Learn More About Yost Wellness Center

Founded in 2004, Yost Wellness Center in Urbandale, Iowa, has already helped thousands of patients regain their health and vitality. Led by Author, Educator and Founder Heather Yost D.C., C.F.M.P., our physicians and team are providing an environment of hope and well-being for each of their patients.
At Yost Wellness Center, we are leading a Wellness Revolution that advances a new model of health care by pioneering cutting edge treatments while utilizing Functional Medicine. This new model of health care respects you, the patient, and puts you in charge of your health and vitality. Our desire is to help you get your life back naturally, effectively and safely.

By utilizing natural vitamins, minerals, herbs and specific dietary changes that restore your body to optimal levels, strengthen the immune system, and increase energy levels, we are able to help you get well and stay well.
Our Center specializes in helping patients with hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, digestive disorders, depression/anxiety and hormone imbalances using Dr. Yost’s proprietary 5 Point Treatment Program.
Given our years of experience, level of expertise, and renowned treatment, Yost Wellness Center is considered the Holistic Health Expert.
Apart from our revolutionary paradigm and treatment, what makes us different is that we listen to you. While many medical professionals have a treat-by-number approach that is focused mainly on lab tests, diagnosis, we are busy treating our patients…listening and learning from them. It is our deepest desire to help you obtain and maintain health and wellness naturally so that you may enjoy a better quality of life, pure and simple.
Our goal is to earn your trust through exceptional care and unparalleled service. As your wellness partner, we believe your improved health and well-being is not only possible, it is expected. We would count it a privilege to be your personal guide on the path to health and wellness.

Here at Yost Wellness Center, our approach is common sense. We look at you as a whole person in your entirety, instead of as a collection of independent organs and systems. Using science-based Functional Medicine, we are able to uncover the root cause of your chronic illness. With traditional medicine, most doctors fail to look beyond your disease or symptoms. They simply provide what they believe to be the fix for your symptoms, which is often a prescription drug.
As you have probably realized, merely treating the symptoms does not fix the problem. And many times it will allow the problem to become worse.
Functional Medicine, on the other hand, looks deeper than your symptoms. We believe that diabetes, heart disease, fibromyalgia, thyroid dysfunction, hormonal imbalances, cancer, and other illnesses occur when the body loses proper function.

As a Functional Medicine clinic, we test and never guess what your body needs. We don’t just run your basic blood test that your doctor runs once a year. Our testing may include comprehensive blood testing, holistic lab testing and genetic testing to help you discover where the imbalances in your body exist. We seek to identify the root cause for your loss of function. We discover the “why” of your suffering. Using targeted lifestyle changes, nutritionally balanced eating, and a customized supplement program, we work to restore proper function while reducing symptoms and the need for medication.

The first step in discovering what’s keeping you sick and unhealthy is to schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors or take the Online Health Evaluation to instantly discover what systems of your body are the cause of your health issues and keeping you from obtaining the health you deserve.


Meet The Team

Dr. Heather Yost, DC, CFMP
Dr. Heather Yost, DC, CFMPCEO, Founder
Dr. Heather Yost was born and raised in Elk Horn, IA. She completed her undergraduate studies at Iowa State University where she received a Bachelor’s in Exercise and Sports Science. For her Doctoral studies, she attended Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Missouri. There she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and her Doctorate in Chiropractic. While at Logan she extended her studies outside the regular curriculum with post-graduate studies in nutrition, pregnancy and pediatrics, acupuncture, and balancing female hormones.

She then attended the Functional Medicine University where she became a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner.

Outside of her office Dr. Heather leads the same lifestyle she encourages her patients to lead. She is an avid runner, bike rider, and prioritizes exercise and nutrition, knowing that the health comes from the inside out. Even her twin girls, Ava and Gavyn (13) and son, Kallen (10), are taught about the body and how to keep it as healthy as possible.

