Seminar 2017 Teacher Biographies 

Michael and Lesley Tierra bio's are here.


ANDREW ELLIS, L.Ac., founder and owner of Spring Wind Herbs (the leading company in the west for Chinese herbs), has authored, translated, or co-translated:
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas & Strategies (2nd Ed.), Grasping the Wind, The clinical Experience of Dr. Shi Neng- Yun, Notes from South Mountain, and Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine.
Andy is the country’s leading expert on Pao Zhi, the processing of Chinese medicinals, including judging quality, acceptable substitutes, and special processing techniques like stir-frying with
additional solid or liquid adjuvants, mixfrying with adjuvants such as ginger, vinegar, salt, or honey, baking, roasting, calcination, steaming, scalding and so forth to alter an herb’s properties, lessen toxicity, reinforce its therapeutic effects, or facilitate storage as a few examples. Andy will also teach a class to everyone on Traumatology and one to practitioners on Dermatology. When Andy studied in Taiwan learning Chinese and acupuncture, he also specialized indermatology with Dr. Zhang Guang-Cai.

ROY UPTON, RH AHG: Roy is the executive director and editor of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia®, a member of the Standards Committee of AHPA, and co-founder of AHG. Roy is also the director of Planetary Herbals and has authored or co-authored numerous herbal medicine texts and scientific publications. Roy has also been an avid advocate fighting for continue access to traditional herbal medicines.  

Ingrid Bauer

INGRID BAUER, MD, MS, physician & herbalist, integrates plant-based medicine within mainstream healthcare, especially with underserved communities. She co-owns Five Flavors Herbs, Inc., with husband, Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac. She’ll teach the new track, Western Medicine for Clinical Herbalists, covering such topics as blood and urine diagnoses, western medical exams, charting, and preventive care.

Ingrid is a physician, herbalist, mother, and businesswoman currently completing her residency in the Internal Medicine Primary Care program at Highland Hospital, Alameda County's trauma center and safety-net hospital in Oakland, California. A graduate of the UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program, she conducted master's research about Latino health beliefs and traditional medicine at a bilingual clinic in Oakland, CA while simultaneously completing her medical training. She studied Western and Chinese herbal traditions at the American School of Herbalism in Santa Cruz, CA, and has taught workshops and field trips about herbal medicine at schools, conferences, and UC Berkeley. She is an avid cook, yoga practitioner, gardener, and Spanish language enthusiast.


Susan Kramer

Susan W. Kramer is a Therapeutic Herbalist in private practice in Atlanta, GA. She relies upon Traditional Chinese medicine as her primary analytic tool and uses both western and Chinese herbs in her personally crafted tincture formulas. She often combines herbal therapy with homeopathics, flower essences, essential oils and reflexology. She attributes the high success rate of her work, to her holistic (physical, mental, psycho-spiritual) approach incorporating classical Chinese formulas that are customized for the individual.

Susan Kramer is an avid traveler and is the author of the award winning book, The Healthy Traveler. She successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and recently returned from a trip to Mongolia. She holds a 2nd degree black belt in Okinawan (Bu Kyo Ku) Karate. She is proud to be a graduate of the East West School for Herbology,teaches at the Annual Intensive Seminar at Ben Lomond, and hosts a weekly chat on Case Study Analysis.

Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac. R.H. (A.H.G.)

Benjamin practices acupuncture and a mixture of Western and Chinese herbal medicine in Oakland, CA. out of Five Flavors Herbs, an herbal pharmacy and manufacturing facility that he founded and runs w/ his wife Ingrid Bauer, M.D. Ben had the great fortune to begin studying herbs and healing over 20 years ago with the Tierras and a host of excellent teachers such as Roy Upton, Thomas Avery Garran, Bill Schoenbart, and Christopher Hobbs at American School of Herbalism. He continued on to complete a 4 year clinical apprenticeship w/ Michael Tierra that culminated in becoming licensed as an acupuncturist. Ben's practice has focused on mental health and he regularly works in collaboration with other mental health providers to serve patients well being. Ben is on the board of directors of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved, a growing organization uniting different practitioner and community voices around the shared vision of facilitating access to integrative medicine for all individuals. 
On top of this, Ben is a father of two boys, a musician, and he loves rolling up his shirt sleeves and cooking elaborate and nourishing food every year at the East/West Seminar. 

