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Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, RH. (AHG), D.N.-C.

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Yogaraj (Ayurveda), DN-C, RH, LMT, NCTMB, CC, NAMAPM, has over 40 years of experience in holistic medicine, and is one of the foremost natural healing experts in North America. Khalsa is the president of the American Herbalists Guild, and is a respected teacher, writer and lecturer.

Melissa Yaden, EAMP, LMP, AWC

After receiving formal training in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine(Herbology) from Bastyr University, Melissa has furthered her understanding of East Asian medicine by studying Ayurveda, massage, Herbal medicine and traditional Nepalese sound healing techniques and Acutonics®. Melissa's passion resides in empowering clients to accept and embellish their own innate healing capability for health and spiritual growth.

Melissa is the owner of NW Healing Tree, an acupuncture and massage clinic. When designing personalized treatment plans Melissa utilizes her comprehensive understanding of East Asian medicine and how it correlates to Western medicine. Melissa is a WEAMA (Washington East Asian Medicine Association) board member, a volunteer groomer at PAWS and has studied/volunteered in a variety of specialized clinics.

“I was first drawn to Chinese Medicine because it reminded me to live a more fluid and dynamic life, one that harmonizes body, mind and spirit with nature and with an individual’s unique environment. I am passionate about sharing this wisdom in both intimate and community settings, working with individuals and groups to achieve greater understanding and cohesiveness within all forms of medicine and alternative health care. It is with this expanded perspective on health and life that I am able inspire and empower my patients to take control of their own health, healing and well-being.”

Letitia Krakowski, PhD, RH. (AHG)

Dr. Letitia Krakowski has had an integrative healing practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico for over a decade. She focuses on whole-family practice which on any given day could include a colicky baby and a women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. She incorporates herbs, supplements, diet, exercise and emotional health in her treatment plans. “I see my job as an herbalist to help educate my clients so that they can make healthier choices and to provide them with the tools they need to reach the state of wellness that they desire”. An important element of Dr. Krakowski’s practice is her collaboration with a network of practitioners of other alternative healthcare disciplines to treat the whole person.

Dr. Krakowski earned her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska in 1988. In 1994, after suffering a severe head injury unresponsive to standard Western medical treatments, she discovered the benefits of herbal-based alternative medicine. Subsequently she trained with Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa before beginning her own practice.

Dr. Krakowski is a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. In her spare time she ski’s, snowshoes, hikes and mountain bikes in the wonderful mountains of New Mexico.

Robert J. Talbert Jr., MS CAS, RH. (AHG)

Rob Talbert is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Registered Herbalist in private practice at Jivaka Ayurveda in Laguna Beach, CA. He is peer-reviewed professional member of National Ayurvedic Medical Association and the American Herbalist Guild. He is also a senior faculty member at the California College of Ayurveda.

Mr. Talbert is a graduate of the California College of Ayurveda (CCA), Rob received dual certificates from CCA and the American Institute of Vedic Studies. His clinical skills were enhanced through his 18 month apprenticship with Vicki "Vijaya" Stern. Rob completed post-graduate study with Dr. Liladhar Gupta in Vrindavan, India.

Rob has been a life-long student of Yoga, Zen, Non-dual philosophy, the ways of nature and holistic health.

Rosalee de la Forȇt

Rosalee de la Forȇt is passionate about helping people discover the world of herbalism and natural health. In her clinical practice, Methow Valley Herbs, Rosalee enjoys working with a wide variety of people to solve their health problems.

Rosalee is also very dedicated to herbal education. She teaches internationally at herbal conferences, and guides enthusiastic herbal students in her popular mentorship program. For the past five years has also been an herbal consultant to LearningHerbs.com.

Amanda McQuade Crawford, M.A.

Amanda McQuade Crawford is an herbalist and clinical psychologist practicing integrative health care in Ojai, serving Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. An Adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Boston, she sees patients and consults for the natural products industry on quality issues.

Mimi Hernandez, MS, RH (AHG)

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 and formerly held the position of Coordinator of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical studies at Frostburg State University.

Prashanti de Jager, MS, EMT

After earning degrees from the University of Michigan in the fields of Math, Engineering, Biophysics and Emergency Medicine and studying numerous adjunct healing modalities in Ann Arbor, Prashanti moved to India in 1990 to study Advaita and the Vedic Sciences including Ayurveda, Vastu shastra, Yoga, Jyotish, etc. He experienced the very good fortune of a decade of sitting at the feet of epic paragons like Sri H.W.L.

Betsy Costilo, M.S., CNS, LDN

Betsy has always been drawn to the healing arts and the natural world. She began her self-study of herbal medicine in 2001, reading anything and everything she could on the subject of plant healing, and taking classes wherever she could find them.

Drawn by her desire to be closer to nature, she attended the University of Vermont and completed her undergraduate studies in Environmental Science and Ecological Agriculture, focusing on forest gardening with wild edibles and medicinals.

Gwen Nagano, LMP, AWP

Gwen Nagano is an Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner, Licensed Massage Practitioner, and Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula. She has studied throughout the US and India, with many respected teachers including Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath, and Dr. Sarita Shrestha.