Susan Strom, DC, is the administrator of the new University of Western States (UWS) community-based internship (CBI) program which offers opportunities for 10th and 11th quarter chiropractic interns to enhance their clinical training in approved private chiropractic practices in our community.
Dr. Strom earned her BA in psychology at Barnard College, Columbia University, in New York City in 1968. She graduated cum laude from Western States Chiropractic College in December 1978 and obtained her Oregon license in early 1979. During her first year in practice she completed additional training in obstetrics and gynecology and provided natural childbirth services to families on the Central Oregon coast as part of her chiropractic practice in Newport. She and her husband, Stephen Ray, established Newport Chiropractic Associates in 1980 and enjoyed 12 successful years in the community, raising two daughters and making contributions to the welfare of a growing region. In her third year of practice she was appointed by Governor Victor Atiyeh to the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners, where she served for seven years. In 1987 Dr. Strom was drafted by the Oregon Senate Majority Leader, Bill Bradbury, to become the Democratic candidate for State Senate 5th District. She ran a good campaign with a focus on safe highways, improved services to our elder citizens, and an expanded role for alternative health care in the state. Though the election results were in favor of the Republican incumbent, Dr. Strom lost by less than one percent of the vote. This encouraged her to stay engaged in the political process throughout the remainder of her civic life. Governor Neil Goldschmidt appointed her to the Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability which oversees the conduct of Oregon state judges and justices of the peace.
Following the sale of their Newport practice Dr. Strom and her family moved to Maui, Hawaii, where they had a thriving practice for five years. In 1996 she returned to Portland and accepted a role as the outreach director for the Campus Health Center at UWS. She also assisted in the development of the first community-based internship. Since then she remained in active practice with offices in Beaverton and Northwest Portland. She served on the UWS Board of Trustees during a time of critical transition for the school from 1998 to 2003.
Dr. Strom appreciates this most recent opportunity to be of service to the chiropractic community since January of 2015 by working as an attending clinician, clinical assessor and clinician backup for the UWS Campus Health Center and Outside In. In the new role as CBI administrator she works directly with the interns and connects them with our field practitioners to establish new links between the school and the talented pool of successful chiropractic physicians in the vicinities of Portland and Vancouver.
In her free time Dr. Strom enjoys her home life with her husband, Richard Brown, and the special thrill of receiving grandchildren into the family.