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
Chanchal Cabrera

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
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 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)

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.
Mimi Hernandez, MS, RH(AHG)

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 many years. During that time she has managed a student run herbal clinic and a fully stocked apothecary and product line. Mimi can also provide mentorship for administrative interns looking for office, networking, organizational and business skills. 

Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG), Co-Chair, AHG Symposium Committee

Ready to use your herbal training to establish yourself as an herbalist in your community?

Let me help you build your clinical skills and provide the support you need to practice with confidence.

My mentorship program offers personalized support and constructive feedback through individual sessions by phone, Skype, or in person at my Clayton (Georgia). I also occasionally organize roundtable discussions with all of my mentees to review cases together.

Mentoring with me requires a six-month commitment. Each month you’ll receive two private one-hour phone sessions and a reasonable amount of email communication. During our sessions we can review case studies and/or discuss any other related matters, such as business logistics, practice policies, and personal issues that come up in the process of establishing your practice.

My mentoring fee is $50 per hour. If you need help deciding if working with me a good fit (for both of us), we can arrange to speak by phone. To apply, contact me for an application. You can read more about me on my website. Send me an email.

I look forward to collaborating with you as your build your clinical skills!

Holly Hutton, MFA, MA, EWCH, RH (AHG)

I am a clinical herbalist, teacher and writer.  I attended and graduated from the East West School of Planetary Herbology  as a East West Certified Herbalist.  The school is operated by Michael and Leslie Tierra  some of the founders of the American Herbal Guild (AHG).  Prior to this I worked as a director in several social service/non-profit organizations focused on homelessness and poverty. 

Currently I am the owner and formulator of an herbal products company, Herbal Goddess Medicinals.  When not seeing clients I teach, serve on the American Herbal Guild Council, and am writing several publications on bioregional herbalism and medicine making.  I currently am on faculty at the East West School of Planetary Herbology, where I teach medicine making and review student essays.  I also teach through Central Oregon Community College and private workshops on an assortment of topics ranging from herbs for aging to pediatrics.

My goal as a mentor is to increase a student’s clinical expertise and guide them through the process of becoming a Registered Herbalist of the AHG.  My own expertise is in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but I am versed in Western Herbal traditions, and rely on a worldwide materia medica viewpoint.  I view a mentorship as a partnership between student and teacher with the goal of developing a new cohort of professional clinical herbalists.

  • Distance and in person/$60 an hour
  • Clinical Specialties:  TCM assessment skills, medicine making, cGMP’s, formulation, marketing and business strategies, building a clientele, herb/drug interactions and nutritional assessment and counseling.  Clinical specialties include pregnancy and lactation, autoimmune disorders, complementary therapies for cancer and healthy aging strategies.  


Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC

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 Registered Herbalist 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.

KP Khalsa, Yogaraj, DN-C, RH, LMT, NCTMB, CC, NAMAPM

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 former 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. $85/hr.  Packages are available.
Richard Mandelbaum, RH(AHG), Council member

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 Registered Herbalist 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
Don Ollsin, MA, RH (AHG)

I am an herbal elder. I have been studying, teaching, wildcrafting, making medicine, healing, consulting, herbal politicking, and running clinics, dispensaries and retail outlets since 1970.

I recently completed a Masters degree in Environmental Education and Communication to help serve my students and the planet better. I have also trained with Indian mystics and Native elders. I teach modern and traditional systems of healing. I no longer see a fragmented disassociated body or world. Physiologically, I no longer see the body as made up of separate systems, but rather as a matrix, the extracellular matrix. I see the earth, water, sun and sky as sentient beings, along with all the other forms, such as rocks, plants, animals and humans. I teach and practice “sentient openness”. At a deep level, deep transformative healing is possible and probable.

I see herbs as my friends and companions, not as biochemical factories here to serve me. Herbs can heal you just by being in their presence alone, with no need to ingest them. Herbs are light eaters and heal through the transmission of light. I teach my students to find such allies. When we visit the ginkgo tree, I remind my students that six ginkgo trees survived at the epicenter of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima and are still alive today. I show my students the beauty of nature.

I wish to share my teachings, from the traditional, like grassroots herbalism, shamanism, and Ayurveda, to the modern, like the extracellular matrix, the zero point field, and the biology of perception. I can speed your journey by guiding you to the right sources for each level of learning.

Being an elder, I can provide and/or guide you to the knowledge that you need to become a proficient healer. I want to train as many young herbalists as I can and get those that want to be recognized as Registered Herbalists by the AHG. I support and believe in the AHG, as I was part of the original crew of herbalists who dreamed of such an organization at Breitenbush Hot Springs so many years ago.

It takes a lot more than information to empower someone. Even if they understand the concepts, they don’t necessarily have the ability to apply them or to achieve the outcomes they wish to. This is education, not just information. I accept the responsibility to do everything I can to support my students. If you do the work, you will become a professional herbalist. Information is cheap. True education comes at a premium. When you make an investment into something, it signals everyone and the universe that you are serious.

Mentoring provides the magic of individual support and the guidance that distinguishes information from education in the first place. Together, we will establish checkpoints to measure how you are reaching your goals, through both group check-ins and individual accountability.To join or find out more information visit the Herbal Mentorship Collective (http://www.herbalmentorshipcollective.com). You can also contact me via email: healing@herbalhealingpathway.com (link sends e-mail) or text or phone (250-592-7544).

Cost for the mentorship program is $75.00 US  or $97.00 CAN per month based on a 6 month contract.


