Dr. Heather Finley: Gut Instincts

Last DAMFT Meeting

11/02/2018 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Gut Instincts

When you are stressed, did you know that your gut bacteria can change? Did you know that suffering from a Traumatic Brain Injury, even something as common as a concussion, within 30 minutes gut permeability increases?

There are so many things that impact our gut that then can set off a cascade of events in our bodies. Depression, anxiety, IBS, or one of any number of conditions, are all linked to gut health.

When treating patients suffering from these conditions, it is important to consider the gut as a part of treatment. It is called the second brain—for good reason—the gut can send signals and chemicals to change the health of your brain.

In this session we will cover a wide range of fascinating topics including: from the simplest questions such as “Why is it called the gut?”, the role of butyrate in the gut to create new neural connections in the brain, how the gut and brain are connected and the variety of batteries that aid in helping with mood.

Heather Finley is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, a Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian and Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT). She attended Texas Christian University where she graduated with honors for both her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences and her Masters Degree in Sports Psychology. In the spring, she finished her Doctoral degree in Clinical Nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative Health. Heather has worked in adult and adolescent day treatment eating disorder programs, clinical settings, and maintained a private practice. Throughout her time at MUIH, Heather and several colleagues published a 9 part series on probiotics and disease, and this topic is one of Heather’s unique interest’s and passions.

Heather has a unique clinical practice and frequently works with clients suffering from eating disorders, hormonal imbalances, gastrointestinal disturbances and chronic diseases. She recognizes that there are often multiple causes for an illness and likewise, many ways to heal. Heather’s treatment focuses on finding addressing the root of the problem and helping people establish a balanced lifestyle through real food, exercise, and leading by example. Heather focuses on simple nutrition, practical tips and breaking down research so that it can be implemented into any way of life. Heather truly believes that proper nutrition holds the key to a happy healthy lifestyle, which can be achieved without deprivation, fad dieting or restriction. Heather appreciates the emotional connection with food as much as the science behind it. Heather works with clients by providing nutrition counseling in the DFW metroplex in addition to providing nutrition counseling to long-distance clients via skype or telephone.

Sponsor: The Meadows

Admission: $20

Date(s) - 11/02/2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ogden Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, Richardson