Symposium Presenters


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 a founding member and practicing herbalist at the Ithaca Free Clinic. One of his goals is to make herbal medicine accessible and affordable and to reach the wider community.

Michael Altman

Michael Altman, CN, MIIS, RH (AHG), is a Certified Nutritionist. Through his practice,, he helps people with a range of health issues and maintains an herbal and nutritional dispensary. Michael teaches nutrition and environmental health at Southern Oregon University and has been a practicing herbalist and educator in the Pacific Northwest, NY, and NJ for 19 years.

Jerry Angelini

Jerry Angelini, MS, LRC, LMT, is an integrative practitioner and the national science educator for Host Defense Organic Mushrooms. Jerry draws from over 25 years of private clinical practice and training in multiple health modalities. For the last five years, he has been teaching seminars for all levels of learners focusing on the benefits that various mushroom and herbal preparations can have on our health.

Abby Artemisia

Abby Artemisia is a botanist and herbalist who lives in the Black Mountains of North Carolina. She learned about plants playing in the woods, working on organic farms, an herbal apprenticeship, a bachelor’s degree in botany, and running her own tea business. She teaches about plant identification, native plants, and working with plants for food and medicine in her Wild Apprenticeship Program.

Ingrid Bauer

Ingrid Bauer, MD, MS, is a physician, herbalist, mother, and activist who envisions integrating plant-based medicine into mainstream healthcare. She is a resident physician in the Internal Medicine Primary Care program at Highland Hospital, Alameda County's trauma center and safety-net hospital. She co-owns Five Flavors Herbs, an herb shop and extract company, along with her husband, Benjamin Zappin, LAc.

Andrew Bentley

Andrew Bentley is a clinical herbalist practicing in Lexington, KY. Coming from a family lineage that goes back to the middle ages, he brings his experience of a lifetime of herbal studies and decades of clinical practice.

Howie Brounstein

Howie Brounstein has taught botany, herbalism, and wildcrafting extensively for decades, including at such herbal establishments as the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. He is the co-owner and a primary instructor of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and has a busy clinical practice in Eugene, Oregon. He is known for his in-depth teaching and love of plants.

Laura Clemmons

Laura Clemmons is a clinical herbalist who specializes in women's health. A graduate of the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, she furthered her education through apprenticeships and intensive studies, most influentially in Mayan traditional medicine with Miss Beatrice Waight of Belize. Her goal is to assist women in finding the medicine within.

Sam Coffman

Sam Coffman, RH (AHG), began his medical education in the military as a US Special Forces Medic in 1989. At that same time, he became highly interested in herbalism as a way to provide health care to people in remote regions. He has taught herbalism subjects for over 25 years and has worked as a clinical herbalist for over 15 years.

Renee Davis

Renee Davis, MA, RH (AHG), is a clinical herbalist, researcher, and educator in botanical and mycological medicine. She has worked in private practice, free clinics, the nutraceutical industry, and in various research settings in the areas of tribal health policy, ethnobotany, botanical medicine, and mycology. She is passionate about immunology, women’s health, health equity, and innovation in herbal medicine.

Jenn Dazey

Jenn Dazey, ND, is a core faculty member in the Department of Botanical Medicine at Bastyr University. She sees patients in her private practice at Green Bean Natural Health in Monroe, Washington. She has done private consulting since 2003 and primary care since 2008. Dr. Dazey has worked at Evergreen Hospital in adult health education. She was the lead practitioner for Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy.

Greta de la Montagne

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.

Sean Donahue

Sean Donahue is a member of the faculty of the School of Western Herbalism at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC and co-founder, with Matthew Wood, of the Portland School of Herbal Wisdom in Portland, OR (where also has a private practice.)  He is also a priest of the Feri Tradition of witchcraft.   He lives on the traditional territory of the Yakima Nation in Trout Lake, WA.   His writing regularly appears in Plant Healer magazine and on the website Gods & Radicals.

Ashley Litecky Elenbaas

Ashley Litecky Elenbaas, RH (AHG), began her herbal studies in the forests of Maryland. Her formal study of plants began in 1997 in Asheville, which led her to complete a Master of Science in Clinical Herbalism in 2008. Ashley sits on the AHG Board and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she teaches yoga, leads herbal training programs, and sees clients.

Susan Fidler

Susan Fidler, RH (AHG), trained in the phytotherapeutic tradition in the UK and maintains a busy mixed practice in Maryville, Tennessee. She added a Doctorate of Naturopathy to her CV in 2014. Her academic background in molecular biology meshes well with current health paradigms. Susan has a history of teaching and has recently begun to mentor clinical students.

