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Our Primary Care Doctors at South Salem Primary Care

Rashanda Brown, DO

Rashanda Brown, DO

Family Practice Physician

Dr. Brown joined South Salem Primary Care in 2020 after having practiced in the community since 2010. She is from Inkster, Michigan. She received her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University. Dr. Brown is board certified in Family Practice. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, dancing, crafting, camping, and being involved in her community and church.


Paula Spencer, DO

Paula Spencer, DO

Family Practice Physician

“I knew my daughter would be a doctor; when she was eight years old, she asked me to buy her some old books on medicine at a garage sale,” says Dr. Spencer’s mother.

Dr. Paula Spencer, a native of Michigan, moved to Oregon at age 10.  After high school she moved to San Francisco where she became an Executive Secretary at Royal Viking Cruise Lines. Reorganizing her career options, she returned to school and completed undergraduate studies at University of California Hayward- enrolling in Pre-Med studies.

In 1990 she completed her undergraduate degree and moved to Kansas City, Missouri to start medical school.  After completing medical school at the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, College of Osteopathic Medicine it was back to Oregon, her family now numbering three.

Dr. Spencer chose Family Medicine and was named Chief Resident at Eastmoreland Hospital in Portland, Oregon. After residency Dr. Spencer accepted a position as Partner in a well-established clinic in Portland where she practiced for seventeen years. In 2016 Dr. Spencer began practicing in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley and has recently accepted a position with Praxis as a charter Physician in their new Salem Medical Clinic.

Dr. Spencer likes to see every member of your family from new baby wellness to parents and parents of parents. “Helping my patients establish a healthy lifestyle for disease prevention is my goal”.

Dr. Spencer enjoys getting outdoors with her husband and high school sweetheart, Edward, exploring all that Oregon and our great country has to offer. Spur of the moment road trips, camping and fishing; visiting family and quilting. Come on in and get to know your new doctor.


Christine Rue, PA-C

Christine Rue, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Christine Rue is a native Oregonian, growing up in Corvallis, OR. She completed her undergraduate training at Oregon State University in 2009 with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. She had originally planned on becoming a licensed social worker, planning to work with children with disabilities. However, when she was at OSU she completed an international medical internship to India, and that was when Christine realized that medicine was the perfect combination of science and social work. She returned home with a passion for pursuing a career in health care. She went on to Oregon Health and Science University to complete her Physician Assistant training in 2014.

Since graduating PA school, she has worked primarily in family practice. She spent three months in an endocrinology department as well as working in a local, small urgent care facility in Silverton, OR for several months. She strives to provide excellent, patient-centered care. “My goal is to make each patient feel heard, supported and empowered to be involved in their own healthcare. I love that medicine allows me the opportunity to be part of many different stages of people’s lives.” She loves taking care of families and understanding a patient’s holistic needs.

When Christine is not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband, young daughter and golden retriever. She loves to be active, primarily running and yoga. She is excited to be part of this new clinic and looks forward to becoming part of your health care team.


Alyssa Schmidt, PA-C

Alyssa Schmidt PA-C

Physician Assistant

My favorite part of practicing medicine, is the relationship I build with my patients. I promote patient centered care by helping patients reach their health goals through prevention and healthy lifestyle changes. Outside of the office, I enjoy yoga, hiking, and traveling with my family.  I am also active in the community through my work with the Marion Polk Medical Society, volunteer work with hospice, and the University of Portland alumni association.

Education and Training:

  • University of Portland Bachelor of Science
  • University of South Florida- Masters in Public Health
  • Barry University Masters of Clinical Medical Sciences: Physician Assistant Studies

Board Certification:

  • NCCPA-National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Procedures:

  • Paps
  • Nexplanon
  • IUD
  • I&D
  • Punch/shave biopsies
  • Knee and shoulder injections