Meet The Team

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The Owners

Eric Strand, PhD, LAc
Eric Strand, PhD, LAcPresident & Founder
Eric is a 2001 graduate of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and an eight-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Although his medicine allows him to benefit people with all disease patterns, his main focus is on women’s health, pediatric medicine, and musculoskeletal disorders including sports and motor vehicle related injuries. He personally believes that regardless of the form of medicine you seek for healing, the ultimate commitment comes from within; you must have the desire to heal, otherwise no medicine can improve the quality of your life. Eric holds PhD’s in sociology and philosophy, has a doctorate emeritus in metaphysics, and is a current doctoral candidate at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

He sees patients on Monday and Tuesday from 9 am until close, and Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 5pm.

Daniel DesJardins, DC
Daniel DesJardins, DCVice-President & Co-founder
Daniel is a 2000 graduate of Western States Chiropractic College, now Western States University, and has been serving the Gresham/Troutdale community since 2001. His strengths include his ability to perform gentle yet effective manipulation coupled with a desire to educate patients regarding all aspects of their care. Daniel has a history in electronics engineering, computer drafting and a career in software engineering before he returned to school for pre-med in the mid 90’s following by his chiropractic education. Outside the clinic, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing music.

Dr. DesJardins is available for patient care Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 am until close.

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The Amazing Staff

Christina Lambert, LAc
Christina Lambert, LAcLicensed Acupuncturist

Christina is a 2005 graduate of Oregon College of Oriental Medicine located in Portland Oregon. After living and practicing in Arizona for seven years she and her family moved back to Oregon in 2012. Christina enjoys treating a wide range of ailments specializing in chronic pain, women’s health, digestive disorders, and emotional issues.

Outside the office, Christina enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her 2 dogs, and hiking along the Oregon Coast. Christina is also a licensed animal acupuncturist, undergoing specialized training to be able to do so.

Christina treats patients on Wednesday and Thursday from open to close, and Friday mornings from open to 12:30 pm.

Megan Gomez, DC
Megan Gomez, DCDoctor of Chiropractic

Megan is a 2017 graduate of University of Western States. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Spanish, she moved to Portland, Oregon for her doctorate program. Her main focus is gentle manipulation techniques, nutritional counseling, and lifestyle modification to help people feel their very best. Megan is fluent in Spanish and excited about treating the Spanish-speaking population. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband, hiking, cooking, crochet, and gardening.

Dr. Gomez is available for patient care Monday through Friday.

Jessica Ulmer, CA, LMT #18838
Jessica Ulmer, CA, LMT #18838Licensed Massage Therapist
Jessica smashed out her massage education at East West College of the Healing Arts. Graduating in 2012, Jessica has been with Balance since 2014. When she is not working on mascots, Jessica loves to travel. One of her favorite trips was in 2014 when she went to Scotland and Ireland where she spent almost a month seeing the countryside, visiting castles, and enjoying the local inhabitants.

Jessica is well rounded but has an affinity for full body, relaxation massage.

Erik Wold, LMT #18785Licensed Massage Therapist
Erik studied bodywork at the Oregon School of Massage, where he focused on Shiatsu. Though he primarily performs medical massage here at Balance, he employs some of the basic principles and techniques from Shiatsu to round out his style with the utmost quality of presence, pressure, and intention. In his off time he can either be found with a guitar in his hands, or out on his mountain bike.

Brooke Braga, CA, LMT #22187
Brooke Braga, CA, LMT #22187Licensed Massage Therapist
Brooke is a 2005 graduate of Bryman College located in Torrance, CA. She has spent the majority of her practice working within Chiropractic and Acupuncture with an emphasis on pre/post surgery, chronic pain, sports, work and motor vehicle injuries. Life has recently brought her to Gresham, OR and Balance. Although she enjoys many aspects of massage her strengths and passion lie within a very detailed, therapeutic and clinical approach, all the while providing a sense of well being and relaxation for the patient.
Kali VanCleave
Kali VanCleaveExecutive Assistant, Licensed CA
Aside from being a Super CA, Kali is the Executive Assistant (meaning she is in charge of keeping Dr. Strand on track); she makes sure things that need doing get done. Kali also manages the practitioners on the floor, manages the #socialmedia, helps with accounts receivable, and is the Balance Nation representative. #TeamKali
Laney Strand Gaboury
Laney Strand GabouryBilling Specialist, Licensed CA
Laney manages the billing department for Balance. She works closely with patients and insurance companies, working to help resolve financial issues, and making sure patients have access to the medicine they need and deserve. Laney has HIPAA secure email and can be reached directly at She also happens to be a spectacular person who cannot tell a joke without laughing all the way through it, simply because life should make you laugh.
Kristin Monda
Kristin MondaFront Desk, Licensed CA
Kristin has been with Balance since May of 2016. With a strong educational background in exercise science, Kristin has grown into being a more of an integral piece of the patient care picture, attaining her CA license and working on the floor as well as managing the front desk. When you call the clinic at (503) 492-2625, odds are you will be chatting with Kristin and her infectious smile.
Marissa Bland
Marissa BlandClinic Assistant
Marissa, the first CA ever hired by Balance, rejoined the team in December 2016 after a one year hiatus while going to school. The tiniest of the Balance staff, Marissa is a powerhouse of work ethic and personality. Marissa works closely with the practitioners on the floor, is deeply involved with patient care, and is honestly the most amazing person ever. We are so happy to have you back, Marissa!