Biography & Education

There is always time during the visit to make sure both parents and child understand the plan of care and have had their questions answered.
  • Pediatric gastroenterology
Education Background
Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2003
Residency: George Washington University Childrens National Medical Center
Fellowship: Harvard University, Childrens Hospital Boston
Resident Teaching Award, Children's National Medical Center, 2004
  • English
  • Hebrew
Professional Associations
Personal Interests
Guitar, cooking, outdoor activities

Care Locations

751 N.E. Blakely Dr.
5th Floor
Issaquah, WA 98029
Fax 425-313-7185
1101 Madison
First Hill Campus, Madison Tower, Suites 800
Seattle, WA 98104
Fax 206-215-2702
Accepting New Patients
Accepting Children
Accepting Medicare



Child's Belly Discomfort Caused By Allergies

May 25, 2013
This is one of the most common questions that I get asked in the office. Allergic diseases are certainly becoming more and more prevalent in the developed world. General pediatricians and specialists are on ‘high-alert’ for this when evaluating a child that may be sick. Within the realm of intestinal diseases, however, a true allergy is actually not very common. To understand this, we must first understand what ‘allergy’ means. An allergy is a biologic response from our body’s immune system. When our body senses a foreign invader, our army of immune cells attacks it. It does this by releasing chemicals into the blood stream and/or in to the organs where the threat may lie. Those chemicals are meant to destroy the invader, but often hurt our healthy organs as well. For example, airborn pollen may land in your eye, the immune system senses that pollen, releases those chemicals, and as a consequence we get itchy, puffy, watery eyes. The same thing can...


Clinical Interests
  • Gastroenterology
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology Specialists


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4.5 out of 5 (31 Ratings, 3 Comments)


All I can say is thank you. Great doctor, very caring.
Swedish Patient

Dr Essers understood the issues and has a treatment plan in place that I feel will work. YAY
Swedish Patient

He didn't listen; he prejudged diagnosis, had his mind made up before hearing us didn't resolve illness or follow up.
Swedish Patient