Kurt_Beil-medKurt Beil, ND, MSOM, MPH, LAc, is an assistant professor at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Ore., teaching in the school’s naturopathic, classical Chinese medicine and integrative medicine research programs. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher at NCNM’s Helfgott Research Institute where he specializes in biophilic psychoneuroendocrinology, the study of how contact with natural spaces influences the stress response. Dr. Beil received both his doctor of naturopathic medicine (ND) and master of science in Oriental medicine (MSOM) degrees from NCNM in 2006. After a year of practice he returned to school to obtain his master of public health from Portland State University, focusing on the use of natural environments and urban green spaces as holistic public health resources. During this time Dr. Beil also completed the graduate certificate in sustainability at PSU, focusing on the overlap between sustainable urban development, land use policy, and public health as they relate to natural and built environments. While consulting with Metro (Portland’s regional elected government) on the health benefits of its system of parks, trails and natural area known collectively as the Intertwine, Dr. Beil returned to NCNM to teach environmental medicine and related classes. His primary passion is generating empirical evidence of the Vis Medicatrix Naturae, the healing power of nature as it relates to contact with the natural environment. He has lectured nationally and internationally about this topic. Dr. Beil also maintains a small private practice utilizing a holistic approach of naturopathic and Chinese medicine, and gets out into the beautiful natural settings of the Pacific Northwest as much as his schedule allows.