NAHA is represented by District and Regional Directors throughout the United States, who are available to assist you in presenting aromatherapy information to the public by holding meetings and workshops.
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Including: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Virginia
Susan Stype, International Certified Aromatherapist and founder of Arlys Naturals, has always shared a passion for the fragrant world of natural and botanical products. Growing up beachside in Florida, her inspiration came early from not only the beautiful ocean colors and sounds, but from the tropical abundance of photography and aromas as well.
Susan’s interest in preventative health care and her journey into the study of essential oils led to the creation of Arlys Naturals, an online aromatherapy company in 2000. Arlys Naturals offers unique skin care collections with plant and marine botanicals, and specializes in 100% pure professional grade essential oils, synergies, perfumery supplies and much more.
She has traveled world-wide to gain the knowledge required for her commitment for sourcing exceptional quality oils, as well as being the creative force behind Arlys products. She is also a member of the Artisan Natural Perfumer’s Guild and a Southeast Florida Director for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA).
Whether Susan is teaching an aromatherapy workshop, writing for magazines, or speaking with private individuals on aromatherapy, her continued goal is to share and help educate consumers on the exciting advancements and safety issues using natural essences and products.
Jennifer Hochell Pressimone is a holistic aromatherapist, herbalist, educator, author and owner of JennScents, Inc., a custom blending aromatherapy bar in Clermont, Florida. She has blended, formulated and created essential oil products for therapeutic use since 1999.
Jennifer offers a variety of aromatherapy and natural health courses for all levels and provides continuing education credits to Florida Massage Therapists. Jennifer specializes in therapeutic aromatherapy for health concerns, skin care, women and children’s health, animal care and natural cleaning. She creates custom blends to meet the needs of her customers as well as offers educational workshops to teach others how to safely incorporate natural health options into their daily lives. Jennifer has been a professional donor member of NAHA since 2004, a Director since 2005 and Public Relations Coordinator since 2010. Jennifer is dedicated to bringing more awareness to the use and benefits of true aromatherapy. Through her books, educational classes and research, she hopes to make significant contributions to the world of aromatherapy and help others help themselves.
Jennifer Hochell Pressimone, CNHC, Holistic Aromatherapist, Professional Member of NAHA, JennScents Aromatherapy, JennScents Institute @ Clermont Herb Shoppe & Day Spa 702 West Montrose Street, Clermont, FL 34711
Roz Zollinger has an international reputation for her therapeutic work and instruction in Reflexology and Aromatherapy, and has 20 years’ experience in the practice and teaching of these modalities.
Roz qualified in Reflexology in 1983 through the South African Institute of Reflexology in Johannesburg, and in 1984 trained in Aromatherapy with the Institute of Clinical Aromatherapy in London. She subsequently pursued advanced Aromatherapy studies with the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy in California, and has taken the International Training Program in Essential Oils at Purdue University in Indiana, USA.
In 1992 Roz founded the Heal Center, Atlanta, which has since gained a national reputation for its therapeutic services and instruction. The center currently has nine practitioners and offers a full range of natural therapies.
Roz teaches various courses and workshops at the Heal Center and lectures at regional and national conferences. She has developed the BodySystems Method of Reflexology and Aromatherapy, which stresses the interaction of all bodily systems and addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the individual.
Roz is co-founder of the Georgia Reflexology Organization and is a regional director for the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA).
Roz offers consultations and treatments using Reflexology and Aromatherapy, and is available as a teacher for public lectures and training programs.
Kelly Holland Azzaro, RA, CCAP, CBFP, LMT
Kelly Holland Azzaro, RA, CCAP, CBFP, LMT, is a Registered Aromatherapist, Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner, Certified Bach Flower Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner, Past Vice President (NAHA) and current Past President of NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy). Kelly continues to volunteer as part of the NAHA Journal Committee and NAHA Safety Committee, and as the NAHA Director for North Carolina.
Kelly has over 20 years professional experience and educational training in Aromatherapy and Massage Therapy. She also has specialized training in Canine and Equine Acupressure-Massage Therapies, Intuitive Animal Communication, Crystal-Gemstone Therapy, Reiki, Aromatherapy and Flower Essence Therapy for people and their animal friends. Kelly has also created ‘Ashi Aromatics Inc.’, an all natural botanical product line for both people and pets, and is approved by PETA as Cruelty-free Vegan.
Kelly is approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing Education Approved Provider, and her Animal Aromatherapy Practitioner Certification Course meets the NAHA Standards of Education requirements. She offers educational programs in Aromatherapy, Flower Essences and Massage and Energy-work Therapies.
Kelly is the Founder and Director of The Holistic Animal Association Network. The Holistic Animal Association is dedicated to empowering others through education and promotion for the holistic and natural healing therapies for our animal friends.
Kelly, and her husband Marco a Licensed Acupuncturist and Qigong Practitioner/Instructor have a Holistic Healing Center where they work together as a team to educate and empower others through holistic services, education and support.
Greenville, SC 29609
Susan Cannon, Aromatherapist, RYT
Susan Cannon, Aromatherapist, RYT
Touch the Earth Aromatics & Yoga
Aromatherapy and yoga are great tools for self care and healing. I am honored to share these tools through classroom and private instruction. My practice includes teaching at wellness centers, studios, outreach groups, colleges and clinics. I have a particular interest in working with those individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. I am creator/owner of Touch the Earth Aromatics Natural Product line that includes aromatic jewelry made by my creative daughter.
