Dr. Bryant grew up on the East side of the State in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. He and his family moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, during his pre-adolescent years. Upon returning, he attended Michigan State University, graduating with a B.S. in human biology in 2007. With a love of travel and exploring new cultures, he continued his education at ROSS University School of Medicine in the Caribbean. He completed his pediatric residency locally at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in 2015. Dr. Bryant enjoys traveling, the outdoors, sports, and spending time with his family. Dr. Bryant is a board-certified pediatrician.
Dr. Halonen was born and raised in Battle Creek and graduated from Lakeview High School. She attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a B.S. in biology in 2005. Dr. Halonen continued her education at Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine. After graduating from MSU in 2010 with her Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine, she completed her residency in pediatrics at Bronson Hospital of Kalamazoo in 2013. Dr. Halonen is married to Dr. Todd Halonen of Halonen Family Dentistry. Drs. Halonen enjoys active lifestyles through running, bicycling, water sports, snow sports, and raising their two daughters. Dr. Halonen is a board-certified pediatrician.
Dr. White grew up in Massachusetts but has been a mid-westerner since graduating from the University of Michigan in 1992. He graduated from medical school at Indiana University in 1996 and finished residency three years later at Indiana University/Riley Children’s Hospital. He worked briefly outside Indianapolis before joining Cereal City Pediatrics. He enjoys pediatrics, which allows him to see new families with newborn babies through to young adults he’s known for years. He enjoys seeing children as they grow, and helping sick children get better. He is particularly interested in behavioral health. Outside of work, he enjoys family – he and his wife have four children and one grandchild. He enjoys all types of outdoor activity and exercise, especially running or walking with his dog, Daisy.
Kacie grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Harper Creek High School. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2002 with a BS in movement science. She then attended Central Michigan University and graduated in 2005 with her master’s degree in physician assistant studies. She has been employed by Cereal City Pediatrics since November 2006. She lives south of Battle Creek with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys spending time at the lake and reading.
As a graduate of Marshall High School, Melinda was born and raised in Marshall, Michigan. She then ventured out to obtain her BS in psychology at Aquinas College in 2015. Later obtaining her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2017. Melinda is a licensed clinical social worker. Melinda has a passion for mental health and being a support to children while providing tools and coping skills to nurture growth. Melinda and her husband love traveling, particularly to national parks across America. She also enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her animals.
Bethany grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Lakeview High School. She attended Grand Valley State University, graduating with a B.S. in health science in 2005. She continued her education at GVSU, obtaining her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies in 2008. She moved back to her hometown, where she practiced in the specialty of General Surgery for nearly 12 years. In 2020, she decided it was time for change and felt drawn to Pediatrics. She is thrilled to be a part of the CCP family, where she herself was a patient her whole childhood. Bethany is married and has three children who attend Lakeview Schools. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, being in nature, and watching her children thrive and grow in their sports and other activities.
Rachel was born and raised in Battle Creek and graduated from Lakeview High School. She attended Central Michigan University, graduating with a B.S in neuroscience in 2008. In 2011, she graduated from Central Michigan University with a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies. Rachel is married to her husband, Ben, and has 3 daughters. They enjoy traveling, sports, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Lisa grew up in rural Indiana. She attended Central Michigan University and graduated with a degree in health science. She then attended Western Michigan University and graduated in 1995 with her bachelor’s degree in physician assistant studies. She is married to her husband Marty and has six children.
Emilie was born and raised in Allegan and graduated from Allegan High School. She attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College, graduated with an Associates Degree in Nursing in 2005, and began practicing as a Registered Nurse. In 2009, Emilie earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. Emilie worked as a Certified Pediatric Intensive Care Unit nurse for several years. In 2015, Emilie graduated from Wayne State University with a Master of Science in Nursing, with a major in advanced practice nursing with women, neonates, and children. Emilie is married to her husband, Kevin, and together they have 3 children and 1 grandson (with hopefully many more in the future). She enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and baking, hunting, home and furniture renovating and refurbishing, as well as cultivating the hobby farm where she and her husband reside. Emilie is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Lactation Counselor, certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and the Academy of Lactation Policy and Procedure. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
Hayley grew up in Plainwell and later graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI. She attended Western Michigan University and graduated in 2009 with her Master’s in physician assistant studies. She and her husband, Rob, enjoy spending much of their free time in ministry as well as caring for their three children at home. Hayley is passionate about children’s literature and maintaining an active lifestyle in all weather conditions. She loves gardening and is proud to share her homegrown flower arrangements and vegetables in the summertime.
