Ben is a naturopath, nutritionist, science writer and speaker. He is author of The Digestive Health Solution and contributes regularly to industry magazines and scientific journals. Ben is Editor of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, Contributing Editor of Integrative Healthcare and Applied Nutrition, Director of Clinical Education for Pure Encapsulations (UK), and is on the Advisory Board of the BCNH College of Nutrition and Health where he is also a lecturer.
Herbal Medicine Conference 2020 - Meet our speakers
We are delighted to welcome a number of wonderful speakers to this year's event. You can find out more about each of them below.
Benjamin Brown, ND
Simon Mills, MA FNIMH MCPP
Simon has been a herbal practitioner in Exeter since 1977. He is an acclaimed international speaker on a range of topics, including herbal and traditional medicines, and natural approaches to modern health problems. He is a Cambridge medicinal sciences graduate and has been at the forefront of the modern development of herbal, complementary and integrated medicine.
Andrew Chevallier, BA FNIMH MCPP
Hein Zeylstra Memorial Lecture
Andrew has been in practice as a medical herbalist since 1986. Over the years, he has treated people suffering from health problems of many kinds - from minor skin conditions to severe debilitating illness. He believes that best results come from working jointly with the patient and mapping out an agreed way forward.
Andrew is a fellow and past-president of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists; and a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy.
He was a Senior Lecturer in Herbal Medicine at Middlesex University, London, (1994 - 2003) having helped to found its BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine course, the first of its kind at a European university.
Andrew has written a range of books on herbal medicine, notably the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine now in its 3rd edition, which has sold over a million copies worldwide and been translated into 8 different languages.
Bevin Clare, M.S., R.H., CNS
Bevin Clare MSc, RH, CNS, is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist. She is an associate professor and program manager of the Clinical Herbalism program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She holds a MSc in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, serves on as an adjunct assistant professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and is an adjunct associate professor at the New York Chiropractic College. Bevin has studied herbal medicine around the world and blends her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies. Bevin is the president of the American Herbalists Guild. She is founder of the Herbal Clinic for All program, providing cost-free herbal medicine healthcare since 2007. Bevin is a board member of the United Plant Savers, a group working to protect at-risk medicinal plants in North America. You can find Bevin’s musing on a variety of clinical herbalism topics, including infectious disease, at www.bevinclare.com.
Amina Eastham-Hillier, ND
Amina is a Naturopath and Nutritionist and owns a successful multi-modality clinic in Noosa comprising of 18 practitioners in Queensland, Australia.
With over 17 years of Naturopathic and 25 years of nutritional practice, she successfully treats chronic illnesses and complex cases all over the world via Skype and in her clinic. Her specialties are Lyme and other tick-borne bacterial co-infections, viruses, parasites, fungi and mould illness.
Amina is a Keynote speaker presenting to medical doctors and Naturopaths at International conferences, medical documentaries, TV interviews, radio, seminars, webinars, podcasts & workshops.
She is the author of “Lyme Natural” encompassing Naturopathic treatment for Lyme disease, co infections, mould illness and stealth infections.
Amina recently won the award for ‘Australian Practitioner of the year’ and is currently finalizing her second book (Chronic stealth infections – Filling in the missing pieces).
Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. In a period when many authors and lecturers are merely "arm chair herbalists" who offer theories and opinions based on book learning, and others have turned to the exotic traditions of India or China, he has been an active practitioner of traditional Western herbalism. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. While Matthew believes in the virtue of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us from our European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritage. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited by the University of Wales). Matthew has lectured in all parts of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, New York to California, and Santa Fe to Sperryville, Virginia. He has also taught in Canada, Scotland, England, France, and Australia. He is known throughout the world as an excellent teacher of herbal medicine. He is also the author of six acclaimed books on herbal medicine, published by North Atlantic Books, in Berkeley, CA.
Marcos Patchett is a medical herbalist. He graduated from Middlesex University's Herbal Medicine BSc course with first degree honours and the Elsevier science prize for plant pharmacology in 2005. He worked as a medical herbalist in King's Cross for several years, specialising in complementary care for people living with HIV, and practiced from Neal's Yard remedies' Therapy Rooms in Covent Garden and Notting Hill. He worked as a dispenser in Middlesex University's Archway training clinic, and later went on to become the clinical supervisor for Western Herbal medicine BSc and MSc courses at Middlesex's Integrative Medicine training clinic in Hendon. Marcos is also an enthusiastic student of Renaissance and Medieval astrology. He is frequently invited to give talks on contemporary herbal medicine and traditional medical astrology internationally. Marcos currently lives and works in London.
