KP mentored in Ayurveda with Yogi Bhajan for 32 years. Along the way, he incorporated deep studies in Western and TCM herbalism. His school has been training professional herbalists for over 30 years. Karta Purkh has presented over 150 times at professional conferences, has written over 3,000 articles on health topics and is the author or editor of 30 books on health, including his latest, The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs. He is curriculum director and lead instructor in the Portland Community College Nutritional Therapy Program and heads the herbal education department of the Northwest Institute of Ayurveda. He lives in the Northwest with his family.
Administrative Structure and Council Members
The AHG Governing Council consists of 5 elected AHG members that operate by consensus rather than majority rule policy. The council is the decision making body of the organization.
The AHG Officers consist of 4 council appointed members, President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Unless they are elected council members they do not vote but play an active role in facilitating the organizational plan and advising council.
The AHG Staff implements council plans and manages the organizational workflow.
The AHG Advisory Board is made up of AHG founders, long time members, and trusted community leaders. Their role is to provide institutional memory and offer input when important decisions are made.
Bevin Clare is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist with a deep love of plants. She is the Clinical Division Chair of the Masters of Science in Herbal Medicine Program at Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, MD. Bevin has studied herbal medicine around the world and blends her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies. Her clinical practice focuses on wellness, nutrition, infection, and women’s health. She holds a MSc in Infectious Disease, serves on the faculty of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and the New York Chiropractic College and lectures nationally. Bevin is the director of the Herbal Clinic for All program, a program offering cost free clinical services to the population in need in DC, Baltimore, and Laurel, MD. She is a board member of the United Plant Savers, a group working to protect at-risk medicinal plants in North America. Bevin has been a professional member of the AHG for nearly a decade, on the governing council for 7 years and the vice president since 2010. She is grateful to be of service to the herbal community, both within and beyond the AHG.
Phyllis Light is an herbalist and healer with almost 30 years of clinical experience. She is traditionally trained in Appalachian Folk Medicine and began her studies with her Cherokee/Creek grandmother, and later with Tommie Bass, in the deep woods of North Alabama. Phyllis maintains a private practice in Arab, AL where she supports an integrative approach to well-being and a preventive health model based on healthy lifestyle choices. She teaches at symposium, clinics and herb schools around the country. Phyllis offers herbal and natural health classes and a practitioner program for herbalists at the Appalachian Center for Herbal Studies in Arab, AL. She is a member of the Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama, on the board of directors of Herbs for Orphans in Haiti, involved in the Common Ground Clinic in New Orleans, and is a consultant for the Alabama Medicinal Plant Grower’s Association. She also teaches classes on Energy work and Shamanic techniques.
David practices Clinical Herbalism at 143 Northampton Street in Easton, Pennsylvania. He is active as an educator in his community, a co-founder of “Herbal Exchange” the NJ AHG Chapter and “Changewater Wellness Center”, a clinic that provides clinical experience to advanced herbal students, while serving individuals needing low cost counsel and herbs. David has been a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild since 1999. He and his wife, Linda has owned and operated Nature’s Way a natural foods store in Easton since 1975. On play days with mild weather, gardening, herbal wild crafting and cycling, take him out doors. Inclement weather allows time for research, woodworking and music.
Addie McDermott is a holistic clinical herbalist residing in the Appalachian Mountains near Asheville, NC. She runs a clinic in Historic Biltmore Village in Asheville and is the founder of Earth Roots Apothecary. She integrates traditional herbalism, scientific evidence and Ayurveda in her clinical work and product development. Her studies in herbalism began at One World Healing Arts Institute, where she completed three herb courses with Mimi Hernandez, RH (AHG). She then completed the Clinical Herbalism Program at Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism with CoreyPine Shane, RH (AHG) and John Immel. In 2013 she received a Certificate in Practical Aromatherapy from Dr. Joie Power at Highlands School of Natural Healing. Addie's inspiration comes from the wisdom held within the Earth that knows how to heal all wounds. She has a deep respect for these ancient roots and the warriors who share and protect this wisdom. Her favorite activities include working in her garden, making herbal medicine, listening to stories, and especially, spending time with her 7 year old son.
Mimi Hernandez is a clinical herbalist and herbal educator whose courses balance traditional reverence with scientific understanding and intuitive awareness. She has served as the Director of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University in Maryland where she taught undergraduate Ethnobotany. With roots in Asheville, NC, Mimi is a founder of the One World Healing Arts Institute and continues to mentor community herbalists through the One World Healing Community. Mimi also developed the herbal formulations at Mortar & Pestle Apothecary. Mimi holds a Master of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine and some of her favorite mentors have included James Duke, Simon Mills, and Rocio Alarcon. As an herbalist, Mimi draws upon her rich ethnic background & the Granny healers and Shamans in her life and believes that the handing down of plant wisdom is essential. She enjoys nature time, especially waterfalls, creeks, and oceans and is a mom of two cool and unique kids, Anais and Evan.
