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.

7Song is an herbalist, teacher, and naturalist residing in Ithaca, NY. He is the director and primary instructor at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine and practices as a clinical herbalist at the Ithaca Free Clinic. His herbal focus includes gathering and preparing herbs, clinical practice, first aid, teaching, and plant identification.
His teaching goals include showing how plants offer beneficial primary and adjunct treatments and how to make herbalism accessible and available to the larger community.
Jessica Baker
Jessica Baker, LAc, RH(AHG) is an author, acupuncturist, herbalist, and cannabis farmer. She owns and operates a medical cannabis clone nursery, has a private practice, and teaches in person and online about herbalism and Chinese medicine. Jessica also has a podcast, The Herb Walk with Jessica Baker.


Feris (Derrick) Beggs

Feris is a clinical herbalist and alternative health practitioner. Their health practices are rooted in the holistic systems of wellness called Rootwork. Feris’s personal philosophy is that holistic care is a model that acknowledges that all aspects of a client’s life have a negative or positive impact on their wellness. Rootwork philosophy is grounded in identifying and working to correct patterns underlying the client's health and wellness.

Andrew Bentley

Andrew Bentley is a clinical herbalist with over thirty years of experience providing care to the community in his home of Lexington, Kentucky and beyond.

Nick Cavanaugh
Nick Cavanaugh is a clinical herbalist practicing at Railyard Apothecary, a worker-owned herb store, clinic, and classroom in Burlington, VT (unceded Abenaki territory). His studies included programs at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism and the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine. He has a special interest in understanding energetic concepts traditionally used in Greek medicine and how to apply them to clinical practice today.
Bevin Clare

Bevin Clare is a professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health and the program director of the MS in Clinical Herbal Medicine program. She holds a MSc in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has studied herbalism around the world. She is the author of Spice Apothecary (Storey Books, 2020) and a board member and former Chair of the American Herbalists Guild.

Jenn Dazey

Jenn Dazey, RH(AHG), is a board certified naturopath. She has been faculty at Bastyr since 2009 and is currently the department chair. Her private practice specializes in botanical formulations for the individual, incorporating fresh plants, seaweeds, mushrooms, and low-dose herbs, as indicated. Dr. Dazey believes that there are many factors that determine optimal wellness; herbs are a gateway to all of them.

Dr. Claudia J. Ford
Dr. Claudia J. Ford has had a career in international development and women’s health spanning four decades and all continents. Dr. Ford is professor and chair of the department of environmental studies at State University of New York, Potsdam. She has a BA in Biology from Columbia University, MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, MBA in Health Administration from Antioch University, and PhD in Environmental Studies from Antioch University. Dr. Ford is a midwife and ethnobotanist, who teaches, conducts research and writes about traditional ecological knowledge, spiritual ecology, entheogenic plants, women’s reproductive health, and sustainable agriculture. Dr. Ford has served on the boards of the Soul Fire Farm Institute, and The Black Farmer Fund Pilot Community, both organizations committed to supporting Black farmers, and ending racism and injustice in the food system. Claudia is currently writing a book, Black Ecological Wisdom, revealing the environmental traditions of the Black diaspora for the purpose of planetary healing at this time of environmental crisis. Claudia is a writer, poet, and visual artist; and a single mother who has shared the delights and adventures of her global travel with her four children and two grandchildren.


Camille Freeman

Camille Freeman, RH(AHG), LDN, is an herbalist & nutritionist specializing in menstrual health and fertility. She offers continuing education and the Monday Mentoring community of practice for highly trained herbalists and nutritionists. She’s also a professor in the Nutrition & Herbal Medicine department at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. In addition to wrangling two children, Camille enjoys reading, gardening, and tracking down deals at thrift stores and garage sales.

Lisa Ganora

Lisa Ganora specializes in herbal constituents (pharmacognosy and phytochemistry) in the context of Western clinical herbalism and Vitalist practices. In addition to founding and directing the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism from 2012-2020 and managing Elderberry’s Farm, Lisa is the author of Herbal Constituents, 2nd ed., and teaches online classes including (Make Better Medicine and Herbal Constituents).

