2020 Symposium Presenters

Our 2020 Online Symposium Experience features an array of herbalists sharing their clinical wisdom and emphasizing practical information drawn from their clinical practices. We believe in the importance of featuring new voices in the clinical community along with seasoned presenters so you will find a diverse array of presenters, all of whom will expand your practical knowledge, tools, and skills.

As we all adjust to a virtual Symposium, we recognize the many advantages of this learning model. This unique Online Symposium Experience features respected herbal clinicians from around the country who may have not been able to present in person but will be sharing their expertise virtually so that attendees can learn from the comfort and safety of home.

To read more about this year's sessions, click on the topic link below each bio. Note that this list also includes presenters offering webinars as part of our Pre-Symposium Intensive Webinars and Post-Symposium Intensive Webinar Series: Herbalism from the Kitchen Cupboard to the Clinic.

7Song, RH (AHG)

7Song, RH (AHG) is an herbalist, teacher, and naturalist who lives in Ithaca, NY. He is the director and main instructor at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine and is also a founding member and practitioner at the Ithaca Free Clinic. Some of his focuses in herbal medicine include clinical and free clinic work, first aid, wildcrafting, and botany. He also spends a lot of taking photographs of anything that can run, crawl, fly, or photosynthesize.

Talal Al-Hamad, RH (AHG)

Talal Al-Hamad, RH (AHG) has a diverse background in many natural healing modalities including Ayurveda, Western Herbalism, and Islamic Herbalism. Talal trained at Dominion Herbal College and the Chakrapani Ayurveda Institute and completed an intensive 2-year clinical herbalist diploma program with the former president of the Ontario Herbalist Association. He utilizes a unique east meets west approach to imbalances and disease with great efficacy. Talal has an innate passion for healing and has devoted his life to developing his treatment protocols and furthering his knowledge of medicinal herbs.

Todd Caldecott, Dip. Cl.H., RH (AHG), CAP (NAMA)

Todd Caldecott, Dip. Cl.H., RH (AHG), CAP (NAMA) is a medical herbalist and practitioner of Ayurveda for more than 23 years and the director of Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine in Vancouver, BC. Todd is the author and editor of several books, including Food as Medicine. In 2014, Todd had the honor of being named the Visiting Mitchell Scholar at Bastyr University.

Lindsay Chimileski, LAc, ND, RH (AHG)

Lindsay Chimileski is a naturopathic physician, acupuncturist, herbalist, professor, naturalist, writer, and speaker. She is an advocate for natural medicine, Chinese medicine, nutrition, botanical medicine, and the appreciation of nature. After working with mentors, Dr. Chimileski opened Hawthorn Holistic Health. She completed her Naturopathic Doctorate and Masters of Acupuncture at the University of Bridgeport and Bachelors of Fine Arts in Human Development and Family Studies at UCONN.

Suchil Coffman-Guerra

Suchil Coffman is the Co-Director for The Human Path/Herbal Medics Academy. In addition to writing curriculum and managing programs, she has developed programs centered around sustainability skills, intermediate herbal medicine making, and wilderness medicine for female medic teams in underserved and under-represented populations.

Greta de la Montagne, WFR, EMT, RH (AHG)

Greta de la Montagne, WFR, EMT, RH (AHG), has specialized in herbal first aid for 24 years. She operates Gentle Strength Botanicals & Massage Therapy near Arcata, California, where she blends ayurveda and bodywork with clinical herbalism. She founded the MASHH (Medicine for All Seeking Health and Healing) Clinic in 1997, Cascadia Health Educators in 2002, and Black Cross Health Collective.

Keren Dolan, CNS, DCN, LDN, MS, RH (AHG)

Dr. Keren Dolan, RH (AHG), is a Maryland Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN), a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN), and a Holistic Aromatherapist. Keren holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia and a M.S. in Therapeutic Herbalism and DCN (Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition) from Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). She specializes in functional nutrition with an emphasis on western clinical herbalism and holistic aromatherapy and she contributes to and draws from research in her clinical practice. Keren serves as Adjunct faculty in the Nutrition Department at MUIH. Her passions lie in teaching and empowering her clients by cultivating their self-awareness and educating them about self-care through the many dimensions of health. She lives, plants, and plays in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children.

