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james albrecht

James Albrecht

Student Services Coordinator

Student Services

Phone: 503-847-2588 | Email:


Paulina Almaraz

Administrative Assistant

Office of the President

Phone: 503-847-2595 | Email:

Amie Althaea

Clinic Billing/Receptionist - East Portland

Health Centers of UWS

Amie has worked in her current position for a relatively short time, but comes from a comprehensive background of chiropractic medical billing and naturopathic health. She has been a freelance writer and photographer for twenty years and spends much of her free time participating in various creative projects and supporting the local music scene. Her…

rebekah anderson

Rebekah Anderson, DBA, PMP

Chief Information Officer

Information Services, Information Technology, Leadership

Phone: 503-847-5718 | Email:

Dr. Anderson is the Chief Information Officer at UWS, overseeing both the technical services and institutional effectiveness departments. She has over 15 years of higher education experience, with a focus on information technology and project management. She acquired a doctor of business administration (DBA) degree with a business intelligence specialization from Capella University, a master…

Montserrat Andreys

LMT, Associate Professor

Massage Therapy

A passion and degree in dance turned Montserrat Andreys’ goal of a chiropractic practice into a unique calling. Andreys worked as a massage therapist for ten years, owned her own practice and even held a faculty position with a massage therapy school. Still, she wanted to do something more. After closing down her business, she…


Amanda Armington

Attending Chiropractic Physician

Health Centers of UWS

Dr. Amanda Armington is an attending chiropractic physician at the Campus Health Center. She enjoys overseeing patient care on campus, integrating her love of chiropractic practice with the delight in teaching eager chiropractic interns. Dr. Armington is currently the faculty senate secretary and also enjoys being involved on campus with the mindfulness practice group. Dr….

Nelda Armstrong

Mailroom/Copy Coordinator

Facilities and Operations

Phone: 503-251-2834 | Email:

Laura Baffes, DC, CCSP

Associate Professor

Clinical Sciences

Dr Laura Baffes is an associate professor & has been teaching at UWS since 1994.  She is a certified chiropractic sports physician (CCSP) and has additional training and teaches courses in neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics & internal disorders. Dr Baffes has written a CSPE care pathway on the treatment of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and has been…

Jerry Bailey, DC, MS


Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

Dr. Bailey earned his Bachelor of Applied Arts in exercise physiology, nutrition and athletic coaching at Central Michigan University and his doctor of chiropractic and master of human nutrition and functional medicine degrees at University of Western States. He is certified by the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture and practices chiropractic, acupuncture and functional medicine at an integrative clinic in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. Dr. Bailey has served as a professor of anatomy and physiology at the American Institute of Clinical Massage.

Courses Taught

  • Hormone and Neurotransmitter Regulation and Imbalances

Logan Bale


Basic Sciences


Logan Bale is a faculty member in the college of chiropractic. Logan holds an MSc in anatomical sciences from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and has most recently been working as a pathologists’ assistant in autopsy and surgical pathology. Logan teaches spinal anatomy, head and neck gross anatomy and is a supervising instructor in each…

Christin Bankhead

Christin Bankhead

Executive Manager of Clinical Internship

Clinic Administration

Christin Bankhead is the executive manager for clinical internship, assisting Dr. Ewald and responsible for monitoring, managing, and facilitating interns’ progress through the clinical internship of the UWS doctor of chiropractic program. She enjoys working in the clinic atmosphere and helping students throughout their clinical internship. Christin’s experience includes event coordination and an assistant to a…


Kayla Barnes

Events Coordinator

Office of the President

Phone: 503-847-2616 | Email:

Alexander Bello De La Rosa

Maintenance Tech

Facilities and Operations

Mark Belokonny


Massage Therapy

Mark enjoys hiking/walking with his wife, caring for the many trees and shrubs on our 2.5 acres, organic gardening, watching listening to my son play the drums in his band, mentoring students, therapeutic massage, public speaking, teaching on the college and graduate school levels, building relationships and listening to music.

Catherine Berlot


Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

dr. shireesh bhalerao

Shireesh Bhalerao, DC

Associate Professor

Doctor of Chiropractic

Phone: 503-251-5714 | Email:

Dr. Shireesh Bhalerao, born and raised in Saskatoon, Canada, moved to Portland in 1997. He is an associate professor at the University of Western States (UWS) and chair of the department of chiropractic sciences. With medical physicians as classmates, Dr. Bhalerao recently completed his master’s of Clinical Research at Oregon Health and Science University. In this light, he has an interest in fostering an inter-disciplinary approach to the management of injuries of the spine and extremities. At UWS, Dr. Bhalerao is responsible for teaching evidence-informed practice and diagnosis and management of injuries of the upper and lower extremities. Additionally, Dr. Bhalerao has maintained a busy private practice in SW Portland since 2001. Dr. Bhalerao is a self-proclaimed sports fanatic and particularly enjoys playing golf and squash.

jenna bobbins

Jenna Bobbins

Admissions Assistant


Jenna Bobbins is an admissions assistant for UWS. She is originally from Southern California where she attended San Diego State and was a student ambassador for the university. She moved to Portland in 2015 and has loved it here ever since.


