Our Herbalists & Educators

A Broad Spectrum of Herbal Talent

Herbal Ed SmithEd Smith, Co-founder of Herb Pharm. Ed, popularly known as "Herbal Ed," has worked as a medical herbalist for over 30 years and is a founding member of the American Herbalist Guild. He is an internationally respected teacher and lecturer on medicinal herbs and herbal healthcare. He has traveled to over 60 countries in search of medicinal herbs and knowledge of their traditional and modern uses. Ed has a residence on the "Pharm Farm" and continues to be involved in worldwide sourcing (we call it GPS - Global Personal Sourcing), formulation & new product projects.

Sara KatzSara 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 BuntingDavid 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 SummersAutumn 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.

Autumn SummersRichard 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.


Autumn SummersCatherine 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.

Autumn SummersSusan Clements has been a practicing herbalist, educator and wellness consultant for 25 years. For 16 years she was the owner and visionary of a successful herb store, and in 2000 created Earth & Ocean Wellness. Her deep connection to the Green World is drawn from a life long journey with plants, employing in her private practice Western herbalism, aromatherapy, flower essences, vibrational healing, skin and whole body therapies. She has shared in workshops and long term programs focusing on herbalism and women's mysteries since 1991.

Autumn SummersSheila 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.


Autumn SummersWilliam Broen, Herbalist & Educator, lives in Mar Vista, CA and is a Bioregional Herbalist (one who focuses on the medicinal uses of plants that grow in the Western United States). He attended the Pacific School of Herbal Medicine in Oakland, CA for 4 years. Currently, William leads Herb Walks and conducts lectures at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens which is a native plant garden in Claremont, CA as well as leading many walks on his own and for other groups. William has extensive knowledge in North American Ethnobotany and Constitutional Herbalism and focuses on making information very accessible and easy to understand. He is particularly fascinated by the ways a plants defense mechanisms and adaptations become beneficial for us and ways that we can connect with plants intuitively.

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