I saw my path early in life. I knew when I was in kindergarten that I wanted to be a doctor. Our family doctor — my role model — exemplified kindness and expertise, and I wanted to be like him. I approach life and work with sincerity, honestly, and compassion. To me, there is nothing more rewarding than helping a person find symptom relief, heal, and get healthy.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
A board-certified M.D. internist and gastroenterologist, I was university trained (The Ohio State University and Vanderbilt Hospitals) and skilled in the diagnosis and care of patients with all types of GI diseases. But I became known for my special expertise with "functional GI disorders” or FGIDs, in which tests don’t show their cause. The most common one is IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. These are now being called “disorders of gut — brain interaction.”
Most of these patients have not and are not being helped. Many are “treated” as if the problem is “all in the head.” It’s not, but the head matters.
Three years ago, I left the large group of gastroenterologists I helped found to further develop my educational offerings — including an online course and updated books — while continuing to truly “ care" for my patients. I’m an integrative gastroenterologist, combining the best of state-of-the-art gastroenterology with integrative, functional, and naturopathic medicine. I believe:
e + e = E
(education and enlightenment = Empowerment)
Then the patient can take charge of his or her health and collaborate with their selected health care professionals.