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Health Services

Your health is our priority

Our Health Services staff is committed to your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. We’re eager to serve as your primary care providers throughout your time at Calvin. Our expert clinicians will offer individualized support that equips you to succeed in the classroom and beyond. And we’ll do it all with radical hospitality that exceeds your expectations, because you—and your health—matter to us.

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COVID-19 updates

SEE US IN PERSON

Health Services is asking all patients to wear a mask of face covering for in person appointments. Please bring your own mask or face covering with you to your appointment.

VIRTUAL VISITS

You can chat with us from the safety of your own residence via virtual visit.

DRIVE-BY AND ON-SITE TESTING

Free COVID testing is available with a rapid results.

WALK-INS NOT AVAILABLE

Due to safety concerns, walk-ins are not currently available. Please schedule an appointment ahead of time.

You're in good hands

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Dr. Laura Champion

Medical Director

  • 24 years of experience in the medical field
  • Thought leader for COVID-19 response throughout West Michigan
  • Trained in family medicine and preventative care
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Rachel Sportel

Nurse Practitioner

  • 14 years of experience in the medical field
  • Knowledgeable in and passionate about mental health needs of college students
  • Background in primary care
  • Passionate about preventative health
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Erin Sessink

Physician Assistant

  • 13 years of experience in the medical field
  • Background in internal medicine and pediatrics
  • Focused on efficient, compassionate care that puts students first
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Liesl Zylstra, BSN

Family Nurse Practitioner

  • 21 years of experience in the medical field
  • 10 years experience focused on college health
  • Passionate about individualized care

Services we offer

  • ADHD

    Calvin’s Health Services is able to manage the medication treatment for students with ADHD. To expedite the transfer of care to one of our physicians, it is important to have all of the student’s medical records transferred to our office prior to that first appointment. To expedite the transfer of care to one of our physicians, it is important to have all of the student’s medical records transferred to our office prior to that first appointment. Transitioning to higher education can be challenging and our clinicians are experts in caring for ADHD in the university setting. When necessary, our physicians can work in collaboration with the Center for Academic Success, Disability Services, and Center for Counseling and Wellness. Please click here to learn how to transfer care to Health Services regarding ADHD medication while attending Calvin University.

  • ALLERGY SHOTS

    For allergy injections, the first injection must be given in the allergist office. Students are recommended to bring their allergy serum to Health Services along with detailed instructions and allergy injection schedules signed by their allergy care provider. The serum may be stored at Health Services. Moreover, a university physician must be present when injections are administered, so appointments are required. Students are strongly encouraged to contact their insurance provider to verify that services are covered under their plan. Please click here for more information.

  • IMMUNIZATIONS

    All students coming to Calvin University are required to meet immunization criteria. Health Services staff follow CDC guidelines to promote the health of the entire student body. Faculty and staff may also use Health Services for travel immunizations, and the yearly influenza vaccine. Please click here for more information.

  • LABORATORY

    Office based laboratory tests may be done in the course of an office visit. For students who need additional laboratory tests, samples are often collected in Health Services and Spectrum Health Laboratory couriers collect these specimens multiple times per day. Our office serves as a regional reference laboratory collection site for the convenience of our students but the charges for any specimens delivered to Spectrum Laboratory will be charged by Spectrum according to the student's insurance coverage (the only exception is for students on the student health plan. All Spectrum labs and in-house labs are covered by the student health plan).

    To schedule a laboratory test, students can call Health Services or visit one of the following laboratory sites:

    Spectrum Health Lab (Heritage Pointe)
    2060 East Paris Ave SE
    Phone: (616) 486-9070

    Spectrum Health Lab
    1000 East Paris Ave SE
    Phone: (616) 391-1625

    Spectrum Health Lab
    4600 Breton Rd. SE
    Phone: (616) 391-9743

  • MENTAL HEALTH

    Health Services providers have same day or next day openings for students seeking clinical evaluation for their mental health concerns. We have two psychiatrists onsite and available upon referral. Our office works closely with the Center for Counseling and Wellness, off-campus providers, and hometown providers, when appropriate, to manage each person holistically.

  • NUTRITION AND HEALTH EATING

    Registered dietitians are available for scheduled consultations and counseling for students on special diets, and for those with questions about healthy eating or disordered eating. Student athletes may wish to schedule consultations with dieticians for nutritional guidance for peak performance.

  • PHYSICAL EXAMS

    Comprehensive yearly physical exams as well as brief exams for employment or volunteer opportunities can be scheduled through Health Services. Athletic physicals are scheduled through the athletic training office. For more information about athletic physicals, please visit Calvin's sports medicine website.

  • SEXUAL ASSAULT, STD DIAGNOSIS, AND TREATMENT

    Confidential evaluation and treatment is available through Health Services. In the case of sexual assault, the SANE nurse examiner program is also available 24 hours a day.

  • SPORTS MEDICINE

    Dr. Edwin Kornoelje, Calvin’s team physician, is available most Thursday afternoons for evaluation of musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation for Calvin University students and athletes. He is also available for appointments at his private office.

    Metro Health Cascade
    4300 Cascade SE
    Phone: (616) 252-1500

    We recommend that students with musculoskeletal concerns make an appointment with Dr. Kornoelje for evaluation. In case of an urgent need after hours, Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan has walk-in hours from 5–9 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • TRAVEL HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION

    The Travel Health and Immunization office provides comprehensive travel health services to students, staff and faculty of Calvin University, and immunizations for those in the community. Travel health providers are members of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), and follow the most current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA). Please click here for more information.

  • WOMEN’ S HEALTH

    Health Services provides gynecologic care including exams, pap smears, pre-marital consultation, and pregnancy testing.

Off-campus medical services
Other medical services are available off campus. We've compiled a reference list to help you find the services you need any that we trust.

A comprehensive approach

At Calvin, we consider every aspect of who you are as we work to ensure you have the resources you need. From your physical health to your mental well-being, spiritual growth, and overall safety—we're ready to partner with you to make sure your time at Calvin prepares you to thrive.

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