AHG Herbalist Mentors

The following list is of AHG Registered Herbalists who have indicated their willingness to provide herbal mentorship. Students are encouraged to contact potential mentors directly. Please refer to the AHG Mentorship Handbook for tips on how to initiate a mentorship.

Kerry H. Adams, RH, AHG, dip ABT NCCAOM

My introduction to plants and herbal medicine began at a young age with my grandmother and local herbalist Henrietta Rau. I graduated Dominion Herbal Collage in 1979, continued my studies graduating from David Winston's School of Herbal Studies. For the past 10 years I have been blessed to be an instructor at the school able to share my years of herbal knowledge. The basis of my education is from our American Botanical Physicians (1840-1920's), Traditional Chinese Medicine Training, Cherokee, European and Western Herbal Medicine. In addition to having an active family herbal practice since 1979, I am also co-founder of an herbal clinic that offers affordable consultations to those in need and mentorship for students needing clinical training. Please go to ChangewaterWellnessCenter.com for more information Pre-requisite for mentorship - minimum of 2 years of formal herbal therapeutic education Area of specialty - Family Practice Clinic that offers students the ability to observe experienced practitioners, their intake skills, constitutional evaluations and formulations with completed protocol planning and pharmacy. As student progresses they are assisted & evaluated in primary practitioner roll. In person and distance available. Clinic mentorship group clinical training and dispensary techniques, with required work program to support the clinic.  $45 per 5 hour clinic session Private mentoring by phone, mail, etc. $70 per hour

Leslie Alexander, PhD, RH(AHG)

I'm co-owner of Restoration Herbs in Franklin, PA, where I work as a community herbalist. For me, herbalism brings together years of using herbs, a passion for the outdoors and my training in health-related research. My path to herbalism began in academia, fixed firmly in the Sciences. I received my B.Sc. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Environmental Sciences and my Ph.D. from Heriot Watt University for my work with Enteromorpha, an intertidal seaweed. For several years I worked in England and Scotland as a research scientist, focusing on environmental factors affecting children's health. Drawn increasingly to more natural ways of healing, I retrained as a Medical Herbalist and returned to the States in 2005. I completed a diploma in Herbal Medicine, with Honors, from ACHS and, after writing a dissertation on turmeric, I began my three year clinical training with Richard Mandelbaum RH(AHG). Additionally, for years my teachers include those teaching at symposia, published authors and the guardians of their works, audio(and visual) lectures and workshops have been amazing resources for me and, of course (!) other herbalists: each has shaped my thinking. I can't imagine this is the place to list you all (but I shall if asked!)"¦ my thanks. Too, I've been an active General Member of the American Herbalist's Guild since 2004 and a Registered Herbalist Member since 2009.In addition, I teach clients, host public workshops on herbal medicine and medicine making, offer free monthly lunchtime herbal discussions - all of which are places to learn and explore herbs. Also, I'm a co-contributor to Allegheny Herbal Clinical Round Table where, with Leslie Williams, students focus on improving clinical practitioner skills. I have a part time practice, serving a small and very beautiful agricultural community. Franklin is a welcoming Victorian town on French Creek and the Allegheny River. Restoration Herbs sits on about 6.25 acres and much of the apothecary/dispensary relies on harvesting. Here pasture, wood and gardens come together. There is garden maintenance, including planting, weeding, harvesting and medicine making; there is a small wood whose paths are sorely in need of attention (while the woodland medicinals do well in this untamed environment); there's the hillsides to admire and woods to both explore and wildcraft. Together with students, individual study programs are designed to build clinical skills, confident, gain experience in a clinical setting and make good medicine. My interests encompass medicinal and culinary herbs, particularly herbs for the mouth (yes, the mouth!). My book, Dental Herbalism, is in press with Inner Traditions. What else? I enjoy foods of all sorts, laughter and Tai Chi. Distance and In Person, Fees TBD, Barter available (I do barter for services as I have an extensive apothecary and grow many herbs here on site. There is garden maintenance, including planting, weeding, harvesting and medicine making; there is a small wood whose paths are sorely in need of attention (while the woodland medicinals do well in this untamed environment).Clinical Specialties: Western physical assessment, Nutritional medicine, Building an appropriate referral network, Legal issues pertinent to region/scope of practice, etc., Dispensing and formulating and medicine making; herbal pharmacy/cGMP issues, Herb/drug/nutrient interaction, Office management.