Dr. Meghan Knutson, DC, CFMP
Dr. Meghan Knutson, DC, CFMPClinical Doctor
Dr. Meghan Knutson is an Iowa native, growing up right here in the Des Moines area. With a strong interest in science, how the human body worked, and helping others; Dr. Meghan soon realized this was her calling. After graduating from Ankeny High School, she headed to Kirksville, Missouri to attend Truman State University. There, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. From Truman, she moved farther south to Chesterfield, Missouri to attend Logan University’s College of Chiropractic. Dr. Meghan’s love and interest in health grew stronger as she enrolled in their Master’s in Nutrition and Human Performance program as well. During her time at Logan, she attended many seminars outside of class in Applied Kinesiology, nutrition, and acupuncture. Dr. Meghan graduated from Logan with a Bachelor’s degree in Life Science, a Doctorate in Chiropractic, a Master’s degree in Nutrition, and certification in acupuncture.

Dr. Meghan continues to deepen her knowledge and explore new ways to serve her patients through seminars and lectures. She has attended pediatric, nutrition, and acupuncture seminars since graduating from school.

In her free time, Dr. Meghan lives out the lifestyle she encourages for her patients by staying active. She loves experimenting with new recipes and loves the challenge of making any dish into something healthy and nutritious.

Alicia Halikas, PA, CFMP
Alicia Halikas, PA, CFMPCertified Functional Medicine Practitioner
Alicia Halikas was born and raised in Tinley Park, IL. She completed her undergraduate studies at Bethel University in St. Paul Minnesota where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biokinetics with a minor in Psychology. Here she published two papers with her professor on the effect of diet and its reversal to chronic illness, such as mild cognitive impairment, diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia. She went on to receive her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Des Moines University.
She genuinely enjoys empowering and encouraging others to take action in their health to be the healthiest version of themselves. Outside of having the passion for patients in healthcare she also loves coaching children in the sport she grew to love. She was a college soccer player during her time at Bethel and continues to use her skills to help the next generation. She has a very athletic lifestyle and loves to discover improvements she can make in her nutrition for not only herself but also for her patients and family. In her free time, she loves to do calligraphy and to create new healthy recipes. She is a very empathetic, perseverant, and engaging individual who is always finding new ways to reach others.
Lindsay Murenzi
Lindsay MurenziPatient Advocate
Lindsay is originally from the Pella, IA area but has lived in the Des Moines metro for the last 14 years. She graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising, and was a Visual Merchandising Manager at Forever 21 for several years. Lindsay first came to Yost Wellness Center in June of 2018 as a patient. She loves sharing her story of her journey to better health, and is passionate about helping patients improve their lives through Functional Medicine! She is a busy and active wife and mom of 3 boys. Her newest hobbies include Paleo meal planning for her family, essential oils, and collecting a variety of succulents.
Caitlyn Wood
Caitlyn WoodPatient Advocate
Caitlyn was born in Cedar Rapids, IA where she lived with her younger sister and brother. She moved to Ankeny in 2009 and completed the Graphic Design program at DMACC. She now lives with her husband Tanner, daughter Teagan, and dog Jack.
Caitlyn loves watching patients get healthier and improve their quality of life through our functional medicine program! She enjoys getting to know each patient personally and making their time here relaxing and enjoyable.
Outside of work, Caitlyn and her family enjoy taking advantage of all the great things to do in the Des Moines metro area such as going to concerts and festivals, trying new local restaurants, and going to farmers markets. She also enjoys cooking and experimenting with different recipes.
Ben Yost
Ben YostBusiness Development
Ben Yost was born and raised in Charles City, IA. He completed his undergraduate studies at Iowa State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing. In addition to his undergraduate degree he holds a Masters of Business Administration from Drake University. Ben spent the majority of his career working as a commercial lender in the Des Moines market.
In 2016, Ben became a Functional Medicine client. His initial blood panel revealed that despite having no outward health problems, he did indeed have an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto’s. Ben immediately changed his lifestyle and now enjoys the benefits of making better decisions with his diet, exercise and relaxation. He now advocates for the importance of a clean nutritious diet with daily exercise. Because of his positive results, Ben saw a need to serve the Des Moines metro and surrounding areas and tell his story so more people could have a similar experience. In his role at the clinic Ben does just that, advocating for Functional Medicine and educating as many people as possible to create long-lasting vibrant health.
Outside of the office Ben enjoys bike riding, riding RAGBRAI annually, and spending as much time outside as possible. He is happily married to Dr. Heather Yost; they have three wonderful children: twins, Ava and Gavyn (13), and son, Kallen (10).