Board Members

The amazing team of surfers that make it all happen.

SMA Executives


Ben is our honorary medical director.

Academic Emergency Medicine, EMS/Austere Medicine doc at the University of Florida found all over Florida in various roles and around the globe. Long history of disaster and rescue response along with international culturally sensitive system and education development. Also published venomologist and medical director of Venom One and Venom 2 Venom Response Units and one of only four instructors in official Wilderness EMS Medical Directors Course.

Mary Showstark


Faculty at a PA training program, world traveler, 7 continents, too many countries to count, has worked in CA, HI, FLA NY and Mauli Ola Organization.


MPhil, WFR (Wilderness First Responder)

Michael Allen graduated with his Master’s degree in Philosophy from the California State University at Long Beach. He has been surfing for 40 years. He is the author of the philosophical book, Tao of Surfing: Finding Depth at Low Tide. Back in his days as a graduate student, he lead a Medical Ethics Seminar on Applied Ethics.

He is certified as a Wilderness First Responder, Red Cross Lifeguard, and leads the SMA “Barefoot Doctor” program.

He now serves as the West Coast Director of the Surfers Medical Association.

Board Of Kahunas


Co-Founded Waves of Health and continues to run its Hawaii Sportsmedicine arm in conjunction with Straub Bone and Joint Center. Coordinates December Straub/SMA/Waves of Health Conference, Veteran of Tavarua, G-land, Galapagos, Doctor on site for (in)famous $1M NYC Pro, 7 Triple Crowns and coauthor of Surf Survival handbook, WSL consulting sports physician for Hawaii and Tahiti WCT events and has lectured for EASD in Portugal, Ireland and France


Founding member of SMA.
Owned and operated the “Painless Partridge” dental clinic in Santa Cruz.
SMA’s Surfing Ambassador and in the water enforcer.
Surfed Big Mavericks close to his 70th birthday.
Intimate knowledge of Fiji, the customs and how to run the village clinics.
Google Rym Partridge on the internet for more info.


Professor of Emergency at Brown Medical School. Co-author of Surf Survival: The Surfer’s Health Handbook, Editor of Surfing Medicine, the journal of the SMA. Great presenter and speaker about his travels and experiences.


MPH, MD, Board certified physiatrist, Long Branch, NJ. Margie Donlon moved to the coast of New Jersey during medical residency to feed her wave addiction. She is a doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, a year- round surfer and stand up paddleboarder, and mother to 5 year old Amalia (who shares her mother’s love of the ocean). She also completed the 25 mile S.E.A. paddle around Manhattan to raise money for autisim and environmental groups and Best Day Foundation.


Charter SMA member, Newly elected President of the AOA (American Osteopathic Association). Currently in CA


Brian McArthur, PA in Dermatology, private practice, AZ. Lectures on skin cancer and consultant for numerous pharmaceutical companies.  Current Tavarua conference director and contributor to the Journal of the SMA. World traveler with conference to Fiji and Nicaragua. Pensacola, Florida native with prior habitations on the East Coast, West Coast, Hawaii and a few states in between.


Education and Online Resources

Academic Emergency Medicine doc at University of Florida in Jacksonville, FL with a focus in drowning resuscitation and pre-hospital medicine. 15+ years experience in ocean lifeguarding and Founder/Director of Lifeguards Without Borders. Lifelong surfer of small, Florida waves and currently a lead instructor for European Association of Surfing Doctors.


Ireland Conference Coordinator

Fireman/paramedic with Dublin fire brigade for 15 years
Beach lifeguard and beach lifeguard instructor through last 20 years.
Swift water rescue operator and instructor
Rescue boat and rescue PWC driver and instructor
Chair person of the Irish Town Surf Rescue club.
Work as an instructor with European association of surfing doctors the last 3 years. Continuously striving to better myself in every way in safety and rescue.

Alexandra Meyers, DO

Dr. Myers finished her Sports Medicine Fellowship with San Diego Sports Medicine in July, 2014. She completed her Family Practice residency in Downey, California and a fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Western University where she learned to incorporate osteopathy into the care of all of her patients.  Dr. Myers completed her undergraduate studies in Biology and Spanish at Cornell College and is bilingual.  Originally from Wrightwood, California, Dr. Myers enjoys skiing, hiking, tennis, soccer, and surfing.

Ready to get involved, make a difference, and get barreled?