See What You Can Experience at Tree of Life

Experience is everything, and here at Tree of Life Body Works, your experience is completely original to your needs and wants. Our philosophy is to give you the tools you need to live a healthier life.

Eat Well

Nourish – Cultivate – Grow

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” -Ann Wigmore 
Eating well gives you energy, strength and a body that can adapt and repair itself.

Think Well

Compassion – Forgiveness – Love

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. How you think effects all aspects of your life.  How you move, how you eat, and how you spend your money and your time.

Wellness Guides

helping you to find the map and the direction toward better health

Nickoale M.

Massage Therapist


Nickoale has lived in the Cadillac area since 2001, she is married and has 5 children and 5 grandchildren as well as one on the way. She became interested in massage therapy in 2010 when her father was diagnosed with lung cancer. His doctors said massage would help with the pain from the cancer treatments. She finished massage school in 2012 with her certificate and went back to get her associate degree in massage therapy. She has been practicing actively since December of 2012. She is passionate about helping the body heal naturally.

Susan J.

Financial Peace Coordinator


Hi! I am Sue. I retired two years ago at age 55 after working over 30 years in various Human Resources positions.  For nearly 25 of those years, I served as Manager of Retirement Plans, at the corporate level, for three large organizations in southeast Michigan. My husband, our two German Shorthairs and I moved to Kalkaska last summer. We’re settled in and loving it!

During my career, I was exposed to many employees retiring; some were prepared and some were definitely not.  This ignited a passion in me to find a way to help people plan for a dignified retirement. While working, that meant getting people interested, educated and signed up for the pension plans available to them. However, it was difficult to get some people interested because they were not in control of their money.  It starts there!

Since I moved to Kalkaska, I was looking for a way to use my extra time, passion and expertise to help Kalkaska area residents better manage their money, which would enable them to plan for a great retirement.  I was happy to find an opportunity to do this through Tree of Life Body Works, with enthusiastic support and encouragement from Dr. Kareen Oosterhart.  It is her mission to provide wellness education, in all of its forms, to the residents of Kalkaska County.

Financial wellness is just one of the many ways Dr. Oosterhart does that, and there’s no better program to address financial wellness than Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU).  It’s a 9-week course that provides a roadmap to tell your money what to do, instead of wondering where it went.  The plan truly works and has made a huge difference in thousands of lives.  I am proud to serve as coordinator of the FPU program in this area.

Dr. Kareen Oosterhart

Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner


I have currently been providing chiropractic care to the folks of Kalkaska and surrounding communities for 16 years. It has been such an honor to come home and do what I had hoped to do, save lives and help folks make better health choices for themselves and their families.

Julie Nasko

Fitness Instructor


After struggling with my weight since being a young adult, I was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic in 2008 due to my unhealthy lifestyle.  At this time, I was also a pack a day smoker.  In 2010, I made the choice to start improving my life.  First by giving up the smoking habit, increasing my physical activity and choosing to eat less processed foods.  Starting in late 2014, the real transformation began and I started attending fitness classes on a regular basis, swimming laps and lifting weights at the Kaliseum gym.  I started out attending the Body Boot Camp Fitness class as a student and was asked if I would be interested in instructing the class.  I am enjoying every moment and look forward to helping the participants become healthier and lead a more active lifestyle.  In my spare time, I enjoy being outside kayaking and golfing or just relaxing outdoors reading a good book.

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Address: 798 West Mile Rd. Kalkaska, MI 49646

Business Hours: Convenient hours by appointment or by class schedule - click here for class schedule

Phone: (231) 384-6290

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Cancellation Policy

24 hours notice is required to cancel or reschedule an appointment.  If you fail to provide 24 hours notice or do not show for your appointment you will be charged a cancellation fee.  The fee is 50% of your scheduled appointment cost and will be charged to your credit card.