Charles Garcia

As a child, Charles Garcia was taught the art of curanderismo by his mother, a Curandera and Partera, and now teaches Hispanic herbalism in his home as his grandfather might have. Garcia was born and raised on a walnut/almond ranch in the hot Central Valley of California, where he worked in the fields with his parents and wrote poetry on the side, later moving to the San Francisco Bay Area after college. Informed by traditions from various Native California healers and Chinese immigrants, Garcia founded the California School of Traditional Hispanic Herbalism, where the sick are helped at no cost and all profits go to this effort.

Mindy Green

Mindy Green, RH(AHG), is an herbalist, esthetician, aromatherapist, and author, focusing on herbs, skincare, and nutrition in her 40+ year career. She’s a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild, a Registered Aromatherapist with advanced training in essential oils from Purdue University, and teacher for the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. Listen to free interview recordings at her website:

Gabrielle “Olayinka” Hallion

After receiving her BS in Psychology, Olayinka continued her exploration of health by self-studying herbalism. Since 2008, she’s successfully supported her family members of all ages with a variety of issues. In 2022, she received a Certificate in Herbal Studies from Maryland University of Integrative Health. She continues to study many health modalities to understand how they complement one another and contribute to whole health.

Mimi Prunella Hernandez, RH

Mimi is the author of the soon-to-be-released National Geographic Herbal. With her wealth of knowledge, unwavering dedication, and genuine love for all things herbal, she has significantly impacted the craft of herbal medicine. For over a decade, Mimi has served as the executive director of the American Herbalists Guild, where she has worked tirelessly to ensure that herbalists have a strong professional community to support their work. In 2023, Mimi received a Botanical Excellence Award from the American Botanical Council, a testament to her outstanding contributions to the herbal community.

Steven Horne

Steven Horne is a past President and council member of the AHG. He is also a Certified Comprehensive Iridologist with the International Iridology Practitioner Association (IIPA). He is the co-author of Modern Herbal Dispensatory, a popular book on making herbal preparations, and is also the author of numerous other books on natural wellness, including his latest book, Strategies for Health.

Essex Igyan

Essex currently resides in Auburn, GA, with his family of six. He is a proponent of African herbalism and was a student of the late, world-renowned ethnobotanist Dr. Anthony Kweku Andoh. Essex is a software engineer with just as much of a passion for the natural as the technical and mechanical. Essex launched to help showcase the beauty of nature in creative ways. Through his publishing company, he made his mentor's book, The Science and Romance of Herbs Used in Traditional and Medicinal Ceremony, available to the herbal community. Essex is a board member of the AHG and serves on the DEI committee.

Mon Iker

Mon Iker (they/she) is an interdisciplinary artist and clinical herbalist engaging the intersection of social and environmental justice through art and the healing exchange. Their recovery from complex chronic illness and severe toxic exposure, as well as using an eclectic, trauma-informed, and inclusive lens, informs their practice. They are inspired by the remembrance of herbalism as radical resistance, dad jokes, and their curandera great-grandmother.

Feather Jones

Feather has been a clinical herbalist since 1982, offering online classes in women's wellness and a two year Herbal Apprenticeship Program in Sedona, AZ. She directed the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder, Colorado, for 11 years. She is a mindful wildcrafter, herbal preparation maker, and herbal consultant, was a botanical instructor for the Sonoran University of Health Sciences for 10 years, and is a mother of two beautiful women. Her love of desert plants keeps her on the red rock trails.

Kathi Keville
Kathi Keville is a clinical herbalist, wildcrafter, organic herb gardener, and herbal researcher. The author of sixteen herb books, she runs Green Medicine Herb School, is the director of the American Herb Association, and is one of the founders of the American Herbalists Guild.
Rachel Lord

Rachel has been a practicing clinical herbalist in the Denver metro area for 22 years. Her new textbook, Clinical Herbalism: Plant Wisdom from East and West (Elsevier 2022), is now in its second printing. She has a background as a critical care RN and founded, taught, and developed curriculum for a Colorado state-approved school of botanical health and her textbook is a result of that experience.

