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Board Members

The Board of Naturopathic Medicine consists of seven members appointed by the governor for three-year terms. Membership consists of five licensed Naturopathic physicians and two public members. Each member serves a three-year term and is eligible for reappointment.

Becoming a Board Member is quite rewarding and it is a great way to give back to your community and your profession.  If you are interested for a position on the Board click here for more information.  Click here for the Board Member Guide Book.


Board Chair Joana Freedman, PT, Portland - Joana has been a practicing Physical Therapist for 35 years in a wide variety of treatment settings including acute care, outpatient orthopedics and geriatrics. Currently, she is working for Accelerated Care Plus as a Clinical Program Consultant.  She has previously served eight years on the Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board, four years as Chair (2002-2011).  Joana lives in Portland, OR with her wife and Italian Greyhound, Prada.




Board Appointment October 2017
 


Board Vice-Chair Tracy Erfling, N.D., Astoria - Dr. Tracy Erfling has been in Astoria Oregon for over 15 years in both private practice providing basic family health care as well as a family planning provider at Clatsop County Department of Public Health providing contraceptive care to women (and some men).  She graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in 2000, Willamette University in 1995 and grew up in Boulder Colorado.  

She is an active part of her local community in her involvement with Astoria Parks and Rec, writing for a local monthly paper called Hipfish, mentoring two elementary students as well as her involvement in her husband Jack Harris' business the Ft George Brewery and Public House. She is passionate about staying active physically as well as volunteering within the community. She spends her off work hours raising a 12 year old son, 2 dogs, a cat and a leopard Gecko.

Her well known health care philosophy is as follows...DO something you love, BE with someone you love, EAT your vegetables, DRINK clean water, BREATHE deeply and MOVE your body EVERYDAY!
Board Appointment 2016


Public Board Member Jennifer Anderson, RN, BSN, MBA, Portland - Jenny was born and raised in Corvallis, OR, and has been in the Portland area since 1998.  She attended University of Portland, and graduated with RN and BSN degrees. She worked as a Registered Nurse for 5 years at what is now Randall Children's Hospital, before getting her MBA, also at U of P. She then shifted into medical device sales for several years. Jenny has worked as a RN in a pediatric clinic for the last 8 years. 
Jenny became interested in Naturopathic Medicine after developing some serious health issues in 2011. Her health declined for several years, landing her in a part time wheelchair during the crux of the issues. After getting no answers through traditional approaches, Jenny was able to find a root cause and healing path forward through her current ND. She has a passion for helping others who are suffering. She is now as active as ever; the wheelchair a distant memory. She enjoys paleo cooking and baking, sharing wellness with others through a blog platform, and having outdoor adventures with her husband and two children. 

Board Appointment 2019

Board Member Meghan Larivee, N.D., Portland/Hood River -  Dr. Larivee earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado. She received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine, with honors, and a Master of Science of Oriental Medicine from National College of Natural Medicine.  She completed her integrative medicine residency training in Davis, CA.

Dr. Larivee practices medicine in Portland at one of the largest integrative clinics in the country, Kwan Yin Healing Arts Center.  She provides holistic, individualized care to support the health and well being of her patients. 


Board Appointment February 2022


Board Member Ryan Minarik, N.D., Portland - Ryan Minarik, ND, LAc, is a dually licensed naturopathic physician and acupuncturist practicing in Portland.  He specializes in treating chronic pain, sports injuries, and joint conditions.  He co-founded and practices at FoRM Health, a large, multi-disciplinary functional medicine and orthopedic clinic in the Southeast Sellwood neighborhood.

Growing up, Dr. Minarik loved science and sports, and his mother was passionate about nutrition. This combination led him to study pre-med as an undergraduate at the University of Washington in Seattle. However, during his studies, it became clear to him that conventional medicine left out many effective therapies and lifestyle practices that were just as important in treating disease and dysfunction.  Dr. Minarik decided to study both naturopathic and Chinese medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, then completed a two-year residency while simultaneously founding Elixia Wellness Group in 2008 (which would later become FoRM Health).  

His post-doctoral continuing education has led him to appreciate what both conventional and alternative medicine have to offer and he aims to combine the best of both of these to remain at the forefront of progressive and regenerative solutions for physical injuries.  He now brings over 15 years of experience to his practice, and believes that his role is to help encourage each patient's body to access its innate ability to heal itself.   His sole practice focus is in orthopedics which allows for a unique specialty within the naturopathic and acupuncture professions.

Board Appointment February 2022

 

Board Member Robert Skarperud, N.D., Bend - Dr. Skarperud, N.D., M.S., graduated from Bastyr School of Naturopathic Medicine in Seattle, WA, in 2004.  He earned a Masters of Science degree in Nutrition from Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, MA, in 1998.  His Bachelors of Science degree in Zoology is from the University of Washington in Seattle. He utilizes clinical nutrition, customized herbal medicines, homeopathy, prescription medicines, low force physical therapies, diagnostic testing and imaging, counseling, preventive medicine, IV micronutrient therapy, and minor surgical procedures.  Dr. Skarperud is in general practice for people of all ages at Blue Star Naturopathic Clinic, Bend, OR since 2005.

Board Appointment 2016

 

Board Member Bill Walter, N.D., Eugene - Bill Walter, ND is a naturopathic physician practicing at the Community Health Centers of Lane County, serving a primarily Medicaid and uninsured population. He is the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians liaison to the Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress, and is the former Chair of the AANP Scientific Affairs Committee. Representing Lane County, he works with Trillium on their Clinical Advisory Panel as well as their Peer Review and Credentialing Committee, and was past Chair of their chronic non-malignant pain management committee. He has lectured nationwide about how to use natural medicine approaches when treating patients with chronic pain. He graduated from Bastyr University in 2009, and completed his residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. Dr. Walter earned his Bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Walter lives with his wife and their 12-year-old daughter, and they enjoy hiking, their pets, and table-top Euro-games.
Board Appointment 2019


Becoming a Board Member is quite rewarding and it is a great way to give back to your community and your profession.  If you are interested for a position on the Board click here for more information.