AIA Global Rep
Mary Ellen Dorey
Global Rep - Email Mary Ellen
Dorey AromaTherapy was created using only the purest ingredients. Mary Ellen has researched and tested numerous formulations to create an extensive line of WellCare, BodyCare, and SkinCare aromatherapy based products under the Dorey AromaTherapy brand; all designed to achieve optimal wellness. She has also created a Natural Perfume line and creates custom blends as well.
Mary Ellen is a Reflexology, Reiki and Trinity Energy Progression™ practitioner and incorporates energy healing into all her work. Additionally, she offers aromatherapy seminars and training.
Mary Ellen has been featured in The Dallas Morning News, Women’s Wear Daily and numerous consumer blogs, both locally and nationally including The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
She offices in Plano, TX - Doreyaromatherapy.com
Amanda May-Fitzgerald, AAS, RA
California - Email Amanda
Mandy received her Associate of Applied Science in Complementary and Alternative Medicine with an Aromatherapy specialization from American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) in June 2015. In April 2017 she became a Registered Aromatherapist through the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) and she continues to work towards her Bachelor’s of Science in Integrative Health Sciences with ACHS.
As founder of Wild At Heart Botanicals, she consults and educates on best aromatherapy practices. She joined the Aromatherapy Research Quality Appraisal Task Force (ARQAT) in January 2021 and sees the improvement of research methods as paramount to furthering best practice in the field of aromatherapy.
Mandy is an author, presenter, and a lived experience expert. In her hometown of Vista, California she serves as a Public Art Commissioner furthering opportunities for public art in her local community. She conducts workshops on the basics of essential oil use and some of her favorites include how to incorporate essential oils into artistic pieces. She believes art and science are complementary and their integration brings harmony to the practice of holistic health.
Mandy joined AIA in 2017 and began volunteering as California Co-Representative in 2019. In 2020 she joined the AIA Research committee and currently serves as the committee’s co-chair. Mandy began as a Board Director in May of 2021.
Nenhuan Huang, DNP, RN, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, IIA-C
California - Email Nenhuan
Nen earned her certificate in integrative aromatherapy in 2012. While continuing her oncology nursing in the hospital, she offered free her oil blend and aromatherapy consultation to coworkers and friends. These friends witnessed the effect of aromatherapy and appreciated Nen's service for them. She joined AIA in 2018 and was also a member of NAHA.
She applied aromatherapy to surgical patients for her DNP project completed in 2018. Please click the links for the report.
During the pandemic in 2020, she created an aromatherapy program, "Care for Caregivers," to offer a personal inhaler with an essential oil blend to the staff at the hospital. When it was ready to go, some staffing changed, the program was halted.
She started her private service to offer coaching and aromatherapy in 2021. Refer to her website: www.drnenhuanghealth.coach
Nen has an Advanced Holistic Nurse certificate and Health & Wellness Nurse Coach certificate. At work in the hospital, she utilized her comprehensive knowledge, compassion, and empathy to serve her patients.
It is an honor to be a state representative. She intends to join the force to promote aromatherapy use and the population's health.
Nevada - Email Tiffany
Tiffany Smith was drawn to aromatherapy when her husband's, a combat veteran, health began to decline due to PTSD and chronic pain. He refused to take traditional Western medication, so Tiffany found and offered aromatherapy, and he agreed to try it.
Tiffany is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner building a practice blending aromatherapy and functional nutrition with psychiatry. Tiffany obtained her Master Aromatherapist education from the American College of Healthcare Sciences.
Her objective as a state representative is to unite the AIA members and meet their needs as well as educate the community on the safe use of essential oils.
Wanda Parks, IM-D, PhD, MA, BSN RN CMSRN, CHC
Arizona - Email Wanda
Dr. Wanda Parks is an Integrative & Holistic Health Practitioner, IM-D, PhD, MA, BSN RN CMSRN, CHC who has served in two branches of the military as a Registered Nurse. Wanda is also a certified Aromatherapist, a two-time published author of ‘The Wellness Lifestyle and the 30-Day Living your Created Life; Reflective Food Journal and #1 Best Seller Co-Author of You Were Made to be Unstoppable.
Wanda began her journey to better her own health and it all began with Essential oils. This led to her learning more and becoming a certified aromatherapist and using this modality with all her clients. She is a lifelong learner of all thingsholistic. She has been a member of AIA since 2016 and the AZ state Rep.
Wanda helps women over 40 with metabolic and autoimmune conditions better their health at the cellular level, reducing toxins, inflammation, and pain.
Wanda loves traveling and spending time with her 8 grandchildren. She has fused her two loves and began offering wellness getaways [e.g. cruises and land]; where she blends both of her passions wellness and travel.
