Symposium Presenters

Ann Armbrecht

Ann Armbrecht is an anthropologist, writer, herbalist, and director of the Sustainable Herbs Project, a multi-media initiative following herbs through the supply chain. She is co-producer of Numen: The Nature of Plants, author of Thin Places: A Pilgrimage Home, and a Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth. Her book, Following Herbs Through the Supply Chain, will be published by Chelsea Green Books in 2019.

Catherine Browne

Dr. Catherine Browne, DAOM, L.Ac., RH (AHG), a doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, has her own clinic called In Harmony Wellness Clinic, which is located in Harmony, NC. She is on the front lines of the opioid crisis treating veterans and patients for pain and opioid dependency in a busy integrative clinic. Her book, Natural Therapies for Overcoming Opioid Dependency, is on shelves October 2018 (Storey Publishing).

Todd Caldecott

Todd Caldecott, RH (AHG), is a medical herbalist and practitioner of Ayurveda of 25 years. After training from 1992-1996 in Ayurveda, Todd established a clinical practice and small manufacturing business in the West Kootenays of British Columbia before working with the Bajracharya medical tradition of the Kathmandu Valley. In 2011, Todd published his second book, Food As Medicine: The Theory and Practice of Food and then established the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine, providing distant learning and mentorship in Ayurveda, nutrition, and herbal medicine.

Karen Culpepper

Karen L. Culpepper is a clinical herbalist in the Washington DC area. Karen’s unique herbalist contribution centers on the ways in which plant medicine can support deep healing. Her particular focus areas are intergenerational trauma and its impact on physiology and vitality.

Thomas Easley

Thomas Easley, RH (AHG), is a traditional western herbalist with extensive clinical experience spanning 17 years and over 15,000 clients. He emphasizes food as medicine, diet, stress management, supplements, and exercise to help clients achieve health goals. He is Director and Head Instructor for the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine in the Blue Ridge mountains near Lowgap, North Carolina.

Will Endres

Will Endres is an Appalachian herbalist, wildcrafter, and outdoor guide with more than 42 years of experience. Will is nationally recognized as an expert in the healing properties of herbs and a pioneer in the field. Will’s Wild Herbs offers herbal consultations, education, and high quality herbal remedies. Spreading knowledge about the bounty of local wild plants is one of his greatest passions.

Richael Faithful

Richael Faithful (they/them/theirs) is a folk healing artist and healing justice practitioner rooted in the African diasporic tradition of conjure. A trained folk healer, and long-time facilitator, Faithful inspires people disconnected from land and community to rediscover those relationships. Faithful contributed to the Food First anthology, Land Justice: Re-imagining Land, Food, and the Commons.

Noelle Fuller

Noelle Fuller has a Certificate of Herbal Medicine from the Botanologos School of Herbal Studies and an M.S. in Horticulture. Her area of research was on the medicinal herb, holy basil(tulsi). She now manages the herb program at UGArden, a student-centered teaching and demonstration farm at the University of Georgia where over 50 herbs are grown to dry and blend into tea blends that are sold in the community. Noelle, on the left, is pictured with her co-presenter, Cassandra Wilson.


Angelique “Sobande” Greer

Mystic, Manifestor, Dream Weaver, Desert Storm Army Veteran, Herbalist & Healer are just some of the things that describe Angelique “Sobande” Greer. She embraces the name given to her by her spiritual Godparents (meaning the seer came with me) and believes that she has been called back to the healing ways of her people. She is a Master Herbalist, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Consultant, Educator & Author with over 25 years of experience in the field. She founded & runs the only African American School of Herbalism & Natural Health that teaches the art of herbalism & healing the old fashioned way. She is also the founder of the United States first Afro Botany Certification Immersion Program, providing students with a unbridled opportunity into the African Diaspora to learn about the plants, the people, the culture & the rituals of healing. Sobande resides with her husband just outside Nashville Tennessee where she maintains a private practice that centers on education & consulting. She also holds annual International & Domestic herbal retreats for women of color.

Patricia Kyritsi Howell

Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG), herbalist, teacher and author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians (2006), is founder and director of the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies in north Georgia, and co-owner of Wild Crete Travel, a tour company offering herb trips to Greece. Patricia was recently named 'Herbalist in Residence' at the Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center in Mountain City, Georgia, where she will be designing herbal studies programs and native gardens based on the renowned Foxfire books. 

