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ArborVitae Faculty | Professional Herbalists

ArborVitae’s faculty is composed of a strong team of teachers with noted expertise and experience. We continue to build our instructor base, with the goal to assemble a faculty that reflects the diversity of approaches to herbal medicine and backgrounds present in the greater herbal community. We are dedicated to honoring the vibrant herbal community of New York and our region by bringing local teachers and experienced practitioners into the classroom as regular weekly teachers. In addition, some instructors will visit the school periodically to teach in an intensive manner.

Core Faculty

ArborVitae’s core faculty are its founders and co-directors, Claudia Keel and Richard Mandelbaum.

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Claudia Keel is a clinical herbalist and flower essence therapist with an additional specialty in food and nutrition therapy. She has had a private practice in Manhattan, NY since 1999. Claudia also teaches regularly about herbs, flower essences and traditional foods in practitioner study groups, workshops and conferences.

Since 1995, Claudia trained as an herbalist in apprenticeships and courses with master herbalists, including Kate Gilday and Matthew Wood.

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Richard Mandelbaum RH is a clinical herbalist with a private practice in Brooklyn and in Sullivan County, NY. Richard has been practicing as an herbalist since 1997, with a background in both Chinese and Western herbal traditions. In addition to seeing clients he teaches classes in herbal medicine, medicine making, and botany. He is currently on the faculty at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies in Washington, NJ. Until 2009 Richard was the Director of the Clinical Herbalist Diploma Program at the Lehigh Valley Healing Arts Academy in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.

Visiting Faculty: Local, National, & International

ArborVitae has distinguished national and local instructors teach classes and intensive weekends as a part of the professional program and also for the community. To date, the following visiting instructors are a part of ArborVitae’s faculty:

Leslie Alexander, Robin Rose Bennett, Bevin Clare, David Dalton, Lena DeGloma, Jonathan Edwards, Dina Falconi, Margi Flint, Patrick Fratellone, Amy Galper, Sezelle Gereau Haddon, Lata Chettri Kennedy, Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Katinka Locascio, Chris Masterjohn, Anne McIntyre, Jody Noe, Susanna Raeven, Karen Rose, Karyn Sanders, Cathy Skipper, 7SongTammi Sweet, Peeka Trenkle, Karen Vaughan, Nathaniel Whitmore & Matthew Wood

Leslie Alexander

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Leslie M Alexander is a practicing professional Herbalist and co-owner of Restoration Herbs in Franklin, Pennsylvania. She received her B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck NJ and her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh Scotland. Leslie’s first book, co-authored with Linda Straub Bruce, entitled Herbs for the Mouth: A Practical Guide is soon to be published by Healing Arts Press.

Robin Rose Bennett

robin rose bennettRobin Rose Bennett, founder of Wisewoman Healing Ways – Herbal Medicine and EarthSpirit Teachings, is a gifted herbalist, writer, and spiritual teacher. Since 1986 she has taught at schools, clinics, progressive and holistic organizations, herbal conferences, and most joyously, outside with the plants. Robin has a private consultation practice in New Jersey and is in the 9th year of offering a monthly sliding scale clinical teaching practice for herbalists at a medical center in Bronx, NY.

Bevin Clare

bevin-clare-arborvitaeBevin Clare M.S., R.H., CNS, is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist with a deep love of plants. She is the Interim Program Director of the Masters of Science in Herbal Medicine Program at Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, MD. Bevin has studied herbal medicine around the world and blends her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies. Her clinical practice focuses on wellness, nutrition, infection, and women’s health.

Lena DeGloma

Lena DeGloma -ArborVitaeLena DeGloma, MS, LMT, CD, CLC, CCCE, is the founder of Red Moon Wellness in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Lena is a clinical herbalist, licensed massage therapist, certified birth doula, certified lactation counselor and certified childbirth educator. Her wellness practice focuses on women’s health and the childbearing cycle through therapeutic massage, herbal and nutritional consultation, and birth and breastfeeding support. She also integrates fire cupping, hydrotherapy, and aromatherapy into her clinical work.

