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Teleseminar – December 16, 2015

Presenter:   Sara Jo Holmes BS RA LMT NCTMB


Topic:  Beyond Aromatherapy: Expand Your Practice



About the Teleseminar

I teach Complementary Therapies in Healthcare for College Students at Parkland College in Champaign, IL and have now done so for 10 years. Aromatherapy opened the door to my current career and although it was a difficult path new opportunities presented themselves and I embraced them! My horizons have broadened and I have learned much from the journey. Since my aromatherapy beginnings, I have added massage therapy, meditation, energy work (Reiki and Chakra balancing), herbal therapy, and many other forms of CAM to my private practice, my classes and my life. I will share with you how I prepared and expanded my practice, increased my income and help you do the same. I hope this presentation will encourage you to explore the other health therapies that make perfect partners to aromatherapy and can open new doors for yourself and your business.


Meet Sara Jo Holmes
Sara has been interested in gardening, plants and nature all of her life. She began a career as the Health Coordinator for a Visiting Nurse and Hospice Association in 1983 which led to her interest in a health career. After one year in nursing, she got her BS in Organizational Management from Greenville College. The decision to move to complementary therapies was based on her negative experience in nursing practicum. Seeking another way to help people who were ill, she found aromatherapy bringing her love of plants and people together. She received her original aromatherapy certification from West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy via Beverly Hawkins and a second from her teacher and mentor Sylla Sheppard Hanger at the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy where Sylla broadened her knowledge of blending and chemistry. She began teaching Aromatherapy Certification classes at Parkland College in 2004.


In October 2005 Parkland President, Zelema Harris recognized Sara’s Aromatherapy Class for their contributions to the First Responders Effort in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. One group of Morticians were using their bug repellent to recover bodies and wrote the college and local television company in praise of their support.


Classes taught include: NCTMB approved courses for CE for LMT in herbal therapies, aromatherapy, massage techniques, energy work, and ethics, Complementary Therapies in Healthcare, Spa Techniques for Massage, Stress Reduction and Holistic Health via CAM. Sara has had articles, presentations and case studies published in IJHPA, NAHA, AIA, Prime Life Times, CE Institute of Illinois. Through her business, Botanical Healing Arts she created Sara’s Sanctuary a retreat for women intended to focus on therapeutic healing of mind, body and spirit. Her latest works include a new blog: A Grateful Gardener and working on CAM therapy support for cancer patients and their caregivers. Everyday is an opportunity to grow!


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Continuing Education

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit:
There are two ways to earn CPD credit for listening to teleseminar.

1. You may earn 1 CPD credit for listening to a live teleseminar. Instructions on how to earn the CPD credit will be given during the teleseminar.

2. You may earn 1 CPD credit by listening to an audio CD or MP3 of a teleseminar and submitting a 100-word summary of the teleseminar to AIA. Be sure to include your name, address, and title of teleseminar on your summary.  Each summary must be submitted on a separate document.


If you are not an AIA member and desire receiving a CPD certificate, there is a $15 fee. Click here to order.


Please mail your teleseminar summary to AIA or email your summary on a word document to  If you have more questions, please call the AIA office at 303-531-6377 or 1-877-531-6377.