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

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, A.D., Yogaraj (Ayurveda), D.N.-C, R.H., 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 President Emeritus of the American Herbalists Guild, director emeritus of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, and is a respected teacher, writer and lecturer.

Khalsa is a state certified dietitian-nutritionist and nationally registered herbalist, nationally certified massage therapist, a certified education provider for The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and the Florida State Board of Massage Therapy and senior editor for Natural Medicines. He offers health consultations by phone with clients around the world.

Mr. Khalsa personally trained with Ayurvedic master Yogi Bhajan for 32 years. He is nationally credentialed to teach herbalism, yoga and bodywork, including Ayurvedic massage and spa techniques. Khalsa is one of the first nationally certified instructors of Kundalini yoga in the United States. He also holds the highest qualification level of registered yoga teacher, 500 level, and was one of the first to achieve this credential.

Khalsa is the founder of the International Integrative Education Institute. Its divisions, The Herbalists College and the Ayurveda College, offer post-secondary curricula to train professional herbalists around the U.S.

Having presented at over 200 national conferences, Mr. Khalsa feels at home presenting to the general public or to professionals in specialized training programs. He is also a long time teacher of meditation and bodywork and has counseled people, led groups and worked with mental health systems for 40 years and taught over 4,000 class sessions.

As the author of over 3,000 published health articles, Mr. Khalsa has written or edited 30 books and on a variety of health topics including major works on massage, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and physiology. His latest book, The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs, co-authored with Michael Tierra, brings to life Ayurveda in an understandable and practical way. He is also a frequent contributor to mainstream and professional publications in the natural healing field, and is a contributing editor to Let’s Live, The Herb Quarterly, and Great Life.

Khalsa is a professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, a founding faculty in the Ayurvedic Sciences program at Bastyr University, and a faculty member in the Botanical Medicine Department at the National College of Natural Medicine, where he trains naturopathic medical students, and teaches Ayurveda. Khalsa is also the Botanical Division Director at the Northwest Institute of Ayurveda.

For 30 years Khalsa has served as Senior Research Scientist and Chief Medical Formulator for Yogi Tea, an Ayurvedic medicinal tea company. He also served at Peace natural products, and at Golden Temple, where he created an extensive line of Ayurvedic body care products, including the Soothing Touch Ayurvedic massage product line.

K.P. Khalsa’s ongoing research and his vast knowledge of herbs from around the globe make him especially valuable to many herb industry businesses that call on him as an authoritative consultant. To date he has consulted for, and developed products with, more than 100 companies. Mr. Khalsa has also created over 400 of his own formulations for commercial applications, and today works closely with companies that supply high quality herbal products to health professionals across the country.

Mr. Khalsa’s interest in natural healing techniques developed because, as a child growing up in Oregon, he had a rare, serious disorder, and several serious illnesses. As a young adult, he studied a wide spectrum of physical and mental healthcare therapies from all over the world, and was successfully healed. He focused especially on Ayurvedic medicine and on the therapeutic value of yoga, meditation, and other studies of consciousness.

Today Mr. Khalsa’s approach to holistic healing is very eclectic. His work is focused on herbalism, the medical and therapeutic value of Yoga, Ayurvedic massage, meditation and other holistic therapies. He lives with his family in Eugene, Oregon.

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.”

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.

Janet L. Hall, ND, RH. (AHG)

Janet L. Hall has a Doctorate in Naturopathy, is a Certified Medical Intuitive, Certified Kinesiologist, Herbalist, Nutritional Consultant, and Emotional Facilitator, as well as owner of the Alternative Wellness Center. Janet has been a Practitioner for sixteen years and loves her work. She feels there is no greater reward than seeing her clients regain health in all aspects! “I love treating those who truly want excellent health, functional lifestyles, and helping them to reach their goals and dreams, as well as those who wish to regain hope of having optimal quality of life.”