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.
ArborVitae’s core faculty are its founders and co-directors, Claudia Keel and Richard Mandelbaum.
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.
In the years before her teacher, William LeSassier, passed, she worked closely with him, hosting a small apprenticeship group as well as a formal course. Claudia helped to found the William LeSassier Archives in 2006 and has served on the board of the Northeast Herbal Association. Her primary training in flower essence therapy has been with David Dalton of Delta Gardens, but she also has flower essence practitioner training with the Flower Essence Society, Alaskan Essences, Bach Essences and a number of other producers.
Since 2002, Claudia has served as the Weston A Price Foundation NYC Chapter Leader, providing community education and resources for nutrition and traditional foods. From 2002 to 2011 she co-founded, developed and managed a farm-to-consumer food club which evolved into Traditional Nutrition Guild a 501(c)3 in 2006 along with the Traditional Foods Club in 2010. Claudia is a devoted gardener and wildcrafter and active student of organic, biodynamic, permaculture, husbandry and composting practices. For 25 years, she has been active in the NYC community garden movement, as a gardener, muralist, workshop teacher and advocate.
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.
Sam Perry runs a clinical herbalism practice from his office at the Radicle Herb Shop in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to clinical work, Sam leads a plant and mushroom walk series in Prospect Park in collaboration with Sacred Warrior. He also represents the medicinal herb farm RavenCrest Botanicals every Saturday at a farmer’s market in the Lower East Side’s Seward Park. He is a proud alumni of Arbor Vitae’s 3 year professional program and is thrilled to join the team.
In addition to teaching on a diverse range of clinical subjects, he often leads workshops on field botany, wild edible plants and mushrooms. He has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) since 2003, and joined the AHG Council (board of directors) in October 2012.
Richard has been passionate about plants for over twenty five years, with experience wild foraging and growing herbs in an organic, permaculture market garden. He is a graduate of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies in New Jersey as well as having studied at Rosemary Gladstar’s Sage Mountain Retreat Center in Vermont, and in New York City with herbalist William LeSassier.
Richard is also active in issues related to fair trade, sustainability, and food justice, and is a member of the Governing Board of the Brooklyn Food Coalition. He migrates throughout the year with his wife Gabrielle and their daughter Rose between Brooklyn and their straw bale home in Forestburgh, NY. You can learn more about Richard at www.richardmandelbaum.com, by reading his blog at http://realitysandwich.com/u/richard-mandelbaum/, or contact him directly at email@example.com.
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, Jacoby Ballard, 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, 7Song, Tammi Sweet, Peeka Trenkle, Karen Vaughan, Nathaniel Whitmore & Matthew Wood
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.
As a yoga teacher and herbalist, Jacoby Ballard has been working in the realm of Holistic Transgender Health for 12 years, doing workshops for trans and queer people throughout the community, teaching at the Transgender Health Conference and college campuses, and in herb schools. For 3 years, he was part of RadHerb, a collective of radical herbalists that put on an annual conference that tackled topics not often offered at other conferences, including Transgender Health. As a co-founder of Third Root Community Health Center in Flatbush, he began an Herbal Education Program that incorporated Transgender Health into their curriculum, as well as taught a 2x/weekly Queer and Trans Yoga class, which he now teaches in Salt Lake City, Utah. His holistic health work with queer and trans communities has appeared in Original Plumbing Magazine, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, and in two zines that he sells on his website.
After working for several years in academia as a researcher, focusing on environmental factors affecting health, particularly children’s health, Leslie retrained as an Herbalist. She was invited to join the American Herbalists Guild as a professional member in 2009. Currently, she divides her time between clinical practice, gardening and her work as an educator.
Robin Rose Bennett
Robin 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.
She is a faculty member of the New York Open Center and a guest lecturer at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, St John’s Hospital, Montefiore Teaching Hospital, Beth Israel’s Nursing program, Brown University Medical School and has been a regularly featured guest on radio. She is the author of meditation CD’s, Wild Carrot: A Plant for Natural, Conscious, Contraception and Healing Magic: A Green Witch Guidebook to Conscious Living. Her newest book is The Gift of the Healing Herbs: Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for Vibrantly Healthy Living.
Todd Caldecott, has been in practice as a medical herbalist and practitioner of Ayurveda for over two decades. He is a registered professional member of both the American Herbalists Guild and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, and serves as the Director of the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine. He is author of Ayurveda: The Divine Science of Life and Food As Medicine, and is co-editor of Ayurveda In Nepal. In 2014, Todd was honored at Bastyr University as the Visiting Mitchell Scholar. For the last 10 years, Todd has worked closely with an 800 year old hereditary lineage of traditional Ayurveda practitioners, based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Bevin 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.
