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Biography-Dr. Stephen Gunter, DC


For the past 25 years, Dr. Stephen Gunter has practiced a personalized approach to mind-body medicine. His unique method is grounded in the principles of “form flowing to function” that arose from his introduction to Asian martial and healing arts as a teenager.


During a vision quest in the Canadian wilderness in the late 70’s, Dr. Gunter was inspired by a dream of healing with his hands.  This event gave rise to his continuing journey of exploration and study, seeking to find and understand the access points, or “energy windows” into the body’s function.


His studies have taken him from the Heilpraktiker (Health Practitioner) schools of Germany to the shamanic traditions of Bali; from the dojos of Tokyo to the drumming of Babatunde Olatunji; and from the peaks of the Continental Divide to the roaring waterfalls of Iguazú in the south of Brasil.


In 1981 he began studying bodywork systems and received certification in massage. Dr. G went on to study the healing art of Touch for Health, and received certification from Lani Watanabe.  Through this, he was introduced to the work of Dr. George Goodheart, who’s inspired response to the compassionate observation of his patient’s suffering led to the discovery of the healing principles known as Applied Kinesiology.


Prior to obtaining his doctorate in chiropractic, Dr. Gunter was educated in the apprentice tradition. He was introduced to clinical methods and application as a physiotherapist in a chiropractor’s practice.  In 1984 he began studying in the field of energy medicine and microcurrent therapy.  He received certification from the Institute of Bio-molecular Education and Research in the use of the Electro-Acuscope and was an early pioneer in the developing field of Myotherapy.


After logging over 3500 patient visits, he matriculated to chiropractic college where he earned his degree. During this time, Dr. Gunter maintained a Clinical Myotherapy practice, taught anatomy and physiology to massage and acupuncture students, and studied acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with the seminal San Francisco School of Acupuncture.


Dr. Gunter graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College West in 1993, and went on to study and teach at the Meridian Institute of Integrative Chinese Medicine, where he served as Director of their teaching clinic. He maintains an ongoing schedule of continuing education to ensure that his practice is a center of excellence.





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Curriculum Vitae





Education


Meridian Institute College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Monterey, California, September 1998-September 1999.


Palmer College of Chiropractic-West, Sunnyvale, California, April 1991-March 1993, with emphasis on Physical Diagnosis.  Graduated Doctor of Chiropractic, March 1993.


San Francisco College of Acupuncture, San Jose, California, September 1990-July 1991.  Enrolled with advanced standing.


Life Chiropractic College West, San Lorenzo, California, January 1988-June 1990, with emphasis on manual adjustive techniques.  Deans list, 1988, 1990.


Golden West College, Huntington Beach, California, September 1985-June 1987, September 1975-June 1976.  Pre-med.  Deans list twice, 1986.  Scholarship from the Medical Center of Garden Grove Guild, 1986.


Nathaniel Narbonne High School, Harbor City, California, September 1970-June 1973.  Audio/Video-Industrial Arts, Graduated.


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Travel


Experienced international traveler having visited at least 14 states and 14 countries. Accompanied professional athletes to races in Canada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Japan.  Extended visit to Great Britain, Ireland, and the European continent from September through December, 1987.  Lived in a log cabin in northern British Columbia for more than two winters.


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Teaching Experience


2004Therapeutic Strategies with Clinical Application, 16 Hour Course

Monterey Institute of Touch; Carmel, Calif.


2004Advanced Physiology, 16 Hour Course (4x)

Monterey Institute of Touch; Carmel, Calif.


2003Understanding Acupuncture, 16 Hour Course

Monterey Institute of Touch; Carmel, Calif.


2002Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine, 7 Week Course

Monterey Peninsula College; Monterey, Calif.


1999Effective Use of Contact Digitization for Prescription Foot Orthoses

AMFIT Orthotic Technologies; Santa Clara, Calif


1998-Anatomy & Physiology; Medical Terminology

1999Meridian Institute College of Integrated Chinese Medicine


1997Anatomy & Physiology for Bodyworkers

Esalen Institute; Big Sur, Calif.


1991-Massage Therapy Certification Program, 100 Hour Course (2x)

1992Just For Your Health College of Massage; San Jose, Calif.


1991Anatomy & Physiology

San Francisco College of Acupuncture; San Jose, Calif.


1989Introduction to Manual Muscle Testing

Life Chiropractic College-West; Hayward, Calif.


1988-Anatomy & Physiology, 50 Hour Course (4x)

1990National Holistic Institute; Emeryville, Calif.


