A former competitive swimmer, Heather L. Branstetter, MD, began to have shoulder injuries and had an orthopedic surgeon that helped her with her back and shoulder problems to keep her swimming competitively, who inspired her to pursue medical school. She first attended the University of Arizona, earning a Bachelor of Science in physiology in 1998. She then continued her education at the School of Medicine at the University of Louisville, where she received an MD in 2003. She went on to attain an additional MD from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2007. Since graduating, Dr. Branstetter has enjoyed 13 years working in the health care industry, currently serving as a gastroenterologist with Texas Digestive Disease Consultants since 2018.
Dr. Branstetter also maintains involvement with numerous organizations related to her field including the Texas Society of Gastroenterology & Endoscopy, the American Gastroenterology Association, the American Medical Association and the American College of Gastroenterology. For her many accomplishments, she was awarded an Outstanding Teacher Award and the Freedom Medal for Outstanding Athletics. Dr. Branstetter has a great deal of love and support from her family and friends and has many people that she can lean on when times get tough. Moving forward, she plans to be doing the same work she is currently doing. She wants to see her practice grow, mature and become busier.