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.

 

Susan J Fidler, MS, RH(AHG)

Email: riverdellherbs@yahoo.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 pharmacy 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 statistically 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.


 

Camille Freeman

Email: camillefreeman@hey.com

I've been a licensed nutritionist and clinical herbalist since 2006, with a clinical focus on fertility and reproductive health. I’ve practiced in a variety of settings, including an OB/Gyn office, one of the largest fertility clinics in the country, and both private and group practices. I’ve been working with clients exclusively online or via phone since 2011 and love helping others get acclimated to compassionate, connected practice from a distance.


I work within the Western herbal tradition and strongly believe in the power of story, connection, and a solid understanding of physiology in working with clients. If you’re not sure whether we’d be a good fit, I encourage you to check out one of my webinars, either in the AHG archive or via my website.


My herbal path and credentials

I started my herbal studies with an apprenticeship with Monica Rude of Desert Woman Botanicals in Gila, NM in 2001. I then earned an MS in Herbal Medicine from MUIH, followed by a second MS in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. I’m a professional member of the AHG, and I also hold a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition. In addition to my clinical and mentoring work, I'm a professor in the Department of Nutrition and Herbal Medicine at MUIH, where I teach physiology, pathophysiology, and mindful eating.


Mentoring options

I run a community of practice for herbalists called Monday Mentoring. We meet for an hour every Monday at noon ET to discuss cases and to work on building/growing/running a clinical practice. Monday Mentoring is offered in a "pay from the heart" model: $50 or $75/month. A la carte mentoring sessions are also available for those who need individual guidance on next steps/career planning, starting and growing your practice, and/or assistance with complicated cases.. Cost: $55 for Monday Mentoring members, $75 for others. Please contact me through my website with questions! www.camillefreeman.com/contact


 

Erika Galentin, MNIMH, RH (AHG)

Email: support@sovereigntyherbs.com
Mentorship Type: Virtual/Remote

Erika Galentin, MNIMH, RH (AHG) is a Clinical Herbalist and an ITEC certified Clinical Aromatherapist consulting from Sovereignty Herbs in Athens & Columbus, OH. She holds a degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK and Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, Glasgow, UK. She is a professional member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) and the American Herbalists Guild (USA). She is also a proud member of Pi Alpha Xi National Honor Society in Horticulture (USA).


Over a decade of clinical practice has provided a platform for witnessing the efficacy of medicinal plants and aromatics within a clinical environment. It is through this clinical practice that Erika seeks to encourage positive, learned relationships between plants and people and people and their bodies. She is a firm believer in celebrating the role that emotions and the psyche play in the ecology of our physical terrain. Erika is also deeply passionate about the history of botanical medicine in the United States as depicted by the American Botanical Movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and has built her clinical philosophy around the principles and practice of Physiomedical and Eclectic traditions.


In addition to clinical practice, Erika is both a student and teacher of horticulture, native medicinal plant conservation and ecology, and the phenomenological and Goethean study of plants and their medicinal virtues. With her dedication to medicinal plants native to Ohio and the Greater Appalachian region, Erika teaches, lectures and writes on native medicinal plant conservation and applied ecology, propagation, herbalism, and clinical efficacy. She also participates as a member of the Education Committee of the American Herbalists Guild as well as the Stewardship Committee of Appalachia Ohio Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of land and water in Southeast Ohio.


A mentor can be helpful in supporting your goals to becoming a clinical herbalist, especially if you are transitioning from student to practitioner. Our Clinical Foundations Mentorship was created to give you the guidance and support of an experienced clinical herbalist. Working directly with Erika Galentin, MNIMH, (RH) AHG who has over a decade worth of clinical experience, our Clinical Herbalism programs


Our Clinical Foundations Mentorship program is 3 month commitment with the option to extend into our Clinical Practice Development sessions which includes ongoing live clinical observation and hourly 1:1 mentorship. Topics and focus are determined by the students, however specialties include: Case History Review, Clinical Documents & Procedures, Herb-Drug Interactions, Evaluating Scientific Research, Protocol Design, Herbal Formulation, Client-Practitioner Relationship, and Functional Laboratory Analysis.


For more information please visit our website or reach out via email to support@sovereigntyherbs.com


 

David Harder, RH(AHG)

Email: david.harder1@gmail.com

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.