Heather Lee Houdek was born in Chicago, but has deep roots in Western North Carolina where she has resided most of her life. A love of plants and the natural world was instilled in her by her parents from an early age. She graduated from Brevard College in 2002 with a BA in Fine Art. She enrolled in 2008 at the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism in Asheville, NC, finishing both the Fundamentals in Herbalism program and Traditional Herbalism certification program. She has taught classes in beginning herbalism and medicine making at the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism and at the International Center in Greenville, SC, as well as conducts a number of private workshops. Heather has published a book on Herbal Body Care with Sterling Press. She brings ten years of management experience to the American Herbalist Guild.
Gloria Black Anders grew up in The Haw Creek area of East Asheville. She spent most of her time in the woods, hiking and spending time with the plants. Upon High School GradAs an adult, she attended Western Carolina University, and majored in Interior Design. After a very productive career in the design industry, an illiness in her family prompted her to return to her roots. Gloria returned to her home town of Asheville, and attended Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism, and completed the Fundamentals of Herbalism and The Traditional Herbalism program. Most recently she completed The Clinical Program with The Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine. Being an employee for The American Herbalist Guild is like a dream come true!
A born and bred Chicago native, Anne de Courtenay has been studying herbalism in the Western and Chinese traditions for over a decade with Althea Northage-Orr. She is a graduate of the Chicago College of Healing Arts, from whom she has earned certificates in Herbalism and bodywork. She is also a graduate of the East West School of Planetary Herbology headed by Michael and Lesley Tierra in California, whose curriculum encompasses Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic materia medica and diagnostic systems. She holds a diploma in Asian Body Therapy from the NCCAOM. Her original professional venture began with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the the prestigious Medill School at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.; she now uses these skills to support her dedication to botanical medicine. Currently, Anne teaches herbal classes at the Chicago Center for Psychophysical Healing and at the East West School’s annual herbal seminar. She also works as an editor for Michael and Lesley Tierra. Anne practices herbal therapy and bodywork at her clinic, Imagine Health, in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood. She has been happily married to the singer/songwriter Martin McCormack for seven musical years.
Henriette den Ouden is a herbalist and herb farmer with a master’s degree in Herbal Medicine from Maryland University of Integrated Health. She is the co-owner of Habanera Farm, Maryland’s first (and only) licensed herbal tea processing center in a rural area of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The farm grows a variety of herbs, native and non-native that love the local low and moist land and long growing season. She is partnering with researchers at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) to assess the essential oil content of Tulsi varieties and other herbs grown at the farm. The farm also has a growing antioxidant orchard of Aronia berries, Elderberries, local plums and a variety of other fruits. Henriette is a clinical herbalist and teacher and has committed to outreach work in her area. She teaches community groups, master gardeners, is a visiting instructor for the Pharmacy School of the UMES and teaches at a Community College. Henriette offers classes and workshops at the farm and in the area on herbal medicine, growing and identifying medicinal herbs, and healthy eating and cooking. Henriette is originally from the Netherlands. In the US she started a career as an HR professional with an MA in Human Resource Management. In 2004 she quit her job and started at MUIH. She graduated in 2007, by then she and her partner had already bought a 1740 farmhouse and started creating an oasis of stillness and beauty 2 hours from Washington DC.
Ashley Litecky Elenbaas is a Clinical Herbalist and owner of Sky House Yoga, a donation-based wellness collective in Silver Spring, Maryland. Ashley holds an MS in Clinical Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health, where she graduated in 2008 and is a professional member and registered herbalist (RH) with the American Herbalists Guild. Ashley's passion for plant medicine and her affinity to myth and story started at a young age. She studied plant medicine and myth in the rainforests of Australia, central Costa Rica, and the mountains of North Carolina. Ashley is on the teaching staff at George Washington University, and has presented at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and is currently the facilitator and host for the Evolver Herbal Learning Labs, an international online classroom that hosts professional herbalists from across the world.
Her early years of studying herbal medicine were spent working on biodynamic farms and summer internships as a garden hand. From 2003 – 2006 she worked on staff at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) as an admissions counselor educating and enrolling prospective students into graduate programs. Ashley is a self-motivated worker, cheerful, and is an active advocate of the plants and the people who protect them. Her days are spent managing the Deep Green Herbal Apothecary, seeing clients, leading 20 amazing herbal apprentices, hosting online herbal webinars, and teaching donation-based yoga in her community.
Ashley cherishes the work of Matthew Wood, Stephen Buhner, Susun Weed, Simon Mills, and Kiva Rose and hopes one day to have a garden like Rosemary Gladstar.
