About the Founders

Doug Kiburz, MD


I have been using hyaluronan (HA) products in our horses and dogs for decades and indeed many supplements used in humans evolved from the canine and equine world. Being in the orthopedic profession I am always looking for ways for patients to help themselves with musculoskeletal problems beyond surgery or prescription medication. The exciting benefits of HA are that it supplements our own endogenous HA, has few side effects or allergic reactions, and is effective. I don’t recommend anything I don’t try myself and my family (wife, dogs, cats, horses) and I have been using oral HA products for several years. But advances and improvements are made in every field and the Top Shelf® specifications are a giant step in quality and value. My patients often ask, “why don’t doctors tell their patients about these safe and helpful developments?” That is why we are here to tell you about Top Shelf®. In recent years research has found the HA molecule to be important not just in the musculoskeletal field, but it has significant importance in our immune system, eye health, gastrointestinal health, preventing osteoporosis, longevity and recent developments have shown it to have anti-viral activity. That is why many have “dubbed” hyaluronan “the most important molecule in all vertebrates”.

Don Grove, RPh


Over a decade ago I was working in my pharmacy in Warsaw, MO and an orthopedic surgeon in my practice area called me and asked me to do him a favor. He had been recommending an OTC product to his patients to help them with their joint problems. He explained he first started using it on his horses and they had immediate and dramatic results and he knew it could not be the placebo effect since that doesn’t work on animals. He had contacted the manufacturer and asked if the product could be used in both animals and humans and he would like to test it in humans if safe and OK’d by the FDA.

From this early conversation, I started selling this liquid hyaluronan product and have continued for over 10 years. Several years ago I asked a chemist if he could develop a hyaluronan product in powder to keep it fresher longer and make it more affordable to ship since it was light and no breakage.

My physician and friend, Dr. Doug Kiburz, and I now offer our patients hyaluronan in ready-to-hydrate powder form for oral intake, NOT in capsules or tablets. We discovered with our chemist that hyaluronan, otherwise known as hyaluronic acid, needs to be dissolved in water so the body can effectively absorb it, unlike when taken in the tablet/capsule form. This 12-24 hour magical hydration is our secret for better absorption and assuring you Top Shelf® doesn’t transform itself from a non-inflammatory into an inflammatory as can happen with the competitive HA products. Watch our videos, the ABC video, and read the newly released book by Doug that goes into greater detail with sources footnoted.

After you educate yourself on this liquid fountain of youth contact us at our website to order some and prove to yourself the testimonials you read and hear.