Our Team

Dr. Allie Mendelson, Chiropractor, Owner

Dr. Allie is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College. She is a frequent speaker at corporate and community organizations on the subjects of nutrition, healthy living and stress management. Many of her talks are available on our YouTube channel.

Dr. Allie became a member of Max Living more than 16 years ago, joining a mission to fundamentally change the way people view and manage their health through living the 5 essentials. Dr. Allie hosts a radio show broadcast which airs on several stations in the Hartford area and elsewhere in CT.  You can visit her radio show page here to play podcasts from the show archive.

Dave Mendelson, Owner

Dave joined forces with his wife, leaving a 25 year corporate marketing career to manage and expand Dr. Allie’s practice, incorporate a co-located health food store and work with our ranch partners. He is an avid cook and educator on nutrition, helping people develop healthy shopping habits no matter the budget.

Andrea Easton, Director of Patient Services

Andrea is your first point of contact when seeing Dr. Allie. She responsible for ensuring all our patients receive the care they need and connect with all we have to offer, managing our scheduling, insurance submissions, billing systems, and so much more.

Maria Bustamante, LMT, CMLDT

Come experience these gifted hands and what clients are consistently rating as “best massage in my life!”  Maria offers deep tissue, orthopedic or other specific treatments, prenatal/pregnancy massage, Myofascial Release, and Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (Vodder Method). (Read about MLD.) When not here you’ll find Maria training in martial arts.

Miranda (Mira) Morel, LMT, Reflexologist

Mira obtained her 720 hour Massage Therapy and Bodywork Certification through CCMT in December of 2013 (currently known as Cortiva Institute of CT.) She loves holistic health, freedom, and being a mother to her lively daughter Lennox. “I look forward to continued growth in the field of bodywork, and health while serving the community!”

Alvin James, LMT

Alvin has been massaging locally since graduating from CCMT in 2012 and had glowing reviews before he even arrived here! He has specialized in stress relief and joint mobilization and clients are so happy he is putting his skills to work at Essential Health. In his spare time, he is the head of A/V for his church, is going to school for his exercise science degree, and he is an avid reader.

Joy Taylor, Marketing & Creative Services Manager

Joy manages the marketing, social media, graphics, workshop schedule and promotions as well as maintaining the branding for Essential Health. Her interest in healthy living and essential oils is what first drew her to Essential Health and she hasn’t been able to stay away! She is also the resident chalkboard artist.

Kat Alva, Retail Manager

Kat is in charge of the buying for our food store, pastured meats, and supplements. She has spent over 10 years researching common and not so common ailments along with natural remedies. She continues to implement a healthy lifestyle for herself and her family. Her passion is helping others live their best life incorporating the body, mind and soul.

Kristi Sullivan, Yoga Instructor

Kristi has been teaching yoga since 2004, has trained with and been influenced by the teachings of Seane Corn, and completed her 200-hour teacher certification at West Hartford Yoga in 2009. She leads a few classes at Essential Health including a beginner/gentle class as well as two vinyasa flow style classes for all levels.