Lily graduated from the University of Westminster with a first class honours degree in Herbal Medicine in 2019. She also has a diploma in Nutritional Health Science and a degree in Experimental Psychology. .
Lily's study of the mind, nutrition and herbs has provided her with a holistic tool kit to help support the whole body rather than just focus on symptoms. She sees the importance of good mental health, and the people's own motivation to help themselves as a cornerstone to wellbeing.
Lily is passionate about education and providing valuable knowledge which will support sustainable solutions, empowering clients to take back control of their health and wellbeing. Her main areas of interest include women’s health and stress management.
As the son of a medical herbalist, Dylan has been exposed to the healing qualities of herbs since early adolescence. He has spent over 30 years researching, teaching and writing about the metaphysical basis of the European herbal tradition. Parallel to his herbal work, Dylan is also a very experienced hand reader. In 1990 his book The Hand Reveals, a complete guide to the European Cheiromantical Tradition, was published. He was also invited to contribute to the Oxford Companion to the Body, a section on Palmistry, published by Oxford University Press.
Speaker - Business Skills
Helen is a Chartered Marketer and a complementary practitioner (clinical hypnotherapist, Master NLP practitioner, life coach and Advanced Lightning Process® Practitioner).
She spent 20+ years working in marketing and business, responsible for staff teams and big budgets.
She has spent the last 10 years blending the skills of mindset, marketing and business, specifically to support complementary practitioners.
For nearly four decades, Sue’s work has been with herbal medicine. She trained as a herbalist with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists before returning home to Melbourne in the early 1980s. She practiced in the first integrative medicine clinic in Melbourne where she helped establish Melbourne’s longstanding herbal support group VicHerbs. She has served on the executive of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia, was inaugural chair of its Board Member Advisory Committee and is a member of its Environmental Committee. She taught herbal medicine at the Southern School of Natural Therapies before being appointed foundation lecturer in herbal medicine at Southern Cross University in 1995 when it established the first state-funded university course in naturopathy in Australia. She lectures and publishes regularly nationally and internationally, and her PhD was an account of the contemporary challenges facing Western Herbal Medicine in Australia. Currently she is a senior lecturer in the Complementary Medicines program at the University of Tasmania and on the Board of the Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies, a charitable foundation which supports both research and the development of a community of researchers, scholars and leaders in naturopathy and its related modalities.
I am a herbalist who supports strong, capable and passionate women who are affected by the sometimes overwhelming tides of the lived, physical, emotional and hormonal reality of being a woman.
I work with the human in all of us, the deep aspirational and devotional parts of us that know they want something different but don’t know how to bring it into their lives.
Whatever physical symptom is showing up, we work together to find the space you need to heal, to regain balance and thrive. I hold a space for you to hear your own inner voice guide you so that you can start to integrate your ambitions with a sense of balance and aliveness.
Work with me and the herbs to bring the change you want and live the life you know is possible. I offer one to one support and herbal healing circles.
I am currently running a group programme called The Wealthy Herbalist – for herbalists and healers who want to experience the growth, freedom and expansion that financial, creative and equal energetic exchange can bring.
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I became aware of the ketogenic lifestyle many years ago when my father was diagnosed with type two diabetes. My father did not want to take conventional medicine and decided to try to control his diabetes through conventional diet recommendations and herbal medicine. I began treating my father with all the usual herbs you might think of for reducing blood sugar; Galega, Gymnema, Cinnamon, and others. Unfortunately, none made any difference. I spoke with a colleague (Afifa Hamilton) who recommend my father embark on a ketogenic low carbohydrate diet. This brought his blood sugars down to normal within 3 days.
Having researched the ketogenic lifestyle for a number of years I finally embarked on my personal keto journey in 2018. I was amazed how quickly I felt energised, my mood improved very quickly, (having suffered with depression for many years) on the whole I really did feel great. I lost weight without feeling hungry or deprived. Because I had such a positive experience doing the ketogenic lifestyle I began searching for as much information as I could get my hands on.
I feel it is of upmost importance to spread the word on ketogenic nutrition.
Nikki Darrell has been working with plants, their medicine and healing, for over 4 decades as her fascination with the green beings started in early childhood and her primary teachers are the plants she works with. She has worked as a research scientist in the field of plant science; a practitioner of herbal medicine, aromatherapy, aromatic medicine, reflexology, massage and body work; a gardener; an educator at all levels from introductory to 3rd level; campaigner and author of 6 books and many articles. She holds a diploma from the School of Phytotherapy and a Masters in Social and Co-operative Enterprise which she embarked on due to her love of sustainable community development. Her passion and vocation is as a plants woman and medicine person.