Chelsea grew up locally in Marshall, where she enjoyed playing soccer and basketball at Marshall High School. She then attended Michigan State University and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology. After graduating from MSU, she was accepted into the Physician Assistant Program at Central Michigan University, receiving her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies in 2021. Chelsea has always known that she enjoys working with pediatric patients and is excited to be a part of CCP’s team! She loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and staying active!
Amy was born and raised in Battle Creek, graduating from Battle Creek Central. She moved to California in 1989, where she studied commercial and voice-over acting in Los Angeles and Art History at San Francisco City College. She returned to Battle Creek and graduated from KCC with an Associate’s in Art in 1997, and an Associate’s in Science and Nursing Certificate in 1998, joining Cereal City Pediatrics family in December of the same year. Amy has since completed Care Management training in 2012, became a Certified Lactation Counselor through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice in 2018, and completed Behavioral Health Care Management training in 2020. Amy is married and has three children and two stepchildren. She enjoys spending time with family, watching documentaries, and visiting lighthouses and has traveled to nearly 60 lighthouses within the U.S. and Canada.
Kiesha Lockett was born and raised in “the” Bronx, NY. After graduation, she moved to Orlando, where she met her husband, and they raised their 3 beautiful children together. In 2006 she went to school to become a Medical Assistant, and after graduation, she was certified through AAMA as Certified Medical Assistant. In 2010 she started working in Pediatrics. In 2020 she graduated from Daytona State College, earned her Practical Nursing License, and relocated to Battle Creek, where she started working at CCP. She enjoys sewing, playing video games, and spending time with her family and friends.
Chasity was born and raised in Hastings, MI. She graduated in 2004. She had her first child at a very young age and shared her growing process, goals, and determination with her eldest child. Before she graduated, she knew she wanted to be in the healthcare field. Went to KCC and finished pre-requisites at the time of the nursing program, and in between the time, she finished and achieved her certification as Medical Assistant. She has worked in healthcare since 2005. She has worked in Assisted Living, Dermatology, Family Care, and now Pediatrics. Throughout the years, she has grown a passion for training, leading, and helping others meet their professional goals. Chasity’s biggest hobby is no surprise for those who know her, is her work. Outside of work, she enjoys her family, shopping, vacationing, CrossFit, and watching her children blossom into beautiful individuals.
Amber is the Clinical Supervisor and Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) here at CCP. She has been here since January 2019 and loves her job and co-workers, but the patients make it all worthwhile. She has been a Medical Assistant for 14 years. Throughout her career, she has worked in family practice, outpatient therapy, orthopedics, and now pediatrics. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to her local CrossFit gym, watching her kids play sports, watching UofM football, and staying active. In 2021, she completed my first Spartan Beast race at Mount Killington, VT, and it was terrific. She cannot wait to add more to her list this year. She grew up and currently lives in Hastings, MI. She is married to her husband, Mike, and they have 5 children — 2 boys and triplet girls, who keep them on their toes and their schedules full of different activities and sports that the children are involved in. She is also a board member of the HYAA football-cheer-flag program.
Hali is the front office supervisor at CCP. She has always been passionate about helping people and the community. She started her professional medical journey over 10 years ago at Cereal City Pediatrics — fresh out of medical assisting school, then left to get a well-rounded experience and grow her knowledge base in clinical and administrative aspects as a certified medical assistant and clinical transcriptionist. Although she left and worked primarily in family medicine, her heart has always remained in pediatrics. When a position came available, she knew she wanted to get back to the place that first made her whole. Returning to CCP has been one of the most rewarding things in her life; not only does she love seeing her patients, but has been genuinely passionate about creating a positive environment, leading an amazing team of strong individuals, and making CCP a successful place for others to feel welcomed and properly cared for. When she is not working, she is making the most of every moment with my loving husband, Aaron, and their beautiful daughter, Sophia, whom she is most passionate about above all. She enjoys crafting, attending car shows, weekly date nights, and the occasional time to wrench in the garage with her husband on their project of the month. She is looking forward to seeing you and your family at CCP as we all grow together, literally and figuratively.
Ashley was born and raised in Marshall, MI, and graduated from Marshall High School in 2014. She decided to go to school to become a Medical Assistant in 2019, where she attended Career Quest Learning Center in Jackson, MI, and became a CCMA officially in late 2020 due to Covid-19 complicating the externship process. She loves children and works in pediatrics. Ashley hasn’t worked in any other specialty prior to here but doesn’t plan on leaving pediatrics because she loves the kids so much. She has been with CCP since the beginning of December 2021. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out on the lake with her family and friends, going for boat rides, and bonfires. She loves to travel and explore new places. Ashley also loves listening to live music. Whether it’s at a concert, restaurant, or just local live music.
