IBS Treatment Center

Seattle, WA

Get out of the bathroom and get back to your life!



Send us a card and share your success. We love to get cards and photos from our patients enjoying life free from IBS.

This card was sent by a patient who used to have IBS and is now enjoying good health and travelling the world: Sunnie Wicker’s Card. (opens as a PDF file)

Sharon Anderson flew in from out of town and sent us this nice card: Sharon’s Card. (opens as a jpg file)

This extremely nice letter was sent by a patient from San Diego. Louise’s Letter. (opens as a PDF file)


Testimonials are real statement from patients. They have been edited for length and clarity.

It’s been almost a year and I’m happy to say that my symptoms are still completely gone!
I know this sounds like a total exaggeration, but I can say with 100% honesty that going to the IBS Treatment Center changed my life…and considering how many fun activities that I previously had to back out of at the last minute (due to never ending abdominal pain), I’m sure my fiance would say the same!
Kristie L

This is Julie from Quebec. I thought of giving you some news.
I’ve never been that good in my whole life. My symptoms they are long gone!
I am talking about you everywhere I go. ….
Well I just wanted to thank you. We need more people like you guys who really are concerned about their patients life and health!
Have an amazing day!
Julie Courchesne

My husband and I are missionaries and have lived out of the country the last three years.  Since leaving the country I have been sick with stomach issues.  I have had four colonoscopies, seen numerous doctors outside the country and in the US as well, all with no answers. The last thing that I was told was that I had IBS and there was no sense in running any more tests.
I can not say how thankful I am for the staff at the IBS Treatment Center. They are great to work with and are very helpful with anything that I need. I don’t think I will trust anyone else with my healthcare needs.
I really can’t say thank you enough to the IBS Treatment Center.
Susan from Ecuador

WOW! I am absolutely amazed! For the first time in 30 + years, I have been virtually symptom-free for four weeks! As an added plus, I have lost ten pounds, and now weigh what I did in the 70′s! I love the lean feeling.
The most important thing is that I feel great! It was worth every penny to finally find out what has caused decades of discomfort. I still find myself half expecting to have problems again; it just seems incredible that it could all be that simple! I can’t thank you enough, and I’ve told everyone I know what a great discovery I made while surfing the Internet!

In the third grade I remember complaining constantly about having stomach aches and was actually put on anti-anxiety medication. I have struggled with this throughout my 52 years. Things really got bad about 6 years ago when I started having severe stomach aches along with bloating and large, really smelly bowel movements.
After having every test known to man, with no serious problems found, I was diagnosed with IBS. I started feeling depressed, withdrawn, tired and sick ALL THE TIME.
A friend told me I should go to the IBS Treatment Center. I called the next day and made an appointment. One of the best decisions I have ever made! Thank you, I LOVE YOU!!!!
Susan Weir

Absolutely phenomenal! I spread your company’s name wherever I go. Best Treatment Center I could have ever dreamed of. AWESOME!! Lost 19 1/2 lbs in the first 60 days, and I wasn’t even looking for that. What a surprising bonus. You have given me much of my life back!!! Thank You! Thank You!
Dennis Spencer

Having watched my child suffer from the first time he drank from a bottle, never being able to keep his formula down – My sons symptoms only increasingly got worse from severe rashes, constipation, diarrhea, and stomach pain.
Completely frustrated as a mother it wasn’t until we were treated by the IBS Treatment Center that we actually made progress, which cured and changed my son’s complete immune system. He is a happy, active and symptom free 8 year old.
Thank you so much. We are so grateful for your expertise and for helping us to get healthy!
Denise M. Hermans-Smith

It’s hard to believe that it’s been close to a year since I traveled to Seattle. Nearly a year later, I AM DOING SO GOOD!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
Perhaps you’re thinking to yourself that this is just another success story – but, trust me this success is HUGE. My friends, family and local docs are all amazed and somewhat in awe of how much I’ve changed over the past year. Everyone says that I just LOOK healthier these days.
When I think back to how miserable my life was before and how limited I was in considering future plans, I get a bit emotional just thinking about it all. It’s truly been a transformation.  ….
Susan Saint Vincent from Colorado