After 18 years of using and appreciating essential oils and herbs, NAHA helped me find a professional program, Shellie Enteen's program, My clinical training is with R.J. Buckle Associates, LLC. I am inspired daily by NAHA aromatherapists and herbalists.
Keren Dolan, MS, APAIA
Keren is a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health through which she also earned a Post- Master's Certificate in Clinical Herbalism, and a Master's of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism. She is also certified in Holistic Aromatherapy through the West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia.
Keren has more than 10 years of experience using nutrition and botanicals to support her clients' wellness goals. Through functional nutrition, herbal and essential oil therapeutics, and lifestyle modifications, she provides custom consultations and emphasizes relationship-centered care. Her practice, Nourish Well, LLC, is based out of Northern Virginia where she lives with her husband and three young children.
As a published researcher, she is involved in clinical research and systematic reviews and is always interested in exploring new projects with other researchers and clinicians.
Cheryl Murphy, Certified Aromatherapist
Cheryl Murphy holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching and has over 30 years of classroom experience. She is a professor at Virginia Western Community College and graduated from Sedona Aromatherapie as a certified aromatherapist in the Level 2 (250 hour) Course. Cheryl has also completed both the Metaphysics of Essential Oils and the Aromatherapy Teacher Training courses through Stillpoint Studies in Sedona, AZ and continues her training with both Sedona Aromatherapie and Stillpoint Studies.
In addition to her role as an educator, Cheryl designs a line of jewelry, called Follow Your Bliss Bracelets, which incorporates aromatherapy and essential oils, and is the co-owner of Essential Bliss which offers a line of aromatherapy bath and body products, essential oil education, personal consultations and blending services. Cheryl is committed to educating others about the healing properties and benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils.
A lifelong learner, Cheryl resides in rural Virginia where she enjoys life on her mini homestead growing her own herbs, flowers and vegetables and raising a backyard flock of chickens.
To learn more about Cheryl, please visit: www.fybbracelets.com
Including: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota
My passion for herbal and essential oil remedies began over 10 years ago after being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and of recent, PTSD and Panic Disorder. As a former medical auditor/instructor, my knowledge of anatomy, physiology and the circulatory system gave me insight on how essential oils work. I’ve strived to learn everything I can about the link between essential oils and their effects on the body utilizing resources such as Robert Tisserand, Dr. Jean Valnet, Sylla Sheppard-Hanger, Gabriel Mojay, Jane Buckle and other resources including PubMed and PubChem.
I have completed the aromatherapy certification program with Aromahead Institute. My passion for aromatherapy education and safe use of essential has inspired me to write numerous articles, those of which have been published through Nature’s Warehouse and The Biblical Herbalist, as well as my blog and Facebook group: Aromatherapy by Soul Essentials Duo. I also am an admin on the Facebook group ‘Aromatherapy and Safe Essential Use’.
Karen began using essential oils well over 10 years ago when she was introduced to them by a friend and massage therapist and has been fascinated by their therapeutic applications ever since.
She is a recent graduate of the American College of Healthcare Sciences, Diploma in Aromatherapy program and plans to continue her studies in the near future to obtain her CAM degree. She also holds a certificate in Iridology. She is the owner of Northern Prairie Aromatherapy and enjoys educating others about the benefits of essential oils and their applications for safe use.
Karen enjoys the art and science of creating custom blends for clients who wish to pursue a healthy lifestyle through natural modalities. Karen is a Business Member of NAHA, and a Professional Member of AIA working on her Clinical membership with the AIA.
Karen has been in the Emergency Medical Services field for 25 plus years as a Paramedic and currently working as a Flight Paramedic in northern Minnesota. Karen lives in a small town in northern Minnesota with her husband and son. She enjoys being outdoors, organic gardening, canning. Reading, when she has time is another favorite pastime.
Amy Emnett is a certified aromatherapist and certified natural health professional. She is the owner of Blossoms+Blends Aromatherapy, located in St. Louis, Missouri, where she resides with her husband and three small children. She brings together her knowledge of aromatherapy, nutrition, herbs, and flower essences to create a holistic picture for her clients.
Amy received her certification from Andrea Butje at Aromahead Institute of Essential Oil Studies. She is currently studying for clinical certification through their Scholar’s program. She achieved her French Aromatherapy certification from Jade Shutes and Cathy Skipper through The School of Aromatic Studies. Amy is a professional member of NAHA and AIA.
She is a passionate educator who teaches various classes and workshops to fellow natural heath professionals and the general public. She offers personal consultations with custom blending. She collaborates with businesses to create custom products and utilizes aromatherapy with their employees or members.
When she’s not carting her kids around town, you can find her taking an aromatherapy course or reading a book to expand her knowledge. There is nothing that gives her more pleasure than sharing the beauty of aromatherapy with others to help them achieve their health and wellness goals.
Dr. Vivian Lunny MD, M.B.B.S., RA, MD/MA, FIFA
A graduate Medical Doctor, Author, Teacher, Holistic Healer, Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner and Teacher, Reiki Master and Psychotronics Master Practitioner.Her intuition, empathy and thoughtfulness are the keys to her personality. Doctor Vivian Lunny lives in Vancouver, BC Canada.
Yongmoo Shin is a holistic aromatherapist, educator, product developer and co-founder of HASAP Inc.(www.hasap.kr), NAHA approved school in Korea. He is also the NAHA Director for Korea.
