Cardiology Staff

To ensure his practice consistently provides high-quality, personalized heart care, Dr. VanderLaan carefully selects each staff member. Regardless of their role, each member shares his passion for delivering personalized cardiovascular care. They’re excellent communicators, compassionate advocates, and extremely knowledgeable in cardiovascular concerns, procedures, tests, and health management. They’re also friendly, empathetic, and easy to talk with about everything, from the weather to your health.

Ronald L. VanderLaan, MD, FACC, FACP

Cardiologist in Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids Cardiology

  • BS, Cell and Molecular Biology/Zoology, University of Michigan
  • MD, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Internal Medicine training, Blodgett/St. Mary’s program
  • Fellowship Training in Cardiovascular Diseases, Cleveland Clinic Foundation


American Board of Internal Medicine: Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiography

Honoring his belief that personalized cardiovascular care of the highest quality is most effective administered by a well-trained staff in an intimate environment, Dr. VanderLaan established Grand Rapids Cardiology.

Today, the independent practice is flourishing, thanks to the strong leadership of its founder, Dr. VanderLaan—supported by the compassion and expertise of the staff and the loyalty of patients and their families.

“The opportunity to serve patients as individuals has been my dream for many years. Grand Rapids Cardiology is my vision brought to life. Patients are people with their own challenges and needs. It’s important they receive the best medical treatment—health care that addresses each individual’s illness and lifestyle. Today, “I am living the dream!, exclaims Dr. VanderLaan.

The doctor has five wonderful and successful children: two boys, a daughter in the middle, with twin boys rounding out the family. He is frequently busy participating in activities with his children yet Dr. VanderLaan always finds time for reading, cycling and catching the news. “I’m a news junky,” he admits.

Emily Vezina

Physician Assistant


BS, Physiology

MPAS, Physician Assistant Studies



Emily Vezina believes in putting patients’ needs first, which is why she is a natural fit here at Grand Rapids Cardiology. She’s compassionate, outgoing, and positive. When asked why Emily enjoys working at GRC, the answer was easy for her- “the amazing staff who always works as a team.”

When away from her “work team,” Emily can be found cheering on her alma mater, Michigan State University. She mostly enjoys Michigan’s great outdoors. You could find her running, hiking, snowboarding, or tailgating at MSU. In addition to those adventures, Emily spends her free time with friends, immediate family, and her boyfriend-quite possibly all at her favorite restaurant, Marie Catrib’s.

Heidi Palsrok

Office Manager



Naturally bursting with energy and enthusiasm, Heidi gives her all to managing the office and staff at Grand Rapids Cardiology. She loves to have fun and loves helping people—and it shows in everything she does, professionally and personally.

“It’s a busy, challenging environment at Grand Rapids Cardiology,” explains Heidi. “Because I am motivated, always striving for perfection, and love my staff, it’s not work. It’s fun and I love to have fun!”

Outside of the office, you’ll find Heidi with her family. She and her husband Josh have a daughter, Ava, and son, Chase. She loves cooking for them. Heidi is also a fan of hosting game nights and dining at Maru or Grove. Occasionally, she entertains the idea of starting a sushi-to-go restaurant so people can eat healthy on the go.

Lori Maess

Medical Biller



With a knack for keeping focused and paying close attention to the details, Lori excels at medical coding and billing. She’s proud to work at Grand Rapids Cardiology because “they’re very caring of both their patients and their employees.” Being someone who always tries to find the best in people, she fits right in at GR Cardiology.

In her free time, Lori likes to run with her three adult sons, volunteer at her church, and play piano and flute. Some day, she hopes to teach music to children, preferably while living in “a sunny, warm state.”

Jaymie Miller

Technical Director/Cardiac Sonographer


BS, Art




Jaymie likes the “close atmosphere and familiar faces” of working at Grand Rapids Cardiology, an independent practitioner. It’s what attracted her to the job and what keeps her loyal.

Family time is of great importance to Jaymie. She and her husband Steve have two preschool-age daughters. Jaymie also thrives on getting outdoors as much as possible. “Running, hiking, swimming, biking, snowboarding, skiing, and playing at the park with the girls.”

An avid fan of the Detroit Tigers, a frequent shopper at Target, and an artist who likes to paint, Jaymie’s evenings and weekends are active. She also plays on a recreational volleyball league and is a member of the Gun Lake Community Church.

