Dr. Benda received his professional training at Duke University, the University of Miami School of Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He has served as Director of Emergency Medical Services and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA, with Doctors of the World in Rwanda during the 1994 ethnic conflict, and as medical director of the Big Sur Health Center. His clinical work has focused on patients with breast cancer, animal-assisted therapy, and physician health and well-being, and his research on “therapeutic riding” for children with cerebral palsy has been funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Benda is a co-founder of the National Integrative Medicine Council, a nonprofit organization for which he has served as Director of Medical and Public Affairs. He is the associate editor of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine as well as Integrative Medicine – A Clinician’s Journal, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and lectures extensively on a variety of topics in the integrative arena.