Nikki and her husband Alex Duffy run the Plant Medicine School based near Gorey County Wexford. The School offers an Apprenticeship in Community Herbal Medicine and a Clinical Practitioner Diploma course which is accredited by the Irish Register of Herbalists, an Aromatherapy Diploma accredited by the International Federation of Aromatherapists and introductory courses in herbal medicine and herb growing, as well as forage walks and has groups of students visit the garden to learn more about identifying and using the 200 plus species that grow here.
As well as training people through the Herbal Apprenticeship and Clinical Practitioner programmes they facilitate the Nature Resonance work they have developed together; the work of helping people become re-enchanted with their place in the community of Nature, in harmony with the seen and unseen beings.
Mimi Hernandez is the Executive Director of the American Herbalists Guild and former Coordinator of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University. Mimi is a Registered Herbalist and has mentored hundreds of students of clinical herbalism. She draws upon her rich ethnic background & the Abuelitas in her life. She believes strongly that keeping plant wisdom alive is essential and has dedicated her life's work to serving as an advocate for both traditional and professional herbal pathways while building cultural bridges of understanding. Mimi holds a graduate degree in Herbal Medicine and is a Registered Herbalist. She earned her Certificate of Non Profit Management from Duke University and recently completed Cornell University’s Conflict Resolution program.
Lucy Jones is a medical herbalist with a busy high street practice, Myrobalan Clinic, in Somerset, UK. She grows or gathers the majority of the herbs that she works with and is a passionate proponent of self-sufficient herbalism. Prior to qualifying in western herbalism, she studied Tibetan Medicine with the great master Khenpo Troru Tsenam. This experience deeply influences her approach to therapeutic practice as well as the way that she grows and processes her herbs. She originally trained in Agriculture and Forestry and has two degrees from the University of Oxford. Her book ‘Self Sufficient Herbalism’ is published by Aeon Books.
Ellie completed her four year full time BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine at Middlesex University in 2000 and has now been practising herbal medicine continuously for twenty years. In addition to herbal medicine, Ellie is also passionate about nutrition and sees providing her patients with personalised evidenced based nutrition advice as an integral part of offering a holistic healthcare service. Ellie's aim is to educate and enlighten her patients and students with energy and enthusiasm so that they are empowered to make positive changes in their lifes. As well as running her two busy herbal medicine clinics, Ellie teaches nutrition at the City Lit in Covent Garden and to the herbal medicine students on the Heartwood Education professional herbal medicine program.
Elisabeth Brooke qualified as a Medical Herbalist in 1980 with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, winning the Pharmacology prize. She ran a training clinic for herbal students on behalf on NIMH at Highgate Natural Health Centre 1980-2.
She was a tutor at the School of Herbal Medicine Tunbridge Wells 1979-84 in Clinical Skills, Pathology and Pharmacology.
Brooke had a private herbal practice in London 1979-1989.
She taught the first Adult Education evening class in Herbal Medicine in London in 1981 at the Chequer Centre Islington and devised and taught adult ed. at the City Lit, WEA and ILEA until 1989.
In 1989 Brooke worked with the Catholic Institute of International Relations, first in Nicaragua and then in The Dominican Republic, researching Traditional Medicine. She remained in the DR until 1999 working with Traditional Medicine in Villa Mella and La Romana.
Brooke has taught workshops all over the world. Recently she has given workshops in Magical Herbalism and Astrology and Herbalism at the Radical Herb Gatherings 2015 and 2016. She is a guest tutor at Heartwood School of Herbal Medicine and has lectured at the University of Westminster in Traditional Western Herbal Medicine.
Brooke trained as a Psychosynthesis counsellor with Diana Whitmore and Pierro Ferucci, graduating in 1989. She has a private practice in counselling in London, specialising in working with creative professionals, including students and tutors from RADA.
Brooke studied and worked with Maggie Hyde and Geoffrey Cornelius of the Company of Astrologers from 1980-1989. She tutored in Medical Astrology for the Company and produced articles for their Magazine.
She recently completed a BA (Hons,) in Classics and hopes to study for a MA in the autumn focussing on Greek Medicine.
A Woman’s Book of Herbs, 1992, The Women’s Press 2018 Aeon Press
Women Healers Through History, 1993, The Women’s Press, 2019 Aeon Press.
A Woman’s Book of Shadows, 1993, The Women’s Press. 2019 Aeon Press.
Herbal Therapy for Women, 1993, Thorsens. 2018 Aeon Press
Medicine Women, 1994, The Crossing Press.
