Symposium Speakers

We've got a stellar line-up of speakers for this year's Symposium!

Here you'll find the bios of our featured speakers for the Symposium and the Pre-Symposium and Post-Symposium Intensives.

Click on the link in each bio to read their class description.

7 Song

7Song is a clinical herbalist and botanist. He is the main teacher and director of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca, NY, which he began in 1994. He is also a founder and clinical herbalist at the Ithaca Free Clinic, an integrated free clinic. He hopes to make herbal medicine accessible for everyone and to be a bridge between conventional and herbal medicine. He also adores plants.

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Penelope Beaudrow

Penelope Beaudrow is a Registered Herbalist and recognized herbal elder who has devoted over the past 25 years to helping others foster deep and resilient connections with the living intelligence of the natural world and the regenerative, healing forces of plants and the medicine they carry.

Zarah Cabañas

Zarah Cabañas is the founder of Space Acres Botanicals. Located in the Catskill mountains of New York, Space Acres Botanicals connects people to nature through wildcrafted body and skin care and forest-inspired healing. Zarah is also an award-winning video artist, educator, and World Champion eskrimador.  She enjoys playing in her band City and Forest with her husband and exploring the world with her two inquisitive children.

Juliette Carr

Juliette Abigail Carr, APRN, RH(AHG), is a Family Nurse Practitioner, herbalist, farmer, and the proprietor of Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine and Botanical Sanctuary (Newfane, Vermont). Join her for online and hands-on apprenticeships at the forest Botanical Sanctuary focused on land-based bioregional radical herbalism. Find free articles on radical family and community herbalism at www.oldwaysherbal.com and @oldwaysherbal.


Sallie Dixon

Sallie Dixon, RH(AHG), began her career as an herbalist in 2008 and has been working with clients since 2010. In 2019 she graduated from the East West School of Planetary Herbology as a Professional Herbalist. She is an active faculty member with East West and teaches locally to the school in CA. Professional memberships include the Tallahassee Healing Arts Alliance, the American Herbalists Guild, the American Botanical Council, Herbalists Without Borders, and United Plant Savers. Sallie lives on her farm with a collection of horses.

Laurie Dohmen

Dr. Dohmen, RH(AHG), graduated from UPenn’s Veterinary School. She received training in herbal medicine, acupuncture, food therapy, and Bach flower essences. She received her MS from MUIH. She lectures on veterinary herbal medicine and other wholistic topics. She co-created the only hands-on veterinary herbal medicine course for western veterinary practices in the USA and is published in veterinary journals. Dr. Dohmen is the past President of VBMA and a member of the IVAS, AAVA, AHVMA, and AVMA.

Keren Dolan

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 D.C.N. (Doctor of Clinical Nutrition) from Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). She specializes in functional nutrition, western clinical herbalism, and holistic aromatherapy. Keren has published peer-reviewed papers and is adjunct faculty in the Nutrition and Herbal Medicine Departments at MUIH. Keren empowers clients and students by cultivating their self-awareness and ability to find nourishment through  multidimensional health. She plants and plays in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children.

Holly Dunbar

Holly Dunbar is a massage therapist, herbalist, and aromatherapist with over 28 years of experience in holistic health. She is the owner and practitioner of New Moon Bodywork & Botanicals, a holistic health practice in Maryland since 1995, in addition to being the creator of an aromatherapy product line, educator, and writer. Dunbar grows an abundance of plants for food, medicine, and wildlife at her farm in southern Maryland.

Lauren Eadline

Lauren Eadline, MSN, FNP-C, RH(AHG), is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, and a clinical herbalist at the EarthStrong Center for Integrative Herbalism in Camillus, NY. She is the founder of the Syracuse Herbal Study Group, a group dedicated to learning, discussion, and action on topics in plant medicine. She also teaches in SUNY Upstate's Family Medicine Residency Program, where she works with interns on integrating herbs into medical practice.

