Medical Advisory Board
Dr. Ara Suppiah
ER and Functional Medicine
Golf Channel Medical Expert
During his career, Dr. Ara has been a physician on the European Tour, multiple European Ryder Cup Teams and most recently on the PGA Tour establishing himself as a pioneer in the fast developing field of Golf Medicine & Wellness.
Currently, Dr. Ara is a highly sought after personal physician on the PGA and LPGA Tour, treating an A list roster. He also maintains his position as a practicing ER Physician & Chief Wellness Officer for Florida Emergency Physician and just in case that wasn’t enough he has also recently become an Assistant Professor in Clinical Medicine at the University of Central Florida Medical School.
In March 2014, Dr. Ara was appointed as the first Medical Analyst on the Golf Channel in order to share his inside knowledge on various player injuries and how they can be avoided and remedied. Previously he has been featured in the BBC series Trauma.
Relentlessly passionate about maximizing health and athletic performance, Dr. Ara is an author and wrote his first book, “Lose Weight and Feel Great now: The Insider’s Prescription to Turbocharging your Life!”
Dr. Vonda Wright
Speaker + Author
Dr. Wright cares for athletes and active people of all ages and skill levels from the Division I Georgia State Panthers, Pens Elite developmental hockey teams, University of Pittsburgh Division I athletes, World Rugby 7’s and Olympic track and field athletes and the Atlanta Ballet. She is a pioneering physician and thought leader for the new legion of E-Sports athletes.
In addition to her surgical practice, Dr. Wright is a media content expert and regularly appears on national TV shows including “Dr. Oz,” and “The Doctors.” She is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today and U.S. News & World Report, as well as in magazines such as Maxim, Prevention, Fitness, MORE, Runner’s World, Best Life, and Arthritis Today and numerous online publications. She proudly serves on the Sharecare Medical Advisory Board.
Dr. Wright speaks worldwide and has authored five books; “Fitness After 40: How to Stay Strong at Any Age” and “Guide to THRIVE: 4 steps to Body, Brains & Bliss,” “Younger in 8 weeks,” an “A Parents Playbook for Raising Healthy Athletes,” and “Masterful Care of the Aging Athlete.” Dr. Wright earned her Masters of Science at Rush University, her medical degree from the University of Chicago, completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and her fellowship in sports and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, 2x Stanley Cup champion, Peter Taglianetti and their blended family of 6 kids.
Dr. Richard J Hawkins
World Renowned Researcher
Dr. Richard J. Hawkins is a licensed, board-certified orthopedic surgeon who is widely recognized as one of the top shoulder surgeons in the world. He is a founding member and past president of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons society. Dr. Hawkins specializes in shoulder, elbow and knee reconstructive surgery and sports medicine. He is a professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and co-founder of the Steadman Hawkins Clinic, along with his colleague, Dr. J. Richard Steadman. He is also a former team physician for the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rockies.
Dr. Hawkins has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, seven textbooks on shoulder surgery, and presented more than 500 lectures at both national and international meetings. He sits on the editorial board of many orthopedic journals and is a member of many committees including the Council on Education for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).
Dr. Dwight Lundell
3x 1st Place IronMan Winner
Dr. Lundell’s experience in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery over the last 25 years includes having performed over 5000 coronary bypass operations, certification by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Dr. Lundell was a pioneer in “Off-Pump” heart surgery reducing surgical complications and recovery times. He’s in the Beating Heart Hall of Fame and has been listed in Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doctors for 10 years. He has been recognized by his peers as a leader and has served as Chief resident at the University of Arizona and Yale University Hospitals and later served as Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at several hospitals in the Phoenix area. He was one of the founding partners of the Lutheran Heart Hospital which became the second largest Heart hospital in U.S. and is now owned by Banner Health.
In 2004, Dr. Lundell left his successful thoracic and cardiovascular surgical practice after 25 years to open a clinic to test his theory that inflammation in the arteries was the cause of heart disease, a theory traditional medicine saw as heresy, disputing the cholesterol theory. Leaving surgery brought the freedom to refocus his career, writing books and articles, presentations, interviews and speeches to educate on inflammation and how to prevent and reverse heart disease through nutrition and lifestyle changes. He is the author of “The Cure For Heart Disease.”
