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james albrecht

James Albrecht

Student Services Coordinator

Student Services

Phone: 503-847-2588 | Email: [email protected]


Paulina Almaraz

Administrative Assistant

Academic Affairs

Phone: 503-847-2595 | Email: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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 Chiropractic Physician, Assistant Professor

Clinical Education, Doctor of Chiropractic, Health Centers of UWS

Dr. Amanda Armington is a chiropractic physician at the University of Western States Health Center. She enjoys overseeing patient care on campus, integrating her love of chiropractic practice with teaching and mentoring chiropractic interns through the clinic internship series. Her chiropractic interests include prenatal care, family practice and nutrition. She is currently working towards a master’s degree in human nutrition and functional medicine through UWS’ online program in the college of graduate studies. She also enjoys being very active in the UWS campus community; serving on several committees, as a faculty mentor and student club advisor, as well as a facilitator in the mind body medicine elective. Dr. Armington earned her doctor of chiropractic degree from UWS (WSCC). Outside of work, Dr. Armington spends time with her husband and two kids, enjoying the many perks of being an Oregonian, rain or shine!

Laura Baffes, DC, CCSP

Associate Professor

Clinical Sciences, Doctor of Chiropractic

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…

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…


Jess Barr Desbrow, DC

Alumna and Donor

Donor, Donor Relations

Dr. Jess Barr Desbrow chose University of Western States with certainty, as the culmination of seven post-undergrad years of following her dreams and her heart, working and playing across the country and the world. Staying true to form, she took her time growing her practice from one room in her home in 2008, to now…

Chris Barrie

Events Coordinator

Office of the President

Phone: 503-847-2617 | Email: [email protected]


Dana Baylor

Marketing Communications Manager

Marketing and Communications

Martyn Beaven, PhD

HNFM Course Facilitator

Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

Alexander Bello De La Rosa

Alexander Bello De La Rosa

Maintenance Tech

Facilities and Operations


Jaci Bergstrom, DC

Assistant Professor, Clinical Internship

Clinical Education, Clinical Sciences, Doctor of Chiropractic

Phone: 503-847-2565 | Email: [email protected]

Dr. Jaci Bergstrom is a chiropractic physician at the University of Western States Health Center. Dr. Bergstrom started at the clinic in 2018. She decided to shift her focus from private practice to the instructional side of chiropractic. Dr. Bergstrom feels this has been a great transition that has allowed her to incorporate her passion for chiropractic into the lives of the students as they pursue their dreams of providing care to their future patients. Dr. Bergstrom graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn. in 2001. From there she has worked as an associate for much of her career. She was also owner of a practice in Fargo, ND for five years prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Bergstrom received her Master of Arts in Management from St. Scholastica University in Duluth, Minn. in 2004. Throughout the course of practice, Dr. Bergstrom has truly enjoyed providing patient care and education on chiropractic, exercise, posture awareness and healthy habits. In her free time, Dr. Bergstrom enjoy spending time with her husband and three-year-old son. She also tries to spend time being outdoors, exercising, cooking and traveling.

JH Berry

Lab Technician

Basic Sciences, Doctor of Chiropractic

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.


Monde Bongo

HNFM Course Facilitator

Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

Bill Borman

William Borman, PhD

Professor, Basic Sciences

Basic Sciences, Doctor of Chiropractic

Phone: 503-251-5722 | Email: [email protected]

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 faculty and administration 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: [email protected]

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).

Kate Brown

Kate Brown

Assistant Professor, Clinical Education

Clinical Education, Clinical Sciences, Doctor of Chiropractic

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

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: [email protected]

Dr. Chris Browne earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Truman State University. He then attended Logan University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in human biology, continuing on to complete his doctor of chiropractic degree at University of Western States (UWS). 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 University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) where he taught physical medicine, orthopedics and clinical nutrition to senior naturopathic doctorate students and supervised interns delivering patient care. During this time, he began teaching in the UWS MS in human nutrition and functional medicine program, eventually assuming the role of associate director of human nutrition and functional medicine program, while continuing to teach in the program. His other professional activities have included textbook reviewing, teaching in the NUNM Grand Rounds series, lecturing for the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM) and presenting to various health care practitioner associations.

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: [email protected]

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, 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. When not at UWS Dr. Burnham can be found hanging out with her partner Erin and their two children, Addie and Zach.


Analia Camarasa, MS

HNFM Course Facilitator

Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

Kathleen Cannon

Kathleen Cannon

Director of Human Resources

Human Resources

Kathleen Cannon is the human resources generalist for University of Western States. Kathleen has a degree in business administration-general management from Portland State University. Prior to working in human resources Kathleen has 17 years’ experience working in finance and accounting.

mike carnes

Mike Carnes

Adjunct Faculty, Basic Sciences

Basic Sciences, Doctor of Chiropractic

Angela Carter

Adjunct Faculty, Clinical Sciences

Clinical Sciences, Doctor of Chiropractic

Jacqueline Chu

Radiology Resident 1

Diagnostic Imaging

Phone: 503-847-2567 | Email: [email protected]

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