Miles Coleman

Miles Coleman EWCH RH AHG has been a clinical herbalist for 20 years. Miles is a graduate of the East West school. He is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and East West certified herbalist.
Miles has worked as a clinician an operated clinical private practices in 3 Midwestern cities. He is a kung fu master ( ranked in 2 different styles) Reiki master and the only western lineage holder in the Gao family method of Buddhist healing.
Miles has taught for the East West school for 15 years. Currently he teaches online chats in materia medica and advanced student prep. He mentors East west students at intermediate and advanced level and those seeking professional membership. Miles teaches qi gung and TCM theory at the annual seminar.
Miles specialties are difficult cases, Chinese trauma medicine for acute and chronic pain. He teaches nationally for herb and martial arts associations.
He is currently developing a qi gung for herbalists program and a martial arts trauma medicine course.

Candis Cantin Kiriajes

Candis is the founder of the Evergreen Herb Garden and the School of Integrative Herbology in Placerville. Currently, Candis is offering beginning and intermediate classes at Soil Born Farm in Rancho Cordova, California. Candis integrates Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western healing systems and makes these healing modalities relevant to the current times. She has over 30 years of practical experience as a counselor and teacher of holistic lifestyle principles. Candis is an avid gardener and has lived on her land for over 32 years, growing over 150 different herbs. She conducts herb walks in the High Sierra's, along the American river in Sacramento and at Quail Hollow Ranch in the Santa Cruz area. She is the author of the Pocket Guide to Ayurvedic Healing and is the artist of The Herbal Tarot which she created with Michael Tierra. Candis also offers a home study program integrating Ayurveda medicine with herbs that western herbalists are familiar with as well as herbs from India and China. Candis' approach to herbology is practical and, relevant to the modern times. She blends traditional herbal medicine with current medical insights. 


Jerry Angelini

Jerry Angelini MS, LRC, LMT is a licensed Psychotherapist and Massage therapist.  He has been in private practice for over 25 years using complementary practices to support health and wellness. 

Jerry combines ethnobotannical practices from Chinese, Indian, European and Native American traditions along with psychotherapy, food, dietary supplements, massage, Reiki, Qi Gong and various spiritual and energy work practices.  Accurate assessment of each person is crucial to finding the path that best suits the individual process.  By providing a vast tool-box of options, complimentary interventions can address the sensitive as well as the stymied or stagnant systems.

Along with his private practice, Jerry is currently the National Science Educator and part of the formulation team for Host Defense Organic Mushrooms.  In these roles, he has brought information to professionals as well as the general public regarding the traditional use as well as the most recent research associated with mushrooms and herbs.  He has also been instrumental in formulating a supplement line that combines mushrooms and herbs for the mass market to support people’s wellbeing.

Mariposa Bernstein

Dr. Mariposa is truly an East-West woman, having lived for equal parts of her life on both coasts of the country. Mariposa spent her youth in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Her early exploration of body-mind politicking revealed itself in her undergraduate studies. She received an Associate of Arts Degree in Theater Arts from Roger Williams College in Bristol, Rhode Island in 1978. She then went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology , minoring in Women's Studies, from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 1981. In the 1980's Mariposa moved to the West Coast to follow her heart on the path of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at what was then newly opened, and now famed, Five Branches Institute. She was licensed nationally and in the state of California to practice acupuncture in 1988. She has served as an Associate Professor at Five Branches Institute since September 2000 and is also a clinical supervisor for interns and students of the craft of healing.