Atesha was born in Kalamazoo, MI, and raised as an army brat. Most of her childhood was in Texas. She is married with three beautiful children. She enjoys fishing, gardening, and family time. She has been a Certified Medical Assistant since 2014, and has worked in General Surgery and Pediatrics. She has been with Cereal City Pediatrics since 2020.
Caitlyn is a Michigan native, growing up in Kalamazoo and currently living in Portage. Caitlyn has been with Cereal City Pediatrics since October 2021. She has been a Medical Assistant since 2015, previously starting in pediatrics and then working in family medicine from 2015-2021; however, her love for pediatric patients brought her back to her happy place. She enjoys traveling, camping, the outdoors, spending time with her family/friends, and going to sporting events in her free time. Caitlyn has been married to her husband Zach since 2018 and has a daughter and son together, born in 2019 and 2021.
Claire is a Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant (NAHP). She is a Medical Assistant at Cereal City Pediatrics, and the newest addition to the team; she started in February 2022. She has really enjoyed it here so far! She has been a Medical Assistant for about two years and loves this rewarding career. She has worked in podiatry, family medicine/urgent care, and now pediatrics. She grew up in Eaton Rapids, MI and now lives in Kalamazoo. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her loved ones. She looks forward to many more years with this awesome office!
Gabby is a military child and was born and raised in Ohio, where her dad was stationed. In 2012 she moved with her family to Battle Creek to be closer to her family that lives here and graduated in 2018. In 2021 she graduated from Ross Medical School, where she earned a certificate to become a Medical assistant. She came to CCP to do her externship, where she ended up getting hired and has been here since. She has always had a passion for children and has loved being able to work with them daily. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, going to Disney, and spending time with her friends and family in her free time.
Jenn, a.k.a, “Mama Jenn,” is everyone’s work mom. She has been employed with Cereal City Pediatrics since August 2001. She was born in Battle Creek, MI but lived in Northern California for most of her life. She moved back “home” in 2001. She is married to her husband, Justin. They have three children and one grandchild. She enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time with her family.
Jennifer is a medical assistant, born and raised in Ada, MI. She moved to Kalamazoo, MI, in 1998. She has worked as a certified Nurse Aide for a short time in an assisted living facility, then continued with Home Health Care. She decided to go to school to become a Medical Assistant in 2009. She completed her externship at CCP in 2010 and then was hired! She absolutely loves her job. She enjoys working with her awesome team and the precious children every day.
Katheran (Kati) Hammer was born and raised in the St. Joseph area. Left home to pursue the life of an army soldier. Following deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq and being stationed in New York, Georgia, and Korea, She found her husband and continued the life of an army wife in Washington. While there, she pursued her love for helping others and became a Nationally Certified Medical Assistant and Nationally Certified Phlebotomist. They then moved back to Battle Creek and started working for Cereal City Pediatrics in June of 2017. She loves working with the kids, getting to know the families, and building that connection. Kati coordinates all the prior authorizations, organizes Synagis and Nexplanon orders, and works as an assistant in the lab. She is Emilie Rabb’s Medical assistant and helps with procedures such as Circumcision, Frenotomy, and Nexplanon inserts. Kati has three little girls and three dogs.