I always had a nervous stomach my whole life, but it was nothing serious until part-way through college when I started having some major digestive problems.
I was beginning to feel like I was falling apart, and my anxiety worsened as my symptoms worsened. But most of the time I thought the anxiety was causing the symptoms and I was just trying to live with it. I always had an escape route to the nearest bathroom scouted out.
I saw several conventional doctors [who couldn’t help me], so I decided to see a gastroenterologist. He told me that there’s not much that can be done about it. He told me to reduce my stress, and gave me a list of foods to eat that are rich in fiber. I tried these things, but it hardly made any difference. So I turned to alternative medicine and tried homeopathy, supplements, acupuncture, and an elimination diet…but none of those worked either.
I did some more research and found the IBS Treatment Center online. I decided to take the chance, and I am so glad I did. I’ve been telling people that it was the best money I’ve ever spent! I was so impressed with the whole operation.
Amanda McLean

The IBS Treatment Center team has made a huge improvement in my health and quality of life.
I have suffered for over 8 years with undiagnosed gastrointestinal problems and a range of minor and seemingly unrelated symptoms. After enduring in silence for a number of years only to have my symptoms get worse, I finally sought treatment.
It was about then that my wife found the IBS Treatment Center. I was skeptical and wondered how it would work given that he was in Seattle and I was in Southeast Asia, but decided to give it a try.My symptoms have improved dramatically along with the quality of my life. I have been very happy with IBS Treatment Center. They show a genuine concern for the patient and look to resolve problems, not just treat the symptoms. I have found them to be highly responsive, genuine and professional – the way the medical profession should be.
Thanks again to you and your team for all your help.
Chad from Bangkok, Thailand

A few years ago my symptoms had gotten so bad that I finally started searching for answers. A couple of doctors, and several IBS books later, I felt hopeless.
The doctors found nothing wrong and told me to reduce stress. The books said to cut out every food that could possibly be a trigger, and the complexity of these plans made me give up hope that I could ever manage the IBS effectively. Food was the enemy and I knew where every bathroom in town was located.
Now I’m back in control and eating has become enjoyable again. I am now virtually symptom free for the first time in at least 15 years. Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Gail Howard

I am a 58 year old woman suffering with IBS since the age of 15. I have been to many gastro doctors over the years who run basically the same tests. I have swallowed the camera pill, had numerous colonoscopies, endoscopies, breath tests… you name it.
I have even gone to a Los Angeles’ major medical center a few years ago. Nothing was found and various meds/supplements over several decades did nothing.
My problem is chronic diarrhea. As I got older my problems were getting worse.
My husband found the IBS Treatment Center on line and we decided to give it a try. THIS PLACE HAS CHANGED MY LIFE!! I am so happy with my new life.
My favorite thing to do is travel and as I have traveled over the years, it has been marred with this issue.. but now.. my traveling is so much more enjoyable.
You will see how knowledgeable the staff are and how passionate they are to help you solve your gastro issues!!
Thank you!!
Puzzik F.

I wanted to send you an update. I have not once had heartburn or indigestion, both of which I’ve had since high school. I want to thank the whole team at the IBS Treatment Center for all they have done. I continually tell people about my experience with you all and encourage others to make an appointment. You all do such amazing work and I hope that you continue to do so for many year. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for sparing me years of pain, boxes of Prilosec and surgery!! I will never forget the amazing work you do!
Mallory Saffold

I just wanted to check in and let you know that I feel great! Since I feel so good, I’m going to consider myself cured.
Thank you so much for your help- without your intervention, I have a feeling that the move we recently made to Denver would have been quite painful and difficult!

Just wanted to let you know I have been feelin’ great the last few weeks! Thanks to you, of course. How exciting! So anyway, I wanted to thank you once again, and bless you for helping me feel better! You are my hero!!!!
Thanks again,
Cheryl Nielson

My 18 year old daughter suffered for approximately 2 years with severe abdominal pain. After countless trips to emergency rooms and doctors appointments we finally discovered Dr. Wangen and the IBS Treatment Center.
The worry and the stress caused by an unidentifiable and debilitating pain is unimaginable especially to a young woman who is trying to live the best years of her life! We saw a minimum of some 20 doctors both naturopathic and traditional, sought consultation from very well known clinics all of which came up short.
We heard everything from “there is nothing here and its psychological” to “she may be intolerant to something she is eating but nothing will change that” to surgical solutions. When we arrived at the Treatment Center I literally had to carry her in as she was unable to even walk. Her pain was so severe she kept passing out.
Our daughter has NONE of the symptoms that she was previously living with. Our thanks and appreciation for the kind care and concern provided by all of the staff cannot be measured. This course of treatment should not be overlooked if you are experiencing digestive problems. Thanks to them, our daughter has her life back. We can’t thank you enough!

