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I am a small town girl at heart. I was born and raised in West Michigan and now live just outside McBain. I love working in family practice. I see newborns, the elderly and everyone in between. Patients have said that seeing me is like having coffee with a good friend who listens and cares about you, your children and your parents. If you are looking for a new health care provider for you and/or your children, schedule an appointment and see for yourself the difference a caring provider who listens to you can make! You won’t be disappointed.
For a small town girl, it may be surprising that I did most of my training in the big cities. I received my doctorate at Rush University in Chicago. My family nurse practitioner training was completed at Columbia University in New York City. My undergraduate and graduate work was at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. My heart, however, remained in west and northern Michigan; so early in my career I returned “home” to practice the profession that I love! I am board certified, on the faculty at Michigan State University and committed to keeping up with the most current practice standards in family medicine while valuing the tried and true that comes with experience.
“Let’s work together to eat healthier, move more and reduce stress, and see how much better you can feel.”
Life Outside of the Practice
In addition to being a family nurse practitioner, I am also a wife and mother. My family includes adopted, biological and foster children. I have authored a series of children’s books based on our real-life experiences of being a mixed-race family created through adoption. Self-care for me includes prioritizing time with close friends and family, walking our dog with my husband, kayaking down the Clam River, hiking with girlfriends, cheering at my kids’ sporting events and reading fiction. Self-care for me does NOT involve shopping, iPhones or open water swimming, thus on my days off I avoid buying groceries, my phone is often missing (unless I am on-call!) and I will never attempt another triathlon-ever.
I realized at a young age that helping others was my calling; it humbled me to help take the burned off people to be empathetic and caring. I was raised on a farm, and it was natural to help each other out. I was always eager for the next task. I can remember a time when my grandfather asked for help patining a piece of farm equipment. During this process, I noticed that my grandfather slopped paint on his clothing. In my young mind, I thought that he would feel upset being the one who slopped the paint. So in an attempt to make him feel better, I purposely put paint on my clothes.
I love connecting with people. I firmly believe that the patient/provider relationship is the most important part of the healing process. Every relationship is special and unique. It’s important to develop a trusting, positive, and open therapeutic relationship. I meet patients where they are at emotionally, physically, spiritually, and socially to help mutually guide and support them through the healing process to become beathlier and happier people.
I have earned a Master’s degree in Arts from Western Michigan University, which has provided me with the education and training necessary to be licensed as a Temporary Limited License Psychologist. I have nearly 20 years of experience working in behavioral health and social services. I have worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings. During my graduate studies, I had the opportunity to help adults and children through group, play, and equine therapy. I have also administered psychological and intellectual testing for adults and children.
Life Outside of the Practice
I was born and raised in Newaygo County and still live there to this day. I enjoy being in nature and being active. I love spending time with my family and my rescue dog, Lady. I also love being around cows!
As a child, I always liked going to the dentist. I liked the clean and organized environment and I knew I wanted to help people somehow. I decided to give dental hygiene a try and I love it. I really enjoy getting to meet new people and build relationships with them. It is really rewarding to see a smile transform and know that I helped the patient along the process.
I graduated from Ferris State University with my associate degree in Dental Hygiene in 2010 and my bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene in 2017. I am currently a student at Ferris again, in the Master of Public Health program. Along with working for Family Health Care, I am also adjunct clinical faculty at Ferris and I help oversee dental hygiene students in the clinic.
Life Outside of the Practice
I grew up in Cheboygan, MI and moved to Big Rapids for college. I met my husband there and we now call it home. We have two young boys, who keep us busy and entertained, as well as a dog and two cats. My husband and I created the Big Rapids Board Game Group, as we love to play board games. I also enjoy hula hooping in my free time and trying to learn new tricks. We also love spending time at our family cabins near Hubbard Lake.
Dental assistant in a private general dentistry practice for 4 years during undergrad.
Dental internship at Hamilton Community Health, Burton, MI during dental school.
- Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Michigan located in Dearborn, MI
- Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from University of Detroit-Mercy School of Dentistry located in Detroit, MI
In my personal time I enjoy running, fishing, snowboarding, hiking, and taking road trips.
I have done clinical rotations in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Psychology, OB/GYN, and Dermatology. One of my passions, though, is working with youth as I have been volunteering for a variety of youth organizations for over ten years.
