About Us



Dr. Brett McDonough

Dr. Brett is a native of Iowa and has practiced for over a decade in the Des Moines metro. In the past 15 years he has served as the personal chiropractor for athletes from the NFL, NASCAR, UFC, MLB, Olympics and numerous levels of the NCAA. Over the last 8 years he has opened 6 clinics and developed over a dozen doctors in that time. He enjoys working with clients that lead an active lifestyle and want to get more out of themselves on a daily basis. 

In his downtown he enjoys being involved with his family whether it is at Hawkeye games or hanging out at their farm. He also serves as an owner in numerous other businesses. He is married to Andrea and together they have a daughter named Maddon.

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Dr. Anthony Meyer

Dr. Anthony Meyer is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida Campus.  Dr. Meyer strongly believes in finding the cause of patients’ problems by using a whole person approach and is passionate about the care he provides.  He believes that a healthy body sets the framework for living a good life and achieving all you want to achieve.Dr. Meyer grew up in Lake City, Iowa and attended Grand View University for his undergraduate studies.  He pursued his chiropractic education in a warmer climate and then returned to Iowa to begin practice.  He has a special interest in treating athletes utilizing a variety of chiropractic skills.In his free time, Dr. Meyer enjoys spending time with his daughter Hayden, refereeing high school football, golfing, and spending time outdoors with his dog.


Dr. John Ensign

Dr. John has been a practicing chiropractor for nearly 2 decades. He has served thousands during that timeframe. In addition to running his practice, Dr. John and his family are avid cyclists and enjoy traveling the country. He is passionate at everything he does and you can't help but be attracted to this infectious energy. 


Kelsie Knowler, LMT

Kelsie Knowler grew up in Carroll, IA and graduated from Carroll High School. She then went on to study sports therapy modalities at Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School and graduated in 2010. Her passion has been working with athletes and those with active lifestyles as she was an athlete growing up playing softball and volleyball. Outside of work, she loves being outdoors and staying active anyway she can.

Helping others stay healthy for what they love to do is extremely important to Kelsie. She loves seeing everyone progress while working on their specific needs. Kelsie looks forward to helping you keep your body happy and healthy for years to come!

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Brittany Epple, LMT

Brittany Epple graduated from Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School in 2009. Brittany loves helping people, and through massage, whether it's stress relief or to break down stubborn muscle tension, she strives to elevate your health and way of life. Brittany uses a wide variety of modalities, including Swedish techniques and trigger point therapy to treat her clients, knowing that everyone's body is different, and she will adjust to each of your specific needs.

Brittany is a military spouse and has lived in many states. She loves being a mother to a smart and handsome young boy, and enjoys being outdoors, doing yardwork, and just helping people anyway that she can. She believes that life is an adventure and you should be living the best life you can!

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Kristina Moskalik, Clinic Director

Kristina Moskalik, our Clinic Manager, grew up in Blaine MN and graduated from the EMT program at HCMC in Minneapolis. In her free time, she enjoys watching football (especially the Vikings), being with family and friends, and biking. Kristina loves seeing the progress of people getting healed every day.

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Andrea McDonough, Operations Manager

Andrea grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and graduated from Kennedy High School. She then received her bachelors degree in Kinesiology from New Mexico State University where she was a member of the swimming and Diving team.

Andrea moved to Des Moines where she met Dr Brett. They were married in 2015 and now live in Cumming with their 2 children, 2 crazy dogs, 3 cats and some chickens.

Andrea enjoys spending time with her family and is a huge sports fan (especially the Cubs and Hawkeyes). She loves being part of this amazing “thing” called chiropractic and seeing how it changes people’s lives for the better.

At MaxLife all of our providers are independent business owners in a way to keep the quality of care as high as possible. We take pride in what we do and our each individual businesses we represent. This is the new way of healthcare. The way it needs to be.