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 three grandchildren: Karter and Karson, sons of Dr. Kellen and Lacey Jae; and Harper, daughter 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 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.
Rita BraunRita 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 three 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.
Courtney HolmesCourtney 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 is currently a student at Grand Valley State University majoring in Biomedical Sciences with Nutrition Emphasis. She plans to become a dietitian and further her education in holistic nutrition. Her hobbies include biking, cross-country skiing, water sports, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and cooking dinner for her family.
Many years ago, for no obvious reason, Kerry found himself limited by lower back pain. A visit to an urgent care clinic yielded a prescription for drugs and advice to stay off his feet for a few days, neither of which was compatible with work or play. Thus began the search for another fix, one that didn't involve drugs or protracted bed rest. Amazingly, chiropractic adjustments and massage of the right muscles in the right way dramatically reduced the back pain, allowing a quick return to full movement and function. A passion for touch therapy and its dramatic effects has been his primary focus ever since. Graduation from the Institute of Sanative Arts served as a platform from which to launch a deeper understanding of manual therapy. It is Kerry’s passion and pleasure to share what he has learned--and continues to learn--with others, so that they, too, may leave their anxieties, aches, and pains, in the past.