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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…


Amanda Armington

Attending Physician, Clinical Educator

Doctor of Chiropractic, 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

HNFM Instructor

Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

Dr. Bailey earned his Bachelor of Applied Arts in Health and Fitness at Central Michigan University. After completing his chiropractic doctorate at University of Western States (then Western States Chiropractic College), he earned his fellowship in acupuncture with the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Bailey returned to UWS to complete his MS in human nutrition and functional medicine. Dr. Bailey’s clinical practice is as diverse as his education. He has been in practice in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, since 2000. His focus is on wellness from prenatal to elder care. He covers all aspects of holistic family practice in the natural realm of the healing arts. Dr. Bailey uses acupuncture, functional medicine, nutritional guidance, functional metabolic testing, blood and hormone testing, herbal medicine, exercise guidance, detoxification and chiropractic to aid the patient in recovery and wellness. Digestive issues, adrenal fatigue, chronic illness, chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia, acute joint and body pain, Sports Medicine and performance enhancement are specialties within his practice.

Courses Taught

  • Hormone and Neurotransmitter Regulation and Imbalances
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…

Karen Baranick

Assistant Professor, Chiropractic Sciences

Doctor of Chiropractic


Kayla Barnes

Events Coordinator

Office of the President

Phone: 503-847-2616 | Email:


Dana Baylor

Marketing Communications Manager

Marketing and Communications

Martyn Beaven, PhD

HNFM Course Facilitator

Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

Alexander Bello De La Rosa

Maintenance Tech

Facilities and Operations

Catherine Berlot

HNFM Instructor

Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

dr. shireesh bhalerao

Shireesh Bhalerao, DC

Associate Professor and Chair, Chiropractic Sciences

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.

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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.


Bill Borman, PhD

Professor, Basic Sciences

Doctor of Chiropractic

Phone: 503-251-5722 | Email:

Dr. Borman earned his doctorate in anatomy and cell biology from the Medical College of Wisconsin and then began his career at UWS in 1994 as a faculty member in the department of basic sciences. As a result 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 worked collaboratively with the four department chairs (basic sciences, chiropractic sciences, clinical sciences and clinical education) and the associate dean of clinical internship to optimize the doctor of chiropractic program (DCP) curriculum and clinical experience. The UWS DCP is highly regarded for the depth and breadth of its curriculum and for the evidence-informed approach to chiropractic education. Late in 2017 Dr. Borman returned to the faculty in the department of basic sciences. He is currently course director for both spinal anatomy and head and neck gross anatomy and also assists in teaching the dissection labs for each of the three gross anatomy courses. 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 accreditation body, 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 remodeling project.


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

Kate Brown

Assistant Professor, Clinical Education

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.

Marquelle Brown

HNFM Course Facilitator

Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine


Christopher Browne, DC, MS

HNFM 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
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


Kara Burnham

Associate Professor and Chair, Basic Sciences

Basic Sciences, Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Burnham teaches in the basic science department at UWS. She earned her PhD in molecular microbiology in 1998 and completed a post doctoral fellowship at the Ohio State University in 2002. She joined the faculty of UWS in 2005. Dr. Burnham teaches immunology, microbiology and public health. She became chair of the department in 2013.

 Dr. Burnham serves as the faculty advisor to the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) student group. When not at UWS Dr. Burnham can be found hanging out with her partner Erin and their two children, Addie and Zach.

anne byrer

Anne Byrer

Academic Scheduling Coordinator

Academic Affairs

Anne joined UWS in 2004, supporting multiple academic initiatives at the university, from editing CSPE protocols to organizing day-to-day operations for the Clinic Phase series. She currently coordinates the complex schedules of standardized patients and teaching assistants for the Doctor of Chiropractic Program. Most recently, her position has grown to include supporting the development and…

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