Paul Bergner

Paul has studied and practiced natural medicine since 1973, with formal studies in nature cure, medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, Unani medicine, flower essences, yoga therapy, and bodywork, including undergraduate studies in pre-medicine and psychology and doctoral level studies in medical sciences and natural therapeutics at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. His primary teacher of herbalism was Cascade Anderson Geller. From 1973 until 1989 he worked with nature cure and nutrition almost exclusively with recovering drug abusers and alcoholics and prisoners in prisons. He has been the publisher and editor of the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989. He taught undergraduate nutrition at Naropa University for seven years, and has been guest faculty in the Masters in Herbal Medicine programs at the Tai Sophia Institute and the Scottish School of Medical Herbalism. Between 1996 and 2012, Paul trained more than 400 students through an 800 hour pre-clinical classroom program at 2 different schools in Boulder, CO, and mentored more than 230 of them in a 300-hour residency in a public clinic offering medical herbalism and clinical nutrition. He continues to mentor clinical students at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Boulder, CO and the School of Traditional Western Herbalism in Portland, OR reviewing their cases. Paul recently moved to Portland, OR and does not have an active clinical practice there other than mentoring through case review. He is equally qualified in the fields of medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, and nature cure and can mentor students in any of these areas, or any combination of them. His clinical specialties are autoimmune conditions and conditions related to insulin resistance. Distance and in person mentorship. $50/hour, no barter available. Clinical Specialties: autoimmunity, insulin resistance, Interview skills, case taking, Differential diagnosis and assessment, Nutritional medicine, Counseling skills for the herbalist, Red flags for urgent referral, Building an appropriate referral network, Legal issues pertinent to region/scope of practice, Dispensing and formulating and medicine making; herbal pharmacy/cGMP issues, Herb/drug/nutrient interaction

Dr. Catherine Browne, DAOM, L.Ac., RH (AHG), Dipl.Ac.

I have been dedicated to herbal education and empowering individuals with healing wisdom for over three decades; In the 80's I spent an average of 20 weekends per year speaking at garden centers about growing and using herb plants and about organic gardening methods; in the 90's I  developed an apprenticeship class for medical herbalists and organized weekend herb conferences; while attending acupuncture school I taught an ongoing 200 hour CEU class "The Energetics of Western Herbs" using TCM theory; In 2009 I became an NCCAOM PDA continuing education provider offering herb classes to professional acupuncturists on subjects such as the clinical use of essential oils. Back in the 80's and 90's I had a large organic herb farm for 16 years growing over 400 cultivars of herbs and have a great deal of experience making and selling herbal products. Presently I provide no-cost work-trade advanced herbalist internships at my micro-farm in the North Carolina foothills Of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We are in the process of re-establishing our display herb beds featuring western and Chinese herbs after a three year sabbatical. We have plans to add a greenhouse to the property in the next year or so. I have a full apothecary and work with over 300 botanical substances. I also host cancer recovery retreats and can offer clinical internships. My extensive training and clinical experience includes Five Element, Japanese, and TCM acupuncture; auricular and scalp acupuncture; Chinese and western herbalism; tui-na medical massage; Chinese food therapy and nutrition, flower remedies and aromatherapy; healing touch and medical qigong. I do not offer long-distance training; I believe that my best effort is to provide much needed hand's-on training and exposure for herb students. Additionally, I have worked professionally as a natural healer and herbal entrepreneur for over 30 years and would love the opportunity to inspire other herbal entrepreneurs.-Areas of Advanced Doctoral-level Training: Pain Management Oncology Aftercare Stroke Recovery Woman's Health-Hourly one-on-one mentoring rate: $125