As Above, so below: Traditional European Medical practice, 2019. Aeon Books.
Dominique is the author of two books The Wellness Zone 2nd ed and The magic of food as medicine.
She is a passionate wellness advocate. In 2012 she was awarded the Australian herbalist of the year and in 2015 made a fellow of the NHAA.
Dom holds a Masters in public health/health promotion, A Bachelor or Health Science/ Complementary medicine. She is a qualified naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist . Dom also has a Diploma in Journalism, is a Kundalini yoga teacher, Zen Thai Shiatsu practitioner and a student of life and wellness advocate.
She is the founder of Medicine Room naturopathic herbal dispensary and organises wellness events. Dom created High vibes on the mountain, she developed herbal first aid services and is a programmer for The Woodford Folk Festival…. always working with love, gratefulness, light and through the divine grace!
Dawn Whitten [BNat (Hons), FNHAA, IBCLC] is a Western Herbalist, Naturopath and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. She has a broad-base of clinical experience with a focus on women’s health through pregnancy and beyond, and infant and toddler health. She has been in clinical practice for 17+ years.
Dawn is part of Goulds Natural Medicine, a busy apothecary, clinic and associated herb farm in Tasmania, Australia. Within this setting Dawn has mentored many new graduates through the Goulds internship program as well as in an ongoing capacity.
Dawn has a particular passion for sharing her lactation knowledge with clinicians. She has published in the peer-reviewed literature and has contributed to clinical textbooks (Including the Breastfeeding chapter in the recently published Hechtman L Ed, 2020, Advanced Clinical Naturopathic Medicine 2020, Elsevier).
Dawn coordinates two units within the Evidence-based Complementary Medicine Program in the College of Health & Medicine at the University of Tasmania. She is part of the research team at Probitic.Advisor.com. Dawn has also been a research assistant in the area of herbal medicine safety in pregnancy and breastfeeding at Southern Cross University and has peer-reviewed in this area for the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia.
Dawn obtained a Bachelor of Naturopathy with First Class Honours from Southern Cross University (NSW, Australia). Her Honours topic was within the field of herb-drug interactions and part of this work was published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Dawn has been awarded a Fellowship by the Naturopath and Herbalist Association of Australia for her contribution to the field of herbal medicine in Australia.
Brendan Kelly M. Ac. L. Ac. Herbalist holds a master’s degree in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and is an herbalist of 25 years with training in eastern and western healing traditions. He practices full-time in Burlington, VT at the clinic he co-founded Jade Mountain Wellness. He is on the faculty at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in FL, Daoist Traditions in NC and Johnson State College/Northern Vermont University in VT. He teaches about various aspects of Chinese medicine and western herbal medicine at schools, educational centers and conferences around the US. For the past 15 years, he has focused on the integration of the older, pre-westernized, classical traditions of Chinese medicine with the potency of local, western herbs. In 2015, North Atlantic Books published The Yin and Yang of Climate Change, which looks at the deeper, root issues of our warming planet through the lens of Chinese medicine.
Antony has been in private practice for over 27 years and is one of the most experienced Registered Nutritional Therapists in the country. He is one of the first practitioners to implement the principles of Functional Medicine in the UK, since 1992.
Antony has seen over 17,000 clients, presented hundreds of lectures & webinars on a wide variety of subjects, focusing on the nutritional biochemistry as it relates to health conditions, and had many hundreds of lab tests conducted by these clients.
He is successful, award-winning author of two books on nutrition, The Insulin Factor (published in the UK 2004 and in the USA) and The Food Intolerance Bible (published in the UK 2005 and in Taiwan & Romania), and has appeared on television and radio.
In March 2011 Antony was awarded the prestigious CAM Magazine Award for “Outstanding Practice” for his many years of educating, inspiring, motivating and helping practitioners and patients.
The very first supplement that Antony ever recommended is the precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine, meaning that almost from his very first client back in 1992, he has been involved and passionately interested in the communication molecules in the brain. He has since lectured to practitioners on neurotransmitters at The Royal Society of Medicine, internationally, and in webinars.
Antony has been engaged in many sports and still maintains his fitness and loves tennis.
Dr. Mary Bove herbal advocate, educator, and innovator holds a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, Midwifery Certification and Diploma of Phytotherapy/Herbal Medicine. She practiced Naturopathic Family Medicine, herbal Medicine, and Midwifery for over 30 years, specializing in naturopathic pediatrics, botanical medicine, natural prenatal care and homebirth.
