Marie Dershem, LMSW

Marie Dershem grew up all around the Midwest, but has been in Grand Rapids, MI since 1994. She is a licensed social worker and also has a Masters degree in Nutrition. She has a passion for health and wellness and has specialized in weight management since 2016. As a behaviorist, Marie enjoys coming alongside our patients and supporting them as they make lifestyle changes. She loves to see the transformations people make by doing the hard work of addressing behavioral and emotional struggles on their journey to health and wellness.

Marie is married to Aric, and they have 3 children. She is a competitive cyclist, enjoys cooking and inventing healthy recipes, and would hike in the mountains all day long if given the opportunity. She loves to spend quality time with family and friends.

Kristie DiLaura, LMSW

Kristie DiLaura, LMSW

Kristie DiLaura grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has worked in the field of social work since 1999, but has specialized in weight management issues since 2005. As a behaviorist, Kristie enjoys seeing people become healthier in all areas of their lives as they lose weight and make a lifestyle change.

Kristie is married to Tony, and they have 3 children. She enjoys running, being outdoors, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kate Thornton, LMSW

Kate Thornton grew up in Walker, Michigan and has worked in the field of social work since 2002. She has a Bachelor of Psychology degree from Hope College and a Masters of Social Work from Grand Valley State University. As a behaviorist, Kate is passionate about supporting people on their journey to health and wellness. She considers it a privilege to walk alongside people who are seeking to live their best life by focusing on their health goals. Kate is married to Andy and they have three children. She enjoys reading, chalk art and lettering, exercising, and spending time with her family and friends.


Lora Grabow, LMSW

Lora Grabow, LMSW

Lora has specialized in bariatric psychology and weight management since 2003. Lora has had a vast array of experience providing counseling to adults, adolescents, and children. Lora is also active in her church and her community. She maintains a private counseling practice which she started in 1999. She holds several seminars throughout the year on weight loss and behavior and also speaks professionally.

Lora graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology Degree from Calvin College in 1995. She then attended Graduate School at Wayne State University and obtained her Masters of Social work in 1997.

Lora loves working at Grand Health Partners. She is passionate about facilitating groups and meeting with our patients one-on-one. Lora believes the patient is the expert on their life and considers it an honor to be part of their story.

Lora is married to Jim and they have two children. Lora enjoys reading, cooking, exercise, and spending time with family and friends.

About Grand Health Partners

At Grand Health Partners, we believe that people who succeed in making their lives healthier are happier. Our mission is to help people improve their health through a well-rounded approach to weight loss. To better fit your lifestyle and your needs, we provide both surgical and non-surgical weight loss programs. Our programs are led by a group of independent bariatric surgeons who have a passion for providing excellent patient care. Weight loss is our specialty. We will provide coaching for dietary, behavioral, and exercise habits while you are monitored by licensed bariatric physicians. Because we understand that genetic, social, cultural, and emotional factors lead to obesity, our patients are properly supported and equipped throughout their weight loss journey.

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2060 E. Paris Ave SE Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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