meet the gapin institute team
At Gapin Institute we emphasize science-based precision medicine, personalizing every health decision based on your unique genetic blueprint. We take a whole-body, epigenetic approach to health, focusing on how all inputs affect the human system. We utilize cutting-edge age management protocols to reverse the aging process and expand longevity. Track and leverage your biometric data using state of the art wearable technology to truly optimize your health.
Mike Menza, MMS PA-C, MEd
Mike is a national board-certified Physician Assistant (PA) with over 5 years specialization in men’s health and hormone optimization. Before joining the Gapin Institute, Mike operated the highest rated primary care location in Austin, Texas. Prior to specializing in Men’s Health, he trained in general, orthopedic and spine surgery, completing over 60 operating room cases. Mike has also completed elective rotations in both medical and aesthetic dermatology and a special rotation working with the Broward County Medical Examiner as a medical expert at accident and crime scenes. Mike attained a Masters in Education from the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia before beginning his career in medicine. He is passionate about practicing evidence based medicine and utilizing his education background to help his patients understand the “why”, not just the “what”.
Karen Gruber, ARNP
Karen is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in the state of Florida since 2009. Prior to ARNP status, Karen was a registered nurse for 18 years. Karen’s diverse professional experience has focused on aesthetics, integrative and functional medicines, hormone optimization, anti-aging therapies, critical care and cardiothoracic intensive care. Karen has developed and implemented the IV infusion care plan such as IV Stem Cells, Ultraviolet Light Therapy, Chelation, Myers Cocktail, Silver Hydrosol, Hydrogen Peroxide and other specialized formulations to meet patient specific needs.
Arielle Unger, certified Epigenetic Coach
Arielle Unger is a certified Epigenetic Coach who has been working to optimize health through a genetic lens for several years. She graduated in 2007 from Arizona State University summa cum laude with a BA in psychology. After her husband got diagnosed with stage IV cancer at the age of 25 she took a deep dive into researching health and wellness, which eventually led her down the road to individualized health and epigenetics. Knowing her bent for health research, friends and family would come to her for advice and although growing up she always loved nutrition, she knew she did not agree with the conventional methods and direction of the “one-size fits all” model. This indirect journey eventually led her to find the functional approach to overall health. Now she guides men to optimal health through epigenetic and functional nutrition tools!
There is an overwhelming amount of information on diet and supplementation in our world today. I can use knowledge of your genes, environment, and goals to guide you to the specific nutrients, supplements, and lifestyle habits that provide support specifically for you. The results are not only life-changing but will save you time and money and frustration. I also specialize in supplemental therapies, mind-body connection, and interpersonal relationships. I believe that you are so much more than the sum of your genes. I will help you express your full potential.
Carolyn Nicholas, FMCHC & Natural Chef
As a former Division 2 women’s basketball player and full athletic scholarship recipient, Carolyn knows what it takes to be a collegiate athlete and team player always focusing on that glass half full. Prior to getting into Functional Medicine, Carolyn worked in the corporate world for one of the largest global asset management companies based in Los Angeles before relocating to London, UK where she started a company that sold desserts into a national UK grocery chain. After her own mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a few years later, she realised the importance of preventing dis-ease and utilising food as medicine and became determined to help others achieve the best version of themselves through lifestyle changes. Carolyn has previously worked alongside Functional Medicine practitioners in the UK and as a Noom health coach where she helped to guide, support and empower thousands of people on every step of their health journey. Carolyn lives outside of London with her 13 year old twins.
Michelle Gillette, certified Functional Medicine Health
Michelle Gillette, is the CEO of Mindful Revolution in the US, a data-driven, science and evidence-based company focused on mental wellness offering programs that teach mindfulness and resilience skills. She is also a certified Functional Medicine Health Coach via the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM and FMCA.) She has 4 additional certifications in Brain Health, and is a Martha Beck Certified Life Coach. Michelle’s focus is on supporting clients as they reinvigorate their lives: guiding them make the mind-shifts and lifestyle changes that help them live their healthiest, most fulfilling lives whether that be in terms of their personal wellness, their careers, their family life, or their love lives. Additionally, Michelle’s experience in the financial world as the Sr. VP of a successful Hedge Fund lends itself to an efficient and pragmatic approach to working with corporate clients interested in Peak Performance, creating healthier, more inspiring work environments for employees, customers and clients.
In both her personal and corporate coaching, she shares tools to support clients as they overcome the obstacles and limiting beliefs that hold them back from reaching their full potential. From there, she shares the type of lifehacks, biohacks, products and behavioral changes that help clients achieve their optimal wellness. She follows through by supporting clients through the practicalities of the implementation phase, which is often the critical stage when incremental changes become “lifestyle changes.”
