(PALM SPRINGS) – Renowned surgeon and SoCal Coyotes team physician Dr. Ben S. Wehrli will be recognized by Angel Light Academy (ALA) for his “proven excellence in community leadership and service” at the 13th Annual Above & Beyond Awards on April 30 at the Indian Wells Golf & Country Club.

Dr. Wehrli, founder of Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute, is the second consecutive Coyote executive to receive this prestigious award, which was established in 2009 as a grass-roots recognition program for the “doers” of the Coachella Valley.

According to ALA’s Leadership & Training and Institute, Dr. Wehrli earned his place on the ‘Class of 2022’ for consistently going  ‘Above and Beyond’ – not only in his thriving medical practice, but also through his life-changing community efforts.

‘Not All Heroes Wear Capes’ 

“Dr. Wehrli has brought healing, comfort and hope to thousands of patients,” said Coyotes team president and head coach J David Miller. “But few people know about the countless thousands who this great man has helped globally through his medical missions, each year through his church, and every day in our non-profit organization.

“All heroes don’t wear capes,” Coach Miller added. “Sometimes they wear scrubs.”

With Refuge International, Dr. Wehrli has made many trips around the world to serve vulnerable communities, improving the health, wellness, and quality of life of those populations most in need. As a mentor, he frequently counsels youth of all ages at his office, his church and through his non-profit endeavors.

Dr. Wehrli has served the SoCal Coyotes since 2013, and is currently Chief Medical Officer of Coachella Sports & Entertainment Stadium Authority (CSESA). He will join Coach Miller (Class of 2021) among distinguished Angel Light Academy alumni.

An Innovative Health Care Pioneer

Known as an architect and pioneer of innovative approaches to foot and ankle care, Ben Wehrli, DPM, has built an international reputation for exceptional patient care and effective treatment solutions. Dr. Wehrli treats patients at Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute, located in Rancho Mirage, California.

After completing his Bachelor of Science in microbiology, with an emphasis in medical technology, from Idaho State University, Dr. Wehrli was accepted into medical school. He earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Iowa.  

Dr. Wehrli then went through a highly competitive foot and ankle surgical residency at the nationally renowned Detroit Medical Center through Wayne State University in Michigan. Shortly after completing his educational requirements, Dr. Wehrli went on to become board-certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Inventor, Consultant, Industry Leader 

Before coming to Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute, Dr. Wehrli worked at Desert Regional Medical Center’s Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences. While there, Dr. Wehrli specialized in minimally invasive sports medicine procedures, including the revolutionary arthroscopic Brostrom-Gould procedure for ankle ligament ruptures and instability.

The inventor of a bunion and calcaneal slide plate now in use around the nation, Dr. Wehrli has held several prestigious positions throughout his career that focus on new-and-improved approaches to foot and ankle treatment. 

He also has served as a consultant with major orthopedic companies such as Stryker, Trilliant Surgical, DJO Global Inc., Fusion Orthopedics LLC, and S.E.G.-WAY™ Orthopedics.

Because of his athletic background, Dr. Wehrli has a passion for helping athletes. He played major college baseball on a scholarship at Brigham Young University in Idaho and at Idaho State University.

During a star high-school career, Dr. Wehrli lettered in wrestling, baseball, and football, where he earned the title of “U.S. Marine Corps Athlete of the Year.”

Sports and athletic care continue to remain at the forefront of Dr. Wehrli’s expertise.


At Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute, the compassionate team of podiatric experts provides a personalized approach to foot and ankle care. Nestled in the heart of Rancho Mirage, California, the state-of-the-art clinic is located on Bob Hope Drive near Country Club Drive.

The practice’s board-certified podiatrist, Ben Wehrli, DPM, as well as the rest of the specially skilled team, offers an innovative approach to foot and ankle care. Because of his expertise in complex conditions and surgical procedures, Dr. Wehrli runs a fellowship program and trains some of the top podiatrists in the region. They have designed treatment systems and procedures that practitioners from all over the country currently use.

From the practice’s inception, Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute has put a stamp on high-quality, individualized care, paired with the latest advancements in technology. The clinic utilizes an electronic medical record system, on-site digital radiology and ultrasounds, and modern equipment to manage patient care.

Even though Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute is known for diagnosing and treating the most complex of conditions, including total ankle replacements and limb salvage, they also care for patients who struggle with acute and chronic ailments. The team regularly helps patients who struggle with ingrown toenails, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, undiagnosed foot and ankle pain, sports injuries, and more.


The six-time champion SoCal Coyotes are the 2021 California Non-Profit of the Year, and the national standard of American developmental football. The Coyotes’ organization provides elite athletes a professional environment that refines and showcases their skills through trademarked processes similar to the NBA’s G-league and MLB’s minor-league systems.

Additionally, the Coyotes’ 501c3 and award-winning ‘Above The Line™’ leadership programs impact the social, mental and physical growth of more than 50,000 youth annually through remedial curriculum, training camps, clinics and symposia.

NFL executives have named the SoCal Coyotes organization America’s #1 Developmental Football Program™ for its national, scalable brands, community outreach programs, 10-year operational track record, verifiable data, youth curriculum, sales, public-private sector alliances, and measured results.


Coachella Sports and Entertainment Stadium Authority Corp. (CSESA) marks the advent of the Coachella Valley’s first and only centrally-based campus developer for sports, medicine, events, media, sports tourism and retail. CSESA’s unparalleled vision in sports tourism, medical, entertainment, restaurant, hotel and convention offerings will make it the region’s most active live content and event campus developer in Coachella Valley history.

Our sports and entertainment partners are dedicated to all aspects of festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special events. CSESA believes the Coachella Valley’s greatest resource is its human potential, and invests heavily in community development and youth leadership initiatives.

CSESA is the master developer of The Shield at 1 Coyote Way, a 500+acre, multi-use campus that will be a 365-day-a-year destination. The Shield will include indoor and outdoor sports centers for soccer, concerts, football, lacrosse, field hockey; more than 100,000 square feet of retail, food and beverage, and other community space; more than 2,000 housing units; three hotels; 200,000 square feet of commercial office space; and over 100,000 square feet of family entertainment.

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