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Founders’ Banquet and Awards Ceremony

The 2019 Founders’ event will be on the evening of Saturday, September 28 in conjunction with the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon (OPSO) in Portland, OR.

Keynote Speaker

Sharon Meieran, MD is a Multnomah County Commissioner and Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician practicing in the Kaiser Hospitals at Sunnyside and Westside. She does additional work in psychiatric emergency services. Dr. Meieran practiced law for seven years before going to medical school at UC San Francisco.
As a Commissioner in the largest County in Oregon, Dr. Meieran is a strong advocate for community health programs, especially in the area of mental health. Her specific priorities are: addressing homelessness, addictions, and mental illness as well as improving access to meaningful healthcare for the citizens she serves.
She has been recognized by the Oregon Medical Association as “Citizen-Doctor of the Year”.

Founders’ Awardees –

J Scott Heatherington Lifetime Achievement Award
— Dan Dugaw, DO
— Richard Davies, DO


Founders’ Exceptional Achievement Award
— Nancy Kragt, DO

Rising Star Award
— Allison Abraham, DO

Dan Dugaw, DO
Dr. Dugaw is an osteopathic manipulative therapy specialist in Olympia, WA (more)

Richard Davies, DO
Dr. Davies is a family medicine physician in Canby OR (more)

Nancy Kragt, DO
Dr. Kragt is an emergency medicine physician in Anchorage, AK (more)

Allison Abraham, DO
Dr. Abraham is a internist in Portland, OR (more)

Dan Dugaw DO

Dr. Dugaw is a family medicine osteopathic physician with a private practice in Olympia, WA. He specializes in osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT).
 He is a 1976 graduate of Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a rotating internship at Green Cross General Hospital.
 Dr. Dugaw served two terms as a member of the Washington State Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, including Chair.
He has been a member and Past President of the Washington Osteopathic Medical Association (WOMA) since 1977. His contributions to the association including serving as a continuing medical education (CME) instructor in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), and active member of the WOMA political action committee.  He also served on the Board of the Washington Osteopathic Foundation (WOF) Board for over 20 years.
Dr. Dugaw is also an alumni and Trustee of St. Martin’s University in Lacey, WA.

Richard Davies DO

Dr. Davies began his practice in Canby in 1976, retiring in 2014.  His practice was one of the first four in the state of Oregon to earn Medical Home designation.  The medical home term is best described as a model or philosophy of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety.
Davies was also very involved in his community, serving his local Fire Department, first as a volunteer firefighter in 1978, then as an engineer and eventually a Lieutenant.  He was the Medical Director of ALS ambulance service an was active in the Portland area EMS Directors Forum and Protocol Development Committee.
Dr. Davies practiced almost exclusively at Willamette Falls Hospital in Oregon City, and served as Chairman Family Practice, a member of the ER Department, Medical Staff President, and a member of the Board of Directors.  He served as the Director of Medical Care from 2002-2012, and Chairman of Critical Care from 1994 to 2012.

Nancy Kragt DO

Dr. Kragt is an emergency room physician in Anchorage, AK affiliated with Alaska Regional Hospital where she serves as the Emergency Department Chair.
 She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of North Texas Health Science Center after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University. She is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Kragt’s professional career began as an engineer, then moved into financial planning  / stock broker as she worked her way through graduate and medical school. 
Her professional activities include serving as a member and Past President of the Alaska Osteopathic Medical Association, member and past Secretary of the Alaska Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians-Alaska Chapter, and an Alaska Delegate to the American Osteopathic Association’s House of Delegates.
In the community, she is the Past President of the Alaska Chapter of Distinguished Young Women, board member of the Alyeska Ski Club, and has served on the Anchorage Mayors Council for Homelessness.
Recently, Dr. Kragt joined fellow medical school associate Dr. Anne Alaniz on a medical mission to Malawi Africa. Together with a team of other volunteers they provided support to a orphanage started by Dr. Alaniz. This summer she hiked Kilimanjaro with her family to raise funds and awareness for her medical mission work.
Nancy loves all types of outdoor activities with her husband and daughters, including skiing, hiking and biking. In 2017, as a first time angler, she landed the largest silver salmon at the Women’s Classing fundraiser supporting conservation efforts on the Kenai River.

Allison Abraham DO

Dr. Abraham is a graduate of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. She did her Residency and served as Chief Resident at the Internal Medicine Residency at Legacy Health System in Portland, OR. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Denver.
 Currently, Dr. Abraham is an academic hospitalist at Legacy Emanuel and Good Samaritan Hospitals in Portland, OR. She serves as an attending physician to the resident and medical student serves at both hospitals. She is also responsible for coordinating programs surrounding diversity, social determinants of health, and wellness for the internal medical residents and faculty.
Dr. Abraham continues to be involved in academic medicine, serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor for OHSU, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor for KCUMB-COM, and Clinical Assistant Professor for WesternU/COMP-NW.
Dr. Abraham currently serves as the Vice President of DOCARE International. This organization is a medical outreach organization dedicated to sustainable health care and education in under-resourced communities around the world. She invests much of her time and resources to the organization through outreach trips to Central America, South America and Africa. One of her current projects is investigating sustainable clean water initiatives in Kenya and Guatemala.
As a member of the Wellness Champions Committee of the Oregon Chapter of American College of Physicians, Dr. Abraham is working on ways to improve wellness for physicians in Oregon.
While in medical school, Allison served as her class President and had a reputation of being an excellent representative of the needs and voice of the students.