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Values Of Care

 Integrative Approach

Unlike conventional medical care, we not only help patients heal but also equip them with lifelong health skills so that they can keep chronic symptoms from coming back. We help you identify lifestyle habits that can sabotage your progress.

Guided step-by-step by our care team, we'll embark on an integrative approach to your wellness, drawing from the most up-to-date nutritional science and lifestyle medicine.

No matter where you are right now, with our expert guidance you can return to vibrant health!

Dedicated Attention

In your typical 7-minute doctor's visit, there is little time to understand the depth of your illness... let alone the contributing factors that may have caused it.

During your in-depth intake consultation, we take the time needed, one-on-one, to conduct a thorough review to understand all the potential triggers for your illness. This review includes your past medical history, your past and present diet, environment, stress levels, and gut health. Your in-depth health history is the start to unraveling the root causes of you illness.

Personalized Care

Not only is each patient biologically unique, their illness is unique too. There are so many factors that may be to blame for your illness – from lifestyle choices, food choices, allergies and even toxins in your immediate environment... plus let's not forget mindset (which plays a big role in your health).

After we do your intake, we may conduct further specialty lab tests (that your current doctor may not even know about). Plus, we also use other assessment tools to get the full picture of your health so that with a precise diagnosis, we can come up with a precise "healing prescription."

Root Cause Resolution

Unlike conventionally-trained doctors, our care team always focuses on getting to the root causes of your illness. We also examine the key cellular imbalances that are responsible for virtually all symptoms you’re experiencing right now.

Also known as functional medicine, our care is so effective because we focus on dealing with the "up-stream" catalyst of chronic illnesses – including toxicity in your home or work-place, potential food intolerances and allergies, gut & hormonal imbalances, along with mindset issue that all determine how healthy you are to date.

Co-Creating Health

Changing your lifestyle may seem daunting, but we teach you how to use mindset tools to overcome stubborn habits that aren't serving you any longer. We make the prospect of becoming healthy "fun" and have a wide range of tools in place to support you during your health transformation and beyond.

We also leverage health coaching and other forms of support and accountability so your new healing lifestyle practices can become an integral part of your everyday life. We also harness the support of online communities to give you support remotely, as you make important changes that translate into lasting health.

Innovative Treatments

Did you know that it takes on average 17 years for clinical breakthroughs to make their way into your conventional doctor's office? That means many health care practitioners are dispensing outdated advice and not using the best lab testing available for your case. Chances are they are not even aware of the proper testing that could make all the difference in your healing plan.

At The Gut Doc, we are trained in up-to-date medicine – including the best, most advanced testing and we pair that with current nutritional science so that you can finally achieve your health goals.

About Dr. Cheryl Shea

Dr. Cheryl Shea graduated Cum Laude from Logan College of Chiropractic. While at Logan, she received the Star Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement.

Dr. Shea has also a Master of Business Administration from Washington University and a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She has completed postgraduate studies in Acupuncture, Applied and Clinical Kinesiology, Nutrition, Endocrinology, and Internal Health.

Testimonials From Clients

My experience in the care of Dr. Shea has truly been lifesaving at a time when I was feeling really stuck with my health. I have been suffering from an autoimmune disorder and every day was an uphill battle dealing with debilitating fatigue, joint paint and body aches. Thankfully, Dr. Shea has been able to turn things around for me so I can live the life I want to live.


I’ve been a patient for almost 2 years. My husband and I were trying to conceive and had tried IVF. Dr. Shea helped balance my hormones, discovered some underlying conditions that were affecting my fertility. After 3 months of working with Dr. Shea, my digestion and improved, supplements has helped my skin, but most importantly, I became pregnant and delivered a healthy baby boy. 


I struggled for two years with constant diarrhea, seeing my primary doctor and specialists and their best advice was to keep taking Imodium. My daughter found Dr. Shea on the web and she discovered some food sensitivities on the first visit. I’m like a new man. I can go for a walk, go to work, go out with friends, all without fear of an embarrassing accident. I feel much healthier, happier and more confident!


Take The First Step Today On Your

Journey Back To Health

Do you have questions about starting your path back to health? Our patient coordinator is standing by, happy to answer any questions you have to determine if our approach is right for you.

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Who We Serve

The Gut Doc is located in Kirkwood, Missouri, and serves clients throughout the St. Louis Area and surrounding areas, including St. Louis City and County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, Illinois counties of Madison, St. Clair and Monroe.

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