ACHS Hires Denise Dallmann to Serve as Academic Dean

Denise Dallmann to Lead Curriculum and New Program Development for Continued Expansion

Portland, OR—August 8, 2016—American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) announces that Denise Dallmann, ND, MS, has joined their team as Academic Dean. ACHS, administratively based in Portland, Oregon, is an accredited college specializing in undergraduate- and graduate-level holistic health and wellness degrees and certificate programs.

“I am honored to join such a progressive college that has been at the forefront of distance and holistic health education for almost 40 years,” says Dallmann. “I’m especially looking forward to working with President Dorene Peterson, Chief Strategy Officer Erika Yigzaw, and the school’s talented executive team, faculty, staff, and students in advancing our academic mission, working on new program development, providing support to our faculty, and helping our students achieve their academic goals.”

As Academic Dean, Dallmann will serve as the Chief Academic Officer for the institution and collaborate with the institution’s Board of Directors, President, Curriculum Committee, and other stakeholders to support academic integrity, curriculum development, and student retention.

Dallmann will also support the institution’s mission—to provide leadership in holistic health education through comprehensive professional online and on-campus education—through innovative project management in the implementation of new instructional technology; faculty recruitment, development, and retention; library services; and staff development.

Dallmann has more than 15 years’ experience in higher education and formerly served as director and associate dean for the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) and dean of academic affairs for Carrington College. She has been honored with several awards including the DeVry PRIDE award in recognition of her dedication, integrity, and excellence, a distinction reserved for the top 3% of DeVry’s 90,000 employees.

“Denise is amazing and we are super excited to have her join our academic team,” says Erika Yigzaw, ACHS CSO. “As a former naturopath and educator, she has a lot of experience in higher education administration, as well as considerable subject matter expertise to share. With our student-centric emphasis, we’re on the same wavelength and have already been making great progress on some of the exciting projects we are working on here at ACHS, including new courses in spa management and new student tools.”

Dallmann holds a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from NUNM, a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy from Portland State University (PSU), and a graduate certificate in student affairs in higher education from PSU. Her master’s thesis explored methods to develop high-quality and cost-effective undergraduate online programs.

For more information about the role of Academic Dean at ACHS or future program development, or to schedule an interview, call 800.487.8839 or email Learn more about current ACHS health and wellness programs at


American College of Healthcare Sciences has been educating industry leading holistic health professionals since 1978 (view our Alumni in Action online at and is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACHS is one of the only accredited holistic health colleges offering fully online graduate and undergraduate degrees, diplomas, career-training certificates, and continuing education courses in integrative medicine fields, such as aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, and wellness coaching. For more information about ACHS programs visit

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