Chanchal Cabrera, MSc, FNIMH, RH(AHG)

I have been in general practice as a medical herbalist for over 25 years and for the past 10 years I have specialized in helping patients navigate cancer treatment. I trained in the 4 year program under Hein Zeylstra in England in the 1980's and after 15 years in practice I went back to take my Master's degree in herbal medicine at the University of Wales. I practice western holistic medical herbalism, integrating natural medicines and nutrition into conventional health care systems. I work with around 10 - 12 patients a week, some in person and some by telephone and email. I also teach herbal medicine and the concept of food as medicine. I have an extensive dispensary of tinctures, creams, volatile oils and teas, and herb gardens where a lot of the herbs are grown and harvested. I have a background in product development, marketing, retailing, quality control and good manufacturing practices. My hourly rate for business coaching and for consulting with other practitioners on their cases, is usually $100. However, for AHG members I am available at $50 for clinical or business coaching. Sorry, no trade options.  Clinical Specialties: Western physical assessment, Differential diagnosis and assessment, Nutritional medicine, Counseling skills for the herbalist, Red flags for urgent referral, Legal issues pertinent to region/scope of practice, etc., Dispensing and formulating and medicine making; herbal pharmacy/cGMP issues, Herb/drug/nutrient interaction, Office management, holistic oncology, Horticulture Therapy, clinical practice

Miles Coleman EWCH, RH (AHG)

For over 40 years Miles Coleman, EWCH, RH (AHG), has pursued the Twin Disciplines of Herbalism and Kung fu. He is a Graduate of Michael Tierra's  EAST WEST SCHOOL OF PLANETARY HERBALISM, and holds the highest level of certification in that school, EWCH. In addition to his studies at East West School, Miles also studied Chinese trauma medicine (DA KE, one of his specialties) and Herbalism, Buddhist / Taoist Energy healing, Body work, and Qi gung with Master YUEN YING GAO while living in Taiwan. Miles is a Lineage holder in the GAO family healing methods, and a Kung fu master in 2 different styles. He is the owner of Black Belt Herbs- a product line for martial arts/sports and chronic pain issues. Miles mentored personally with Dr. Michael Tierra, OMD, LAc, RH (AHG).  In 2004, he submitted to the American Herbalists Guild for peer review and was granted the title of RH (AHG).Miles has worked as a Clinician for over 20 years, owning and operating clinics in 3 different states (Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Iowa). His duties included all facets of running a clinic and he specialized in the treatment of pain, trauma, mental illness, and chronic/difficult conditions. Having been on staff for over 20 years with the East West School of Herbalism, Miles has served as both a teacher and a mentor. He teaches all facets of TCM-based Herbalism and PLANETARY HERBOLOGY and has successfully mentored a number of students in their pursuit of Registered Herbalist membership in the AHG.As a Kung fu and Herbal teacher, Miles has developed a talent for teaching difficult to understand topics, as well as presenting information in a way that any student can understand, to the extent that he considers it is to be one of his specialties. Miles recently moved to Oregon, where he will be re-establishing his clinical practice and developing a school in the near future. Distance mentorship currently (via phone or electronic medium -no trade option); $75/hour; Price negotiation may be an option if the student is looking for long term mentorship. Offerings: Integration of the TCM model into your practice, mentorship in the use of 100 classic TCM herbal formulas and formulation, integrating western herbs into the TCM model, teaching the fundamentals of TCM theory, practice development, case study review, integration of Qi Gung and Energy healing into your practice, clinical intensives in late 2016 and early 2017.Clinical Specialties: Clinical use of classic TCM formulas, difficult cases, acute and chronic pain treatment, mental health concerns, and proper use of tonic herbs.

