TAL S. DAVID, M.D.
Tal S. David, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty certification in Orthopedic Sports Medicine. His practice focus is arthroscopic and sports medicine surgery.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. David is a Volunteer Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UC San Diego Health and a Faculty Instructor in the San Diego Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship. He serves on the Board of Editors of the peer-reviewed scientific journal, Orthopedics. Dr. David is an active member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) and a member of the Council of Delegates for the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). He is a Past-President of the San Diego Orthopedic Society and a member of the Board of Directors for the California Orthopedic Association.
Dr. David has authored the textbook “Arthroscopic Techniques of the Shoulder” and is co-editor of the Visual Arthroscopy Series on Arthroscopic Surgery. He has published and lectured internationally on topics related to sports medicine and injuries.
He has been involved in the care of the injured athletes for more than 15 years and has served on the medical staff of various professional sports teams including over 10 years as an NFL team physician.
He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed an orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at the renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California.
Featured in San Diego magazine, Dr. David has been voted by his peers as a “Top Doctor” in orthopedic surgery for the last 6 consecutive years.
Dr. Peter Cummings, M.Sc., M.D.
CEO of Veritas Sports Injury Research Network, Inc. Dr. Cummings is board certified in anatomic pathology, neuropathology and forensic pathology. He earned his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland and completed his pathology training at the University of Virginia. He also earned a master’s degree in pathology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine. In his clinical work, Dr. Cummings has performed thousands of autopsies and conducted thousands of brain cuttings. He has been admitted as an expert in 24 States and in 7 different countries. He has authored two textbooks: ‘The Atlas of Forensic Histopathology’ (Cambridge University Press 2010) and ‘Pearls and Pitfalls of Pediatric Death Investigation’ (Cambridge University Press, December 2016).
Dr. Cummings maintains an active interest in different forms of brain injury including concussions. Dr. Cummings research lab was the first to describe CTE-like lesions in the brains of woodpeckers. Dr. Cummings is also the co-author of “Brainwashed: the bad science behind CTE and the plot to destroy football”. Not only is Dr. Cummings a neurotrauma expert, he is a certified youth football coach and as severed as a league and team physician in multiple settings. Most importantly, he is the father of a youth football player.
DR. SHAWN EVANS
Dr. Evans is residency trained and board certified in emergency medicine. He has practiced for more than twenty years at Scripps Memorial La Jolla. Having managed thousands of concussions including severe head and spinal injury, the importance of optimizing cranial protection is paramount to improving sports, communities, and the survival of contact sports. Dr. Evans founded Physician Outreach in Student Education in 1998 to provide skill-based education dedicated to alcohol and recreational agents. The program continues to expand with topics such as performance enhancing drugs and risk-taking behavior. He is the recipient of numerous community awards for educational outreach and his commitment to excellence in medicine has resulted in being elected Chief of Staff, Program Lead for the Cerebral-Vascular Team, Quality Council Director, Professional Standards Chairperson and Major League Baseball for ten years. He is the current chairperson of the Appropriate Care Committee ensuring all complex patients receive optimal decision planning. Outside of medicine, Dr. Evans enjoys “anything with a helmet,” racing off-road motorcycles in the Baja-1000, wake-skating, skateboarding, and camping. With a diverse sports background that includes football, the prevention, recognition and need to prevent concussion are central to his mission in medicine and his work in the community.
Dr. Johnathan Schleimer, M.D.
A Neurologist at Scripps Mercy Hospital specializing in Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Schleimer currently practices at the San Diego Nerve Study Center and has been involved in the care of athletes and specializes as an Independent Medical Examiner for the NFL Disability and Retirement Plan, Neurocognitive Disability Plan Expert for the NFL and Players Association Board, San Diego Chargers Neurologic Consultant. He is also the Consultant for California State Athletic Commission.
Dr. Schleimer studied at the University of California San Diego as well as Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is a Clinical Instructor at the University of California San Francisco, Assistant Clinical Professor in Neurology, and the Neurology Expert of the advisory committee at the California State Athletic Commission. Dr. Schleimer is also part of the California Neurology Society, American Academy of Neurology, San Diego Neurology Society, Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and the American Association of Pro Ringside Physicians.
