Meet Our Staff

Dr. Nicole McCauley

Dr. Nicole McCauley is an energetic and passionate speaker who has been a chiropractor and powerhouse within the profession for over twelve years. A graduate from Palmer College of Chiropractic, her passion for chiropractic care, community wellness, and global sustainability is far-reaching and her influence is international.

Along with heading two innovative pediatric and perinatal focused practices that educate and strengthen her communities in both Oregon and Missouri, Dr. McCauley is pursuing a Diplomate in her field. She hosts a Pathways Connect group quarterly which is a wellness minded community based group interested in creating a healthier future for our children.

Dr. McCauley is also the founder of Planting Seeds, a corporation that offers all public schools the opportunity to sustainably grow their own produce, utilizing Tower Garden Farms to meet their cafeteria needs while teaching the children how to be producers not just consumers.

She has practiced on four continents and currently volunteers with an orphanage in Sierra Leone, West Africa, providing nutrition and healthcare to the children, employees and community of Freetown. The Covering is a 24/7 orphan care facility, home to roughly 100 children and 75 staff members. It serves as a safe haven where where the goal is restoration for each child and building a secure hope for the future. Her mission is to educate, empower and engage.

Dr. Nicole McCauley

Dr. Katie Donovan

Dr. Katie Donovan is a 2017 graduate from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Katie specializes in gentle, low-force adjustments as well as acupuncture and soft tissue techniques.

As a Palmer Chiropractor, Dr. Katie received world-renown training in many adjusting techniques including Palmer Gonstead, Diversified, and Thompson. Additionally, Dr. Katie studied with Activator Methods International to provide gentle and low-force adjustments that work with the body’s innate ability to heal. This allows for a very specific and intentional adjustment of both the spinal bones as well as extremities. Dr. Katie is certified in Webster Technique with training in perinatal and pediatric care through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). Webster technique focuses on restoring imbalances in the pelvis to allow for better function in the body.

Dr. Katie Donovan also studied acupuncture at National University of Health Sciences and went on to obtain board certification to practice Meridian Therapy and Acupressure/Acupuncture alongside her Missouri state chiropractic license. Dr. Katie is passionate about providing acupuncture services to our patients. Acupuncture is an effective holistic healthcare treatment. It promotes natural healing and balance within the systems of the body. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

In addition to chiropractic and acupuncture services, Dr. Katie is certified to perform Active Release Techniques®. ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement-based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Dr. Katie holds Level 1 Full Body certification with Active Release Techniques®.

Before pursuing chiropractic as a career, Dr. Katie worked in technology as well as business and sales. Although she has lived many different places (Texas, China, Virginia, and Iowa), Dr. Katie calls Springfield home. She is a proud aunt to four nieces and nephews. She lives here with her sister and niece. In her spare time, Dr. Katie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and swimming for both fun and for exercise.

Dr. Katie Donovan

Dr. Jennifer Palmer

Dr. Jennifer Palmer is the newest member of Breath of Life! She is a native of southwest Missouri, where she developed a love for the outdoors, sports and all things biology. Dr. Jen’s fascination with the healing abilities of the human body emerged at a young age, when her Dad experienced a stroke in the prime of his life. Through hours spent in hospitals and therapies and resolutely sitting with her dad in defeating and triumphant moments, Dr. Jen gained insight, curiosity and inspiration for what is possible in recovery of the human condition. She takes this deep understanding and converts it into stellar care for her patients, tapping into her compassion and intuitive nature. Throughout her journey in chiropractic school, she delighted in caring for families- especially in prenatal, postpartum and pediatric wellness care. Ultimately, Dr. Jen finds joy in educating the public on the vital role of chiropractic care from preconception to postpartum and beyond!

Dr. Jennifer Palmer

Alexis Chum

Our Office Manager, Alexis Chum, has been with Breath of Life Wellness Center since January of 2018. Alexis has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Missouri State University and brings with her a decade worth of experience working in the healthcare industry. A Springfield native, Alexis lives in Springfield with her husband and cat. Outside of work you will most likely find Alexis reading, watching a British murder mystery on Netflix, or exploring the outdoors with her husband.

Breath of Life exists to provide quality care while creating sustainable lifestyle changes allowing the fullest expression of health.