I was born in Portland, Oregon but mostly raised in Torrington, Connecticut as the middle child of three. My father worked for the YMCA for 35 years and my mother was an elementary school Art teacher. As a youth I was very active in academics, athletics, scouting (attained the rank of Eagle) and church/community/family functions. Out of high school I accepted an academic scholarship to Utah State University, where I pursued studies in the pre-medicine sciences and also ran long distance for their Division I-A cross country and track/field teams.

At that time I chose to take a two year hiatus from college to serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This turned out to be a deeply rewarding experience for me both culturally, spiritually, socially, intellectually and linguistically. Upon returning home to the States, I met my wife Sarah Tanner, and soon thereafter transferred to Brigham Young University to continue pursuit of my undergraduate degree. I studied the pre-medicine sciences and chose Spanish as a Major. During those undergraduate college years I worked as a Spanish instructor and also as a CNA at a long-term care center.

In 2003 our family moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to begin study at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. The human foot has always fascinated me, its tiny size relative to the amount of weight and load it’s asked to carry and support; nothing short of a miracle in architecture. I worked as a Research Assistant in the school’s Gait Study Center, where I studied various foot types and shoe models. Following four years of podiatric medical study in Philadelphia, I accepted a surgical residency position at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Santa Clara, California, a three-year training program in foot and ankle surgery.

With a growing family and a desire to return to a smaller community, I moved here to Roseburg, Oregon in 2010 to begin employment as a podiatric physician and surgeon. Currently I’m double board certified by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot & Ankle Surgery. I’m a member of the American and Oregon Podiatric Medical Associations. I enjoy treating all maladies/disorders of the foot and ankle, including but not limited to: Bunions, heel pain, ingrown toenails, ankle arthritis/instability, foot/ankle tendonitis, hammertoes, diabetic foot wounds, neuromas, cysts and flatfeet.

I also enjoy camping, swimming, hiking, singing, speaking Spanish, and serving in the Church and community. My wife and I have six children, one dog, two cats, a dozen chickens, two rabbits, a green Conure bird, a beehive and a herd of Kiko goats. Podiatry and the Roseburg community have been very good to my family and I. We’re grateful to be members of this community and look forward to what the future may bring. 



Dr Emmanuel Okenye, DO is a Traditional Internal Medicine physician with Evergreen Family Medicine. He received his B.S in Chemistry from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from LMU and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Kentucky in Bowling Green. 

He received recognition as Student Doctor of the Year during medical school and was a national student doctor of the year nominee. Dr Okenye is fluent in multiple languages. He is founder and President of Child Scholars, a nonprofit organization that provides education and mentorship to over 100 at risk children in Nigeria.



Dr. Melton earned his Ph. D. in 2012 from Oregon State University and is currently the Dean of the School of Psychology and Counseling at Bushnell University in Eugene. In addition to this role at Bushnell University, Dr. Melton is a clinical supervisor and consultant at Peacehealth University District Hospital and owns a private practice where he provides clinical consultation, supervision and training regarding evidenced based practices for mental health care to programs and individuals nationwide.  Dr. Melton has published multiple papers, treatment manuals and textbook chapters, a TED speaker and has presented at local, national and international conferences. Dr. Melton’s research focus is on the impact of interventions with individuals experiencing early symptoms of mental illness, engagement strategies, effective treatment and reducing duration of untreated mental illness. Dr. Melton is certified is providing training for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Feedback Informed Treatment, using the Structured Interview for DSM 5 disorders (SCID) and one of seven individuals in the world certified by Yale University to train clinicians in the use of the Structured Interview for Psychosis Risk Syndromes (SIPS). He is also approved by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists to provide supervision of supervision to certify approved supervisors. 

He is a strong advocate for the health care needs for individuals with mental health concerns. He has been involved with legislative action to increase mental health access to individuals with severe mental health concerns, including our foster care children, aging population and veterans. 

He is active in volunteerism as he is the active president of the Roseburg Rotary Club and the FARA Board and a member of the AVIVA Board.

Ryan enjoys what Douglas County has to offer in terms of hiking, running, cycling, playing in the rivers and is a local wine enthusiast. He is married to his wife Rebekah and is the parent of two young daughters.



Born 100 years after the arrival of my pioneer great-great grandparents in Douglas County who came by way of covered wagon.

This picture is on Little River where they homesteaded 1500 acres. I was raised in Glide where my father was a rancher/logger and my mother was a talented seamstress and floral

arranger/stay-at-home mom. In first grade I wet my pants at school because I was afraid of getting trapped behind the big heavy restroom doors during an unannounced fire drill.

In high school I wrote all of the commentary for a Mother's Tea fashion show and my senior year earned the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow award.

Some activities I have been involved with:

Docent at Sutter's Fort in Sacramento, CA specializing in costuming school children and their parents for their living history experience.

