Meet the Team


Dr. Pera Gorson

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Dr. Pera Gorson is a naturopathic physician and the Lead Physician of the Food as Medicine Institute (FAMI) where she facilitates community-based nutrition education programs, including the Food as Medicine Everyday series.  She is also responsible for organizing the annual Food as Medicine Symposium.

Dr. Gorson has an extensive background working with diverse populations to advance community health and wellness.  She has experience developing programs focused on nutrition, gardening, and literacy for low-income youth and adult populations.

Dr. Gorson’s clinical experience focuses on preventative medicine where she works with individuals with acute and chronic disease.  She has a special focus on diabetes management, hypertension, high cholesterol, hypothyroidism, hormone balancing, infertility, and preconception care. She loves working with the pediatric population and offering naturopathic therapies to treat common conditions affecting children.  She has a clinical practice at Prema Health in SE Portland.  She received her doctorate degree from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) and her undergraduate degree in sociology and anthropology from Mills College.


Julie Marks, MScN

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Julie Marks is the Nutrition Coordinator for the Food as Medicine Institute (FAMI) and nutritionist/owner of  Jam Nutrition in Portland, Oregon. She earned her Master of Science in Nutrition from the National College of Natural Medicine (now National University of Natural Medicine).

After beginning as a FAMI intern in 2015, Julie now teaches the Food as Medicine Everyday (FAME) series at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility and Charlee’s Kitchen, in addition to organizing the annual Food as Medicine Symposium and running day-to-day operations at FAMI. Through Jam Nutrition, Julie has a variety of experience cooking as a personal chef and teaching private, in-home cooking lessons. She has worked with people who have specific dietary needs and also those looking to improve their general health and wellness with whole foods. She specializes in teaching diet therapies for conditions such as SIBO, IBS, gallbladder conditions, Celiac Disease as well as other autoimmune conditions, and cardiovascular health. Julie finds the most joy in showing people of all health needs and cooking experience how to find delicious, easy ways to nourish their bodies and find pleasure from food.

When she’s not cooking or teaching, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband and border terrier, meeting friends, eating, wine tasting, dancing, traveling, and taking in every moment of sunshine during Portland summertime.


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 – NUNM) in Portland, Oregon.  In 2013, Dr. Erlandsen worked on a team to develop NUNM’s 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 (FAMI).  Since 2012, he has been teaching the Food as Medicine Everyday (FAME) series in Banks, Oregon, 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 for food, nutrition, and using food as medicine.


julie_briley_2014_webDr. Julie Briley

Dr. Julie Briley is a naturopathic doctor and a founding physician of the Food as Medicine Institute (FAMI). She is also a faculty member in the Master of Science in Nutrition program at NUNM, teaching the Food as Medicine Everyday (FAME) Educator Training Program.

As of 2018, Dr. Briley’s only active work with FAMI is teaching the FAME Educator Training Program, passing on her wealth of knowledge as a co-creator of the Food as Medicine Institute and the FAME series.  Now she focuses primarily on her private clinical practice.

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 (now National 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.



FAME Educators

Our FAME Educators are health professionals trained in the Food as Medicine Everyday (FAME) curriculum and have either worked with FAMI in the past, or are currently teaching the FAME series in their own communities. Please click here to see our list of FAME Educators.

For more information on how to become a FAME Educator, please visit our FAME Educator Training Program page or contact FAMI Nutrition Coordinator, Julie Marks at