Medical Advisory Board
Golf Channel Medical Expert
A lifelong athlete, Dr. Ara Suppiah knows what it takes for an athlete to achieve his or her potential and thrives on creating optimal health in each of his patients. Born in Malaysia, he was awarded a merit based scholarship to study Medicine at Liverpool University in the United Kingdom.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).