Dr. John DenBoer is a specializing in sports-related concussion and dementia. He received his internship training at VA Boston Healthcare System (Boston University School of Medicine/Harvard University) and received his postdoctoral training at Barrow Neurological Institute. He has published extensively in the area of Clinical and has been an expert speaker at many local, national, and international conferences.

In addition to his activities, he maintains an active sports practice, were he helps athletes improve performance. He is the current Sports consultant for many local and national organizations, including the Banner Concussion Center, Arizona State University, and The United States Tennis Association. Although he specializes in working with tennis players (www.mentaledgetennis.com), he conducts a unique blend of sports (e.g., testing for athletes, brain priming) with all athletes. He conducts a variety of consultation with Division I Universities, including many national Division I athletic programs. Locally, he currently provides sports and consultation to Arizona State University.

He is on the Board of many organizations, including Arizona Motorcycle Safety Administration, The Salvation Army, United States Tennis Association (USTA) (Southwest), Phoenix Matchpoint, United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) (Southwest), and the Arizona Brain Injury Alliance. Dr. DenBoer splits time between Phoenix, AZ and Los Angeles, CA. He currently lives with his fiancé and two golden retrievers (Oliver and Tucker) and four Koi fish (Tommy, Vince, Rosko, and Zane).


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Dr. DenBoer also does work in the area of Forensic Psychologist/Neuropsychology. He has experience in conducting neuropsychological evaluation in a variety of forensic contexts, including capital evaluations. In addition to the activities above, he also performs pro-bono forensic psychological profiling consultative services for Find Me, an international group which is focuses on finding missing persons,…


Dr. DenBoer is a leading neuropsychologist in the area of early-stage dementia detection. He specializes in developing intervention mechanisms to help prevent the further development of the dementia process. This has culminated in Dr. DenBoer’s development of the SMART memory program(see below). Dr. DenBoer is the founder and developer of the SMART memory program, a…



Vision Statement (personal):

My vision is to be an honest, dynamic, and authentic presence in the lives of others.  I aim to have a positive impact on my patients and a solid reputation as a thought leader within the scientific and medical communities.  My mission is to use my professional skills and God-given talents to be a light for those in darkness, while retaining and promoting personal and family wellness and growth.  I am true to myself as I change.

Mission Statement (professional):

My mission is to be a dynamic and innovative thought leader in the areas of  (concussion and dementia).  I do this by offering scientifically-driven interventions aimed at improving clinical conditions and ultimately contributing to an overall progression of improvement in my clients lives. I differentiate myself through authenticity, transparency, and kindness.  I incorporate and align myself with my personal and family values in my work.

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    Brain exercises may help improve mental acuity (memory, focus, concentration, and understanding), although (based on our research to date) this improvement may be temporary and may continue while utilizing SMART or any other program.The SMART program (or any other program) does not improve cognitive functioning on a long-term basis.


    Similarly, the program does not offer a cure for dementia and is not meant to help prevent and/or lessen the extent of cognitive and/or functional symptoms of MCI/early stage dementia by itself.


    These claims have not been evaluated by the FDA and results may vary between individuals.


    It is recommended that you contact your physician if you think you may have any symptoms of dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease.

    Claims made regarding the efficacy of the SMART program is based upon on the peer-reviewed, published research of Dr. John Den Boer. This research (as well as external research concerning the SMART program) is on-going and, hence, any claims re: the efficacy of the SMART program will be updated dynamically in accordance with research findings.

    Dr. DenBoer and SMART Brain Aging Inc. greatly welcomes research collaboration/external research validation and greatly welcomes joint research efforts and/or the sharing of data sets.