Laura Ash is a clinical herbalist, explorer, dancer, visionary, social entrepreneur and mother of two. In 2005 Laura graduated from The California School of Herbal Studies in clinical herbal medicine. Her entrepreneurial ventures include Morning Glory Chai, Avra Organic Spa, Circadian Botanical Clinic, Inc.Well, and the Herbal Anthropology Project. Laura is the founder and director of Herbal Anthropology Project, which facilitates the documentation and protection of traditional medicine at risk of being lost due to rapid acculturation and globalization. The first project is in Tanzania with a Maasai tribe of the Ngorongoro Highlands.
Paul Bergner is director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Portland, Ore., where he offers seminar training in clinical skills, medical herbalism, nutrition and nature cure. He supervised a teaching clinic in medical herbalism and clinical nutrition in Boulder, Colo., from 1996 until 2013 and has published and edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989. He has studied and practiced natural medicine, medical herbalism and nutrition since 1973. He has authored seven books on medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, ethnobotany and naturopathic medicine.
Michael W. Chilton MS is an international agriculturalist, who has lives, worked or conducted business in 19 countries and travelled in more than 80. He spent 15 years living in Thailand and Vietnam developing field, plantation and horticultural crops. Chilton returned to Oregon in 1976 to work in the seed industry, developing vegetable, flower, oil and pharmaceutically useful seeds and plants for international markets. Chilton earned an MS in Economic Botany and Seed Technology from Iowa State University. He serves on the NCNM Board of Regents.
Sussanna Czeranko ND, BBE is a 1994 graduate the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is a licensed ND in Ontario and Oregon. In the last 20 years, Dr. Czeranko has developed an extensive armamentarium of nature-cure tools and techniques for her patients. Especially interested in balneotherapy, botanical medicine, breathing and nutrition, she is a frequent international presenter and workshop leader. She is a monthly contributing editor for Naturopathic Doctor News & Review and a contributing writer for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Project. Dr. Czeranko founded The Breathing Academy, a training institute for naturopaths to incorporate the scientific model of Buteyko breathing therapy into their practice. She is curates the Rare Books Room at NCNM and is editing the “in their own words” series gleaned from that collection. Her next large project is to complete the development of her new medical spa in Manitou Beach, Saskatchewan, on the shores of a pristine medical waters lake.
Tori Hudson ND graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1984 and has served the college in several capacities, including Medical Director, Associate Academic Dean and Academic Dean. She is currently a clinical professor at NCNM, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Bastyr University. Dr. Hudson has been in practice for 29 years, is the medical director of her clinic, A Woman’s Time in Portland, Ore., and director of product research and education for VITANICA.
Dr. Hudson was awarded the 1990 President’s award from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for her research in women’s health, the 1999 prestigious Naturopathic Physician of the Year award, the 2003 NCNM Alumni Pioneer Award, the 2009 Natural Products Association Pioneer Award and in 2012 was inducted into the NCNM Hall of Fame.
She is a nationally recognized author (Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Second Edition, McGraw Hill 2008), speaker, educator, researcher and clinician. Dr. Hudson serves on several editorial boards, advisory panels and as a consultant to the natural products industry
Martha Mathews Libster MSN, PhD is Director of Golden Apple Healing Arts and the Founding Partner of the Bamboo Bridge. She is a consultant, educator, Advanced Practice Nurse, historian, and Herbal Diplomat® known internationally for her work on the complementarity of nursing practice, technology and healing traditions, particularly in the use of botanical therapies.
Dr. Libster is a Board-Certified Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse and Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist who specializes in the care of infants 0-3 and their families, adoption, people living with chronic disease, infertility, wounds, anxiety, and parapsychology. In addition to her academic career as Professor of Nursing and author, Dr. Libster is a clinician-consultant in traditional, European and Western herbal therapies. Her first herbal teacher was her Cornish-Celtic American grandfather. She focuses her nurse-herbalist practice on the use of herbal and floral teas, syrups and topical remedies and teaching her clients to make their own simple “medicines” for use in self-care. She is Scientific Advisor for Herb Pharm and serves on the advisory board of the American Botanical Council. She is a dynamic professional speaker who has been the guest of the World Health Organization, the Royal College of Nursing, the United States Botanic Garden and numerous professional and public organizations. She is a recognized expert on integrative care, botanical therapies, self-care, and the history of nursing and American health care reform.
