Staff and Board of Directors
Samantha Simmons, MPH
Ms. Simmons has served as President of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM) since 2008. Ms. Simmons has extensive experience and background in many facets of integrative medicine and health including program development and management, research, marketing and outreach, strategic planning and policy. Previously, Ms. Simmons was a Research Associate and Program Administrator for the NIH R25 complementary and alternative medicine education grant as well as Program Administrator in pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She received her MPH degree in health management and policy with an emphasis in integrative health from Portland State University as well as a BS in psychology. Ms. Simmons is slowly working towards a PhD in Health Systems and Policy from Portland State University. Ms. Simmons is a former member of the Executive Committee as well as former Chair of the Policy Working Group for the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health.
Joseph E Brimhall, DC
Chair OCIM Board of Directors, President, University of Western States
Joseph Brimhall, DC, is a graduate of Logan University in St. Louis, MO. He started his career in 1981 as a chiropractic physician in Ogden, Utah where he was in private practice for 22 years. During that time, he was twice named Utah Chiropractic Physician of the Year. Since 2003, Dr. Brimhall has served as president of University of Western States in Portland, Ore. He has extensive experience in licensure regulation and professional testing; serving 10 years on the Utah Chiropractic Physician’s licensing board. Dr. Brimhall is currently the chairman of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a recognized agency that accredits more than160 public and private higher education institutions in the Northwest. He is a former president of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), a former chairman of the CCE Commission on Accreditation, and the immediate past-president of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI). He is a founding director of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM), and has served on the executive committee of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC).
David Schleich, PhD
Vice Chair, OCIM Board of Directors, President, National University of Natural Medicine
Dr. David Schleich joined National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in 2007. Formerly, he was the president of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, where he served from 1996 to 2003. As well, he held previous posts as Academic Vice-President of Niagara College, and administrative and teaching posts at St. Lawrence College, Swinburne University (Australia) and the University of Alberta. He has had an eclectic, thirty plus year career in business, education, publishing and health. He has been a teacher and professor in elementary, secondary, college and university settings. His academic credentials have been earned from the University of Western Ontario (B.A.), the University of Alberta (M.A.), Queen’s University (B.Ed.), and the University of Toronto (Ph.D.). His doctoral studies focused on medical history and on regulatory and public policy frameworks which affect medical education. During many of those years David was also the publisher/editor of Quarry Press.
Christiane Brems, PhD, ABPP
Dean, School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University
Christiane Brems, PhD, ABPP, RYT-500, is a Professor and the Dean of the School of Professional Psychology (SPP) at Pacific University. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 1987 and from 1989 to 2012 was on the faculty and held a variety of leadership positions at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She joined Pacific University in 2012. Dr. Brems is licensed as a psychologist in Oregon, Alaska, and Oklahoma; she is board-certified as a clinical psychologist by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). She is committed to ensuring excellence in clinical service, teaching, and research. Dr. Brems is an applied researcher with particular interests in health promotion, disease prevention, rural mental healthcare delivery, and all things yoga. Her research has been supported by grants and contracts from NIH, CDC, SAMHSA, and local and State funding sources. She has shared her work extensively in over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and has written several books. Dr. Brems is a registered yoga teacher and integrates yoga, mindfulness, and other complementary interventions and self-care strategies in her work as a dean, teacher, researcher, mentor, supervisor, colleague, and service provider.
Deborah Howe, PhD, FAICP
Interim President, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
Deborah Howe, PhD, FAICP joined Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) as Interim President in August 2015 after serving on the OCOM Board of Trustees since 1998. Dr. Howe brings academic leadership, extensive urban planning and development experience to her new role. As an urban planner, her professional and scholarly work focuses on creating healthy communities with an emphasis on planning for an aging society and creating built environments that allow for active, healthy living. Howe has 30 years of experience in higher education, during which she served in both administrative and faculty positions at Temple University and Portland State University.