Wendy Anne Arnold, MD, is a physician in the United States Navy and currently the 1st Marine Logistics Group surgeon on Camp Pendleton, CA. As the 1st MLG Surgeon, she is a special staff advisor to the Commanding General for an organization that has 8,500 Sailors and Marines and an annual budget of $100 million.
Dr. Arnold earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh with a dual major in business administration and journalism in 1994. After college, she was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps following completion of Officer Candidates School in Quantico, VA. Dr. Arnold then graduated from Alpha Company of The Basic School in April 1995, where she was selected to be the first student company commander for 250 peers. After TBS, she completed Ground Supply Officer School at Camp Johnson. Dr. Arnold’s Marine duty stations included the FMF (Fleet Marine Force,) drill field, recruiting, and ceremonial duties at Marine Barracks Washington, DC. One month prior to being promoted to major in the Marine Corps, Dr. Arnold resigned her commission and accepted a Naval officer commission in order to attend medical school at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD. While there, she served as the Naval Student Company Commander for four years, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine degree in 2008. She then completed Family Residency training at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune on June 2011. During this residency she was selected to attend acupuncture training with McMaster University and is currently certified in this unique, complementary medicine technique. She was also voted the residency’s First Resident Teacher of the Year in 2011. Her utilization tour was as the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion Surgeon with MARSOC. There, she deployed for combat in Afghanistan as the first female Special Operations Task Force Surgeon. While at this command, she was selected for the competitive female leadership symposium associated with the annual MHS conference. She was then selected for the only naval family medicine Obstetrics fellowship, at which she spent a year learning cesarean deliveries and complicated obstetrics. She completed her utilization tour for this fellowship as family medicine faculty and Associate Program Director for NH Camp Pendleton residents. During this tenure, she was voted for three consecutive years as the Family Medicine Staff of the Year by over forty residents.
Dr. Arnold recently earned her second board certification in integrative medicine in addition to nutrition coaching certification from Precision Nutrition. She is one of only two physicians in the Navy board certified in this field. Dr. Arnold is a proud member of a number of professional organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians, North Carolina Medical Society, Institute for Functional Medicine, and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.
In addition to her accolades and awards, she was the recipient of a Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy and USMC Commendation Medals, and a Navy and USMC Achievement Medal. Well respected for her dedication, knowledge, and exemplary leadership, she attributes her success to hard work, genuine passion for the field of medicine, and the excellent mentorship and training she has received throughout her career. With her unique military and medical background, her niche is in leadership and wellness, for which she is available as a coach through her business, DR. WAVE, Inc. In her spare time, Dr. Arnold enjoys being with her husband, Michael.