Dr. Libster is the author of numerous scientific journal and book publications including: The Nurse Herbalist: Integrative Insights for Holistic Practice, Enlightened Charity, the award-winning Herbal Diplomats, The Integrative Herb Guide for Nurses and Demonstrating Care.
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Nome McBride is a naturalist and herbalist, dedicated to preserving ancient wisdom through incorporating it into contemporary culture.
Nome owns and runs American Herbal Dispensary, Inc. and its brand Pharmacopia Herbals. The product line focuses on a bioregional apothecary to educate about wildcrafting as land restoration. He cofounded the Northwest Sustainable Wildcrafter’s Guild to guide sustainable and ethical wildcrafting in the Pacific Northwest. He also is a cofounder and a faculty member at the Institute of Contemporary Ethnobotany (ICE), a teaching institution dedicated to connecting People, Plants, and Place.
Nome teaches about ethical wildharvesting, plant medicines and curing with nature at herbal conferences, gatherings and universities across the region. His current research interest is the ancient traditions of healers from around the globe, with a focus on traditional ways of the tribes of North and South America.
He lives in the Columbia Gorge with his beautiful son, Tulasi, where they explore the mountains and learn to see all of life as a gift of medicine.
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Jim McDonald has been practicing the art of herbcraft since 1994. He offers a knowledge of herbalism that blends western folk and indigenous views of healing with the Vitalist traditions of 19th century western herbalism. He has taught classes and workshops throughout the Great Lakes bioregion and the US, hosts the website, www.herbcraft.org, and is currently writing (alternately) A Great Lakes Herbal and Foundational Herbcraft. Jim is a community herbalist, a manic wildcrafter and medicine maker. He has been an ardent student of the most learned teachers of herbcraft: the plants themselves.
Glen Nagel ND, RH (AHG) has been a practicing herbalist and all around herbal wise guy for the last 25 years. He has worked in the herbal industry and an herbal educator offering classes, and has practiced as a naturopathic physician since 1993. He currently heads the botanical medicine program at NCNM and is curator of the Min Zidell Healing Garden. He is a former assistant professor of botanical medicine at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, and his passion is to help students learn directly from the plants. Glen has a lifelong interest in plants and nature and believes in teaching with humor and hands-on experience.
Tania Neubauer ND has studied and practiced herbalism since 1994. She completed programs of study with Michael Moore, Karyn Sanders, and the Pacific School of Herbal Medicine. She worked at the Berkeley Free Clinic for four years as a community health worker, counselor and medical coordinator. She completed her ND degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2006. After graduation she practiced primary care medicine in a small rural Nicaraguan hospital through a collaboration with Natural Doctors International, a nonprofit that brings natural medicine to global health. Here conventional treatments were mixed with naturopathic treatments including indigenous and North American herbs. Subsequently she practiced primary-care naturopathic medicine for three years at La Clinica de Guadalupe, a community clinic for Spanish-speaking patients in Salem, Oregon, and currently practices at the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in Cornelius, Oregon. She is on the clinical faculty of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism, the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism and the School of Traditional Western Herbalism. She is a contributor to the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved conference and network. Dr. Neubauer has traveled throughout Central America and Mexico, connecting with natural medicine practitioners in every country.
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Jillian Stansbury ND is a licensed naturopathic physician and an accomplished writer/author, speaker, and teacher. With more than 20 years of experience, she is a primary care physician in private practice at Battle Ground Healing Arts in southwestern Washington State. Dr. Stansbury is the author of several books including “Herbs for Health and Healing” and “The Complete Guide to Natural Medicine,” and is a regular contributor to numerous magazines and professional journals, including Naturopathic Doctor News and Review, The Review of Natural Products, and Unified Energetics. She has served as a consultant and science editor for Rodale Press, Vegetarian Times and Let’s Live, and has conducted numerous radio shows and cable television health shows. Generally speaking at five or more medical conferences each year, Dr. Stansbury has authored and presented more than 100 scientific papers.