After many years of witnessing the powers of medicinal plants in infectious disease situations when modern biomedicine was unavailable she pursued an MSc in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Bevin serves on the faculty of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy where she lectures on herbal safety and on medicine making and is an Associate Professor at the New York Chiropractic College.
She delights in the concept of using our herbal medicines as foods and is constantly exploring the creative and delicious ways we can integrate herbs into our lives. Bevin is the director of the Herbal Clinic for All program, a program offering cost free clinical services to the population in need in DC, Baltimore, and Laurel, MD. She is a professional member and vice president of the American Herbalists Guild, and a board member of the United Plant Savers, a group working to protect at-risk medicinal plants in North America.
Lena 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.
She teaches holistic childbirth education, newborn care and breastfeeding classes at Bend and Bloom Yoga in Park Slope and attends births at homes, birthing centers and hospitals throughout NYC. She is a strong advocate of women’s right to informed decision-making in childbirth.
Lena studied herbal medicine first through two apprenticeships (at Alba Nueva herb farm in Costa Rica with Dr. Ed Bernhardt and the Heartstone Herbal School near Ithaca, NY with Tammi Sweet and Kris Miller) and then went on to receive a Master of Science in herbal medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute). In her graduate research at MUIH, Lena developed a new theoretical model of uterine contractility states by integrating a traditional tissue states approach to uterine tonicity with modern evidence on uterine contractility. One of her core clinical interests involves the relationship between herbs, nutrition, and the microbiome (especially concerning early microbial establishment through practices surrounding pregnancy, childbirth, and infant feeding) and its impact on disorders related to immunity/inflammation, metabolism/digestion, and neuroendocrine function. Lena is currently pursuing post-graduate nutrition and clinical courses at MUIH toward national certification as a nutritionist. Lena has also taught massage, supervised student clinics, and written prenatal massage curriculum at Queensborough Community College in Bayside, NY and the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY.
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.
She is a founding member of the Northeast Herbal Association, a chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and on the board of Slow Food-Hudson Valley. An avid gardener and wildcrafter, Dina is passionate about ecological agriculture and has completed the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. She is the author of Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Everybody. Her new book Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook is also now available.
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.
Her classes at Earthsong Herbals range from beginner programs to advanced herb and practitioner classes. She oversees two Practitioners Circles, one in Marblehead and one in Newport Rhode Island at Kay Parent’s clinic.
Patrick 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.
Prior to forming Fratellone Medical Associates, Dr. Fratellone was Chief of Medicine and Director of Cardiology at the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine under the direction of the late Robert C. Atkins, M.D. Previously, he held positions as Medical Director of the Fifth Avenue Comprehensive Medical Group and Regional Director of Cardiology programs for the Ultrasound Diagnostic Schools. As a result of his development of programs and teaching in these positions, he is recognized as a forerunner in the field of echocardiography.
Dr. Fratellone hosts an internet web program HouseCalls With Patrick Fratellone, MD and has hosted a variety of radio programs on WWRL,WOR, and WBAI.. He has also appeared on ABC’s “The View with Barbara Walters,” “ABC World News Night with Peter Jennings,” and numerous other radio talk shows. Dr. Fratellone is a regular contributor to a number of magazines and the author of You’re on the Air with Dr. Fratellone–Answers to Questions Most Frequently Asked About Vitamins and Supplements for the Heart as well as numerous articles on congenital heart disease published in medical journals such as Chest, American Heart Journal and Catherization Review.
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.
Over the past 4 years Amy’s business has expanded to include a vibrant consultancy practice. She has worked with several start-ups as well as small and mid-size businesses in a variety of capacities, some of which include: research and sourcing USDA certified organic ingredients, formulating new body, hair and skin care products, private labeling for spas and wellness centers, event planning, manufacturing liason, USDA Certification guidance and advising on marketing and product launches.
As an educator, she has taught and appeared as a guest lecturer at dozens of venues, and most recently she opened the first professional training center in NYC, offering nationally recognized certification in Aromatherapy and Organic Beauty Formulation. The first of its kind, the NY Institute has seen over 150 students participate in its courses and training programs, since launching September 2013 and the school has expanded to include consultancy services spanning organic ingredient sourcing and sales, business coaching and dynamic formulation.
An articulate spokesperson, she has also appeared in many TV and radio interviews, and has blogged about natural beauty and body care.
