Dr. Matt Boutell - MD Matt is the first medical professional in my family. He decided to go into medicine since he had a special enjoyment of science, but also enjoyed interacting with people. Initially, Matt was interested in pediatrics, but after spending time on a family medicine rotation in medical school, he realized that family medicine would allow him to be the kind of doctor he wanted to be. Matt's free time is spent with his family. His son is a special needs student and requires extra help on a daily basis to do the things that most kids (and families) take for granted. This has been a challenging, but very rewarding, experience that has helped Matt to be a better physician. Matt's family enjoys trips to local parks and the beach. 

Dr. Matt Boutell - MD

Matt is the first medical professional in my family. He decided to go into medicine since he had a special enjoyment of science, but also enjoyed interacting with people. Initially, Matt was interested in pediatrics, but after spending time on a family medicine rotation in medical school, he realized that family medicine would allow him to be the kind of doctor he wanted to be. Matt's free time is spent with his family. His son is a special needs student and requires extra help on a daily basis to do the things that most kids (and families) take for granted. This has been a challenging, but very rewarding, experience that has helped Matt to be a better physician. Matt's family enjoys trips to local parks and the beach. 

Wendy Brookhouse - RD Wendy is a graduate of Michigan State University. Wendy grew up in the Metro Detroit area, but chose Grand Rapids because it is a thriving city that focuses on families. Wendy loves to bike & run Kent Trails (often to John Ball Zoo with her husband & two children). Wendy strives to beat her 5K running time and bike the entire 75 miles of an annual ALS benefit. Wendy's inspiration is her father. In Wendy's many years at GVFHC, she remains humbled by her patients and impressed with their ability to seek out information and create goals to compliment their lifestyle. As a Health Coach, Wendy never knows what surprises the day will bring, but the majority of the time, it’s an experience that ends up teaching her something new.

Wendy Brookhouse - RD

Wendy is a graduate of Michigan State University. Wendy grew up in the Metro Detroit area, but chose Grand Rapids because it is a thriving city that focuses on families. Wendy loves to bike & run Kent Trails (often to John Ball Zoo with her husband & two children). Wendy strives to beat her 5K running time and bike the entire 75 miles of an annual ALS benefit. Wendy's inspiration is her father. In Wendy's many years at GVFHC, she remains humbled by her patients and impressed with their ability to seek out information and create goals to compliment their lifestyle. As a Health Coach, Wendy never knows what surprises the day will bring, but the majority of the time, it’s an experience that ends up teaching her something new.

Barb Duchemin - BS, PA-C Barbara is a nationally board certified, licensed Family Practice Physician Assistant and Certified Diabetes Educator.  She has been associated with Grand Valley Family Health Center for 25 years, since moving to the Grand Rapids area.   Barbara has a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Wayne State University, another Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies from University of Detroit-Mercy College, and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Aquinas College.  She has been working as a Family Practice Physician Assistant for over 37 years, and became a Certified Diabetes Educator 8 years ago.  

Barb Duchemin - BS, PA-C

Barbara is a nationally board certified, licensed Family Practice Physician Assistant and Certified Diabetes Educator.  She has been associated with Grand Valley Family Health Center for 25 years, since moving to the Grand Rapids area.   Barbara has a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Wayne State University, another Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies from University of Detroit-Mercy College, and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Aquinas College.  She has been working as a Family Practice Physician Assistant for over 37 years, and became a Certified Diabetes Educator 8 years ago.  

LYNN HECHT SIEGEL - MA, LPC, NCC LYNN IS A NATIONALLY CERTIFIED, LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR, AND MEMBER OF THE COUNSELING AND WELLNESS STAFF AT GVFHC.  LYNN HAS A MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN COUNSELING FROM CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, AND A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY FROM FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY. AS A COUNSELOR, SHE HAS EXPERIENCE IN COMMUNITY AGENCY COUNSELING, PAIN MANAGEMENT, AND INTEGRATED FAMILY MEDICINE. SHE ENJOYS WORKING ONE-ON-ONE WITH ADULTS TO ADDRESS BOTH PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH CHALLENGES TO IMPROVE SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT AND QUALITY OF LIFE.

