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.

Erika Galentin

Erika is a Clinical Herbalist, aromatherapist, distiller, grower, and medicine-maker who consults from Sovereignty Herbs in Athens and Columbus, OH. She holds a degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK and the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, Glasgow, UK. She is a professional member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) and the AHG. Through her clinical practice, Erika seeks to encourage positive, learned relationships between plants and people and people and their bodies. 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. She is a member of the Education Advisory Council of the AHG as well as the Stewardship Committee of Appalachia Ohio Alliance.

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.

Ann Armbrecht, PhD

Ann is a writer and anthropologist (PhD, Harvard 1995) whose work explores the relationships between humans and the earth, most recently through her work with plants and plant medicine. She is the director of the Sustainable Herbs Program and co-producer of the documentary Numen: the Nature of Plants. Her book, The Business of Botanicals: A Journey into the Global Herb Industry, will be published by Chelsea Green Publishing in early 2021.

Andrew Bentley

Andrew Bentley is an herbalist with a clinical practice in Lexington, Kentucky. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, he has worked with many people in various states of health who have been affected by the condition.

Paul Bergner, RH (AHG)

Paul Bergner has studied and practiced natural medicine since 1973, with formal training in naturopathy, medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, flower essences, yoga therapy, and bodywork, including undergraduate studies in pre-medicine and psychology, and 50 semester hours of doctoral-level medical studies at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He has published the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989 and has written seven books on medical herbalism, nutrition, Chinese medicine, ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine. He has also edited periodicals on clinical nutrition and naturopathic medicine.

Paul has taught clinical herbalism and clinical nutrition since 1989. He mentored more than 230 students through clinical residencies at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies and the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder between 1996 and 2012. He is currently on the clinical faculty of the School of Traditional Western Herbalism in Portland, Oregon, and the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Boulder. He also has taught nutrition academically at both the undergraduate university and master’s level. Paul lectures on the topics of medical herbalism and clinical nutrition nationally and internationally.

Tim Blakely

Tim is the Senior herbalist/Aromatherapist/educator for Frontier Co-op/Aura Cacia and has worked for Frontier Co-op since the early 1990s. He has over 40 years of experience in the natural health profession. He has been land manager, teacher, and co-owner of the California School of Herbal Studies, land manager and herbalist for Herb Pharm, and the founding director of the National Center for the Preservation of Medicinal Herbs. He was on the board of directors of United Plant Savers for 12 years. He has set up farms for companies in several locations around the US for the production of medicinal herbs and spices.

Tim is the author of Medicinal Herbs in the Garden, Field and Marketplace, a contributing author to Planting the Future, author of essential oil books on Vetiver in Madagascar as well as Ylang Ylang, and the author of many articles on essential oils, herbs, spices, and sustainability. He teaches and travels extensively for Frontier Co-op/Aura Cacia doing educational presentations, working with issues of supply and sustainability, and working with smaller villages, co-ops, and producers of essential oils, spices, and tea. Tim has done several USAID projects focusing on working with producers to improve production and storage skills and their overall production capabilities.

Larken Bunce

Larken Bunce, MS is executive director, core faculty, and clinical herbalist at Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, which runs a sliding-scale community clinic and training programs spanning self-care to clinical practice. After 20 years in the field, her current focus is on trauma and somatic practices, informed by ecopsychology and liberation studies. She is also passionate about providing accessible and affirming care, mentoring clinical students, bridging traditional medical systems with biomedical sciences, and restoring Nature to culture through herbal medicine.

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, WFR, EMT-B, W-EMT

Suchil Coffman-Guerra 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 nearly 30 years, since studying with Michael Moore at SWSBM in 1991 and helping start what is now the Center for Biological Diversity. She is a 3rd generation Montanan and public lands wilderness advocate and has served as a medic and holistic health practitioner on the front lines of forest defense and in the streets supporting social justice and mass movements against globalization since 1987. She operates Gentle Strength Botanicals & Massage Therapy in Humboldt County where she blends Ayurveda and bodywork with clinical herbalism. She founded the MASHH (Medicine for All Seeking Health and Healing) Clinic in 1997 and Cascadia Health Educators in 2002 to support the training of dozens of activists in Wilderness First Response, administered the First Aid Clinic at the Convergence space during the Seattle Shutdown in 1999, and was a member of the Black Cross Health Collective in the early 2000s, testing chemical weapon and pepper spray remedies.

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.

