Bevin is currently appointed as an Associate Professor and Program Manager of the Post-Master's Certificate in Clinical Herbalism at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She holds a MSc in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, serves on as an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the New York Chiropractic College. Bevin has studied herbal medicine around the world and blends her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies. She is founder of the Herbal Clinic for All program, providing cost-free herbal medicine healthcare since 2007. She is a board member of the United Plant Savers, a group working to protect at-risk medicinal plants in North America. She resides in Maryland with her husband and two little ones who you will see at the annual gatherings. You can find Bevin’s musing on a variety of Clinical Herbalism topics, including infectious disease, at www.bevinclare.com.
Holly’s primary focus is as a clinical herbalist. Her training includes a East West Certified Herbalist certificate from the East West School of Planetary Herbology and completion of a mentorship with Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa. She owns an herbal products company, Herbal Goddess Medicinals and grows and sells medicinal herbs in Bend, Oregon. Holly teaches a variety of classes ranging from beginning herbalism to advance medicine making. She has focused much of her time to exploring her bioregion and working on a book about traditional use. She has served on a wide variety of boards over the years, the last two with organizations dedicated to fostering support for local farming and food production. She has a MA in social services focusing on issues related to homelessness and economic self sufficiency and has worked in a variety of management positions for over 30 years. Concurrently Holly completed a MFA and has been creating and exhibiting art for the last 40 years.
Richard is a clinical herbalist in New York and has studied primarily with David Winston and William LeSassier. In addition to his practice he teaches classes and mentors students in herbal medicine, medicine making, and botany. Richard teaches primarily in Brooklyn and is a guest instructor at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies. Richard’s herbalism is part of a larger approach to reestablishing a healthy relationship with our planet, and he is also active in the areas of fair trade and human rights, and food justice. He is the former chair of the Domestic Fair Trade Association and currently serves on the board of the Brooklyn Food Coalition. Richard migrates throughout the year with his wife Gabrielle and daughter Rose between Brooklyn and their straw bale home in Forestburgh, NY.
David practices Clinical Herbalism at 143 Northampton Street in Easton, Pennsylvania. He is active as an educator in his community, a co-founder of “Herbal Exchange” the NJ AHG Chapter and “Changewater Wellness Center”, a clinic that provides clinical experience to advanced herbal students, while serving individuals needing low cost counsel and herbs. David has been a Registered Herbalist of the American Herbalist Guild since 1999. He and his wife, Linda has owned and operated Nature’s Way a natural foods store in Easton since 1975. On play days with mild weather, gardening, herbal wild crafting and cycling, take him out doors. Inclement weather allows time for research, woodworking and music.
Henriette den Ouden is a herbalist and herb farmer with a master’s degree in Herbal Medicine from Maryland University of Integrated Health. She is the co-owner of Habanera Farm, Maryland’s first (and only) licensed herbal tea processing center in a rural area of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The farm grows a variety of herbs, native and non-native that love the local low and moist land and long growing season. She is partnering with researchers at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) to assess the essential oil content of Tulsi varieties and other herbs grown at the farm. The farm also has a growing antioxidant orchard of Aronia berries, Elderberries, local plums and a variety of other fruits. Henriette is a clinical herbalist and teacher and has committed to outreach work in her area. She teaches community groups, master gardeners, is a visiting instructor for the Pharmacy School of the UMES and teaches at a Community College. Henriette offers classes and workshops at the farm and in the area on herbal medicine, growing and identifying medicinal herbs, and healthy eating and cooking. Henriette is originally from the Netherlands. In the US she started a career as an HR professional with an MA in Human Resource Management. In 2004 she quit her job and started at MUIH. She graduated in 2007, by then she and her partner had already bought a 1740 farmhouse and started creating an oasis of stillness and beauty 2 hours from Washington DC.
Ashley Litecky Elenbaas is a Clinical Herbalist and owner of Sky House Yoga, a donation-based wellness collective in Silver Spring, Maryland. Ashley holds an MS in Clinical Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health, where she graduated in 2008 and is a Registered Herbalist (RH) with the American Herbalists Guild. Ashley's passion for plant medicine and her affinity to myth and story started at a young age. She studied plant medicine and myth in the rainforests of Australia, central Costa Rica, and the mountains of North Carolina. Ashley is on the teaching staff at George Washington University, and has presented at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and is currently the facilitator and host for the Evolver Herbal Learning Labs, an international online classroom that hosts professional herbalists from across the world.
Her early years of studying herbal medicine were spent working on biodynamic farms and summer internships as a garden hand. From 2003 – 2006 she worked on staff at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) as an admissions counselor educating and enrolling prospective students into graduate programs. Ashley is a self-motivated worker, cheerful, and is an active advocate of the plants and the people who protect them. Her days are spent managing the Deep Green Herbal Apothecary, seeing clients, leading 20 amazing herbal apprentices, hosting online herbal webinars, and teaching donation-based yoga in her community.
Ashley cherishes the work of Matthew Wood, Stephen Buhner, Susun Weed, Simon Mills, and Kiva Rose and hopes one day to have a garden like Rosemary Gladstar.
Leslie Alexander, PhD, RH(AHG) is owner of Restoration Herbs in Erie, PA, where she has a clinical practice and works as a community herbalist. In 2014, Leslie's first book, Dental Herbalism: Natural Therapies for the Mouth, was published by Healing Arts Press. For Leslie, herbalism brings together years of using herbs, a passion for the outdoors and her training in health-related research.
