Dr. Gutknecht joined Independence Women's Clinic in 1978. He grew up in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico in 1970 and received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico in 1974.

Dr. Gutknecht completed his residency at Truman Medical Center-West in 1978 and was named Resident of the Year in 1978. He also was an instructor for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Truman Medical Center from 1974 to 1978.

Dr. Gutknecht is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). He is a member of the American Medical Association, Missouri State Medical Society, Metropolitan Medical Society, and the Kansas City Gynecology Society. Dr. Gutknecht enjoys traveling and photography.