If you feel like gut symptoms are holding you back from living life and you’re ready to find relief…

I’m here to help.

Hi, I’m Heather. Adventure-loving, book-reading, constipation-overcoming dietitian, and I’m here to make everyone poop better.

Digestive health is very near and dear to me.

I don’t remember a time growing up when I wasn’t constipated.

It became so normal for me that I figured everyone must feel that way.

I remember being in a restaurant with my Dad when I was 12, and he asked me what I wanted to order and I just started crying, saying, “I can’t eat. I’ve been constipated for SEVEN DAYS!”

 And that wasn’t rare for me.

I never felt good, I was constantly bloated and I just felt insecure about myself. 

There was a lot of confusion around why I felt the way I did and I couldn’t find anyone that could help me. Countless doctors kept telling me that everything was “normal,”  but I couldn’t accept living like this forever.

Living without bloat and constipation is about fully enjoying your life.

The meals you love

The dress you want to wear on date night

The family gathering with a table full of food

It’s the little things – that add up to something more.

I studied nutrition to figure out what the doctors couldn’t.

I literally went to college to stop being constipated!

I thought that the entire reason I had digestive issues was because of food. Determined to find relief, I had tried every elimination diet you can think of, cutting out entire food groups and developing an unhealthy relationship with what I ate.

But I graduated as a Registered Dietitian, still constipated, with no idea how to fix it. 

How does that happen? How do I still not know how to help myself?

After navigating restrictive diets that left my social life in shambles and food guilt at an all-time high, I started my Doctorate program.

My entire mindset towards nutrition and gut health completely transformed.

 This was when I began to realize that nutrition for gut health is so much more than what you eat.

It literally took me getting a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition for it to finally make sense, but people shouldn’t have to get a degree to fix their gut issues.

Making that connection between food, lifestyle and stress management was a game changer. And I realized that there are so many missing pieces the medical system doesn’t communicate to patients or practitioners. 

 That’s why, over the last decade, I developed a proven approach to gut health that actually WORKS! – the gutTogether™ program.

This 6-month program gets to the root cause of your constipation and bloat so you can enjoy life with food freedom and confidence.

When you fix the problem, start eating more foods and learn tools to manage daily influencers, then you can begin to heal and find freedom from constipation and bloat. 

“I am so grateful to have Dr. Finley in my life!

Heather helped me expand my diet rather than restrict it, and taught long-term management strategies. gutTogether helps patients take a deep-dive into the root cause of their issues, and Heather is always investigating new ways to help manage symptoms not just for immediate relief but for the long-term. I now know the root cause of a lot of my symptoms and am watching them gradually become more predictable, manageable, and some even disappearing. I am so grateful to have Dr. Finley in my life!”

Samantha K.

I’m here to guide you to make easy, sustainable changes so you can find relief and feel healthy again.

We approach gut health from a functional nutrition perspective, looking beyond just the foods you eat, addressing the underlying causes of your symptoms and identifying lifestyle factors that could be contributing. 

MEET THE TEAM

STACEY CHIMEL

Lead Dietician

Stacey earned her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition with an emphasis in Dietetics from Texas Woman’s University (TWU); after finishing her undergraduate degree at TWU, she continued on earning her master’s degree in Nutrition and completing her dietetic internship from TWU as well.

She started her dietetics career as an acute clinical dietitian in a hospital setting, providing medical nutrition therapy to patients with a variety of health conditions. Early on in her dietetics career, she was offered the opportunity to transition from acute clinical care into a functional medicine/nutrition based setting. She saw first hand how impactful it was to address each client as an individual without a “one-size-fits-all approach,” addressing nutrition in conjunction with other important lifestyle factors such as: sleep, relaxation/rest, mindset, stress management, hydration, supportive relationships, and individualized functional lab testing and supplementation. Stacey values a holistic approach to wellness.

Because of Stacey’s own gut healing journey, she provides empathy and understanding of what it is like to struggle with digestive symptoms and food fear, but is also able to provide hope that gaining quality of life back by tackling those digestive symptoms and adding variety back into the diet is possible!

If you’re already a part of the gutTogether program, you know Stacey well – if not, I’m so glad to finally formally introduce you to her!

SAMANTHA KANE

Nutrition Coach

Samantha’s career was founded in the business side of the healthcare industry where her exposure ranged from clinical operations to witnessing the heroic medical products breathe life into operating rooms. Through these varied experiences, Samantha noticed how the common denominator impacting patients almost always circled back to proper nutrition. Samantha was ready for a career change when she took an involuntary pivot from just being the business professional to also becoming a healthcare patient herself. Ultimately, her own gut and skin health challenges, along with her tumultuous healing journey that finally led her to Heather, motivated Samantha to pursue her Registered Dietetics Licensure through New York University.

In earlier years, Samantha received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health with a Minor in Psychology from Tulane University in New Orleans, and earned her Master of Science degree in Health Systems Management at Rush University Hospital in Chicago. Samantha is guilty of over-sharing photos of her family’s golden retriever, is a bit obsessed with travel, and is usually in need of some fashion advice. Her greatest strength and weakness is that she can’t sit still for too long, so you can typically find Samantha trying new workout classes and roaming about the city when not in class!

STEPHANIE OLIVARES

Nutrition Coach

Stephanie has her Masters degree and a Bachelors degree in nutritional science from Texas Women’s University and Texas A&M University (whoop!) with an emphasis on disease management and treatment. Her clinical specialties include nutritional therapy for infertility, utilizing medical nutrition therapy to control and reverse chronic diseases (like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and GI concerns), and working with children and adolescents with autism or behavioral disorders. Stephanie lives near Dallas, TX with her husband, daughter, and golden retriever. She enjoys woodworking, board games, puzzles, and hot tea. 

 

 

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