Lori Valentine Rose, PhD, CNP, BCHN, RH (AHG)

Lori Valentine Rose, PhD, CNP, BCHN, RH (AHG), has been studying holistic wellness for over a decade. She believes in using lifestyle changes, food, and herbs as medicine (in that order).  She has been teaching holistic nutrition and majors biology at Hill College since 2008, and is the founder and educator of the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway, the only accredited (financial aid eligible) wellness pathway that includes both the educational and clinical training required for three national holistic wellness boards (NANP, AHG, ICHWC) as part of one complete program that also leads to an Associate of Science degree.  Lori Rose has her BS in bio-environmental science, her MS and PhD in biology, is a nationally certified nutrition professional, nationally board certified in holistic nutrition, and nationally registered clinical herbalist. She studied herbalism with Rosemary Gladstar, Juliet Blankespoor, Rosalee de la Foret, KP Khalsa, Paul Bergner, Kami McBride, Sam Coffman, and various herbalists through Herb Mentor (jim mcdonald, Todd Caldecott, John Gallagher).  She also runs her own private holistic nutrition and clinical herbalist business, Lori Rose Holistic, and teaches organic permaculture gardening through city and school gardens. 

She specializes in addressing chronic health issues holistically, and hopes to help mentees get comfortable with the hands-on clinical and business aspect of being a clinical herbalist and becoming a registered herbalist through the AHG.   She also provides training in holistic nutrition and successful coaching aspects of health protocols, and is equally qualified in all three areas.  Mentees can sign up for 2 group clinical courses through the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway, obtaining college credit and using financial aid/veteran's benefits while learning the clinical and business aspect of holistic health protocols.  Mentees can also sign up for private one-on-one mentor sessions via phone, email, Skype, or in person ($100/hour).


Rebecca Snow, MS, CNS, LDN, RH (AHG)

I am a licensed nutritionist and herbalist; I have a passion for helping individuals get healthy using foods, herbs and lifestyle changes. In addition to seeing clients at Avalon Yoga and Wellness Center in Catonsville, and through teleconferencing, I teach workshops and mentors new practitioners of nutrition and herbal medicine. 

I have been studying and using herbs for 20 years and practicing in a clinical setting for 14 years.  Upon receiving my Master of Science Program in Herbal Medicine, I was awarded the Herbert C Brown award for service to MUIH (Tai Sophia) and practiced for 5 years at Optimal Health Physicians an Integrative Medical Practice in Rockville, MD that specializes in chronic infection and disease. I completed an International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) preceptorship and has lectured widely on Lyme disease and weight loss.

I served as the Founding Director of the MS in Nutrition and Integrative Health Program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), where I taught graduate-level nutrition and herbal medicine coursework for several years.

I have enjoyed the honor of lecturing for Goucher College, American Herbalist Guild’s Annual Conference, Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, Baltimore Bioneers Conference, Presbyterian Medical Center at the University of Pennsylvania, WC Grace & Co, Choice Hotels International, Ryderwood Village and the Baltimore Herb Festival. Rebecca speaks on nutrition and herbs for the media, Fox 45, WBAL, among others.

Prior to receiving my Master’s degree, I worked as the store manager of Smile Herb Shop in College Park, MD and completed coursework at the Dreamtime Center for Herbal Studies. I am a Certified Nutritional Specialist, a licensed nutritionist in the State of Maryland, and a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild.

My first loves are my husband, my daughter, and God.  My second loves are herbs, food, cooking, gardening, hiking, sunshine, reading fiction and hot baths.

Hourly rate: $120 an hour and $60 for 30 minutes.  I have two mentorship programs. The Premium Mentorship Program is $2100 for 10 months and the Start-up Mentorship Program is $1200 for 6 months.  These programs include a certain number of group educational webinars, individual meetings, Private Facebook group participation, and resource sharing.

Clinic Specialties: Weight loss, food addiction, Lyme disease and co-infections, MCAS, digestive ailments, chronic health issues, custom herbal formulations, integrating nutrition and herbal medicine, specialized laboratory assessment, business and marketing strategies.

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

I’ve studied Euro and Euro/NA herbal medicine 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 including family, Sai, Paul Olko and Crazy Owl.  I’ve 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 with the esteemed herbalist Leslie Alexander RH, as well as teaching as adjunct faculty at ArborVitae School in NYC. I focus on practical skills. I maintain a clinical practice seeing clients including dogs and horses, and I do maintain an extensive apothecary of herbs I grow, I wild-craft and a few that I purchase or barter.  I co-founded Kate’s Soap, which grew to be an international natural body care company. I have managed large herbal (western and TCM herbs) retail stores and food cooperatives 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 and dis-enchantment.  No one is really in a category, however and I focus on each individual. Also I have a strong background in sports nutrition, free clinic work, ordinary real-life concerns, and work with LGBTQ folk.  I serve on the council of the AHG.

  • Mentors distance and in person, individual sliding scale. Barter is possible for teaching assistant, computer skills or shoveling snow.
  • Clinical Specialties: Holistic physical assessments, differential diagnosis and assessment, nutritional medicine, counseling skills for the herbalist, red flags for urgent referral, legal issues pertinent to region/scope of practice, formulating and medicine making, dosage and dispensing; herbal pharmacy/cGMP issues, herb/drug/nutrient interaction, office management and business management, spirit /shamanic and rural southern traditional skills and lines of inquiry.
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