Meet the team of chiropractic doctors and professionals at our clinic.
Meet the Doctors
Dr. Jeff Stickel
Doctor of Chiropractic
I grew up in Pleasant Hill and went to East High School. I graduated in 1988. My dad, Richard passed away with cancer in 1990 at the age of 43. While he was fighting for his health, I was constantly looking for the cause of cancer. I had heard of Chiropractic and its healing power so I switched from a journalism major to Chiropractic! If someone had told my dad what health was earlier he would still be alive today! HEALTH is when you are HEALING and FUNCTIONING at 100%. Chiropractic ensures that your nervous system has NO INTERFERENCE and thus OPTIMAL HEALING and you can fight cancer and disease.
I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in February of 1996 and started Stickel Chiropractic on Ingersoll in Des Moines in March of 1996. The clinic has been on Ingersoll ever since, but I changed the name in 2009 to ADIO which stands for ABOVE DOWN INSIDE OUT–this is how your body heals!! adio chiropractic resides in the adio building at 2925 Ingersoll on the 2nd floor.
While I was at Palmer in Davenport I met a beautiful person named Heather Hatten and we got married in November of 1999. She is a very inspiring artist and interior designer! She and her partner, Nickole Modglin have studio 3 on the 3rd floor of the adio building. We have two amazing kids! We have a daughter named Sunne and a son named Shea. They are very active in baseball, softball, dance, basketball, tennis, swimming, and art.
We are MaxLiving Chiropractors and are on a WORLDWIDE MISSION to change the way people look at their health. In the U.S., health is not at the top of our value list. As SOON as you lose your health, it becomes your number one value. We cannot wait for this! HEALTH needs to be tied with GOD and FAMILY as your number one values. When you become a patient at adio, we do our VERY BEST to get you COMMITTED to OPTIMAL HEALTH!!!
Dr. Zak Laird
Doctor of Chiropractic
I grew up right here on the East side of Des Moines. I graduated high school from East High, where I participated in both wrestling and baseball. My love for wrestling and head to head competition led me to a career as a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter for eight years. I was able to travel all over the United States competing against some of the best in the world, and even on the nationally televised Bellator promotion. It was during my MMA career that I found my love for chiropractic and the amazing healing power it has. I suffered an injury and after seeing countless medical professionals and getting nothing from it except prescriptions, I started looking for other solutions. After seeing a chiropractor I was able regain full range of motion and was pain free for the first time in years. After my first adjustment I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
After graduating from Grand View University where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in both Biology and Biotechnology I was then accepted to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. I graduated from Palmer with my Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2018. While at Palmer I found a passion for pediatric chiropractic and was part of the Palmer pediatric club and I am an active member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. I am adamant about providing the absolute best care that I possibly can for my patients, which is why I am constantly continuing to better myself and educate myself about chiropractic care.
Outside of the office I enjoy spending time with my beautiful wife, Vancy and our amazing son Hudson. Vancy and I met my junior year of high school and have been together ever since. We married in June of 2016 and we were blessed to have our first child, Hudson November of 2017. I am a very active person and love to go out and do things with my family outdoors, going on walks, grilling out, golfing, playing softball, or playing bags.
Our staff members work with our doctors every day to provide our patients with a professional and friendly experience.
Nutritionist, Maximized Metabolix Specialist, Events and Community Outreach Manager
Azra is our in-house Nutritionist and Maximized Metabolix Specialist. She also serves as our events and community outreach manager. Azras mission is to impact as many people as possible through holistic nutrition education. Her passion is to educate and speak to people about healthy eating and true power of the food we put into our bodies.
Azra is a Sarajevo, Bosnia native. She came to the United States at the age of 8, and grew up in Des Moines, IA. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2014 with her bachelors in Nutritional Science. She also continues her education through nutrition classes and reading nutrition articles and books.
Immediately upon graduating, we were blessed to have Azra join our team. She was excited to start her nutrition career and start helping people get healthier and happier. She believes that true happiness comes from health.
In her spare time you can find her outdoors- soaking in the nature, playing with her dog, or cooking up a delicious and healthy meal. She also enjoys reading poetry, journaling, watching movies, and sipping on tea.
Billing and Insurance Specialist
Lindsay is currently our billing and insurance specialist. She has been a part of ADIO Chiropractic for 16 years and is the jack of all trades at our office. She started working for Dr. Stickel right out of college in 2002 when the office was still a small house. She has been there through all the growth and success that is now ADIO Chiropractic. In 2004 the small house was torn down, and the development of our current building began. Lindsay helped with all the moving and renovations of ADIO Chiropractic.
She grew up in Muscatine and Sioux City but currently lives in Pleasant Hill with her husband and 2 young boys, ages 6 and 3. Lindsay enjoys chasing and playing with her little boys, being outdoors, and cooking up delicious healthy meals for her family.