Organized a nineteenth century themed hands-on event for children ages 3-12.

Catered a re-enactment wagon train that traveled from Utah to San Bernardino in 2001.

Costumer and Stage Manager for award winning youth theater company Take Note Troup.

Organized Christmas events for 200 including dinner & entertainment.

Have been either Head of or Support for Kitchen Staff for week-long youth summer camps.

Have been known to give foot massages to weary kitchen workers.

Has Grandma Camp every summer for various combinations of 13 grandkids ranging from 24-6 years of age.

Caregiver for aging family members.

Most recently created a pop-up outdoor camp kitchen on the Rogue River to feed 100 people for a week. Three canopies, 4 camp chef stoves, 8 prep tables, 160 gallon water tank, and a bunch of ice chests. Super Fun!

To be concise my passions are:

Creating Connections





Advancing the Cause of Thundering Water Upstream Health Care



As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, it's innate to develop programs for individuals to achieve their goals. Since opening my company Oregon Mobile Physical Therapy, I have added a new passion of designing programs for our community to achieve its goals. Although, some problems that our community faces are shared with the entire country and others are unique to our community, we all share a common goal of growing a better future. With Thundering Water Upstream Healthcare. I am excited to help the kids grow through sports like rock climbing, paddleboarding, and other adventurous activities. I am excited to help kids develop their leadership skills through team building activities. I am excited to help kids engage in our community. Thank you and I encourage everybody to sign up for our newsletter to stay in contact with us. 


Dr. Dauer grew up on the East Coast after having been born and raised in Romania until the age of 6. As a young adult, she could usually be spotted chasing around a soccer ball or singing in choir. Besides her love for sports and music, Dr. Dauer caught a passion for international travel and medical mission trips at a young age and has since served across Central and South America, Asia, Africa, and The Middle East. In-between her travels, she squeezed in some time to obtain her medical degree from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. She then completed the In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program in Tulsa, Oklahoma before moving out to Roseburg, where she was excited to find a fun, like-minded group of people practicing full-spectrum Family Medicine.

Her practice philosophy embraces whole person care, addressing the physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs of her patients. She is especially passionate about women's health, lifestyle medicine, and pediatrics, and will always do her best to win each individuals trust while educating, encouraging, and guiding them towards better health and wholeness.

Outside of medicine Dr. Dauer and her husband enjoy playing hide-and-seek with their toddler, cooking international food, adventuring in the outdoors, and hosting game nights and small groups.


Hi! My name is Jazmin Vanegas I was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In August 2016 my adventure of living in the United States began and I can say that between challenges and obstacles it has been very rewarding. Having grown up in my country gives me the opportunity to value the importance of a healthy diet and an active life in order to improve the lifestyle of every human being. A good lifestyle gives me the opportunity to do what I enjoy the most, which is spending time with my family, learning new things, and enjoying the marvels of the cycle of life.


Angelina is an attorney and is currently working at Umpqua Valley Public Defenders (UVPD) as a criminal defense attorney. She has also joined the planning commission in Winston. Before joined UVPD, she worked as a Corporate business attorney in Boston, but her passion was to return to public interest law, as she had practiced public interest law and advocating for the rights of individuals in underserved populations, since 2012. 

She graduated cum laude from Central Pennsylvania, and from the honors program at New England Law | Boston. Where she was honored with the justice Sandra Day O’Connor merit scholarship which covered her full tuition in honor of the first female justice to serve on the United States Supreme Court.

Angelina has been honored with numerous awards due to her involvement un her community such as Gamma Beta Phi, Phi Alpha Delta, and Public Interest Law Association. She has held leadership, and supportive positions in the legal community, including at the Federal Public Defenders Capital Habeas Unit (Death Row Appeals), Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children in the foster care system, and Veterans Legal Services a nonprofit law firm.

She loves painting and animals; she has two poodles that she loves to spend time with during her spare time. She also loves going to plays and musicals as music is a big part of her life.



With a history of interest in harm reduction, and conservation, and a background studying chemistry and science, I have had an exciting and rewarding career in product development. This work took me all over China as I sourced surrogate materials to replace ones used in manufacturing processes to reduce harm to both the environment and the end user. After several years in this field, I yearned to stay closer to home. I opened a successful jazz lounge where I enjoyed hosting musicians from all over the country. When Covid struck, it forced me to close, so I pivoted and attended nonprofit marketing, management, and grant writing courses. This experience brought me to my current position with Thundering Water, where I enjoy developing and initiating plans to help Douglas County fill gaps in rectifying social determinants of health.

Associate of Science transfer degree. Three years of study at PSU toward my Bachelor's degree.

I enjoy wildcrafting and permaculture gardening. My other hobbies include refurbishing my historic home and working on my 2002 Crummy and a 1954 Chevy sedan.

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