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.

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.  

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. http://www.herbalmentorshipcollective.com

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).http://loriroseholistic.wordpress.com/

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 been in herbal practice since 1985 – off the grid, at large music festivals and at marches, at walk-in free clinics and with clients I’ve worked with for 30 years. I work especially with elderly folks, people with chronic and auto-immune conditions, addictions, Lyme and spirit. I work in a mix of herbal traditions -Thomsonian, vitalist, rural southern USA, basic Ayurveda, TCM assessment, rural Cuban/old Florida. I work holistically and am committed to learning and using what is local. I have studied with many great herbalists you have never heard of including family, Sai, Paul Olko and Crazy Owl. 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 of Traditional Herbalism in NYC and my work as an Ordinary Community Herbalist. I maintain a practice seeing clients including dogs and horses. I grow, wild-craft, barter and sometimes buy herbs for my apothecary. I co-founded an international natural body care company. I have managed large herbal (western and TCM) stores and food cooperatives and have worked as a corporate herbalist responsible for labeling, formulating products and training staff worldwide. Work with LGBTQ folk has always been part of my practice.

Clinical Specialties: Holistic physical assessments, ethics, differential diagnosis and assessment, nutrition, counseling skills, red flags for urgent referral, legal issues, formulating and medicine making, dosage and dispensing, herb/drug/nutrient interactions, business management, lab tests, spirit and rural southern traditional skills.

Other mentoring – in-depth advising and review of AHG application for professional membership. Research skills and scientific validation and exploration, editing. I work with sliding scale and will barter for practice speaking Spanish.

I live in Georgia and work and teach online as well as in person.
I garden, cook, bicycle, play banjo, practice zazen.