1978-Chief Instructor, Tang Soo Do

1979Reid Lake Karate Club; Reid Lake District, Prince George, BC


1970-Assistant Instructor, Tang Soo Do

1975Alegria Karate Dojo; Harbor City, Calif.


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Clinical Experience


Private practice since 1993; in Monterey, California, since 1998.


Clinic Director at the teaching clinic of Meridian Institute College of Integrated Chinese Medicine.


Pioneered the practice of myo-therapy in 1984 at West Coast Chiropractic Center, where I interned in physio-therapy logging more than 3500 patient visits while learning in the classic apprenticeship format.


Private practice as a body worker since 1980. Maintained a part-time practice in soft-tissue therapies throughout my pre-med and professional training.


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Continuing Education


4/09Impacts of Estrogen on the Neuro-Endocrine-Immune Axis

D. Kharrazian, D.C., M.S.; Apex Energetics; Santa Cruz, Calif.


3/09Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Provocation and Motion

T. Hyde, D.C., E. Feinberg, D.C.; Continuing Education Department, Palmer College of Chiropractic; San Jose, Calif.


2/09Doctor of the Future: The Practice of Rational Intervention

S. White, D.C.; Standard Process, Inc.; Alameda, Calif.


1/09Upper Extremity Dysfunctions and the Emotional/Meridian Continuum

J. Erdman, D.C.; Continuing Education Department, So. Cal. University of Health Sciences; Berkeley, Calif.


1/09Addictions, OCD, and the Brain: Advanced Nutrition Therapeutics

M. Dobbins, D.C.; Standard Process, Inc.; Berkeley, Calif.


11/08Hair Analysis: An Introduction

A. Schippel, D.C.; Standard Process, Inc.; Berkeley, Calif.


10/08Autoimmune Thyroid: Research and Practice Updates

D. Kharrazian, D.C., M.S.; Apex Energetics; Santa Cruz, Calif.


9/08Neurotransmitters & Brain and the Neurologic Implications of Coupled Cervical Manipulation; D. Kharrazian, D.C., M.S.; Continuing Education Department, University of Bridgeport; Lahaina, Hawaii


8/08Introduction to Neuro-Chemistry

D. Kharrazian, D.C., M.S.; Apex Energetics; Santa Cruz, Calif.


8/08Detoxification: A 21 Day Purification Program

C. Hamilton, CCN; Standard Process, Inc.; Berkeley, Calif.


5/08Managing the Inflammatory Response with Whole Food Nutrition

L. August, M.D.; Standard Process, Inc.; Berkeley, Calif.


4/08Unlocking the Secrets of Gluten Sensitivity

T. O’Bryan, D.C.; Continuing Education Department, University of Bridgeport; San Francisco, Calif.


4/08Herbal Strategies to Address Modern Health Conditions

Kerry Bone, MR, BSc (Hons) Dip. Phyto.; Standard Process; Emeryville, Calif.


2/08Practical Blood Chemistry

M. Dobbins, D.C.; Continuing Education Department, Texas Chiropractic College; Santa Cruz, Calif.


11/07Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage Adjusting

P.Walton, B.S., D.C.; Continuing Education Department, Life Chiropractic College West; Hayward, Calif.


11/07Radiology of Trauma: Part 1

B. Gatterman, B.S., D.C., DACBR; Continuing Education Department, Life Chiropractic College West; Hayward, Calif.


10/07Doctor of the Future

S. White, D.C.; Standard Process, Inc.; Oakland, Calif


8/07Secondary Messengers of Endocrinology

D. Kharrazian, D.C., M.S.; Apex Energetics; Santa Cruz, Calif.


7/07Clinical Applications of Apex’s K-Line

D. Kharrazian, D.C., M.S.; Apex Energetics; Santa Cruz, Calif.


5/07NRT and the Clinical Model of Excellence

F. Ulan, D.C.; Professional Educational Services, Inc.; Clearwater, Florida


4/07Laser Therapy for Pain Relief

W. Kneebone, D.C.; Apex Energetics; Santa Cruz, Calif.


2/07Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis

D. Kharrazian, D.C., M.S.; Continuing Education Department, University of Bridgeport; San Francisco, Calif.


2/07Cardiovascular-Gastrointestinal-Endocrine-Immune Axis

D. Kharrazian, D.C., M.S.; Apex Energetics; Santa Cruz, Calif.


12/06Sho Dan, 1st Degree Black Belt, Seibukan Jujutsu

J. Toribio, Kancho; Hombu Dojo; Monterey, Calif.


8/06The Legendary Formulas of Dr. Royal Lee

M. Dobbins, D.C.; Selene River Press; Monterey, Calif.


6/06Functional Endocrinology: Nutritional Management of Hormone Imbalances

D. Kharrazian, D.C., M.S.; Continuing Education Department, University of Bridgeport; San Francisco, Calif.


6/06ICAK Annual Meeting and Re-Licensing Seminar

Continuing Education Department, New York Chiropractic College; Chicago, IL.


