Sara Katz, Co-founder of Herb Pharm. Sara has been actively working with medicinal herbs for over 30 years. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). She also serves as President of United Plant Savers, an organization dedicated to the conservation of North American medicinal plants, and she works with a number of local, state and national environmental groups. Sara also has a residence on the "Pharm Farm" and continues to help guide Herb Pharm as a member of the Herb Pharm Board of Directors.
David Bunting, Herbalist & Director of Botanical Affairs, has been dedicated to herbal medicine and quality herbal pharmacy for over 25 years. He is a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild, and has served on the Board of the American Herbal Products Association. He taught at the California School of Herbal Studies. David has worked with leading companies in the herbal industry where he has had responsibility for herbal extract production, quality assurance, product development and regulatory affairs.
Autumn Summers, Herbalist & Educator, has been involved in the herbal medicine field for over two decades. Besides a degree in anthropology specializing in ethnobotany, she trained with Christopher Hobbs and at the California School of Herbal Studies where she has been core faculty for 15 years. Her hands-on experience includes herbal medicine production for clinicians, herbal clinic practice, and work in retail settings. Autumn has also taught at Sonoma State University, Santa Rosa Junior College, Ohlone Herbal Center and at various herbal conferences.
Richard Mandelbaum RH (AHG) is a clinical herbalist with a private practice in Brooklyn. He is a founding partner of the new ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City, is on the faculty at the Center for Herbal Studies in New Jersey. He has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild since 2003, and was elected to the AHG Council in October 2012. You can learn more about Richard at www.richardmandelbaum.com.
Julie Plunkett is a Clinical Herbalist & Health Educator. Julie has worked in the herb and natural foods industry for over 30 years, and has practiced as a clinical herbalist and nutritionist for over 20 years specializing in women's health and healing chronic illness. Julie frequently lectures and writes about the use of herbs and natural foods to establish and maintain optimal health. Julie is also the author and voice of Herb Pharm's Tele-Training Series, which is designed to train retail store personnel on the safe and effective use of health promoting herbs.
Mindi Taylor discovered her love of plants and their botanical uses while undergoing her Environmental Studies degree at UC Santa Cruz. She went on to apprentice with Susun Weed – where she gained a deeper love of the medicinal uses of plants, and harvesting and preparing edible wild plants. She continued her herbal education for 1 year at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, where there was a strong focus on wildcrafting and medicine making. She then transferred to Vancouver, BC, to the Coastal College of Healing Arts where she did 3 years of clinical study and worked in various clinics as a student practitioner. After her studies Mindi launched her own Clinical Practice and worked simultaneously as an herbal practitioner in a variety of retail locations. Mindi now works as a Natural Products Broker and Educator. But her true love is working with and educating people on her Herbal Allies.
Catherine Pantaleo CN CCH has been a practicing Herbalist and Educator for 14 years, serving as faculty at several Colorado vocational schools in the Boulder/Denver area. Her life’s work involves sharing the beauty and healing potential of plants. She currently enjoys a professional life that blends Herbal/Nutritional counseling, Herbal Education and connecting youth with Nature.
Sheila Devitt, Herbalist & Educator, has been working in the field of herbal medicine for over 15 years. She began her herbal studies in New Mexico, and continued as an apprentice to Christopher Hobbs, as well as a student of Michael & Lesley Tierra's East West Herb School. Sheila's experience with herbal medicine includes retail, laboratory and clinical settings, as well as gardening and wild-crafting. She has taught classes about the healing power of plants for retail stores in New Mexico and California, lectured for the UCSF Integrative Medicine Forum, and given interviews for radio and television.