Christina Lynch

Christina Lynch is a community herbalist, teacher, and cultivator who delights in reconnecting with the earth, partaking in spiritual practices, and carrying on ancestral traditions. Christina created The Ginger Tea Company, a small business focused on creating herbal products and services, and since transitioned her focus to the establishment of Black Herbalists Alliance. She is a board member of AHG, Florida School of Holistic Living, Red Hills Small Farm Alliance, and Herbalists Without Borders–North Florida chapter. She is a first-generation American of Barbadian descent who desires to share her knowledge of and passion for herbaceous plants with her community through herbal consultations, classes, and tea blends.

Duncan Lynch

Duncan Lynch, ND, RH(AHG), is a naturopathic physician. He completed his naturopathic degree at Bastyr University in 2021 and his residency at the AIMS Institute in 2023. Dr. Lynch employs a variety of potent herbal preparations in an evidence-based approach, with a goal of developing reliable methods for clinically applicable botanicals both topically and internally. He draws on traditional and modern medicine, utilizing a variety of beneficial plants and types of applications.

Kat Mackinnon

Kat Mackinnon, RH(AHG), has been a certified clinical herbalist and nutritionist through the NAIMH since 2011. Kat is the founder and director of Meet the Green, through which she runs a private clinical practice and teaches classes on herbalism and ancestral skills. She is the co-founder of Plant Camp, an online and in- person botanical learning community. She has been primary faculty at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Lafayette, Colorado since 2012, and the Clinic Program Director, where she mentors student clinicians at the public low cost clinic, and is a principal reviewer of student clinician cases.

Brigitte Mars

Brigitte Mars is an herbalist and nutritional consultant of Natural Health with over fifty years of experience. She teaches Herbalism at Naropa University and is a founding and professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. Brigitte is the author of The Natural First Aid Handbook, The Country Almanac of Home Remedies, The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine. Addiction Free Naturally, The Sexual Herbal, and Healing Herbal Teas. She has also created an app called IPlant Mars.

Erin McKinney

Erin McKinney, MS, is a skilled professional with over 13 years of specialized experience in the herbal supplement and wellness space. In her current role as the Clinical R&D Manager at Gaia Herbs, Erin is committed to raising the standards of clinical trials across the herbal supplements industry. Prior to managing Gaia Herbs' clinical R&D efforts, Erin was a leader in Quality Control across the company for seven years.

Greta de la Montagne

Greta de la Montagne studied in 1992 at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine and has been an AHG professional member since 1999. A clinical herbalist in practice for over 30 years, she specializes in herbal first aid for large outdoor events and disaster response. She currently directs the non-profit organization the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine which supports the amazing website resource that herbalist Michael RS Moore created before his untimely passing in 2009.

Tracy Person
Tracy Cook-Person is a folk herbalist, educator, lecturer, professional storyteller, and published poet. Her spiritual and herbal work encompasses the support of hypertensive and diabetic clients as well as womb care, breastfeeding, and postnatal support. Tracy brought her passion for folk herbalism and community wellness together with her background in education and storytelling to create Southern Alchemy Wellness LLC, an experience in support of health.
Lyani Powers
Lyani Powers is a clinical herbalist and doula. With certifications in pregnancy, postpartum, and nutritional support, she focuses her work on helping birthing people curate their postpartum care or Golden Month. She is certified in Mesoamerican Indigenous birth practices and, full- spectrum birth support, and is a Certified Lactation Consultant. She owns Modern Herbal Apothecary in Tampa, FL, which includes a clinical herbalist practice, bulk apothecary, apiary, and micro-farm.
Gina Rivers

Gina is an herbalist, formulator, and an educator. Through her work with the indomitable and world-renowned mycologist, Paul Stamets, Gina has traveled internationally training practitioners and the public on the health benefits of beneficial mushrooms. She has served as a community herbalist throughout the Southeast, and currently resides in the Southeastern Appalachian Mountains. When not traveling and teaching, she focuses on cultivating herbs and mushrooms on her organic farm.

Chasity Salvador

Chasity Salvador is full-spectrum doula and a student midwife providing birth work services to her community. She is a lifelong learner of beneficial plants that reside within the homelands of Acoma Pueblo. Learning from her farming experiences in the Pueblo, she focuses on becoming a caregiver of Indigenous heirloom and Pueblo seeds, distributing these to her community. She is a poet, writer, and herbalist revitalizing the traditional plant knowledge in Pueblo communities.

