Symposium Presenters

7Song

7Song is a clinical herbalist, teacher, botanist, and naturalist. He is the director and main instructor of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine. 7Song is a founder, practicing herbalist and Director of Holistic Medicine at the Ithaca Free Clinic.
One of his goals as an herbalist is to make herbal medicine accessible, affordable and within reach of everyone. He practices an integrative approach working alongside conventional and holistic practitioners.

Avi-Rose

Avi Rose, M.S., RYT-200 is community-based queer and jewish practitioner who loves finding acceptance and resolve in this complex world. Their roots and realities include a tangle of working-class lessons, artistic lineage, disabilities, intergenerational trauma, white-skin privilege, and unmeasurable resilience and laughter. Rising from and growing within these contexts, Avi-Rose dedicates their movements to creating personal and collective liberation by cultivating Justice and Joy in equal parts.

Betzy Bancroft

Betzy is a core faculty member of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, a non-profit she helped found in Montpelier, VT. VCIH offers a sliding-scale herbal clinic where she also practices and is a supervisor for the students’ clinic. Betzy is a United Plant Savers Advisory Board member, and has an enormous love and appreciation for plants, microbes and the interconnections of Nature.

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 studies, informed by ecopsychology and liberation studies. She is also passionate about accessible and culturally competent care, clinical mentorship, bridging traditional medical systems with biomedical sciences, and restoring Nature to culture through herbal medicine.

Chanchal Cabrera

Chanchal Cabrera, MSc, FNIMH, (RH)AHG has been a medical herbalist in continuous clinical practice since 1987. She runs a private herbal medicine clinic with a specialty in holistic oncology, and offers a monthly student training clinic that provides free health services to the community.  She is also qualified in Horticulture Therapy, Shinrin Yoku and as a Master Gardener. She has lectured in herbal medicine colleges around the world.

Caty Crabb

Caty Crabb is a clinical herbalist in Appalachian Ohio with a full-time practice started in 2005. She uses a constitutional model based in holistic physiology, with a client-centered, harm reduction approach. Caty has been making plant medicines and growing herbs for 20+ years. A desire to help people feel more capable and empowered is foundational to her work. She is the founder of the Appalachian Ohio School of Herbal Medicine.

Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich

Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich is a community herbalist committed to accessible, inclusive herbal practice and education. She has been involved with organizing free, multi-modality clinics in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Arizona since 2010, and is presently a clinical herbalist and educator at Stonefruit Community Herbalists and co-director of the Lake Effect Free Alternative Health Clinic. Before working as an herbalist, she spent a decade as a standardized patient, educating medical students about competent, anti-oppressive care. She sought out herbal medicine as an ally to support community organizers, activists, queer folks and others harmed and underserved by racism, capitalism and patriarchy. In her experience, healing work is intimately interconnected with understanding, coping with and resisting systemic violence and oppression. www.wildcherries.org

Camille Freeman

Camille Freeman is a professor in the Nutrition department at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, where she teaches physiology and pathophysiology online. She’s a professional member of the AHG and is also a licensed nutritionist specializing in reproductive health and fertility. In addition to wrangling two small children, Camille enjoys yoga, gardening and tracking down deals at thrift stores and garage sales.

Erika Galentin

Erika 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).

Karen Henderson

Karen Henderson is a holistic health and wellness practitioner who integrates science, traditional wisdom and intuition in motivating her clients towards wellness.  Karen is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and Registered Herbalist (AHG) with a Master of Science degree in Public Health and a Master of Science Degree in Therapeutic Herbalism. She helps those experiencing the dis-ease of trauma find health and balance.

Kristin Henningsen

Kristin Henningsen MS, RH (AHG), RYT, is a clinical herbalist and educator who first fell in love with plants in the desert southwest. She is passionate about bringing plant medicine back to the people, integrating Western Herbalism, TCM, and Ayurvedic practices to empower folks in their healthcare. Currently she serves as faculty and clinician for the Vermont Center of Integrative Herbalism and faculty for several University programs. Find her at www.banyanmoonbotanicals.com.

Christopher Hobbs

Dr. Christopher Hobbs is a fourth-generation, internationally renowned herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, herbal clinician, research scientist, consultant to the dietary supplement industry, expert witness, botanist, mycologist with over 35 years of experience.
The author or co-author of over 20 books, Christopher lectures on herbal medicine world-wide. He earned his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, one of the world’s most prestigious universities, with research and publication in evolutionary biology, biogeography, phylogenetics, plant chemistry, and ethnobotany.

Intensives:
Brendan Kelly

Brendan practices acupuncture and western and Chinese herbal medicine at the clinic he co-founded, Jade Mountain Wellness, in Burlington, VT and has been practicing full-time for 15 years. He speaks on a wide variety of topics, including climate change, Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbal medicine. He is an adjunct professor at Johnson State College in VT and the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in FL and guest lectures nationally.

Kathi Keville

Kathi Keville has conducted North America and Europe seminars for 45 years. Her Green Medicine Herb School offers medicine-making, herb walks, seminars, and apprenticeships. She is American Herb Association Director, industry product consultant, and grows 500 medicinal species. She’s taught at 50 institutions, including San Francisco State. Kathi’s 15 popular books have been published in nine languages. Kathi hosts Dish TV’s “Everybody Nose” and KVMR Garden Forum.

