My story is long and can get pretty involved so I am going to skip many details and get straight to significant life events. I feel once you understand who I am as an individual based on my experiences, you and I will resonate on a deeper level. After all, DrBenLynch.com is not about me – it is about how I can help you.
Life experiences change a person. Or do life experiences create a person?
Bottom line: I am not your typical guy nor am I your typical doctor.
- 1974: Born in Portland, Oregon
- 1984: Turned 10
- 1986: Moved to Central Oregon. Lived on a 100 acre horse ranch in Prineville, Oregon. Prineville has two famous claims:
1) highest teenage pregnancy state in the State of Oregon (not sure if we still hold that stat) and
2) home of Les Schwab Tires (really).
All kidding aside, ranch life taught me a ton: hard work, self-motivation, appreciation of nature and the cycle of life.
- 1992: Graduated Valedictorian from Sunriver Preparatory School in Sunriver, Oregon
- 1994: Finally reached my final height of 6′ 5″
- 1992 – 1995: Rowed for the University of Washington Huskies Crew Team. Overcame a serious 2 year knee injury after discovering the root cause on my own.
- 1995 – 1996: Had enough of ‘structured life’ in lecture halls and training rooms.
The travel bug hit – and hit hard.
Took a 1 year leave from the University of Washington to backpack throughout the South Pacific and Southeast Asia.
I left 213 pounds, fit, short-haired and with hard-earned money in my pocket.
It was while absolutely ill in India that I first discovered Ayurvedic medicine. This eventually led me to Bastyr University and where I am today.
Highlights of the one year backpacking trip are numerous but the most significant are:
- working in the Prem Dan in Calcutta and meeting Mother Theresa;
- yacht race from Darwin, Australia to Ambon, Indonesia. Got caught in a White Squall during night watch and experienced a 70′ yacht touch its mast head to the ocean’s waves in the blink of an eye;
- spending my last $10 to buy a tie so I could attend a ‘tie-only’ event. This event was the celebration of the rodeo and all the big ‘cattle station managers’ were there. If I wanted to land a job, it was here. Completely by chance, out of 100′s of places to sit, I happened to sit myself down next to the wife of the Brunette Downs manager. Brunette Downs is one of the largest cattle stations in Australia. I got the job.
- working as a Jackaroo (cowboy) for one month on a 1.5 million acre cattle station, Austral Downs, in Outback Australia. I was nicknamed ‘America’. The romantic hard lifestyle could not be beat: riding horses all day and working with cattle in the heart of Australia’s Outback desert with 7 other excellent people;
- lived with an Fijian family on a remote island, Somo Somo, and learned that no matter how poor and remote a place may be, happiness is possible;
- hiking in Tasmania for one month. Ran out of food during a 14 day hike in the wilderness;
- kayaking the Fjords of New Zealand. Got caught up in a sudden severe storm during a crossing;
- experiencing the enormity of the Himalayas while traveling north of Manali;
- returning to America with $0.80 cents from 3 different currencies in my pocket weighing 160 pounds, long-haired, ill and continuing to treat my scabies while on the airplane.
- 1997: Graduated from University of Washington with a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology. Switched focuses four times: International Business, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Med, Landscape Architecture (I enjoy diversity).
- 1997: Summited Mt Rainier and Mt Baker, parachuted from an airplane
- 1997 – 2005: Founded and operated a high-end residential landscape construction firm based in Seattle, Washington. Became ‘bored’ as I ‘figured it out.’ Needed a challenge and to return to my passion of medicine. I left a high six figure income to attend medical school.
- 1997: Traveled throughout Western Europe for 2.5 months during the winter solo: Significant experiences: Krakov, Auschwitz-Birkenau
- 1998: Traveled throughout Eastern Europe for 2.5 months during the winter. Highlights: Russia, Ukraine, Romania. Met my future wife in a tiny part of the world, Narva, Estonia.
- 2000: Russia visit for 2 months in the middle of winter. Experienced ‘Dacha’ life and the freezing country winters.
- 2001: Married Nadezda Mikhaylova
- 2002: Began Bastyr University. Birth of our first son, Tasman, right smack in the middle of first quarter med school finals week. Complicated delivery. Finally understood the meaning of life: Being a father.
- 2005: Mathew, our second son, born.
- 2005: Began HealthE Goods from an empty bedroom of our home. Idea behind HealthE Goods was to offer a ‘virtual dispensary’ for my future patients. I later figured, “Why benefit only a few?” So I expanded the offerings, began answering health questions, blogged and shipped health products globally.
- 2006: Russia visit #3. Finding out that I am in the right place on the planet while living in a totally remote part of the world in an extremely rustic 100 year old cabin on 2 acres on a river growing and harvesting our own food. Three families living together under one roof. Life as it should be. I would have done well living 150 years ago as I enjoy the rustic, down to earth lifestyle.
- 2007: Graduate from Bastyr University with my doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine.
- 2007: Russia visit #4 for nearly 3 months during the summer. Fished, worked the land, played with my sons and enjoyed living a very simple life.
- 2008: Birth of our third son, Theodor.
- 2009: Russia visit #5. A powerful visit. My wife’s grandmother passes at 92 years old. Learned the Russian remote country way of preparing for the memorial service, burial and all traditions surrounding the loss of a loved one. A very human and respectful way to say goodbye to our loved ones. Everything was handled by the family – everything – beautifully.
- 2010: HealthE Goods is one of the Inc 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America
- 2010: Began Seeking Health line of Dr Ben’s products
- 2011: Understood the massive importance of people needing expert health information. The failure of America’s health care system is failing millions of people on a daily basis. Led me to the creation of Dr Ben Lynch and all the sister partner sites and programs which are constantly in development.