Kathy L. Gruver, PhD, LMT, RM

Author of the award winning books, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet,
Conquer your Stress with Mind/Body Techniques,
Journey of Healing,
Conquer your Stress at Work,
Market My Practice,
Body/Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker

PO Box 3184

Santa Barbara, CA 93130




Lecture, Writing and Guest Appearances:

I have written seven books on health and produced an instructional massage DVD. I have appeared on over 250 radio and TV shows as a guest expert, penned dozens of articles for professionals and laypeople. I have been a contributing expert to numerous publications and have lectured over 200 times internationally including the TEDx stage. Notable publications include: CNN.com, Glamour, WebMD, Ladies Home Journal, NPR, Dr. Oz's The Good Life, Lifetime Television, CBS NY, SkyNews London, FoxNews.com, People.com, Awareness Magazine, Huffington Post, Prevention, Men's Health, Las Vegas' Morning Blend, and my own show airing nationally next year.

Awards and Recognition:

  • Author: Journey of Healing, Winner USA Best Book Awards, Beverly Hills Book Awards, Pinnacle Awards, Indie Excellence Awards and the non-fiction category of the London Book Festival.
  • Author: The Alternative Medicine Cabinet, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards and finalist for the Indie Excellence Awards.
  • Author: Conquer your Stress with Mind/Body Techniques, winner of the Global Ebook Awards, Beverly Hills Book Awards and the Indie Excellence Awards, Irwin Awards, finalist for the USA Best Book Awards, voted one of the Top 50 Reads for 2013.
  • Author: Conquer your Stress at Work, Workplace Wellness, Body/Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker and Market my Practice.
  • Finalist for the Gutsy Gal Awards, 2012.
  • Winner of NAWBO’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award, 2012 in health and fitness.
  • Selected by Massage Magazine as a 'Best Practice' for 2006 and 2007.


Currently in private practice with medical massage and hypnotherapy in Santa Barbara, CA. Works freelance as a speaker and educator. Worked previously as a massage instructor at Santa Barbara Bodyworks and SBBCollege as a massage, marketing and technical instructor.

Training and Education:

2017 HMI Trauma Hypnosis

2017 International Conference on Health Psychology, Havana, Cuba

2017 Hypnothoughts Live, Continuing Education Units, hypnosis.

2017 HMI Smoking Cessation Certification

2011 - present Harvard Continuing Medical Education Lifestyle Medicine and Stress, Alzheimer’s Disease, Toxicology, Lifestyle Medicine and Prescribing Exercise, Lifestyle and Osteoporosis, Depression, Disaster Medicine, Endocrine Emergencies, Type 2 Diabetes, Addiction, HIV, Hypertension, Hypercholestemia, Anxiety, Mental Health, Breast Cancer, Cancer and more added yearly.

2016 Global Conference on Mindfulness Rome, Italy

2016 Mind/Body Medicine Protocols for Enhanced Performance Harvard Medical and Mass General. Two days of training with Dr. Daniel Brown.

2016 Hypnothoughts Live Continuing Education Units, hypnosis. Also a presenter of 2 workshops

2015 HMI Master of Guided Imagery Certification

2015 HMI Therapeutic and Guided Imagery, Mythic and archetypal imagery, Imagery for life passages.

2015 ANMA Conference Featured speaker and CEUs on stress, immune system, cancer, iridology, herbs, homeopathics and emergency medicine.

2015 Hypnothoughts Live Featured speaker and 3 days of workshops and CEUs.

2015 Middle Eastern Nursing Conference. Caritas Caring Conference

2015 HMI Classes in PTSD, Using visualization for health and stress management, rapid inductions.

2014 HMI (Hypnosis Motivation Institute) Classes in History of Hypnosis, Pain Management, Foundations of Hypnotherapy, Ethics, Business Management, EFT, Pre and Post Surgical Hypnosis, Clinical Cases. Specializing in pain management, stress reduction, pre and post op hypnotherapy.

Sept 2014 American Naturopath Medical Association Convention. 26 hours of lecture.

Nov 2013 Evolving Consciousness Health Cruise Classes include: Tai Chi, Meditation, Heart-Centered Therapy, Communication, Brain Science, Biology of Bliss with Norm Shealy, Nutrition, Breathwork. 24 hours of CE.

Oct 2013 Harvard Medical School Continuing Education Meditation and Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh and Jon Kabat-Zinn. 14 hours of study and practicum.

Sept 2013 American Naturopath Medical Association Convention. 26 hours of lecture.

Oct. 2012 World Congress of Quantum Medicine. 30 hours of lecture with speakers including Dr. Roland Thomas, Dr. Yuri Kronn, Dr. Paul Drouin, Dr. Amit Goswami, Dr. Masuru Emoto.

July 2012 American Naturopath Medical Association Convention. 26 hours of lecture. Cancer, Mind-Body Medicine, Vitamin D, Autism, Herbs, Nutrients, Legal Issues. I was a keynote speaker on stress and relaxation.

Dec 2011 Harvard Medical Continuing Education Meditation & Visualization Practices for Everyday Living & Wellbeing and to Enhance Peak Performance. Daniel Brown, PhD, ABPH, Boston, MA. 15 hours of continuing education.

Oct 2011 Restorative Medicine Conference, AARM, Evidence-Based Clinical Research Review in Endocrinology and Chronic Disease. Classes include: Liver disease (Jill Stansbury), Mind/Body Medicine (Gabor Mate and Paul Epstein), Hormones, Autism, Iodine Deficiency, Toxins and Heavy Metals, Pediatric Vaccines (Heather Zwickey), 23 hours of continuing education.

Sept 2011 SP West Coast Essentials of Nutritional Therapy, Dr. Jay Robbins, DC. 8 hour course on assessment of nutritional deficiency and solutions to disease states.