Margi Flint

Margi Flint is founder of Earthsong Herbals Family Practice and school in Marblehead MA.  The plants and her clients are her greatest teachers.  Classes focus on clinical practice and advanced studies.  Margi is Adjunct Professor at Pacific Rim College B.C. Canada, Tufts University School of Medicine, NSCC, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & The Earth Medicine Institute in Hawaii.  She is author of The Practicing Herbalist, now in its third edition.

Patrick Fratellone

Patrick Fratellone, MD, RH (AHG), is one of the few integrative cardiologists in the US. He maintains hospital admitting privileges at the Mount Sinai Hospitals in NYC. In addition to his fellowship in cardiovascular diseases, he completed a fellowship of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Fratellone is a professor at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine.

EagleSong Evans Gardener

EagleSong Evans Gardener is an herbalist, pilgrim-adventurer, grandmother, and earth keeper. She is the founder of RavenCroft Garden and Healing from the Ground Up, an apprenticeship in integrated earth medicine. Asking ‘What would nature do?’ has served her well through garden tending, child raising, fire storms, journeys to the underworld, and other more common catastrophes.

Jennifer Gerrity

Jennifer Gerrity has been with Mountain Rose Herbs since 2004 and is the Executive Director of Operations. Jennifer has been collaborating with United Plant Savers to develop the forest-grown program and has tremendous experience in working with herbal farmers from around the world.

Christopher Hobbs

Christopher Hobbs, PhD, RH (AHG), is a fourth-generation, Berkeley-educated, internationally renowned herbalist, LAc, herbal clinician, research scientist, consultant to the dietary supplement industry, expert witness, botanist, and mycologist with over 35 years of experience. The author or co-author of over 20 books, Christopher lectures on herbal medicine world-wide.

Candace Hunter and Sue Sierralupé

Candace Hunter and Sue Sierralupé co-host Real Herbalism Radio podcast. Since 2008, they have shared knowledge through The Practical Herbalist and have written many herbal books together. They love to lead local herb walks and herbal excursions. Sue is involved in herbal activism as Clinic Manager for Occupy Medical. Candace educates individuals and families on practical herbal approaches to daily living.

Orna Izakson

Orna Izakson, RH (AHG), is a writer, gardener, clinical herbalist, and naturopathic physician in Portland, Oregon. Her love for wild places brought her to the plants, for whom she now endeavors to speak.

Brendan Kelly

Brendan Kelly has a MA in acupuncture and teaches about natural medicine nationally. He is an author, faculty member at Johnson State College and The Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, and practitioner at the clinic he co-founded in Burlington, Vermont, Jade Mountain Wellness. For 11 years, he has been integrating clinically the potency of western herbs with classical Chinese medicine.

Karta Purkh “KP” Singh Khalsa

Karta Purkh “KP” Singh Khalsa, Yogaraj (Ayurveda), DN-C, CAP, LMT, NCTMB, CC, RH (AHG), has over 45 years of experience in alternative medicine. Khalsa is president emeritus of the American Herbalists Guild, director of the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association, and has presented at over 200 national conferences. Khalsa taches at Bastyr University and the National University of Natural Medicine.

Susan Leopold

Susan Leopold, PhD, is executive director of the medicinal plant conservation nonprofit United Plant Savers (UpS). She serves as an advisory board member of the American Botanical Council (ABC), and as a board member of Botanical Dimensions and the Center for Sustainable Economy.

Guido Masé

Guido Masé, RH (AHG), is a clinician and educator in the western herbal tradition. His practice interweaves clinical experience, mythology, and science. He is chief herbalist at Urban Moonshine, clinician at the Burlington Herb Clinic, faculty member and clinical supervisor at VCIH, teacher in herbal medicine at the University of Vermont, and author of The Wild Medicine Solution and DIY Bitters.

Lorna Mauney-Brodek

Lorna Mauney-Brodek is dedicated to promoting diversity, environmental responsibility, and social justice, for which she received the AHG Community Service Award in 2013. She is the founder and director of the Herbalista Health Network (the Herb Bus), which utilizes mobile medicine to offer care and education to underserved communities. Lorna teaches the Herb Bus method nationally and internationally.

Diane Miller

Diane Miller, JD, is an attorney and the Director of Law and Public Policy for National Health Freedom Coalition (NHFC) and National Health Freedom Action (NHFA) and Co-Moderator of the US Health Freedom Congress. Diane has dedicated her legal talents to health freedom and is passionate about providing information and resources to decision-makers to ensure the right of herbalists and other practitioners to practice.

