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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Dr. Jen Gunter

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Dr. Jen Gunter has two New York Times columns dedicated to women's health, a Canadian docuseries called "Jensplaining" and a very active social media presence where she disseminates medical fallacies in a way that the general public can understand. Her latest project is the book "The Vagina Bible: The Vulva and the Vagina: Separating the Myth from the Medicine" (Citadel, $18.95) -- a Publishers Weekly and New York Times bestseller. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, the obstetrician and gynecologist resides with her sons in Northern California. Dr. Gunter stays in touch with followers on Twitter ( and her website (

Q. You're famous for all the information you share about women's health, but let's be real. Your shoe collection is famous, too. Where do you buy them?

A. (Laughs) Oh yeah, I have a thing for shoes. I wear a lot of Fluevogs. They have stores in San Francisco, but I've also bought them in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto. These are the shoes I purchase the most because they're so comfortable. I have a huge shoe cabinet in my bedroom where I display my most beautiful shoes like artwork. I grew up with size 10-1/2 feet and no stores carried bigger than a 10. Or if they did, they'd have one pair and it'd be sold out. My whole life I wore shoes that were too small and painful or just really ugly, so I think that's why shoes are such a thing for me.

Q. You do a lot of writing that you share with the public. Do you write when you're on the road?

A. I actually do. I don't use public Wi-Fi ever, especially in places like airports. So I write a lot on planes and at airports, because I won't be distracted by being online. I can usually sit somewhere and tune everything out. I recently flew to Chicago and worked three hours solid on the way there and back. Writing makes the trip go faster.

Q. But you must also get stopped by people now who recognize you.


A. It happens sometimes. The funniest was when I was flying home from Calgary and I was in the duty-free shop with an armful of Canadian liquor that is hard to find in other places. I was stocking up so that I could give some away as gifts. And a few people came up to me and said, "Excuse me, but aren't you Dr. Gunter?" I just said, "Why, yes, I am!" (Laughs.)

Q. What was the first trip you took as a child?

A. My parents emigrated from England and we went back there every few years. The first trip I remember would've been around kindergarten time. It was such a big deal to fly in the early '70s. You dressed up and had to behave. The flight attendants gave you things like wings and little books for kids to fill out.

Q. Given the choice, would you eat at a street cart or fine restaurant?


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