Without a doubt, herbalism became my life’s path. I am driven to understand the power of plants and their healing energy. My name is Bethany Chappell, herbalist and owner of Herbal Health Omaha. I am blessed to be an apprentice under East West graduate and teacher Nicholas Schnell, who is owner and founder of the Four Winds Natural Healing Center in Omaha, NE.
To be where I am today, I first had to become the patient who needed healing. I was residing in Seoul, South Korea with my husband and three children when I unexpectedly became ill. Since I was unable to receive a proper diagnosis or hope of regaining wellness by Western medical doctors, my journey led me to a reputable Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctor. By pressing deeply on my abdomen, feeling my skin, reading my body language and taking my pulse, my TCM doctor assembled a detailed diagnosis and treatment plan. I was then sent home with two boxes of decocted herbal tea drinks. Within a few short weeks, I noticed a glowing vibrance to my skin and a vitality that surged life throughout my body. This healing awakened my desire to learn and understand the power of herbs.
Shortly after my health improved, my family and I moved to Omaha, NE. I started working at the Four Winds Natural Healing Center as an office associate and herbal technician where many difficult clinical cases were presented on a daily basis. In addition to my studies, this training allowed me to develop and grow as a student of herbalism. My journey into solving the mysteries of my body enabled me to help my family and community down this path as well.
I am an herbalist and doula in Moab, Utah, USA. I have a store-front apothecary and product line called Sundial Medicinals, which I retail and wholesale throughout the Four Corners region. I grow over 50 herbal varieties in my garden, most of them for use in the apothecary. My work days are usually spent making medicine, tending the garden, seeing clients, and occasionally running out to help a laboring mom. Women’s health is a large focus of my studies and practice as an herbalist.
My herbal education has been eclectic and largely self-directed. My grandmother is an herbalist and astrologer, so my sister and I grew up using her tinctures and absorbing her wisdom. My parents have also been fierce advocates of good nutrition and natural medicines.
I came to herbalism from being a plant person; farming vegetables and studying ecology were early interests. I began my formal herbal education as an apprentice in 2008. In 2011, I attended Herb Pharm’s internship program that included hands-on cultivation of herbs as well as lessons with a variety of herbalists in southern Oregon. In 2012, I first attended an annual conference on Western herbalism in my region and have made the sojourn every year since. I began the East West program in 2014 and I’m headed to my second seminar in April 2017. In addition, being largely self-taught, I continue to build a wide-ranging and extensive library in order to further my education.
My passion lies in the universal pattern language, which I believe can serve to inform and inspire clients and further coalesce the herbalist community. To this end, my studies and practice often employ many different lenses, as my teachers have come from an array of backgrounds: TCM, Ayurveda, Vitalism, Greek Humours, and Western energetics, to name a few! This year I am looking forward to spending more time consulting clients, specifically focusing on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostics, continuing to build Sundial Medicinals and my doula practice, and experimenting with new formulas and extraction processes.
I am originally from Evansville, IN, and I am currently planting roots in the Louisville, KY, area. My passion for healing herbal products started in my early childhood years where I would mix different flowers into lotions and soaps innately. As I grew older, I continued to be curious about how to make lotions and other natural/herbal products. Later in life I had several health issues and was led down the herbal lifestyle, which helped to resolve issues that Western medicine could not.
I started my education with a degree in cosmetology in 2002. I moved on to Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2013 to earn a Bachelors of Arts in general studio art (focus in ceramics and glass) with a minor in psychology. I attained my Masters of Education in counseling and personal services with a concentration in art therapy degree from the University of Louisville in 2015. I had the pleasure of starting my herbal education at East West back in May of 2015 as I was finishing my M.Ed.
I take a holistic theoretical approach while using different therapy techniques and healing for the whole person -- mind, body, and spirit. I look at my style of therapy more as life guidance and healing work as I am helping people understand and heal themselves, and tap into their true potential and life purpose. I am an energy and spiritual worker using Usui Reiki techniques and Earth Angel Realm readings. I also utilize EMDR, MBTI assessment, and several other tools when useful to the person. I run a business, www.amberds.com, where I make herbal and aromatherapy products for local businesses and clients. I work with teens and adults treating disorders from, but not limited to, trauma, depression, anger issues, behavioral issues, autism, relationship issues, and substance abuse. Services for adults and teens are provided in the community (hiking, walking, YMCA, etc.) or in office.
I enjoy anything outdoors and with animals! I especially love hiking and gardening, dancing and singing, biking, ceramics, blowing glass, drawing, painting, reading, learning, yoga, making herbal products, spiritual practice, mediation, laughing, astrology, and other healing modalities.
