Stephanie Veilleux-Welch, CA
Stephanie Veilleux-Welch is a Certified Aromatherapist. As with most Aromatherapist her education and training is ever-growing through classes, workshops, conferences and more. Stephanie is also in the process of creating her own Aromatherapy Consulting Business Peace Be the Journey Aromatherapy where she will help to strengthen Aromatherapy as a respected complimentary medicine.
“ I was first introduced to the amazing therapeutic benefits of essential oils about 10 years ago and have been in love with them ever since. At first it was just a new tool in my first aid kit but as time went on I found my life being surrounded and healed through mind body and soul with essential oils. After the arrival of my first born, Aromatherapy became a passion due to its sweet gentle nature and I could not get enough information. Since then I have been studying and becoming an active member of the Aromatherapy world.
My personal vision is to make Holistic Aromatherapy wellness available to all and to share with the world the great respect essential oils deserve, as these powerful medicinal plant extracts. With this goal comes the great responsibility of educating friends, family, clients, and the public on the importance of safety and use.
I am honored to be an active part of the AIA Team, and share in the vision of ‘Moving Aromatherapy Forward with Vision and Action’. Peace be the journey!”
Pacific Region Representative
San Diego, California
Rodney Schwan holds diplomas from the International Academy of Holistic Studies Aroma Genera Diplomat (London); Well Being Institute and has been a CA state licensed Esthetician for over 20 years. He is on the Alliance of International Aromatherapists Research Committee and is a recognized specialist in the fields of medical and spa aromatherapy.Mr. Schwan is best known for developing a model for medical aromatherapy through the Institute of Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice. Rodney oversees a medical pharmacy and education program treating over 6000 patients yearly. He also is a consulting aromatherapist for several medical, elderly care centers as well as leading spa companies world wide. Rodney Schwan is the owner of Aromatherapy Institute and Spa in San Diego, California.
Nancy C. Graves, MBA, CA, HHC
Mountain Region Representative
Nancy Graves has been studying a variety of healing arts for over 15 years. With a Bachelors of Science from Penn State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University, she brings forth both a scientific and business perspective to her services for AIA. She is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Kundalini Yoga Instructor and a Reiki Master Instructor. Her career experience includes Operations Management and Analysis, Regulatory Compliance and Quality Assurance.
Midwest Region Representative
Jodi Baglien is certified in Clinical Aromatherapy through Australasian Herbal College, (2002), in Shiatsu Therapy from CenterPoint Shiatsu School in Minneapolis, (2006) combined with a 20+ years of classes and in depth training in Spirituality and Healing.
Jodi’s business - Inner Scents, is a blend of - Healing Services Shiatsu integrated with essential oil treatments from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, Inner Scents oils – professional quality essential blends sold online and in Holistic Clinics in the Twin Cities area, and workshops and classes.
Jodi shares her passion for healing with essential oils by teaching Aromatherapy through Integrative Health and Healing programs with local Community Colleges and directly to practitioners. Her focus is to teach the skills necessary to confidently and safely integrate essential oil treatments into your care plan for clients, family and self care.
Jodi believes in inspiring others to find joy and balance in their lives, and to take responsibility for their own health.
Ann Marie Martin, RN, MSN, CMAIA
Illinois State Representative
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Ann Marie Martin has a Clinical Membership with the AIA and a Professional Membership with NAHA. She received her aromatherapy certification with Valerie Cooksley R. N. of the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy and continued her studies at the Aromahead Institute with Andrea Butje, in France and New York with Rhiannon Harris, and several other fantastic aromatherapists. She has taken classes in skin care product making with Joan Morais in California and is now studying herbalism with Rosemary Gladstar. Her holistic approach is science and research based but she also enjoys the energetic intuitive qualities of using essential oils. Her website, which is in progress, aromarie.net is where she plans to focus on teaching aromatherapy, skin and bath care product making, soap making, among other classes all with the safe usage of essential oils.
AIA has been a tremendous resource for me ever since I attended the AIA Conference of 2009! I have made so many connections, and it has helped launch me on this wonderful fragrant journey. Now I’m in a position where I want to teach everything I know to anyone who wants to learn or listen! Hence, becoming an AIA Illinois State Rep. My goal is to meet AIA members and new members of like mind to share what we know. My vision is to have regular AIA gatherings in Illinois to share aromatherapy information.