4/06Functional Endocrinology: Thyroid, Adrenals, Pancreas & Male Hormones

J. Lang, D.C.; Continuing Education Department, Texas Chiropractic College; Berkeley, Calif.


4/06Nutrition Response Testing & Applied Clinical Nutrition

F. Ulan, D.C.; Standard Process, Inc.; Lafayette, Calif.


3/06Analyzing and Evaluating Patient Symptoms

M. Dobbins, D.C.; Continuing Education Department, Texas Chiropractic College; Los Gatos, Calif.


12/05X-Ray Supervisor Operator Permit Re-Licensing Course, w/ additional X-Ray, CT, MRI, Interpretation and

          Chiropractic Technique; M. Sladich, D.C., DACBR; M.A.S. Radiologic Consultants; Bakersfield, Calif.


12/05Functional Endocrinology: Balancing Female Hormones-Part II

J. Lang, D.C.; Continuing Education Department, Texas Chiropractic College; Berkeley, Calif.


8/05Functional Endocrinology: Balancing Female Hormones-Part I

J. Lang, D.C.; Continuing Education Department, Texas Chiropractic College; Berkeley, Calif.


5/05Session 8; 100 Hour AK Core Curriculum

T. Francis, D.C., M.S., DIBAK; Int’l. College of Applied Kinesiology; Santa Clara, Calif.


4/05Session 7; 100 Hour AK Core Curriculum

T. Francis, D.C., M.S., DIBAK; Int’l. College of Applied Kinesiology; Santa Clara, Calif.


3/05Session 6; 100 Hour AK Core Curriculum

T. Francis, D.C., M.S., DIBAK; Int’l. College of Applied Kinesiology; Santa Clara, Calif.


2/05Session 5; 100 Hour AK Core Curriculum

T. Francis, D.C., M.S., DIBAK; Int’l. College of Applied Kinesiology; Santa Clara, Calif.


1/05Session 4; 100 Hour AK Core Curriculum

T. Francis, D.C., M.S., DIBAK; Int’l. College of Applied Kinesiology; Santa Clara, Calif.


12/04Adult CPR and AED Certification

J. Carlquist; American Heart Assoc.; Salinas, Calif.


12/04Session 3; 100 Hour AK Core Curriculum

T. Francis, D.C., M.S., DIBAK; Int’l. College of Applied Kinesiology; Santa Clara, Calif.


11/04Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performance

J. Oschmann, Ph.D.; Continuing Education Department, Logan College of Chiropractic; Portland, Ore.


11/04Session 2; 100 Hour AK Core Curriculum

T. Francis, D.C., M.S., DIBAK; Int’l. College of Applied Kinesiology; Portland, Ore.


10/04Functional Systems Approach to Manual Muscle Testing

R. Bellini, D.C., DIBAK; Danville, Calif.


10/04Session 1; 100 Hour AK Core Curriculum

T. Francis, D.C., M.S., DIBAK; Int’l. College of Applied Kinesiology; Santa Clara, Calif.


9/04Low Level Laser Therapy: Winning Protocols Used During the Tour De France

J. Spencer, D.C.; Continuing Education Department, Logan College of Chiropractic; Las Vegas, Nev.


1/04Gokyu, Aikido

D. Evans, 5th Dan, Monterey, Calif.


8/03Cloning the Wellness Practice

J. Brimhall, D.C.; Continuing Education Department, Logan College of Chiropractic; Santa Clara, Calif.


12/02Validating Chiropractic – Chiropractic & Exercise

M. Slosberg, M.S., D.C.; Continuing Education Department, Life Chiropractic College West; Foster City, Calif.


12/01Microcurrent Electro-Acupuncture Symposium

D. Starwynn, O.M.D.; East West Seminars; San Jose, Calif.


2/01New Approaches to Anti-Aging: Nutritional Neuroendocrinology

J. Bland, PhD.; Metagenics Academy; San Francisco, Calif.

2/01The New Era in Whiplash and Spinal Trauma, Part 2

D. Murphy, D.C.; Continuing Education Department, Life Chiropractic College West; Sunnyvale, Calif.


12/00The New Era in Whiplash and Spinal Trauma, Part 1

D. Murphy, D.C.; Continuing Education Department, Life Chiropractic College West; Sunnyvale, Calif.


12/99The Class: Clinical Chiropractic Theory and Practice

R. Weltch, D.C.; Continuing Education Department, Palmer College of Chiropractic West; Sacramento, Calif.


7/98Body Balance for Performance: The Complete Golf Health & Fitness Program; P. Callaway, P.T.; Pro-Dynamics, Inc.; Industry Hills, Calif.