She chaired the Botanical Medicine Department at the National College of Natural Medicine for more than two decades, educating the next generation of physicians in the chemistry, research and clinical usage of herbal medicines. Dr. Stansbury recently won a grant to help fund her ethnobotanical studies in the Peruvian Amazon and is working with the Queros tribe outside of Pilcopata on cultural sustainability projects.
She received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree in 1988 from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. She also completed her Certified Medical Assisting program at Stanford University Hospital in 1982 and her BS in medical illustration at San Jose State University in 1984, graduating with honors in both programs.
Lori Beth Stargrove, ND, earned her BA in English from University of Minnesota in 1981 and her doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1991. She is licensed as a naturopathic physician in Oregon. Dr. Stargrove is clinic director of A WellSpring of Natural Health, Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon, where she practices with Dr. Mitchell Bebel Stargrove. She coordinated the development of the nutrition section for the Integrative BodyMind Information System (IBIS), the pioneering multidisciplinary electronic encyclopedia for practitioners of integrative medicine and natural therapeutics, and served as project manager for Herb, Nutrient, and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies (MosbyElsevier, 2008). She also is Chief Health Officer of MedicineWorks.com, a division of Health Resources Unlimited, Inc., as well as a founder and board member of the Alchemical Medicine Research and Teaching Association (AMR’TA). She served on the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners from 2001-2007 and currently sits on the Board of Directors at the Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine, University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.
Mitchell Bebel Stargrove ND, LAc earned his BA in history and government from Oberlin College in 1979, his acupuncture diploma from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in 1987 and his naturopathic degree from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1988. He is licensed as an acupuncturist and naturopathic physician in Oregon and practices with Dr. Lori Beth Stargrove at A WellSpring of Natural Health, Inc. in Beaverton. Since 1990, he has taught History of Medicine at OCOM (to present) and NCNM (1990-1993). Dr. Stargrove is a Senior Fellow of the Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He is the editor and co-author of Herb, Nutrient, and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies (MosbyElsevier, 2008). He coordinated development of, and compiled the acupuncture section for, the Integrative BodyMind Information System (IBIS), the pioneering multidisciplinary electronic encyclopedia for practitioners of integrative medicine and natural therapeutics, and is Editor in Chief of InteractionsGuide and ChoicesForHealth (in development). He also is Chief Medical Officer of MedicineWorks.com, a division of Health Resources Unlimited, Inc., as well as a founder and board member of the Alchemical Medicine Research and Teaching Association (AMR’TA). Dr. Stargrove is lead history editor of and a contributing author to the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine text (Elsevier, in press). In August 2012, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians presented him with the Vis Award in recognition of his activities as a “naturopathic physician who represents the healing power of nature as demonstrated through work, life and community service.”
Noelle Stello MSLIS, NCNM’s associate librarian, earned a BA in Chemistry from Grinnell College and a Master of Science in Library & Information Science from the Univeristy of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has designed and conducted instruction for key courses at NCNM, worked as an freelance researcher and studied midwifery.
Eric Yarnell ND, RH (AHG) graduated from Bastyr University in 1996, after which he completed a 2-year residency with master herbalist and physician Silena Heron, ND, in Sedona, Arizona. Dr. Yarnell served as chair of the department of botanical medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. He has served as senior and associate editor of the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine. He has been in private practice or supervising students since 1997 and is currently chief medical officer at Northwest Naturopathic Urology. Currently, Dr. Yarnell is associate professor at Bastyr University and adjunct faculty at SCNM. He is a co-founder and chief financial/operations officer of Healing Mountain Publishing and president of Heron Botanicals, Inc. Dr. Yarnell is author of numerous texts and articles.