Kate Sawyer

Dr. Kate (Kate Flanigan Sawyer MD, MPH, PHom), is a student of herbalism and a certified Practical Homeopath, with the goal of establishing a practice dedicated to clinical herbalism, homeopathy and nutrition. She is inspired to teach others to be empowered to care for themselves and their families, with a practical, simple, common-sense approach. She lives in Colorado, and splits her time between Granby and Denver.

Nicholas Schnell

Nicholas Schnell has been in clinical practice for over 25 years. He owns and runs Four Winds Natural Healing Center, a thriving herbal clinic and large herb shop in Omaha, Nebraska. He is the director of North Star Herbal Studies, an extensive two-year herbal training program. He specializes in complicated medical cases and difficult chronic disease patterns.  

Dr. Kourtney Sims

Dr. Kourtney Sims, M.D., went to Tulane Medical School and completed her OB/Gyn training at University of Texas Houston and has been in private practice since graduation. She is currently board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). She was also the FIRST female physician in Houston outside of the medical center who was certified by the North American Menopause Society. Dr. Sims is a member of the Harris County Medical Society, the Institute for Functional Medicine, the Texas Medical Association, and AHG.

Dr. Shailinder Sodhi
Dr. Shailinder Sodhi is an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic doctor based in Bellevue Washington. Dr. Sodhi grew up in India where herbalism and Ayurveda was a part of his daily life. He has followed his passion for plants from India to America where he became a naturopathic doctor and worked to found an Ayurvedic supplement company to bring the wisdom of Ayurvedic herbs to the West in a sustainable fashion.  
Nicole Telkes

Award-winning community and clinical herbalist since 2001, who divides her time between plants and people, Nicole, (RH)AHG, is a community activist who spent many years running sliding scale herb clinics and developing ethically sourced, custom formulations from her gardens and wild spaces. She works as a herbal educator and founded the Wildflower School in 2003. She is the author of Medicinal Plants of Texas and the book Herbcraft. She is best known for helping to “free” fire cider.

Lucretia VanDyke

Lucretia VanDyke has been in the wellness industry for over 25 years and has had a lifelong connection to the plants that began in childhood. Her quest for knowledge and storytelling has led her all over the world to learn about preparations, traditions, and ceremonies from Indigenous healers. One of the foremost experts on Southern folk healing arts, Lucretia integrates rituals, plant spirit meditation, holistic food/herbalism, and ancestor reverence into people’s practices. Lucretia is the author of African-American Herbalism: A Practical Guide to Healing Plants and Folk Traditions.

Morgaine Witriol

Morgaine is founder of Native Roots School of Ancestral Folk & Herbal Medicine in Taos, NM. She has a private practice doing clinical herbalism and bodywork, is a wildcrafter, gardener, and has a commercial product line. She teaches about reclaiming one’s own ancestral traditions as a displaced person, Jewish folk herbalism, materia medica, herbs for trauma and grief, cancer, cultural appropriation, and plant energetics, and leads herbal field trips, retreats, and wellness immersions.

Eric Yarnell

Eric Yarnell, ND, RH(AHG), is CMO of NW Naturopathic Urology. Dr. Yarnell is a noted authority specializing in men's health, urinary tract problems (in men and women), and kidney problems (in men and women).

Dr. Eugene Zampieron

Dr. Eugene R. Zampieron, ND, RH(AHG), has over 30 years of experience as a licensed naturopathic physician, registered professional medical herbalist, ethnobotanical researcher, botanical formulations inventor, educator, lecturer, spokesman, and radio personality. Dr. Z was on the founding advisory board of the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM) and has taught phyto-pharmacognosy, herbalism, and medical botany, and was steward of the UBCNM beneficial herb garden.

Joan Zinn

Joan Zinn, herbalist and owner of Medicine Hill Herbs, has been learning and teaching about plants for about 50 years. A commercial greenhouse owner for 16 years, this experience preceded her apprenticeship in sacred herbalism with Stephen Buhner. Instructor of Western Medical Herbalism at a school for doctoral students of natural health, Joan also has apprentices and clients, and loves introducing others to plants on the land and their traditional herbal uses.