Margi Flint, RH (AHG)

Margi Flint owns and operates EarthSong Herbals, a busy family practice and clinic in Marblehead, MA. She is a mongrel practitioner blending over 40 years of herbal practice with years of labor coaching and polarity therapy. Margi continues to teach Advanced Clinical Studies, is on the staff at Pacific Rim College in British Columbia and teaches nationally and internationally. The plants and people are her teachers.

Mimi Hernandez, RH (AHG)

Mimi holds a graduate degree in Herbal Medicine and is a Registered Herbalist. She recently earned a Certificate of Non-Profit Management at Duke University. She has worked as the Executive Director of the American Herbalists Guild for seven years. Prior to this she helped to coordinate the efforts of the former Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies and taught Ethnobotany at Frostburg State University. Mimi has worked as a clinical herbalist and has mentored hundreds of students of clinical herbalism and apothecary management.

Steven Horne, RH (AHG)

For over 30 years, Steven Horne has been teaching people how to identify and remove the root causes of their heath problems. A Registered Herbalist with and past president and council member of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), Steven’s passion for herbal medicine and natural healing has lead him to teach classes all over the United States and Canada and in other countries. He is also the author of many books on herbal medicine and natural healing.

Daena Horner

Daena descends from a long, unbroken ancestral line connecting her work with plants. As a daughter, granddaughter, and great granddaughter three times over of farmers, she holds in her core a trust that the land provides nourishment and good health. She manifests in this world as an herbalist, a writer, and an artist empowering, inspiring and healing others with plants, words, laughter, and maybe a little magic.

Heather Irvine

Heather is an educator, and clinical herbalist working in the Boston area. She has a special interest in bringing phytochemistry and herbalist wisdom together in a useful and understandable, and above all memorable way to help the public understand herbs, and herbalists communicate about our trade. She began learning herbalism in 2001 and teaches introductory programs at several colleges, as well as writing curriculum and teaching with the Herbal Academy.

Orna Izakson, ND, RH (AHG)

Orna Izakson is a writer, gardener, herbalist, and naturopathic physician in Portland, Oregon. She practices at Celilo Natural Health Center, and spent six years as Lead Physician of the Traditional Roots Institute at National University of Natural Medicine. Her love for wild places brought her to the plants, for whom she endeavors to speak.

Feather Jones, RH (AHG)

Feather Jones is a practicing herbalist in Western Herbal medicine since 1982 and integrates herbal remedies, holistic nutrition, flower essences, and stress reduction guidance. Coupled with a background in indigenous (Mandan) tribal teachings, Feather provides her clients and students with a synergistic approach to health and healing. She is a botanical field guide for the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and owns Sedona Tea Blends, an organic herbal tea company.

Lora Krall

As a nurse herbalist, Lora incorporates her 35 year career in healthcare with a lifetime study of nature, blending the best of both worlds into her work as an herbalist. She has taught at various conferences in the Midwest and has most recently been published in Rosemary Gladstar’s book, Fire Cider: 101 Zesty Recipes. She is a teaching assistant for The Science and Art of Herbalism course.

Wilson Lau

Wilson Lau, Vice President, Nuherbs, is the third generation of his family to lead Nuherbs, the leading Chinese herb ingredient company. Actively involved in industry initiatives, Wilson is a member of the American Herbal Products Association Board of Trustees and has held various leadership roles within that organization. He participates in botanical sustainability initiatives in China and currently serves on FairWild’s Advisory Panel. Wilson received a J.D from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2003 and graduated from Macalester College in 2000, with a B.A. in Economics and Geography.

Rachel Lord, RN, MH, CMT, NBCR

Rachel, RN, MH, CMT, NBCR, has been a practicing herbalist for twenty-two years in Denver, Colorado. She is now preparing the finishing touches of a textbook: Clinical Herbalism: Plant Wisdom from East and West, Elsevier publishing, scheduled for a late 2020 release. With a critical care RN background, she founded and taught in my state approved herbal school.

Tierona Low Dog, MD, RH (AHG)

Tieraona Low Dog, MD, is a physician, author, and educator. She practiced herbal medicine and midwifery before earning her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She is one of the foremost experts in the United States on the safe and appropriate use of botanical remedies and dietary supplements. A prolific scholar, Dr. Low Dog has published 54 research articles in medical/science journals and written 24 chapters for medical textbooks.

