Philosophy of Care
I enjoy gastroenterology because it is a diverse specialty that encompasses a variety of illnesses and also has an pivotal role in the prevention of diseases like colon cancer. Furthermore, I get the chance to help patients in the acute hospital setting as well as follow patients with chronic gastrointestinal illnesses over the long term. In my practice, I focus on obtaining a thorough clinical history and educating patients about the known pathophysiology and available treatments for their illnesses. I view my relationship with my patients as a partnership with the goal of empowering my patients to take an active role in their own care through effective education and communication in order to obtain the best possible clinical outcomes.
Dr. Waechter practices general gastroenterology which involves caring for a wide variety of common GI illnesses, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), esophageal motility disorders, functional dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), celiac disease, chronic constipation, functional abdominal pain and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. As part of her practice, she performs upper endoscopies and colonoscopies for both diagnostic and screening purposes. She also attends on the inpatient GI consult service at the UCD Medical Center and participates in educational activities for medical students, residents, and GI fellows.
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
M.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 2001
B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign IL 1997
Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI 2001-2002
Internal Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI 2002-2004
Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Stanford University, Palo Alto CA 2005-2008
American Board of Internal Medicine,
American Board of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 2018
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
American College of Gastroenterology
American Gastroenterlogical Association
Honors and Awards
Sacramento Magazine�s Top Doctors List, Gastroenterology, 2018, 2019
Boris Rubener, MD & John Rosenquist, MD Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017
Select Recent Publications
Shebani S, Waechter A, Lee J, Shapiro L, Lee, M, Ahmed A, Kamal A. Use of growth factors during interferon-based therapy for recurrent hepatitis C virus infection following liver transplantation. Gastroenterol. 2008:134(S1):M1875.
Waechter A, Williams J, Lee J, Shapiro J, Lee M, Kamal A, Keeffe EB, Ahmed A. Sustained virological response to interferon-based antiviral therapy by viral genotype in recurrent hepatitis C following liver transplantation. Am J Gastroenterol. 2007; 102:S342.
Waechter AC. Carcinosarcoma: An unusual hepatic metastasis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2007;102:S445.