Dr. Sonia McGowin, DC,


Dr. Sonia McGowin, DC is a Chiropractor, DAN! and MAPS-trained doctor, practicing in Jefferson City, Missouri.  The focus of her practice is children with disabilities ranging from learning disabilities to autism. She uses a biomedical and nutritional approach to addressing their specific issues. Dr. McGowin is a graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City and lives in Jefferson City with her husband, two children, and their English Bulldog, Lola.

Before becoming a Chiropractor, she was the Deputy Director of Outreach Services for the Judevine Center for Autism (now called Easter Seals Midwest), working with families with autism across 92 counties of Missouri for 14 years.  It was after attending a DAN! conference in 2001 when she realized that autism is medical, and decided to become a DAN! doctor.

Dr. Sonia has spent her career working with children and adults with autism, but she’s also a parent of a child with unique needs.  As a toddler, her son displayed many troubling issues, such as a severe speech delay, self-injurious and aggressive behaviors; traditional medicine offered no hope or help for her family. After undertaking biomedical intervention, he is now highly verbal and indistinguishable from his peers. After the experience with her son, she vowed that no family should feel alone in their quest to recover their child.

These experiences, along with her training as a DAN! and MAPS doctor, give Dr McGowin a unique skillset to offer interventions for children with disabilities on any range of the spectrum.  She uses a variety of approaches including lab testing, supplements, food allergy and sensitivity testing, essential oils, as well as the IonCleanse by AMD. She is sought after among many groups on social media, and has worked with patients from all over the US, other countries, and from all parts of her home state of Missouri.

Dr. Sonia McGowin offers her professional opinion in overview format to multiple audiences. She is a contributing writer for the Missouri Autism Report magazine. She was a presenter at the AutismOne 2016 Conference sharing “Detoxifying Across Barriers: Harnessing the Power of Ions”.  She relishes opportunities to share her expertise in the use of nutrition, essential oils, detoxification and other remedies addressing interventions for individuals with Autism and other neurodevelopmental challenges.

Check out her TACA Certificate of Appreciation here!

Brock A. Ballard, Patient Services Coordinator


Brock has been working with Dr. Sonia since August 2017. He is a single dad of five amazing kids who range in age from 5 to 18. All of Brock’s kids have been adopted from the Foster/Adopt system here in the state of Missouri and each of them have very unique journeys that they continue to travel, which have led this busy father down a road full of psychiatrists, counselors, psychological evaluations, occupational therapy, speech therapy, IEP’s, 504 plans, chiropractors, homeopathy, mental health, educational delays, PANDAS and more.

Growing up in a strong faith and family centered home that included his older brother who had multiple disabilities dramatically impacted the trajectory of his own life journey.  As a result, he grew up with a strong sense of compassion, understanding and insight into living life not on a typical track. Brock was born with a rare genetic condition which affects his hearing, heart, bones and other areas of his body. He was able to rise above the potential roadblocks that were in the way as he got older and has not only survived but thrived after undergoing multiple surgeries.

He spends most of his time wrangling kids and playing chauffeur, but finds time for reading, Netflix binging, digital photography, going to auctions and flea markets and playing with his two dogs, Maggie and Duncan.

After spending over 20 years in the not for profit arena working with children, youth and adults with disabilities and then 7 years as a full time stay at home dad he knew coming to work with Dr. Sonia was the perfect place for him. Brock met Sonia through church and they became fast friends when they realized they had shared interests and backgrounds. As Brock learned more about Dr. Sonia’s plans, he knew that she was destined for more, and he wanted to help her along that journey.

You can count on Brock’s dedication, compassion and organizational skills to be available to you when needed. Feel free to contact him at the office anytime and he will do his best to provide excellence to you and your family.

Renee Davis,

Renee Davis has joined Covenant Chiropractic as a Lactation Consultant. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2011 and completed the Oral Habilitation of the Breastfeeding Dyad in April of 2018. Prior to becoming an IBCLC, she served as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for her local Women, Infants and Children program. She has had a private lactation practice since 2012 and worked as the lactation consultant at Whaley’s Pharmacy for nearly 5 years.
During her lactation career Renee has led classes, support groups and coordinated lactation events in her community and at conferences in her community. She has helped families and babies with a wide range of lactation concerns, such as: oral restrictions, latch issues, supply issues, conducting weight checks, re-lactation, and transitioning back to work and school.

Renee has served as a midwifery assistant and a doula over the course of her lactation career, but most importantly, she is the mother of four children and a grandmother to one. She is raising a family in central Missouri, where she resides with her husband of nearly 30 years.

She is currently in the clinic two days a week and is accepting appointments!

Diane Nilges, Clinic Assistant

We are pleased to introduce you to our new Clinic Assistant named Diane Nilges. While growing in in mid-Missouri the youngest of seven siblings, she went on to become a mom of one adorable daughter, Jessica, who too grew up to give Diane two amazing grandchildren. Diane is married to Anthony who has two children of his own. Diane has a love for all animals and currently has two cats Bella, and Rosebud. Gardening photography and crafting are some of Diane’s other passions. Ask her anytime to show photos of her cats or plants and she will happily oblige. For mid-Missouri folks, you may recognize her from her years at Sears, Here Today, or your children may recognize her as the lunch lady at Belair Elementary.

Roan O'Donnell,

Roan O’Donnell has joined Covenant Chiropractic as a part-time chiropractic assistant. He is a sophomore at the local high school and works in the late afternoons. He is active in local theater, both on stage and behind the scenes with costumes and make up. He is a ‘chiro-baby’ having been adjusted by his mom (guess who?!) since he was just a little guy.