University of Portland

Tanya Bachman

School of Nursing & Health Innovations, Instructor

Tanya Bachman



Buckley Center 301

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Before teaching nutrition at the University of Portland, Tanya Bachman, MS, LMT completed her Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States, her Bachelor of Science from Portland State University, and her massage therapy licensure through East-West College of the Healing Arts.  She has worked for the past 12 years to promote health through patient education and service in nutrition counseling and massage therapy.  Tanya began her nutrition practice in 2014 and owns Columbia River Nutrition, an online business offering nutrition classes to the community and private nutrition counseling.  She is passionate about healthy living and whole foods eating, bringing this energy into the classroom to share with her students as a part of integrative health.  She enjoys time outside in the PNW with her husband, 3 sons, and her animals skiing, hiking, running, and playing on the river.  Her research interests include the effects of nutrition on cancer recovery and how nutrition supports the body and aids in reducing the physiological effects of stress.  She teaches various courses in the Public Health and Wellness program, including Anatomy and Physiology of Wellness, Wellness Across the Lifespan, Mind-Body-Energy Perspectives, Nature’s Pharmacy, and Restorative Nutrition. 


  • Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, University of Western States
  • Bachelor of Science, Portland State University
  • Massage Therapy Training for licensure, East-West College of the Healing Arts


Instructor Bachman researches food insecurity support through student interaction at local pantries partnered with Dr. Kala Mayer.

Recent Publications

Nutrition Strategies to Promote Wellness, Address Inadequate Nutrition, and Support Stress Reduction published in Integrative Health Nursing Interventions for Vulnerable Populations, Springer Publications (2021).