Rinehart Institute

The Rinehart Institute was founded in 1997 by Charlene Rinehart Brown with the intention to provide a variety of counseling and wellness services and products to individuals, couples, and groups.

We provide personal therapeutic counseling based on the needs of the individual, but always embracing the importance of the body, mind, heart and spirit. Our approach is based on the belief that the world benefits when individuals, couples, families, and groups grow in self-care, self-awareness and self-responsibility.

Our Mission and Vision

The mission of the Rinehart Institute is to cultivate vibrant living through awareness, acceptance, gratitude and choice.

Our vision: To foster gratitude, wholeness and comprehensive wellness through awareness that one’s “inner” world (mind/body/heart/spirit) impacts one’s “outer” world (people, nature/environment and circumstances), in knowing that this awareness will guide individuals toward choices that support the greater good and enhance life on Earth.


sally-rinehart1.jpgThe Rinehart Institute draws its name from Charlene’s great grandmother, Sally Rinehart, who was an entrepreneur, wife, and mother of eight children.

Sally Rinehart was a religious and spiritual woman committed to daily devotional practice.

Her philosophy of life was summed up in this poem: “Welcome unknown future: Bring me what you will. With God’s loving hand to guide me still".

It is the ancestral energy of this strong, spiritual woman that inspires the drive and commitment to the mission and vision of the Rinehart Institute.


charlene-new.pngCharlene Rinehart Brown

Charlene holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Memphis, as well as Master degrees in Physical Education and in Counseling, coupled with a Holistic Health Care Certificate from Western Michigan University.

For more than 30 years, Charlene has been counseling and educating diverse groups of individuals across the country. She has traveled extensively nationally and internationally, broadening and strengthening her understanding of, and approach to wellness. Charlene applies her education and extensive knowledge, wisdom and experience to directing and fulfilling the mission and vision of the Rinehart Institute.

Currently Ms. Brown leads the Rinehart Institute, supporting its clinical needs and promoting her two assessments; the Holistic Wellness Assessment (HWA), a clinical version, and an educational version, the Wellness Assessment: a tool for personal growth.

She continues to conduct ongoing research and development of assessments and intervention activities to enhance wellness. Charlene holds an affiliation with Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness department.

Charlene Brown lives in Kalamazoo with her husband, Bob Lakey.