Meet The Providers
Michael J App, MD MPH
Michael J. App, MD, MPH, is a board certified internal medicine physician, as well as a board certified pediatric physician, practicing at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dr. App is a lifelong Grand Rapids resident and graduated from Catholic Central High School in town. He is a second-generation primary care physician whose father, Dr. Peter App, has served the Grand Rapids community for 47 years.
Having attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees, Dr. App remains a dedicated University of Michigan sports fan to this day.
After graduating from medical school, Dr. App completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics, and today, he is board-certified in both specialties.
Dr. App is passionate about caring for families in the area, from newborns to the elderly. Sometimes, he treats as many as three generations of the same family at his practice, which gives him a great sense of joy and pride.
Dr. App is a part of the Spectrum Health Physician Alliance for independent physicians, which is a subsidiary of Spectrum Health System. This allows him to utilize the same electronic medical records and coordinate care with the specialists and providers at Spectrum Health Hospital, should his patients need it. Dr. App also has admitting privileges at Mercy Health.
After spending years in a large group practice setting, Dr. App is very excited to pursue a private practice to enhance that special, lifelong relationship that families have with their physician. He looks forward to practicing in Grand Rapids and serving families and individuals who value their patient-provider relationship.
Allison Boonie, NP
Experienced nurse practitioner Allison Boonie, NP, is happy to share her medical experience and expertise with patients living in and around Grand Rapids, Michigan. At Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan, she provides exceptional care for patients of all ages and varying states of health.
Allison grew up in the Metro Detroit area and earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Grand Valley State University (GVSU), located in Allendale, Michigan, in 2000. After graduation, she developed a passion for women’s health while working as a labor and delivery nurse for more than 13 years. In 2013, Allison earned her Masters of Science from Ball State University, located in Muncie, Indiana.
After completing her family health nurse practitioner certification, she joined Dr. App and his team at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan in December 2013. As a skilled member of the team, she specializes in women’s health services and helping patients with diabetes management. Allison regularly pursues ongoing education in both of these areas to help her patients live their best lives.
Allison is board-certified and maintains her membership with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is also a member of the Obesity Medicine Association.
Allison has been married for more than 20 years and has two teenage children. She and her husband are proud that their son is a GVSU Laker. Outside of the office, Allison enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and watching her daughter play softball.
Tena Landers, NP
Tena Landers, NP, is a family nurse practitioner at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tena is board-certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Tena was born and raised in the Grand Rapids area and attended Calvin Christian schools from pre-k to high school. Her nursing career began after she graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 2001. Tena began working with families as a nurse on the labor and delivery unit at Spectrum Butterworth, located in Grand Rapids. She worked there for over 13 years, assessing patients, caring for laboring mothers and their newborns, and facilitating staffing on the unit.
After working at Spectrum Butterworth, Tena then went on to obtain her Masters of Science in nursing from Indiana State University with a focus in family practice. This has renewed her passion for caring for patients of all ages and conditions.
Tena has been married for nearly 19 years and has three children. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading. In the summer, Tena and her family enjoy camping and being outside. In the winter months, they can often found snowboarding and skiing at Caberfae Peaks.
Maria Kurlenda, NP
Maria Kurlenda is a family nurse practitioner, board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is currently licensed to practice in the state of Michigan. She is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She obtained a Master of Science in nursing (MSN) with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Michigan – Flint. She is currently completing coursework to obtain a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in healthcare management from the University of Michigan – Flint.
Her previous experience as a registered nurse includes working in a Cardiovascular recovery unit and on a cardiothoracic inpatient unit caring for post open heart, lung surgery and transplant patients.
Maria Grew up on the Northeast side of Grand Rapids and is married with two children. In her spare time, she likes to do anything outdoors with her family.