Matt Dybala

Since earning a degree in Environmental Studies in 1998, Matt has dedicated his career to fostering a deeper connection between humans and our natural surroundings.   Over the past decade, he has cultivated a diversity of botanicals at Herb Pharm's production farm in southern Oregon.   A region that has been recently impacted by historic levels of extreme drought, fire and population growth.  In direct response to climate and environmental degradation, Matt utilizes biological soil-building practices, biodiversity assessment, and carbon capture principles to foster on-farm resiliency.  He hopes to share these concepts and further discuss climate solutions to continue improving our future integration of agriculture back into disrupted native habitats.

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 health 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 led 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.

Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG-RH, AHN-BC

Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG-RH, AHN-BC, is a wildcrafting intuitive herbalist adept at radionics and dowsing. She is a mentor with AHG and takes herbalists through the process of becoming RH (AHG) certified. Many of her courses offer CE units for RNs, NPs, RDs, CNNs, DCs, and NDs and are open to all. Ellen teaches in conventional educational settings and mainstream medical schools and universities as well as with master traditional healers from a variety of cultures. She has been honored to study with indigenous and master herbalists such as Jamba of the Maroons in Jamaica, Michael Moore and Mimi Kemp in Bisbee, Arizona, Sonia in Santa Cruz, Mexico, Dr. Bernard Jensen, and a vast array of advanced herbalists.

Dr. Kamhi offers over 200 free podcasts that feature herbalists from around the world. Her focus is supporting education of professionals and consumers about how to care for themselves naturally. Her passions include sharing her five decades of in-depth herbal knowledge with individuals who will carry natural healing arts forward into the next millennium.

Intensives:
Brian Keenan, ND

Brian Keenan, ND, is an herbalist, naturopathic doctor, and current student of Five Element acupuncture. He enjoys studying and synthesizing both the science and spirituality of plant medicines and has dedicated his practice to the pursuit of combining the best modern knowledge with energetic wisdoms to aid others and to help remind his community that Plants, Planet, and People thrive when in harmony with one another.

Robyn Klein, M.S.

Robyn has 40 years of experience teaching herbal medicine, medical botany, and plant identification. Her primary teacher was Michael Moore (1995). As an educator, she is currently teaching a few short-term plant courses to K-12 teachers every year as well as working for an online consultancy, Biomimicry 3.8, with a team of biologists. This role is indicative of her fascination with the survival strategies employed by living organisms, which includes the bioactivity and mechanism of action of medicinal plants. Robyn encourages everyone to grow their medicines.

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. With a critical care RN background, she founded and taught in her state approved herbal school. She is now putting the finishing touches on a textbook: Clinical Herbalism: Plant Wisdom from East and West, with Elsevier publishing (scheduled for a late 2020 release).

Tieraona 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 Newsweek and 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, RN, BSN, MS

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 Sierra is an Atlanta-based acupuncturist with 11+ years clinical experience using an infusion of Traditional Ancient Medicine practices, modern Functional Medicine, and sometimes even a little music. Since studying with Donnie Yance in 2012, his practice focus has been working with cancer patients as well as other difficult to treat chronic autoimmune and gastro-intestinal conditions in Georgia and the Southeast.

Judith Fox Smith

Founder of Foxsmyth Herbal, Stoneham, MA, Judith is a biological research scientist and clinical herbalist who studied under Richard Mandelbaum, RH (AHG). 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.

Erin Smith, MSc, CCH

Erin Smith, MSc, CCH, is a clinical herbalist and ethnobotanist and has been working with medicinal plants for more than 30 years. For ten years she worked internationally with indigenous and local communities on various issues surrounding traditional medicine, natural resource management, community-based conservation, and traditional knowledge, including for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and as Managing Director of Global Diversity Foundation – North America.

Erin is passionate about sustainability and social responsibility in the herbal and natural product industry and is actively involved in the industry surrounding these issues. She has been involved in the natural product industry for ten years and is currently Director of Science & Sustainability at WishGarden Herbs. She is a board member of the American Herbal Product Association (AHPA) and is co-Chair of AHPA’s Sustainability Committee. In addition to her work with AHPA, she is an Advisory Group member for the American Botanical Council’s Sustainable Herbs Program and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and is a member of the IUCN’s Medicinal Plant Specialists Group. 

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 pratense and Ceanothus spp. (brain and ovarian cancer); Zanthoxylum species (CB1 & CB2 binding); Cannabis sativa (extraction); Verbascum spp., Ligusticum spp., Actaea 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. She is a Holistic Educator, Speaker, Herbalist, Sacred Sexologist, Ceremonialist, Spiritual Light Coach, Intuitive Energetic & Reiki Practitioner, Diviner, and 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 member 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 helped oversee three FDA inspections with no 483's!

Intensives:
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.

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, wildcrafter, 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 and Regulatory Affairs 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 Chair of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Board of Trustees and serves on the Board for the AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals.

Intensives:
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.