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With over 20 years of combined experience, Dr. Tammy Watkins and Dr. Nicole Shabino of The Well have helped care for the pregnancies of countless mothers across the Des Moines area.


Whether through their chiropractic care, or post-delivery counsel, they’ve made it their life’s work to bring a sense of calm and empowerment to women before, during and after pregnancy.


Their focus on functional medicine and chiropractic care has allowed them to look after expecting mothers using holistic, healthy and natural methods. 

Meet Our Team

Dr. Tammy Watkins Chiropractor at Birthwell

Dr. Tammy Watkins

Dr. Tammy has had a passion for caring for pregnant mothers and babies since her time in chiropractic school at Northwestern Health Sciences University. She has taken an additional 200-hours+ of prenatal/pediatric specific trainings from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association spanning 19 different course topics. Since beginning practice in 2005, she has continued her specialty education classes, as well as studying breastfeeding and nutritional support to help advance the well-being of mothers and their families.

Her passion is to serve pregnant women and equip and empower them with the most genuine, holistic and complete care. It has also been her honor and privilege to attend over 125 births as a labor support coach (doula) in the Des Moines and surrounding areas.

As a mother of four children, she has encountered many of the same struggles and challenges mothers today face and can offer a personal understanding and variable solutions for a variety of situations. Dr. Tammy and her husband Zac enjoy spending time with family, outdoors or watching the Huskers play.

Dr. Nicole Shabino

Dr. Nicole has enjoyed caring for babies and mommas since graduating Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2012. Like Dr. Tammy, she has completed over 200 hours of prenatal/pediatric education through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. She has a passion for listening and helping you reach the goals you present on your first visit. She truly looks forward to your appointments.


With three young boys at home, she can relate to the demands of motherhood and how to best incorporate healthy choices into a busy lifestyle. She and her husband Ryan enjoy travel, remodeling and an active lifestyle with their boys.



Melissa has been part of the The Well team since 2015 and will likely be the first smiling face you encounter when you visit The Well. She is the go-to person for all patient scheduling, accounts and billing questions and will quickly know your name and want to invest in her relationship with you and make you feel at home. She is the mother to two adult children and a fur-baby. When not at The Well, you can find her in an antique store, spending time with family and friends, exercising and spending time in the great outdoors.

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