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  About Us:
Evelin Dacker, M.D.

Dr. Evelin Dacker is a New Yorker who has slowly adjusted to the calmer pace of Oregon. She has been practicing medicine in Salem since 1996. She comes from a bicultural family and is fluent in Spanish and English. Dr. Dacker is dedicated to providing whole family medical care from birth and on.

After graduating from Hamilton College in upstate New York with her undergraduate degree in psychobiology (minor in anthropology), Dr. Dacker spent a year working in a small rural health center in Nicaragua followed by extensive traveling thorough out Central and South America. She has returned to Nicaragua several times since then, most recently in 1998 when she traveled there as part of the relief effort for Hurricane Mitch. She has spent several months working in rural northern Thailand as part of her medical school experience.

Dr. Dacker graduated from Case Western Reserve University Medical School in 1993 with honors in Family Medicine. She was honored with an award from the CWRU Womens Faculty as the graduate most committed to women and minorities. She spent the next three years in the family practice residency program at Merrithew Memorial Hospital in Martinez, California.

On attaining her board certification in 1996, Dr. Dacker moved to Salem to work at the West Salem Clinic, a community health center run by Northwest Human Services. For the past five years it has been her pleasure to work alongside Drs. Sattenspiel and Eliason at Salem Family Physicians.

With the advent of Vida Family Medicine, Dr. Dacker remains dedicated to providing the same high quality of healthcare, while focusing on a more integrative model of medicine. She is open to integrating alternative and traditional medical practices to achieve optimum health and well being. She has attended seminars on Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. and is continuing to take classes on Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

Dr. Dacker maintains admitting privileges at Salem hospital in the medical and pediatric, units. Her special interests in medicine include womens healthcare, pediatrics, preventative healthcare, and mental illness.

Dr. Dacker lives in Salem with her husband and two beautiful children. She is a keen runner and ran three marathons in 2005. She is currently reading her way through all the novels that have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize since 1965 and is committed to climbing at least one mountain a year.

Jennifer Foster P.A.-C

Jennifer Foster grew up in Colorado and attended college at Regis University in Denver where she majored in Biology and Spanish. As a college student she presented her senior Honors thesis on holistic medicine. She then worked for the American Cancer Society doing public education for two years prior to deciding to become a Physician Assistant.

Jennifer completed her Physician Assistant studies at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1999 with a Master of Medical Science. She worked in Urgent Care and Family Practice for two years in Milwaukie, Oregon before joining Salem Family Physicians where she worked from 2001-2005. Dr. Dacker and Jennifer have worked together as colleagues since 2001.

Jennifer enjoys working with patients of all ages and is committed to providing excellent healthcare. She particularly likes educating patients about disease prevention and modification within the integrative model of medicine. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. .

Jennifer lives in Salem with her husband and two children. She enjoys reading, gardening, exploring Oregon, walking and running in her free time. .

Nancy Ludwig M.S.,R.D.,L.D.

Nancy seeks to empower others to make healthy choices by offering nutritional and herbal education. Her interests include working with food intolerances/allergies, brain function, nutrient deficiencies and fatigue. She also teaches at Chemeketa Community College and is an organic food-processing inspector.

Judy Forest M.S.,R.D.,L.D.

Judy brings over 20 years experience helping Salem area individuals and families eat and live healthier. Judy's goal is to make health eating easy, natural, and satisfying. Judy's clinical expertise helps people effectively lower blood sugars, blood pressure, cholesterol and to achieve a healthy weight and high quality of life while living with chronic health conditions.

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374 Owens St. SE Suite 100, Salem, OR
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