He offers a various aromatherapy courses and educational resources for teachers, aestheticians, retailers, health practitioners, manufacturers and public, giving them safe guideline how to use essential oils.
He is teaching essential oil chemistry at NAHA approved school and IFA approved school also.
He is specialized in providing consultations for lots of aromatherapy product such as natural cosmetics, wet tissue, natural scent for vehicle, inhaler etc.
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In 2002, Henry Chang, RA, MNAHA, MIFPA founded AromaHarvest International College of Aromatherapy in Taiwan and started teaching Aromatherapy Level 1 and Level 2 courses. AromaHarvest International College of Aromatherapy is the oldest aromatherapy school and NAHA approved school in Taiwan. He is passionate about developing different teaching skills and designing different courses to lead his students to have a better and broader understanding in all aromatherapy related areas. He designed an aromatherapy study competition game and different integrated topics of natural therapy, counseling and intuition skills into the formal certified courses. Thus students and teachers call Henry a creative pioneer in aromatherapy history in Taiwan.
In 2007, Henry led a group of certified Aromatherapists to found the Taiwan Association of Aromatherapy (TWAA) and was elected as the president. The main mission of TWAA is to advance the knowledge of aromatherapy of professional nurses in all the hospitals. It has trains thousands of nurses each year in all main hospitals in Taiwan.
Henry also teaches all kinds of Aromatherapy courses and workshops for many Universities in Taiwan.
In 2013, Henry started Xiang Qi Aromatherapy Magazine and targets the Chinese Aromatherapy markets in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China and hopes to make greater influence on people with Aromatherapy.
To learn more about Henry's work, Please visit the following websites:
Xiang Qi Aromatherapy Magazine
TWAA, Taiwan Association of Aromatherapy
AromaHarvest International College of Aromatherapy
Elizabeth Ashley is a International best seller of fifteen aromatherapy manuals. Qualified in 93, she holds the Advanced Diploma of Clinical Aromatherapy, Diploma in Medical Dowsing, Certificate of Medical Astrology and the Business Link Business Excellence Award. Mum to three children, writing in a green and blue shed in the Shropshire hills, UK
Including: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Miriam Carl is a Certified Aromatherapist and owner of Kindred Earth Botanicals, an aromatherapy consulting business which provides custom tailored blends, body care products, education, and seasonal wisdom. Her goal is to guide clients through an exploration of healing on all levels with integrity, compassion, and kindness. She has completed 400 hours of aromatherapy training through The East West School for Herbal & Aromatic Studies. She is a professional member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy and serves as District Director for the state of Illinois. In addition to helping others by creating custom blends, Miriam also enjoys yoga, cooking, art, poetry, and spending time with her family and friends. To learn more about Miriam, please visit her website at: kindredearthbotanicals.com and facebook.com/KindredEarthBotanicals
Lissa Hilton, RA
Lissa Hilton is a Registered Aromatherapist focused on educating and coaching clients about choices that promote wellness of mind, body, and spirit. Her methods are both holistic and natural, influenced by a deep sense of gratitude, respect, and wonder for God’s creation.
Over the course of two decades Lissa’s use of essential oils to care for herself and her family grew and then merged with her passion for helping others. A combination of her personal experiences, research, and formal training resulted in her founding Silver Creek Aromatherapy, LLC. She enjoys working with clients one-on-one or in a workshop to share information and formulate customized blends of essential oils to meet their individual needs.
An academic engineer with a Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University, Lissa’s addiction to data drives her to keep abreast of research and policies relevant to aromatherapy and other modalities of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). She also earned an Associate of Science in CAM from the American College of Healthcare Sciences with a major in aromatherapy.
Kettering, Ohio 45440
Amber Duncan is a Clinical Aromatherapist located in Kettering Ohio. She is the owner of Holistic Health Helper LLC, which is dedicated to promoting holistic wellness for the individual and their family. Amber has taught classes on the safe use of essential oils in many situations both domestically and internationally. Her main focus is on the use of essential oils in pregnancy and with children to which she has been practicing since 2014.
When not chasing around her three small children she continues to promote safety while also writing for NAHA’s quarterly journal. In her practice she has worked with, and continues to enhance relationships, with doulas and other birth workers to promote a positive birth experience.
In her pursuit of holistic balance Amber studies Reiki as a Level II practitioner as well delving into the expansive field of herbalism to which she is working on her certification. She is a professional member of NAHA, AIA and IFPA.
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George has been teaching aromatherapy for 14 years. His classes are accredited by NCBTMB and as such, he is an approved provider of continuing education for licensed massage therapists. He teaches or has taught at 21 Massage Schools in 4 states. Additionally he has worked with Skilled Nursing Facilities to incorporate aromatherapy into their treatments, has presented to hospitals and hospital support groups, worked with the AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland and the Ohio AIDS Coalition as well as the general public.
His clinical approach to aromatherapy has lead the way for him to develop professional relationships to use aromatherapy in a clinic specializing in headaches, test a hot flash product with an OB/Gyn, and work with an MD to assist with muscle cramps and Restless Leg Syndrome. He developed the curriculum and teaches a three credit hour class on Aromatherapy at Cincinnati State College that encompasses 18 hours of lecture & 18 hours of laboratory.
In 2003 he founded Natural Options Aromatherapy. This company is dedicated to providing the finest essential oils, the best possible blends, and excellent education. He has developed effective formulas to assist conditions including hot flashes, muscle cramps, arthritis, insomnia, Restless Leg Syndrome, and anxiety.
