Erica Oberg, ND, MPH

Adjunct Faculty, Master of Science in Nutrition Program
  • Focus: Nutrition, Healthcare System
  • Education:
    • Bastyr University, ND, 2003
    • University of Washington, 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. She completed an accredited residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in ambulatory primary care and fellowship training at the Health Promotion Research Center at the University of Washington.

Dr. Oberg’s research has been supported by the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the WA State Department of Health, including a National Research Service Award (Ruth L. Kirschstein) from NCCAM 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. She has studied the role of practitioners’ own health behaviors in the delivery of clinical health promotion, finding that when doctors are healthier, patients benefit too. Most recently, her research emphasis is in practice-based research and training CIM clinicians to become involved in the evaluation of their own practices.

As an educator, Dr. Oberg has taught nutrition and public health courses to naturopathic and conventional medical students for over 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 which continues to thrive and serve the community.

When not contributing to the advancement of integrative medicine, Dr. Oberg promotes her own health. You will find her cooking gluten-free dishes in the kitchen, practicing asanas and the other seven limbs of yoga, and learning to surf with her husband in San Diego.