Our Team

Dr. Allie Mendelson, Owner

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 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.

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 site here  for broadcast schedule and downloading podcasts from the show archive.

Dave Mendelson, Owner

Dave joined forces with his wife, leaving a 20 year corporate marketing career to expand Dr. Allie’s practice to incorporate a co-located health food store, online sales program, and manage EH’s essential oils business. 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 responsible for ensuring all our patients receive the care they need and connect with all we have to offer, managing our scheduling and billing systems and so much more.

Mike Gay, Site Manager, Meat Program

Mike manages all online operations, working with our ranch partners, managing transportation, overseeing order fulfillment, and helping our online customers with whatever they need.

Joy Taylor, Marketing & Creative Services Manager

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

Maria Bustamante, LMT, CMLDT

Come experience these gifted hands and what clients are consistently rating as “best massage in my life!”  When not here you’ll find Maria training in martial arts. (Read about Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage here.)

Crystal Eaves, Billing Coordinator

Crystal is responsible for working with our patients and insurance partners. She’s a resident of West Hartford, a fitness enthusiast and keeps so much at EH running smoothly.


Lisa Lazarus, Yoga Director

Responsible for directing our yoga schedule and programming. You’ll want to join her yoga classes!