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Stephen Gangemi, DC, DIBAK, DCBCN: Natural Health Care Doctor

Hello and welcome to my site –! I’m a doctor who uses various holistic methods to help return a person to health. I have been trained in the fields of functional neurology, biochemistry, acupressure meridian therapies, applied kinesiology, as well as dietary, exercise, and lifestyle-modification methods. If you could sum up in a few words what I do, the most apt definition perhaps would  be “complementary medicine,” or “holistic health care”.  I don’t use the word “alternative” because for me, my family, and for many of my patients, this type of health care is not alternative; it is the only one we follow. Conventional medicine is our alternative. It is there if/when we need it in times of crisis only. My practice is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The range of people who come to me include  software engineers, professors, housewives (and their kids), professional hockey players, professional dancers, and athletes and coaches from Duke and the University of North Carolina as well as other surrounding universities. Many of my patients also travel from other states or internationally to see me in my office.

I’m typically the doctor who many end up seeing after the other conventional and often over-priced treatments have failed. I’m much more interested in the cause of the health problem or injury than just merely addressing its symptoms. I like to tell patients that what I am going to diagnose is their health process that has gone awry, and not just the symptoms they are experiencing as an illness or injury. For example, an aching knee might be due to something else taking place, distant to where the actual pain is felt. An imbalance in the muscles of the leg and foot could be the cause of knee pain in one person; but for someone else, the knee may hurt because of improper footwear; whereas for another sufferer, the knee pain might be associated with too much stress from a poor diet and overtraining, which can often result from fatigued adrenal glands.

Compared to conventional therapies which offer treatment of the symptoms via drugs, surgery, and physical therapy, directly dealing with the cause provides a more effective, faster, and rewarding remedy. This is not to mention that it’s often much less expensive. You’d be surprised how quickly injuries and other health problems can be resolved when they’re dealt with on a cause-oriented, individual level.


I received my doctorate degree in chiropractic and bachelor degree in nutrition from Life Chiropractic University in Marietta, Georgia. I am constantly staying up-to-date with current health research and information while managing a full-time patient practice.  Merging functional neurology and nutritional biochemistry into mainstream natural health care is the essence of what I do. It’s a very patient-individualized practice!

I am certified in applied kinesiology and am a Diplomate of the International Board of Applied Kinesiology as well as Board Certified in Clinical Nutrition. I utilize manual muscle testing (MMT) – it is the art of the technique used to tap into the nervous system to scientifically figure out how to get a person healthy. The intricate link between your muscles and nervous system with your entire body makes it an invaluable tool. I am a board certified chiropractic physician in the state of North Carolina and currently in my 18th year of practice.

I am a six-time qualifier and finisher of the Ironman Hawaii World Championship Triathlon – the world’s most prestigious triathlon. I have competed in 20 Ironman races as well as countless other triathlons, as well as individual road, trail, and bike races. I’ve been an All-American Triathlete twice, in 1997 and 2004. So you may say I have a unique perspective that makes me quite qualified to treat and train athletes, from weekend warriors to elite competitors. I’ve competed in a lot of trail/mountain racing distances up to 50K and personally, I incorporate a lot of training outside using various natural movements and barefoot running. I am a MovNat Level II Certified Trainer and use their drills and skills during my multi-day workshops.  Here are some coach and athlete testimonials for those interested.

I live with my wife MaryBeth along with our kids Makayla, Ava Mae, and Paxton Fox, in Chatham County, North Carolina. We have a dog, a cats, a bunny, a lot of chickens, and four bee hives. We eat the eggs from our hen house and honey from our hives as well as food from local farms. We homeschool our kids, and live in an energy-efficient home. We eat mostly organic, never any trans fats or anything artificial, and exercise almost daily, most often outdoors and barefoot.

Read more about applied kinesiology here.

Read more about chiropractic here.

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