Don Kennedy

Don Kennedy


Founder and CEO
The Surfer's Journey, LLC

About Don Kennedy

Dr. Kennedy’s thirty-year practice of family and geriatric medicine began with pre-med studies at Seminole Community College in Sanford, Florida. During his six years in the U.S Air Force, graduated with his a BS degree in biology and chemistry from the College of Great Falls in Great Falls, Montana then attended The University of Health Sciences in Kansas City and completed a family medicine residency at the University of Missouri.

At the age of fifty-two, Dr. Kennedy returned for his master’s degree in business at Stetson University in Deland, Florida and completed his PhD in Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee in 2015.

Dr. Don Kennedy writes to improve lives and is the only physician in the country practicing Motivational Medicine. His first published book and self-help program, 5 AM & Already Behind, was written on a dare by best selling author and friend, Michael Gerber (The E-myth). The story about finding your Bahbit™ was a number-one best seller on Amazon and published in three languages. Don has used 5AM in his medical practice and seminars to teach hundreds of patients and students how to achieve a healthy and purposeful life balance. He was also founder and CEO of three family medicine practices, set-up and managed urgent care centers, worked with migrants in the National Health Service Corp, and is a co-founder of the Mind, Body, and Soul Surfing Club ™.

His latest book, The Surfer’s Journey, is a research-based fable using Don’s love for Mother Ocean to motivate and develop socially conscious leaders he calls transformational heroes.

Areas of Expertise

  • Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking


D.O. - Medicine
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Stetson University

PhD - Organizational and Motivational Leadership
Cardinal Stritch University