AHG Herbalist Mentors

The following list is of AHG professional members 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.

Mentors

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 practic
Leslie Williams
RH(AHG), M.Ed., Certified bicycle mechanic

Have studied western traditions, (Thomsonian, vitalist, physiomedical, rural southern and Appalachian folk USA), basic Ayurveda, TCM herbalism and assessment, some Kampo, rural Cuban/old Florida.  I work holistically and include nutrition, activity, spirit, food and herbs in my work with people.  I have studied with many great herbalists you have never heard of. I’ve studied long term with family, Sai, Paul Olko and over the past decades have learned also from attending conferences, weekend intensive workshops and professional trainings with folks such as Matt Wood, Patricia Howell, David Winston, Rosemary Gladstar, Margi Flint, Caroline Gagnon... I teach clinical skills to herbalists through Allegheny Herbal as well as teaching fundamental classes and more advanced herbal skills. I focus on practical skills. I maintain a clinical practice seeing clients, and a complete and extensive apothecary made of herbs I grow, I wild-craft and some that I purchase or barter.  I co-founded Kate’s Soap, which grew to be an international natural body care company until we sold it. I have managed large herbal (western and tcm herbs) retail stores and have worked as a corporate herbalist responsible for labeling, formulating products and training staff worldwide.  Teaching is my current main focus as a professional herbalist. I forage wild foods, and I cook. I can play the banjo. I have extensive practice with folks in recovery from addictions to alcohol and drugs, including prescription drugs. I work with people dealing with auto-immune conditions, Lyme and issues associated with aging –  I have a strong practice with folks dealing with stress and the spectrum of depression.  No one is really in a category, however and I focus on each individual. Also strong background in sports nutrition, arthritic conditions, ordinary real-life concerns.

  • Mentors distance and in person, Individual Sliding Scale, Barter available for teaching assistsant, computer skills, wildcrafted herbs.
  • 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, spirit /shamanic and rural southern traditional skills and lines of inquiry

 

Paul Bergner
www.naimh.com

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
Michele Collins, RH(AHG), MPH
www.michelecollinsherbalist.com

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 professional member of 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
Camille Freeman, RH, LDN, MS
www.camillefreeman.com

I’ve been running my own part-time practice as an herbalist and nutritionist since 2003, primarily working with clients on fertility, pregnancy and postpartum health. As a licensed nutritionist and a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, I’ve worked in all kinds of settings – from an OB/Gyn office to a fertility clinic, to group practice to home-based virtual clinic to supervising student clinics. I have a full-time job as an associate professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute). I taught in the Herbal Medicine program for many years. Now I’m part of the Integrative Sciences department, where I teach physiology, chemistry and other science-y things to graduate students studying herbal medicine, nutrition and yoga.

I started my herbal education with an apprenticeship with Monica Rude in Gila, NM, followed by the MS in Herbal Medicine program at Tai Sophia. I went on to get another graduate degree in physiology & biophysics from Georgetown University. I’ve had the chance to work & play in all kinds of other places as well, including working on product substantiations at the Federal Trade Commission, helping with the annual tonnage reports at the American Herbal Products Association, teaching environmental education on Orcas Island, and more.

My practice & philosophy

I’m a big believer in critical thinking, which will show up in my work with mentees. I focus on sustainability and client empowerment, and strive to keep things simple when possible. I encourage practitioners to challenge their beliefs and continue evolving as they gain more experience. Because I have a virtual practice, I do not focus on tongue & pulse. I use primarily Western herbs and specialize in fertility, pregnancy and postpartum health.

