistic therapies after sustaining severe injuries from a fall down a flight of stairs. During the search for interventions to manage pain, restricted movement, and vertigo she discovered Healing Touch, meditation and the power of mind-body connection.

In the transformation of her personal health, Deb was able to discontinue medications for hypertension and diabetes. As she incorporated the principles of mind-body therapies in her daily self-care routine, she discovered the core of her issues; unmanaged stress, an antiquated belief system and self-sabotage that began as a child. 

Deb’s healing journey helped her discover disease is rooted in our belief system and unprocessed emotions. Carrying baggage is stressful and causes wear and tear on the body and lifestyle diseases. Her passion is helping kids recognize that the human body is always providing feedback, teaching kids to tune-in to those messages and process them daily so they do not turn into life-long patterns which keep them from achieving their true potential. 

Deb, an experienced nurse manager,  has designed and implemented complimentary therapy and self-care programs for nursing staff, long term care and hospice residents. Deb is also a workshop leader for Metro Health-University of Michigan Health Live Healthy Program leading guided meditations, aromatherapy and stress management  workshops.

She has met the requirements of education, training and experience to achieve the designation of Diplomat through the American Institute of Stress. 

Community Collaborators

Jaclyn Vallier
Jaclyn VallierCommunity Partner Battle Creek, MI
Jackie holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Michigan University. She has taught 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades in the Lakeview School District, Battle Creek Michigan. Jackie has additional training in the following: Kagen Cooperative Learning, William Glasser’s Choice Theory/Reality Therapy and Learning the Namaste Way Institute. She is certified in the Aroma Touch Technique. Jackie’s class participated in the SSK Pilot for schools during the 2016-17 school year.
Jennifer Van Wyhe
Jennifer Van WyheCommunity Partner Metro South Grand Rapids
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Grand Valley State University. She has extensive experience in case management and advocating for clients with chronic health issues. Jennifer has real life experience with a struggling child. Her daughter’s school issues forced her to leave the workforce to home school. You can watch Jen’s story on our blog page. Jen joined SSK, because it helped her daughter move from floundering to flourishing.
Kristine McPeak
Kristine McPeakCommunity Partner Northern MI
Kristine holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Olivet College, but never landed in the classroom. Her passion to explore stress management through natural healing modalities took her in another direction. Kristine is a Certified Laughter Leader, Certified Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner and has studied Healing Touch, Myofascial Release, and a host of other modalities. In 2012 she returned to school to become a Physical Therapy Assistant through Flinlandia University.

Kristine is the owner of PeaceShine in Marquette, MI. Her mission is to help others learn to de-stress. Kristine serves on several community work teams in the area of mental health and substance abuse prevention and saw the need for a children’s program to use in these areas.

Advisory Board

Marian Long, RN MSN AHN-BC ND HWNC-BC CHTP/IAdvisory Board Member
Marian has over 30 years of nursing experience in many settings, including outpatient clinics, hospital, long term care, home care, hospice, and nursing education. She has been active in the arena of holistic health since the early 1980s, with a long history of teaching and providing Healing Touch, Aromatherapy, Guided Imagery and other holistic modalities in hospital and community settings.

Her current nursing roles include consultant, coach and speaker, and she loves to help people learn about and enhance their incredible healing potential of body, mind and spirit. She lives in northern Michigan with her husband Ted, also a certified Healing Touch practitioner.

Dr. Annie Bishop, DC
Dr. Annie Bishop, DCNUCCA Chiroprator, Advisory Board Member
Dr. Annie is a pediatric and NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association) chiropractor in Grand Rapids, MI. She is currently working on postgraduate certification in chiropractic pediatrics through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). She graduated from Life University in Marietta, GA in March of 2017 and has been practicing in Grand Rapids since. Dr. Annie attended Aquinas College for undergraduate studies in Mathematics with minor concentrations in Physics and Biology. She is very passionate about working with children and families, and creating a strong community foundation focused on health and wellness.
Amy Gortsema
Amy GortsemaFounder, Achieve Tutoring Center
Amy has more than 20 years of experience in education. For almost all of her career, Amy worked for Hudsonville Public Schools, serving as a teacher and an elementary school principal. She holds a Master’s Degree and an educational leadership endorsement.

The curriculum for each tutoring session is developed by content area experts and educators. Amy works closely with her staff to ensure each tutoring session is meaningful and effective. Achieve Tutoring Center provides guaranteed one-on-one tutoring services for students K- college in all content areas. Achieve Tutoring Center also offers ACT/SAT test prep, TOEFL prep for exchange students, and Speech services.

To visit Achieve Tutoring Center’s website click here.