Thomas Easley

Thomas is an herbal clinician, author, and educator with over 20 years of clinical experience. He runs the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine in Lowgap, NC. When he's not seeing patients or writing or teaching about herbs, he can probably be found in his lab making herbal extracts or in the forest pondering herbs.


Margi Flint

Margi Flint, RH(AHG) and HM, owns and operates EarthSong Herbals in Marblehead, MA. Her filters of wisdom include over twenty years of labor coaching, certification in polarity therapy and reiki, and forty-plus years of herbal practice. She is on staff at Pacific Rim College in BC. She has been caught lecturing at Bastyr University and numerous amazing herb schools. Margi is the author of “The Practicing Herbalist IV.”

Patrick Fratellone

Patrick Fratellone, MD, FIM, and RH(AHG), is an Integrative Physician practicing in New York City and Connecticut for 25 years. An adjunct professor at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine and at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in NYC, he also teaches at ArborVitae School of Herbalism in Brooklyn. Patrick has previously presented lectures at the AHG Symposium and the American Apitherapy Society conferences.

Erika G. Galentin

Erika G. Galentin, MNIMH, RH(AHG), is a clinical herbalist consulting 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. With over a decade of clinical practice, Erika seeks to encourage positive, learned relationships between people and their bodies.

Ruth Glass

Ruth Glass, BS, MA, is a certified clinical herbalist and educator in St Petersburg, FL. She has 20 years of experience with herbs and 7 years as a clinical herbalist. She is trained in Western and Chinese herbs and practices the Wise Woman Tradition while incorporating TCM energetics and the humoral system. You can find her roaming the trails teaching children the magic of herbs, caring for clients in the clinical setting, or preparing new herbalists for the world of herbalism.

Maria Noël Groves

Maria Noël Groves, RH(AHG) and clinical herbalist, runs Wintergreen Botanicals in New Hampshire. Her business is devoted to education and empowerment via classes, health consultations, and writing. She is the author of the award-winning, best-selling “Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self Care” and “Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies.” Maria also offers all levels of herbal study courses and classes on site and online at www.wintergreenbotanicals.com.

Christopher Hobbs

Dr. Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., is a fourth-generation, internationally renowned herbalist and mycologist, licensed acupuncturist, herbal clinician, research scientist, consultant to the dietary supplement industry, expert witness, botanist, public speaker, and author of over 20 books and numerous articles with over 35 years of experience.

Mel Kasting

Mel Kasting, RH(AHG), is a clinical herbalist living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southern Virginia. She is the Clinical Program and Free Clinic Director for the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine and has been in practice for nine years. Mel's clinical and teaching work lives at the intersections of herbalism, botany, society, trauma, and somatic experiencing.

Brian Keenan

Dr. Brian Keenan is an herbalist, naturopathic doctor, and acupuncturist. He spends his time synthesizing the worlds of science and energetic medicine for all audiences and experience levels. He currently practices in Maryland and is the education manager at Ayush Herbs Inc. He has also been adjunct faculty at Bastyr University and guest lectures regularl

Susan Kramer

Susan Kramer is a therapeutic herbalist and teacher with over 25 years of full-time practice and teaching. She graduated from and teaches for East West, 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.

Robert Linde

Bob took a circuitous route to becoming an herbalist and acupuncturist. His careers include commercial lobster and conch diver, treasure hunter, wilderness youth counselor, infantryman in Desert Storm, and GreenPeace worker. Now he is the owner of Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies and the Traditions School of Herbal Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. Bob recently completed 12 episodes for INTI TV, “Sanaciones con Bob Linde,” an exploration of indigenous people’s herbal practices.

Tesia Love

Tesia Love is a certified Ayurvedic practitioner from Charlotte, NC, where she practices as a clinical Ayurvedic specialist, clinical herbalist, 500-hour registered yoga teacher and licensed massage and bodywork therapist. She has studied Ayurveda over nearly 20 years and spent the past nine years professionally helping her clients transform their health through this profound science.

