Alliance's commitment to supporting mental health now includes mental health prescribing care. For some, the best plan for sustained mental healthcare involves integrating medication into the treatment. When necessary, Alliance can now provide the collaborative care of both a therapist and a mental health prescriber to help better meet our clients' needs.


By adding mental health prescribing to the services we offer, we hope to accomplish the following goals:

  • Improve access to quality mental health prescribing care through the use of telehealth
  • Cut down on wait times to get scheduled with a prescriber
  • Improve the therapist and prescriber relationship and collaboration. Optimizing the care provided to our clients
  • Provide a mental health prescribing experience consistent with ACG's values of  being
    • Compassionate hosts
    • Evidenced-based practitioners
    • Persistent care collaborators


Getting scheduled is easy! Give us a all at (616) 222-0631 or email us at to get set up with one of our prescribers.



Dr. Megan Ipema is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who graduated from Loyola University in 2011 with her Masters in Science in Nursing. Megan then went on to Oakland University to obtain her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree in 2016. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Megan graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Megan has over 10 years of experience working as a Nurse Practitioner in Family Medicine. She has a particular interest in behavioral health in people of all ages.

Dr. Ipema works with:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • dysthymia
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • adjustment disorder
  • PTSD
  • eating disorders
  • alcohol use disorder
  • bipolar 2 disorder.

She is passionate about collaborating with individuals to promote healthy coping skills, reduce symptoms, and make meaningful life changes in a supportive, trusting, and nonjudgmental environment.

Dr. Ipema and her husband have two sons and a daughter. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, cooking, and spending time outdoors.



Heather Norden is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of experience in primary care. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Hope College in 2006 and her Master’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011. In 2022, she earned a post-master’s certificate from Grand Valley State University and was board-certified as a Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Heather is passionate about working closely with individuals to develop strategies for improving mental and emotional well-being in a holistic, patient-centered, and non-judgmental environment.

Heather works with patients with:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Bipolar I and II Disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Heather and her husband have a son and a daughter who keep her busy with sports and activities. In her leisure time, Heather enjoys running, gardening, and baking.


Elizabeth Payne

Elizabeth Payne is an advanced practice clinician with 10 years experience including family practice, sexual medicine and gynecology. After graduating from Western Michigan in 2013,  Elizabeth focused on a holistic, patient-centered approach utilizing both hormonal and non-hormonal treatments to optimize mental health, sexual health and hormonal imbalances.  She is a Board Certified Physician Assistant with additional training through the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate Program to become an AASECT certified sexuality counselor. She has additional training cultivating wellness through the menopausal transition by the North American Menopause Society as a Certified Menopause Practitioner.

Elizabeth works with patients seeking help with:

  • Perimenopause
  • Menopause
  • Brain fog through the menopausal transition
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Low Sexual Desire
  • Sexual Wellness in chronic disease
  • Desire discrepancy in couples
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Hormonal mood changes such as PMS
  • Anorgasmia
  • Sexual wellness and aging
  • Sexual dysfunction after cancer treatment
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Anxiety

Elizabeth and her husband have two sons and a chocolate lab who fill their lives with lots of fun and activities. In her free time she enjoys swimming, biking and photography.