Heather Irvine

Heather Irvine is a clinical herbalist and instructor, living in Boston, MA. She sees clients in downtown Boston and Somerville. She formerly grew and gathered an extensive range of plants for her tincture business, Giving Tree Botanicals, though is now focused on bringing Western Herbalism to the heart of the city and sharing botanical information with health practitioners. Her eight-minute aromatic walk to work stretches the length of Chinatown.

Ellen Kamhi

Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, RH (AHG), AHN-BC is a wildcrafting intuitive herbalist, dowser, and leader in the nutraceutical industry, specializing in regulation, formulation, and education. As a nationally board certified holistic nurse (AHN-BC), and medical school instructor, author, and radio host (Herbally Yours), she mentors aspiring herbalists, does CE broker approved education, and leads to experience shamanic traditions in indigenous areas.

Janet Kent

Janet Kent is a land-tied herbalist, educator, and writer. She lives off-the-grid in her hand-built home in an Appalachian hardwood cove forest high in the mountains of western NC. She runs Medicine County Herbs, a medicinal and native plant nursery and apothecary, and is a founder of the Terra Sylva School of Botanical Medicine. She writes on herbalism, deep ecology, and reconnection medicine at

Susan Kramer

Susan Kramer 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 20 years, is the author of The Naturally Healthy Traveler, and travels widely. Her recent 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.

Cara-Lee Langston

Cara-Lee Langston is a South African-born nutritionist, herbalist, wildcrafter, and wellness cook.  An Exercise Science undergraduate, she holds a Certificate in Medical Herbalism from Botanologos School of Herbal Studies and a MS in Nutrition and Integrative Health from MUIH. As Teaching Kitchen Coordinator for Food Bank of NE GA, Cara-Lee develops nutrition, culinary, and outdoor education programs for children and adults.

Susan Leopold

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

Phyllis D. Light

Phyllis D. Light, MA, RH (AHG), is a fourth generation herbalist and healer. She began her studies in Southern and Appalachian folk medicine at the age of 10 in the deep woods of North Alabama with lessons from her Creek/Cherokee grandmother before continuing to study with well-known folk herbalist Tommie Bass. She later received her Master of Health Studies from the University of Alabama.

Phyllis has been a practicing herbalist for over 25 years. In addition to private practice, Phyllis has worked in a medical clinic in Birmingham, Alabama and was the supervising herbalist at Common Ground Health Clinic in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She was Director of Herbal Studies at Clayton College of Natural Health, taught CEU courses in integrative medicine for Diversified Nursing Services, and has written articles for many industry magazines.

Phyllis is the Director of the Appalachian Center for Natural Health in Arab, Alabama, which offers both online and residential classes. Phyllis is also a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and a licensed massage therapist. She is the author of Southern Folk Medicine (North Atlantic, 2018).

An important goal of Phyllis’s professional career is to share the rich herbal traditions of the Southern United States, which are as applicable today as they were 300 years ago. It’s only with continued use that long-standing, bioregional herbal traditions and plant use will continue to thrive and survive.

Bob Linde

Bob Linde, AP, RH (AHG), runs Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies and Traditions School of Herbal Studies in St. Petersburg, FL. He consults on herbal products for humans and animals. Bob recently completed 12 episodes for INTI TV, “Sanaciones con Bob Linde”, an exploration of Ecuador’s indigenous herbal practices.

Jade Alicandro Mace

Jade Alicandro Mace practices community and clinical herbalism in MA. She teaches an apprenticeship in bioregional herbalism, leads workshops and herbwalks, and has a clinical practice. In 2012, she co-founded the Greenfield Community Herbal Clinic, a community clinic dedicated to affordable herbal care.

Richard Mandelbaum

Richard Mandelbaum RH (AHG), is a clinical herbalist with a practice in Brooklyn. He is co-founder and co-director of the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City, and is on the faculty at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies with a focus on botany and phytochemistry. Richard is an AHG Council member and currently serves as Secretary and Chair of the Committee for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

Susan Marynowski

Susan Marynowski, M.S., is an herbalist engaged in teaching, writing, editing, and consulting in Gainesville, Florida. She teaches at the Florida Herbal Conference, the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, the Florida Earthskills Gathering, the Florida Skillshare Alliance, and other venues. She has an M.S. in Ecology and Public Education with specialization in curriculum design and evaluation.