Dawn is a certified Integrative Health Practitioner and Functional Medicine Health Coach who has worked in this field for over 5 years. She has practiced in both a clinical and virtual setting, gaining a wide perspective on weight, food, mental, and spiritual issues from around the world. Dawn believes everyone can reach their personal health goals and is very excited to work with the Gapin Institute as a Performance Health Coach.
Why Preventative Medicine?
You know, the current healthcare model is broken. It doesn’t work. It focuses on treating disease. It’s reactive, it’s passive, it’s one size fits all.
We need to change the paradigm. We need to take responsibility for our health. We need to be proactive, address the underlying cause of disease before it starts and emphasize prevention. It’s a whole body approach to optimizing your health and performance. And it’s individualized.
And that’s why I’ve committed to empowering men like you to take control of your health to achieve high performance.
Because men who are functioning at optimal levels and being smart about their health are more powerful and present husbands and fathers. And that’s my true mission.
MEET DR. TRACY GAPIN
Dr. Gapin is board certified by the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
After his undergraduate education at Texas A&M University (Gig ‘Em!) and medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he completed a general surgery internship and urology residency at the University of Florida.
Dr. Gapin combines his compassion and extensive experience with men’s health care and cutting-edge technology to offer patients individualized, state-of-the-art care. He has been a true pioneer for innovation throughout his medical career.
In 2006, Dr. Gapin was the first urologist in Sarasota, FL to perform robotic surgery.
In 2013, Dr. Gapin was the first urologist in Sarasota to perform MRI-guided targeted fusion biopsy for prostate cancer detection, which has since become the standard of care.
In 2013, he was the first board-certified urologist in Sarasota to perform High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) for minimally invasive treatment of men with prostate cancer. HIFU has since been FDA-approved for use in the US and has become widely recognized and utilized as a safe, effective treatment option for prostate cancer with minimal treatment-related side effects compared to traditional options.
Dr. Gapin founded Sarasota Prostate Care in 2014 to provide MRI-guided targeted fusion biopsy and HIFU for prostate cancer patients.
In 2017, Dr. Gapin founded Smart Men’s Health, focused on optimizing male performance. He offers a personalized path to helping men maximize sexual health, testosterone levels, and prostate health.
He currently resides in Sarasota, Florida with his wife and two children.
DISCOVER A DIFFERENT APPROACH
We have combined cutting edge genetic & epigenetic science with physiology, biochemistry, brain/peak performance, hormones, lifestyle, and positive psychology for personalized solutions so you can access your limitless potential to thrive.
Executive Men's Telehealth
We provide concierge-level executive health and wellness expertise utilizing leading video-based telemedicine technology.
The rise of telehealth offers patients instant and convenient medical care from the comfort and safety of their own home. Virtual consults also empower men to seek treatment for issues they might not otherwise address because of time, convenience or embarrassment.
We emphasize science-based precision medicine, personalizing every health decision based on your unique genetic blueprint.
Your genetic code determines how YOUR body best responds to health interventions. No more guessing! Every man is different, and thus needs to be treated differently. The one-size-fits-all approach to health and wellness doesn’t work!
Personalized Performance Blueprint
We take a whole-body approach to health. This means that we focus on how all inputs affect the human system – not just testosterone!
In fact, did you know that testosterone is only responsible for maybe 10-20% of your health and overall performance? For you to lose weight and regain your energy and focus and confidence, and feel like a man again, you need a lot more than just testosterone.
We emphasize a proactive approach to optimizing your health, focusing on 6 key areas – nutrition, sleep, detox, fitness, hormones, and mindset.
Anti-Aging & Longevity
We utilize cutting-edge age management protocols to reverse the aging process and expand longevity.
Through incredible research, we now understand that aging is an actual disease that develops from issues with cellular efficiency, cellular damage, and hormone deficiency. We have also learned that aging can be not only delayed, but actually reversed.
And we now have sophisticated tools to measure our physiologic age so we can objectively track the aging process.
Track and leverage your biometric data using state-of-the-art wearable technology to truly optimize your health. If you can measure it, you can manage it!
Wearable devices allow us to continually monitor various aspects of your health, such as sleep (quantity and quality), physiologic stress, fitness level, recovery status, and blood glucose levels.
This data provides real-time precision insight into your physiologic state that we can analyze to determine what works best for your body. We leverage that information to optimize every aspect of your health.