I just wanted to take a quick minute to say Thank You! Before seeing you I suffered from stomach pains and nausea on a day-to-day basis. My life was ruled by my stomach; it decided what I ate, when I ate, if I was able to leave the house, and even if I was able to go into work.
Now I still have no stomach issues – none! Breakfasts no longer “scare” me as they once did, I don’t carry around my “Emergency Pack” of ginger chews and Tums, and going out to eat or run errands or spend the day away from home is no problem – I don’t even think twice about it!
So I wanted to say Thank You and let you know how much I’ve appreciated your help in solving the mystery of what was upsetting my stomach rather than just treating the symptoms which is something every other doctor has done over the last 10 years. I feel like I have my life back. So again, thank you for your help!
Sarah Schmidt

After seeing the people at the IBS Treatment Center my life has improved to a degree I’m unable to express. I was in constant pain, unable to leave my house for fear of diarrhea and a lack of a bathroom, unwilling to even eat simple meals, and hopeless of ever resolving my situation.
Its been 5 months and I am in control of my life. That’s all I could have ever asked for. I had seen too many other doctors and specialists who had simply dismissed me to think this could work. Eventually my mother convinced me it was worth a shot. It was the decision that has made my life enjoyable again. The fact stays the same that my life is immeasurably better.
The purpose of my note is simply to thank you and your staff for providing such wonderful service and thoughtful care.
Aaron Reich

I am writing to express my gratitude. For about two years, I had undergone every medical test and had not been able to find the cause of my abdominal pain and diarrhea. I needed to take a medical leave of absence from college. I was also seeing a hypnotherapist and an acupuncturist to alleviate my symptoms.
After visiting the IBS Treatment Center I was able to return to college. I have just completed my course work for the Fall 2009 semester with a grade point average of 4.0. Without your help this would have been impossible. I feel my life is back on track and I will be able to pursue my educational goals.
My parents and I are extremely grateful and happy that we were able to get to the underlying causes of my symptoms. I am feeling healthier and I am able to enjoy going out with my friends. Thank you again for your assistance.
Dennis Ruffe from New Jersey

Now I am finally feeling like I thought I should. Even more than the treatment, I was glad that I went to the IBS Treatment Center simply because they were the first people to really listen to me and treat me like I was telling the truth. My gastroenterologist actually apologized to me because he hadn’t taken me seriously.
The IBS Treatment Center, on the other hand, was very supportive and seemed to really care if I got better. When I had an appointment, they were not trying to rush me in and out, and were willing to listen to my symptoms and look for a cause rather than handing me a prescription to get me out.
I have been so impressed that I have recommended them to several of my friends, who have all had good things to say. One of my friends called me after leaving their office and she was crying because someone actually believed her. Before seeing them, she had been told by her doctor that her symptoms were “all in her head” and had actually been referred to a psychiatrist! Now her symptoms have improved tremendously.
I would recommend them to anyone who feels sick and doesn’t know why. They will really work to find the problem!

After having children that have constant tummy aches and below average growth rates, I figured it was the least I could do as a parent to invest in their health. My daughter has immediately reaped the rewards of health, energy, and growth. She literally glows now, with no more dark circles under her eyes. She also seems to be leaner, not as puffy or irritable.
Don’t you want to be as healthy as possible? Goodness, people run miles, work out for hours; but, you are truly what you eat, so why not find out what works for your body.
Sharon L. Wilford

