OUR TEAM OF EXPERTS ARE FOCUSED ON HELPING YOU TO LIVE WELL!
Dr. Zac Watkins, DC, DACBI, CNS
FOUNDER AND FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE DOCTOR
Dr. Zachary Watkins received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University. He is board certified as an internist through American Board of Chiropractic Internists (ABCI), and is also a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS).
In addition to his board certifications, he has completed studies in Functional Medicine from Southern California University of Health Sciences and is DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) Certified. He is an active member of the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM).
Dr. Watkins’ goal is to help patients understand how they can optimize their health with regard to the most common conditions that are seen in his office: intestinal problems, hormone imbalances, fatigue, infertility, and auto-immune disorders.
For nearly a decade, Dr. Zac’s has made his mission, and that of The Livewell Clinic, to equip his patients to better understand true, optimal health and take a more active role in addressing and preventing disease. Optimal health can only be achieved through a partnership between a patient and a nutritionally-oriented physician.
Dr. Zac is a Nebraska native and a diehard Huskers fan. (Don’t hold it against him). He is the proud father of 3 children, Kyan, Adlee, and Amira and a husband to Tammy, a local prenatal and pediatric chiropractor. He is a “foodie” and enjoys cooking. He is always a great resource for new recipes. He also enjoys travel, skiing and other outdoor activities.
View Dr. Zac Watkins Curriculum Vitae (Education)
Dr. Lori Miller
Dr. Lori Miller is the newest member of the Livewell team, as of December 2015. Prior to joining this practice she was employed by Unity Point Clinics for 15 years. She served the community of Norwalk and surrounding areas as a Family Medicine provider.
She graduated from the University of Iowa with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. As a 21 year old, ready to leave Iowa winters, she ventured to the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth Texas where she received her degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. After getting married and having her first child, she felt a tug at her heart to “go home”. It was then she was accepted to the Iowa Lutheran Family Medicine Program in Des Moines Iowa. The Iowa Health system built a clinic in Norwalk for Dr. Miller and her partner to start. She stayed there 15 years watching families grow without a single regret.
Having received an Osteopathic training, she was always more “open minded” than her MD peers. Though she did not perform osteopathic manipulation, she eagerly encouraged her patients to pursue non- traditional therapies such as manual manipulation by chiropractors or osteopaths, acupuncture and many others. Through some of her own soul searching, education and investigation, she was exposed to the world of Functional Medicine.
In 2013 she received her designation as Fellow of Functional Medicine from the Metabolic Institute (formerly A4M) offered through the University of South Florida. After several years of trying to incorporate functional medicine concepts into her existing practice, she finally decided to leave that thriving practice in order to pursue her passion in Functional Medicine full time. It is through Functional Medicine that she hopes to help people take control of their own lives; to branch away from the world of pharmaceuticals, and to be empowered to be in charge of our health.
Dr. Miller was born in Nebraska, but has lived in Iowa most of her life. She is actively involved in her church, and with her family. She has 2 children: Collin (19) attends Drake University, and Camille (17) is a junior at Norwalk high school. Lori continues to live in Norwalk with her husband Brad, where she is active in her community. She loves to cycle and run in her free time, when not learning about health and wellness!!
DIRECTOR OF PATIENT SERVICES
Robert joined the team at the Livewell Clinic in November of 2017. Robert brings nine years of practice development and patient service experience to his role as DPS at the clinic. He is an accomplished business professional who joined the clinic after a successful career in the dental world growing and cultivating practices. His career includes leadership roles at various West Des Moines dental practices where he was involved in practice development, business strategy and patient care coordination.
Robert is a native Iowan and a graduate of Minnesota State University with a BA in Management. He is also currently pursuing his MBA from the University of Iowa and hopes to be completed by 2021. He enjoys quiet time to counter his fast-paced life style, attending Iowa State Cyclone football games in the fall and cooking as often as possible. He is passionate about meeting new people both inside and outside of work and imparting as much knowledge as he can give to help people achieve their goals. Robert has been proud to call Iowa home for most of his life and currently resides in West Des Moines with his son George (6) and daughter Vivian (5).
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS (Interim)
Christina Davis joined the team at the Livewell clinic in July of 2014. Christina brings 15 years of corporate leadership experience to her role as Practice Manager at the clinic. She is an accomplished business management professional who joined the clinic after a successful career in financial services and communications. Her career includes leadership roles at Wells Fargo where she was involved in broad reaching, high impact roles in operations, human resources, leadership development, and business strategy. After leaving Wells Fargo in 2010, she spent a number of years working as an executive coach and corporate trainer in the areas of sales and communications.
Christina was first introduced to Dr. Zac through his wife, Dr. Tammy. Dr. Tammy cared for Christina and her daughters as a doula and pre-natal and pediatric chiropractor. As a result of that connection, Christina began to consult with Dr. Zac as his practice grew and evolved. After the birth of her second child in February of 2014, Christina left the corporate world in search of an opportunity that would provide more work life balance. The rest, as they say, is history.
Christina is a native of Virginia and a graduate of James Madison University with a BBA in International Business. She is a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, avid reader (when time permits) and small business owner. She is passionate about empowering people to change the way they view their health care. She and her husband, Dr. Michael Davis, owner of Firm Foundation Chiropractic in Windsor Heights, are proud to call Iowa home and currently reside in Urbandale with their daughters, Tristyn (6) and Evyn (2).