·         Services offered: case review, assistance with individual cases, monthly herbal case study group, business consulting

·         Cost: $30/30 minutes or $60/60 minutes

·         Distance only (phone or Skype)

·         Barter and package discounts available

Greta de la Montagne, RH(AHG)
http://gentlestrengthbotanicals.wordpress.com

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 near Arcata, California where I am attempting to grow or trade for all the herbs I need for my apothecary.  I have two children who I have raised with only herbs for medicine.  We care for a few chickens, a horse and a small herd of 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, children and grumpy patriarchs.
Leslie Alexander, PhD, RH(AHG)
www. Leslie@RestorationHerbs.com

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 professional 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.
Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG), Council Member
www.patriciakyritsihowell.com

Patricia Kyritsi Howell is a clinical herbalist, teacher and author of Medicinal Plants of the Appalachian Mountains (2006) with more than 20 years of experience in clinical practice.
She began her formal study of herbalism in 1989, at the California School of Herbal Studies. After completing the CSHS program and additional clinical training with Amanda McQuade Crawford, she began to work with acupuncturist and herbalist Althea Northage Orr, founder of the Chicago Center of Psychophysical Healing and the Chicago College of Healing Arts. Together they started the first herbal training program in Chicago, the Healing with Herbs Institute, in 1991.
For the next seven years Patricia was also in clinical supervision with Althea as she built her practice and learned to use Traditional Chinese Medicine in her health assessments. Her approach to clinical herbalism weaves together her training in traditional Western herbalism and the energetic principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 
In 1993 Patricia founded the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies in Georgia. She is the primary instructor for  the school’s in-depth herbal studies programs geared towards herbal beginners as well as medical professionals.
In addition to her formal studies in herbalism, Patricia is an accomplished chef with training in various therapeutic diets (macrobiotic, gluten-free, Mediterranean, anti-inflammatory, etc.). She often works closely with her clients to help them make critical dietary changes by using a step-by-step process that includes education about basic cooking skills, seasonal diets, guided shopping trips, the use of fermented foods,  and more.
In her practice she specializes in working with chronic respiratory disease, women’s reproductive health, Shen disturbances, anxiety disorders and digestive system issues such as IBS, food allergies, GERD and chronic indigestion.
Patricia has been mentoring student practitioners for more than seven years. She usually works with up to four mentees at a time. Mentees are required to meet with her (in person or by phone/Skype) at least twice a month and to commit to a minimum of six months of mentoring. Mentees are also invited to participate in roundtable case study discussions via telephone or, when possible, in day-long seminars.
Her interest as a mentor is primarily in working with student practitioners to set up their businesses, to create educational resources for their clients and to gain confidence as practitioners. And, of course, she encourages and supports her mentees to actively work towards professional membership in the American Herbalist Guild!

  • Distance and in person, $50/hour
  • Clinical Specialties: Respiratory disease, female reproductive, Shen disturbances, anxiety disorders, TCM Five Phase Theory, some tongue dx Differential diagnosis and assessment via traditional methods or modern scientific methods, Counseling skills for the herbalist, Red flags for urgent referral, Building an appropriate referral network, Legal issues pertinent to region/scope of practice, etc, Office management, Cooking, diet change protocols, restricted diets/food allergies
     
Richard Mandelbaum, RH(AHG), Council member
www.richardmandelbaum.com www.arborvitaeny.com

Richard Mandelbaum RH (AHG) is a clinical herbalist with a private practice in Brooklyn and in Sullivan County, NY.  He is a founding partner, director, and teacher at the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City, teaching on a diverse range of clinical subjects.  He has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) since 2003, and joined the AHG Council in October 2012.  Richard is also active in issues related to fair trade, sustainability, and social justice, and is a member of the Governing Board of the Brooklyn Food Coalition.  He is currently on the faculty at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies in Washington, NJ (focusing on Botany, Mycology, and Legal and Regulatory Issues for the Herbalist). 
Richard has been practicing as an herbalist since 1997, with a background in both Chinese and Western herbal traditions.  His materia medica is a blend of native and naturalized plants, traditional East Asian and traditional European plants.  He is a graduate of David Winston’s School of Herbal Therapeutics in New Jersey as well as having studied at Rosemary Gladstar’s Sage Mountain Retreat Center in Vermont, and in New York City with herbalist William LeSassier. 
Richard is available for in-person mentorships in both Brooklyn and Forestburgh NY (southern Catskills).  He also has experience in providing distance mentorships when the mentee does not have access to a suitable mentor in her/his region.   Mentorships typically focus on case reviews in which Richard provides feedback to mentees on cases they are working on; including diet, lifestyle, herbal and other supplement-based recommendations to form an integrated protocol.  This is complemented by other topics as identified in the course of the mentorship or through an initial review of the mentee’s knowledge base and background, and can include: materia medica, traditional Chinese diagnostic techniques, assessment, and review of the Chinese organ system and patterns of disharmony, field botany and medicine making, or review of Western-based herbal approaches for varying conditions.  Richard practices as a single practitioner (with a referral network).  In-person supervision of clinical work generally does not form a regular part of Richard’s mentorships.