Michele Collins, RH(AHG), MPH

Michele Collins, RH (AHG), MPH has been practicing as a clinical herbalist since 2004, using traditional Chinese medicine in combination with Chinese, western, and Ayurvedic herbs, Chinese nutritional therapy, and medical qi gong. She uses qi gong to offer her clients the opportunity to deepen their ability to monitor and regulate their own health. She has a general practice, with a focus on women's health, psychological/mental health issues, digestive issues, allergies and asthma, the use of tonic herbs and formulas to address chronic depletion caused by illness or emotional trauma, as well as the seasonal applications of herbs, food, and qi gong. She maintains a raw herb and concentrated extract pharmacy and prepares customized formulations for all her clients (which include people and a few cats and dogs). Michele is a graduate and certified herbalist (EWCH) from Michael and Leslie Tierra's professional herbalist program, the East West School of Herbology. She has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Behavior from the UNC School of Public Health and worked as an evaluation consultant before becoming an herbalist. She has been a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) since 2007. In 2011, she lived in Chengdu, China for six months studying advanced Chinese herbal medicine in a hospital setting that integrated western medicine with traditional Chinese herbal medicine. She is a board member of the North Carolina Herb Association and teaches at their annual conference, Wild Herb Weekend. Michele co-authors a blog with her husband about a wide variety of topics including herbs, Chinese and other traditional healing systems, and qi gong. She also co-hosted an internet radio show with her husband called Holistic Healing with Herbs and Chinese Medicine. She has published in different publications such as the Journal of the American Herbalist Guild and has taught and spoken about herbal medicine for conferences and events targeting both the lay public, as well as medical professionals such as the Wake Forest Natural Triad Integrative Medicine Seminar Series and Sunrise Yoga Studio's Yoga teacher training. Distance and in person, $75/hour Clinical Specialties: Medical qi gong and integrating it with herbal medicine, seasonal application of herbs, qi gong/meditation and nutrition, Differential diagnosis and assessment, Nutritional medicine (Chinese nutritional counseling/therapy), Counseling skills for the herbalist, Building an appropriate referral network, Dispensing and formulating and medicine making; herbal pharmacy/cGMP issues, Office management, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Dosha assessment in Ayurvedic medicine

Greta de la Montagne, RH(AHG)

I've been practicing western clinical herbalism since 1992, when I graduated from the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine with Michael Moore.  During this time I helped start what is now the Center for Biological Diversity.  I soon began offering herbal first aid and consultations at Earth First! direct actions and supported several pivotal campaigns with healthcare advice and medicines.  I became interested in Ayurveda while based near Albuquerque because I was seeking more tools for assessment of the human body and its ailments and so began my studies at the Ayurvedic Institute under Dr. Vasant Lad, where I became certified as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor.  I focused on Pancha Karma and Ayurvedic Herbology. In 1994, after graduating from the Ayurvedic Institute, I founded the MASHH Clinic (Medicine for Activists Seeking Health and Healing) and traveled around the west with the apothecary in a converted schoolbus.  I deeply enjoyed supporting activists with herbs who were working for protection of threatened wild places.  I studied bodywork at the Heartwood Institute for over a year, which allowed me to connect back with my athletic background.  I graduated with over 1000 hours of training in Deep Tissue, Polarity, Swedish, Shiatsu, TMJ, and Sports massage techniques.  The year was 1996-97 and the struggle to save the ancient redwoods of Headwaters Forest from liquidation by MAXXAM was at its height.  Nearly every weekend I would leave school and travel down to where the nonviolent direct actions and blockades were taking place, to offer herbal first aid and support.  In late 1999, I helped administer the first aid clinic in the convergence space at the WTO protests in Seattle and this experience provided a huge leap forward in my herbal first aid skills and clinic administration.  I then certified in Wilderness First Response(WFR) and began to host bi-annual WFR trainings geared toward street and forest medics. I co-founded the nonprofit Cascadia Health Educators (CHE), worked with Black Cross Health Collective to find remedies for Chemical Weapons, and was the camp herbalist at Ruckus Society Action Camps for a few years. I live on a small microhomestead in the redwoods on the Lost Coast near Arcata, California where I am attempting to grow or trade for all the herbs I need for my apothecary.   AHG Professional member since 1999, I have a busy clinical practice,  two children -one deceased-, who I have raised using primarily herbs for medicine.   We care for dogs, cats, chickens and goats and feed them herbs too!  In the summer months, I staff and administer Herbal First Aid and Wellness Clinics at large outdoor gatherings, mainly herbal conferences, and endeavor to train more people in this area of expertise.  I am looking for some outstanding folks to mentor.  Work trades are possible, food and space for sleeping are possibilities for the right person(s)or couple. Distance and in person, Work Trade available (herb harvesting, washing or drying, processing and packaging, and manual labor with shovel, hoe & rake.  Hide tanners highly valued.  General farm labor includes digging, weeding and compost turning, livestock caretaking,  Apothecary support includes cleaning, bottle washing, and seasonal mundane tasks.  Clinic support includes regular inventory, moving large amounts of gear, occasional wildcrafting trips and full participation assistance at events. Candidate should have solid medicine-making skills, be handy with tools, able to tent camp, easy going, and good with animals.

