About Vanessa

Medical Specialties

Digestive Diseases

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

 

Nutrition

Fatty Liver Disease

Internal Medicine

 

Colonoscopy and Endoscopy

Biography

 

Doctor Méndez is a double board certified gastroenterologist and internist. She specializes in digestive disorders, which include liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and nutrition based-disorders, such as obesity and constipation. Her approach to patients and their diseases is holistic and comprehensive; her goal is not just to treat the symptoms, but to get to the root cause of an ailment and provide lasting relief. All her methods are evidence-based and she is a proponent of lifestyle changes first to promote wellness. 

 

Dr. Méndez attended Harvard University, where she obtained a B.A. in Latin American Studies, with a minor in pre-medicine. From there, she began her medical training at the ACGME accredited Universidad Central del Caribe in Puerto Rico, completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital, and her Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. She has also trained in Epidemiology through Florida International University, and in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University. 

She was awarded a visiting fellowship at the Mayo Clinic through the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation where she received special training in inflammatory bowel diseases.  She has also helped lead multiple fund-raising walks to raise awareness for Crohn's and Colitis in the Miami area. She was awarded Physician Champion at the Takes Steps Walk 2019 for the GastroHealth Team.

 

Visits with Dr. Mendez include:

  • A complete history and assessment of your medications and supplements

  • A review of labs, endoscopy and imaging

  • Evaluation to pinpoint the root cause of your disease

  • Education on optimizing your diet and lifestyle

  • Ordering of prescription medications if needed

  • A handbook on how to optimize your health

  • Meditation & belly breathing techniques

  • And, coming soon, our Inflammatory Bowel Disease Protocol to patients.

Consultation Rates:

$400 for 60 minutes
$250 for 30 minutes

 

We recommend a 60 minute consultation for all first time patients, as we cannot guarantee that initial evaluations can be completed within 30 minutes.

 

Dr. Mendez does not take insurance. Upon request, we can provide you with an invoice if you wish to seek reimbursement.