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.