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Firm Foundation Chiropractic
974 73rd St, Suite 40
West Des Moines, Iowa
Mon 7:00 am - 4:00 pm  
Tue 7:00 am - 4:00 pm  
Wed 7:00 am - 4:30 pm  
Thu 7:00 am - 4:30 pm  
Fri 7:00 am - 2:00 pm  
Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 pm  


Dr. Michael Davis was born in the United Kingdom to military parents. After moving back to the US, he swam competitively for 11 years for the Old Dominion Aquatic Club under Olympic coach Bill Peak in Virginia. It was during his experience as a competitive athlete that he was first exposed to the healing and performance enhancing benefits of chiropractic. Under chiropractic care, he recovered from a minor accident and experienced an unexpected increase in his athletic performance. Dr. Davis also watched his mother recover from severe back problems once she, too, started seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis. Dr. Davis completed his undergraduate degree at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and received a B.S. in Health Promotion and Assessment. When completion of his degree required a practicum, he chose to work with a group of chiropractors in the Tidewater, Virginia. It was during this experience that his desire to pursue a career in chiropractic was born. Shortly after he married his wife Christina, the Davis family moved to Marietta, Georgia where Dr. Davis attended chiropractic school at Life University. After graduation in 2004, Dr. Davis, also known to his patients as “Dr. Mike,” ran a successful chiropractic office in the Atlanta area. Dr. Davis moved to Urbandale, Iowa in 2007 to support his wife’s career as a business executive. Shortly after moving to Iowa, Dr. Davis opened Firm Foundation Chiropractic. His practice has been based upon the philosophy that everyone needs an optimally functioning nervous system which leads to optimum health. A healthy nervous system can only be maintained with regular chiropractic adjustments. Without this “Firm Foundation” a person cannot realize his or her full health potential. In addition to his chiropractic practice, Dr. Davis also teaches anatomy, physiology, and health classes at Grand View University and Des Moines Area Community College. He is well known for bringing humor and clinical practice experiences into the classroom to incorporate a dose of reality and levity into the educational environment. In addition to his roles as chiropractor, husband, and instructor, he is also Daddy to two wonderful daughters. Outside of the clinic, the Davis family lives a holistic lifestyle that is consistent with the message taught to both patients and students alike. From home births, proper nutrition, and exercise, to preventive maintenance, the Davis family firmly believes good health does not happen by accident. It is a matter of building a Firm Foundation and making deliberate choices to support good health. In May of 2014, Dr. Davis was offered a unique opportunity to enter into practice with Dr. Joseph Ferezy at the Ferezy Clinic of Chiropractic and Neurology. Dr. Davis enjoyed the opportunity to deepen his understanding of neurology by working alongside Dr. Joseph Ferezy, a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist. “Dr. Joe” is a widely known and respected chiropractor who has practiced for 30 years. Over the course of one year, Dr. Davis enjoyed the exceptional facilities and equipment available at the Ferezy Clinic, which allowed him to provide comprehensive patient assessment and care. Dr. Davis built a good rapport with the patients of the Ferezy Clinic and so enjoyed the practice, he purchased the clinic in April of 2015. Dr. Davis continues to use state of the art digital x-ray, spinal decompression therapy (SDT), ultrasound therapy, computerized foot/gait analysis and manual chiropractic adjusting techniques, to provide his patients the best quality chiropractic health care.

Why should patients choose you as their provider instead of others in the area?

Located in the heart of the greater Des Moines metro area just off the 73rd Street exit on interstate 235, Firm Foundation Chiropractic is both close and convenient. Our clinic offers a warm and caring family atmosphere that exemplifies our desire to improve your overall health. Patients can expect a professional and welcoming facility staffed by courteous and knowledgeable staff. Firm Foundation Chiropractic knows that many patients have health insurance plans that include chiropractic benefits. In an effort to make care affordable, we accept most insurance plans at the clinic. Quality health care is not an accident but rather the predictable result of a relationship with a doctor who is intelligent, knowledgeable, and shows genuine concern for your wellbeing. Your chiropractor should also have the latest equipment to aid in the patient’s treatment. This can make a significant difference in the doctor’s ability to find and treat the underlying cause of a patient’s health care concern. Using state of the art digital x-ray, spinal decompression therapy (SDT), ultrasound therapy, computerized foot/gait analysis and manual chiropractic adjusting techniques, patients at Firm Foundation Chiropractic receive high quality chiropractic care. Often, health care revolves around covering up symptoms. Pain however, indicates the existence of greater problems. It makes far more sense to find the underlying cause of the pain and arrest further degeneration. One important aspect of this clinic is our ability to provide patients with accurate information so that they can make informed decisions about their own personal health care. When patients are in better control of their healthcare decisions, they ultimately maintain a higher quality of life.

What are the top 3 treatments that you focus on?

Spinal adjustments, spinal decompression/traction, soft tissue release techniques

What are you proud of in your practice?

We pride ourselves on educating our patients so they can make informed decisions about their health care. By partnering with us, the patient is much more likely to respond to care and return to health.

Which cases do you enjoy treating? Why?

I like disc and facet cases as not every chiropractor has the proper tools to diagnose and to treat these cases. Digital x-ray and spinal traction/decompression are vital tools to get these patients out of terrible pain. I also like to help patients with nutritional counseling. There is so much misinformation, slick marketing, lies and fad diets, most people need help to navigate their way through the confusion.