William Borman, PhD


Doctor of Chiropractic

Phone: 503-251-5722 | Email:

Bill Borman, Ph.D began his career at UWS in 1994 as a faculty member in the department of basic sciences. He earned his doctorate in anatomy and cell biology from the Medical College of Wisconsin. As a product of his graduate research, Dr. Borman was awarded both the prestigious Jan Langman award and the Outstanding Dissertation award in two separate annual conferences of the American Association of Anatomists. For several years Dr. Borman served as professor and chair of the basic sciences department and taught courses in gross anatomy, cell biology, histology and human development. During that time he also held executive leadership positions in the Faculty Senate and the Faculty Association. In 2013, Dr. Borman accepted the appointment as dean of the college of chiropractic. In this capacity he works collaboratively with the four department chairs (basic sciences, chiropractic sciences, clinical sciences and clinical education) and the associate vice president of assessment and clinical internship to optimize the doctor of chiropractic program (DCP) curriculum and clinical experience. The UWS DCP is renowned for the depth and breadth of its curriculum and for the evidence-informed approach to chiropractic education. Integrating health and science for the good of the patient is paramount for everyone who works and learns at UWS. Dr. Borman continues to keep his hands in the program, literally, by continuing to teach in the first gross anatomy dissection course. If you ask him he’ll admit working with students in the anatomy lab is still, by far, his favorite part of his job. Dr. Borman has been an active participant in programmatic accreditation with the Council on Chiropractic Education since 2001. In this capacity he routinely participates in, or chairs, site teams as they visit the various DC programs around the country as part of the process of reaffirmation of accreditation. Since 2007, Dr. Borman has done similar work for the regional Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. In his spare time, Dr. Borman is most likely to be found working on a “do it yourself” project around the home. Whether it’s a project inside the house or out in the yard, he’s always up for the challenge and gratification of taking on a new project.

James Bowman

Assistant Professor

Doctor of Chiropractic


Ami Brimhall

Mindfulness Facilitator

Office of the President

Ami Brimhall is the wife of Dr. Joseph Brimhall, UWS president. She is one of the founding facilitators of the Art of Mindful Practice series, the Mind-Body Medicine elective for students, and the weekly Mindfulness Based Meditation meetings for students, staff, and faculty. As a student of meditation and yoga for many years, Ami is always in search of ways to promote activities that diminish negative stress and increase awareness, positive connections and emotions. When not with her sweet husband she can usually be found swimming, practicing yoga or painting in her very messy studio.

joseph brimhall

Joseph Brimhall, DC, FICC


Leadership, Office of the President

Phone: 503-251-5712 | Email:

Joseph Brimhall, DC, is a graduate of Logan University in St. Louis, MO. He started his career in 1981 as a chiropractic physician in Ogden, Utah where he was in private practice for 22 years. During that time, he was twice named Utah Chiropractic Physician of the Year. Since 2003, Dr. Brimhall has served as president of University of Western States in Portland, Oregon. He has extensive experience in licensure regulation and professional testing; serving 10 years on the Utah Chiropractic Physician’s licensing board. Dr. Brimhall is currently the chairman of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a recognized agency that accredits more than 160 public and private higher education institutions in the Northwest. He is a former president of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), a former chairman of the CCE Commission on Accreditation, and the immediate past-president of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI). He is a founding director of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM), and has served on the executive committee of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC).

George Brown


Exercise and Sport Science

Kathryn Brown

Assistant Professor

Clinical Sciences

Dr. Brown is an assistant professor in the department of clinical education. She also practices part time and primarily works with perinatal women and pediatric patients.


Christopher Browne, DC, MS

Associate Director

Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

Phone: 503-847-2615 | Email:

Dr. Browne earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Truman State University before attending Logan University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in human biology. After transferring to University of Western States, he completed his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Dr. Browne returned to UWS to earn his Master of Science in human nutrition and functional medicine, graduating with the first cohort in the program while maintaining a full-time clinical practice focusing on neuromusculoskeletal care and nutritional management of chronic disease. After co-developing and teaching post-graduate courses in manual therapy and chiropractic adjustive technique, Dr. Browne became a professor at National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) where he taught physical medicine, orthopedics and clinical nutrition to senior naturopathic Doctorate students and supervised interns delivering patient care. During this time, he also began teaching in the UWS MS in human nutrition and functional medicine. Dr. Browne has since transitioned into the role of associate director of human nutrition and functional medicine and continues to teach in the program. His other professional activities have included textbook reviewing, presenting in the NCNM Grand Rounds series and lecturing for the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM).

Courses Taught

  • Structural Integrity
  • Final Project and Comprehensive Examination

Kristin Browne

Project Manager

Information Services

Phone: 503-847-2638 | Email:

pat browne

Pat Browne, PhD

Special Assistant to the President

Leadership, Office of the President

Phone: 503-251-2812 | Email:

Dr. Pat Browne has worked in higher education administration for more than 34 years. His primary assignments have been in enrollment management, serving in both undergraduate and professional education settings. Dr. Browne joined UWS in 2008 as vice president for enrollment services and is now assisting the president’s office in fundraising and special projects.

peggy burgus

Peggy Burgus

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Financial Aid

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