 

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

Email: pkh@wildhealingherbs.com

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 three-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 $75 per hour. If you need help deciding if working with me a good fit (for both of us), we can arrange to have an introductory chat by phone. Contact me for more details and an application. You can read more about me on my website. I look forward to collaborating with you as your build your clinical skills!


 

Dana Hutchinson, MA, RH (AHG), BCMH, CTCMP, CFEP

Email: dana@wildflowerclinic.com
Mentorship Type: Virtual/Remote, In Person

Dana Hutchinson, MA, RH (AHG), BCMH, CTCMP, CFEP specializes in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Clinical Herbalism at her integrative health center, the Wildflower Clinic, in Golden, CO. She has extensive clinical training in Chinese diagnostic assessment where she interprets, observes, and analyzes the pulse, tongue, skin, and nails in each of her clients in order to determine their underlying health imbalances. She formulates customized botanical medicine, offers flower essence emotional therapy, provides alternative lifestyle recommendations, and suggests comprehensive nutritional protocols to support a variety of health ailments for each of her clients. Her specialties include autoimmune conditions, endocrinology, infertility/ women's reproductive issues, and emotional trauma. Dana is a recognized herbal health educator in her field and teaches a variety of herbal courses, workshops, and classes across the USA and internationally. With over 12 years of combined herbal education, Dana is committed to continuous research, learning, and collaboration with industry experts on the evolution of alternative health. She has presented at the AHG Herbal Symposium, the Good Medicine Confluence, and the International Herbal Symposium among many others and is a faculty member at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, founded by Paul Berger. She regularly teaches botanical education at the Colorado Mountain College and Apothecary Tinctura in Colorado. She is dedicated to the research and ongoing development of herbal medicine and advocates for the availability of natural health care alternatives for all individuals. View Dana's full bio, education, and partnerships on www.wildflowerclinic.com.


Dana offers mentorship in the following areas:

- TCM diagnosis (tongue, pulse, nail, and skin diagnosis)

- Autoimmune conditions and protocols

- Chinese medicine meridians

- Clinical case review

- Medical Qi Gong applications

- Introductory herbalism studies

- Fertility assessment and protocols

- Flower essence emotional therapy training

- Fundamental and advanced herbal formulation

- Herbal therapeutics for emotional trauma

- Botanical clinical uses in practice

- In-person private foraging mentorships in Breckenridge, CO


Please email Dana on dana@wildflowerclinic.com to apply for 1 on 1 mentorship. Virtual or in-person options available.


 

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

Email: herbaltarotgoddess@gmail.com
Mentorship Type: Virtual/Remote, In Person

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, RH (AHG), AHN-BC

Email: naturalalt@juno.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 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€œI 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 €œThe 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 €œcurandera€. 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 $ 400.00I would consider energy exchange, such as help with social media, PR, sending articles out to many sources, etc.


 

Mel Kasting RH(AHG)

Email: mel@forestedgeherbals.com

Mel Kasting is a clinical herbalist, instructor and Clinic Director for the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine’s student-led free clinic located in Lowgap, North Carolina. As the Clinic Director of a student-led clinic in a rigorous full-time clinical training program, she is uniquely qualified to support the beginning herbalist in their journey towards professional herbalism. Mel spends most of my time sitting in with student practitioners, reviewing their cases, and helping them to develop the skills necessary to become successful clinical practitioners.


Mel is trained in functional herbalism, a modality that blends traditional western herbalism with clinical nutrition and functional medicine. It is a systems-based model that honors traditional plant-based care, while recognizing the importance of lifestyle modifications, herbs, and supplements, alongside functional laboratory testing, to address the whole person rather than an isolated set of symptoms or disease. She works with many types of illness, acute and chronic, and specializes in mast cell disorders, autoimmunity, chronic stress, and trauma.


She offers mentorship in foundational clinical skills, functional bloodwork assessment, SOAP note writing, case review, physical assessment, clinical nutrition, and building treatment protocols blending traditional western energetics with the above skills. I am also available for beginning students to help coordinate effective self-study programs.


Mentorship Price is $50 an hour, with one 3-hour need-based scholarship available every 3 months.Some Work/Trade available, distance and in-person.


I also offer long-term mentorship packages tailored to your needs, as well as individual case review and a limited number of short-term, in-person apprenticeships on my shared land in Smith River, VA. Plants are magic and so are the people who connect with them!


 

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

Email: integrative_education@msn.com

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.


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