Michael Sytsma and Kristen Smith-Vaniz

Dr. Michael Sytsma and Kristen Smith-Vaniz


Dr. Michael Sytsma is a pastor and counselor at heart with a clear gift in teaching.  He has worked with couples in numerous capacities since 1987. He is passionate about helping couples grow in their marriage. His giftedness and easygoing demeanor help couples learn important truths about marriage in a fun and interesting way - though he is not afraid to encourage you to grow. He believes God gives each of us the strength we need to become all He desires, and to grow our marriage into the intimate union God designed.  Michael’s Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy is focused on marital sexuality, and he is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia, a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Certified Sex Therapist, and an ordained minister.  Michael has been married to his beautiful wife Karen since 1985 and they have two boys.




Kristen Smith-Vaniz is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist who has counseled couples and individuals since 2005.  Originally in corporate sales and marketing, Kristen discovered a passion for helping girls trapped in sexual slavery after volunteering overseas.  Kristen turned this passion into her second career and now serves couples as she helps them find in their lives and greater intimacy in their relationships.  As a certified therapist with a private practice in downtown Atlanta, Kristen has taught with Dr. Sytsma for several years, and she feels privileged each day to witness the dramatic restoration of wounded hearts.  Kristen is married to her husband Reid.