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Ben Ihms, DO

Founder, Host

I like to think of myself as a renaissance man. These days, I'm an Osteopathic Family Medicine Physician in Mesa, Arizona. I am passionate about mental health, sports medicine, weight loss, and diabetes. But really I love all aspects of medicine. Got a giant abscess that needs draining? Bring it on. Your cholesterol is out of control? Let's go. Feeling bad about your toenail fungus? I'm ready. Medicine is a passion of mine and I love what I get to do every day. Previously I was a high school and junior high teacher and I taught math, English, and orchestra. Currently I'm involved with a local medical school and also I am heavily invested in a local residency program training new physicians. As far as my personal life goes, I married my high school sweetheart, who is strong, talented, and gorgeous, we have three children who are all above average, and we have a dog who looks like a mop. When I'm not doing medicine, teaching, or hanging out with my family, I play nerdy board games, basketball, and my latest passion is solving Escape Rooms.

Education and Work History

Dr Ihms studied pre-med in undergrad at Grand Canyon University and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  From there he was accepted to Midwestern University - AZCOM and graduated as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013. His residency was done in Mesa, AZ at Mountain Vista Medical Center where he specialized in Primary Care and Family Medicine.  He’s board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine.

His work history is fairly diverse and a little atypical.  He has done everything from construction to teaching orchestra.   He taught high school and jr. high math and English. He tutored math and English in college and helped run a Christian Campus Ministry for a couple of years.  For a while, he was a home health aid for a mentally and physically disabled child. He spent two years working for the Donor Network of Arizona recovering bones, tendons, veins, nerves, and skin for donation and transplants.  He spent a year as chief resident for the Mountain Vista Family Medicine program. Now he’s pursuing his passion of medicine full time. He is an attending physician at Desert Grove Family Medical where he works with medical students from Midwestern University and A.T. Still University as well as working with residents from the Mountain Vista Family Medicine Program.  His passions include Primary Care, Mental Health, Sports Medicine, and Preventative Medicine. And apparently he now co-hosts a podcast...