Digestive Center for Wellness (DCW)
The Digestive Center for Wellness is an educational platform created by integrative gastroenterologist Dr. Robynne Chutkan with the goal of democratizing access to reliable, actionable, scientifically valid and non-commercial gut health information.
Our philosophy is based on uncovering and remediating the root cause of digestive distress, which is often the result of damage to the microbiome from excessive antibiotics, acid blockers, immunosuppressive drugs, and a suboptimal diet. We’re bullish on digestive wellness education, dirt, sweat, and vegetables – not on selling you supplements!Explore health topics
Our Founder – Dr. Robynne Chutkan
Robynne Chutkan, MD, FASGE, is an integrative gastroenterologist and the author of the digestive health books Gutbliss, The Microbiome Solution, and The Bloat Cure. Her new book, The Anti-Viral Gut will be released in Summer 2022.
Dr. Chutkan received her bachelor’s from Yale University and her medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she also did her internship and residency and served as chief resident. She completed her fellowship in gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Dr. Chutkan has been on the faculty at Georgetown University Hospital since 1997. In 2004 she founded the Digestive Center for Wellness, an integrative gastroenterology practice dedicated to uncovering the root cause of GI disorders. Dr. Chutkan incorporates microbial optimization, nutritional therapy, mind-body techniques, and lifestyle changes into her therapeutic approach to digestive disorders.
A former Board member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), Dr. Chutkan also chaired the ASGE Training Committee and Public Relations Committee. She has authored dozens of academic journal articles and book chapters and lectures frequently on the microbiome and gut health throughout the United States and Europe.
Dr. Chutkan has been the featured medical expert on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, The Doctors, The Dr Oz Show, The Megyn Kelly Show, and has her own PBS Special entitled “Gutbliss”. She’s been interviewed by numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, and the Washington Post, and served as on-air talent and a medical consultant for Discovery Health Channel. An avid squash player, runner and yogi, Dr. Chutkan is passionate about introducing more dirt, sweat and vegetables into people’s lives.
“My goal is to help you pinpoint the root cause of your GI problems and provide you with the tools to heal your gut from the inside out – avoiding prescription medications with harmful side effects whenever possible. Better digestive health is within reach. Knowledge, like food, is powerful medicine.”
Director of Education & Program Manager – Leslie Ann Berg, MSPH
Leslie Ann received her BA from the University of Notre Dame, double majoring in English and Philosophy. After working as a volunteer teacher in Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize, for a year, she began her career at National Geographic as a production specialist for National Geographic Films. Inspired by her lifelong interest in human health, Leslie Ann received her National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) personal training certification, and in 2011 she received her Master’s degree in Public Health and Nutrition from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor, specializing in vinyasa flow power yoga.
With over a decade of experience working in the health and wellness field as a nutritionist, certified yoga teacher, personal trainer, health writer, and project manager, Leslie Ann oversees operations as well as the strategic mission of DCW’s educational offerings. She is an avid believer in integrative methods to treat and heal the body and believes that true, lasting health is a journey achieved over a lifetime, not a destination acquired over an 8 week cleanse.
“Gut health is a lifelong commitment – one that leads to a longer, healthier, happier life. Make yours a priority today!”