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Michael R Mantell, Ph.D.


Michael Mantell

Health/Wellness Speaker


Stress prevention
Mindful leadership
Becoming Your Strongest Self
Unconditional Self-Acceptance
The Link is What You Think
The Success Toolkit

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Speaker Bio:

Michael R. Mantell earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and his M.S. at Hahnemann Medical College, where he wrote his thesis on the psychological aspects of obesity. His career includes serving as the Chief Psychologist for Children’s Hospital in San Diego, and as the founding Chief Psychologist for the San Diego Police Department.  He also served on the faculty of UCSD’s School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry.

After retiring from practicing clinical psychology for 40 years, he has become a highly sought after transformational behavior coach and power mentor for professional and elite amateur athletes, senior executive business leaders, and trains the nation’s top leaders in the fitness industry in transformational leadership. He has worked in the media for nearly 40 years, appearing on every major news show, and has been interviewed in, and written for, every major health and fitness magazine.
Michael is the director of Transformational Coaching for the Premier Fitness Camp at Omni La Costa, and served as the Senior Consultant for Behavioral Sciences for the American Council on Exercise.

Michael is an Organizational Advisor and a keynote speaker.

He is a best-selling author of three books including the 25th Anniversary updated edition of his 1988 original “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, P.S. It’s All Small Stuff,” and his 1996, “Ticking Bombs: Defusing Violence in the Workplace.” He is listed in’s 2013 “The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness.”  

Previous Speaking Gigs

Leathers & Milligan, PhysiMax, VizrTech, Illinois Parks & Recreation, Southwest Strategies, Fitmob, Fitwall, Underground Elephant, Premier Fitness Camp, Proactive Health Solutions, RockMyWorld, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Ardea/Astra-Zeneca, Callaway Golf, Qualcomm, Amtrak, JC Penney, Nordstrom, D&K Engineering, Council of Chain Restaurants, Denso Wireless, K-tube, Hitachi, LA Times, Guardsmark, National Safety Council, Porter-Novelli, Salomon Brothers, Social Security Administration, U.S. Postal Service, Wawanesa Insurance, County/City of San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles County, McDonald’s Corp, Jack in the Box, Wendy’s, DDB Needham, Cubic Corp, Chemicon International, American Management Association, American Postal Worker’s Union, American Society of Industrial Security, California State Police, Home Federal Bank, Design Line Interiors, Dimension One Spas, Amtrak, McDonald Douglas Corp, Cubic Corp., NASSCO, Metro Traffic Control, Life Flight, American Postal Workers Union, Cal-Mat Concrete, Arrise Scaffolding, Standard Concrete Products, Inc., Stoorza, Ziegaus, Metzger, Matthews Mark Advertising, U.C.S.D. Med Financial Services, Hitachi Corp, Southwest Strategies, Quintile Corp, Peregrine Corporation, Alliance Pharmaceutical, First American Real Estate Solutions, Advanced Information Systems, Tera Global Communications. St. Vincent De Paul, FIGI Graphics Company, Hartson’s Ambulance Service, Special Equipment Marketing Association, G.E.R.S.,Scripps Behavioral Health Assoc, Surrogate Parenting Solutions, Inc., Los Angeles Times, Sunline Transit Systems, Denso Wireless, A.M.C.C., Nicholas Applegate Capital Management, Association of Govt. Accountants, American Society of Industrial Security, American Society of Civil Engineers, Healthcare Human Resource Mgmt. Assoc. of Calif., California State Parks & Recreation


Bob Choat: Dr. Michael Mantell is amazing in the way is able to present psychological strategies in a way that even someone with only a 5th Grade Education can understand. And yet, he is absolutely one of the most professional people I know. In every way. From his communication style to his leadership, I would say that Dr. Mantell is supreme. Ah, his radio voice… Perfect Pitch too… I would recommend him as a presenter/speaker as he certainly is fun and engaging.
David Kusumoto: Dr. Michael Mantell is a highly sought after, well-known and respected professional who brings positive, helpful and well-thought-out-information about the major issues of the day to mass audiences – via local and national print and broadcast news organizations – and via his savvy use of social media. He is a peerless thought leader in personal, health and executive leadership coaching and organizational effectiveness – and a national pace-setting luminary in the field of fitness behavioral science. His telegenic features and skill at breaking down complex subjects into plain English – make him a popular choice among news editors nationwide. In sum, I recommend him as a wonderful “go-to” guy for rapid intervention, broadcast-ready sound-bites and market effective messaging.
Bryan K. O’Rourke – Michael is one of the most knowledgeable and highly regarded experts in the fitness and wellness industry. His diverse education and experiences make him uniquely qualified as a professional and the ease with which he shares his ideas and interpretations of trends to the public via his writings and interviews are unmatched. Having had the pleasure of collaborating with Michael and conferring with many of those he has helped, often out of the goodness of his heart alone, make him not only a preeminent adviser in our industry but also a very special human being. The world is a better place because of Michael. He has my highest recommendation.
Raymond A. Archibeque- Michael, is not only a sought after leader, he inspires vision. His calm demeanor and ability too see the best in people drives others to be better today then they were yesterday and remain passionate to be even better tomorrow. He has mastered the art of listening with a purpose of understanding what it is people need and want, this remains a cornerstone of his success! A lifetime of thanks!
Michael Piermont – Dr. Mantell is one of the most thoughtful and clear communicators I have ever had the pleasure of working with. No matter how big or small the project is he comes with the same amount of passion and brain power. I would not be where I am today without his support and his perspective on many issues. Simply he can help any company in any department on any project or role!


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