Bryan Bowen is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist in Sebastopol, California. He has a passion for nature and enjoys growing, wildcrafting, and making medicines for his apothecary. He utilizes both scientific and traditional approaches to promote wellness and vitality in his practice. Blending science and tradition is truly holistic and combines advances in evidence-based medicine, physiology and pathophysiology with (sometimes) centuries-old empirical knowledge, constitutional and historical approaches to healing (e.g., Ayurveda, Four Humors, TCM). Bryan is a faculty member at the California School of Herbal Studies. He studied at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, the California School of Herbal studies and has a Masters of Science in Herbal Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in psychology.
Leslie Alexander, PhD, RH(AHG) is co-owner of Restoration Herbs in Franklin, PA, where she has a clinical practice and works as a community herbalist. For Leslie, herbalism brings together years of using herbs, a passion for the outdoors and her training in health-related research. She received her B.Sc. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Environmental Sciences and her Ph.D. from Heriot Watt University for her work with Enteromorpha, an intertidal seaweed. For several years she worked in England and Scotland as a research scientist, focusing her work on environmental factors affecting children’s health. Drawn increasingly to more natural ways of healing, she retrained as a Medical Herbalist and returned to the States in 2005. She completed a diploma in Herbal Medicine, with Honors, from ACHS and later her clinical training with Richard Mandelbaum RH(AHG). She continues to learn from students, colleagues and plants. Leslie has been an active general member of the American Herbalist’s Guild since 2004 and a professional member since 2009.
Patricia has more than nineteen years’ experience as a clinical herbalist and teacher. Her book, Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians (2006) is one of the foremost resources on the topic of regional native plant medicines. She is founder and director of BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies, (www.wildhealingherbs.com) located in the mountains of north Georgia. A third generation chef, Patricia is passionate about cooking, and specializes in wild foods and the traditional cuisine of Crete, Greece. She is co-owner of Wild Crete, a small tour operator that specializes in unique custom travel experiences on the Greek island of Crete that emphasize the connections between art, culture, history, cuisine, archaeology and native herbs. Patricia is currently serving her second term on the Governing Council.
Richard is a clinical herbalist in New York and has studied primarily with David Winston and William LeSassier. In addition to his practice he teaches classes and mentors students in herbal medicine, medicine making, and botany. Richard teaches primarily in Brooklyn and is a guest instructor at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies. Richard’s herbalism is part of a larger approach to reestablishing a healthy relationship with our planet, and he is also active in the areas of fair trade and human rights, and food justice. He is the former chair of the Domestic Fair Trade Association and currently serves on the board of the Brooklyn Food Coalition. Richard migrates throughout the year with his wife Gabrielle and daughter Rose between Brooklyn and their straw bale home in Forestburgh, NY.
Rosalee de la Foret is a clinical herbalist and Structural Medicine Specialist who lives on the edge of the wilderness in the Northeastern Cascadian Mountains of Washington State. She contributes regularly to HerbMentor.com where she enjoys answering questions in the community forums and providing herbal education through ebooks, articles, videos and photography.
Rosalee is certified by the Institute of Structural Medicine and the East West School of Herbology, Rosalee has been privileged to be mentored by herbalists Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Michael Tierra, Paul Bergner, and Kiva Rose. She has taught at many herbal gatherings, including the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference. Many of the photos featured in this website have been gathered by Rosalee.
Ren is the office intern at AHG. Throughout the years, a number of roles have contributed to Ren’s skill and knowledge in the herbal field. While working as a Raw Vegan Chef in Florida, he took a correspondence course with Susun Weed which opened his door to the herbal world. He then realized that in order to further this passion, he would need to move to Asheville, NC where he studied the traditional course of herbalism at The Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism. From that point onward, Ren has been sharpening his skills and increasing his practical knowledge through continuing self-study of medicine making, botany, and phytochemistry. Additionally, working in the wellness department of the French Broad Food Co-op has allowed him to apply and strengthen his knowledge base by working with a large selection of bulk herbs and remedies. Ren recently decided to make another of his dreams come true: completing a four year Classical Chinese Medicine program at Daoist Traditions. He has completed the Massage Therapy diploma program at A-B Tech, and the next step will be moving on to Daoist Traditions.
Jennifer O’Hagan is a clinical herbalist and founder of Woodland Naturals located in Hope, NJ. She integrates traditional herbalism, nutrition, bodywork, emotional/spiritual healing following Maya traditions, and various integrative therapies. She is active as an educator in her community, is a co-founder of the North NJ AHG Chapter, and a co-founder of the Changewater Wellness Center (a clinic that provides clinical experience to advanced herbal students, while serving the community with low cost counsel and herbs). She is a practitioner and educator for the Arvigo Institute offering advanced classes in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and Maya Spiritual Healing. She also worked in the computer industry as a project manager for 32 years. Her hobbies include horseback riding, hiking, animal tracking, and aimless wandering through the woods.
Amanda McQuade Crawford