Amy trained with Jade Shutes, the current president of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, and earned her Certificate in Holistic Dynamic Aromatherapy (400 hours) from The Institute of Dynamic Aromatherapy (now known as The East-West School of Herbal and Aromatic Studies) in 2001.
In addition to her training in Aromatic Plant Medicine, Amy is also a Shiatsu Practitioner with a private practice in New York City. She earned a certificate from the Ohashiatsu Institute in 2001. Amy also holds a B.A from Smith College and a M.A. from NYU.
Sezelle Gereau Haddon
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
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.
Lata is also an astrologer, avid gardener, medicine maker, artist and musician. She lives in the East Village and the Catskills with her family.
Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa
Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, A.D., D.N.-C., R.H., is an herbalist, nutritionist, yoga teacher and educator who has been making holistic health approaches palatable to the modern mind for over 40 years. He was the herbal apprentice of an Ayurvedic master, Yogi Bhajan, for thirty-two years, and the first person to be professionally certified in both herbalism and Ayurveda in the U.S. He is president emeritus of the American Herbalists Guild, and director emeritus of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.
Khalsa is president of the American Herbalists Guild, director of the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association and is a respected teacher, writer and lecturer who has presented at over 200 national conferences and is featured in 15 DVD continuing education courses. He has authored or edited 30 books, including his latest, The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs. Khalsa is a professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and faculty member in the Botanical Medicine Department of Bastyr University and National College of Natural Medicine, where he trains naturopathic medical students. Khalsa served as Senior Research Scientist and Chief Medical Formulator for Yogi Tea for 30 years.
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.
She also teaches classes in understanding women’s cycles through Fertility Awareness Method. She is currently a student of osteopathic manual therapy at the Canadian College of Osteopathy. Katinka lives and works in Long Island City, Queens.
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.
He has authored or co-authored ten peer-reviewed publications. He writes a blog and posts a podcast, both named The Daily Lipid, hosted at ChrisMasterjohnPhD.Com.You can also follow his professional work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat.
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.
Anne is the author of many books on herbal medicine and Ayurveda including The Complete Woman’s Herbal, Healing Drinks, The Complete Floral Healer, Herbal Medicine for Children: Western and Ayurvedic Perspectives, The Complete Herbal Tutor, The Ayurveda Bible and Dispensing with Tradition: A Guide to using Indian and Western Herbs the Ayurvedic Way.
Anne runs a busy practice in Gloucestershire and sees patients in London once a month. She lectures widely on herbal medicine and Ayurveda in the UK and America and runs courses from her home in Gloucestershire where she has a beautiful herb garden. She has recently launched an online course in Ayurveda for lay people and other professionals.
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.
Dr. Noé was also trained in Traditional Cherokee medicine and practices naturopathic family medicine, integrative oncology and Cherokee medicine in her private practice in Pawcatuck, CT. Dr. Noe, also worked on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (MPTN) Health Department in Mashantucket, CT for over 3 years, working with diabetes wellness and prevention with native populations. Dr. Noe, teaches across the country at various venues, including herbal conferences, medical conferences and at the Indian Health Services in Nashville, TN.
Robert Dale Rogers has been an herbalist for over forty-five years, and is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. He is the author of many books on herbal medicne including Fungal Pharmacy, A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle (authored with David Young and Russell Willier) and most recently Herbal Allies. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, where he is presently an assistant clinical professor in Family Medicine. He presently teaches plant medicine, including plant and mushroom medicine, aromatherapy and flower essences in the Earth Spirit Medicine faculty at the Northern Star College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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.
She creates a variety of herbal products from her harvests, offers herbal CSA shares and consultations, leads plant walks, teaches classes in Western herbalism and is a blogger on Mother Earth News online.
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.
Karen has been recently featured on FYI TV’s new show The FEED. The New York Times, Black Enterprise Magazine, New York Daily News and countless other publications have featured Karen’s work.
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.
Karyn has a live radio show, The Herbal Highway, that has aired weekly since 1996 on KPFA, 94.1FM out of Berkeley, California, on Thursdays from 1 to 2pm and is also available as a podcast.
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.
Sara Chana Silverstein
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.
7Song has an abiding passion for plants and their medicinal virtues. Besides teaching and working with patients, he spends much of his time looking at and photographing plants, insects, reptiles and most anything that crosses his path.
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:
college students in nursing and physical therapy, massage therapy teachers and students, yoga students and instructors, aromatherapists, pregnant moms, herbal teachers and herbalists, and high school biology students.