Richard Mandelbaum

Richard Mandelbaum, RH(AHG), has been practicing as an herbalist for over 20 years, with a background in both Chinese and Western herbal traditions and a passion for our native, local plants. He is co-founder and co-director of the Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City and is on the faculty at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies. Richard served as member of the AHG governing council from 2012-2018.

Lore McSpadden-Walker

Lore is a proudly fat non-binary trans person (they/them) who has dedicated their life towards helping people who have experienced systemic marginalization, gender dysphoria, and/or traumatic experiences to learn about their physical selves. Their study and practice of herbalism is rooted in a social justice framework and emphasizes the herbs that are native to their home area in western New York State.

Gabriel Mojay

Gabriel Mojay is an author-researcher, educator, and practitioner in the scientific and TCM-energetic aspects of medicinal and aromatic plants and their extracts. He has practiced clinical herbalism, aromatic medicine, and acupuncture since 1987. Gabriel was born in England, grew up in Maryland, has spent most of his career in London, and now resides in Sonoma County, CA. He is author of the Inner Traditions publication, “Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit.”

Alyssa Moore-Frey

Lyz (they/them) is a Registered Nurse, clinical herbalist, and proud member of the LGBTQIA2+ community with a focus on substance abuse, trauma-informed care, and equitable access to herbal health care in rural America from a dual perspective of traditional folk herbalism and scientific evidence-based herbalism, combined with western medicine.

Glen Nagel

Dr. Glen Nagel, ND, is a practicing herbalist, licensed naturopathic physician,
and all around herbal wise guy. Glen is excited to be back in herbal education as the Herbal Medicine Dean at the American College of Healthcare Sciences. Glen’s training as an herbalist began in the early 1980s as one of the first herbal apprentices with “Herbal Ed” Smith and Sara Katz, Herb Pharm co-founders.

Althea Northage-Orr

Althea Northage-Orr has been an herbalist, acupuncturist, bodyworker, and functional nutritionist in Chicago for more than 40 years. She was the founder and director of the Chicago College of Healing Arts for fifteen years, a school dedicated to teaching clinical herbalism and other healing arts. She served two terms on the governing council of the American Herbalists Guild and more than ten years as a member of the AHG Admissions Committee. A passionate gardener, Althea is also the caretaker and owner of Glastonbury, an 80-acre United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary in northern Indiana. She maintains a busy clinical practice in Chicago where she hosts and teaches classes about health and healing.

Lola Ohonba

Dr. O is a clinical pharmacist and professor of medical cannabis science at John Patrick University School of Integrative and Functional Medicine. She is the author of “A Pharmacist’s Guide to Cannabis” and hosts the podcast “Let’s Talk Plant Medicine: Cannabis, Psychedelics, and Pharmaceutics.” She is a global public speaker and has spoken at events such as Global Cannabis Intelligence (GCI), American Cannabis Nurses Association, Women in Plant Medicine, and more.

Jocelyn Perez-Blanco

Jocelyn Perez-Blanco, founder of Herban Garden, is an herbalist, flower essence therapist, and environmental educator based in NYC. She offers free and low-cost workshops, plant walks, and consultations, and her classes have been recommended by The New York Times. She currently serves as Assistant Director and NYC Queens Chapter Coordinator for Herbalists Without Borders and is on the Board of Directors of the American Herbalists Guild.

Samuel Perry

Samuel Perry RH (AHG) is a clinical herbalist, medicine maker and herbal educator in Upstate New York.

Practicing in the Vitalist and eclectic tradition of American Herbalism, Sam offers compassionate attention and support in all manner of health concerns. An instructor and core team member at Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism, Sam teaches herbal energetics and Materia Medica, helps supervise the 3rd year clinic, leads plant walks, and offers medicine making demonstrations. A long-time practitioner of Zen Buddhism, Sam also leads meditation retreats.

Holly Poole-Kavana

Holly Poole-Kavana practices as a clinical herbalist, grower, and medicine-maker in Washington, D.C., where her priority is connecting people to local plants.