Once full-time faculty at Bastyr University, Dr Bove chaired the departments of Botanical Medicine and Naturopathic Midwifery. Dr Bove is the author of the Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants and co-authored Herbs for Women’s Health. Mary has been published in many magazines, journals and collaborative books on botanical and natural medicine.
In collaboration with Gaia Herbs® Dr Bove developed an herbal remedy line designed specifically for children. She has worked as Medical Educator and in formulation research and product development for Gaia Herbs Brevard, NC. Dr Bove currently consults, lectures, writes, and teaches internationally on the topics of naturopathic medicine, botanical medicine, pediatrics, natural pregnancy and childbirth, traditional food medicine, and mind-body healing. Mary lives in northern New Hampshire on a small pond where she studies the natural NE habitat with a particular interest in lichens. Starting her herbal journey at age 18, Mary has held firm to three tenets: “Walk your talk, believe in the plants and practice herbalism every day in your life.”
Henriette Kress studied herbs at the Southwest School of Botanical
Medicine, with Michael Moore, in 1998.
She runs one of the oldest and largest herbal websites on the net.
She has written several well-received medicinal herb books as well as
two sets of herbal collecting cards, with 52 cards per set.
She's working on a third set, on translating her herbal distance course
to English, and on a foraging book in Finnish.
Hannah graduated from Middlesex University in 1999 and has worked all over the UK since then. In 2018 she found herself with little choice than to start moving some appointments online. Since lockdown she has extended this further and is now running a thriving online practice focussing on chronic fatigue conditions. She is also a Clinical Trainer with Heartwood.
Becs Griffiths and Annwen Jones
Becs and Annwen have around a decade of experience as herbalists and many more before that as environmental and community activists. Together they are Rhizome Community Herbal Clinic in Bristol,which was established in 2011, providing herbal medicine and self-care courses on a sliding scale to the community. They were founding members of the Radical Herbalism Gathering collective, which has been putting on events over the last eight years linking issues of social justice, the environment and community organising with health and herbal medicine. A core belief of the collective is that self-care, mutual aid and community responsibility are essential for health and wellbeing. They were also founding members of Herbalists without Borders Bristol which visits refugee projects in the city providing free herbal medicine. They both obtained first class honours degrees from UEL, and Becs worked as a herbalist in New Orleans before setting up the practice in Bristol and soon joined by Annwen.
Journei Bimwala is dedicated in helping people discover the world of herbalism and natural health. She is an upcoming Afro-Roots Herbalist, Forager, Holistic Wellness practitioner and Educator. She teaches children and families about wild plants and their healing/nutritional benefit. Her teachings makes herbs simple and practical for everyone. She is a homeschool mother of 3 wonderful children. She is part of Friend’s of Concrete Plant Park, where she shares her knowledge of plants and helps take care of the wild and cultivated plants. Journei Bimwala is from the Congo and is determined in discovering, studying and researching the plants that her ancestors used for healing, and inspiring black communities worldwide to do the same, in order to combat medical racism and restore community generational health. She is on a quest to awaken and restore the knowledge and healing of plants within the black communities worldwide. She runs an educational program called Nature Classroom reconnecting families with nature.
Melissa Ronaldson qualified from Middlesex in 2000. Her herbal practice has been varied and diverse from working as a herbalist in a mental health and arts project in Hackney; a traditional medicine projects in Ecuador; and now from her floating clinic aboard the Herbal Barge, on the River Lea. Melissa was a founder member of London Community Herbalists, and under this umbrella project managed the building of an award winning medicinal roof garden at a primary school in Haringey. In 2007 she set up the Herbal Snuff Company. Melissa has been the UK contact for Herbalists Without Borders UK, since 2016.
Dee is one of the UK's top Herbalists and a Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (FNIMH).
She runs D. Atkinson, Herbalist and Clinic from 18 Bristo Place which provides a wide range of health care treatments and practitioners.
Melinda McDougall is a practising medical herbalist based in London where she sees a wide range of patients. She gained her MSc from Middlesex University in 2017 and has a particular interest in providing women with a safe, effective alternative to HRT during menopause. As Commissioning Editor for Aeon Books, she is committed to broadening the scope of herbal publishing, increasing the knowledge-base for practitioners and raising the profile of herbal medicine. Before training as herbalist, Melinda spent 20 years working in broadcast media as a journalist and documentary-maker.
Paul Bergner is Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism (NAIMH) in Portland, Oregon where he offers clinical training in medical herbalism and clinical nutrition. Paul lectures nationally and internationally and has studied, practiced, and taught natural medicine since the 1970's. He has edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989.