Counseling, Health & Wellness at Aquinas College

Health Center Staff

Kristi Kern, DO
Team Physician
Dr. Kern earned her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and did her family/osteopathic manipulative medicine residency and sports medicine fellowship at Metro Health Hospital. She is a team physician for Aquinas College and covers local professional teams and athletic events. Dr. Kern is an avid sports enthusiast, having participated in basketball and track in college.

Bridgette Townshend, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Bridgette Townshend is a Physician Assistant with Metro Health. She works at both the Aquinas College office and Cascade office. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees with Grand Valley State University. Bridgette works as a family practice provider helping people of all ages with concerns varying from illness such as sore throats and colds to chronic illness such as depression/ anxiety and diabetes. She enjoys home life and spending time with her friends and family.

Lori Weir, RN
Registered Nurse
Nurse Lori earned her degree from Grand Rapids Community College of Nursing and did her leadership in the Intensive Care Unit at Metro Health University of Michigan Health Hospital. She went on to work in the Intensive Care Unit at Metro Health Hospital until she accepted the position as the Registered Nurse for Metro Health Aquinas Health Center. Lori enjoys spending time outdoors doing extracurricular activities with her three college-age children.

Franki White, MS, ATC, AT
Franki White is the Sports Medicine Coordinator at Metro Health – University of Michigan Health. During race season, she works to coordinate medical coverage for various events in the Grand Rapids community as well as providing athletic training services. Franki obtained her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Michigan State University and went on to complete a graduate assistantship at Eastern Kentucky University, earning her master’s degree while working with Division I college athletes. Outside of the office/training room, Franki finds joy in spending time with her growing family, running and working out, and coming up with new projects around the house to drive her husband crazy.