Dr. B, as he is known, grew up on a farm in southwest Michigan. As a multi-sport athlete in high school, he experienced sore throats, back pain, headaches, and breathing issues. Visits to the medical doctor did little to help, even after a tonsillectomy, so he went to a chiropractor. He noticed that after an adjustment, his sore throat vanished! Not only did his pain subside, but his breathing issues were gone, and his athletic performance soared! Dr. B had found his vocation.
After college he attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa, where he spent weekends learning advanced chiropractic techniques to refine the care he would offer. He and his wife, Susan, settled in Grand Haven to open his practice. In 1996, the practice was moved to the current location at 17040 Robbins Road.
The Brusveens have three sons: Dr. Kellen, a chiropractor in Allendale, MI; Kyle, a landscape architect in San Antonio, TX; and Dr. Kolton, an emergency room physician in Muskegon, MI. They also have four grandchildren: Karter and Karson, sons of Dr. Kellen and Lacey Jae; and Harper and Hudson, children of Dr. Kolton and Tiffany.
When he’s not providing comprehensive chiropractic care, Dr. B enjoys bird hunting, relaxing at the lake, and spending time his family.
Dr.Melissa Wessel (Thomas)
Dr. Melissa grew up in Charlotte, N.C. where she spent the majority of her spare time on the softball field. She always thought she going to major in athletic training because of her love for sports, but that changed when she went to college. After watching her mom suffer with chronic headaches without any relief, she decided to go into health care. Never having the desire to take medicine herself, she wanted to go the natural route and found that with chiropractic.
She obtained an Exercise Science degree in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and moved to St. Louis, M.O. to attend Logan College of Chiropractic. After relocating to Grand Haven, she practiced in a larger clinic in the Grand Rapids area, but soon realized she wanted to practice in a smaller clinic that has a relationship with its patients. She found that with Brusveen Chiropractic Clinic.
She spends her free time traveling and exploring new places in Michigan and loves the snow. She continues to educate herself through weekend seminars, because she believes that you can never learn enough. She enjoys helping patients of all ages and is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, as she has a special place in her heart for women and children.
Dr. Melissa married her husband, Jared Wessel, in October of 2020, and is enjoying beginning a life together with him.
Dr. Christopher Bell
Dr. Chris Bell grew up in Cayuga, a small farming community just north of Terre Haute, Indiana. After high school, he attended Purdue University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology. Dr. Bell worked for an environmental firm for a year before enrolling at Logan College of Chiropractic (St. Louis, MO) on the recommendation of a friend. He graduated from Logan in December of 2009 with a Doctorate in Chiropractic and an additional Bachelor of Science degree in health science.
After graduation, Dr. Bell and his wife, Shelli, made the trip “up north” to West Michigan and opened Bell Family Chiropractic. He also worked for a local chiropractic office for five years before joining Brusveen Chiropractic Clinic.
Dr. Bell currently lives in Nunica with his wife and three young children. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, camping and Crossfit.
Courtney is one of our chiropractic assistants. She grew up in the Grand Haven area and has held various jobs in child care and food service. A job opportunity at Brusveen Chiropractic Clinic could not be refused as it is applicable to her field of interest, nutrition. She recently graduated from Grand Valley State University majoring in Biomedical Sciences with Nutrition Emphasis. She plans to begin graduate school at Eastern Michigan University to become a registered dietitian. Her hobbies include biking, cross-country skiing, water sports, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and cooking dinner with her family.
Hey y’all! Some of you might recognize me. But for those who don’t. My name is Jessica, and I’m a Licensed Massage Therapist of 7 years. My specialty is in deep tissue, sports, and medically necessary massages; although I am trained and certified in many other techniques and can adjust to each client specifically for their needs.
I used to work here a while back, but I left in 2015 to move to Nashville TN. Since then I’ve been back to Muskegon, then Texas for a bit, and back home to Muskegon yet again - where I think I’ll be staying for a while. I’m excited to be back and I look forward to seeing all your familiar faces, and meeting new ones too!
Angie has been a chiropractic assistant with the office since the fall of 2019. She grew up in Zeeland, MI, but frequented Grand Haven beaches often and now 'home' is Grand Haven! She is a loving mother of three children who attend and have attended Grand Haven Middle and High School. Her and her family have been seeing Dr. B for over 20 years, which is all of her children's lives! Angie has been married to her middle school sweetheart, Mike, for 23 years. It is a pleasure for her to serve you in your chiropractic journey as well!
Kari is the newest member to the office. You will see her at the front desk and talk to her on the phone, while she works both the front desk and in the billing department. She is a mother of two loving children, and wife to her husband, Alec. She recently finished her certification at Thompson M-TEC in Holland as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant.
Rita has lived in the Tri-Cities area her entire life, having grown up in Spring Lake as the fourth of five children. She and her husband, Cal, married in 1979 and raised a son and daughter who are now both married. They have four grandchildren. A registered nurse since 1975, Rita took a hiatus from nursing to stay home with their children. Her nursing experience includes hospital/medical-surgical, ICU, long-term care, internal medicine, dermatology, and most recently, hospice. She is a pro-life advocate whose favorite form of exercise in walking. During her free time, she takes pleasure in reading (especially mystery stories), crocheting, finding bargains in thrift stores, baking, sewing, making wine, and singing as a cantor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Rita is looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren and is currently working part-time as she enters pre-retirement.