In addition to educating, Dr. Lundell competes in triathlons; he is the 2008 and 2010 Ironman Arizona Champion and placed 10th and 7th in the Ironman world championships in Kona Hawaii, in 2009, and 201.
Dr. Vershalee Shukla
Holistic Cancer Pioneer
Dr. Vershalee Shukla, MD is a radiation oncology specialist in Scottsdale, AZ and has been practicing for 16 years. She graduated from University of Saskatchewan / College of Medicine in 2003 and specializes in radiation oncology.
Founder of the Vincere Cancer Center, their radiation center is one of the first in the world to house a vault less linac know as Zap. Zap is the first of its kind of radiation machines to be housed without shielding.
Her center boats environment that is healing offering tea rooms, to yoga rooms to a pet therapy garden.
“One of the many areas of importance to me as a medical provider is helping to promote patient well-being. It has becoming increasingly recognized in literature that meditation, yoga, healthful nutritional approaches and specific herbs can improve health and promote longevity in breast cancer survivors.” – Dr. Shukla.
Dr. Vershalee Shukla is an innovator and leader in her field, therefore making her one of the most sought out physicians in the world.
Dr. Dave Vigerust
TeDx Speaker + World Renowned Researcher
Dr. Vigerust received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Texas at El Paso, a master’s degree in Microbiology and Immunology from Texas Tech University and a Doctorate in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Vigerust conducted post-doctoral research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dr. Vigerust completed a second post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical School in the Department of Pediatrics Disease in the area of molecular biology. Currently, Dr. Vigerust is completing a second master’s degree in Molecular Diagnostics from Arizona State University.
Dr. Vigerust was a faculty member in the Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology Department at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a Health Research Scientist in the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Most recently, Dr. Vigerust is the Chief Scientific Officer and molecular scientist for a diagnostics laboratory focused around precision medicine, genomics and infectious disease. Dr. Vigerust has published extensively in top tier international journals, presented his research at national and international conferences and is an active editor and reviewer for several prominent journals. Dr. Vigerust has developed several novel molecular diagnostic assays for the prediction of inflammation and cardiovascular risk in patients with diabetes, infectious disease and cancer. Dr. Vigerust speaks often on the subject of precision medicine and was selected as a TEDx speaker in 2016.
Dr. Vigerust currently maintains an Adjunct Assistant Professor position at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Neurological Surgery and a Clinical Assistant Professor position with the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Vigerust’s academic and research interests focus around areas of precision medicine in the treatment of a broad range of disorders that are driven by inflammation including psychiatric and behavioral disorders, pain, neuro-oncology and cardiovascular disease.
Dr. James Rouse
Functional & Eastern Medicine
30x IronMan Finisher
Dr. James Rouse is a primary care trained integrative clinician; and expert in epigenetics, functional, regenerative, and lifestyle medicine. James is the author of 13 books (and counting) on human potential, proactive aging and mind-body wellbeing. He was a founding faculty member for the Institute for Functional Medicine. He has presented to audiences on every continent across the world-sharing the stage with notables such as Sir Richard Branson, Steve Wozniak, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many other luminaries and leaders.
As a leading human performance expert, he has worked with professional franchises in the NFL, NBA and MLB along with Fortune 10 to 100 Companies including Google, Whole Foods, Tegna Media, Coca Cola, Ball Aerospace and more.
Dr James has created products that have been used at Dana Farber Cancer Research Hospital, MD Anderson and Harvard Medical School. Dr. James is a seasoned and successful entrepreneur who has founded companies in media, consumer packaged goods, nutraceuticals and sustainable living-that have collectively generated over 250 mm in sales. Serving as QVC’s medical/wellness on-air expert for 5 years his annual sales exceeded 50mm.
As a high performing athlete, James is a former sponsored Ironman triathlete, professional mountaineer and continues to serve and lead as a passionate advocate of functional fitness, mindfulness, and meditation as the health and wellness expert for several broadcast and digital media platforms.
Dr. Ashley Mayer
Functional & Sports Medicine
4x Masters Champion
Doctor. Mommy. Exercise Physiologist. World Champion. 3x National Champion. All American. Self-Proclaimed Yogi. Dr. Mayer is a naturopathic medical doctor and an expert in nutrition and wellness as it relates to pediatrics and families. Her passion for prevention of disease as cure fueled her desire to immerse herself into specializing in adult onset chronic conditions, as well as childhood chronic illness. If you ask Dr. Mayer what she does for a living, she will tell you she’s in the business of changing people’s lives. And her passion? Building foundations and crafting navigational guidance for those who are struggling to live their personal best.
