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I empower you with proven digestive strategies you need to feel your best. My focus is to educate you to build a thriving microbiome with nutrition, lifestyle, and mindfulness. My approach to wellness is evidence-based, integrative, and stems from my 10+ years of medical training, three board certifications, and clinical experience in guiding people just like you through their different digestive and medical conditions.

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Why Gut Health Is So Important

You’ve probably heard the term “gut health” and know that “good” gut health is desirable. But what does it really mean to have a healthy gut?

It means feeling your best when you eat without discomfort, pain or bloating. It means getting enough nutrients to support your energy levels, immune system,and other organs so your body can function at its best.

Manages digestion and absorption

foods, like fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds every week

Houses 70-80% of our immune system

and avoid animal proteins, especially red meat and dairy

Produces 30 vital neurotransmitters

into your environment and get out into nature!

Provides energy for the body

of your stress, and actively do things to reduce it

Excretes harmful waste

Get at least 3O mins of exercise or natural movement daily

Home to 100 trillion essential microbes

Get 7-8 hours of restful sleep every night

My Mission

I am a triple board-certified gastroenterologist, internist, and lifestyle medicine physician. I specialize in digestive disorders, which include liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and nutrition based-disorders, such as obesity and constipation.

What I Provide

I educate and empower you with the evidence-based digestive strategies you need to feel your best. These stem from my 10+ years of medical training, three board certifications, and clinical experience in guiding people just like you through their different digestive and medical conditions.

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About Me

I am a South Florida based, triple board-certified gastroenterologist, internist, and lifestyle medicine physician. My medical interests include disease prevention, nutrition and digestive disorders. I practice evidence-based medicine and am a proponent of lifestyle changes to promote health and wellness.

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Dr. Vanessa Méndez

Doctor Méndez is a triple board-certified gastroenterologist, internist, and lifestyle medicine physician

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. Dr. Vanessa Mendez was awarded Physician Champion at the Takes Steps Walk 2019 for the GastroHealth Team.

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        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. Dr. Vanessa Mendez was awarded Physician Champion at the Takes Steps Walk 2019 for the GastroHealth Team.

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