Who We Are

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.

In 2007, a journey began

One that continues to evolve

After losing my mother to cancer, my father in law to obesity and taking a look in the mirror, Mike and I knew it was time for a change.

Along came James Chestnut, BC, DC, CCWP

Dr. James helped Mike and I see that health was how you eat, how you think and how you move.  In 2009 I took that knowledge and started a program called Biggest Loser Innate Style.  It was amazing, I felt so alive doing this program for myself and others.  Mike took what he learned and became a farmer, raising the healthy meat we would need.  Together we envisioned a center that would allow us to incorporate the think well, move well, eat well concept.  It took six years to see that come to fruition.

Tree of Life Body Works is the accumulation of dreams come true. The center will be used to provide massage services. We plan to have a sugar detox classes and other nutrition classes.  We hope to offer a wide range of fitness classes, including body rolling.  All classes and appointments for massages will be available through this website.

We look forward to working with you.

Mike and Kareen

Who We Are

We’re proud to provide a range of services from experienced, compassionate people with years of experience

Dr. Kareen Oosterhart


Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner

What I do:


My Background:

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.


What I’m Passionate about:

What I do:


My Background:

Hi! I am Sue. 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.


What I’m Passionate about:

Susan J.


Financial Peace Coordinator

Julie Nasko


Fitness Instructor

What I do:


My Background:

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.


What I’m Passionate about:

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.

Etiquette & Policies

Appointments and Scheduling
Services are scheduled by appointment only. To accommodate today’s busy lifestyle we do often have same day appointments available. However, to ensure that we are able to accommodate your preferred appointment times and therapist, we ask that you schedule with as much advance notice as possible.

*All appointments must be reserved with a credit card at the time of scheduling.

Age Requirement
We are not able to accept appointments for children under the age of 16 years, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children under the age of 18 require a parent or adult guardian to sign a waiver/or accompany the child for services.  Online bookings cannot be made by or for any person under 18 years of age.  Please contact the office for further information.
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.

Full payment is due at time of service no exception.  We accept cash, checks & credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. When booking online you will be required to use a credit card.
Your First Visit/Arrival
Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your first scheduled appointment. This allows you time to fill out our brief health intake form & enjoy our space for the first time without feeling rushed.
Arriving Late
If you are late to your session you are welcome to receive whatever time is left in your appointment. Due to our tightly booked schedule we are generally unable to extend your session beyond your original appointment time.  Regardless of the length of the service you are actually given, you will be responsible for payment of the full service you scheduled.
Gratuities are not included in the price of our services and are always appreciated.  All gratuities are at the clients discretion, but are customarily 15-20% of the regular cost of service.
Health Considerations
Please inform us at time of scheduling of any health conditions, allergies, special needs or concerns you have.  Your safety is important to us and some services may not be appropriate for certain conditions.
Cell Phones
In an effort to maintain a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere for clients, we ask that all cell phones and pagers be silenced or turned off upon entering.  Cell phone use is not permitted beyond the reception area.

Village Chiropractic Wellness Center

798 West Mile Road
Kalkaska, Michigan 49646
(231) 384-6290

Hours by appointment or by class schedule - click here for class schedule

Question? Email us here.

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