Gael Wheeler, DO
Overland Park Campus
“My top priority is helping each patient identify and develop realistic lifelong preventative strategies, therapeutic approaches and healthy routines to optimize their healthspan and their quality of life. I use a combination of conventional and evidence-based Integrative approaches to help patients address the root of their problems.” – Dr. Gael
Board-certified in Osteopathic Family Practice and in Holistic Medicine, Dr. Gael Wheeler focuses on empowering patients to create a path to optimal health.
Dr. Wheeler graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2000 and completed internship and residency in Tampa, Florida. After residency, she was honored when the CEO of the hospital system she trained in offered her a year’s stipend in order to stay in the community and start a practice. She established Carrollwood Integrative Medicine in Tampa and practiced there until 2008, when she was lured by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest to the small college town of Corvallis, Oregon. There, she founded Grace Good Health, a small integrative health practice. In 2014, with a desire to be closer to family, she moved ‘back home’ to the Kansas City metro area.
While conventional medical training prepares physicians to diagnose illness and manage symptoms, Dr. Wheeler was intrigued with finding and addressing the root causes of imbalances that lead to poor health. This curiosity led her to seek further training through a number of entities: the American Academy of Environmental Medicine provided an understanding of the importance of considering exposure to toxins in our every day and work environment and the impact of these on our physiology. The American Holistic Medical Association has been valuable for deepening an
understanding of the mind-body connection and the Institute for Functional Medicine has provided a systematic approach for understanding the common underlying pathways that lead to health or disease.
Dr. Wheeler has sought additional training through the Age Management Medicine Group, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and Professional Compounding Centers of America, among others, regarding the proper use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to address endocrine imbalances. Dr. Wheeler’s approach brings together a diverse field of knowledge that creates a truly integrative way of considering each patient’s health concerns.
Dr. Wheeler holds membership in the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine. She has been active in the education of medical students, residents, and physicians regarding an integrative approach to the practice of medicine. She has been considered an expert regarding the appropriate use of bioidentical hormone therapy for women and men and has spoken and written extensively on this topic.
When not at the office, you’ll find her hiking local trails with friends, out in the garden or, as a self-confessed physiology geek, with her nose in a fat book with a long title having to do with biochemistry or the like! She is happy being back home in Kansas City, where she enjoys the company of her son and daughter in law, her sister and old friends. “I feel a bit like Dorothy in Wizard of Oz, who said it best: There’s no place like home!”
- Center Medical Director, Concentra (June 2018 – August 2019)
- Medical Director, Low T Centers for Men (November 2016 – April 2017)
- Physician, Rockcreek Wellness, Leawood, Kansas (January 2016 – November 2016)
- Medical Director, Midwest Aesthetics (January 2015 – December 2015)
- Solo Practice, Grace Good Health Corvallis, Oregon (October 2010 – December 2014)
- Physician, Samaritan Heartspring Wellness, Corvallis, Oregon (July 2008 – October 2010)
- Physician/owner Carrollwood Integrative Medicine, Tampa, Florida (September 2003 – June 2008)
In addition to the training listed below, I also have trained with the Institute for Functional Medicine, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, the American Holistic Medical Association, the American Academy of AntiAging Medicine, the American Academy of Restorative Medicine and the Scripps Center in California, among others. I sought this training to be prepared with the best in Conventional and Integrative approaches to patient care.
- ACLS/BLS certified
- AOBFP certification in Family Medicine
- DEA certification
- Family Practice Residency, University Community Hospital, Tampa Florida (June 2001 – July 2003)
- Internship, Family Medicine Department, University Community Hospital, Tampa, Florida (June 2000 – June 2001 )
- Graduation, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (May 2000)
- Masters of Public Administration, Policy and Planning/Organizational Behavior (August 1991)
- Bachelor of Arts, Urban Affairs (May 1981)
Cultural Interests and Physical Recreation
I enjoy a variety of volunteer opportunities through Serve KC Meetup and am looking forward to being involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Exercising at the gym or outdoors gardening, hiking and kayaking is an important part of my lifestyle. I also enjoy creative expression through a variety of mediums, including drawing, mosaics, and painting. Being a bit of a science nerd, I enjoy staying up on the latest research in health and wellness and the physiology of aging. Neuroscience and protecting cognitive function as we age is a special interest of mine. Lastly, time spent with family and friends is priceless!