Dr. Mayer received her doctorate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Tempe, AZ. She graduated as a varsity and Big Ten scholar athlete from The Ohio State University, with a BS in exercise science and pre- physical therapy.
Dr. Mayer is a former performance specialist to the NFL, MLB, and MLS.
For the past several years Dr. Mayer has been a concierge executive physician, residing in sunny AZ with her partner, 7 year old daughter, and one on the way ;) and 2 toy poodle sisters. In her free time, Dr. Mayer is a world class athlete; Masters World Champion, 3 time Masters National Champion, 4 time All American, self glorified Bikram yogi, and lover of God.
Dr. Dan Rubin
Revolutionary in Naturopathic Oncology
Dr. Rubin’s practice of naturopathic oncology has been an integral part of the Phoenix metropolitan medical community for the past 20 years. After graduating from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in 1997, Dr. Rubin returned to SCNM to complete his residency. In 2004, he became the Founding President of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP). The OncANP represented a revolution for the field of naturopathic oncology providing, for the first time, definition, validation and standardization of the field of naturopathic oncology. Since that time Dr. Rubin has become an internationally recognized naturopathic oncologist.
Dr. Rubin is co-Founder (along with his wife, Debi Smolinski, ND) and Medical Director of Naturopathic Specialists, LLC, in Scottsdale, AZ, where he practices full-time as a naturopathic oncologist. At present, Naturopathic Specialists has served the clinical and logistical oncology needs of people from all 50 states as well as 19 countries.
Dr. Rubin is an expert at the integration of traditional and naturopathic medicine for people with cancer and services both the adult and pediatric population. He is also an expert in the naturopathic approach to people with cancer who either are unable to undergo conventional therapy or who choose not to. His selected positions include those from the regulatory, education, advisory and community sectors and his main philanthropic interests are focused on children with cancer as well as post-graduate education.
Dr. John Millard
World Renowned Plastic Surgeon
John A. Millard, M.D., a board certified plastic surgeon with the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, specializing in Breast, Body and Extremity Cosmetic Surgery, is nationally and internationally renowned for his expertise in leading-edge breast and liposuction procedures.
A sought-after lecturer and teacher, Dr. Millard speaks and teaches throughout the world and has been teaching physicians the latest advanced techniques in liposuction, liposculpture and fat grafting since 2004. Dr. Millard is the founder of the Advanced Body Sculpting Institute, an institution dedicated to educating physicians on how to safely and effectively perform the newest cosmetic procedures in the field. He pioneered and was the first physician/surgeon to perform the VASER Hi Def procedure in the United States, which not only removes excess fat, but also shapes the underlying tissue to create a toned athletic appearance in both men and women.
Dr. Millard received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., where he completed a General Surgery residency at Texas Tech University and then went on to complete a Plastic Surgery residency at the prestigious Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina (where he served his final year as Chief Resident).
Dr. Millard is the founder of the Advanced Body Sculpting Institute (ABS-Institute), an institution dedicated to providing courses in leading-edge body sculpting procedures for physicians. Courses have been taught to surgeons coming worldwide including Tokyo, London, Austria, Argentina, Colombia, Portugal, Italy, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Millard currently teaches physicians in almost all aspects of liposuction and liposculpting, both basic and advanced.
Dr. Millard is also proud to have served his country as a Flight Surgeon for the U-2 Spy Plane in the United States Air Force. There, he had instilled in him an attention to detail and an uncompromising commitment to quality and safety. These characteristics have stayed with him, contributing to his excellence as a plastic and cosmetic surgeon today. Dr. Millard instituted pioneering safety measures, including the concepts of Crew Resource Management and Checklists, to his surgical management of patients at the Renewal Surgery Center. He did this years ahead of the specialty of Plastic Surgery itself, which made its first recommendations for “checklists” in a publication in late 2013.
Dr. Millard is currently authoring another textbook titled The Art and Science of Body Sculpting, which will be a comprehensive textbook teaching artistic anatomy, liposculpting and fat grafting throughout the human body. Previously published articles include those on VASER Hi Def in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Gluteal Anatomy in the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, and on the use of Intermittent Sequential Pneumatic Compression in the Prevention of Venous Stasis in the Archives of Surgery.