Dave Meesters

Dave Meesters is co-founder and co-director of Medicine County Herbs and the Terra Sylva School, based in the mountains of western NC. His practice and teaching reflect a deep evolving holism attained by listening to, honoring, embracing, and collaborating with nature, and holistic physiology, energetics, ecology, gardening, systems theory, magic, alchemy, and permaculture.

Cassandra Nicholson

Cassandra Lee Nicholson is a clinical herbalist working with both classic and live apothecaries in Savannah, Georgia. As the Director of Education and Maintenance at an edible landscaping company, she manages multiple multi-use organic properties used for garden education and production. She is the founder of Plant Princess Enterprises, a company that promotes better living through botanical education. Cassandra, on the right, is pictured with her co-presenter, Noelle Fuller.

Danny O'Rawe

Danny O'Rawe, ND MSc FIRH, is a herbalist and naturopath with 30 years experience. He is very active on several fronts promoting unity among herbalists to strengthen our position in the wake of the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy. He lectures in herbal medicine and nutrition and is a full-time practitioner with his own independent clinic in Belfast, Ireland.

Holli Richey

Holli Richey RH (AHG), LCSW, is a practicing medical herbalist and holistic psychotherapist providing mind-body care in a private practice and Community Health Center in Chattanooga, TN. Holli works with complex PTSD and somatic disorders. Besides her indoor practice, Holli facilitates nature-based therapy in the mountains of southeastern TN.

Gina Rivers Contla

Gina Rivers Contla is an herbalist and educator. Through her work with the mushroom enthusiast, Paul Stamets, Gina has traveled internationally training practitioners and the public on the benefits of medicinal mushrooms. She has served as a community herbalist throughout the south and lives in the southeastern Appalachians, where she cultivates herbs and mushrooms through sustainable organic farming.

Keith Robertson

Keith Robertson, MSc. Herbal Medicine, F.NIMH Director of Education, Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, is a respected visionary and pioneer of traditional energetic and contemplative approaches in professional herbal training in the UK. He established the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine in Glasgow, training Herbalists to BSc (Hons) and MSc level. A correspondence pre-course and international apprenticeship are run from his herb farm on the Isle of Arran.

Karen Rose

Karen Rose, Master Herbalist, is trained in eastern and western herbal medicine and created an outlet for her teachings and healing modalities at Brooklyn-based Sacred Vibes Healing and Apothecary in 2009. Her inspiration began in her childhood home of Guyana, where she learned how African, Caribbean, and Latin American traditions influenced plant medicine and healing.

Zaire Sabb

Tamar "ZAIRE" Sabb, RN, Birth/Postpartum Doula, CLE (Certified Lactation Educator), IPE (International Placenta Encapsulator) is a mother, healer, activist, advanced doula, herbalist, and child of Ifa. Zaire has always had an intense connection to the spiritual and physical. She has dedicated her life to healing through training in both allopathic modalities and ancient ancestral healing as a priestess of Ifa/Orisha. Zaire helps women not only find their voice, but reclaim it.

CoreyPine Shane

CoreyPine Shane, RH (AHG), is Director of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine in Asheville, NC, and has spent almost 25 years helping clients by artfully blending Chinese and western herbal traditions. He’s the author of the e-book Herbs for Pain. CoreyPine believes that laughter is an essential part of any medicine chest, and is part of the ‘Wise Guy’ school of healing.

Oscar Sierra

Oscar Sierra, L.Ac., bridges gaps between East and West, science and art, music and medicine, and functional and traditional medicine. He’s managed a full-time clinical practice in Atlanta since 2008 where he delivers comprehensive, collaborative care to people with chronic disease by integrating high-tech functional lab assessments with traditional tongue and pulse diagnostics.

Leslie Williams

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.

David Winston

David Winston, RH (AHG), is an herbalist and ethnobotanist with 47 years of training in Chinese, Native American, and western/eclectic herbal traditions. He’s been in clinical practice for 40 years and is an herbal consultant to physicians, herbalists, and researchers throughout North America. In 2013, David was presented with the Natural Products Association (NPA) Clinician’s Award and awarded a fellowship by the Irish Register of Herbalists.

Benjamin Zappin

Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac., is an herbalist who practices a mix of western and Chinese herbal medicine along with acupuncture and other modalities in Oakland, CA. Benjamin owns and operates Five Flavors Herbs, an herbal pharmacy and extract manufacturing company.