She received her B.Sc. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Environmental Sciences and her Ph.D. from Heriot Watt University for her work with Enteromorpha, an intertidal seaweed. For several years she worked in England and Scotland as a research scientist, focusing her work on environmental factors affecting children’s health. Drawn increasingly to more natural ways of healing, she retrained as a Medical Herbalist and returned to the States in 2005. She completed a diploma in Herbal Medicine, with Honors, from ACHS and later her clinical training with Richard Mandelbaum RH(AHG).
She continues to learn from students, colleagues and plants. Leslie has been an active general member of the American Herbalist’s Guild since 2004, a Registered Herbalist since 2009 and was invited to join the AHG governing council in 2013. She is also a member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and the American Botanical Council.
Currently she divides her time between clinical practice, and her work as an educator, working with students and professionals, offering lectures and workshop opportunities for continuing education. Additionally, she offers individual holistic health & wellness consultations.
When not at work, Leslie enjoys a number of hobbies, as well as her canine pal Ms ZadieBrindle, cooking, the outdoors, Tai Chi and QiGong.
Growing up in a rural town outside of Atlanta, Georgia, Shalondra Henry (unwittingly) has always been exposed to southern, home, folk remedies. As many herbalists can attest, Shalondra’s earliest remembrance of herbal medicine began in her grandmother’s kitchenmaking teas and “health food.” Her recently transitioned grandmother held strong to the belief that “God put everything we need right here.” And while Shalondra took those words to heart, she fell into the trap of focusing mostly on Western medicine for health support.
Until...she moved to Los Angeles and for the first time in her life, she was without health insurance. This was the point that she fully realized that her health was in her hands. After working in a career in education (The University of Georgia) and the non-profit sector (Hands On Atlanta, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation) with employers that offered full health benefits, Shalondra began to embrace the thought that she could be a healer –not only to herself, but to others. Shalondra began to practice yoga seriously and enjoy self-study of food as medicine.
Upon moving back to Atlanta in2010, Shalondra became certified to teach yoga but knew that this was not enough.Through researching various alternative health therapies (masters and certificate programs in nutrition, massage therapy, reiki, and others), Shalondra landed on a program inherbal medicine and has not looked back. “Studying Herbal Foundationsand Advanced Herbalism, has been life-changing and mind-blowing. I am so happy to have a body of knowledge and resources to make positivechanges forloved ones and beyond!”
Shalondra enjoys using her formal studies to support client goals and is excited about building her base toward becoming a Registered Herbalist with The American Herbalist Guild. Shalondra also enjoys sharing the magic of medicine making with her four year old daughter.
I started on my herbal path when my Greek grandmother, taught me about gathering medicine in her garden, along with divination using dried tea leaves. In 1964, when I fell off a horse, and was told I would need surgery. I went to the library and was amazed to find in the card catalogue a vast array of information about natural healing for broken bones-including horsetail grass, knitbone (Comfrey), and parsley. When I returned to the surgeon, he was surprised by my quick recovery, but stated that my methods were just ‘old wives tales.’ That was a defining moment! I knew my life path would be to track down all the medicinal folklore I could, and share the information with everyone. My focus is multi-cultural. I set off to find traditional healers, and record their ancient knowledge. I lived in Mexico in a palapa (grass shack, dirt floor) for years studying with curanderos, and started an off the grid farm in Bisbee Arizona with my African-American mate, where my children (in their 40’s now) were born. I was thrilled to discover the American Herbalist Guild at its inception, and presented at the first conference, at a hot springs in California, which included lots of plant knowledge and skinny dipping as well! My herbal path continues and includes radio shows (Herbally Yours), many books, (The Natural Medicine Chest), and teaching Botanical Pharmacognosy at a medical school. I pursued advanced degrees in teaching and nursing specifically to validate the herbal knowledge that I have been honored to accumulate. I am currently the Vice President of the Long Island Chapter of AHG.
Renee Davis MA RH(AHG) is a clinical herbalist, researcher, and educator in botanical andmycological medicine. She is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and the director of research and product development for nutraceutical company. She is currently a student of biomedical sciences at the University of Washington. Previously, she was a clinical herbalist at the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic for 5 years and an Associate Scholar with the Center for World Indigenous Studies.
Kristine Brown, RH (AHG) has a growing client practice, and teaches locally and around the country. Based in Troy Illinois, Kristine is the author/illustrator/creator of the children’s online monthly award-winning PDF Herbal Roots zine since 2009. She creates kid’s programming, including programs at various conferences and co-creates the Herbal Activity Hub at the occasional AHG Symposium.
Kristine also makes and sells all natural handmade goat milk soaps, other herbal body care products, homeschools her 7th and 9th grade children and spends a great deal of her time drawing plants.
Denise Cusack is an herbalist, writer and grower in Wisconsin. She grows hundreds of medicinal herbs and is expanding her educational gardens at her new farmette. She’s an avid learner with over 20 years experience studying herbs, holistic nutrition, and growing. She began practicing in 2015 after years of writing about medicinal herbs. Denise is Executive Director of HWB, volunteering as Clinical Herbalist with the Veterans Resiliency Holistic Clinic. Involved in youth education since 2004, she homeschools her sons. As a general member of the AHG since 2016, she’s working towards becoming a registered herbalist. For more, visit WhollyRooted.com.
Erica Kuo, RH (AHG) is a certified Master Gardener (Montana State University, first focusing western herbs Registered Herbalist (American Herbalists Guild in Taiwan and China . She worked as a healthcare journalist for 8 years and held Master Degree of Communication Studies at University of Leeds in UK. She also had 7 years of experience in NGO such as Cancer Patient Foundation and Pharmacists Association of Taiwan. At that time, she earned scholarship from Taiwan government to study NGO management at Portland State University. She has had passion to devote herself to herb education. She will contribute her PR, NGO knowledge to AHG for fundraising, project grant application, and advocacy.