Erica Oberg, ND, MPH

Erica Oberg, ND MPH received a BA in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from Bastyr University (2003), and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in health services research from the University of Washington with emphasis on the evaluation of CAM professionals within the healthcare system and the science of health promotion and positive behavioral change.

Dr. Oberg’s research has been supported by the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the WA State Department of Health, including a National Research Service Award (Ruth L. Kirschstein) from NCCIH for her study of naturopathic nutrition in type 2 diabetes at the University of Washington. She has published over 30 peer reviewed papers summarizing this research which includes a diverse portfolio of mixed methods studies of CAM and the meaning of health & wellness, health services evaluations of state-wide stroke and CVD prevention and diabetes management by NDs, and natural products trials.

As an educator, Dr. Oberg has taught nutrition and public health courses to naturopathic and conventional medical students for more than 10 years, contributed to numerous textbooks, and has lectured internationally to healthcare providers on the science and art of health behavior change, nutrition, and chronic disease. Dr. Oberg is an advocate for patients’ rights to equal access to the healthcare providers of their choice. In addition to serving on the board of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium and co-chairing the non-discrimination committee, she chairs the policy and advocacy committee for the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine Community Partnership, and serves on the insurance and legislative Committees for the California Naturopathic Doctors Association. Her policy work has included service as the Director of the Bastyr Center for Health Policy and Leadership, advisor to the Washington State Department of Health for nutrition and physical activity policy and the national HealthyPeople public health initiative.

Dr. Oberg is in private practice with Guarneri Integrative Health at Pacific Pearl La Jolla, an integrative center for health and healing. The clinic is a model of integration and collaboration, including MDs, NDs, DCs, LAcs, and LMPs. Previously, she served as Clinic Director at Bastyr University California in San Diego, and before that, she practiced primary care and integrative endocrinology for 10 years at the Institute of Complementary Medicine located within a hospital in Seattle, WA. She started a natural medicine community clinic within a senior center in Edmonds, WA that continues to thrive and serve the community.