Jordan Burman

Cardiac/Vascular Sonagrapher, RDCS, RVT


​BS, Cardiac Sonography, Grand Valley State University



Excellent patient care is a core value here at Grand Rapids Cardiology. This is also what our newest team member, Jordan Burman, appreciates most about working here. Jordan is a friendly addition and brings a professionalism devoted to great health care. Always eager to learn the newest advances in cardiovascular health, Jordan hopes to take this professional passion full circle by one day teaching cardiovascular ultrasound.

Work hard, play hard is Jordan’s motto. Outside of the office, he loves playing sports, swimming, and any outdoor activities. He divides his time between his family and volunteering with homeless dogs at animal shelters. Jordan also has a passion for travel and hopes to visit all 50 states

Mary Gardner

Registered Nurse


BA, Psychology

BSN, Nursing



Grand Rapids Cardiology patients can’t help but notice our outgoing and energetic Mary. She loves the teamwork among her coworkers and thrives with our patient-centered care model. Mary is committed to the small, personalized approach in helping patients maintain a lifestyle suitable for them.

Outside the office, Mary is an avid Michigan State University fan and alum. She’s been known to “bleed green!” Having recently moved to the Grand Rapids area, Mary is excited to see all that West Michigan offers. She and her boyfriend enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, and playing with their Old English Bulldog, Sampson. With a love of reading, Mary plays detective in the world of mystery and thriller novels.

Ron Gulch

Medical Assistant


Medical Assistant, Grand Rapids Community College

Athletic Training, ​Aquinas College

Surgical Technology, Lansing Community College


Certified Surgical Technologist

​YMCA Certified Personal Trainer

If laughter is the best medicine, Ron Gulch adds the humor to office and patient life. Ron joined the Grand Rapids Cardiology team in 2016 and serves as a medical assistant. He enjoys working alongside Dr. VanderLaan and meeting patient’s individual needs.

Outside of the GRC office, Ron loves playing and watching sports, reading, and landscaping. You might even catch him at his favorite restaurant, Olives in Gaslight Village. However, these hobbies pale in comparison to his biggest love- his son. Spending time with his son and nephews are Ron’s greatest joy and biggest priority.

Kellee Vanderveen

Medical Assistant/Medical Transcriber


Nutrition and Athletic training, Sanford Brown


Certified Medical Assistant

Kellee chose to work in the medical field because of her personal journey as a cardiac patient and her desire to help herself and others maintain a healthy lifestyle. Her compassion for cardiology patients and the office’s reputation for personalized care led her to Grand Rapids Cardiology.

“I work with an amazing staff and I’m able to build relationships with people every day,” she explains. “I chose this career because of my personal journey and now I plan to attend nursing school.” Being self-motivated and hard working, Kellee excels at caring for others as a medical assistant, and will undoubtedly become an outstanding nurse.

When she’s not a the office, Kellee spends quality time with her husband and three children. She enjoys working out as well as crafting and doing hair & makeup with her daughters.

Katie VanderLaan


BA, University of Tennessee


Grand Rapids Cardiology is committed to caring for hearts, both physical and emotional. Our patients’ comfort level is important to us. That’s just one of the reasons we’ve added Katie VanderLaan to our front office team. Katie’s smiling face and warm, caring demeanor puts everyone around her at ease. She loves the friendly environment here at GRC, and Katie fits right in with her compassionate presence. Always ready with a listening ear, Katie enjoys learning about people’s life stories.

An avid reader, you could probably find Katie with her nose in a good book pretty much anywhere. She’s especially fond of local bakeries, and if you’ve got the skinny on a good one, she’d love to try it out. When she’s not reading, Katie’s hiking and photographing Michigan’s beauty along the way. Family is a large priority to Katie, and she enjoys making memories with her parents, brothers, and favorite dog, Chevy. She dreams of one day volunteering at an animal shelter.

Cheri Holmes



Say hello to Cheri Holmes, the new face of Grand Rapids Cardiology. Cheri brings a wealth of administrative and receptionist experience to our team, having served in the insurance and non-profit industries. Merging her organizational skills and welcoming personality, Cheri helps the office environment run smoothly. Spreading joy is a life motto for Cheri, and it’s possible she might be the most caring person you’ll ever meet. She values everyone, helping them feel important, welcome, and comfortable.

After work hours, Cheri loves nothing more than doing life with her best friend and husband. A 43-year-love story, Cheri enjoys date nights out for Mexican food or “good” pizza. Family takes precedence for Cheri, and she loves making time (and goodies) for her children and their families- which includes her beloved, six grandchildren. Loving people is not just a passion of Cheri’s, it’s her life mission as she and her husband pastor a local church. Deeply committed to her faith, Cheri enjoys playing piano and serving her church as a music director.

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