Three years ago I was experiencing a lot of discomfort. They included mostly constipation, rectal cramps and bloating which would get worse especially at night. I took lots of fiber supplements to help relieve the constipation. This caused the bloating to increase. My once flat abdomen now looked like I was 6 months pregnant.
The rectal cramps were so strong that I would almost faint every time I had them. The frequency and duration of these rectal cramps started increasing to a point that I was having these cramps 3-4 times a month and they would last up to an hour. The fear of having these cramps paralyzed me. I was afraid to workout as often the exercises would trigger them. All these symptoms were interfering with the quality of my life.
One evening at home I was very desperate. I had just had a horrible cramp that had lasted for 50 min and I was tired of all these symptoms so I went to the internet and did a search on IBS treatment. That is when I found out about the IBS Treatment Center. I called first thing next morning and took the first available appointment.
Two days [after starting my treatment] my IBS symptoms were gone.
I feel great now. I am regular, no more bloating and I had not have any rectal cramps. I am very excited with the fact that in spite of all I heard from other doctors, IBS is treatable and the IBS Treatment Center is helping us get our lives back.
Thanks for changing my life,
Janeth Melin

Your web site is the best I have seen so far to help people understand IBS. I especially like the part about blaming the patient for IBS because of *stress.* Sure, stress is a factor, but so are [lots of other things].

I’ve had stomach discomfort for over 30 years and it has gotten worse as I’ve gotten older. I’ve had all sorts of tests but nothing physical ever showed up. I knew it wasn’t in my mind, but it was frustrating not finding out what the problem was. Eventually I heard about the IBS Treatment Center and decided to give it a try. Now I’m glad I did and I feel well most of the time. Good health is worth it!
Thanks, IBS Treatment Center!

I first experienced IBS symptoms in 1992, at the age of 21 and I lived with it for 15 years. I tried everything to find a solution including visits to about 10 doctors (G.I. specialists, OB/GYN, Internal Med., allergist, kinesiologist and chiropractors).
I read several books on IBS and tried elimination diets. I was tested for gluten and dairy allergies and the tests came back negative. I tried at least 6 different prescription medications, every over-the-counter treatment available for digestive problems and also tried many “natural remedies” from the health food store.
It was frustrating and exhausting and some days were better than others but that was always unpredictable. IBS was draining me and making me feel awful. In January, 2007 I came across the IBS Treatment Center’s web site. I immediately made an appointment.
Because of the knowledge gained from being a patient there, I have felt better in the last 2 months than I have in 15 years! Going there is a must for IBS sufferers.

My IBS Symptoms were just awful! I activated with the US Air Force Reserve for operation Iraqi Freedom. On my deployments, my symptoms became severe. I experienced gas, bloating, fatigue and diarrhea. The symptoms interfered with my daily duties and exercise. I was in a lot of discomfort and gained quite a bit of weight. After going to the IBS Treatment Center … I feel so much better – my symptoms are gone and my energy level is up.
Thanks IBS Treatment Center!

I was diagnosed with IBS when I was in my late twenties. I have had bouts with diarrhea and constipation for 30 years! Some were embarrassing moments when running for a restroom while at Target, and not making it, to always passing gas and spending a lot of time in bathrooms.
I would try to laugh it off, but it really affects everything you do and you start to wonder why you aren’t normal, like everyone else. I didn’t want to take drugs to treat my symptoms. I wanted to find out what was making my bowel and colon irritable.
After going to the IBS Treatment Center it took about 2 weeks and I started to feel I was having normal bowel movements! Thanks to the IBS Treatment Center for your help and for making me feel comfortable when I come in!
Nancy Akada

I’ve been doing quite well. It’s all very manageable. I now require no extra fiber either. So you can count me as a great success, thanks. I’m delighted with the outcome.
Brian Milnes

I began having bloating (severe) in my late teens. For many months I just brushed it aside not really thinking I actually had a medical problem. As time went on, the bloating became more intense and for longer periods of time.
My family practitioner would prescribe me an antibiotic and while on it, and several weeks after, I would have extreme diarrhea. I was diagnosed with IBS. However, I just kept getting worse and worse. I was extremely tired all the time and did not have enough energy to work all day.
Finally after trying to do some research on our own, my parents and I found the IBS Treatment Center. We decided to make an appointment and flight reservations. Within two weeks, we traveled across the country to talk with them. Now, only a few months later, my energy is much, much better and I don’t feel sick all of the time.
Jill Ochs from Kansas

