Join us for our final week of our health fair celebrating living naturopathically — and this final week pays special attention to the living part itself with lifestyle medicine and the power of nature.

For those unfamiliar, lifestyle medicine seeks to use diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, and more to improve health and immunity. Lifestyle medicine is a tool used by many different naturopathic doctors.

The good news is that 80% or more of all healthcare spending in the U.S. is tied to the treatment of conditions rooted in poor lifestyle choices. Chronic diseases and conditions—such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, multiple types of cancer—are among the most common, costly and preventable of all health conditions.

American College of Lifestyle Medicine

In addition, naturopathic medicine frequently focuses on a nature-based health approach. Described by the Institute for Natural Medicine, “In focusing on the healing power of nature, naturopathic doctors empower patients both to understand the role their body plays in healing itself, and to engage actively in restoring and maintaining their own health.”

Learn how nature and lifestyle can meet for health in this live panel featured licensed naturopathic doctors who may answer questions including:

  • Does simply being in nature have health benefits?
  • How to incorporate movement for those with limited mobility or beginners in exercise?
  • How do fun, laughter, and gratitude affect your overall health?

Dr. Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH

Dr. Kurt Beil is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist practicing in Sandy, Oregon.  He focuses on chronic disease and incorporating the science of modern health science with the art of traditional healing practices.  He has taught classes on Environmental Health, Microbiology & Public Health, Academic Journal Writing, and Stress Management at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. 

Dr. Kurt also holds a Master of Public Health degree with a focus on urban green space as a sustainable public health promotion strategy.  He is the founding co-chair of the Health & Nature subcommittee of the Intertwine Alliance, a coalition of public, private and non-governmental stakeholders advocating for the parks, trails, and natural areas of the Portland metro region.  Dr. Kurt is also a Research Investigator at the Helfgott Research Institute, where he completed a post-doctoral research fellowship on the psychophysiological impact of exposure to natural and built urban environments.  He has written, taught and lectured for over a decade on the healing benefits of contact with nature.

Dr. Dennis Godby, ND, MA

After taking a college fitness appreciation class, Dr. Godby changed his major to Health and P.E., emphasizing exercise physiology and nutrition. To encourage running and physical fitness he organized family “fun runs” in his college community. To test the limits of human endurance and promote physical fitness and nutrition he ran to Alberta, Canada, from Corvallis, Oregon, attempting the longest run ever, without a support team. Running 39 miles a day, alone, for 37 days, over the Cascades and Canadian Rockies, he pushed physical and mental limits, and also provided a tremendous source of spiritual growth. 

Dr. Godby is a CA-licensed primary care naturopathic doctor, founder and medical director of  Sacramento Naturopathic Medical Center since 2005, and the founder of The Run: Advancing Naturopathic  Medicine in ALL 50 States. Dr. Godby also received his Master’s of Theological Studies at  Maryknoll, NY, and taught high school social justice for 7 years.

Since his start as an exercise physiology student and social justice advocate 40 years ago, Dr. Godby, ND, has been a trailblazer, demonstrated by his solo, unsupported, 1,420 mile run from Corvallis, OR, to Calgary, Canada, in 1978, to promote physical fitness and run across the USA in 2011 to promote naturopathic medicine.  Dr. Godby was awarded the CNDA’s first “Doctor of the Year” in 2012.

Dr. Alice Nguyen

Dr. Alice Nguyen is the Naturopathic Medical Doctor and head of the Performance Medicine Department at Stark in Irvine and Newport Beach. Holding a 3rd-degree black belt in karate and jujutsu, and having been a personal trainer with specialties in rehab and complex orthopedic issues, Dr. Alice has devoted her life to the pursuit of disease prevention and human performance.  Dr. Alice also cares deeply about her community, and currently uses her expertise to create a positive impact by donating her services to the CEOs of nonprofit organizations.  

As part of the Stark team Dr. Nguyen work to help realize 360 degree health. Believing that optimal health can only be achieved when the WHOLE body is addressed – inside and out.

Dr. Leena Pandya, ND

Dr. Leena Pandya is a licensed naturopathic doctor practicing in San Francisco, CA. Prior to earning her doctorate in naturopathic medicine (ND) from Bastyr University, she studied neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University, after which she spent two years working in education with teens suffering from traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Leena completed her residency at an integrative neurology clinic and currently owns her own practice where she focuses on disease prevention and health optimization. In her free time, Dr. Leena volunteers at a nonprofit organization and enjoys photography.