EPISODE 30 ft. Dr. Erika La Vella – Did you know that what we do in our daily lives affects inflammation? The way we eat, the way we sleep, the way we think, the way we breathe, and the way we drink water all work to prevent inflammation. Dr. Erika La Vella joins us today to talk about how our pain is affected by how we take care of our bodies by what we put into them.

Dr. Erika La Vella, D.O. is a board-certified general surgeon with sub-specialty in robotics and bariatrics. She grew up in northern Idaho and studied Nutrition and Psychology at the University of Idaho before going to osteopathic medical school at Pacific Northwest University. She thought osteopathic medical school meant she would learn more about how to be a preventive medicine doctor but was surprised to learn primary prevention means aspirin and statins. She found surgery to be gratifying and is thankful to have found a sub-specialty of surgery that allows her to be both a health coach and a surgeon. She is passionate about preventive medicine and the interconnected, trans-disciplinary, modalities of cognitive and emotional development. She is an expert in nutrition and the gut microbiome and teaches these concepts to patients and community at large.