Hannah Larsen is an RN at The Livewell clinic. She earned a bachelors degree in Nursing from Mercy College. After completing her degree, Hannah started her nursing career in the ICU at Unity Point Hospital in Des Moines, where she worked for 7 years. In the spring of 2016 she joined The Livewell Clinic. Having studied all things Functional Medicine for about 5 years, it was time to give up the traditional medicine scene and transition to something that lined up more closely with her beliefs. Amongst other things, she has really enjoyed seeing how labs mean so many different things when looked at with Functional Medicine glasses.
In her free time, Hannah enjoys trying new Paleo recipes, traveling, gardening and doing all things outside with her son.
PATIENT EDUCATION DIRECTOR / HEALTH COACH
Melissa Reisinger is an Iowa native who graduated from Indianola High School. After she worked as a veterinarian technician for several years until deciding to start a family. Melissa owned and operated a successful in-home business for 8 years before joining the Livewell team in February of 2017. She came to Livewell initially as a patient in fall of 2015 after years of struggling with her health journey. Her past experience with health issues and love for functional medicine inspired her to go back to school. She is a 2017 graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She and her husband Brett have two children, Ruby and Jasper, and live on a small acreage outside of Indianola where they garden and raise chickens. When she’s not at Livewell she enjoys making ceramics, doing yoga, cooking or spending time outside.
Amy is an nurse at the Livewell Clinic. She went to Grand View University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked for 10 years on many units in the hospital setting; adult acute care. Her nursing career started at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. After two years there she moved to Minneapolis where, for the next 8 years, she worked downtown at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
While living in MN Amy was introduced to a more holistic approach to health. This is where she says her own health journey began. Learning about nutrition and a more natural approach to health became a passion for her. While taking a pause in her nursing career to raise her children she spent much of her time learning about, and teaching others about whole food nutrition and natural health. While Amy values and honors her time worked in the hospital, she’s excited to work with a Functional Medicine approach to health. This is where, she believes, people can be empowered to take control of their own health.
Amy is married to her husband, Kris. They’ve been blessed to have three children...Madeline, Roman, and Graham. Days are busy with lots of activities and sports! She loves spending time with her kids, her friends, watching movies, listening (and singing;) to music, decorating cakes, reading, relaxing by the pool, and finding creative things to do.
Chandra Bartleman earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grandview University. She has been a practicing nurse for 14 years. Chandra has experience as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse, Labor, Delivery, Recovery, and Postpartum (LDRP) nurse, a nurse home visitor, and a school nurse.
Because of her passion for disease prevention and wellness promotion, she was drawn to the offerings at the Livewell Clinic. She is excited to be part of a team committed to supporting patients as they transform their lives with healthy living.
When she is not at Livewell, she is enjoying time with her husband, two dogs, three cats, and four children. She loves volleyball, running and keeping up with her sporty kids. You may also find her in Ames cheering on her beloved Cyclones! Go State!
Lynn is an Iowa native growing up in Adel and graduating from Dallas Center-Grimes High School. She attended Drake University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing. A year after college she started an in-home business and experienced great success. She moved to Shenandoah, IA, and by the time her first child was born, she was in a position to work from home and raise her family. Lynn has earned many top sales awards and achieved the top 2% of the company. She has traveled nationwide to attend leadership conferences and used that training to mentor and coach other women. Due to life circumstances, Lynn moved back to the Des Moines area in March 2011 where she worked for the American Red Cross as a Training Specialist for the Iowa Territory.
Her interest in alternatives to traditional medicine resulted from conversations she had with a friend who happens to work for Dr. Tammy Watkins, Dr. Zac’s wife. When a position opened with Dr. Zac, Lynn applied for it immediately. She joined the Livewell team in September 2013. Her passion for functional medicine continues to grow as she witnesses the health and quality of life of patient’s improve.
Lynn currently lives in Grimes, IA, with her daughter, Jordan (16) and her son, Zach (12). She is a busy mom attending sporting events and other kids activities. In her free time she loves to cook and try new recipes (ask her for her newest favorite). She also enjoys gardening, going to farmer’s markets, biking, traveling, watching football and reading.
Celeste has always known her calling was to be of service to others, helping others is her passion. She has twelve years of experience as a licensed massage therapist(LMT.) In addition to over a decade of experience producing multi-day walks and bicycle rides all of the country, raising awareness and funds for research and prevention of life-threatening conditions. She has traveled and volunteered extensively in South America. Her favorite and most powerful experience was her time spent working with local kids at La Bibioteca Interactiva in small mountain town in Ecuador at the base of an active volcano!
Celeste discovered Functional Medicine after nearly a decade of going to doctor after doctor, just to be sent home being told her labs were just fine. After nearly losing all hope she finally got the answers she was so desperately searching for all those years. Through Functional Medicine she learned about an undiagnosed autoimmune condition, in addition to all the underlying puzzle-pieces that were contributing factors to blocking her bodies healing process. Functional Medicine changed her life and she is proud to support others on their journey to reclaiming their health.
In her spare time she appreciates the simple things, being outside, live music, amazing food, time with dear friends and above all else, spending every available second with her pure-bred-mutt Luna Mae (5)