June 2011 Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School The Revolutionary Practice of Mind/Body Medicine taught by Dr. Herbert Benson et al. Week long course covering the stress and relaxation response, sleep, exercise, scientific review of mind/body interactions, strategic skill training, disease specific interventions and how to incorporate mind/body medicine into your practice.

2010-2011 NCCAM (National Institutes of Health) Complementary and Alternative Medicine Online Continuing Education Series. Certificate Program. Neurobiological Correlates of Acupuncture, Integrative Medicine, CAM and Aging, Manipulation and Body Based Therapies, Acupuncture, Mind-Body Medicine, Herb and other Dietary Supplements, Health and Spirituality, Overview of CAM.

2009-2011 Clayton College of Natural Health. PhD in Natural Health Highest Honors, with an emphasis in mind/body medicine. Health and Human Energy, Women’s Health Issues, Immunology, Mind/Body Wellness, TCM, Ayurvedic Medicine, Toxicity, Prosperity, Universal Energy and Health, Dissertation: How our words, thoughts and beliefs affect physiology and health outcomes.

2011 American Naturopath Medical Association Convention. 26 hours of lecture. Was privileged to be one of the featured speakers on Reiki.

2010 American Naturopath Medical Association Convention. 26 hours of lecture. Was privileged to be one of the featured speakers on Mind/Body Medicine.

2009 American Naturopath Medical Association Convention. 26 hours of lecture on various topics such as Detoxification, Nutrition, Energy Medicine, Iridology, Chemically-induced Disease, Minerals, Acupressure, Anti-aging, Cancer Treatments, GMO’s, Preventing Healing Crisis, Emotional Auditing, Legal

2007- January 2009 Clayton College of Natural Health. M.S. in Natural Health. Highest Honors. Curriculum included Nutrition, Biology, Cancer Treatment, Anatomy and Physiology, Human Development, Healing Relationships, Homeopathy for Animals, Psychospiritual Health, Herb/Vitamin/Mineral/RX interaction, Personal Environment, Mind/Body Wellness.

2008 Comprehensive Nutrition Training. Crayhon Research. 16 hours of lecture on latest nutritional breakthroughs, eating and supplements for disease, politics of food, autoimmune disorders, gastrointestinal health, weight loss.

2008 American Naturopath Medical Association Convention. 26 hours of lecture on various topics such as Nutrition for Stress, Fingernail and Tongue Analysis, Chronic Pain, Iridology, Food and Disease, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (non-surgical treatments), Client Communication, Inflammation, Cancer Therapies, Skin disorders, Legal Concerns and CPR Certification with the American Heart Assoc.

June 2008 Food First Seminar with Crayhon Research. 6 hour lecture on latest nutritional research and special diets for treating disease.

March 2008 Food First Seminar with Crayhon Research. 6 hour lecture on latest nutritional research and health.

2006-2007 Clayton College of Natural Health. Doctor of Naturopathy for Health Care Professionals. Highest Honors. Curriculum included Herbology, Iridology, Homeopathy, Diet, Cleansing and Nutrition, Mind-body medicine, History and Foundations of Naturopathy, Practicum and Assessment techniques.

2007 Energetic Kinesiology and Muscle Testing 8 hours. Work with kinesiology to assess conditions and recommend natural remedies.

2007 American Naturopath Medical Association Convention 26 hours of lecture on various topics such as Cell Healing, Nutrition, Whole Foods, Minerals, Iridology, Detoxification, Children’s Nutrition, Natural Pain Relief, Hormones, Emotional Medicine, Heart Disease, and Color Healing. Special workshops in Probiotics, Energy Balancing, Pain Relief and Intestinal Disorders.

2007 Healing And the Childbearing Year Central Coast Doula Association Conference featuring Penny Simkin. Childhood Sexual Abuse and its effect on childbearing, Postpartum care, Infant care, Healing Remedies for the childbearing year.

2007 Dr’s Gaby and Wright Nutrition and Disease Lecture 4 day lecture addressing every vitamin, mineral, enzyme and amino acid and information on nutrition for over 300 diseases and disorders.

2006 American Naturopath Medical Association Convention 26 hours of lecture on various topics such as Nutrition, Mind-body medicine, Herbs, Chinese Medicine, Breath work, Homeopathics, Cancer, Depression and Diabetes education.

2006 Clayton College of Natural Health. Certificate of Natural Wellness Highest Honors, Curriculum included Nutrition, Mind-Body Medicine, Alternative Practices, Holistic Lifestyles, and Energy Techniques.

2003 Medical Massage Certification LMTSuccessGroup, 45 hour program with training in Postural Distortion, Back Conditions, Cervical Conditions, Arm and Leg Disorders, Insurance Billing and Healing with E-Stim.

2001 Training and Certification SB School of Massage, 200 hour program with training in Swedish, Sports, Shiatsu, On-site Chair, Chiropractic Massage, Pregnancy, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, Polarity Balancing, Anatomy and Ethics and Business.

1995 Training and Certification School of Massage, Encino, CA. 75 hour program with training in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Anatomy and Ethics.

1990 3 years Private Study with Pat Mauro, LMT, RN, EMT; Pittsburgh, PA. Training in Deep Tissue, Body Manipulation, Herbs, and Intuitive Massage

1988-1992 Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA BFA theatre, Minor in Psychology, Cum Laude

Reiki Certification to Master Level with Diane Vaughn RM, Venice, CA.

I have taught group as well as individual classes and perform healings and attunements.

  • Member of Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals
  • National Speakers Association
  • American Hypnosis Association
  • Hypnotherapists Union

Personal Interests:

I enjoy dance, flying trapeze, reading, teaching, scuba diving, writing, theatre, improvisation, good food with my husband, and my 2 cats.

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