Meet the Institute Docs & Staff

Courtney1_webDr. Courtney Jackson

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Dr. Jackson is a naturopathic doctor and a founding physician of the Food As Medicine Institute. Dr. Jackson is passionate about bringing her naturopathic training about the healing power of whole foods to the public. In 2010, she established NCNM’s ECO Project, a 12-week community-based, hands-on nutrition and cooking series, led by naturopathic doctors. Prior to NCNM, Dr. Jackson supported young people, both here and abroad, in creating community-based change for improved health in her work with non-profit organizations such as Amigos de las Americas and SAVE the Children.

She believes empowering children and their families to get back in the kitchen, cooking real food, is one of the keys to improving the health of our communities. Dr. Jackson maintains a private practice at Grain Integrative Health in southeast Portland. She enjoys cooking Rainbow Nachos for her family and finding creative ways to include pumpkin in any dish.

julie_briley_2014_webDr. Julie Briley

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Dr. Julie Briley is a naturopathic doctor and a founding physician of the Food As Medicine Institute. She is also a faculty member in the Master of Science in Nutrition program.

Dr. Briley has helped lead over 1,500 individuals and families through the Institute’s Food As Medicine Everyday series, has created corporate wellness programs and presented at OMSI’s Better Bites series for over two years.  She is a popular speaker in Portland’s thriving health and food culture.

Dr. Briley has diverse experience developing and teaching community-based programs for children, teens, and adults of various socioeconomic status and cultures. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay focusing on community health and environmental education. She also studied inter-generational learning between children and their caregivers in Costa Rica.

At her private practice at Asula Wellness Center in downtown Portland, Dr. Briley focuses on identifying food sensitivities, optimizing digestive health, balancing hormones, and the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Dr. Briley received her doctorate degree at National College of Natural Medicine and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Dr. Jackson and Dr. Briley will publish their first book in 2016, Food as Medicine Everyday, Reclaim your Health with Whole Foods.

Dr. Andrew Erlandsen

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Andrew Erlandsen, ND earned his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon.  In 2013, Dr. Erlandsen worked on a team to develop NCNM’s new Master of Science in Nutrition (MScN) degree and is currently the Chair of the program.  As an Assistant Professor, Dr. Erlandsen teaches a variety of nutrition courses in all of the academic programs at NCNM. He also teaches courses in clinical research and mentors students on their thesis projects.  Dr. Erlandsen is currently working with a research team examining the effects of the ketogenic diet in people with Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Erlandsen leads community-based nutrition and cooking workshops as part of the Food As Medicine Institute.  Since 2012, he has been teaching classes in Banks, OR., reaching over 100 community members.

Prior to NCNM, Dr. Erlandsen earned his degree summa cum laude in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Maine.  With over 10 years of food service experience, cooking and managing restaurant kitchens, he has a true passion food, nutrition, and using food as medicine.

Shawnte-Yates-webDr. Shawnte Yates

Shawnte Yates, ND, LAc is a naturopathic doctor and Chinese medicine practitioner. She has been a part of NCNM’s acclaimed ECO Project (Ending Childhood Obesity) – now FAME – since its inception and has contributed to the content of the series. Additionally, she has led a number of cooking and healthy living classes covering a variety of topics over the past seven years in the community at large.

Dr. Yates practices as a primary care doctor and acupuncturist at Essential Family Medicine in Southeast Portland, Oregon with a focus on nutrition, food sensitivities, women’s health, hormonal balance, fertility, and pediatrics. As a doctor of natural medicine, she is dedicated to educating the community about healthy lifestyle choices, with an emphasis on diet. Through her studies of natural medicine, nutrition and traditional diets, Dr. Yates appreciates the art of cooking as a tool for nourishment, health and longevity.

Manda172Manda Draper, MS

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Manda Draper is a nutritionist who graduated from the Masters of Science in Nutrition program at the National College of Natural Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International and African Studies from the University of Oregon. Prior to NCNM, Manda served as Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa. As an Environmental Action and Food Security volunteer, she organized a national food security camp for at-risk youth, led nutrition workshops during a national women’s empowerment conference, and created a nutrition and feeding program for mothers with malnourished children.

Manda’s passion is to encourage the growth and wellness of local communities through nutrition education. She believes that knowledge about heathy and nutritious food should be a fundamental right for all people. As a humanitarian and world traveler, Manda’s long term goal is to use food as medicine to help alleviate malnutrition globally. In her free time Manda immerses herself in nature, backpacking, climbing, and running.