Susan Kramer

Susan Kramer, RH(AHG) is a therapeutic herbalist and teacher with over 20 years of full-time practice in Atlanta. She graduated from and has taught for East West for almost 20 years, is the author of The Naturally Healthy Traveler, and travels widely. Her travels include climbing Kilimanjaro, trekking in Mongolia and Tibet, and cruising the Arctic and Antarctica. Her practice includes Chinese herbal medicine, meditation, western herbs and classical homeopathy.

Bob Linde

Bob is an AP and RH with degrees in Asian Medicine and Education. He is the owner of Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies in St. Petersburg Florida and Co-director of Traditions School of Herbal Studies. He supervises herbal interns 3 nights a week. Bob focuses on easy to understand concepts of clinical diagnostics from both a medical and energetic ideas and making it easy to understand and clinically relevant.

Kat Mackinnon

Kat is a certified clinical herbalist and nutritionist, as well as a certified Bach essences practitioner through the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. She is also a Registered Herbalist through the American Herbalists Guild. She currently works as the Botany course director, as well as faculty and student services coordinator for the Fundamentals and Advanced programs at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism.

Kat Maier

Kat Maier, RH has been a practicing herbalist for over thirty years. She is director of Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville and President of the Board of United Plant Savers. Kat’s studies of plants began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile and her training as a Physician’s Assistant allows her to weave language of biomedicine with traditional energetics. She is co-author of Bush Medicine of San Salvador Island

Erin McKinney

Erin has been a QA specialist for over a decade. After graduating from Bastyr, her career began at Heron Botanicals. While working as the QA/QC manager, she earned her MS in biomedical regulatory affairs and founded GreenTree Consultants, where she designed and implemented quality assurance systems for a variety of food and supplement manufacturers. Currently, she is the QA manager for Gaia herbs and developing a clinical trials program.

Kristen McPhee

Kristen is the Operations Manager for Four Elements Organic Herbals, LLC. Amongst her many roles, she leads the company in meeting FDA regulatory compliance. She is also an integrative practitioner through her clinical practice and a researcher and writer for herbal organizations, companies and schools.

Kristen holds a Master’s of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism and Post-Master’s Certificates in Clinical Herbalism and Nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Olatokunboh Obasi

Olatokunboh Obasi has been working in the wellness field for over 15 years. Committed to community holistic health, social justice, and education, she works heavily in community service and African Traditional Medicine. Originally from Africa, her travels around the world are extensive as she integrates traditional knowledge of herbs, health and wellness with her western education. She received her Master of Science from Maryland Institute of Integrative Health.

Ember Peters

Ember Peters is a clinical herbalist based between Vermont and Nova Scotia (Abenaki and Mi'kmaq territories) committed to providing accessible herbal care and quality education. She approaches well-being through a holistic, energetic, client-centered lens informed by physiology and scientific research. Ember is a Registered Herbal Practitioner with the Herbalist Association of Nova Scotia (herbalns.org) and faculty at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (vtherbcenter.org).

Holly Poole-Kavana

Holly Poole-Kavana practices as a clinical herbalist, grower, and medicine-maker in Washington DC, where her priority is connecting people to local plants. She holds a BS in botany from Cornell University and studied with several experienced herbalists before starting a clinical practice in 2011. Her business, Little Red Bird Botanicals, has offered an herbal CSA since 2010. Holly also works as a midwife's assistant in the DC metro area.

Krista Dawn Poulton

Krista Dawn Poulton, BKin, Dip.Phyt, RHT is a Medical Herbalist in private practice in Victoria, BC. Krista balances her private practice as a faculty member at Pacific Rim College, teaching courses in herbal medicine and medicine making, and supervising clinical training. Krista's clinical practice focuses on reproductive health including infertility, endometriosis, fibroids and PCOS. Krista is passionate about medicine making, ethical wild-harvesting, cultivation, and developing intimate relationships with plants fuels her spirit and her practice.

Pamela Lee Ruane

Pamela Lee Ruane, PhD, MHS, PA-C is an author, practicing Herbalist, Naturopath, Physician Assistant, and full time Professor in the Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program. Practicing for more than a decade, she melds the worlds of naturopathic, botanical, and allopathic medicine in her classroom and clinic and presents at herbal conferences and local seminars to teach the public about the protection, sustainability, history, and uses of indigenous herbs.

Rebecca Snow

Rebecca Snow has been a clinical herbalist and nutritionist for 15 years. She has a private practice in Catonsville, Maryland. Rebecca’s clinical model emphasizes nutrition, herbs and coaching to assist chronically ill clients. In addition to mentoring and teaching, Rebecca worked for over 10 years in academia at the Maryland University of Integrative Health.

David Winston

David Winston RH(AHG) is an Herbalist and Ethnobotanist with 50 years of training in Chinese, Western/Eclectic and Southeastern herbal traditions. He has been in clinical practice for over 40 years, and is the founder/director of the Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, dean of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and a founder/professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. He is an internationally known lecturer, author and practitioner.

Peggie Zih

Peggie Zih, RH (AHG), MNHAA, BCNP (NANP), BCN (ANMCB), CI (IIPA), is a passionate herbal professional, wellness entrepreneur and natural healing blogger. She has over 8 years of experience in the herbal industry and corporate wellness and natural health instruction and over 20 years of corporate experience in Hi-Tech industry that made her specialty in stress management where natural remedies shined.