Meet Dr. David Hepburn

Dr. Dave Hepburn


In 1979, Dr. David Hepburn began his medical career with an eight year program at the University of Ottawa. During his time at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Hepburn was a member of both JV Basketball and Hockey teams. In 1986, he graduated with a Doctor of Medicine.

Medical Career

Dr. David Hepburn has established a diverse and successful career in the medical field. He began his career with a 5 year stint as a military physician, which included being a part of the Persian Gulf Wars in 1991. Afterwards, in 1994, he was a physician to the Commonwealth Games, as well as a physician in the 1996 Olympics. Since then, Dr. Hepburn has worked for numerous other sporting teams, including the Canadian Jr. National Rugby team.

After working as a general practitioner for 25+ years, Dr. David Hepburn retired and became a medical consultant. Currently, he works as a Medical Advisor with Plena Global Holdings,  an ingredient supply partner for licensed cannabis producers and distributors worldwide.

Dr. David Hepburn

Media Presence

From 2008-2014, Dr. David Hepburn co-hosted Wise Quacks, a nationally syndicated radio show, alongside fellow MD, Robert Sealey. Wise Quacks discussed all things medical, from debunking health myths to discussing recent medical discoveries. They interviewed a variety of athletes, health enthusiasts, and more.

In 2009, Dr. Hepburn released a book titled The Doctor is In(sane): The Indispensable Advice from Dr. Dave. Here he uses his diverse experience as a general practitioner to discusses practical medical advice for everyday ailments. The Doctor is In(sane) received rave reviews thanks to Dr. Hepburn’s humerus style

Speaking Engagements

The Further From Nature, The Harder the Heart | Improving Indigenous Health (2016)

This Ute quote resonates with one of Dr. Dave Hepburn’s two major passions: improving Indigenous health. The modernization/ westernization/ colonization of the Indigenous peoples and how moving away from the healthy traditions provided by nature caused a significant rise in heart disease. First Nations communities should be amongst the healthiest in Canada. Yet, First Nations men die eight years earlier than the Canadian average and women die five years earlier. Heart disease is 50% higher, Type 2 diabetes is four times higher, and TB almost 10 times higher than the Canadian Average. In this keynote, Dr. Hepburn shares what First Nations Communities can do to reverse this alarming disparity and inspires them to turn back to the wisdom and values of their Elders and their traditional healing methods that served their communities for centuries. Dr. Hepburn affirms that by resuming connection to Nature, the land, in all its forms, both quantity and quality of life can be improved.

Stress for Success | Identify the Insidious Symptoms of Negative Stress (2016)

Negative unmitigated stress is now recognized as one of the most significant ways that we sabotage our health. Having your company and all who work for it, understand how to harness the inevitable stress of business and personal life is essential to superior corporate and individual health. Using the template of the Harvard Business Review, Dr. Hepburn teaches how to identify the insidious symptoms of negative stress (distress), while captializing on the positive streess (eustress) that can actually benefit, rather than ravage our physical and mental health. He shares his remarkable yet practical 14 point method of avoiding the damages of unmitigated negative stress. Help yourself and your company thrive during change and reverse the all to common experience of severe burnout.

Die Young… At an Old Age | Learn the Key Points of How to Age Optimally (2016)

This is, in fact, what doctors strive to help you do. Aging is not only about the quantity of days in your life, but about the quality of life in your days. Learn the key points of how to age optimally and avoid the deterioration and degeneration associated with aging and most importantly, how to enjoy rather than endure getting older. We must learn how to replace the dread of aging with the appreciation that lost youth, in fact, leads to a new stage of opportunity and strength. In addition to the usual medical advice, Dr. Hepburn unveils nine unique pearls that are now known to reduce the potential ravages of aging. This extremely popular lecture may be the most valuable investment you ever make. We’re all going to get to where we’re going to go. The question is: what are we going to be like when we get there?

The Science of Fun | Happiness and Fun in Everyday Life (2016)

An up-to-date fun and informative discussion on how to harness the ever changing science of happiness and fun in everyday life.  “Their ain’t much fun in medicine but there is a heck of a lot of medicine in fun”.

Yes We Can..Nabis | Understanding Medical Cannabis (2016)

The remarkable story of how and why cannabis has become a source of national debate pitching governments against cities, doctors against regulators and even neighbors against patients. Mythinformation abounds and incredibly, it is the aging baby boomers and older who are battling the hardest for a credible understanding of medical cannabis. What is prevents, best uses, benefits, how to obtain access, etc. A leading authority and key opinion leader, Dr. Hepburn consults to many organizations, medical and otherwise, on the intriguing world of cannabis.


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