Joanna Matson-Tandberg

Joanna Matson-Tandberg has dedicated her life to learning and teaching about healing with Ayurvedic herbs and cannabis after discovering these holistic forms of healing, and the science behind them, as a form of recovery from a debilitating life with Crohn’s and hyperthyroid (Graves) disease, and severe degenerative arthritis of her spine.

Michael McGuffin

Michael McGuffin has served as the President of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) since 1999. He has been active in the herbal industry since 1974, having owned both retail and manufacturing businesses in this field. A leading expert on dietary supplement regulation, Mr. McGuffin has been published in scholarly and scientific journals, including the Food and Drug Law Journal and Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics among others.

Mr. McGuffin has represented the herbal industry at state and federal hearings on herbal regulatory issues and serves on the boards of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and United Plant Savers. Mr. McGuffin has been quoted in a variety of news publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and Newsweekand has made appearances on ABC's Nightline, National Public Radio, and ABC Radio.

Krista Olson

A founding member of Black Cross Health Collective, Krista continues to integrate her foundations in herbal medicine, radical organizing, and sustainable agriculture in the public health arena. She founded Hawai'i Islands First Foods Initiative, co-leads Kealaola Institute and Organic Farm, and leads integrative maternal and infant health services at Family Support Hawai'i. She founded Common Roots School of Herbal Medicine in Oregon and co-created the Healing Roots Curriculum with Elise Krohn.

Teri 'Cricket' Owens

Teri "Cricket" Owens RN, BSN, MS, received her 1987 Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Loyola University Chicago, and worked for 28 years as an ICU/ER RN. She earned a Masters' Equivalent Degree in Herbal and Chinese Medicine, from the Chicago College of Healing Arts, in 2004. Teri is the founder of EcoKids, co-founder of Laughing Lady Bug Botanicals, a web-based company, and founding Organizer of the Midwest Herb Fest.

Samuel Perry, RH (AHG)

Samuel Perry, RH (AHG), is a Clinical Herbalist in Albany, NY in the Vitalist/Eclectic tradition of American Herbalism. He is a teaching Assistant/core faculty member of Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism in NYC where he helps supervise the student clinic, offers case reviews, teaches energetics, and leads botany walks. In addition to offering herbal workshops, Sam, a long-time Zen Buddhist practitioner, leads silent meditation retreats.

Oscar Sierra

Oscar brings 11+ years clinical experience infusing Traditional Ancient Med practices, modern Functional Medicine, and sometimes even a little music. Since studying with Donnie Yance in '08, his patient base largely includes cancer patients in GA and the Southeast as well as other difficult to treat chronic autoimmune and GI cases.

Judith Smith

Founder of Foxsmyth Herbal, Stoneham, MA, Judy is a biological research scientist and clinical herbalist who studied under Richard Mandalbaum, RH. She is the founder and past president of the Eastern PA chapter of the American Herbalists Guild, a member of Herb Gatherers of Lansdale, PA, and the past VP of San Antonio Herb Society. She combines her knowledge of biology and botany with her passion to provide practical herbal and lifestyle recommendations for a holistic balance in today’s world.

Kevin Spelman

Dr. Spelman, besides clinical work, has spearheaded research on a number of plants: Taraxacum officinale (diuresis); Spilanthes acmella and Zanthoxylum chiloperone (malaria); Echinacea spp. (immunology & metabolism); Trifolium pretense and Ceanothus spp. (brain and ovarian cancer); Zanthoxylum species (CB1 & CB2 binding); Cannabis sativa (extraction); Verbascum spp., Ligusticum spp., Actea spp., Eriodictyon spp., Schisandra spp.  (chemical comparisons of species); and researched other plant activities such as p53,  cytokine, integrin and nitric oxide activity. He fully embraces the potential of plants in healthcare.

Jen Stovall

Jen Stovall, Community Herbalist & Health Educator, combines Southern Folk Medicine and Western Herbalism with harm reduction techniques in her classes and clinical practice. She is the director and primary educator at Samara School of Community Herbalism, a co-founder of Maypop Community Herb Shop, both in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a co-founder and teacher at Terra Sylva School for Botanical Medicine in North Carolina. She believes that herbalism is a powerful tool for social justice and that health care should be accessible to all.

