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Shannon Lilja

ASTORIA — The public is invited to an open house at Astoria Integrative Family Medicine on Saturday, June 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. The clinic is located at 1490 Commercial St., upstairs in Suite 200.

Dr. Carolyn Nygaard, Dr. Mary Bess Gloria and Dr. Allie Evans are licensed naturopathic physicians sharing space to provide integrative medical options to the North Coast community.

“Integrative medicine focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, affirms the importance of the relationship between patient and physician, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches and healthcare professionals to achieve optimal health and healing,” according to the doctors. “As naturopathic physicians, we strive to use the least invasive means to support the body’s innate healing capacity. We seek to find the underlying cause of disease beyond symptom management.”

The clinic provides full-service primary care for all age ranges for a wide spectrum of health problems. Services include wellness exams, women’s health, midwifery, pediatrics, lab services, physical medicine, and chronic disease management. Natural treatment options including botanical medicine, homeopathy, and vitamins are utilized as well as pharmaceuticals when deemed necessary. Most insurance plans provide coverage for naturopathic visits. Billing for insurance is provided when applicable. Visit the new clinic and meet the doctors on Saturday, June 18 to learn more.

ASTORIA — Dr. Shannon Lilja, DBH, has expanded her counseling practice to full-time, offering services for both mental health and substance use. She is licensed mental health and certified chemical dependency for both Washington and Oregon.

Beginning her career in the field as a chemical dependency therapist, working with Drug Court and addictions clients in Astoria, she has worked in the field of behavioral health for almost 10 years — including a 12-month post at Willapa Behavioral Health in Long Beach, overseeing their addictions program. Most recently, she worked at Lifeworks NW in Portland, as program director of their Addictions Division.

Depression, anxiety, life transitions, communication problems or conflict, alcohol and drug issues, and relationship challenges are common issues she sees in treatment.

Her office is located at 20 Basin St., in the “The Red Building” — the same building as Bridgewater Bistro on the waterfront. Her office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 503-260-5118 or visit her website at for more information or for an appointment.

ABERDEEN — Pacific Financial Corp., holding company for Bank of the Pacific, said in May that Gary Forcum retired as chairman and voting director of both the bank and the holding company. Randy Rognlin has been named to serve as board chairman, succeeding Forcum.

Rognlin served on the board as vice-chairman for three years and has served as an independent director for 15 years.

Bank of the Pacific was founded in Long Beach and has branches in multiple locations in Pacific and Clatsop counties, and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

“Gary was elected to the board in 1997 and has been chairman since 2006. We have greatly benefited from his service and wish him all the very best in his retirement,” said Denise Portmann, president and CEO.

“As a board member for the past 15 years and vice chairman since 2013, Randy was the natural successor to step in as chairman. He brings over 40 years of business management experience and we are fortunate to have him as our chairman,” said Portmann. “As a lifelong resident and businessman in Aberdeen, Washington, his involvement and significant contacts within our communities are proven assets.”

“I am honored to be named as chairman and look forward to continuing to work with my fellow board members and the management team to grow our franchise,” said Rognlin.

Wauna Credit Union was recently recognized by the Northwest Credit Union Association for their recent website update. The credit union received an Honorable Mention trophy during an awards ceremony and dinner held at Hotel Monaco in Portland last month.

The award was in recognition for a full website rebuild that took the financial cooperative much of 2015 to create, it launched in November of last year. The new website was called “bold, fresh, and modern” by the judges.

The development team consisted of COO Debi Smiley, Stephanie Sievers, Carli Lyon, Cameron Willets, Jacob Humphries, and was led by Wauna CU’s Marketing Coordinator Amy Stocky with oversight from Marketing VP Mike Chapman. They worked with the Portland web developer Avtec Media.

See the site at

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