William Morris

William Morris, PhD, DAOM, has 37 years of clinical experience. He is a leading expert on pulse diagnosis. Will authored Li Shi-zhen Pulse Studies: An Illustrated Guide and leads 6-month mentorship programs for clinical herbalists in the western tradition. He also teaches pulse diagnosis internationally and in a regionally accredited doctoral program at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas.

Tania Neubauer

Tania Neubauer, ND, began her health care career as a community health worker and a clinical herbalist. Her interest in making healing accessible to all people led her to become a naturopathic doctor. After training as an ND, she has remained in the community health world, working in a public hospital in rural Nicaragua and then at community clinics in Oregon. She teaches at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism.

Samantha Roberts

Samantha Roberts is a clinical herbalist, nutritionist, plant tender, and community organizer. She lives in Ashland, Oregon where her herbal practice focuses on chronic illness, healing trauma, mental health and community care. Sam uses herbs, plant spirit medicine, holistic nutrition and ritual to steward her clients back to their health, vitality, center and sense of belonging within the world.  

Emily Ruff

Emily Ruff, Executive Director of the Florida School of Holistic Living, is a community herbalist who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for over a decade. Her studies have taken her around three continents where she has studied under healers of many traditions. Her background in gardening and botany came in childhood while wandering the wilderness and digging in the sandy soils of Florida with her grandfather, a fifth generation sustenance farmer, and her father, a botany and astronomy professor.

Christa Sinadinos

Christa Sinadinos is the founder and director of the Northwest School for Botanical Studies (since 1998) and the author of The Essential Guide to Western Botanical Medicine (slated for publication in 2017). She has trained hundreds of students. Christa brings more than 20 years of clinical expertise in consulting, formulating, teaching, and operating an herbal extract business.

Jakob Sletteland

Jakob Sletteland, MSc, EMT-I, CCN, RH (AHG), is an herbalist, clinical nutritionist, and emergency medic with ten years of experience. Jakob volunteers as a practitioner with Occupy Medical in Eugene, Oregon, a free integrative medicine clinic, and has organized and run back-country bush clinics at annual indigenous ceremonies in the Pacific Northwest. His private practice, Vital Force Natural Health, is in Eugene.

Jillian Stansbury

Dr. Jillian Stansbury has been in clinical practice for 30 years, is the author of numerous herbal books, and has served on the faculty of NUNM for many decades. She weaves together folkloric wisdom with modern molecular
research, and is a popular speaker at medical, herbal, and other professional conferences throughout the Americas.

Michelle Steinberg

Michelle Steinberg is a nutritionist, herbalist, and documentary filmmaker in Oakland, CA. She has an MS in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, trained at the Ohlone Herbal Center, and was mentored at the NE School of Botanical Medicine. She started Consultas Naturistas, a free bilingual Spanish language nutrition/herbal medicine program at Street Level Health Project, and is on the Board of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved.

Jen Stovall

Jen Stovall has lived in New Orleans since 2004 and is one of the owners of the collectively run Maypop Community Herb Shop. Her work as a BSN-RN and NADA Ear Acupuncture Detox Specialist and Trainer inform her herbal practice. At present, Jen works as a community herbalist and health educator, using a blend of Southern Folk Medicine, Western Herbalism, and harm reduction in her classes and with her clients.

Nicole Telkes

Nicole Telkes, RH (AHG), is a clinician and educator living outside of Austin, Texas. Nicole founded and directs the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine, and wrote The Medicinal Plants of Texas. She has a background in botanical studies, community activism, and herbal first aid clinics. She lives on a botanical sanctuary that feeds her bioregional apothecary, which is open to her clients and students.

Lesley Tierra

Lesley Tierra, LAc, Dip. Ac., Dip. CH., RH (AHG), author of seven books, including A Kids Herb Book and Healing with the Herbs of Life, is a California state and nationally licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, co-producer of the East West Herb Course with Michael Tierra, and owner of a private practice in Santa Cruz, California, focusing on physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

Katolen T. Yardley

Katolen T. Yardley has been in private practice in Vancouver, BC since 2000. An instructor at Boucher Naturopathic College and Dominion Herbal College, Katolen is also the Vice President of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations and President of the Canadian Herbalist's Association of BC. In 2016 she published her first book, The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies.

Steven Yeager

Steven Yeager is the QA/QC Director at Mountain Rose herbs and a teacher at Columbines School for Botanical Studies. He also serves on the Board for the AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (the AHPA-ERB Foundation). Steven serves as President for the Emerald Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon and is on the Board of Directors for the United Plant Savers.