Susan Wilder, MD, is the founder and CEO of LifeScape Medical Associates and LifeScape Premier. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Biology and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and her medical degree from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Wilder completed her specialty training in Family Medicine as a commissioned Air Force officer at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. She then remained at Andrews as a faculty member and Assistant Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine and was later deployed to Africa in support of US and international forces in the Somali conflict. Following her honorable discharge at the rank of major, Dr. Wilder relocated to Arizona where she founded the Mayo Clinic’s Family Medicine Residency, served as its first Director of Clinical Genomics Education, and received several honors including “Family Medicine Educator of the Year.”
Dr. Wilder is Board-Certified in Family Medicine, received advanced training in Clinical Genomics, earned a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine, completed a fellowship in Faculty Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and attended the Air Force’s School of Aerospace Medicine. She studied meditation with Deepak Chopra, brain health with Dr. Daniel Amen, human motivation with Tony Robbins, and Functional Medicine with Dr. Mark Hyman. Dr. Wilder has served on the faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She currently teaches medical students from The University of Arizona and Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences.
Dr. Wilder practices full-spectrum Family Medicine including well-woman, men’s health, pediatric and adolescent care, and geriatrics. She has written several textbook chapters and journal articles with specific emphasis on “patient centered” medicine and addressing the underlying causes of illness while reducing reliance on medications. Dr. Wilder has special expertise in evidence-based nutritional and lifestyle interventions, hormone management, and advanced nutritional and genetic testing. She emphasizes collaborative, transformative care striving to make chronic disease obsolete.
Dr. Wilder is a renowned, national speaker, and media guest. Known for her insightful, forthright views on healthcare, she has been dubbed the “Medical Maverick” and is a regular guest on ABC15’s “Sonoran Living.” She has been a consultant to DreamWorks Television and a medical referral for several film and television productions, provides parenting advice on BabyFirstTV, is a member of Phoenix’s KPNX-TV Channel 12 “Health Team,” and is regularly sought out for her medical and healthcare policy opinions by national news outlets.
Dr. Wilder served as President of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians, national Medical Director for Concierge Choice Physicians, and a Board Member of the Arizona Foundation for Women. Concierge Medicine Today lists her as one of only 21 “Top Doctors in Concierge Medicine” nationally while the Consumers Research Council, The Center for the Study of Services, and Best Doctors lists Dr. Wilder among the nation’s top Family Physicians. She is a multiple recipient of Phoenix Magazine’s “Top Doc,” 101 North magazine’s “People’s Choice,” Arizona Foothills Magazine’s “Best of our Valley,” and Ranking Arizona’s “Best Family Doctors” awards.
Dr. Wilder has received Arizona Business Magazine’s “Healthcare Leadership Award” and is one of Phoenix Business Journal’s “Outstanding Women in Business,” Entreprenista’s “Phoenix Women Entrepreneurs You Should Know,” and MASK’s “Women of Influence.” She is a member of Conscious Connections’ “2% Club,” was a Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce ATHENA and eWomenNetwork’s national “Made it to a Million” finalist, and was named Phoenix/Scottsdale “Mom Entrepreneur of the Year.” Under Dr. Wilder’s leadership, LifeScape Medical Associates participated in the ATHENAPowerLink Program and was named one of only fifteen facilitated “Future of Family Medicine” sites nationally, a Healthe Clinic model practice, a Center for Health Design show site, and a bizAZ magazine “Top 10 Up-and- Coming Women-Owned Businesses.” LifeScape is the only medical practice to ever receive the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce Sterling Award.
Dr. Wilder grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, the sixth of seven siblings. She attended Punahou School with a young Barak Obama, does a lovely hula, surfs poorly, and was a triathlete until blindsided by a wayward Golden Retriever. Dr. Wilder met her husband on her first day of college and has three beautiful daughters, including twins. Dr. Wilder revels in inspirational books and recently published her own, “Mouths of Babes: Everything I Learned in Medicine, I Learned from My Kids.” When not working (never), Dr. Wilder enjoys yoga, hiking, healthy cooking, and singing to the car radio. She is passionate about transforming health.