  • Distance and In person, Hourly Rate TBD.
  • Clinical Specialties: Differential diagnosis and assessment via traditional methods or modern scientific methods, 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, Traditional Chinese pulse and tongue diagnosis
Mimi Hernandez, MS, RH(AHG)
www.oneworldhealer.com

Mimi Hernandez, MS, RH(AHG) comes from a background as a clinical herbalist, educator, and ethnobotanist. Her herbal practice integrates scientific understanding, traditional reverence, and intuitive awareness. Her clinical strategies are influenced from teachers such as James Duke, Kevin Spelman, James Snow, and Simon Mills through Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is also influenced by herbal grandmother lineage, the Indiana Amish, and South American Shamanism. The foundation of her work includes stress management, anti-inflammatory living, and support for chronic conditions. Mimi has directed, designed, and instructed herb school curriculum for 8 years. During that time she has managed a student run herbal clinic and a fully stocked apothecary and product line. She currently continues her mentorship and clinical work through One World Healing Community and works with 3-4 commited and independantly creative mentees per year in a “pod” or round table fashion. Students are responsible for bringing clients to the table and client intakes are conducted by teleconference with Mimi's participation.  Mimi only works with clients who support her mentorship work by allowing learninig experiences. She is skilled at formulation but currently works with reliable formulators to provide her clients’ herbs. Mimi specializes in Appalachian herbs, local abundant plants, antioxidant support, common sense kitchen and garden herbalism, and uses a simple constitutional model of differential assessment.

  • Mostly Distance but available for in Person, Mostly Work Trade, Students in my mentorship pod join the One World Healing Community and are given administrative responsibilities. We have a price per hour time exchange formula. They also serve as Instructor assistants and mentors to our beginner students.
  • Clinical Specialties: clinical intake, paperwork, formulation, client compliance issues, chronic conditions, cardiovascular health, herbalist career planning, personal responsibility and life perspective.
Kerry H. Adams, RH, AHG, dip ABT NCCAOM
www.ChangewaterWellnessCenter.com

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
KP Khalsa, Yogaraj, DN-C, RH, LMT, NCTMB, CC, NAMAPM
www.internationalintegrative.com/pages/herb-mentor

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Yogaraj (Ayurveda), DN-C, RH, LMT, NCTMB, CC, NAMAPM, has over 40 years of experience in holistic medicine, and is one of the foremost natural healing experts in North America. Khalsa is the president of the American Herbalists Guild, and is a respected teacher, writer and lecturer. Khalsa is a state certified dietitian and nationally registered herbalist, nationally certified massage therapist, a certified education provider for The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and the Florida State Board of Massage Therapy and senior editor for The Harvard University Natural Standard. Mr. Khalsa personally trained with Ayurvedic master Yogi Bhajan for 32 years. He is nationally credentialed to teach herbalism, yoga and bodywork, including Ayurvedic massage and spa techniques. Khalsa is one of the first nationally certified instructors of Kundalini yoga in the United States. He also holds the highest qualification level of registered yoga teacher, 500 level, and was one of the first to achieve this credential.
Khalsa is the founder of the International Integrative Education Institute (IIEI). The divisions of the IIEI, The Herbalists College and the Ayurveda College, offer post-secondary curricula to train professional herbalists around the U.S. As the author of over 3,000 published health articles, Mr. Khalsa has written or edited 30 books and on a variety of health topics including major works on massage, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and physiology. His latest book, The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs, co-authored with Michael Tierra, brings to life Ayurveda in an understandable and practical way. He is also a frequent contributor to mainstream and professional publications in the natural healing field, and is a contributing editor to Let’s Live, The Herb Quarterly, and Great Life. Khalsa is a professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and faculty member in the Botanical Medicine Department of Bastyr University and National College of Natural Medicine, where he trains naturopathic medical students, and teaches Ayurveda. Khalsa is also the herb program curriculum director at the Northwest Institute of Ayurveda. Today Mr. Khalsa’s approach to holistic healing is very eclectic. His work is focused on herbalism, the medical and therapeutic value of Yoga, Ayurvedic massage, meditation and other holistic therapies. He lives with his family in Eugene, Oregon.

