Meet the Team

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 (now University) of Natural Medicine and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Dr. Jackson and Dr. Briley are authors of Food as Medicine Everyday, Reclaim your Health with Whole Foods.

Manda Draper

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Manda Draper is a nutritionist and graduate of the Masters of Science in Nutrition program at the NUNM. Currently, Manda is faculty member for the Functional Nutrition Therapy program at Portland Community College. Prior to NUNM, Manda served as a Peace Corp Environmental Action and Food Security volunteer in Togo, West Africa, where 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 healthy 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.

Dr. Cory Szybala

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Dr. Cory Szybala is a naturopathic doctor and adjunct faculty member in the Master of Science in Nutrition program at NUNM. While in medical school Dr. Szybala developed a special interest in clinical nutrition and using food as medicine.  He learned about and quickly became a member of the acclaimed Food As Medicine Everyday Series (previously known as the ECO Project).  He is excited to be a part of the Food As Medicine Institute team and continue his work teaching the FAME 12-week community-based nutrition series, being available for public speaking engagements and helping with the annual Food As Medicine Symposium.

At his private practice in Cedar Hills, Dr. Szybala focuses on helping his clients rediscover their optimal health by offering a holistic approach to men’s health, pediatrics, digestive health and chronic disease.  Dr. Szybala earned his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine and his Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry with minors in Psychology and Biology from Indiana University, Bloomington.

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 NUNM’s ECO Project, a 12-week community-based, hands-on nutrition and cooking series, led by naturopathic doctors. Prior to NUNM, 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 Portland. She enjoys cooking Rainbow Nachos for her family and finding creative ways to include pumpkin in any dish.

Dr. Andrew Erlandsen

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Andrew Erlandsen, ND earned his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine (now National University of Natural Medicine) in Portland, Oregon.  In 2013, Dr. Erlandsen worked on a team to develop NUNM’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 NUNM. 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 NUNM, 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.