Lesley Tierra, RH(AHG)

Lesley is a California State and nationally licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, founding member of AHG, and author of five books including A Kids Herb Book, Healing with the Herbs of Life, and Metaphor-phosis. She collaborated with her husband, Michael Tierra, to found the East West School of Planetary Herbology (with over 10,000 students worldwide), co-authored with him Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine Vol I & II, and offers free local herbal clinics.

Lucretia VanDyke

With a journey that began as a little girl mixing herbs, clays, and muds on her grandparents’ farm, Lucretia VanDyke has been in the industry for over 20 years. A Holistic Educator, Speaker, Herbalist, Sacred Sexologist, Ceremonialist, Spiritual Light Coach, Intuitive Energetic & Reiki Practitioner, Diviner, & world traveler with over 3000 hours of training. She has studied with some of the great minds of our time and indigenous healers.

Asa Waldstein

Asa Waldstein (CCH) is a graduate of Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies and has been manufacturing dietary supplements since 2001. He is a Board of Trustee at the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and is Chair of AHPA's large Cannabis Committee. Asa routinely speaks about cGMP compliance, FDA inspection preparation from a manufacturer perspective and FDA, FTC, and class action trends. He has overseen three FDA inspections with no 483's!

Sharon Weizenbaum, RH (AHG)

Sharon Weizenbaum lives on her small permaculture homestead with her family of people and animals. She has practiced Chinese medicine for 37 years after having graduated from the New England School of acupuncture in 1983. She has traveled to China and Taiwan many times to study with a focus on ob/gyn and classical, Han dynasty medicine. She has translated 12 books of case studies from Chinese that are organized according to formula families. She teaches all over the world and runs a two-year graduate program and a three-year entry level program for herbalists at the White Pine Institute, in Amherst, MA.

Leslie Williams, RH (AHG)

Leslie (Leslita) Williams, RH (AHG), Med. (UGA), has practiced herbalism for 35 years. She was raised in the swamps of northern FL by a family of herbalist opossums and spent summers in the woods of NC mountains. Her favorite things are a local apothecary, herbs for dogs and horses, formulating, tree medicine, alcohol-free protocols, and teaching herbalists. She lives in GA with her dog.

Morgaine Witriol

Morgaine Witriol is the founder of the Native Roots School of Ancestral Folk and Herbal medicine in Taos, NM. She is a clinical herbalist, wild crafter, gardener, and medicine maker. She has a private practice in herbalism and owns an herbal product line. Morgaine studied with a Mayan medicine man for 1.5 years in Belize and after his passing attended several herbalism schools. She teaches on reclaiming one's own ancestral traditions, Jewish Folk Medicine, and Herbalism at Native Roots.

Heather Wood Buzzard, MA

Heather Wood Buzzard, MA, is a wildcrafter, writer, and herbalist. She earned her MA in Writing and Narrative Medicine from Lenoir-Rhyne University and completed the three-year Clinical Herbalist program at the Appalachian Center for Natural Health. Heather is a writer and wildcrafter at Red Moon Herbs and a freelance health writer for publications such as Paleo Magazine and HerbMentor. Her forthcoming book spotlights the up-and-coming field of narrative herbal medicine.

Steven Yeager

Steven is Director of Quality for Mountain Rose Herbs and has overseen several FDA GMP inspections. He is co-owner of the Columbine School of Botanical Studies and commonly presents on herbal medicine and GMP compliance. Steven is an elected trustee of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and serves on the Board for the AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals.

Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac. RH (AHG)

Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac. RH(AHG), has been working as an herbalist for over 20 years as a wildcrafter, medicine maker, clinician, herbal pharmacist, and educator. Ben practices and operates Five Flavors Herbs, Inc. in Oakland, California.

Claire Zimmerman, ND, RH (AHG)

Dr. Claire Zimmerman received a doctorate in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University, a bachelor’s degree in biology and anthropology at Colorado College, and a certificate in clinical herbalism from The North American Institute for Medical Herbalism. She is adjunct faculty at Bastyr University and a registered clinical herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. She is in private practice in Seattle, WA, specializing in digestive health, autoimmune disease, environmental medicine, and mental health.