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 is a trauma informed clinician that uses a strength based perspective and a variety of treatment methods to create a person centered approach for her clients. She is trained in perinatal mental health. 


Shelley Brandow

Shelley is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her degree at Oakland University.  She is originally from Oakland County, MI and has now lived in Marquette for 11 years.  She has 20 plus years of experience working with severe mental illness in lower Michigan and the U.P.  She has 7 years experience with co-occurring disorders as well as 4 years working at NMU with students on improving their mental health and coping skills.  Shelley specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which focuses on mindfulness at its core.  She was the supervisor of a DBT team and has utilized DBT with all populations.  Shelley enjoys working with people to learn new skills and challenging current and old thoughts and behaviors.


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.


Melissa Copenhaver

Melissa is licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). She has completed trainings in Eye Movement Desensitization, 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.  


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.


Angie Kates

Angie is a Master-level Social Work student and will be graduating with her MSW from NMU in May of 2022. She received her bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Health Studies from MSU and then went on to study a variety of health-focused modalities. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Holistic Wellness Coach, Certified Natural Chef, and Certified Pilates Instructor. Angie is drawn to mind-body approaches to healing and is excited to use her MSW to help build a bridge between her body-focused health career and mental health. She loves to spend time outdoors, especially any activity that involves Lake Superior, and is always eager to seek a new adventure. 

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Courtney King

Courtney has received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work from Northern Michigan University. She utilizes various evidence-based therapy models and mind-body practices to assist individuals, children, and families in navigating challenging times. These approaches help create a person-centered practice where clients can gain tools and coping skills to meet their goals successfully. Courtney enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and relaxing with her dog and loved ones in her free time.

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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.


Emelia Motta

Emelia is our office assistant at Suunta Integrative Health, and will be attending Northern Michigan University for psychology. She's very passionate about alternative healing practices, such as healing therapy crystals and enlightenment teachings. She was born and raised in Negaunee, Michigan and is a life-long Upper Peninsula resident.


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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Ashley Provost

Ashley is a licensed master’s level social worker in the state of Michigan and is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist with the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health. Ashley earned her bachelor's degree in Social Work from Northern Michigan University and her master's degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Ashley is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. She is endorsed as a Infant Mental Health Specialist.  Ashley is certified in Parent Management Training Oregon (PMTO) trained and in a variety of evidenced based practices such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and psychodynamic therapy with a special focus on treating complex trauma and attachment conflicts. Ashley currently serves children, families, and adults.


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.