Erin C. Owen, PhD, MPH, has been the Executive Director of the Slocum Foundation since 2013. To date, Erin has crossed paths with orthopedic research community on three separate occasions – as a biomechanics research student, research associate and orthopedic clinical trial coordinator, and now, as the Slocum Foundation Director. She has over 18 years of healthcare-related experience in both the private and public sectors, ranging from basic research to applied epidemiology, clinical trials, health promotion, and community health program development and evaluation. Erin earned her doctorate in Public Health, in the area of Health Policy, from Oregon State University in 2017, a Master's degree in Epidemiology from San Diego State University in 2004, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Linfield College in 2002.

Erin has participated in research covering a diverse range of topics such as healthcare access for the uninsured, emergency department utilization, Medicaid quality improvement, prenatal employment leave policies, healthcare workforce sustainability, web-based care coordination programs, immunizations, arthritis and osteoporosis. Before returning to school to pursue her PhD, she was the Acting Executive Director of Health Policy Research Northwest, a nonprofit organization focused on execution of community health needs assessments, healthcare administrative data analytics, and program evaluations.  Her efforts to measure community health status have been presented at national conferences and in publications.

Throughout her career, Erin has remained active in academia, holding an Adjunct appointment at University of Oregon from 2009 - 2013, and a Visiting Scientist appointment at OHSU since 2013. She remains committed to grassroots efforts as a member of local community health improvement coalitions and advisory boards. Erin  serves regularly on the United Way Research & Evaluation Committee and the Community Health Improvement Plan Metrics Committee. In addition, she is a member of the national Orthopedic Forum’s Outcomes Task Force. In 2018, Erin received the Louis R. Osternig Clinical Education Award from the University of Oregon, Department of Human Physiology. 


Tessa K., BS, CCRC joined the Slocum Foundation in 2014 to manage and coordinate the University of Oregon's NIH R01 trial examining the impact of essential amino acid supplementation in total knee arthroplasty patients. Under the direction of the study Principal Investigator, Hans Dreyer, PhD, PT, Tessa combines her background in clinical orthopedics with her formal education in Human Physiology.

Tessa graduated from the University of Oregon in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Physiology and a minor in Biology. After graduation, she spent seven years as an orthopedic Medical Assistant and Clinical Services Coordinator. Since joining the Foundation she has served an essential role in coordinating across research sites at the Slocum Center, Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, PeaceHealth Labs, and various research sites at the University of Oregon. In addition to her research responsibilities, Tessa helps manage the Foundation's continuing medical education conferences and series events, such as our monthly Journal Club.

In 2018, Tessa passed the examination to become a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC). The CCRC credential is awarded to experienced professionals who can demonstrate proficiency on specific knowledge and job-related skills, and set the standard for quality, ethical, and responsible clinical research. 


Cindy Headlee, Research Coordinator joined the Slocum Foundation in 2021. Cindy graduated from Pioneer Pacific College in 2014 from the medical assisting program. Prior to her graduation, she did a medical assisting intership at Slocum Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, where she was later hired on as a medical assistant. She spent nearly seven years with the clinic, serving as a primary assistant to two surgical practices, a clinic lead, and an EMR super user.  She brings expertise in foot and ankle and trauma care.

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