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The following regulated profession is overseen by the Board of Licensed Dietitians. Learn more about applying for a license, associated fees, laws, rules and more by following the link below:

About the board

The Oregon Board of Licensed Dietitians oversees the practice of dietitians, who integrate and apply principles derived from the sciences of nutrition, biochemistry, food, management, physiology and behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain people's health through a number of approaches.

The Board of Licensed Dietitians consists of seven members appointed by the governor:

  • Two are members of the general public
  • One is a physician trained in clinical nutrition
  • Four are licensed dietitians who have been engaged in dietetic practice for a least five years

The term of office is four years, but a member serves at the pleasure of the governor. If a person serves two consecutive terms, a period of at least four years must elapse before the person is again eligible for appointment.

Board members

Yulia Brockdorf

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 4/20/2021

In nearly 20 years of clinical practice, Yulia Brockdorf, RD, LD, CDE, CST, NCC, LPC, BC-ADM, has worked with many individuals as a dietitian, diabetes educator, and a therapist. Her specialties include behavioral and mental health dietetics, addictions, diabetes management, and integrative and functional medicine dietetics.With a degree in clinical mental health counseling, she seeks to help patients move through underlying difficulties connected with their relationship with food and nutrition. From there, her patients can gain momentum toward improved physical and emotional health, and adapt lasting changes that help them gain mastery over their lives and wellness.

Previously, she has served as a public policy board member, consumer protection coordinator, and reimbursement chair for the Oregon Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2000, Brockdorf founded Supplies for Life, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. For more than a decade, Supplies for Life provided containers of medical equipment and supplies to Ukraine, and supported educational opportunities for medical personnel and the public.

She currently serves on the Editorial Board for Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer Journal, Supportive Care in Cancer, and the Research Advisory Board with the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her beloved pet emu Scarlet.

Simone Gillingham

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 2/20/2022

Simone Gillingham, RD, CSG, LD is a Clinical Dietitian with the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) program at the Veterans Affairs Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in White City, OR. She provides comprehensive nutrition care to Veterans throughout Jackson and Josephine counties, and works closely with all members of the interdisciplinary team to coordinate their complex health care needs. As the HBPC Veteran population is primarily older adults, Simone became a Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition in 2016. Simone also uses her expertise in Geriatric Nutrition to support other VA Geriatric and Extended Care programs, including Community Adult Day Health Care and Community Nursing Homes. Simone finds her work with aging Veterans challenging, interesting, and extremely fulfilling.

Simone graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Food Management, and completed her Dietetic Internship at Oregon Health & Science University. Prior to working at the VA, Simone practiced in a range of dietetic positions including Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and diabetes education.

When not caring for Veterans, Simone enjoys cooking, gardening, spending time with her husband and 3-year-old son, and catching up on sleep.

Bert Connell

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 3/23/2022
Happy Valley

Bert C. Connell, PhD, RD, FADA, LD served for more than 40 years as an educator and administrator with an emphasis in food systems management. After graduating from Walla Walla University in 1968, he served a dietetic internship at Brook Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He completed a Master's of Science degree in food systems management at Loma Linda University in 1972 and a Ph.D in food systems management at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1981. He served as chair and program director of the nutrition and dietetics at Loma Linda University Medical Center from 1984 to 2012. He is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has served in many volunteer positions. He has served as a consultant and educator in China, Northern Ireland, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Romania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and the Russian Federation.

Russ Cagle

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 5/31/2021

 Dr. Russ Cagle is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Exercise Science at Willamette University in Salem, where he served as department chair from 1994-2008, and as professor since 1985. Dr. Cagle also served as Willamette's Athletic Trainer (ATC) from 1985-2006, and as Head for thirteen years (1985-1997). He was Assistant Professor and AT Curriculum Director at the University of Montana for three years prior to Willamette University. Dr. Cagle worked at the University of Oregon as Head Football ATC (1977-81) and at San Diego State University as Graduate Clinical Director (1970-1977). At each institution he served two roles: athletic trainer and educator.
Among his numerous professional developments and accomplishments, Dr. Cagle was elected twice by his peers to the Board of Certification (BOC) for the Athletic Trainer and served as BOC Director from 1997-2004, and four years as President. He was inducted into the inaugural Oregon Athletic Trainers Society Hall of Fame and presented the National Athletic Trainers Association's Most Distinguished Award. He was also awarded several teaching accolades during his academic career. Dr. Cagle received his education from the University of Montana, San Diego State, and Oregon State University. Dr. Cagle served on Oregon's Board of Athletic Trainers for seven years (2010-2017), four as Chair.
"I am interested in professional standards of practice, licensing issues and health care regulation. The Health Licensing Office and the Board of Licensed Dietitians are both very respected entities and I am honored by this appointment as a Public Member," says Dr. Cagle.

Sarah Lowe

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 10/17/2023

Sarah Lowe MS, RD, LD is a Clinical Dietitian at Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland, Oregon. She provides nutrition care to children throughout Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Currently Sarah is working to become a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition.

​Sarach graduated from California State University Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, and completed her Dietetic Internship and Masters of Science degree at Oregon Health & Science University.

When not working, Sarah enjoys running, gardening, painting and spending time with her family.

Dr. Gerald Youker

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 10/17/2023

 Bio to come...

The Board of Licensed Dietitians currently has an opening for a Public Member. To apply, fill out the Application form.

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For licensing qualification questions, contact Qualifications Specialist Sarah Bye at 503-373-1989 or

For policy questions, contact Policy Analyst Anne Thompson at 503-373-1904 or

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