  • Distance only. $50/hr.

 

Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC
www.naturalnurse.com

Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC The Natural Nurse® has been involved in Natural Medicine since 1964. She directed a program in Ethnobotany at Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona, attended Rutgers and Cornell Universities, sat on the Panel of Traditional Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian, and is a Medical School Instructor, teaching Botanical Pharmacology. Ellen is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG), nationally board certified as an advanced practice holistic nurse (AHN-BC), is an author, TV and Radio Host, teaches indigenous medicine through tours at www.ecotoursforcures.com,  and offers online Certification Programs in Herbal Medicine at www.naturalnurse.com

“I have been learning and teaching the medicinal use of herbs for decades, as well as providing information to thousands of individuals on how to use herbs for themselves, their clients and their families. I am a medical school professor, and teach medicinal pharmacognocy at the masters level. I am also a hands on indigenous herbalist with a strong belief in interspecies communication with plants and other living and earth based personalities, as well as a wildcrafter.

Prerequisites: Strong desire to learn about the traditional as well as the scientific aspects involved in the known and unknown mechanisms of action of herbs. Respect for the individual consciousness of plants. Hint: Read “The Secret Life of Plants.”


I have been traveling extensively to indigenous areas of the world to seek out medicine people. I lived for years in a grass shack in southern Mexico, as an apprentice to a “curandera”. My children were born in an off the grid homestead in Bisbee Arizona, and never had a vaccination or anti-biotic. We used herbs and homeopathics for all ailments. I was also a midwife and assisted at prenatal counseling and home births. I currently run Shamanic Journey Expeditions through my organization, along with Dr. Eugene Zampieron, ND, www.ecotoursforcures.com, and we offered this course through Stony Brook University for 3 College Credits.  I studied with many teachers such as John Christopher, Bernard Jensen, Ann Wigmore and Hazel Parcells. I have been on panels and  co-taught with Mark Blumenthal, Roy Upton, Aviva Romm, Rosemary Gladstar , Chris Hobbs, David Winston and many other current herbalists. I was the head nurse for 23 years at The Corsello Centers for Complimentary Medicine, and am now a Medical School clinical instructor. I LOVE the interface between spirituality and science, and the scientific validation of long understood traditional uses of herbal medicines. I have also had a fulfilling career within the nutraceutical industry as a professional herbalist with Nature’s Answer.

Distance and in person. $100/hour or  5 hours prepaid for $ 400.00

I would consider energy exchange, such as help with social media, PR, sending articles out to many sources, etc.

Susan J Fidler, MS, RH(AHG)
www.riverdellherbs.com

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 phamacy 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 statisitcally 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)
www.changewaterwellnessenter.com

I practice herbal medicine weaving knowledge of Traditional Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine and Science into an individualized protocol. Food and nutrients are the basis of a foundational approach for most of my clients.
Mentoring is at Changewater Wellness Center, Changewater, NJ currently 1 day a 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 students.

  • In Person only. $45 for 5 hours.
  • Clinical Specialties: Western assessment, Lab analysis, Functional Medicine, Differential diagnosis and assessment, Nutritional medicine, Counseling skills for the herbalist, Red flags for urgent referral, Legal issues pertinent to region/scope of practice, Dispensing and formulating and medicine making, Herb/drug/nutrient interaction, Office management, Ch Medicine, using tongue, pulse, visual and listening assessments, eye and ankle reflexes
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