Gary L Laundre, PhD
Gary Lee Laundre was born in Detroit, Michigan in April, 1947. He served as a Navy Air Crewman in electronic countermeasures in Vietnam from 1965 - 1969. Upon his return home, he earned his degree at Michigan State University in Radio & Television Broadcasting and was hired quickly by WILS, in Lansing, Michigan. Gary Laundre became immediately successful as a radio and television personality and reached millions of people in broadcasts.
During the 1970s, Gary became a noted stand-up comedian. His comedy routine dealt boldly with many major issues of the day, including sexism and racism – issues that many others were afraid to touch. Gary's brand of humor brought his audiences to a higher plateau of understanding while leaving them rolling with laughter.
After being published in several national magazines and gaining further momentum in the entertainment industry, Gary was recognized by the world-famous Statler Brothers and spent the next 6 ½ years touring with them as their opening comedy act.
In the early 1980’s, Gary began formal writing activities as a professional screenwriter. He wrote the screenplay for “Madagh - The Sacrifice” through which he hoped to make the world aware of the Armenian Holocaust suffered in 1915.
In 1983 Gary Laundre earned his doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology and Comparative Religion. While at the same time, he served as an English teacher at southern California’s Hollywood Academy, helping newcomers to America become well acquainted with the English language.
His interest in helping people overcome personal challenges continued in other ways. Gary began work on his own manuscript for a book that would eventually change the way thousands of people deal with their eating habits. The result is the highly acclaimed book, “Think & Grow Thin,” published in 1994.
By this time, Gary Laundre was settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he developed a successful behavioral therapy practice. Here, he personally helped thousands of clients to lose weight, stop smoking, and successfully deal with phobias, fears, and anxiety issues. Gary’s techniques focus on both the mind and the body working together as a team to produce the best results. His dedication to quality has produced a steady stream of professional and private referrals to his practice over the last quarter century.
Gary Laundre's dedication to the community and its health has prompted a steady stream of radio interviews, television specials and magazine articles internationally. As past president of the International Association of Therapeutic Specialists, (a non-profit organization) Dr. Gary Laundre helped to pioneer efforts to integrate varied healing techniques into mainstream medicine.
His internet column, “Health Reviews by Dr. Gary Laundre” helped serve as a conduit to his international audience. It offered his readership a means and a guide to find the highest quality and most effective solutions available in the health industry.
In 2001, Dr. Gary Laundre authored a new book, “How to Expand Your Comfort Zone – Release the Fear That Holds You Back.” This book has helped thousands of people to become aware of the strength and resiliency of the mind-body system to release fear, anxiety, and other issues in order to live a more comfortable life. Dr. Laundre’s newest book, “The Happiness Code” is a culmination of 30 years of his work to help people to help themselves live a better, happier life. The THC Kindle Book at Amazon has drawn a lot of interest.
Dr. Laundre continues to live and work as a behavioral therapist in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the American Institute, which he founded. He travels extensively throughout the United States providing workshops on many college campuses while demonstrating the powerful capabilities of the human mind.
Dr. Laundre has published other books, dvds, and CDs in conjunction with Richmond House Publishing. These are available at major booksellers, at Dr Laundre's office, or at the Richmond House website.