DR. NICOLE FRIEDMAN
Dr. Nicole Friedman is a consulting, clinical health and forensic psychologist licensed in California, New York, and Virginia. Her consulting practice specializes in high performance individuals to deliver and sustain the results required to achieve and maintain world-class status in their respective industries. Dr. Friedman seamlessly works with diverse clientele serving individuals and organizations in entertainment, sports, banking, finance, philanthropy, technology, light industry, healthcare, biotech and genomics, startups, judicial and law enforcement and security. She is well known for her highly regarded skills and expertise in assessment, coaching, change management, succession planning and building value-based cultures. Dr. Friedman is the chairwoman of Psychology at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA where she is serving her fifth term. She has been a practicing clinical psychologist at Scripps Center for Executive Health for more than a decade. Dr. Friedman earned a doctorate in psychology at California School of Professional Psychology and an American Psychological Association accredited post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. While at Tripler Army Medical Center, she received a Nursing Star of Excellence Award for “her commitment, dedication, and selfless support to the medical nursing services.” You can read more about Dr. Friedman’s professional background at www.drnicolefriedman.com
John Sarkisian is a successful entrepreneur with a long track record of successful ventures. His list of accomplishments include building and selling the investment services firm Brightscope, restaurant chain Pat & Oscars which he sold in 2002, commercial real estate development firm Del Mar Heritage, Chariman of the Board of computer hard ware manufacturer Semtek Innovative Solutions which was sold to Verifone in 2010, and fitness equipment (SKLZ) where he was the Founder (2002) and CEO through 2014. He received his BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and his MBA from San Diego State.
John has close ties with the fitness and athletic world as well as a significant amount of expertise in corporate development and finance.
Erik Davis has built market-leading enterprises generating hundreds of millions in value in various industries to include insurance, media, technology and motorsports industries. Erik has built and exited multiple companies always by creating meaningful partnerships with key stakeholders, investors and industry insiders and building management teams that focus on a singular vision.
Current roles for Erik include Managing Director of R-T Specialty Insurance Services, Founder and Chairman of Always Evolving Motorsport, Investor. At RT Specialty, Erik focuses on the construction industry leading a team of 200+ individuals that generate over $2.5 Billion in annual premium, making RT the largest construction intermediary in North America. With clients like Google, Apple, Pulte Homes, Silverstein Properties and many others, Erik and his team are involved in the largest and most complex construction projects in the western hemisphere.
Always Evolving Motorsport is a lifestyle and racing company co-founded by Davis. The team is famed for relevance with millennial audiences globally. AE has raced in 9 different series on four continents in the past three to include three Indy 500 starts and taking on the famed Bathurst 12-Hour in GT3. Davis is currently driving in Stadium Supertrucks, select endurance races in sports cars and off road events in SCORE and BITD.
Davis proudly served in the United States Air Force for six years and was stationed in Colorado Springs, Los Angeles and Aviano, Italy. Davis has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Davis played football at Air Force where he was three-year starter at defensive tackle earning All-WAC and All-America honors.
Erik resides in Studio City, California with his 15 year-old son, Bo, and 11 year-old daughter, Delilah. An industry thought leader, business advisor, Erik is active in YPO Los Angeles and serves on the board of Mustard Seed Ranch, Reach Out Worldwide, Purist Group along with several other children’s and military philanthropies.
Dr. David Straight
David Straight is a doctor of physical therapy, author, speaker, marketing expert, co-owner of E-rehab.com, and marketing director of a 7 location PT private practice. David and his business partner own and operate a digital marketing agency that serves the physical therapy private practice market. He and his company provide custom websites, high-value email marketing, local SEO, reputation marketing (not just management), affordable video marketing and consistent social media marketing for over 1600 locations across North America. He’s the author of Booked Solid The Fast, Easy, & Affordable Way to Use the Internet to Drive More Patients in the Door. He’s presented multiple national, state, and local professional conferences as well. His passion is to help people understand that physical therapy is the best first choice for neuromusculoskeletal conditions.
Kevin Noonan provides our Advisory Board with significant expertise within operational excellence, corporate finance, and entrepreneurial initiatives. Kevin attended Georgetown University, where he was an All-American lacrosse player. Upon graduation, Kevin served as a Marine Corps Officer for five years. Kevin completed his MBA at the University of San Diego, and joined the Aerospace and Defense Team at Deutsche Bank upon graduation. After Deutsche Bank, he co-founded Forward Slope, Inc., a San Diego based Technology Services organization. While at Forward Slope, Kevin completed his Six Sigma Black Belt Training & Certification, and led the firm to a Capability Maturity Model Integration Level 3 Certification.
Recently, Kevin has focused efforts on industrial automation and other advanced solutions for a variety of clients, to include both large and developing organizations.
Tony Gaples is the owner of Blackdog Speedshop, a 4 time championship winning auto racing team in the Pirelli World Challenge as well as a driver in the series. He is a partner in the Blackdog Fund and the BD energy Fund. A guitar player, avid music lover and loves to drive any form of transportation.