Susan S. Wilder is a distinguished doctor based in Scottsdale, Arizona. With twenty-five years of experience, Dr. Wilder is a foremost expert in concierge Family Medicine. By using a fairly novel approach, she is able to identify the root causes of chronic disease and their reversal. In addition to teaching medical students at The University of Arizona and Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences, Dr. Wilder’s is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of LifeScape Medical Associates and LifeScape Premier.
Dr. Wilder’s path to medicine was one rooted in hardwork. As someone who worked three simultaneous jobs in order to pay for college, she developed the impressive work ethic necessary for a career in medicine at a young age. Growing up in a family that faced its own medical struggles, Wilder saw in her youth the positive impact that doctors have in people's lives. She recalls:
My family experienced major health challenges when I was young, including a severely disabled brother. Back then, we had an old school general practitioner who delivered all of us and cared for four generations of my family. He was my role-model, especially in medicine where care is parsed out to an “-ologist” for every body part. In Family Medicine, the whole patient and family are the focus, rather than a disease or an organ system. Seeing how he helped my family when we faced these challenges inspired me to seek a career in medicine.
After receiving 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 went on to complete her residency at the United States Air Force’s Malcolm Grow Medical Center.
Since completing her residency, Dr. Wilder has become board certified in Family Medicine, has received advanced training in Functional Medicine, and earned a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine, reflecting her own time as a triathlete in college. In addition, Dr. Wilder has written several textbook chapters and journal articles with specific emphasis on “patient centered” medicine.
Always at the forefront of Dr. Wilder’s methodology is collaboration and a preventative approach. Though she practices full-spectrum Family Medicine for all ages including well-woman, pediatric, and adolescent care and geriatrics, Dr. Wilder’s extensive training lies in personalized, Functional Medicine with a focus on primary prevention and addressing the underlying causes of illness while reducing reliance on medications. She doesn’t simply monitor deterioration, she makes it a point to improve the quality of all of her patients’ health.
As an expert in her field and renowned national speaker and published author, Dr. Wilder has always kept a watchful eye on prevailing trends. In particular, she has noticed that medicine in the United States has become treatment focused, rather than placing an emphasis on prevention.
It starts when you're young. Your health starts before you're born and we focus on preconception, toxicity issues and nutritional issues. It's a work in progress, but the problem is that American medicine is rescue focus. We will wait until you have a problem and then we'll try to deal with it and to me that's a travesty. We actually should be fixing chronic disease and preventing it rather than just trying to managing it.
Beyond her concierge practice, Dr. Wilder is a dedicated humanitarian and give back through her work in medicine. As a true bulwark against injustice directed toward women, Dr. Wilder has served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Foundation for Women, which is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to preventing domestic violence and child abuse. She also served in Africa as part of “Operation Restore Hope” where she was the recipient of numerous commendations.
After over two decades dedicated to medicine, Dr. Wilder shows no signs of slowing down. She is as committed and compassionate as she was at the onset of her career and her loyal clientele, primarily comprised of word of mouth referrals, is testament to that. A lover of cooking, yoga, meditation and medicine, Dr. Wilder aims to always subscribe to a healthy and multidimensional way of living.
Detailed Career Information
Education, Training, & Certification
B.A. – Washington University
M.D. – George Washington University
Residency – United States Air Force’s Malcolm Grow Medical Center
Board Certified in Family Medicine
Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine
American Academy of Family Physicians; past president of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians; The Institute for Functional Medicine; Board of Directors of the Arizona Foundation for Women
Awards & Honors
Concierge Medicine’s 21 “Top Doctors in Concierge Medicine”; Consumers Research Council, The Center for the Study of Services, and Best Doctors lists her among the nation’s top Family Physicians; Phoenix Magazine’s “Top Doc”; 101 North magazine’s “People’s Choice”; Arizona Foothills Magazine’s “Best of our Valley”; Ranking Arizona’s “Best Family Doctors” awards; eWomenNetwork’s Phoenix/Scottsdale “Mom Entrepreneur of the Year,”; Entreprenista’s “Phoenix Women Entrepreneurs You Should Know”