LYNN HECHT SIEGEL - MA, LPC, NCC

LYNN IS A NATIONALLY CERTIFIED, LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR, AND MEMBER OF THE COUNSELING AND WELLNESS STAFF AT GVFHC.  LYNN HAS A MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN COUNSELING FROM CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, AND A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY FROM FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY. AS A COUNSELOR, SHE HAS EXPERIENCE IN COMMUNITY AGENCY COUNSELING, PAIN MANAGEMENT, AND INTEGRATED FAMILY MEDICINE. SHE ENJOYS WORKING ONE-ON-ONE WITH ADULTS TO ADDRESS BOTH PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH CHALLENGES TO IMPROVE SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT AND QUALITY OF LIFE.

Richard Jones - BS, PA-C Richard is a nationally certified Physician Assistant who has worked with GVFHC since 1985.  His undergraduate degree was from Taylor University and attended Ohio State University for Grad school.  His medical training was at Indiana University/Purdue University with graduation in 1977.   Richard has worked in Family Practice since that time initially in rural Ohio with subsequent positions in Pueblo, Colorado and then Tucson, Arizona.   As a family practice provider, he enjoys all aspects of  his experience at GVFHC but has particular interest in managing patients diagnosed with allergies.  

Richard Jones - BS, PA-C

Richard is a nationally certified Physician Assistant who has worked with GVFHC since 1985.  His undergraduate degree was from Taylor University and attended Ohio State University for Grad school.  His medical training was at Indiana University/Purdue University with graduation in 1977.   Richard has worked in Family Practice since that time initially in rural Ohio with subsequent positions in Pueblo, Colorado and then Tucson, Arizona.   As a family practice provider, he enjoys all aspects of  his experience at GVFHC but has particular interest in managing patients diagnosed with allergies.  

Cheryl Schmitt - BS, PA-C Cheryl received her Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Iowa, and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Southern Illinois University. She has been a member of the Grand Valley Family Health Center staff for 25 years. Her areas of expertise and clinical interest involves routine medical care for all ages, women’s health issues, and health education.

Cheryl Schmitt - BS, PA-C

Cheryl received her Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Iowa, and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Southern Illinois University. She has been a member of the Grand Valley Family Health Center staff for 25 years. Her areas of expertise and clinical interest involves routine medical care for all ages, women’s health issues, and health education.


At Grand Valley Family Health Center, we have many types of health care professionals that work together to make sure you receive the very best in overall health care.

Grand Valley's Medical Team consists of multiple disciplines:

Family Physicians
Family Physicians are uniquely qualified specialists in family medicine who manage the health care needs of you and your family. GVFHC Family Physicians have completed a three-year residency program, which gives them extensive training in pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, internal medicine, surgery, and community medicine. All GVFHC Family Physicians are board certified. Family Medicine is a medical specialty that requires re-certification every six years. Certification is attained by passing a written exam.   

Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners
Both Physician Assistants (PA) and Nurse Practitioners (NP) are college educated medical professionals. They are trained in basic medical and clinical sciences and have met strict education and certification requirements. At Grand Valley, the PA’s and NP’s work under the close supervision of the Family Physician. They are able to diagnose and treat common medical problems as well as manage the stable phases of chronic conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. They write prescriptions and do basic health assessments and medical work-ups.
                                                       
Nursing Staff                                                                                                                                                                                         Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) are professional members of your medical health care team. Whether you have a medical condition or just want to keep well, they are specially trained to answer your health related questions, help you get the care you need when you need it, and provide you with personal, customer-centered care. Likewise, Medical Assistants (MA) are also specially trained to make your visit to your Family Health Center as comfortable as possible. Their duties include preparing you for your visit, taking your blood pressure, and bringing you to the examining room. They also assist with procedures, perform laboratory tests, and give immunizations.                                                                    

Health Coaches                             
Good health involves both physical and mental well-being. Grand Valley Health Coaches are part of your Family Health Center team. They provide a variety of services to assist you in improving your overall health and quality of life. Our Health Coaches have a variety of expertise in behavioral health, nutrition, and life-style change strategies. They will assist you in goal-setting and problem solving.