Sajah Popham

Sajah Popham, author of “Evolutionary Herbalism,” has cultivated a comprehensive practice of herbalism that balances science and spirituality, utilizing plants to rejuvenate the body, clarify the mind, open the heart, and support the development of the soul. His unique approach integrates clinical herbalism and modern science with traditional alchemy, spagyrics, Ayurveda, and medical astrology to transform lives with the wholeness of plants.

Intensives:
Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts (they/she) is a gay, white, non-binary clinical herbalist and herbal educator. Through their practice, Home and Hearth Herbs, Sam weaves reconnection and empowerment into herbal care focused on emotional healing and digestive health. Sam also teaches herbalism rooted in social justice at the Now and Then Herb School. Sam works with plants as a bridge to guide clients and students back home to themselves and into active relationship with the world around them. 

Mischa Schuler

Mischa Schuler, director of Wild Carrot Herbs, practices a mix of clinical herbalism, craniosacral therapy, and shamanic skills in her garden in Portland, Maine. She tends space to ease anxiety in adults and teens, as well as provides deep care for gynecological and thyroid health. She facilitates classes, retreats, and apprenticeships focused on engagement of the senses, relationship with the plants, and connection to one’s ancestors.

CoreyPine Shane

CoreyPine Shane, RH(AHG), Director of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, has spent over 25 years helping clients and teaching people by artfully blending Chinese and western herbal traditions. His new book “Southeast Medicinal Plants” covers how to identify, ethically harvest, and use the wild plants of the southeast. CoreyPine has taught across the United States and in Europe, and can often be found cooking up wild plants and mushrooms he's harvested.

Kevin Spelman

Dr. Kevin Spelman is a molecular biologist, phytochemist, and phytotherapist who has worked with medicinal plants in the field and clinic. As a researcher he has investigated plants for brain and ovarian cancer, clinical trials, immunological studies, cannabinoid signaling, and chemical analysis. International research has included the analysis of nutrient levels in teenage women in West Africa, working with children with neurological disorders in Central America and investigating plants for malaria in Paris. Kevin has been an adjunct assistant professor at MCPHS, NUNM, Bastyr University, and MUIH. He currently runs Health, Education, and Research, a consulting service for the Natural Products and Cannabis industry, which offers services in research, formulations, and product development.

David Winston

David Winston is an herbalist and ethnobotanist with 53 years of training in Chinese, western/Eclectic, and southeastern traditions. He has been in clinical practice for 46 years and is an herbal consultant to physicians, herbalists, and researchers throughout the globe. David is the founder/director of the Herbal Therapeutics Research Library and the Dean of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, a two-year training program in clinical herbal medicine. He is an internationally known author and lecturer and frequently teaches at medical schools, professional symposia, and herb conferences. He is the president of Herbalist & Alchemist, Inc. a manufacturer that produces herbal products that blend the art and science of the world’s great herbal traditions.

Taylor Womack

Taylor Womack is a clinical herbalist from Richmond, Virginia. She comes from a family of medical workers and folk healers. She has studied herbalism with some wonderful teachers, and loves passing along what she’s learned. Plants are amazing and her goal is to spark curiosity as well as build competency around holistic community care.

Steven Yeager

Steven is Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at Mountain Rose Herbs where he oversees laboratory operations including their identity program as well as assuring GMP compliance. He serves on the board of directors including the American Herbal Products Association, United Plant Savers, and the Native Plant Society of Oregon. Steven is the former co-owner of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and was an instructor with the program for 20 plus years.

Benjamin Zappin

Benjamin Zappin, LAc, is an herbalist and acupuncturist who blends western and east Asian herbal traditions in practice, teaching, and product development. Ben, along with his wife Ingrid Bauer, MD, operates Five Flavors Herbs and a small farm in Nevada City, CA. Clinically he is a generalist, but has focused on mental health and infectious disease during phases of his career.