physicians & staff

Each physician and staff member of Dallas Family Medicine offers their unique experience and training, uniting together to put patient needs first.

Our Patients Are The Reason We Work

We believe our patients are the most important people in the clinic; our patients are the reason we work. Patients brings us their pain and suffering, we are committed to care for them compassionately — with sensitivity and confidentiality. We are honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve them.

meet our staff

Dr. Chris Edwardson

Born and raised in Canada, Dr. Chris Edwardson pursued a career in medicine since announcing his intentions at five years of age.

After completing his medical education at University of Saskatoon in Saskatchewan Canada, he joined the founding partners of Dallas Family Medicine, Dr. Charles & Dr. Casey, and has worked to continue their legacy. Through several building additions and remodels, staff changes, economic fluctuations, and cultural shifts in medicine, Dr. Edwardson leads the staff in keeping the primary focus on our patients.

Dr. Edwardson has always loved the unique challenge present in a multi-generational, family practice. He strives to stay on the cutting edge of medicine, expanding his skills in new areas such as colonoscopy and gastroscopy.

He and his wife Jeanne appreciate the opportunity to live and work in such a picturesque and warm community. They enjoy travel, entertaining, and spending time with their grandchildren.

Dr. Stephen Chaffee

Dr. Stephen Chaffee, a native of Spokane Washington, moved to Salem at 13 years of age. He graduated from South Salem high school and soon after married Lizette, his high school sweetheart, at Faith Free Church here in Dallas.

After completing undergraduate studies at Portland State University, he and his wife traveled to the mid-west where he attended Medical School at Des Moines University and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Iowa.

Immediately following medical school, he provided family medicine care in rural Iowa. While in Iowa, their first three children, Julia, Helen and Elaine, were born. After three years of practice in Iowa, the Chaffee’s returned to Oregon — initially to the Portland area and then to Dallas, where Dr. Chaffee joined Dallas Family Medicine in 2001. The Chaffee family has grown to eight with the addition of John, Stephen and Abigail.

Dr. Chaffee’s training as a DO (Doctor of Osteopathy) uniquely equips him, having had additional training in the musculoskeletal system, including osteopathic manipulative treatment.

Dr. Chaffee and his family are very happy to be “home” where he “considers it a privilege to live and practice medicine in our community.” He enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family, reading, and old cars.

Doctor of Osteopathy (What is a DO?)

Julia Pulliam, MS, PA-C

Julia moved to Dallas with her family in 1983 when her father, Dr. Edwardson, joined the founding partners of Dallas Family Medicine - Dr. Charles & Dr. Casey. She has many fond memories of both founding doctors who were like grandfathers to her. She was especially close to Dr. Charles, who was known to patiently care for Julia’s animals (including adopted neighborhood stray cats).

After graduating from Dallas High School, she completed her undergraduate education at Seattle Pacific University, during which time she married her high school sweetheart Jared Pulliam. She went on to complete her studies at the Physician Assistant program at Oregon Health & Science University. Julia maintains minimal clinical hours (primarily providing urgent care for DFM patients) and directs the clinical aspects of DFM's IT. She also plans and implements staff training and patient engagement with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention and management.

Physicians Assistant (What is a PA?)

Julia Balcom, DNP, FNP-C

Julia Balcom obtained her Doctorate as a Family Nurse Practitioner with an emphasis in rural health through Oregon Health & Science University. She previously worked as a nurse in the Salem Emergency Department. Her goal as a medical provider is to deliver evidence-based, individualized high quality care to people of all ages throughout their lifespan.

Dallas has been home to Julia for many years. She moved to the area as a young child and later returned after living in Romania for seven years doing missions work. Julia traveled to many countries while living overseas, and the things she saw and experienced in third world countries sparked her interest in medicine and created a desire to help others medically.

Julia and her husband Thomas love the community of Dallas. They are both active in volunteer work with community programs and their local church. Both enjoy traveling and being outside hiking, kayaking, or working in their garden. Julia is also an avid reader and knitter.

Nurse Practitioner (What is an NP?)

Faith Shinn, RN

Faith was born in Wichita, Kansas spending her grade school years in the mid-west before moving to Oregon. After graduating from Dallas High School, she married Rick Shinn, a true born-and-raised “Dallasite”. Rick was delivered in the old Dallas Hospital by one of DFM’s original founding partners, Dr. Charles. Together, they have raised two children, Erin and Andy, who now have families of their own and live in the Dallas area.

Pursuing her life-long dream of becoming “Nurse Nancy,” she joined the practice in 1991. Faith graduated from Chemeketa Community College in 1992 as a CMA and in 2004 finished her nursing degree as a registered nurse. Her journey continued and she has completed her Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Gonzaga University. She is pleased to assume new responsibilities as a provider at DFM. Patient care is her passion, with a focus on women’s health, travel medicine and patients of all ages. Faith and Rick enjoy friends and family, and spending time with their grandchildren.