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Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, A.D., D.N.-C., R.H.

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.

Anna Matriotti

Anna is an practicing Herbalist, a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Eating Psychology Coach. Anna weaves her passion for herbs, food and functional anatomy into a warm and grounded approach to wellbeing and health. She seeks to empower people to awaken their heart and spirit, and to use plants and food to radically transform and sustain their health. Anna is the owner of White Hawthorn Holistic and has a practice on Bainbridge Island and in Seattle. For more information on Anna and the work she does visit: www.whholistic.com

Jon Bechtold-Wright

Jon Bechotld-Wright is an acupuncturist and herbalist at Uptown Acupuncture & Herbs. As an herbalist he loves helping people resolve their health problems, and to see them feeling great again. He sees all of us having the potential to return to a place of health, and sees holistic care as a safe and highly effective way to make that happen.

Jon earned his Masters in Acupuncture from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine, and is a graduate of the Herbalist College. He has training in a wide variety of healing modalities, including Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Western Herbalism.

Before becoming an acupuncturist and hebalist, Jon was faced with his own health challenges in the form of food and inhalant allergies. As an avid gardener and food lover, the allergies were a tough pill to swallow. Applying holistic health principals he was learning at the time, he was able to overcome the allergies that limited him. Now using similar holistic health principles, he helps clients overcome their own health crises. You can find out more about him at www.uptownacupunctureseattle.com

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.”

Dr. Japa K. Khalsa

Dr. Japa K. Khalsa received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University in Chicago and completed her Masters of Oriental Medicine at the Midwest College of OM. She is a Board certified and licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncturist and now practices Acupuncture, Injection and IV Therapies in Espanola, NM.

Dr. Khalsa is one of the few Doctor’s of Oriental Medicine in New Mexico licensed for Expanded Prescriptive Authority which allows her to do Trigger point injections amd IV therapy with vitamins and homeopathics.

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.

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.