Prior to finding aromatherapy, he has been in field management for Revlon, Inc., been the VP of Marketing and Sales for Fashion Two Twenty Cosmetics, owned and managed a cosmetic company, and held the position of Senior Director Business Development for a chain of Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Margo Hertzfeld, Cert. AT.
I received a B.S. in Merchandising from Indiana University in Bloomington, and later went on to create Rosy Glow Beauty Company, a line of all-natural personal care products for moms. When I realized the most fulfilling part of this business was researching essential oils for the line, Rosy Glow Aromatherapy was born!
My aromatherapy education began in 2011 with a Level I certification from Jade Shutes, B.A., Dipl. AT, Cert. Herbalist, Director of Education for the School for Aromatic Studies, and David Crow, founder of Floracopeia, with an emphasis on the principles of Ayurveda. I continued my studies for my Aromatic Scholars certification for 450 hours of comprehensive education.
I am a Professional Member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, and a member of the Natural Perfumers Guild. My love of all things botanical has led me to certifications in flower essence and hydrosol application, as well as certification in reflexology through the Center for the Healing Arts in Sterling Heights, MI. Other coursework includes natural perfuming with Roxanna Villa, meditation, yoga, mother and baby care, and natural oncology therapies.
To learn more about Margo, please visit: www.rosyglowaromatherapy.com
Jessie Hawkins, PhD(c)
Jessie Hawkins, PhD(c) is a natural health scientific researcher and the Director of the Franklin Institute of Wellness, and she is the NAHA Regional Director for Tennessee. Jessie combines her expertise as an aromatherapist and herbalist with her scientific training to conduct clinical trials and other scientific studies on the healing benefits of essential oils.
Jessie Hawkins has a PhD in Health and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health, a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion, and has additional post-graduate education in the field of epidemiology. In addition to holding numerous certifications in a range of natural health fields including aromatherapy, aromatic medicine, herbalism, childbirth education, labor support, and more, she travels regularly to conferences and workshops to ensure that our programs provide the most current and up-to-date information available.
Melissa Clymer CCAP, CFAP
Melissa Clymer is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and holistic healer located in Hudson, WI. She is the owner of Sweet Willow Spirit Aromatherapy, which is dedicated to education, empowerment and taking control of your health. Melissa teaches aromatherapy and healing stone classes to medical professionals and the general public. She has a passion for healing while incorporating crystals and aromatherapy into everyday life. Melissa studied her clinical certification with Andrea Butje at Aromahead Institute, and French Aromatherapy Certification at The School of Aromatic Studies with Jade Shutes and Cathy Skipper. Her passion is educating and helping people live the lives they should be living free from fear and anxiety.
When not spending time with her husband, 5 children and 3 dogs, Melissa is working on co-writing a book about the basics of aromatherapy and safety. She has a passion for blending and creating new products that will enhance the lives of those around her. In her practice she loves working with children and pregnant women.
Melissa’s future plans include additional education in becoming certified in animal aromatherapy, learning more about TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), as well as becoming a Reiki practitioner. She is a professional member of NAHA.
Jamie Michaels, RN, CCA, CAI
Jamie Michaels, RN, CCA, CAI is a Registered Nurse, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, and Certified Aromatherapy Instructor for the Waupaca, WI and surrounding areas. Jamie completed her studies for the Masters of Aromatherapy and Teachers Training programs with Shanti Dechen from Aroma Apothecary Healing Arts Academy. She is a Clinical Member of the NAHA. Jamie is the creator and owner of Aromatherapy by Jamie, J.OILS, LLC., where she offers telephone, face-to-face online, and in person aromatherapy education and wellness consults as well as educational classes to the general public. Jamie believes in promoting authentic wellness and education and follows the NAHA educational standards. Her passion for aromatherapy includes educating about safe use, skin care, and beneficial carrier oils, personal blending, and improving emotional and physical wellness.
Including: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Belinda Davis Murano BS, CHHC
Belinda Davis Murano, BS, CHHC earned her degree at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI. In addition, Belinda earned her certification as a holistic health counselor at the Institute for Integrated Nutrition in New York City. She is a member of the following professional organizations:
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, United Plant Savers, Northeast Herbal Association, Flower Essence Society and the National Association of Drugless Practitioners. In addition, Belinda is a Board Member of the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Main Street Business Association.
Belinda has studied herbs, aromatherapy, flower essences and whole foods cooking since 1990 and has completed over 300 aromatherapy training hours. In addition, she has completed three, seven month apprenticeships in herbal studies, as well as a 7 month flower essence apprenticeship with a certified FES practitioner/trainer. Belinda has also completed several courses at the Natural Gourmet in New York City, as well as the completion of a week long, whole foods cooking intensive with the Conscious Gourmet in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
As founder and director of It’s Your Thyme LLC, Belinda takes a contemporary approach to wellness which incorporates aromatherapy, herbs, flower essences and nutritional guidance to enhance healing of the body, mind and spirit of her clients. Her main goal is to empower her clients to create positive, permanent change in their lives. Her unique practice takes the approach that every client is an individual with their own specific needs. Together Belinda and her clients work on balancing the areas of the client’s life that truly nourish them at the deepest level, while incorporating herbs, essential oils and flower essences for support in the process.
