Terre Haute Living January/February 2019 - Page 36

FEATURES Dr. Rajiv Sharma, who calls himself “Dr. Gut” is trying to ensure his patients understand that a healthy lifestyle is key to a good digestive system. Healthy, wealthy & happy That’s Dr. Sharma’s hope for the people of the Wabash Valley H e affectionately and hilar- iously calls himself “Dr. Poo” and wears T-shirts that ask “Got Hemor- rhoids?” – but there’s nothing funny about the work Dr. Rajiv Sharma – and the staff at Digestive Health As- sociates – does in the Wabash Valley. In practice in Terre Haute since 2016, Dr. Sharma has quickly grown his practice from a one-man-band to adding two partners in nurse practitioners Ashlee Pinkston and Cayla Vanatti, office staffers and a brand spokesperson in colon cancer survivor Tiffany Hecklinski. More important than the speed he’s grown his business or the lovely office space he works in at Regional Hospital, is the patients he’s helped in such a WORDS: KATIE SHANE PHOTOGRAPHY: AUSTEN LEAKE 36 Terre Haute Living • January/February 2019 tribstar.com/terrehauteliving