Kiesha was born and raised in “the” Bronx, NY. After graduation, she moved to Orlando, where she met her husband, and they raised their 3 beautiful children together. In 2006 she went to school to become a Medical Assistant, and after graduation, she was certified through AAMA as Certified Medical Assistant. In 2010 she started working in Pediatrics. In 2020 she graduated from Daytona State College, earned her Practical Nursing License, and relocated to Battle Creek, MI, where she started working at CCP. She enjoys sewing, playing video games, and spending time with her family and friends
Born under a full moon on a cold rainy Seattle night (which totally explains his love of flannel, dark coffee, and hard rock music), Sean was raised loving hockey but couldn’t skate until he was in his 20’s, so instead, he played soccer and lacrosse, after being relocated to Portage, MI when he was 2. After high school looking for adventure and an “escape” from the boredom of Michigan, Sean joined the Air Force; apparently, there are rules about non-pilots flying fighter jets, so he settled on being a logistics specialist and stationed at Altus AFB in Altus, OK (Population 850, located in the middle of nowhere) adventures to Sonic, Walmart and the Oklahoma College Rodeo Hall of Fame relieved his boredom for sure. After serving 2 years, Sean relocated to Toledo, OH, and began his collegiate studies. Three schools and ten years later (sorry, Mom), Sean graduated with a Bachelor’s in Social Psychology from Western Michigan University and began his “Career” in Juvenile Criminal Justice. Soon though, realizing it was not for him, he convinced his family that another year of school might be needed, so at Davenport University, he obtained an Associate in Medical Assisting. As a Certified Medical Assistant, he has “dabbled” in Oncology, Emergency/Trauma, Urgent Care, and Infectious Disease/Community Health. After a stint in Sacramento, CA, working COVID relief, he decided he needed a job that combined his love for children, desire to dress ridiculously occasionally, and gave him the opportunity to laugh at least once a day; since clown college seemed out of the question at this point, in September 2021, he accepted a position at Cereal City Pediatrics. Sean is married and, much to his wife’s dismay has two sons exactly like him. In his free time, he loves watching — and now that he can skate — playing hockey, rooting for Notre Dame and Detroit Sports (yes, even the Lions), and is still always looking for adventures in all he does.
Sierra was born and raised in Battle Creek, MI. She is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). She has been certified for about 3 years. She has worked in family, internal medicine, and pediatrics. She has been with Cereal City Pediatrics for 2 years and absolutely loves her career! She has four beautiful children who are her world! She loves doing photography in her spare time and spending time with her loved ones.
Ciji graduated high school in 2003 from Hastings, MI. She has her Associate’s in Early Childhood Education and worked in a nursing home as a CNA and Care Coordinator for several years. She joined CCP in 2020 as a receptionist and transitioned into a referral coordinator position in 2021. She enjoys working in pediatrics, where she can build relationships with parents and children. Her passion in the field leans more towards autism, as she the mother to a son with autism. She has learned a lot of tools and resources to help children get the help they deserve. She’s gained patience, love, and compassion towards those that are different in a beautiful way. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children when she’s not working. Her little family means the absolute world to her; they enjoy taking trips, working outdoors, and working on their home (most days), which they recently purchased.
Jennifer started at Cereal City Pediatrics in October of 2018. In January of 2022, she was promoted to medical records coordinator. In her spare time, she loves to read and go to concerts. She is also a huge animal lover, and even though she doesn’t have any of her own children, she loves being an auntie to her niece and nephews; they are her whole word!
Nichole grew up in Arkansas. She has four beautiful children, four dogs, and an amazing fiancé. When she is not working, she attends every sports function her children play and run around like a crazy momma to get them there. She loves football, traveling, and meeting new people. She is extremely excited to be a part of this team.
Paige has been with Cereal City Pediatrics since December 2021. She was born and raised in Battle Creek, MI and graduated from Battle Creek Academy in 2013. Shortly after she received her Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education at KCC. She has worked with children for a total of ten years, whether it was a teacher’s assistant in high school, a GSRP teacher in daycares, or helping children who have come across the border find homes. You can typically point her out by noticing all of the plants or all of the glitter and sparkles at her desk. She is a mother of one daughter, one dog, and one rabbit. In her free time, she enjoys thrifting, kayaking/boating, and just spending as much time as she can in the sun with her family.
Andrea has been at Cereal City Pediatrics for 25 years. She started as a receptionist and received her certification in billing and coding. She has been in the billing department for 19 years. She loves working for Cereal City Pediatrics and how family-oriented they are. Andrea enjoys spending time with her family and friends when not working. Andrea has two children that have graduated and look forward to the next chapter in life.
Diane has worked for Cereal City Pediatrics for 6 years. She started as a receptionist and received her certification in billing and coding. She has been a billing and coding specialist for 5 years. Loves working for Cereal City Pediatrics and enjoys their family-centered care. Diane loves being crafty and making t-shirts, personalized gifts, or home décor. Diane and her husband have a daughter in high school, which keeps them busy with sports. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Jodie has been with CCP for 4 years. She started her career with us as our on-staff EMT. She now has moved on to our billing compliance officer, focusing on chart audits and staying ahead of the changing criteria needed in compliance documentation. She still remains an EMT and continues her education to maintain her license. When not auditing providers, she fills her time being a loving wife and mother to their son. On any given off day, you can catch them outside at The Crazy Cottage (their homestead) or outdoors hiking, swimming, or even taking in a ballgame.