After failing dismally in my first career dream of being a professional triathlete, I studied medicine on an army scholarship.
I passed the punishing Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) selection course, then served on over 100 combat missions in Afghanistan as a frontline special operations doctor.
My casualties included fellow SAS soldiers, commandos, local civilians, and even the enemy.
The thrill of adventure and the challenges of battlefield medicine gave me a sense of purpose in testing my skills to the limits.
But the despair of being helpless to save my friends in their final moments haunted me.
My journey back to a fulfilling life began when I moved into medical leadership roles. The medical skills honed in Afghanistan started saving civilian lives.
In 2021, I co-authored a bestselling book on resilience — and appeared as the lead medic, ‘Dr Dan’ on the hit TV show SAS Australia. In 2022, I released my memoir, The Combat Doctor.
Outside work, you can often find me driving my vintage Lamborghini in the Adelaide Hills (or standing next to it awaiting another tow truck). I’m married to an incredibly tolerant wife and have three sons.
I'm just a small average guy who pushed himself to perform in complex environments. Now I can give you the tools to thrive.
→ Commendation for Distinguished Service (for combat actions)
→ NATO Special Operations Forces Medical Expert Panel Member
→ Successfully completed SASR selection and supported multiple courses
How I Can Help:
→ Special unit selection preparation
→ Building and maintaining resilience
→ Medical response in high-threat environments
→ Transition from military, law enforcement, and first responder roles.
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“An open, frank look into the mind of the doctor you want by your side when the unthinkable happens.”
Damien Thomlinson, Ex-Commando & Bestselling Author
“His resume might be intimidating, but it speaks overwhelmingly of resilience.”
Jess Campbell, Men's Health
“An armed doctor engaging with an enemy to potentially take life and then fighting to save another within seconds is an incredibly unique perspective.”
Merrick Watts, Comedian