I suffered with IBS (constipation, abdominal pain and severe bloating) for most of my life. I tried traditional treatment such as exercise, lots of water, fiber, magnesium supplements and Zelnorm®. I also tried alternative treatments such as colon cleansing, chiropractic, kinesiology and elimination diets. Nothing worked.
In just a few weeks after going to the IBS Treatment Center my situation began to improve. I began having daily bowel movements for the first time in my life. The bloating and discomfort gradually began to diminish over the next few months and I’m now feeling great! A nice bonus is that I look and feel thinner as well.
Their approach eliminated the guesswork. The transition was easier than I thought it would be and the pay-off has been huge! I am so thankful that I put my trust in them. I believe they are motivated by a sincere desire to help people feel better.
My experience with the IBS Treatment Center has been completely positive and I am forever grateful. Thank you.
Jill P.
Thanks a Million!

I just want to say thank you for all your help and guidance. I feel so fortunate to have found your web site. I was truly miserable before this diagnosis and had battled my symptoms for too many years. I feel rejuvenated and healthy, and most importantly do not feel limited in my daily life by my symptoms.
I am now focusing on riding the “Courage Classic”. It is a three day bike ride across Snoqualmie, Blewett, and Stevens pass, a fund raiser for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Had I not found a solution to my IBS I’m not sure I would be able to do this ride otherwise.
Abigail Schneidmiller

After ten years of nearly constant pain, nausea and discomfort, the IBS Treatment Center finally discovered the underlying cause of my diagnoses of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Sounds simple, but it has been a long journey. This was my seventh doctor. The other doctors did dozens of tests with the end result of a diagnoses of IBS. But never a course of treatment, other than reduce stress, drink less coffee and avoid fatty foods. I was miserable.
I feel great. I can now sleep up to 7 hours undisturbed–rarely did I get more than four hours of undisturbed sleep. I am mostly pain free. My ability to concentrate is greatly improved and the really odd IBS symptom of increased anxiety has plummeted. There are other minor symptoms that are either gone or greatly reduced.
I have only been following this treatment for about two months and I feel better every day. I expect that I will continue to improve.
Thank you!
Michael Paul

I came to the IBS Treatment Center after no one else could figure out what was wrong. I had severe abdominal pain and was on strong pain meds. Since then my pain is gone. I can’t thank them enough.Along with the resolution of my pain was the enlightenment of how food affects so many things in my general health. They enthusiasm for maintaining overall health made me much more aware of caring for myself.
Kim N.

I suffered from “IBS” for over twenty years, seeing a number of medical internists and general practitioners without results. In my first office visit they were able to correctly diagnose me and get me started on a path to wellness. I no longer need to take medications and am completely symptom free.
I appreciate their professional and informative approach. They took the time with me to really understand the issues, something rare in the medical world today. I enthusiastically recommend them to others who are IBS sufferers or who think they may have food related disorders.
Steve Harmon

My constipation is gone, blood pressure is down, energy is up and I feel great. Hallelujah!

I am a 43 year old female and I have been having stomach/digestive trouble since I was a baby. My mother used to say I had a “nervous stomach.”
Well, things reached a peak when I was 39. I got to the point where I couldn’t eat or drink anything (even water) after 2:00 in the afternoon or I would be very nauseous and throw up. I spent a year going to the doctors. First my primary care doctor, then a gastroenterologist. They ran repeated tests and only determined that I had GERD.
After a year of throwing up 4 or 5 days out of every week (I lost 65 pounds), the gastroenterologist finally said, “I can’t do anything more for you. This is just what you have to live with.” Well, no way was I going to put up with that answer!!!
I made an appointment with the IBS Treatment Center. Within 2 weeks I stopped being nauseous!!! I was poisoning my body every day without realizing it!
It has been 3 years and I am so much better! No more Tums! No more Pepsid! No more drugs!!!!
I really feel that the IBS Treatment Center has saved my life; I no longer have to cancel vacations or invitations from friends because I am not feeling up to it. (You should have seen me on my honeymoon; I know every bathroom at Disneyland!)
I would (and do!) recommend them to anyone who is tired of having their MD just prescribe drugs to fix a symptom instead of trying to find out what is behind the symptom and treating the cause.
Terri Coon