Richard Gracer, Gracer Medical Group founder and director, has been a doctor for over 30 years. He began his journey into the benefits of alternative health when a car accident left him with a broken neck bone. Not getting better with traditional treatment, he finally went to a European trained physical therapist, who manipulated his spine. After receiving rapid welcome relief, he started his life long interest and education in alternative health treatments.
Dr. Gracer has been practicing orthopedic medicine since 1979. He is Board certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, board certified in Family Practice, and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. A well-known specialist in Regenerative Injection Therapy (prolotherapy) and interventional pain management, he is the first physician in the U.S. to treat intervertebral disc problems with ozone injections into the disc. He also uses Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for a variety of musculoskeletal problems, including degenerative arthritis and ligament and tendon injuries.
Dr. Gracer employs the best of conventional and alternative treatments. He currently runs Gracer Behavioral Health Services, an innovative and comprehensive substance abuse program that stresses the reduction of cravings. His group also specializes in treating pain, as well as other complex medical problems such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Dr. Gracer also loves to teach. He was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Community and Family Medicine at UC San Francisco School of Medicine from 1980 until 2005. He has taught orthopedic medical topics at many seminars and courses both in North America and Europe.
Dr. Gracer’s love for medicine is all in the family. His son worked as his partner and now has his own family practice.. His brother is a psychiatrist and his brother-in-law is a preventative and nutritional physician. Although Dr. Gracer considered studying for a PhD in biochemistry, he became a family doctor because he enjoyed interacting with people and seeing positive changes in his patients. Grateful to his patients for teaching him so much over the years, he says “A physician who does not constantly learn from those he cares for will always be treating his first patient.”
Dr. Gracer has edited three books, Beating the Years, Beating Back Pain and Beating Sports Injuries. He also wrote an “ask the doctor’ column for 10 years. He is the author of A New Prescription for Addiction, his first book and wrote an essay in the recently published anthology, Peak Vitality.
Dr. Gracer is the host of the radio program ‘A New Prescription for Health’ on WomensRadio.com .