Her mentors and teachers have included Rosemary Gladstar, Rocio Alarcon, Tom Brown Jr., Pema Chodron, Pam Montgomery, Jean Robinson and Geno Auriemma.
Peeka 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 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.
Karen has lived in New York City since 1975 and her journey into this medicine was as tied with living in a city with many diverse herbal traditions as with growing up in an area of northern California where she had free range access to the woods where she learned to closely observe nature. Her grandmother, Gladys Archerd was from an Anishinibaag Indian lineage and had grown up foraging. She taught Karen about edible and medicinal plants..
It was after her second child was born and she was working in a community garden that she felt a presence telling her to heal people with the plants. She started a pattern of learning that has not ceased. Karen has spent 25 years doing planetary herbal healing, studying with herbalists like David Winston, Michael Tierra, Amanda McQuade Crawford, David Hoffman, Susun Weed, Rosemary Gladstar and Ryan Drumm. She is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, a member of United Plant Savers and The Acupuncturist Society of New York. She has an active natural medicine presence on Facebook and an information-filled web page at NaturalHealthbyKaren.com.
Nathaniel 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.
He was introduced to medicinal herbs at a young age and while still in high school he began learning about healing and wildcrafting through apprenticeship. He then continued a diverse study of herbalism, shiatsu, and other forms of holistic healing. As an herbalist he combines his grounding in Far Eastern energetics (macrobiotics, martial arts including tai chi chuan, goju ryu, and others, shiatsu, Chinese medicine, and Taoism) and his grounding in Native American traditional healing (herbalism, sweat lodge, and ceremony) with his love for botany, wildcrafting, and medicine making.
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).
While Matthew believes in the virtue of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us from our European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritage.
In 1992 Matthew moved to a little farm in Minnetrista, thirty-five minutes west of downtown Minneapolis. The seventeen acres consisted of fields, woods, swamps, prairies, and herb gardens. He called it “Sunnyfield Herb Farm” after the road out front. In 2003 a careless ‘guest’ burned down the guest house and Matthew thought it prudent to move. In 2006 he removed to a beautiful oak woods about ten miles away, in Maple Plain. In 2010 he moved to land in Wisconsin. He still calls his business “Sunnyfield Herb Farm.” A friend continues to live on the old farm.
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.
His continued investigation into the actions, energetics and clinical application of flower essence therapy informs both his active practice and teaching. He has developed flower essences from medicinal herbs form the northeast as well as from isolated corners of the world.
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.
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.
Emma has traveled extensively and has a wide knowledge of formulation and treatment techniques, but can break it into easily digestible, nearly-foolproof methods that any herbalist or skin care specialist can immediately incorporate into a practice.
In addition to her private skincare practice, Emma is a co-owner of the Brooklyn Herborium at the water’s edge of Carroll Gardens and the master formulator of the unique, holistic skincare line, “Between You & The Moon” which is currently in use in treatment rooms in the US, Canada, France and Japan and the baby and child skincare line “Baby Moon” which is available from Brooklyn Herborium or at a number of cloth diapering services.
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.
Julia was raised in Germany by an herbalist mother and orthopedic surgeon father. She studied herbalism, anthroposophic medicine and massage as well as cupping as a teenager. She then studied medicine at Kiel University for four years. Thereafter, Julia trained as a Gestalt psychotherapist. While working for Findhorn Flower Essences in their early days, she trained as a flower essence practitioner as well as a flower essence creator. Julia has since developed her own line of flower essences, the Lily Circle, as well as kits of flower essences for Mayan Abdominal Massage.
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 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.
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 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.
She then moved on to create a holistic gynecology practice at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing, and more recently at Arcadia Ob/Gyn, both in mid-town Manhattan. Carla has studied herbalism with some of the most renowned western herbalists including Kate Gilday, Matthew Wood and William LeSassier. She has been certified in the Arivgo techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage by Rosita Arvigo, and has been practicing this form of bodywork since 2000. Further, she has been studying Flower Essences since 1998, with David Dalton, Jane Bell and Steve Johnson among other leaders in the field.
Carla has sat on the board of directors of the Fertility Awareness Center. She has lectured extensively about women’s health issues and natural healing, and has been heard on the Sirius Radio show, “At the Center” as well as on the Pacifica Radio show, “Healthstyles”. She has made several appearances on television, including PBS’s, “Healing Quest” and “Get Fresh with Sara Snow.” Carla currently lives in Northampton, MA with her husband and son.
Kristen Rae Stevens
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.