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Our Unique Approach

Our Gut Doc Health Roadmap is a unique approach to help motivated people regain their energy, focus and gut health, naturally without prescriptions so they can live life fully, feeling and looking their best… especially if you’ve already seen lots of doctors.

We partner with each client to achieve these steps, starting with the Review Phase:

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During the intake, we’ll review your past medical history and any previous lab tests, so we can assess symptoms or anything your doctor might have missed.

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Next, we'll determine the need for additional lab tests to help pinpoint the real reasons for your digestive drama and to understand your current hormone and stress levels.

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After that, we'll prioritize our treatment approach for immediate symptom relief – utilizing a variety of healing protocols, supplements. During this process, we also will adjust your treatment schedule based on sensitivity and how receptive you are to treatments.

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The next three steps focus on restoring and optimizing gut function, starting with pathogens & stealth infections that are often at the root of gut dysbiosis.

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Next, we focus on repairing the gut lining to reestablish intestinal integrity so we can lower inflammation and undo the damage caused by things like leaky gut.

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The last step in the Gut Reset phase is dedicated to replenishing the microbiome to properly digest food, improve nutrient absorption as well as neurotransmitter production important for balanced mood.

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Once we make headway with rebooting your gut health, we’ll turn our attention to rebalancing your nervous system, hormones and cellular health.

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Specifically, we’ll strengthen parasympathetic tone to help you shift from “flight or flight” to “rest and digest” mode – while dialing down inflammatory signals and enhancing mood and focus.

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In the hormone rebalancing step, we provide thyroid and adrenal support to restore energy and improve metabolism. We also cover blood sugar balance and address possible insulin resistance that can keep you from losing weight and feeling energized.

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The final step of our Gut Health Roadmap focuses on detox and cellular balance – helping you reduce your body’s toxic burden, avoid toxins in the first place, and replenishing your cellular machinery for an energized life.


How Our Approach Is Different

At The Gut Doc, you’ll be joined by a care team of functional medicine doctors, health coaches, and acupuncturists to ensure the fastest return back to health and the most complete system of care. As such, our integrative medicine approach under the guidance of Dr. Cheryl Shea focuses on:

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Using a variety of treatment modalities, including using food as medicine in tandem with state of the art testing.

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Focusing holistically on all the areas that impact your health… including mind, emotions, and mindset.

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Teaching patients how to take an active role in health creation, so that they can heal and/or keep chronic illness at bay.

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Focusing on optimal health, based on your unique biological needs, not just the absence of symptoms or disease.

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Acknowledging the multi-factorial nature of complex causes of illness, which requires an experienced clinician who can pinpoint the reasons you have the illness and craft the correct treatment plan.

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Using natural, non-toxic therapies, as much as possible, harnessing the body’s amazing ability to heal itself.

Conditions Treated

Incorporating the latest advances in science, functional medicine affords a completely new way to view chronic wellness issues from dyslipidemia to diabetes, allergies to autoimmune disease, anxiety to autism and more.

Chronic disorders (and even lack of energy) are the result of physiological imbalances throughout your body – from systemic inflammation, insulin resistance, oxidative stress, to hormonal imbalances – made worse by poor diet or undiagnosed food allergies, lack of key nutrients, stress, emotional and environmental toxins, as well as a sedentary lifestyle:

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Irritable Bowel

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Syndrome

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Celiac’s

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Crohn’s Disease

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Chronic fatigue

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High Blood Pressure

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High cholesterol

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Diabetes

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Pre-Diabetes

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Metabolic Syndrome

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Obesity

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Anxiety/Stress

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Thyroid conditions

At The Gut Doc, you’ll be joined by a care team of functional medicine doctors, health coaches, nutritionists and acupuncturists to ensure the fastest return back to health and the most complete system of care. As such, our integrative medicine approach under the guidance of Dr. Cheryl Shea focuses on:

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Using a variety of treatment modalities,including using food as medicine in tandem with state of the art testing.

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Focusing holistically on all the areas that impact your health… including mind, emotions, and mindset.

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Teaching patients how to take an active role in health creation, so that they can heal and/or keep chronic illness at bay.

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Focusing on optimal health, based on your unique biological needs, not just the absence of symptoms or disease.

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Acknowledging the multi-factorial nature of complex causes of illness, which requires an experienced clinician who can pinpoint the reasons you have the illness and craft the correct treatment plan.

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Using natural, non-toxic therapies, as much as possible, harnessing the body’s amazing ability to heal itself.

How It Works

Over the course of 4-9 months, we provide a personalized treatment package (depending on the severity of your situation). Most of our patients experience significant improvements to their wellness within a few weeks of starting to work with our team.

15-Minute Consult

A short 15-minute health strategy session to identify the key problems along with the best next steps.

75-Minute Initial Visit

In-depth 75-minute intake visit to review your history and create a solid treatment plan.

4-Month Reboot

Care is delivered over a 4-month intensive sprint, with additional follow-up as needed.

A collaborative care approach between doctors, health coaches, and patient

Regular group education on topics around gut health, detox, weight loss, chronic conditions, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, obesity and more.

Testimonials

In Our Patients Own Words

  • “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.”

    Ann

  • “I have found Dr. Shea to be a great blessing on my journey to better health. Her approach to wellness is based on finding the root cause of your illness and then supporting the healing process through diet, exercise, supplements etc.. She not only listens but I believe she genuinely cares about her clients. If you are similar to me and have been through the quick fix and symptom masking pills of modern medicine and still not well, give Dr. Shea a chance to help you. You will not be disappointed! My PCP respects Dr. Shea's treatments. I've been back for various ailments over the past 20+ years; each of which is met with a focused approach resulting in the desired result. Add in great conversation and a genuine caring attitude - truly a winning combination. I have recommended her many times to my friends.

    Sue

  • “I have been struggling with IBS-D and fatigue for a very long time. I went to various doctors, tried different diets, medications, and my symptoms didn’t change and sometimes they worsened. It was very frustrating and kept me from doing many things. My life has changed in so many ways since seeing Dr. Shea. My IBS-D is now livable and is 100 times better. We work on whatever comes up with great results. Dr. Shea listens and acknowledges and makes your visit a pleasant one. The whole office is great. Johnny at the desk is pleasant and very efficient. I would recommend Dr. Shea to anyone looking for answers, a plan and results to better health.

    Diana

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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