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Our lives wouldn't be what they are without the stellar local establishments found around every corner of West Michigan, from the newly founded to the well-established and everything in between. Those local staples are what the West Michigan Woman Readers' Choice Awards are all about.

Robyn Gobbel, MSW is a licensed therapist, author, educator, podcaster and community creator whose 20-year career has been dedicated to serving the families of children with histories of complex trauma.

Since 2010, Liz Della Croce has grown a loyal following of health-conscious readers from all over the world as creator and author of The Lemon Bowl®, a healthy food and travel blog. Focusing on seasonal ingredients and whole foods, Liz's recipes are inspired by global flavors, including the Syrian and Jewish dishes of her childhood.

It's not surprising to learn that throughout her life, Dr. Diana Bitner has garnered an incredible number of lessons. But of them all, a select few serve as a compass, guiding her passion for helping women live happy and healthy lives.

Cathy George is no stranger to volleyball—she's been coaching for 37 years, including 17 years at MSU and 11 at WMU. She became the first woman to coach in the NCAA D1 Final Four when she took her University of Texas-Arlington program to the national semifinals in 1989.

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