About Chamness Saldivar Agency

Our main goal is education so our clients can be confident they are selecting the right plan.

When Joan and Shanon’s paths crossed at a carrier meeting last year they knew there was something there. Both Joan and Shanon live and breathe health insurance. Joan’s expertise with group health complimented Shanon’s expertise with individual and Medicare products. Throughout the next year, they formed a partnership that resulted in the Chamness Saldivar Agency. Your one-stop for all things health.

Together they have almost 50 years in combined experience helping clients navigate the maze that is Health Insurance. They are passionate about what they do, and care deeply about the health of their community.

They strive to make accessing health insurance a positive simple process for their clients. Their goal is to help educate you so you can be confident you have the best fit for your health insurance needs. They want every client who walks through their door to feel respected, valued and walk away with confidence.

Let us change the way you feel about health insurance.

Joan Chamness

Joan founded Strategic Planning & Insurance, Inc. (DBA “Chamness-Saldivar Agency) in 2004 after several years providing medical insurance for individuals and employers in the Gorge and Portland area. A longtime resident of The Dalles, Joan has been committed to providing clients with first-class and cost-efficient medical benefits. Joan is passionate about keeping up with changes in the marketplace to better educate clients about their options.

Shanon Saldivar

Shanon’s career in the insurance industry started here in the gorge in 2001. She takes her commitment to health seriously, she serves on the board of One Community Health, serves on a State of Oregon Advisory Committee for Health Insurance, teaches a class on health insurance at our local community college, and has taught a section for the last two waves of Community Health Workers. She gets to see firsthand how access to health affects our community as a whole. She strives to make sure everyone she helps walks away feeling confident about their coverage. Shanon loves her job “I feel so fortunate to be able to do what I am passionate about every day” says Shanon.

Erika Berk

Erika is usually the first person you will talk with at Chamness Saldivar Agency. She has been in the Health Insurance industry since 2018. She is calm under pressure and makes sure everything runs smoothly. She comes to us from the Portland area and she and her spouse relocated to Tygh Valley in 2018 after living the big city life for many years. Her background is in wholesale distribution where she was the long time office manager. We are so fortunate to have her as part of our team. She keeps us organized, manages our appointments and is also a licensed agent.

Why Chamness Saldivar Agency?

  • We are Local Experts
  • Available Year-Round
  • Spanish-Speaking
  • Partner Agents