According to Atlanta, the Women Making a Mark program “celebrates the contributions and successes of women in metro Atlanta who have made a significant impact in our community” while displaying traits such as “tireless dedication, strong leadership and impassioned good will.” These honorees are committed to their profession, their community, and to helping Atlanta and its citizens.”
Past honorees make up a diverse group of business executives and owners, entrepreneurs, Supreme Court judges, doctors, lawyers, philanthropists, mayors, nonprofit leaders, and community volunteers.
A native of Hall County, Ga., Dr. Grunch’s interest in neurosurgery was sparked at an early age when her mother suffered a spinal cord injury in an auto accident while on duty as a Hall County deputy. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Dr. Grunch went on to earn her medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia, and completed her neurosurgery residency and fellowship at Duke University.
She returned home to Gainesville and began practice at Longstreet Clinic in 2013. A board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Grunch helped Longstreet Clinic establish the Neuroscience & Orthopedic Center in 2021. She welcomes patients at offices in Gainesville, Braselton and Demorest where she treats a wide array of neurosurgical issues, specializing in minimally invasive spinal procedures as well as cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacement.
In addition to the 2023 Women Making a Mark honor, she has received numerous recognitions and accolades throughout a decade of private practice, including:
- Top Doctor, Atlanta magazine, 2022
- Top Doctor, Georgia Trend, 2020, 2021, 2022
- 40 Under 40, UGA Alumni Association
- 40 Under 40, Georgia Trend
- 31 Women in Spine & Neurosurgery to Know, Becker’s
- 50+ spine surgeons to know in 2023, Becker’s
In addition to traveling frequently to teach other surgeons new minimally invasive techniques and procedures, she has gained popularity and accolades on social media as “LadySpineDoc” (among others, @ladyspinedoc on TikTok, Instagram & Facebook), where she shares her unique blend of education, empowerment and entertainment with over a million followers.
Learn more about what this honor means to Dr. Grunch and look for the the Atlanta magazine feature story in the June 2023 edition. Dr. Grunch and the other honorees were recognized at an awards breakfast in Midtown on June 9.