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Dr. Steve Gangemi

Dr. Steve Gangemi practices holistic health care in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He uses various methods which bring together functional neurology, biochemistry, acupressure meridian therapies, applied kinesiology, and dietary and lifestyle-modification methods to get a person healthy again. Gangemi has a doctorate degree in chiropractic and bachelor degree in nutrition.

He is a six-time qualifier and finisher of the Ironman Hawaii World Championship Triathlon and 10 other Ironman events as well as countless other triathlons, bicycle races and time-trial races. He’s been an All-American Triathlete twice, in 1997 and 2004, and is still very competitive to this day, often placing or winning his age group in races.

His alter-ego, the Sock Doc, discusses injury prevention and treatment for runners, cyclists, and triathletes at He is also a regular contributor at Zero Drop.

Dr. Gangemi, his wife MaryBeth, and kids Makayla, Ava Mae, and Paxton Fox, live in Chatham County, North Carolina where they grow many of their own vegetables, eat the eggs from their own hen house, keep bees for honey, and drink raw milk from a local organic farm.

Dr. Gangemi is a Health, Fitness and Injury Prevention Advisor to the Natural Running Center.

If you could sum up in a few words what I do, the most apt definition would perhaps be ‘complementary medicine,’ or ‘holistic health care’. I don’t use the word ‘alternative’ because for me, my family, and many of my patients, this type of health care is not alternative; it is the only one we follow.


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Gangemi is known as the “Sock Doc” because he treats patients while wearing no shoes  — just socks and as he says, “a white lab coat in my office to keep matters professional-looking.” In this photo, he’s working with Lara O’Brien, who is First Soloist with the Carolina Ballet.

Comments (1)

  • Hi Doctor Gangemi, i’m Giuseppe and i’m an osteopath. I’m so interesting in your work and filosophy. I live and work in Italy. Do you makes some seminars in Italy or Europe? Thanks for your time. Good night, Giuseppe Faverin

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