Rose Chard, LMT, RA
Since 2008, Rose Chard, the owner of Your Body Needs...a massage and aromatherapy studio has been providing products and services in Crofton, Maryland and online at . www.YourBodyNeeds.com. Your Body Needs sells 100% pure essential oils, carrier oils and aromatherapy accessories. Rose hand blends her own line of body products to add to her companies list of retail offerings. She has developed relationships with distillers and educators in the field. This experience allows her to provide quality products and be well-informed for her customers and client base. Rose is an educator providing classes at her business, local colleges and hospitals. Rose is an adjunct staff member at Anne Arundel Community College teaching the principles of Aromatherapy to other health care professionals. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Professional Member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and the Aromatherapy Registration Council.
Robin B. Kessler, CA
Robyn B. Kessler is a Certified Aromatherapist. She received her certification from Aromahead Institute and continues to take courses in a wide variety of related subjects and is currently studying for her Advanced Graduate Certification. Robin consults professionally with (and prepares aromatherapy blends for) practitioners including medical doctors, acupuncturists and chiropractors. She gives seminars on aromatherapy safety topics, and is the lead Aromatherapist for the Stein Hospice Group and Compassus (Willington and Somerset, New Jersey locations) where she works with seniors to help support them with a better quality of life. Robin is also available for private aromatherapy consulting (in person and by phone).
Paterson, NJ 07502
Phone: (973) 790-1364
Cherisse Gigli, RN BSN RA CCAP
Cherisse Gigli RN BSN RA CCAP received her initial nursing training with an Associates Degree in Nursing from Passaic County Community College, Paterson NJ, in 1997. She then completed five months later, an Associate in the Arts with a Psychology Major, graduating from PCCC in 1998 with two degrees.
During the coarse of her nursing education Cherisse became very interested on the use of herbs and essential oils to be used to reduce stress, focusing on herself and fellow nursing classmates to help endure the late night clinical and studying. “Heal the Healer,” was her main concentration on various nursing assignments. While continuing her nursing career, attaining a BSN at Rutgers, The State University of NJ in 2000, she worked as a Pediatric Crisis Behavioral Health nurse at various hospitals incorporating Complementary Medicine and Progressive Relaxation in the milieu of her therapeutic groups.
In February 2002, Cherisse completed Jane Buckle, RN PhD’s course for Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Practitioner for Health Care Professionals. Jane’s course introduced Cherisse to the existing but still much-needed evidence based aromatherapy research needed, in order for Aromatherapy to be a true health profession in United States. While completing Jane Buckle’s course in Harrisburg, PA, Cherisse joined NAHA. NAHA provided Cherisse an open door to the networking world full of passion for the integrity of true aromatherapy. Cherisse became a Registered Aromatherapist in November 2002. Currently, Cherisse works as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room at the Barnert Hospital, Paterson, NJ where she also encourages the use of essential oils in health care thru presentational lectures. Recently, in 2002, she became the NAHA New Jersey Director out of the desire to help the growth of the aromatic profession in the East Coast. Cherisse then accepted to serve on the NAHA Board Position of Director Coordinator for 2003-2005. Cherisse believes her volunteering efforts to this non-profit organization are part of her pioneering goals for enhancing True Aromatherapy as a profession in Complementary Medicine in the USA’s future for healthcare.
Amy has been passionately engaged as an advocate, educator, entrepreneur, formulator and consultant within the natural and organic beauty and wellness space for over 13 years.
She is the owner of Buddha Nose an award winning yoga-inspired brand of mind-body-beauty products and was one of the first organic body care brands to have a national and global presence messaging the critical need for safe, toxic-free beauty and body care products world-wide.
In addition to running her product-based business, Amy is also a seasoned event planner and has produced and curated a series of interactive Pop-Up Shops, called “The Yoga Beauty Bar” that not only showcased and celebrated unique artisan organic beauty brands, but also incorporated educational panels and workshops to inspire and empower women to make more conscious beauty choices.
Over the past 4 years Amy's business has expanded to include a vibrant consultancy practice. She has worked with several start-ups as well as small and mid-size businesses in a variety of capacities, some of which include: research and sourcing USDA certified organic ingredients, formulating new body, hair and skin care products, private labeling for spas and wellness centers, event planning, manufacturing liason, USDA Certification guidance and advising on marketing and product launches.
As an educator, she has taught and appeared as a guest lecturer at dozens of venues, and most recently she opened the first professional training center in NYC, offering nationally recognized certification in Aromatherapy and Organic Beauty Formulation. The first of its kind, the NY Institute has seen over 150 students participate in its courses and training programs, since launching September 2013 and the school has expanded to include consultancy services spanning organic ingredient sourcing and sales, business coaching and dynamic formulation.
Amy trained with Jade Shutes, the current president of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, and earned her Certificate in Holistic Dynamic Aromatherapy (400 hours) from The Institute of Dynamic Aromatherapy (now known as The East-West School of Herbal and Aromatic Studies) in 2001.
In addition to her training in Aromatic Plant Medicine, Amy is also a Shiatsu Practitioner with a private practice in New York City. She earned a certificate from the Ohashiatsu Institute in 2001. Amy also holds a B.A from Smith College and a M.A. from NYU.
Katherine Graf, MFA is an award-winning author, aromatherapy consultant, trainer, and editor. She is owner of Aroma Studio, LLC and webmaster of www.aromastudio.com. She has studied aromatherapy with leading trainers in Provence and the United States. She was certified in massage therapy by Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.
She has attended Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener training. She holds a BS degree in Management Science/Computer Science cum laude from Kean University and an MFA in English/Creative Writing summa cum laude from Brooklyn College.
