Suunta Integrative Health

Our Staff

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Chelsea Kuzmak-Aho

Chelsea earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Northern Michigan University and her master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Michigan. She is passionate about working with children, individuals and families. Chelsea utilizes a strength based perspective and a variety of treatment methods to create a person centered approach for her clients.

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Chloe Burke

Chloe received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI in December of 2018. Her passion for holistic healing and wellness started when she began her National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol training and became an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS). From there, she began to study energy work through the Healing Touch program and completed levels one, two and three.  Chloe believes in the body’s ability to heal itself and is eager to help those seeking to reach their ideal level of wellness, wherever they may be in their journey. In her free time, Chloe enjoys skiing, hiking with her dog, live music and relaxing with loved ones.

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Kelly Cantway

Kelly is our Human Resource Manager and office assistant. She has over a decade of management experience including several years in Human Resources. She helps to support our Suunta staff and clients and loves to promote a warm and welcoming environment. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys dancing, a variety or outdoor adventures, spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as caring for her dog and three chickens.

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Melissa Copenhaver

Melissa is licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner and as a Clinical Social Worker. She has completed trainings in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).  She has worked with families for over 20 years and holds endorsement as an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor. She has also completed training as a sexual assault nurse examiner for adults and children, healing touch 1,2&3 and auricular acupuncture.  

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Lynda Dunbar

Lynda has a Bachelor’s degree in Social work from Northern Michigan University and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University in 2008.  She holds a LMSW (Licensed Master’s Social Worker) as well as a CAADC (Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor). Lynda provides individual and group counseling to adults of all ages for mental health and substance abuse issues. Lynda is experienced in working with those dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss issues and substance abuse. She’s recently started offering couples counseling.  As a former RN who worked in home care and hospice, she enjoys working with older adults on a variety of issues including developmental stage changes.

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Natalie Forester

Natalie has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work. She is passionate about working with children and families, prioritizing self-regulation, emotional awareness, and healthy communication styles. Natalie utilizes mind-body practices in addition to evidence based therapy models to help families navigate difficult times. Experience includes treating anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and emotional disturbances all while helping children & families build coping skills, self-esteem, and the tools to navigate challenges as they arise.

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Courtney Jukkala

Courtney is a licensed master social worker and is endorsed as an Infant Family Specialist with the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health. She enjoys working with children of various ages and their families in areas of depression, anxiety, trauma, and parenting. Courtney also has several years experience working with pregnant women, infants, and young children to promote positive relationships, attachment, and social emotional development of children. Born and raised in Marquette, she is excited to be back to spend more time with her family and enjoying the beautiful outdoors and culture that Marquette has to offer.

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Nathan Michels

Nathan is a licensed professional counselor who has been practicing counseling psychology for over a decade. Trained at Michigan State University and Eastern University and uses a variety of humanistic and client centered therapy skills to explore each person's abilities and abundance. Nathan believes in the healing power of the body, mind and spirit to restore with appropriate time and guidance. Growing up in Marquette, MI has directed his interests in adventure and finding places that inspire him. He trusts in the hidden mystery of what it means to repair and grow with the support from others.

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Lisa Niemisto

Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, as well as both a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and is CAADC (Certified Advanced Drug and Alcohol Counselor).  She has a broad range of experience working with children, couples, sexual assault and domestic violence survivors and indviduals with addictions. Lisa enjoys working with people of all ages, couples and individuals, to help in achieving their best mental health and living substance-free.

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Emily Paavola

Emily is a registered nurse trained in the John Barnes technique of Myofascial Release. Emily has worked for several years as a nurse in the emergency department and is also trained as a sexual assault nurse examiner.  A native of the UP, Emily enjoys activities outdoors with her husband and four kids.

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Gwen Storm

Gwen is a licensed master social worker and certified Infant Mental Health Specialist. She sees individuals, couples and infants & young children with their caregivers. Experience & special interests include parenting, attachment, grief & loss, & religious transitions.

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Larry

Larry is our clinic's therapy dog. He really loves helping out around the office with a multitude of things but is best known for providing a calm, caring and supportive environment, especially for our clients who schedule therapy sessions with Lynda Dunbar and request his attendance. Larry really enjoys head scratches, belly rubs, naps, praise and the odd snack. Maybe you'll get a chance to meet him during your next visit.