Meet Your Tribe

Crystal Cunningham, MD, FACS

  • Primary Care
  • Ketamine Therapy
  • Minor Surgical Procedures
  • Foreign Body Removal

Dr. Cunningham is a board-certified general surgeon and an integrative primary care provider. She received her M.D. from North Dakota school of Medicine and Health Sciences and completed her General Surgery residency training at Easton Hospital in Easton, PA. She has trained at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Global Health policy and has served as a World Health Organization Expert in Global Surgery. She served as the lead surgeon in extensive humanitarian relief operations in over 30 countries promoting women’s and maternal health. She has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals in theoretical chemistry, medical physics and surgery. Dr. Cunningham lived her early years with the Oglala Tribe of South Dakota. She has studied with traditional healers and shamans around the globe.

Dr. Cunningham provides a safe environment for ketamine therapy* for major depression as well as psycholytic dosing for recovery from trauma. Her spiritual resources and experiences allow her to help clients open the doors of perception that lead to deep healing. In her Primary Care practice, Dr. Cunningham treats the whole person in a relaxed environment with thorough, personalized care. Minor surgical procedures such as lacerations, foreign body removal, cyst removal and removal of skin tags and moles are handled deftly and at reasonable cost.

* For details about potential benefits and risks of IV ketamine therapy, please call Dr. Cunningham at 928-814-5269.


  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • American Board of Surgery
  • World Health Organization Expert Panel for Global Surgery
  • Association of Ringside Physicians

Post-Graduate Training

  • General Surgery Easton Hospital, Easton, PA

  • The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Global Health Policy


  • University North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences

  • Augustana College Sioux Falls, SD Three Majors: Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology. summa cum laude 

Publications and Scientific Presentations

  • Cunningham C MD FACS, Akulo, L Registered Midwife DPH, Opong G, MD, Lukwata R MD. Implementation of a Vesicovaginal Fistula Repair Program in the Nakivale and Oruchinga Refugee Settlements of the Isingiro District of South Western Uganda. 2016 Uganda National Fistula Conference.

  • Cunningham C MD FACS, Akulo, L Registered Midwife DPH, Lukwata R MD, Ward C. Assessment of Partograph Use in the Nakivale and Oruchinga Refugee Settlements of South Western Uganda and Incidence of Vesicovaginal Fistula. Uganda 2016 Uganda National Fistula Conference.

  • Crystal Cunningham MD, A Time Line for Residents Seeking Careers in Humanitarian and Rural Surgery Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons February 2013.

  • Crystal Marie Cunningham MD, Thane Blinman MD, A Mathematical Model of Postprandial Hypoglycemia (“dumping syndrome”) After Fundoplasty in Children, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 211(3) (2010).

  • Crystal Cunningham MD Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: The Forgotten Crisis and Implications for the General Surgery Practice, The American Journal of Surgery DOI: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2010.03.015.

  • Crystal Cunningham MD, Harjeet Kohli MD FACS, Elysia Engelase MS III, Limb Salvaging Surgery in a Rare Case of Necrotizing Myositis Letter to the Editor The American Surgeon (2008).

  • E.Y. Hirata, C. Cunningham, J.A. Micka, H. Keller, M.W. Kissick, and L.A. DeWard Low Dose Fraction Behavior of High Sensitivity Radiochromic Film, The Journal of Medical Physics, 32, 4:1054-1060 (2005).

  • V. Talanquer, Crystal Cunningham, David Oxtoby, Bubble Nucleation in Binary Mixtures: A Semi-empirical Approach, The Journal of Chemical Physics, 114, 15:6759-6762(2001).

  • Crystal Cunningham, A. Viste, G. Earl, Implementation of Jaguar 4.0 in the Undergraduate Laboratory: A Computational Study of the Nickel-Iron Hydrogenase, Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science, 80, 131-145 (2001).