Sally Kingman Harvey
Northeast Region Representative
In 2010, I retired from teaching elementary school after twenty-five years. I have been on a life long journey of discovery toward a life of healthy whole-living. My undergraduate degree is in Comparative Religion, as part of that education I travelled to India, studying at the University of Mysora and at an Ashram where I studied Yoga and Ayruveda. I then earned a Masters Degree in Elementary Education afterwhich I joined the Peace Corps and served in the Central African Republic teaching Health Education to teachers. During my years teaching here in the States my studies in this field continued until upon retirement I returned to school and became a licensed massage therapist. Essential oils have been a compelling interest of mine for twenty odd years, at this stage in my life I have the great fortune to be able to continue my education in this field and hope to be able to share such knowledge and joy with others.
Donna Galipeau, CCMA
Maine State Representative
Donna has been using and studying Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for the past 5 years. She is a member of and on the advisory board for a grassroots initiative in Maine for the Integrative Wellness Council of Maine which incorporates holistic approaches to medicine adjunct to and as a compliment of Western Medicine, this will provide an excellent resource for all types of practitioners and is a group comprised of medical doctors, Natural Path providers, Social workers, as well as Massage therapists, Aromatherapists & Reiki practitioners. It will be a great resource to clients seeking alternatives to a better lifestyle. She is also currently studying Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as herbal medicine. She lives in Maine with her husband, two daughters, and 4 grandchildren. She will be moving her practice from her home to a wonderful new space in August, where she will not only see clients, but will conduct a series of workshops on aromatherapy.
Patricia J. Bonnard, PhD, RA
Maryland State Representative
Patricia is a registered aromatherapist and Reiki Master. She designs aromatherapy products for energy work, teaches integrated healing and educates the public about aromatherapy and energy healing. Patricia holds a PhD in Agriculture and Natural Resource Economics. She has worked extensively in Africa, Latin America and Asia on poverty alleviation, economic empowerment of small-scale farmers and famine early warning. She has special interests in: 1) developing opportunities for small-scale producers of aromatics, medicinals and natural products, and 2) aromatherapy for stress reduction of relief workers and people directly affected by disasters.
Paula Schmid Begel, LMT, NCBTMB, PTA
New York State Representative
Cicero, New York
Life is a journey. We never learn all there is to learn, we never fully arrive. Our desires and passions and interests push us to new levels of education and experience.
I fell in love with essential oils in 2005 when a friend introduced me to them. I am extremely grateful for that time because I found that information was what was missing from my life. It greatly improved my personal life as well as my clients. That excitement led me to reconnect with Andrea Butje, which led to Rhiannon Lewis; which leads me here today.
I am excited to share and network and build a group of aromatherapists to open ways of discussion and help others along the way. I have 22 years’ experience as a Physical Therapist Asst, 18 years as a licensed massage therapist; and 8 years a certified holistic aromatherapist. In addition my experience includes 30 years as a certified personal trainer and aerobics instructor (retired). I still continue training and teaching the martial arts; 5th degree black belt: Sensei. My blending seems to be most for this population! I recently added yoga and Qi-Gong to the mix.
I am looking forward to supporting the AIA through networking and all the education and potential that lie ahead for us. I would like to bring to the AIA community all that I have learned and excited to share with others all of our combined skill and knowledge. It is humbling to be in an arena with such profound minds and leaders in the aromatherapy field from all over the world!
I think if we work together with honesty and integrity, and being confident in our skills and knowledge; we can change the industry. We can reach out to those who don't know what we do in a positive and professional manner. We have each other and many great leaders and research to support what we do. Let's Move ahead in 2014 with a positive outlook.
Amy Lechner ND, Certified Aromatherapist, Wellness Coach
Pennsylvania State Representative
Amy Lechner has 13 years of experience in assisting people on their personal journey to health and wellness. She has worked with essential oils creating blends and has a business where she makes essential oils blends for specific therapeutic purposes. Essential oils are a part of her everyday life and she enjoys sharing the benefits and uses of essential oils. Amy is very committed to the education of aromatherapists and essential oil usage. She has a strong passion for essential oils and desire to help others learn the safe and effective way to use essential oils. She attends workshops and educational events to stay current. Amy makes essential oil blends to help with both physical ailments and emotional support and incorporates aromatherapy into Reiki treatments to help promote a more relaxing experience.
Mary Ellen Dorey, RA
Texas State Representative
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Mary Ellen Dorey, Natural Perfumer and Certified Clinical Aromatherapist founded Dorey AromaTherapy in 2009 with WellCare and BodyCare products . As a natural branch of aromatherapy, Mary Ellen studied Natural Perfumery and launched True by Dorey Perfume as a line of all natural elegant and sensual perfumes.