Jonathan Edwards

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Jonathan H Edwards, MSOM, LAc has trained in Western and Classical Chinese herbalism, acupuncture, and divination techniques. He seeks to offer clarity and nourishment from the wellspring of these traditions. In practice at Brooklyn Acupuncture Project and AxisMundiHealingArts.com, he also maintains creativelydivergent.com, dedicated to helping people follow the thread of sacred weirdness to align with their soul’s work.

Dina Falconi

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Dina Falconi is a clinical herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. She has been teaching classes about the use of herbs for food, medicine, and pleasure, including wild food foraging and cooking, for more than twenty years. Early on in her herbal studies, she had a three year, private one-on-one tutorial /apprenticeship with William LeSassier. Dina produces Falcon Formulations natural body care products and Earthly Extracts medicinal tinctures.

Margi Flint

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Margi Flint, RH, B.Sc., owns and operates EarthSong Herbals, a busy family practice and herb school in Marblehead MA. She is an Adjunct Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine since 1994, North Shore Community College since 2003 and Mass College of Pharmacy for their Masters program. The author of a textbook for herbalists The Practicing Herbalist, Meeting with clients, Reading the body, she lectures at herbal symposiums as well as medical institutions around the States and internationally.

Patrick Fratellone

Patrick Frattelone-ArborVitaePatrick Fratellone, MD, RH, FIM, FACC is the Executive Medical Director of Fratellone Medical Associates and has the distinction of being one of the few integrative cardiologists in the U.S. and the only integrative physician in New York City with active admitting privileges at three city hospitals. Dr. Fratellone is a Fellow of Integrative Medicine with a degree from the University of Arizona, where he studied under the directorship of Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. Dr Fratellone has completed herbal studies at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine under the supervision of 7song.

Amy Galper

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Amy Galper has been passionately engaged as an advocate, educator, entrepreneur, formulator and consultant within the natural and organic beauty and wellness space for over 13 years.

She is the owner of Buddha Nose an award winning yoga-inspired brand of mind-body-beauty products and was one of the first organic body care brands to have a national and global presence messaging the critical need for safe, toxic-free beauty and body care products world-wide.

Sezelle Gereau Haddon

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Specializing in integrative approaches to ENT illness in adults and children, Dr. Sezelle Gereau Haddon perceives herself as a partner to patients with acute and chronic ailments of the head and neck. Many such disorders are amenable to treatment and cure without reverting to conventional western medical treatment or surgery. Dr. Gereau Haddon is committed to helping her patients understand their illnesses, get to the root of the problem, and find a treatment plan that fits their lifestyle and needs.

Lata Chettri Kennedy

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Lata Chettri Kennedy has been practicing herbalism in the East Village of Manhattan for over two decades. In 1993, she established Flower Power Herbs and Roots, an herbal apothecary, an herbal hub for NYC. Lata works with various schools and community groups, and is also very active in supporting herbal relief work, from street medics at Occupy to partnering with larger efforts wherever needed. Lata has appeared in publications including the New York Times, NY magazine, and on TV shows including ABC, NBC, Fox News, MTV, Lifetime as well as many foreign publications and television.

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa

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Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Yogaraj (Ayurveda), DN-C, RH, CAP, LMT, NCTMB, CC, has over 40 years of experience in alternative medicine, and is one of the foremost alternative healing experts in North America. He is a state certified dietitian and nationally registered herbalist, nationally certified massage therapist, a certified education provider for The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and the Florida State Board of Massage Therapy and senior editor for The Harvard University Natural Standard.

Katinka Locascio

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Katinka Locascio is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Herbalist, Bodyworker and Labor Doula. She founded Earth & Sky Healing Arts ten years ago with a vision to help people live to their fullest potential while staying rooted in the wisdom of the body. Inspired by her background in science, she has pursued numerous trainings in the healing arts including herbal courses with Tami Sweet, Julia Graves, Matthew Wood, Katie Singer, and Rosita Arvigo. Her practice focuses on women’s health, pregnancy, and fertility, as well as integrative structural bodywork.

Chris Masterjohn

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Chris Masterjohn earned his PhD in Nutritional Science in 2012 from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he studied the role of glutathione and dietary antioxidants in regulating the accumulation of methylglyoxal. He served as a postdoctoral research associate from 2012 to 2014 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied interactions between vitamins A, D and K. Heis now Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, NY, where he is continuing his research on fat-soluble vitamins.

