AIA Representatives are available to serve you. They can help you with questions about AIA and membership. Representatives also have educational programs about aromatherapy and AIA. We invite you to attend these programs. Please visit our events page to learn of upcoming programs.
Positions are available at the state and regional levels. If you are interested in becoming an AIA Representative please contact the office.
Application to be an AIA Representative.
To apply to be an International Representative,
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United States of America
Stephanie Veilleux-Welch, CA
“ 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!”
Leiann Phenea King, MH
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.
Erica Schveighoffer is on a journey to live a more holistic lifestyle. She has always been interested in natural health alternatives and has been using them for years for herself and her families benefit. Both Erica and her children have very sensitive skin, and even products that were touted as being non-toxic would cause skin reactions for them. This led her to an interest in using essential oils, and making her own skin care products. She decided to learn more about essential oils by taking the Aromatherapy Certification course through Aromahead Institute.
Erica believes that people need to take control of their own health, and the best way to do this is through education. She is in the process of starting her own company where she does aromatherapy consultations as well as teaches classes.
Erica is looking forward to supporting AIA throughout promoting the safe use of essential oils on a local level. She plans to build a networking group for aromatherapist in Massachusetts, as well as a place for the general public to receive accurate information on the use of essential oils.
Robin B. Kessler, CA
The more I learned about Aromatherapy the more I found that most people do not understand the science or the significant safety issues that must always be kept foremost in every users mind. I decided to offer seminars on “Safe uses of Essential Oils- the do’s and do nots” at Libraries, Senior Centers, Adult Communities and nonprofit organization throughout Central NJ. In addition to the lack of knowledge I found significant misinformation and dangerous practices, especially on the internet. In response, I started a Facebook group called Safe Essential Oils Recipes Only! As its name denotes it is a group that publishes safe recipes and follows the guidelines embraced by the AIA. We started with 10 users and have grown to over 9,000.
I am currently working on my own aromatherapy consulting practice, working with Doctors and Alternative Medicine Practitioners, helping their patients and clients manage pain and use aromatherapy to enhance their wellbeing.
For over 25 years I have also maintained a computer, IT consulting practice that incorporates education: “How to Keep Your Computer Safe” at Libraries and with other public support groups. As rewarding as it is to help fix one’s computer, I like the opportunity to “help fix” one’s spirit, mind and body with the aid of Aromatherapy. I find this very fulfilling and rewarding, not only for myself but for those I can help.
My goal is to spread the word about the importance of using essential oils safely and properly so that the user can benefit, without putting themselves at unnecessary risk or harm.
Paula Schmid Begel, LMT, NCBTMB, PTA
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
Mary Ellen Dorey, RA
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.
Lora Cantele, RA, CMAIA™, CSRT
"I am very fortunate that my work in Aromatherapy affords me opportunities to travel abroad. As a practitioner I am always interested in how Aromatherapy is being used by practitioners in other countries. As the International Representative, I strive to bring together Aromatherapists and their practices so that we can share and learn from each other and build a greater pool of information for our aromatic community."
Anita James, MIFPA, SPdipA, Cert Ed
Joanne Smith-DeGarie, CCMA
I began my studies with Joyessence Aromatherapy where I received my CAHP, RCRT and Aroma Touch Massage certifications. I then proceeded to the International Certified Aromatherapy Institute where I received my CCMA. I have also recently become a Certified Reiki Master/Teacher. I am a proud member in good standing with the AIA, NAHA, CFA, RAC, IARP, and the AEOTA.
I believe in continuous education and live a simplistic holistic lifestyle because I believe that leading by example is the best form of education and awareness one can provide to the community at large.
Gergely Hollódi, LMP, Certified Aromatherapist
'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.'
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