Susan J Fidler, MS, RH(AHG)

Susan Fidler trained at the College of Phytotherapy in the UK where she qualified with honors. The degree program included over 500 hours of rigorous clinical training with clients at the London Clinic of Phytotherapy and with other full-time herbalists. Good pharmacy practise was a necessary part of graduation, and the current clinic endeavors to comply strictly to good manufacturing practise. The office is in a medium sized town in TN to which a wide cross section of clients have access. Custom blends of herbs are made for each client and these may be supplemented with high quality products as needed. Over 30 herbs are wildcrafted and others are supplied from organic growers locally whenever possible. Susan is also trained in TBM and uses muscle testing as part of her analysis. From time to time biofeedback testing is also done using an Asyra machine. Every effort is made to ensure cooperation with any other health providers that a client may have wherever possible. This includes talking directly to members of the medical profession and checking blood work and other test results to assess progress. Great care is taken with possible herb-drug interaction, but also the nutritional deficiencies caused directly by drug therapy. Riverdell Herbs LLC has its own herbal dispensary with strict oversight and computerised batch management. Any student would be expected to become familiar with the Batch Master system, dispensing routines and necessary sanitation procedures. At present there are no opportunities for employment. Specialty areas you are available to offer mentees. (See details below.) Many people in East Tennessee are from Scots-Irish descent, and are thus statistically far more likely to be gluten intolerant than other people groups. Thus at Riverdell Herbs we have specialised in herbal management of subsequent disease/malnutrition states of these clients. Because of the Appalachians nearby there is a high incidence of tick-borne diseases and the clinic works with many people afflicted with Lyme disease. In person only, $7/hour. Trade considered depending on the student's abilities, weeding, garden work, making tinctures, wildcrafting etc. Differential diagnosis, Nutritional medicine, Red flags for urgent referral, Building an appropriate referral network, Legal issues pertinent to region/scope of practice, etc., Dispensing and formulating and medicine making; herbal pharmacy/cGMP issues, Herb/drug/nutrient interaction, Office management, elementary tongue and pulse diagnosis, plus "reading the signs" western style.

David Harder, RH(AHG)

I practice herbal medicine and individual assessment , weaving my knowledge of Traditional Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine and Science into a protocol, personalized for my clients. Inclusion of the appropriate foods and nutrients is a fundamental for most of my clients. My primary teachers were David Winston, Michael Moore and William LeSassier. I am a cofounder and one of the primary practitioners at the Changewater Wellness Center, Changewater, NJ a sliding scale clinic currently open 1 day per month. This is a busy teaching clinic offering affordable care to those who can not afford private services. There is an herbal dispensary on site. Case histories of clients are discussed in the round with the participation of practitioners and attending students. In Person in attendance at the clinic only. $45 for 5 hours. Clinical Specialties: Western assessment, Lab analysis, Functional Medicine, Differential diagnosis and assessment, Nutritional medicine, Counseling skills for the herbalist, Dispensing and formulating and medicine making, Herb/drug/nutrient interaction, Office management, Ch. Medicine, using tongue, pulse, visual and listening assessments, eye and achilles reflexes.


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