Dr. Erika La Vella, Bariatric Surgeon & Gut Health Expert
Erika La Vella, DO, FASMBS is a board-certified general and bariatric surgeon as well as a gut health expert. She studied nutrition and psychology at the University of Idaho and attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
She has long appreciated the direct relationship that food quality, digestion, lifestyle choices, and stress physiology have on wellness. She views food as medicine and promotes the neurodevelopment of the whole human and gut microbiome concepts in conjunction with her surgical practice. During medical school, a functional medicine practitioner diagnosed her with a gastrointestinal parasite. She had co-existing anxiety, depression, and IBS symptoms, which are now distant memories. Her recovery from this disease process has shaped her holistic view of caring for her patients with gut and nervous system health today.
Dr. La Vella will teach you how your gut and nervous system are connected and how to heal the connection between the gut and the brain so that actual healing capacity is achieved. She is a co-founder of the Art of Bariatrics. An online nutritional support company that aids in mastery of the bariatric surgery process.
Most Popular Topics:
- Oregon Osteopathic Physicians
- Samaritan Cancer Center
- Oregon Pain Summit
- Oregon Public Health Association
Become Your Own Medicine with Irene Lyon (Birthing babies the way nature intended)
Gut Health For The Holidays (Gennev: Let’s talk about menopause)
Menopause and your microbiome (Gennev: Let’s talk about menopause)
~ Irene Lyon, Become Your Own Medicine
~ Sharna Prasad, PT,DPT
“Erika brings light-hearted and meaningful conversation to topics around health and wellness. Specifically, her in-depth knowledge of the gut microbiome combined with her approach to teaching all levels of learners offers education that is approachable, applicable, and impactful.”
~ Stasi Kasianchuk, Podcast Host, Gennev: Let’s talk about menopause
YouTube Channel: Art of Bariatrics