Dr. Bradley Worthington
Leader in Non-Opioid Treatments + Surgery
Dr. William Bradley Worthington, received his Medical Degree at the University of Louisville his postgraduate Internship, Residency, and Fellowship training took place at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He completed a full Internal Medicine Internship, Anesthesiology Residency, and Cardiac Fellowship at HUP, then completed a pediatric anesthesia and Critical Care Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with specific interest in pediatric cardiovascular anesthesia. Dr. Worthington is at Surgery and Recovery Partners and specializes in Neurosurgical and Orthopedic Anesthesiology and is Triple Board Certified. He is a member of the National Society of Anesthesiologist and has received the LeBre Medal and a William Long Award. In January 2014 he was appointed the Director for Perioperative Services, Anesthesiology and Pain Management for SRP. It is his intent to implement and execute a perioperative process using his extensive historical fund of knowledge and experience that will make Surgery and Recovery Partners the leaders in ambulatory surgery and short-term postoperative recovery care.
His mission is to “further develop non-invasive and simple non-opioid technologies and processes that are cost-effective, efficacious, and patient empowering, allowing and introducing new disruptive innovations to acute, chronic, and cancer pain management. It’s all about the patient.
NON-OPIOID SURGERY.” – Dr. Bradley Worthington.
Dr. Worthington is married to Teri with four children, Brooke, Annie, Bradley and Christopher. In his free time he enjoys climbing, skiing and biking.
Board Certified Internal Medicine + Allergy + Movement Maker
Bruce Wolf, M.D. is the Founder of the non-profits, The Dispensary of Hope and Hope Beyond Hope. He has been an allergist in private practice and a Vanderbilt Clinical Professor for 20 years. Dr. Wolf received his BA in English from Amherst College and his M.D. degree from the University of Louisville. He did his residency in Internal Medicine in Albany, New York and his Fellowship in Allergy in Memphis Tennessee. He is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Allergy. Dr. Wolf served on the editorial board of the Journal of Asthma for 10 years. He has published numerous scientific articles in peer review journals in the field of allergy, anaphylaxis, asthma, and health economics. Dr. Wolf has been a social activist for many years. In 1983, prior to the movement being popular, he headed the New York State lobby for the Clean Indoor Air Act, anti-smoking legislation. In 1986, he organized the first AIDS Walk, “Steps in the Right Direction”, in the State of Tennessee. He also founded the Memphis AIDS Speakers’ Bureau and was the first President of the Memphis AIDS Coalition. He started Camp Wezbegon, the first camp for asthmatic children in Tennessee. He also served as the President of Jewish Family Services, from 1995-1997. Confronted throughout his medical career by the growing needs of the less fortunate, he helped create the DePaul Dispensary, an indigent pharmacy in Nashville, in 1997. In 2003, Dr. Wolf started the Dispensary of Hope in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He served as its President and Board Chairman for four years prior to becoming its Director of Strategic Partnerships. His efforts helped to lay the groundwork for the Dispensary’s Distribution Center and the Dispensary’s expansion nationwide. In 2009, he started Hope Beyond Hope, a non-profit dedicated to the advocacy
Dr. Sanjeev Thonan
Pharmaceutical Researcher + Drug Developer
Dr. Thohan is a Senior Director of preclinical safety at Xeris Pharmaceuticals. He holds MS and PhD degrees in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Arizona and University of Maryland with concentrations in interspecies drug metabolism mechanisms, bioactivation, and systems toxicology. Sanjeev has extensive experience in Oncology drug discovery and development from his time at Novartis and Exelixis. He was a Senior Research Fellow in Preclinical/Translational Sciences at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) in the Oncology, Anti-infectives and Cardiovascular medicines therapeutic areas. Dr. Thohan has held positions in increasing responsibility in ADME, DMPK and TOX areas of preclinical research with small and large organizations (Walter Reed Army Institute for Research, Covance, AstraZeneca, ViroPharma, Exelixis and Novartis). Sanjeev continues to be a contributing member of several national/international scientific societies. He actively serves on the advisory boards for several entrepreneurial corporations including an NIH collaborative platform with the centers for Advancing Innovation.
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