2/98Active Release Technique-Myofascial Therapy

M. Leahy, B.S., M.S., D.C., Continuing Education Department, UCSD School of Medicine; San Diego, Calif.


7/97Zero Balancing-Core Certification Workshop

F. Smith, M.D.; Upledger Institute; Esalen Institute; Big Sur, Calif.


6/97Is It Legal? The Work-Comp Seminar

H. J. Ross; Continuing Education Department, Palmer College of Chiropractic West; San Jose, Calif.


5/97Ch'i Kung, 5 Day Intensive

R. Blaisdell; Esalen Institute; Big Sur, Calif.


9/96Navigating Transition: An Experiential Gestalt-Based Workshop

D. Schiffman; 30 Day Residential Program; Esalen Institute; Big Sur, Calif.


8/96Esalen Massage

K. O'Shaughnessy; 30 Day Residential Program; Esalen Institute; Big Sur, Calif.


7/96The Feldenkrais Method-Neuromuscular Re-Education

P. Douce; 30 Day Residential Program; Esalen Institute; Big Sur, Calif.


10/93Licensed, State of California Board of Chiropractic Examiners

Sacramento, Calif.


6/93Certified Radiography X-Ray Supervisor and Operator

Department of Public Health, State of California, Radiologic Health Branch; Sacramento, Calif.


3/93Diplomate, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners

Greeley, Colorado


3/93Doctor of Chiropractic Degree, Palmer University

Palmer College of Chiropractic West; Sunnyvale, Calif.


7/92Activator Methods Adjusting Technique, Level II

H. Kontz, D.C.; Continuing Education Department, Palmer College of Chiropractic West; Sunnyvale, Calif.


7/92Somatics: A Neuromuscular Approach

J. Dreaver, D.C.; Continuing Education Department, Palmer College of Chiropractic West; Sunnyvale, Calif.


1/91-Enrolled – Palmer College of Chiropractic West (Graduated)

3/93Faculty; Sunnyvale, Calif.


9/90-Enrolled - Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

7/91San Francisco College of Acupuncture; San Jose, Calif.


4/91Essentials of Healing – The Asian Tradition

J. Amaro, D.C., L.Ac.; Oakland, Calif.


7/90Healing Journey to Bali-A Nine Day Experiential Intensive

T. Pinkson, Ph.D.; Center for Attitudinal Healing; Ubud, Bali


1/90Hellerwork

J. Heller; Mount Madonna Center, Watsonville, Calif.


6/89Cranial-Respiratory Mechanism: Diagnosis and Treatment

E. Jarvis, D.C.; Pacific Grove, Calif.


4/89Biochemical Individuality Profile

M. Shusterman, M.D.; Metagenics Seminars; Berkeley, Calif.


3/89Sports Injury Management

L. Stein, D.C.; Palo Alto, Calif.


2/89Brain, Cognition and Intelligence

N. Riley, Ph.D., W. Gordon, Ph.D.; Institute of Bio-Molecular Education and Research; Berkeley, Calif.


9/88ICU-Peritonitis: 12 Days I.V. Gentamyacin

E. Chan, M.D.; Saint Rose Hospital; Hayward, Calif.


5/88The Tao of Healing: Exploring Energetic Perspectives

Richard Miles, Valerie Hunt, Ed.D., Dora Kunz, Erik Peper, Ph.D., Angela Shen, OMD, Angeles Arrien, M.A.

UCSF School of Medicine; San Francisco, Calif.


4/88Activator Methods Adjusting Technique

M. Slosberg, D.C., Dept. of Continuing Education, Life Chiropractic College-West; San Lorenzo, Calif.


2/88Nimmo Receptor-Tonus Technique of Neuromuscular Re-Education, Level II

S. Laws, D.C.; Dept. of Continuing Education, Life Chiropractic College-West; San Lorenzo, Calif.


2/88Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique, Level II Certification

M.T. Morter, Jr., B.S., M.A., D.C.; San Francisco, Calif.


1/88Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique, Level I Certification

M.T. Morter, Jr., B.S., M.A., D.C.; San Francisco, Calif.


