Meet the Doctors

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Dr. Stephen Gradwohl, D.C.

Dr. Stephen Gradwohl grew up locally and graduated from Shawnee Mission North. He attended Mid America Nazarene University before transferring to Cleveland Chiropractic College, where he received a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree in 1985. Dr. G graduated at the top of his class as Summa Cum Laude.

Learning has always been a key part of Dr. Gradwohl's life. He now holds certificates or degrees in:

  • Fellow in the Academy of Chiropractic Acupuncture-1986

  • Diplomat of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics-1990

  • Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician-1996

  • Active Release Technique (ART)-2003

  • Loomis Digestive Health Specialist-2008

  • Certified Level 3 Neurokinetic Therapy Specialist -2015

  • Certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)-2015

  • Dry Needling Certification - DN-3 Feb 2019

  • Currently studying: Masters of Science in Applied Breathing though Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences

 In 2006, Dr. Gradwohl renamed the office Optimal Health Center. This reflected the change in his approach to medicine for both his patients and his personal lifestyle. His goal is to bring optimal health to every patient, and he has always believed one has to start with oneself to affect change in others. 

Today, Dr. Gradwohl delivers the results that you seek by being one of the most innovative practitioners you will ever meet. He applies an extensive range of techniques, education, technologies, and experience to bring you unique treatment plans designed to restore you, your family, and loved ones to Optimal Health.


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Dr. Amy Bates, D.C.

Dr. Amy Bates is a native of Nebraska where she attended the University of Nebraska-Kearney, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After her bachelor's degree, Dr. Bates headed to Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City, where she was awarded her Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree in 2010.

Dr. Bates believes it is best to have many different tools when it comes to health care, and she is constantly combining what she has learned with the newest information available in order to provide the patients with the best care possible.

  • Loomis Internal Health Specialist -2011

  • Certified Level 1 Neurokinetic Therapy Specialist -2013

  • Certified Level 2 Neurokinetic Therapy Specialist -2014

  • Certified Level 3 Neurokinetic Therapy Specialist -2015

  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment -2015

  • Dry Needling Certification - DN-3 Feb 2019

While Dr. Bates treats men, women and children alike, she has developed a passion and niche as an expert in women’s health.

“Women should not have to be frustrated with their health. I want to be the Health Practitioner that listens and has a comprehensive plan of action to help the body heal. There is a reason why the body creates symptoms such as PMS, Hot Flashes, Painful Periods, Heartburn, Anxiety, Depression, Headaches, IBS, Fibromyalgia and Infertility... STRESS. Loomis Enzyme Therapy, Chiropractic, Dry Needling, and Neurokinetic Therapy provide the tools I need to help women achieve optimal health and live symptom free by finding the source of the stress. Stress can come in three forms: chemical, structural and neurological—by eliminating the source or sources of stress the body can move to a state of health.”

–Dr. Bates

When Dr. Bates is not treating her patients, she enjoys spending time with her husband, friends, and family, home improvement projects, watching and going to sporting events (especially Nebraska Football), movies, cooking, weightlifting, and cuddling with their pets Leo, Sid, Harley, and Spike.