Doug Beal is a native Oregonian who grew up in the southwest part of the state. In 1980, Doug was a founding member of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance in Roseburg, Oregon. He was a peer counselor on their 24 hr helpline. He graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1994 and Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2009. In the early years of his healthcare career, he co-founded a foster home for people living with HIV and worked as a staff nurse at a community hospital in Roseburg, Oregon. After graduating from OHSU, Doug worked as a nurse practitioner at a rural primary care clinic in Glide, Oregon.
For the past 20 years, Doug has been on the medical team of Kaiser’s Addiction Medicine Department. He witnessed the rise of the opioid epidemic and was consequently part of evolving research and treatments for opiate use disorder, such as, suboxone agonist therapy. Doug has said he enjoys the field of addiction treatment because of the holistic approach – “we treat mind and body, supporting any and all positive changes.”
His interest in other healing systems led him to study Chinese medicine. Twice a week, he offers group and private acupuncture treatments at Kaiser’s Brookside Center residential programs for mental health and addiction.
Doug lives in north Portland with his partner of 11 years, Michael.