Kathy is the author of The Business of Aromatherapy: The Insider’s Guide to Success, Therapeutic Essential Oil Guide, Reminiscing With Aromatherapy™, and Empowered Pregnancy: A Resource Handbook. She is the creator of Aroma Studio, LLC’s Aromatherapy Home Study Certification for Retailers, Practitioners, Consultants, and Manufacturers which is available in 3 levels: Foundation, Advanced, and Master. This course is a NAHA approved certification. She also served as the founding editor of Aromatherapy Journal, the quarterly publication of NAHA.
She has taught aromatherapy in schools, museums, libraries, health practitioners’ offices, stores, convention halls, and homes. Kathy has taught students from all over the world, including those whose first language is other than English. Her students include massage therapists, estheticians, nurses, entrepreneurs, trainers, and manufacturers. She is a national representative and trainer for Oshadhi USA. She has been a featured speaker for NAHA’s World of Aromatherapy, Perfumania’s corporate meeting, Extracts at Jacob K. Javits Center, and The New York Botanical Garden’s continuing education program. Kathy is a member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and has served NAHA as a committee member and as regional director for the Hudson Valley in New York. She is a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP).
Liz Fulcher, RA CMT
Liz brings 22 years of essential oil experience, research and education to her work as a Clinical Aromatherapist and Essential Oil Educator. Her passion is empowering others to become creatively inspired by essential oils and follow their dream of becoming successful Aromatherapists.
For ten years Liz was on the faculty of the Mt. Nittany Institute of Natural Health in State College, PA as Director of Aromatherapy Studies. She has served as the Pennsylvania Regional Director for the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (www.naha.org) for 12 years.
In 2010 Liz opened the Aromatic Wisdom Institute, School of Creative Aromatherapy in Selinsgrove, PA where she offers a NAHA-approved 235-hour Aromatherapy Certification Program plus other classes on the therapeutic and energetic uses of essential oils.
She shares her life with two dazzling sons, one mirthful grandson, one spoiled pug and one very patient husband.
Lesley A Wooler RA
Lesley A. Wooler B.Sc., RA, CYT, earned her degree in Horticulture from the University of RI.
She completed her first herbal apprenticeship and advanced herbal studies in the 1990’s and is the owner of The Herb Wyfe Holistic Health Center in Wickford, RI. She has served for eight years on the council for NEHA (North East Herbal Association); the past 4 years as its President.
Lesley is also a member of the following organizations: United Plant Savers, American Botanical Council, Herb Society of America, American Horticultural Society, Rhode Island Wild Plant Society and O-SHA (Ocean State Herbal Association) and NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy). Lesley is also the NAHA Regional Director for Rhode Island.
She received over 230 hours of aromatherapy training at The Center for Holistic Botanical Studies where she was also on staff. She studied with Valerie Ann Worwood for over 4 years and is a Level IV Aroma Genera Practitioner. She has been teaching aromatherapy classes throughout the New England area for over 15 years.
Lesley is a Flower Essence Practitioner, having completed her training with David Dalton of Delta Gardens in 2000. She is also a professional member of FES (Flower Essence Society). She loves using her knowledge of herbs, essential oils and flower essences in combination to make healing remedies for her clients.
Lesley has maintained her own landscape/gardening business, “Gardening with Finesse,” for the past 12 years and is a RI/CH (Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist) through RINLA (Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association). She completed her Master Gardener program through URI in 1984. She enjoys sharing her love of the Green World with others. To learn more about Lesley please visit her website: www.herbwyfe.com
Leyla Bringas began her formal botanical studies with Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Apprentice Program in 1996. She received her first Aromatherapy Certification from The Institute of Dynamic Aromatherapy in 1997 which has since grown to be The East-West School of Herbal and Aromatic Studies. She is certified to teach for the East-West School of Herbal and Aromatic Studies and offers a level 101 as well as a level 201 certification program in aromatherapy.
Leyla founded Lunaroma in Burlington, Vermont in 2000. Studying herbal and aromatic medicine for 17 years she has formulated Lunaroma’s line of aromatherapeutic, bath, body, spa and aesthetic products. She is a member of NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy), The Natural Perfumers Guild, and The Indie Beauty Network.
Lunaroma specializes in pure aromatherapeutic grade essential oils and handcrafted body care products as well as excellent customer service at the boutique in Burlington, VT, where custom blends, aromatherapeutic blends and custom botanical perfumes are a specialty.
Betty Torres is a certified aromatherapist and certified NLP/ practitioner. She has been studying herbal medicine and creating safe and healing body care products for herself and her family for over 12 years.
Betty lives in Ukiah, California with her soulmate of 17 years, musician, artist and sound healer, Angel Garcia and their two children Copal and Violetta Akasha. As a poet and former performance artist, she has traveled to Oaxaca, Yucatan, Palenque, Arizona and New Mexico performing together with Angel's former band Mezklah, where she came across many mentors and healers who taught her the importance of life purpose, transformation and co-creating with Mother Earth's gifts, teachings that she incorporates into her business, Poetic Potions.
She started Poetic Potions in Los Angeles, 10 years ago in order to offer safe and gentle body care for the community as well as workshops to educate people on how to make their own healing products for themselves and their family. Betty offers Holistic Health Mentoring and Aromatherapy consultations on the use of herbal medicine and aromatherapy for safe and natural healing in the home.