Anne McIntyre

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Anne McIntyre, FNIMH MAPA, is a Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and a Member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners’Association. She has been in clinical practice working as a medical herbalist for nearly 35 years and for the last 25 years has incorporated Ayurvedic philosophy and mediine into her practice, producing an integrated approach to the care of patients and prescription of herbs.

Jody Noe

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Dr. Jody E. Noé, a graduate of Old Dominion University (BS, MS) and Bastyr University (ND), is the author of the Textbook of Integrative Naturopathic Oncology. Dr. Noe is also an adjunct professor at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM), Bridgeport CT. She is the founder of the Integrative Oncology Clinic at UBCNM. She has served as senior staff physician and integrative researcher in oncology at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Susanna Raeven

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Susanna Raeven is an herbalist and owner of Raven Crest Botanicals, a small-scale organic herb farm nestled into the hills in upstate NY. Her farm has grown with her plant knowledge and she continuously expands her green horizon together with the size of her growing space and number of herbs cultivated. In addition to Western herbalism she is studying the concepts of TCM and is diving deeper into the world of healing master plants from the Amazon.

Karen Rose

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Karen Rose is trained in Eastern and Western Herbal Medicine and is personally dedicated to empowering individuals to make informed decisions with regards to their health and lives. This dedication led to the creation of Sacred Vibes Healing in 2002. As owner of Sacred Vibes Healing and the Sacred Vibes Apothecary, a Brooklyn-based, community herbal apothecary, Karen is connected to both the earth and the community in which she practices, consults and teaches herbal medicine.

Karyn Sanders

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Karyn Sanders is a clinical herbalist who has been working with plants for most of her life. She was first trained in Native American traditional plant medicine. In her mid-teens she apprenticed with a Mexican curandera and has subsequently studied with various traditional teachers as well as Western herbalists. Karyn has been teaching and practicing herbal medicine from an energetic perspective for over 32 years and is co-founder of Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine.

Cathy Skipper

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Cathy Skipper has recently moved to New Mexico after living in rural France for 25 years. She trained and then taught at The Ecole Lyonnaise de Plantes Medicinales in France as well as growing medicinal plants on the family farm. She now teaches and writes about plant medicine both in the States and Europe. She specializes in aromatic medicine, healing the healer and botany.

 

7Song

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7Song is a western clinical herbalist, botanist, and nature devotee and has been practicing his craft for over 25 years. He is the director and main teacher at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca, NY. He also practices at the Ithaca Free Clinic, a mixed modality free clinic offering holistic and conventional medicine. One of his particular specialties is wilderness first aid, honed by running first aid booths at Rainbow gatherings and other events for decades.

Tammi Sweet

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Tammi Sweet has earned a Master’s Degree in Neurobiology and Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Connecticut. She is a licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Yoga Instructor and a member of the American Herbalist Guild. She co-founded and co-directs Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials including Heartstone Herbal School. She has been teaching Anatomy & Physiology for 24 years. Her students have included:

Peeka Trenkle

Peeka Trenkle-ArborVitaePeeka Trenkle is an herbalist, homeopath and intuitive healer with offices in NYC and Denville, NJ. She has been in practice as a natural healer since 1979 and has been working with herbs and homeopathy in practice for over 20 years. Peeka is on the faculty of the New York Open Center where she has taught the Green Medicine program since 1996. She also teaches at the Center for Homeopathic Education in NYC as well as various other herbal and homeopathic classes privately.

Karen Vaughan

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Karen Vaughan has been a clinical herbalist for 25 years, working with both eastern and western herbs. She received a MS in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College, a four year Master’s degree certified by the States of New York and California. She has been on the faculty of the David Winston Center for Herbal Education, the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences, and currently is on the faculties of New York College of Health Professions and the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism.

Nathaniel Whitmore

nathaniel whitmore-AVNathaniel Whitmore practices herbalism and shiatsu in Lackawaxen, PA. He regularly leads plant walks and teaches classes on medicinal herbs throughout the region. His classes are hosted by Worker Bee Community Acupuncture, Northern Light Natural Foods, Mt. Cobb Wellness Center, The Lodge at Woodloch, and others. He acts as president of the Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society. Nathaniel grew up on a farm close to the natural world.

