Our Team

Dr. Allie Mendelson, Chiropractor, 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.

Dr. Allie sees patients during the following time slots. Appointments and drop-in visits available:
Monday………..3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday………..11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday……3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday……….11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m  & 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday……….9:00 a.m. – 12:00  p.m.

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, working with our ranch partners, and manage Essential Health’s essential oils business. He is an avid cook and educator on nutrition, helping people develop healthy shopping habits no matter the budget.

Dr. Matt Roberts, Chiropractor

Dr. Matthew Roberts is the newest addition to Essential Health.  Dr. Matt has an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Keene State College, a doctorate in Chiropractic from Logan University, and a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Outcomes Research through the University of Connecticut.  Dr. Matt has had the opportunity to work within several large practices in Fairfield and Hartford County, most recently with Dr Palmisano in Bristol CT, providing a wealth of experience and patient care to the practice.

As a licensed Chiropractic Physician, Chiropractic Acupuncturist and Athletic Trainer, Dr. Matt is well versed in the management of musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries. Trained in a spectrum of chiropractic adjusting techniques, acupuncture, sports rehabilitation and human performance, Dr. Matt provides a diverse approach for the management of your injuries.

Dr. Matt sees patients by appointment Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Please call 860-269-3228.

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.

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.


Joy Taylor, Marketing & Creative Services Manager

Joy manages the marketing, social media, workshop schedule and promotions as well as maintaining 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 Essential Health and she hasn’t been able to stay away!


Rich Reggero, Yoga Director

Starting August 3, 2020, Rich Reggero will lead an All Levels Vinyasa class. Rich has been a competitive athlete most of his life, and before finding yoga, his list of sports spanning the past 30 years include baseball, golf, swimming, football, hockey, running, triathlons, and basketball. A natural teacher, Rich completed his 200hr YTT training in December 2017 and attended an additional 35 hours of training in 2018 and 2019 specializing in the art of assisting and in bringing yoga to veterans and first responders. He is thrilled to be joining the Essential Health team!