Anna Doxie/ Director Coordinator
Anna’s was first introduced to essential oils and aromatherapy more than 18 years ago, during her massage therapy education. Impressed by experiencing aromatherapy’s immediate therapeutic effects. She began to use essential oils, to create simple blends to keep her family of six children healthy and well. She was no longer satisfied with basic knowledge about essential oils. She wanted to know, exactly how, and why these remedies worked so effectively.
Anna’s fascination and deep appreciation for essential oils quickly evolved into her passion. Inspiring her to take a professional aromatherapy certification course at Stillpoint Aromatics, in Sedona, Az. She continued to complete the Advanced Mastery Program (AMP). Then sat for the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) exam, becoming a Registered Aromatherapist. To expand her aromatic knowledge, clinical aromatherapy, in Provence, France, with Rhiannon Lewis, of Essential Oil Research. Anna is currently studying Aromatic Medicine with Mark Webb, from Australia and Gabriel Mojay from the UK, through the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine & Aromatherapy.
Anna serves as the Director of the Southern California Region, and Director Coordinator for NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy). Anna’s passion for sharing quality aromatherapy education, as well as the desire to create accessible and mentor-based aromatherapy education. This led to the founding of the Institute of Holistic Phyto-Aromatherapy.
I am an Certified Aromatherapist, Licensed Reflexologist, IIN Certified Health Coach, Reiki Master Teacher and Certified Tai Chi Instructor. I am the owner of Waves of Change Wellness Center and Angela’s Apothecary in Astoria, Oregon. I've had the pleasure of studying aromatherapy with Jade Shutes at East West School of Herbal & Aromatic Studies and Jennifer Presimone at Jennscents Institute. I am a Licensed Reflexologist and completed training at the Seattle Reflexology and Massage Center.
My work includes serving on the Columbia Memorial Hospital Integrated Therapies team and have been instrumental in bringing aromatherapy into the hospital setting there. Currently I formulate blends that are used in the hospital setting and available in the out patient pharmacy. I teach aromatherapy to volunteer groups, staff and patients and their family members at the hospital, home health and hospice care. My involvement extends into the community teaching aromatherapy at Clatsop Community College.
Angela’s Apothecary is located in the Waves of Change Wellness Center and has an aromatherapy bar for individuals to custom blend products for overall health and wellness. Weekly classes are offered there as well.
Health and wellness have always been a part of who I am. My philosophies encompass body, mind and spirit and my toolbox of skills and modalities reflect that. “I can’t imagine a day without essential oils! It just wouldn’t feel right.”
KG Stiles, BA, CBT, CBP, LMT
KG STILES, BA, CBT, CBP, LMT, is a metaphysician, holistic health coach and aromatherapy consultant providing expert essential oil services since 1980. Over the past three decades her advice and services have included not only internationally famous celebrities and athletes, but also entrepreneurs and top executives, individuals, small business owners, spa therapists and hospitals.
It all started when, at a very young age, KG, discovered she had a genuine interest in helping people feel better. Her mother, a licensed cosmetologist, influenced her natural interest and love for creating beauty. Being born-and-raised by the coastal waterways of Wilmington, North Carolina, also inspired her natural love of beauty.
KG realized early on it was the way people were thinking that caused most, if not all, of their problems. She became passionate about changing the way people think about their life situation. Insatiably curious she became a lifelong student of fitness, wellness, nutrition, philosophy, metaphysics, astrology and psychology. After discovering the work of Carl Jung and Rudolph Steiner she traveled to the Findhorn community in Scotland where she became even more immersed in the transformational healing arts.
After being introduced to essential oils, KG realized that she had found what she had been looking for her entire life. One sniff of pure plant essences can instantly shift a person’s thinking and mental attitude.
KG has published hundreds of article, many of which have appeared in Massage Therapy Journal, Massage Today, Breast Cancer Wellness magazine, Aromatherapy Today (Australia) and NAHA Aromatherapy Journal. KG is the author of The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide (available on the NAHA bookstore).
Sandra Shuff, owner of Positively Aromatic, Distiller of Essential Oils & Hydrosols and Natural Cosmetic Formulator. Her 50 acre certified Organic farm and forest offer her the unique opportunity to grow, harvest, distill and formulate in one location. Her childhood health care included herbalist, iridologist and traditional medical care. Essential oils began at 18 years old. Guided by her Naturopath as a young mother she became the “family practitioner” for family & friends. She embraces her passion for natural & preventative health options.
Jeanne Rose, Ann Harmon, Cathy Skipper & Cindy Jones among others have been her teachers/mentors. Her library of books & research stimulant her to engage in many modalities of natural health/well-being. Currently, she’s a student with The Institute of Holistic Phyto-Aromatherapy to formalize and continue her 40 year Aromatherapy experience.
She represents Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana for the US Lavender Growers Association and has memberships with both the Oregon & Washington Lavender Associations. She has also developed relationships with distillers globally that practice Artisan copper distillation from organically produced plants and/or wildcrafted ethically. Positively Aromatic utilizes them for essential oils and hydrosols that don’t grow locally. She holds education classes on her farm. She has served on medical/dental teams in Guatemala, South Africa, Morocco and Mozambique for 11 years. She believes in giving back to others because she has been blessed in this life.
Positively Aromatic was established for the purpose of creating aromatic based products for natural healthcare providers. Care has been put into producing pure organic essential oils and hydrosols. Our plants are USDA certified organic, quality harvest practices, sustainable practices when wild harvesting, high standards of cleanliness, atmosphere during distillation is peaceful and joyful. Artesian Copper distillation for best plant/still interaction. Our purpose is to produce products you can trust to be organic, pure, unadulterated, positive, high-quality & therapeutic.
