Dr. Stephen Gradwohl is a native of the Kansas City area growing up in Roeland Park and graduating from Shawnee Mission North.  He completed pre chiropractic at Johnson County Community College and Mid America Nazarene College now Mid America Nazarene University. He completed his chiropractic education at Cleveland Chiropractic College in 1985 receiving a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree, graduating at the top of his class as Summa Cum Laude. He moved to Lenexa and established his office on Santa Fe Trail Dr. in October of 1985. Continuing Education has always been important. Dr. Gradwohl completed specialty programs in orthopedics with Cleveland Chiropractic College becoming a Diplomat of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics (D.A.B.C.O.) in 1990. He also is a Fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Acupuncture, through New York Chiropractic College in 1986, and completed specialty training as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (C.C.S.P.) through Northwestern Chiropractic College in 1996.

Dr. Gradwohl has also spent postgraduate education in Nutrition, and Specialty Training in Carpal Tunnel diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Gradwohl has completed 75 hours of training in Active Release Technique

In 2006, Dr. Gradwohl moved his practice to Overland Park and renamed the office Optimal Health Center. This reflects the change in his approach to practice wanting to bring optimal health to every patient.

His practice is conservative non-surgical orthopedics of the spine and extremities. Dr. Gradwohl's philosophy consists of treating patient's in a three-fold approach: chemically, emotionally and structurally. This allows for optimum success in treating patients. In order to better serve his patients, beginning in year 2000, Dr. Gradwohl began working with Loomis Institute to help deal with the bodies chemical stress, and has his Loomis Digestive Health Specialist certificate and a certification in Internal Health from Logan University.

At OHCKC we do are best to provide emotional support to and have close relationships with psychologists in the area, and currently in the office.