Your Coach, My Healthy Potential Founder

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Thomas R. Bender,
Founder and Medical Director of My Healthy Potential

Dr. Bender has over 50 years’ experience as a physician and is a specialist in preventive medicine. He has enjoyed a long career in public service working in emergency, clinical, and research settings. An accomplished researcher and the author of numerous publications, Dr. Bender has also held a wide variety of advisory appointments in preventive medicine, clinical trials research, public and international health and telemedicine. Dr. Bender served in various leadership positions with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for many years.

As a board-certified preventive medicine specialist, Dr. Bender believes that illness and injury prevention is the best approach. He provides wellness care to adults through the use of health risk appraisals, periodic health examinations, screening tests, wellness counseling, and assistance in the modification of behavior and lifestyle. He is especially interested in the prevention of arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) which leads to coronary artery disease, stroke, and peripheral arterial disease. ASCVD and these associated conditions are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality for both men and women in the United States.

Education & Certifications
Dr. Bender received his M.D. degree from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital (now part of Drexel University). He earned his M.P.H. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, where he was in the Preventive Medicine Residency Program.

He is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and is licensed as a physician and surgeon by the Board of Medical Examiners of Alaska. He is certified in his specialty by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. In order to help patients with behavioral and lifestyle issues, he is also trained as a hypnotherapist and is certified by the Hypnosis Institute of the Pacific.

With, Dr. Bender is combining his passions for technology and preventive medicine. He strives to provide reliable medical information to site participants with the goal of empowering them to make positive changes that will influence their overall health.