- Bachelor of Science in Biology at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, MI
- Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI
In my personal time, I like to make memories with family and friends, enjoying all of the outdoor activities Michigan has to offer in its various seasons. You can find me snowboarding in the winter, kayaking or out on a lake in the summer, and doing boxing workouts year round
Ministry/Youth Ministry (in NC, IL, and MI) – 1982-2001
Jail Diversion/Case Manager (Newaygo Community Mental Health) – 2001-2013
Behavioral Health Therapist (HERE!) – 2013-present
- Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries from Roanoke Bible College (now Mid-Atlantic Christian University) in Elizabeth City, NC
- Master of Arts in Counselor Education/Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI
In his personal time, he enjoys running – he has a goal to run a marathon in every state (six done, 44 to go), root for the Baltimore Orioles, travel, go to plays/musicals/concerts, remodel his house, and spend time with his fiancé.
Dr. Schroeder joined Family Health Care in 2008, following 14 years in private practice in Shelby, Michigan. She also worked as an emergency physician in Ludington for eight years.
- Medical Degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago
- Residency at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, IL
The sense of close-knit families that often are found in rural areas makes the practice of medicine in small towns especially appealing to Dr. Schroeder. “I like all of the aspects of what I would call true ‘family practice’ medicine, it’s much more personal. I just like to get to know my patients and literally watch them grow up and change just like a family.”
Dr. Schroeder and her husband James have six children. She enjoys reading non-fiction, swimming, travel, and learning to speak Spanish.
Dr. Bow is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. Prior to medical school, Dr. Bow completed his education and training as a podiatrist.
- Undergraduate work in biology from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI
- Medical studies at Michigan State University, Lansing, MI
- Residency at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, MI
Dr. Bow says he tries to be an active listener and advocate for the patient. He has a special interest in diabetes management.
Dr. Bow’s move to West Michigan is a homecoming of sorts. His family has been vacationing here for 30 years. A self-professed “avid” golfer, Dr. Bow also enjoys volleyball and fishing, “where I can just throw the bobber out and relax.” He and his wife Pam relish their family time, whether hanging out, shopping or enjoying dinners out and a movie.
Dr. Gilligan comes to us with extensive experience in Family Practice. Dr. Gilligan has provided care to our military personnel at the Ireland Army Community Hospital in Fort Knox, KY and the 86th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq.
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Eastern Michigan University located in Ypsilanti, MI
- Masters in Public Health Policy and Administration from University of Michigan located in Ann Arbor, MI
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Michigan State University located in East Lansing, MI
In his spare time, Dr. Gilligan enjoys horseback riding, sailing, and kayaking.
Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology; at Family Health Care since 1999. Junior Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology board-eligible. American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
- Bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in biology and chemistry from Hope College in Holland, MI
- Medical degree from the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University in Lansing, MI
- Obstetrics and gynecology residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, OH
“I like to work with my patients and encourage them to take charge of their health. I always try to emphasize what women can do for themselves, to keep themselves healthy.”
Dr. Gentry enjoys fishing on Lake Michigan, hiking, boating, hunting, skiing, and sled dog racing.
Experience:Bringing a wealth of experience to FHC, Dawn was most recently a Clinical Social Worker for Veteran Affairs specializing in counseling those with trauma-based stress. She was also the Program Director for a residential substance abuse treatment center for women, Services Program Manager for child welfare case managers and a Hospice Social Worker.
- Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Michigan in Flint, MI
- Master’s in Social Work from Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, MI
- Doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University (Fall 2018)
Personal:I enjoy time with my family, my grandchildren, exercise and being on the lake.
- Oasis-FRC, Cadillac, MI, Sexual Assault/Advocate, children, teens, adults
- VA Re-adjustment Counseling Division, Washington DC; Eastern Region, NH; Contract provider on trauma-related topics.
- VA RE-adjustment Counseling Division, Grand Rapids, MI; Counselor with veterans from War-era combat; PTSD, Adjustment Disorder specialty
- Cross Over To Wellness, LLC, Grand Rapids, MI, Private Practice, Mind/Body Therapies
- Inner City Christian Federation, Grand Rapids, MI; Homeless, Counselor/Advocate
- Bachelor of Social Work from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI
- Masters of Social Work from Grand Valley State University in Grandville, MI
I enjoy yoga, walking, running, swimming, ready, singing and dancing.