Including: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming
Sharon Falsetto, BA (Hons), CA
UK-certified aromatherapist Sharon Falsetto founded Sedona Aromatherapie LLC in 2007. Sharon has a decade's worth of direct experience in the aromatherapy field, plus over another decade's worth of experience working within the UK government health care system before moving to the United States. She has a BA (Hons) degree in business and accounting from the University of Sunderland (UK). Sharon trained with one of the most respected names in aromatherapy in the UK, Penny Price Aromatherapy, and has also added to her training with a week-long study trip to France. She continues to add to her study of plants, with regard to growing and distilling, with online and in-person workshops here in the United States.
Sharon has authored the The Linguistics of AromaticsTM Home Study Program, after years of work and research, in order to pass on her experience to new students and aromatherapists. She currently offers NAHA approved level 1 and level 2 courses, and is in the process of writing a level 3 advanced aromatherapy course. The full course program will eventually be about 500 hours of study and will offer an in-depth education in aromatics in all shapes and forms – and how they are used for health, wellness, and happiness.
Sharon has used her writing and aromatherapy expertise to author and publish an aromatherapy book, Authentic Aromatherapy (Skyhorse Publishing 2014), to write copy for many established and start-up aromatherapy businesses, to act as a consultant to such businesses, and has been serving as Chief Editor for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy Journal since January 2015.
Sharon's continued passion for the creation of aromatherapy products, through her custom product development service to clients, has helped her to keep evolving, adding to her skills, and creating new experiences for customers and students alike.
Sharon also has a working aromatherapy home studio where she provides private consultations and creates her blends. She recently began work on an aromatherapy and herbal garden, which she hopes will evolve into a working garden for students to visit and learn first hand about plants in the coming years.
Sharon has a true passion for aromatherapy which is evident in all aspects of her work.
Sharon is the Arizona regional director for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA).
Shanti Dechen, CCAP, LMT
Shanti Dechen, director of Aroma Apothecary Healing Arts Academy, a clinical health practitioner and a certified massage therapist since 1979. She has a university background in healing and the sciences—over 15,000 hours of extensive training and certification in bodymind therapies.
Her extensive training includes many modalities of healing including; massage therapy (including Deep Tissue) as well as Certified Clinical Aromatherapy, Chi Nei Tsang: Visceral Rejuvenation, Bodymind Clearing, Lymphatic Drainage, Acupressure, Craniosacral Therapy, Applied Kinesiology, Polarity, Medical Qi Gong, Nutrition, Reflexology, Energy Medicine, Stress Management and Meditation. Shanti has worked and studied in a variety of healing modalities in the US, Canada, Germany, Thailand, and the Caribbean. This lifelong study of healing has lead her to establish and direct Aroma Apothecary Healing Arts Academy since 2002. Shanti is Professional Member of NAHA and a NAHA Approved School Educator. And her husband is a licensed acupuncturist and teacher.
Annette Davis, CN
Annette is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist & Aromatherapist with over 25 years of Aromatherapy experience. She began her Aromatherapy career as the Secretary of the first American Aromatherapy Association (AATA) founded in 1987.
Annette has studied under Dr. Jean Claude Lapraz since 1989. Dr. Lapraz is a practicing French Medical Doctor, world-renowned pioneer in the field of clinical phyto-aromatherapy, and the co-innovator of Endobiogeny. Annette teaches and practices phyto-aromatherapy and Endobiogeny at the Endobiogenic Integrative Medical Center (EIMC) located in Pocatello, ID. This innovative medical concept, based on a refined view of the neuro-endocrine system, integrates classical medicine with herbs and supplements, essential oils, dietary and lifestyle modifications to create a truly holistic treatment approach to illnesses of the body and mind.
Annette is also the customer relations manager for Time Laboratories, a longtime, well-respected natural products manufacturer founded by her Grandmother, Annemarie Buhler in 1973.
Valerie Cooksley, RN, OCN, FAAIM, CERT
Valerie Cooksley, RN, OCN, FAAIM, CERT, is a holistic nurse, clinical aromatherapist, health researcher and educator, and acclaimed author of eight books on aromatherapy and natural healing.
She has passionately studied natural medicine for more than twenty five years and holds six certifications in aromatherapy. Valerie was one of the founding members of the Steering Committee for Education Standards in Aromatherapy in the United States, the predecessor to the current Aromatherapy Registration Council.
Ms. Cooksley is a Fellow of The American Association of Integrative Medicine and her clinical experience in nursing specialized in Oncology, as well as Infectious Diseases and Public Health with a present focus on Holistic Health education. She is a Certified Therapeutic Lifestyle Educator and holds a certification in Raw Food Nutrition Science. She has instructed for both the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society and is certified in emergency response and triage in catastrophic disasters as a FEMA Community Emergency Response Team member for the greater Houston area. Valerie holds an active Registered Nursing Compact License in thirteen states.
Valerie is Co-founder and Director of the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy in Houston; President of Flora Medica Essential Oil and Wellness Company, Regional Network Director for the American Holistic Nurses Association and is Founder of the Houston Holistic Network. She is an Editorial board member and feature writer for Massage Magazine and a sought-after national lecturer on clinical aromatherapy, holistic nursing and the natural healing arts. Valerie is a Professional Member and an Approved School/Educator of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and the NAHA Regional Director for Texas.
To learn more about Valerie, please visit her website: www.floramedica.com