Matthew Wood

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Matthew Wood RH, M.Sc, has been has been an active practitioner of traditional Western herbalism since 1982. Matthew has lectured extensively in all parts of the United States, as well as in Canada, Scotland, England, France, and Australia. He is also the author of six acclaimed books on herbal medicine, including:The Book of Herbal Wisdom, The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism and The Earthwise Herbal(s).

Past Faculty

Emma Graves, Julia Graves, Alex Laird, Dawa Ridak, Carla Savetsky, Kristen Rae Stevens

David Dalton

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David Dalton is a recognized speaker, researcher and producer of Delta Garden Flower Essences. His practice as a flower essence therapist spans 25 years. He is the founder of Delta Gardens, a research center for flower essences His book, Stars of the Meadow, Medicinal Herbs as Flower Essences is based on 20 years of investigation of flower essences. David has been researching flower essences since the early 1980’s, when his passion for gardening led him to become fascinated with the possibility that subtle energies of plants could heal, cure and balance the personality.

Emma Graves

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Emma Graves is an herbalist following a wise-woman tradition and a licensed esthetician. Among herbalists, Emma Graves is known fondly as “The Pimple Whisperer” and has a way of gently coaxing difficult skin conditions into healthy, beautiful skin. She teaches of the difference between suppressive skin care and supportive skin care as well as holistic and plant-based techniques to draw out (rather than dry out) topical irritations.

Julia Graves

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Julia Graves is an herbalist with a background in several modalities practicing and teaching in the countryside of France. In 2010, she founded the Naturopathic Earth Quake Survivor Relief Clinic in response to the devastating earthquake to Haiti, and has headed the clinic in its missions that has since offered free treatment to 15,000 people. Julia is the author of The Language of Plants, a detailed guide to the doctrine of signatures. She brings 29 years of clinical experience to her teaching.

Her international teaching activities include co-teaching herbal summer schools with herbalist Matthew Wood at her farm in France, and teaching at the International Herbal Symposium and Women’s Herbal Conference, and at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism.

Alex Laird

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Alex Laird BSc MCPP has been a medical herbalist in London since 2000 when she set up the first herbal clinic in ahospital dermatology department at Whipps Cross University Hospital. She also practises at The Haven breast cancer support centre. She is a visiting lecturer at universities and a Council member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP). After 12 years as a TV producer, she worked as an aromatherapist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and centres for those with HIV and drug problems.

Dawa Ridak

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Dr. Dawa Ridak was trained in traditional Tibetan Medicine at the Men-Tsee- Khang, Dharamashala India and also studied Tibetan medicine from his uncle, Dr. Lobasang Wangyal, the late personal physician to the His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He has worked for many years in a Tibetan medical Institute as a physician, and is also a pharmacist and Director of the Herbal Product Research Dept, of Men-Tsee-Khang. He currently has a Tibetan medical practice in New York City and is a well-known speaker and teacher on traditional Tibetan medicine.

Carla Savetsky

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Carla Savetsky RPA, MS, Holistic Women’s Health Expert, has an 18 year background in Obstetrics & Gynecology, with a practice in Holistic Gynecology for the past 12 years. Further, her holistic healing practice, Natural Healing for Women is dedicated to holistic women’s health care from the inside/out – healing physical, emotional and spiritual issues at their core. Carla began her career as an ob/gyn physician assistant, delivering babies on the busy labor and delivery floor of New York Hospital Queens.

Kristen Rae Stevens

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Kristen Rae Stevens, B.F.A, E-RYT, is an Herbalist, Ayurvedic Consultant, Educator and Practitioner based out of Brooklyn, NY. In addition to her private practice Kristen Rae is on faculty for the Kripalu School of Ayurveda as well as teaching her own work Soma Yoga & Ayurveda in lectures, workshops and intensives at yoga studios, apothecaries, universities and hospitals. She has been published writing for various online blogs such as WillPowerFitness and the Jyotish Star and has acted as consultant for the natural beauty companies Better Botanicals and Origins.