Joshua Farahnik

Joshua is a Clinical Herbalist, Master Energy Therapist, meditation coach, yogi, ordained minister, writer and musician.  He has studied numerous healing modalities and traditions from various teachers around the world. As a planetary herbalist, he has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and Western Herbalism. In the realm of the human energy system, he is an Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, Reiki Grand Master, Karuna Master, Tera Mai Master, Energetic Intuitive, Egyptian Cartouche Master, Theta Healing Practitioner, Shamanic Healer, Crystal Healing Practitioner, Past Life Healer, Reconnective Healing Practitioner, and The Reconnection Practitioner. 

Up until recently he was a co-owner of Uplift Health and Wellness in West Hollywood, CA, where he blended his herbal and energy therapies in an integrated alternative wellness practice with colleagues who practice acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, nutrition, pilates and yoga.

He now lives in San Francisco, where he is pursing a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine degree at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

Joshua was born and raised in Los Angeles and has traveled extensively in over 40 countries.  He first became introduced to, and began the study of, metaphysics as a young child under the mentorship of his aunt, also a healer and intuitive.  He began to study meditation in his youth through traditional Japanese Martial Arts and Zen, and later with teachers throughout the United States and India.  He attended the University of Michigan, where he studied Economics and Music.  After years of working in consulting, finance and the entertainment business, he felt lost and without passion. He became extremely fatigued, hypersensitive, and burnt out. He was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, autoimmune thyroid, alopecia areata and heavy metal toxicity. When the western medical system failed to treat his imbalances, he took matters into his own hands. Through his background and a depth of continuous study in herbal medicine and the human energy system he brought his own body back into balance and radiant health.  It is that gift which he is so passionate in sharing with his community and clients.

He graduated from the East West Herb Course in 2014 and has been blessed with a growing clinical practice ever since. He is grateful to all his teachers and mentors at East West for the incredible preparation and inspiration they continue to feed into his life.

Darren Huckle

Darren is passionate about the study, practice, and teaching of holistic health. Darren has spent 18 years cultivating a deep knowledge of holistic life skills including western and chinese herbal medicines, organic farming, nutrtition, meditation, and Qi Gong. His skills and experience come together and inspire truly holistic clinic sessions and classes. A dynamic teacher and clinician, Darren loves his work and constantly expands his understanding of the human condition in wellness and sickness. On his time off Darren loves to spend time with his partner Kea and their little boys Jaxson and Nikolas. Darren also likes to meditate, garden/farm, camp, hike, bike ride, dance, body surf, cook, and do internal energy cultivation practices.

Holly Hutton

Holly is a clinical herbalist, teacher, medicial plant grower and owner of Herbal Goddess Medicinals, an herbal products company.   She is a graduate of the East West School of Planetary Herbology as a East West Certified Herbalist and a professional member of the American Herbal Guild.  Holly was recently elected to the American Herbal Guild Council.  She reviews essays for the East West School and specializes in medicine making and formulation.    She is currently working on a medicine making mannual and book on bioregional herbalism.  Holly's sideline is designing herbal elixirs/tinctures for cafes, tonic bars and making infused herbal liquors for parties.  Holly loves the East West School of Planetary Herbology school and is excited to be a teacher at their amazing yearly seminar.

Jill Barnattan

Jill Barnattan is a dedicated yogi and integrative clinical planetary herbalist, utilizing her 20+ year study and practice of yoga and herbs to empower students, family, friends and clients to discover and
manage imbalance in their bodies and minds. She has been formulating unique herbal skin care products since 1995. Jill is passionate about sharing the knowledge she has gained on her own
healing journey. She is a graduate of the East West School and gratefully continues her studies. Jill truly believes that yoga is a self reliant healing system and can assist the body and mind to
synergistically work together. Jill is.always striving to dig deeper into her yoga practice, concentrate on structural alignment and explore the poses that will assist her and others with common ailments and inner peace. Jill’s Unwind Your Mind yoga classes are Hatha based and combine her knowledge of the ancient traditions of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine's Five Element Theory
Diagnosis with the practice of yoga asana to give students a better understanding of their own bodies. The goal of each Unwind Your Mind class is to promote surrender, mindfulness and to revitalize the
parasympathetic nervous system. Jill also loves to create unique herbal apothecary products and encourage others to experiment with new herbal recipes in the kitchen.


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