VERITAS INTEGRATED PSYCHIATRIC CARE
Names are very significant. Parents painstakingly pick a name for their baby that is "just right." It was no different for me when I selected the name Veritas Integrated Psychiatric Care for my practice.
Veritas is the Latin word for Truth. Truth is central to the Christian faith and to my practice. The phrase "the Truth will set you free" is based on John 8:32, where Jesus said, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Truth also represents a person: the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. He said in John 14:6 "I am the way, the Truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." When we understand the root cause of our problems, Christ can set us free from the bondage of a false belief system that has held us captive too long.
At Veritas we Integrated all three aspects of our being: Mind, Body, and Spirit. While most psychiatrists address the first two dimensions, few address the spiritual part of who we are. At Veritas we address spiritual issues as well.
Psychiatric has to do with mental health. The physical health of your brain refers to the biochemistry and how well it does or does not operate under stress.
On the soul level, we address issues of your mind, will, and emotions and how you respond to the stressors in your life.
With regard to the spiritual dimension, we address unresolved anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, guilt, shame, and sin issues that spill over to affect the other two realms. The spiritual dimension has been ignored far too long in psychiatry. In striving for excellence for your mental health, I address the whole person.
Care. The Lord gave me a tender heart toward hurting people. I care about the people the Lord directs my way. I want to see my patients set free and enjoy the abundant life Christ has available for you.
Jeffrey J. Vrielink, M.D. was born in Switzerland and lived in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium before moving to Texas in 1978. Upon moving to Dallas he played football in junior high and later ran cross-country and track in high school.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Austin College, in Sherman, Texas and was selected by the U.S. Navy for a 4-year full scholarship to the medical school of his choice. In 1992 he graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and went on active duty in the Navy. Dr. Vrielink completed his internship in psychiatry at Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1993.
During his 7 years of service to the Navy, he gained primary care experience as a General Medical Officer and Flight Surgeon.
He was stationed in the US and overseas. In 1999 he completed his military service obligation and pursued specialty training in psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Upon graduating from OU in 2002 he moved his family to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he was employed at Pine Rest as a staff psychiatrist. In 2009 he took a year's sabbatical from Pine Rest to work in Wellington, New Zealand with Polynesians, Maoris, and Kiwis (New Zealanders), as well as with U.N. Refugees from the Horn of Africa, the Middle and the Far East. Pine Rest rehired Dr. Vrielink as an Admissions Psychiatrist upon his return to Grand Rapids from his overseas sabbatical. Due to his desire to address spiritual issues directly with his patients, Dr. Vrielink started Veritas in December of 2012.
People seek his ministry and services from West Michigan and from as far away as Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Arkansas, and Colorado. It is a privilege to see the Lord at work, healing people and their families. His hobbies and interests include beekeeping, raising exotic pheasants, peacocks, pigeons, rabbits, and koi fish on his hobby farm, hunting, traveling, and photography.
2018, 2020--Board Certification in Psychiatry, National Board of Physicians and Surgeons
2008, 2019--Board Certification in Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
2002--Psychiatry Residency, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa, Oklahoma
1994--U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon, Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola, Florida
1993--Psychiatry Internship, Bethesda Naval Hospital (NNMC), Bethesda, Maryland
1992--Doctor of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
1987--Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Austin College, Sherman, Texas (Alpha Chi, Beta Beta Beta, and Delta Phi Alpha Honor Societies)
Christian Counseling Training
2015--Spiritual Warfare Conferences, Deeper Walk International, Chicago & Wheaton, Illinois
2012--Deeper Walk Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana
2011--Seven Steps to Spiritual Freedom with Dean VanderMey at Set Free Ministries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2002--Biblical Counseling and Spiritual Warfare Training with James Logan, D. Div at the International Center for Biblical Counseling, Sioux City, Iowa (since renamed the Biblical Restoration Ministries)
2001--Christian Psychiatry with Dr. Frank Minirth, well known Christian psychiatrist and author, at the Minirth Clinic, Richardson, Texas
2010-present--Jail Ministry at the Gratiot County Jail
2010--Pro-Bono Psychiatric work at the Suva Women's Prison, Suva, Fiji
2010--Prison Ministry with Baptist Bible Church Wellington, New Zealand
2000--Honduras Medical Mission work with Baptist Medical Missions International