1/88-Enrolled – Life Chiropractic College-West (Transferred to PCCW, 1991)

12/89San Lorenzo, Calif.


7/87-Chemistry Intensive (Organic)

9/87New College of California; Whittier, Calif.


7/87Concept Therapy

E. Harrison, D.C.; Concept Therapy Institute; Costa Mesa, Calif.


5/87Suggestive Therapy-Doctors Seminar

B. Dawson, D.C., E. Harrison, D.C.; Concept Therapy Institute; Costa Mesa, Calif.


3/87Cottam Craniopathic Technique

C. Cottam, D.C.; Department of Continuing Education, Cleveland Chiropractic College; Los Angeles, Calif.


1/87Nimmo Receptor-Tonus Technique of Neuromuscular Re-Education

S. Laws, D.C.; Department of Continuing Education, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic; Whittier, Calif.


12/85Acuscope, Level II Certification

L. Dickensheets; The Institute of Bio-Molecular Education and Research; Irvine, Calif.


12/85Nutrition, Body Chemistry and Behavior

          P. Boccumini, Ph.D.; Department of Continuing Education, Nursing Program, Golden West College;

          Huntington Beach, Calif.


9/85-Anatomy (w/ lab), Chemistry (Inorganic), Microbiology, Physiology

6/86Faculty; Golden West College, Huntington Beach, Calif.


6/85Flower Essence Practitioner, 10 Day Intensive

R. Katz, P. Kaminski; FES Seminars, Inc.; Nevada City, Calif.


3/85The Applied Kinesiological Approach to The Spine

D. Leaf, D.C.; International College of Applied Kinesiology; Los Angeles, Calif.


2/85Acuscope, Continuing Education Workshop

L. Dickensheets; Inst. of Bio-Molecular Education and Research; Irvine, Calif.


1/85High-Tech Health Systems: Taking The Holistic Approach

S. Helschien, D.C.; Los Angeles, Calif.


12/84The Importance of Amino Acids in Chiropractic

D. Tyson, Ph.D.; Integrated Health Seminars; Santa Monica, Calif.


12/84Candida Albicans: The Nutritional Approach

J. Katke; Metagenics, Inc.; San Clemente, Calif.


11/84Acuscope, Level I Certification, Operation and Treatment Protocol

L. Dickensheets; Inst. of Bio-Molecular Education and Research; Irvine, Calif.


11/84Cranial and Temporomandibular Joint Imbalances

G. Goodheart, D.C., D. Leaf, D.C.; International College of Applied Kinesiology; Los Angeles, Calif.


10/84Taking the Quantum Leap: The Kahuna and the Physicist

F. Wolfe, Ph.D., Abraham Kawai'i, Kahuna; Department of Continuing Education, Nursing Program, Golden West College; Huntington Beach, Calif.


9/84Cerebral Dominance-Developmental Patterns of The Brain

W. Gordon, Ph.D.; Institute for Cortext Research and Development; Palo Alto, Calif.


9/84Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Release

J. Harris, M.Th.; American Institute of Massage Therapy; Costa Mesa, Calif.


9/84Acupressure, Advanced Program, 30 Hours

S. Chang, Ph.D., C.A.; Department of Continuing Education, Nursing Program, Golden West College;           Huntington Beach, Calif.


8/84Introduction to Acupressure/Acupuncture, 12 Hours

S. Chang, Ph.D., C.A.; Department of Continuing Education, Nursing Program, Golden West College;

          Huntington Beach, Calif.


6/84Massage Technician Program, 200 Hours

D. Dietemann, Ph.D.; Academy of Health Sciences; Garden Grove, Calif.


3/84Introduction to Amino Acid Biochemistry

M. Tyson, B.Sc.; Integrated Health Seminars; Santa Monica, Calif.


8/82Alpha Learning Intensive, 7 Day Workshop

The Live and Learn Institute; Encino, Calif.


2/81Touch For Health, Level 1, 24 Hour Workshop

L. Watanabe, M.Th.; Manhattan Beach, Calif.


6/80Instructor Certification Course; Nautilus Sports Medicine Principles

Sports Conditioning and Rehabilitation Clinic; Santa Monica, Calif.


7/77-Vision Quest: Log Cabin Adventures in the Great North-West

1/80Ried Lake District; Prince George, British Columbia


9/75-Algebra, Trigonometry, Physics, Political Science, Spanish, Gymnastics

6/76Faculty; Golden West College, Huntington Beach, Calif.


6/75Sho Dan, 1st Degree Black Belt, Tang Soo Do, Moo Duk Kwan

B. Alegria, 4th Dan; Harbor City, Calif.