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digestive health

Dr. O’Leary specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of digestive conditions including:

  • Acid reflux/Heartburn/GERD
  • Candida
  • Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Food Allergies/Food Intolerances
  • Gas/Bloating
  • Gut Infection/Intestinal Dysbiosis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Leaky Gut
  • Mouth Sores
  • Nausea
  • Ulcers

Good health starts in your digestive system!  Your digestive system is one of the most important systems in your whole body and the foundation of overall health.  An estimated 80 percent of your immune system is actually located in your gut, so supporting your digestive health is essential and your number one defense system against all disease.

When something goes wrong during the process of digestion, it often affects not just your gut, but also your immune, hormonal and nervous systems.  If you often have digestive issues, this may be a sign that your body cannot properly digest and absorb nutrients and eliminate waste, which in turn creates illness, inflammation and an inability to achieve optimal health.  It may seem completely unrelated, but if your digestive system isn’t working properly you can have symptoms, disease and inflammation show up in other areas of the body such as acne, sugar cravings, joint pain, depression/anxiety, headaches, fatigue, allergies, yeast infections, osteoporosis and hormone imbalance including fertility-related issues.

A comprehensive intake entails discussion of nutrition, digestion, digestive history, symptoms, family history, stress, lifestyle and environmental factors.  After the intake is complete, labs are reviewed if brought with you or are ordered.  Often advanced lab testing is ordered which can help identify underlying health concerns.  It is important to identify possible food intolerances and gut infections.  Dr. O’Leary uses blood labs, salivary testing and stool cultures to help with diagnosis and treatment options.

Since every patient is an individual, no two treatment plans are the same.  Dr. O’Leary has a large repertoire of treatment options.  Lifestyle, nutrition and exercise counseling are integral to her treatment plan.  Stress and the effects of stress are taken seriously.  Treatments often include an in-depth discussion of how the body works and optimal functioning, prescribing high-quality vitamin supplements, prescription medications if needed and lifestyle and exercise counseling.  Extensive nutrition counseling including dietary changes is discussed.  A treatment plan will continue to evolve over time, based on symptoms and labs, aimed at removing the causes of your health concerns and restoring digestive and optimal health.  Dr. O’Leary’s goal is to help improve digestive health, thereby decreasing symptoms and preventing disease while helping you feel your best.