Dr Sam Manger, MBBS (MD), BSc, FRACGP, FASLM, Medical Educator

Dr Sam completed his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) at the University of Queensland. He is a General Practitioner and Fellow with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), where he received an award for the highest score obtained in the fellowship examinations. He is the President and a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM), which focusses on managing conditions with lifestyle measures including nutrition, movement, mind states, social connection, connection to nature, online & advanced technology, health coaching techniques and public policy evolution.

He is a GP in private practice, Clinical Research Fellow at the Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute, Senior Lecturer and Medical Educator with James Cook University (JCU) College of Medicine and Dentistry, Vocational Medical Officer with Queensland Health and host of The GP Show podcast.

In his spare time he studies and practices functional movement, martial arts, the Wim Hof technique, permaculture and bush survival.

Mark Blencowe (BBiomed, Hons)

Mark is Executive and Research Assistant to Dr Sam Manger. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedicine and completed his Honours at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, in collaboration with St Vincent’s Hospital. As part of a multidisciplinary team, this project focused on investigating neuronal network dysfunction in severe childhood epilepsy. Mark designed and manages this website, edits The GP Show podcasts and works with Sam on a range of other scientific endeavours.  His interests lie in neuroscience, mental health, diet and the microbiome and its impact on health and disease. He is also passionate about Lifestyle Medicine; an evidence-based, whole-system approach to health which incorporates healthy eating, exercise, mindfulness, and community and social connection. Mark is a keen surfer, outdoorsman and traveller, and is inspired to make a difference in global health.