Dr. Stephen Gangemi, DC, DIBAK, DCBCN

Natural Health Care Doctor

Dr. Gangemi

Hello and welcome to my natural treatment method Systems Health Care! A bit about me, Dr. Gangemi:

I’m the founder and creator of the natural health care method, Systems Health Care. I’ve been in practice since 1998 and opened the Systems Health Care office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in June of 2018.

My practice utilizes various holistic methods to help return a person to health as quick as possible. 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.

Therefore, the range of people who come to me include software engineers, professors, homeschooling moms and dads (and their kids), professional hockey players, dancers, and soccer players including athletes and coaches from both Duke and the University of North Carolina. Many of my patients also travel from other states or internationally to see me in my office. You can also learn more about my practice at drgangemi.com and at sock-doc.com.

I’m often the doctor who many end up seeing after all 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 in the long run. 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 doctor of chiropractic degree 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 and teaching Systems Health Care both in the USA and internationally. 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 am a board certified chiropractic physician in the state of North Carolina. I utilize manual muscle testing (MMT) – it is the art of the SHC 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 your nervous system with your entire body makes it an invaluable tool.

I am also 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, adventure, and bike races. 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 live with my wife MaryBeth along with our kids Makayla, Ava Mae, and Paxton in Chatham County, North Carolina. Makayla is a student at Logan Chiropractic College and Ava Mae is a student at High Point University. We have two dogs, and a lot of chickens and ducks, (at the SHC office pond). We homeschool our kids (well, now just Paxton who is in the 9th grade!) 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.

Thanks for the interest in me and Systems Health Care!

About Dr. Gangemi