Lydia Bartholow PMHNP is an advanced practice registered nurse, an educator, writer, organizer, mother, and a practitioner of both allopathic and botanical medicine. Currently a doctoral student at Oregon Health and Science University, Lydia focuses her practice on mental wellness and radical public health. She works with the intensely underserved and specializes in trauma and substance abuse. She lives in North Portland with too many animals (including her own toddler) and often obsesses about privilege, oppression and the prison industrial complex.
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.
Bevin Clare MS, RH, CNS, is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist. She is an associate professor and program manager of the Clinical Herbalism program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She holds a MSc in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, serves on as an adjunct assistant professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and is an adjunct associate professor at the New York Chiropractic College. Bevin has studied herbal medicine around the world and blends her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies. Bevin is the president of the American Herbalists Guild. She is founder of the Herbal Clinic for All program, providing cost-free herbal medicine healthcare since 2007. Bevin is a board member of the United Plant Savers, a group working to protect at-risk medicinal plants in North America. You can find Bevin’s musing on a variety of clinical herbalism topics, including infectious disease, at www.bevinclare.com.
Mimi Hernandez MS, RH (AHG) comes from a background as a clinical herbalist, educator, and ethnobotanist. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the American Herbalists Guild. She formerly served as the Director of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University where she taught undergraduate ethnobotany courses. Mimi draws upon her rich ethnic background & the Granny healers in her life. Mimi believes that the handing down of plant wisdom is essential and it is her life’s work to advocate for traditional and professional herbal pathways while building cultural bridges of understanding. This embodies the inspiration that brought Mimi to this work.
Session: Clinical Case Panel — Pediatric GERD
Hanna Jordan LCSW is an integrative psychotherapist, herbalist, coach, and certified Heartmath™ trainer. She grew up in Sweden with a family heritage of herbalism, which stayed with her when she landed in the US as a teenager. She is the co-founder of The School of Traditional Western Herbalism in Portland, where her focus has been the integration of herbal medicine, mental wellness, Heart-Brain science, and clinical skills for herbal practitioners. Hanna has over 10 years experience as a licensed clinical social worker specializing in trauma, resilience, happiness, and mindfulness. As a world traveler, she has been deeply influenced by healing modalities from around the globe, and also by the healing power of our connection with nature. She brings her inspiration, experience, and humor to empower people in becoming active architects of the creative unfolding of their health, lives and relationships.
Amanda Lattin RA, MAT is a trained chemist, teacher, herbalist and practicing aromatherapist. Lattin earned both an undergraduate degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching in chemistry before moving into herbalism and aromatherapy as a career focus. She is a professional member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, Alliance of International Aromatherapists, is an internationally certified aromatherapist through Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy and a registered aromatherapist. Amanda has developed and taught curricula on chemistry, biochemistry and essential oils at College of Botanical Healing Arts in Santa Cruz, California and American College of Healthcare Sciences in Portland, Oregon. She also owns and runs Terracina Aromatics and Herbals in Portland, named for the small county in southwestern Italy where her family worked the land for generations.
Juniper Martin ND has history as a biologist, an actress, a chemist, and a waitress. She has helped nurse a parent through cancer and has studied as a midwife. She’s been blessed with having experienced both great joy and deep grief. Her passion is the human condition—why are we here, what is our purpose, what brings us, as individuals meaning? Her goal is to help her patients and their families live at their highest potential. Dr. Martin was listed as a Top Doctor by Portland Monthly in 2015 and 2016 and is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon. Dr. Martin received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in 2007. She practices as a family primary care physician, delivering healthcare through all stages of life.
Session: Clinical Case Panel — Anxiety
Glen Nagel, ND has been a practicing herbalist for the last 30 years and a botanically focused herbal physician for 23 years. He has worked in the herbal industry as an educator and product researcher and formulator. He has practiced clinical botanical medicine for 20 years including private practice and supervising herbal students. He also has taught for 20 botanical medicine at both Bastyr University and National College of Natural Medicine. Currently he is lead naturopathic physician for Herb Pharm and adjunct faculty for NCNM.
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.
Tobias Policha, PhD has been studying herbs for almost 20 years, including how to use them, how to grow them, where they grow in the world, and the interactions that they have with other organisms. These pursuits have led him from the garden to the wilderness, and from his original home on the Canadian prairies to the rugged mountains of South America, where he completed a doctoral dissertation on the pollination ecology of neotropical orchids in 2014. He has published in both the popular and scientific press and authored a field guide to the plants of the Andean cloud forest. Tobias spent three years studying herbalism with the Columbine’s School of Botanical Studies in Eugene and has shared herbal knowledge at a variety of venues since 2005, including the The Free Herbalism Project, RootStalk, Northwest Herbfest, Northwest Herbal Faire, and the Institute of Contemporary Ethnobotany. He currently teaches botany at the University of Oregon and has also taught at Portland State University.
Kevin Spelman, PhD, MCPP is an internationally recognized expert on the molecular biology and clinical therapeutics of botanical medicines. Dr. Spelman served as an herbal pharmacist for the Ayurvedic physician Dr. Vasant Lad for 5 years and attended to a robust clinical practice using the principles of Ayurvedic medicine with western herbs for two decades. A past National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow and Marie Curie research fellow in the European Union, he has coauthored six book chapters and 27 scientific papers. Dr. Spelman has advised the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and provided expert testimony to the Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate, as well as advising foreign governments on dietary supplement issues. Past research has included cannabinoid receptors, brain and ovarian cancer, as well as clinical investigations, immunological studies and chemical analysis on various medicinal plants. 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 researching medicinal plants active against malaria in Paris. Dr. Spelman has been an academic pioneer co-founding the first fully accredited MS in Clinical Herbal Medicine and as a founding faculty member of the first bachelors in herbal medicine in the US. He is the previous Clinical Chair for Maryland University of Integrative Health’s Clinical Herbal Medicine program and an adjunct assistant professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, an adjunct professor of botanical medicine at NCNM and a distinguished lecturer at MUIH. Dr. Spelman is currently a consultant specializing in laboratory, cGMP issues and research initiatives.
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.
Nicole Telkes RH (AHG) is a practicing herbalist, writer, speaker and naturalist from Austin, Texas. She has a background in botanical studies, plant conservation, community activism and herbal first aid clinics. Nicole has spent the last 20 years traveling around wild and weedy corners of North America studying and using bioregional native and naturalized medicinal plants. Nicole is the lead teacher and founder of the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine in Austin, which offers onsite and online education in holistic herbalism. Nicole’s passion excitement is not just for studying and using plants, it’s also about having fun and sharing plant medicine with her community through the school’s Community Supported Herbalism Shares and her book, The Medicinal Plants of Texas. Nicole is also a founder of the Traditions Not Trademark Free Fire Cider campaign, working to protect our traditional remedies for future generations.
Anna Wieman, ND is a naturopathic physician, herbalist, and the current lead instructor in the botanical medicine program at NCNM. She has been in love with herbs and herbal medicine for the better part of 2 decades, and is still going strong. She is an alumna the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, which was a significant inspiration for her to pursue her naturopathic doctorate. In addition to her faculty position at NCNM, she runs a private practice in Stevenson, Washington, a rural community in the Columbia River Gorge, where she uses herbal medicine as a primary treatment modality.
Session: Clinical Case Panel — Pediatric GERD
Ben Zappin LAc. has worked as an herbalist for the past 20 years as a wildcrafter, medicine maker, educator and clinician using both Chinese and Western herbs. He owns and operates Five Flavors Herbs, Inc., an herbal pharmacy and manufacturer located in Oakland, California, where he also practices.