My name is Barbara Scavotto, and I’ve lived in Northern Connecticut my entire life. My mother is an avid gardener and taught me how to grow flowers from a very young age. I remember the wonder of watching my sunflowers grow from seedlings to over 7 feet tall. My interest in herbs as medicine started when I worked at a veterinary clinic that focused on acupuncture and chiropractic, and also used TCM formulas. I was fascinated by the formulas and how they worked. Several years later, our local herbalist offered a year-long course on Western herbs, which my husband surprised me with as a gift. That fueled my interest and passion in herbs. After completing a second Western herbal course, I knew I wanted to be a clinical herbalist. I spent several months researching programs that would provide the quality of education, which led me to East West. I signed up in November 2015 and the course has been exactly what I wanted and needed. I have been immersed ever since. I will attend my first seminar in April and will pursue my East West Herbalist certification, bringing me closer to my goal of opening my own practice as a clinical herbalist.
Last summer, my husband and I bought a new home that had beautiful but overgrown gardens. We have been bringing those gardens back to life, adding vegetables, nurturing native herbs, and adding some hardy Chinese herbs. I have learned so much about each plant by watching them grow throughout each season. Along with gardening, I love to hike –anything that brings me outside! I also love to bake, spend time with our rescued rabbit, Cinna, and make herbal and body care products for my business, AutumnTide Herbals.
I grew up in the boreal forest of northern Alberta, Canada. My love of the natural world was cultivated at a young age by numerous days of fishing,> camping, and foraging for berries and mushrooms in the woods. I was always fascinated with how the world worked and loved my science classes in high school. After graduation I got my diploma in Chemical Technology and set out for a career as a lab tech. It didn’t take long for me to realize that a career in chemistry was not what I wanted to do long term. For the next several years I bounced around from job to job. My favorite one was working at a tree nursery for a summer. I loved being around the plants and began to think about what type of career I could have that would allow me to work with plants more. Shortly after, my mom got really sick from a medication that her doctor prescribed and she began seeing a naturopath. She told me all about the new things she was learning. I had never had any exposure to alternative medicine before and I found it fascinating. My husband, seeing my new found passion, suggested that I make a career out of it and become an herbalist. I spent months researching herbal courses online and signed up for the East West program in 2009, around the same time that my husband and I started building our off-grid farm. I began reading the course books but didn’t do much with the program for the next five years. In 2014 I decided it was time to hit the books for real! I attended my first seminar in 2015 and Intermediate track this year. The teachers at the seminars do such a wonderful job of bringing the course material to life and really motivated me to work even harder on my studies. Once I finish the course I plan to open an herbal practice in my community and would like to do some local teaching and retreats here on our farm. I am also considering continuing my education and getting my acupuncture license. When I’m not playing with herbs I can be found helping my husband with our farm critters, crafting handmade bath and body products for my company Roots of the Earth Wellness, walking in the woods with my dogs, or curled up by the wood stove with a mug of tea.
My name is Hanni Heller-Ram I was born and raised in Israel. My mother is German and raised us on Dr. Schuessler’s bio cell salts and chamomile tea. We had a garden with over 400 species of fruit trees, vegetables and flowers and she installed in me the love for plants. My husband and I arrived in Connecticut in pursuit of our college education; here I studied and practiced architecture and raised my two boys. Healing was always in the background, often helping family and friends with simple herbal suggestions, Reiki and aromatherapy. About 10 years ago, while looking for ways to better myself and my architecture, I got introduced to Feng Shui. This started my quest into Chinese philosophy and several years later, I emerged as an acupuncturist.
I love acupuncture! I have my own practice for almost five years now, and in addition I am an adjunct professor at the acupuncture clinic at UBIA, and a volunteer at a local AIDS project.
Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, at the time I went to acupuncture school, my program did not offer the herbal part, but I knew that I would get back to it one day. My problem was that I could not connect and relate to the Chinese herbs as commonly taught in the local Chinese medicine schools. I wanted to study through my hands, touching, feeling and gathering like in my mother’s garden, hoping to find a way to integrate both. Last year, I signed up for a CEU class with Michael Tierra through PCOM and I know right away that I found my match. The Planetary philosophy and Michael’s warm and down-to-earth approach were what I was looking for. I joined the East West family in December 2015.
My goal is to slowly but fully integrate herbology into my practice. I would like to be able to offer my patients the full spectrum of Chinese medicine. Furthermore, this is still my personal quest, and maybe one day I will be able to get my OMD or PhD.