Mary Ellen also conducts individual consultations to create custom formulations for clients as well as two unique reflexology treatments, Ayurvedic and European styles, incorporating her essential oil blends.
Mary Ellen worked for many years in technical product development in the retail industry and holds degrees in Textile Technology and Fashion Design as well as Certificates in Management, Clinical Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Natural Perfumery. She is a Registered Aromatherapist through the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) and is Secretary of the Dallas Holistic Chamber of Commerce.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Stefania has been Professional Member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) since 2009. In 2014 she served as a Director of the Board of AIA. Originally from Rome, Italy, Stefania Borrelli began her holistic journey 35 years ago in her native country. Her interest in Holistic therapies expanded in the study of Psychoneuroimmunology, Energy Healing, and Ayurveda. In 2009 she founded JoyAmore, a business providing holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle by restoring balance through Aromatherapy and Reflexology. Sensitive and empathetic, creative and enthusiast, constant learner and workshop leader. Through passion, energy and sharing she loves to inspire more and more people to the benefits of Aromatherapy as she firmly believes essential oil therapy should be soon be considered seriously as an integral and vital part of everyday life by the International healthcare and public community. By coming from a country with a millenarian tradition in herbal medicine and a healthy and natural lifestyle, she brings a “unique” Italian contribution to AIA. She considers a privilege to be part of a leading international aromatherapy organization whose mission and value is to advance research and professionalism within the aromatherapy industry and to believe essential oil therapy as a scientifically proven healing modality that should be accessible to everyone .
Nancy Mitchell, CHAP, RCRT
Eastern Canada Representative
Senneville, Quebec, Canada
My passion for aromatherapy started 13 yrs ago, after I attended a weekend workshop. Then I got the quote out of a fortune cookie that said: “The physician heals; nature makes well.” Since then, I have become certified in Aromatherapy, Reiki Level 3, and Foot and Hand Reflexology, and I’m currently working on my certification for Cranio- Sacral Reflexology. I am a member in good standing with the top 3 professional organizations in my field: AIA (Alliance of International Aromatherapists), CFA (Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists). RAC (Reflexology Association of Canada)
During my studies, I have focused on care for the elderly and have taken great pleasure in treating and helping physically-limited seniors deal with everyday life challenges. I’ve also been volunteering at The West Island Cancer Wellness Center in order to provide them with a better quality of life.
Not only do I believe that educating myself is important, but I believe that educating others about the benefits of holistic care modalities is crucial. As a result, I have participated in corporate wellness fairs, assisted in teaching aromatherapy massage classes, and presented at many shows over the last few years in order to make sure that people are getting current and correct information on the safe use of aromatherapy. And I believe that the AIA is as committed as I am to setting and raising the standards of aromatherapy world-wide and that, as the Quebec representative, we can work together in Canada to make that happen.
Somercotes, Derbyshire, England
Anita is a clinical aromatherapist and holistic practitioner and owner of Essentially Holistic based in Derbyshire, England. She has been an aromatherapist for over 10 years. She changed career and retrained after a series of major life changes. Her passion is working with young children and families using a mixture or aromatherapy, massage and nutritional advice to help overcome behavioural issues. She teaches aromatherapy both in the United Kingdom and abroad and has spoken at international conferences about her work.
Anita was so impressed by the membership and the running of the AIA when attending their conference that she felt honoured when asked to become the United Kingdom representative. “I feel that there is a need for all holistic therapists no matter where they are in the world to work together to progress this wonderful therapy”.
Gergely Hollódi, LMP, Certified Aromatherapist
Central-Eastern Europe Representative
Gergely holds an BA in English teaching and after a 12-year long period spent in the advertising-marketing world decided to change his life and started his journey in the field of healing. Gergely has graduated from Cortiva Institute Seattle School of Massage and is a nationally certified (NCTMB) and Washington state licensed massage therapist. He completed the Masters Apprenticeship program with The East-West School of Herbal and Aromatic Studies (EWSHAS) in Seattle. He is professional member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA). He currently lives in Budapest, Hungary where he practices massage as a certified therapeutic massage therapist and offers aromatherapy courses to the public. He is currently studying alternative medicine and plans to become a phytoherapist.
'I have a passion towards massage and aromatherapy. I am committed to help my clients with massage for stress reduction, treatment of and rehab form common injuries, relaxation, and discomfort associated with everyday activities. My massage and aromatherapy practice is grounded in the union of East-West healing traditions. I approach healing with healthy curiosity and invite my clients do the same.