Jona Valdez - CA
Utah - Email Jona
Jona graduated in England as a Beauty Therapist (Massage Therapist/Aesthetician) in 1993 and worked in England and Iceland for 10 years. She moved to the States and stayed home with her kids. A few years later she decided to start studying again, and that's when she discovered her love for essential oils.Jona has been homeschooling her 5 children (two who graduated) for the past 10 years as well as taking care of her family through natural means for about 15 years.
After taking a lot of small courses in herbalism and essential oil usage she decided to get certified as an aromatherapist. She also decided to do the LabCannamist course and now loves using the oils with the plant. Jona loves learning all the latest research, and learning about all the different strains, and about the terpenes, and of course making all sorts of products with it. She mostly works one-on-one, and loves that she can be one cog in this wheel we call our health journey.
Canada - Email Cyrene
Cyrene bought her first bottle of essential oil in England in 1992 and has never been without one ever since. Her purse and her home may as well be an oversized essential oil vial!
When the Heartfulness Institute inaugurated its first still in India in 2018, Cyrene leapt into distillation and formulating bath and body products for the 100,000 people who visit the meditation center annually. Cyrene has completed coursework from The Tisserand Institute, Aromahead, Healing Fragrances School of Aromatherapy, Lipids Oil Academy, and the School for Aromatic Studies.
Apart from her membership with the AIA, Cyrene is also an active member of the International Clinical Aromatherapy Network, the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists, and the Bev Hawkins Membership Club.
Cyrene is a patient engagement researcher for Alberta Health Services in Calgary, Alberta, and helps the Diabetes, Obesity and Nutrition network raise awareness of foot and eye health clinics among vulnerable populations. She is a meditation trainer, and a passionate—if not skillful—billiards player. She splits her time between Canada and India, and enjoys learning something new every day.
Liaison to Board
Denise Joswiak BSN, RN, HNB-BC, CIMI, Clinical Aromatherapist
Global - Email Denise
Denise serves on the AIA board of directors and shares the position of AIA North American Representative. She is a certified holistic nurse and created the aromatherapy program for the Allina Health system, co-authoring two research articles regarding implementation and effectiveness of aromatherapy in the hospital setting. She has enjoyed teaching patients, families and nurses throughout her 38 years as a nurse.
At Allina Health, Denise currently teaches classes involving self-care and integrative therapies to promote the comfort and wellbeing of patients and staff, and sits on the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing Nursing Council. She is the Integrative Health Clinical Site Lead for United Hospital and co-facilitator of the United Hospital Holistic Nursing Council.
Denise is an international speaker, offering healthcare consultation, classes, and an aromatherapy certification program through her company, Essential Health. Her passions include traveling, canoeing in the BWCA, learning and teaching about aromatherapy, and especially spending time with family & friends.
Minnesota - Email Jacqueline
I have been practicing as a nurse since 1993 and have been an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse functioning as a Nurse Practitioner since 1999. I have always been drawn to complementary and integrative practices. I have made referrals and recommendations over the course of my career for these services.
A few years ago I was encouraged by an administrator to explore my personal interest of Aromatherapy. I gave this thought, reviewed the AIA and NAHA sites for educational recommendations, reviewed each school represented and selected Aromahead Institute.
I am a restless learner who appreciates brilliant minds. I seek out individuals, articles, books, lectures, classes and conferences. My aromatherapist hat has focused in the direction of safe use. I also use preparations that enhance the exploration of breath and the movement of an individual from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic nervous system - when needed during an office visit.
Pennsylvania - Email Amy
Amy Lechner is a Traditional Naturopath, Certified Aromatherapist, and Licensed Cosmetologist. She is also the PA State Rep for AIA, Alliance of International Aromatherapists. She is the owner of a hair salon focusing on cleaner products within the salon environment and is also owner of a wellness business and formulator of her own essential oil blend line, A. C. Essential Oils. She has enjoyed creating and formulating essential oil blends for over 18 years. She has studied under a variety of educators that have helped form a solid background in complimentary modalities of wellness and health support. With over 1500 hours of education in a variety of complementary therapies, she displays her strong dedication to the area of aromatherapy, wellness, lifestyle and nutritional support. She resides in Altoona Pa with her family and regularly sees clients to consult with them about health and lifestyle choices. Amy has a passion for educating, coaching and sharing with people healthier alternatives for lifetime benefit. She is very dedicated to staying active and current in education and has a strong desire to share the most current information available.
Amy is available for public speaking as well as private consultations.
Ruth Moore, MSc.D., CCA-APAIA, FCMA
Maine - Email Ruth
Dr. Moore is an integrative practitioner who specializes in behavioral and holistic health. She is a senior fellow with the Complementary Medical Association and both a certified clinical aromatherapist and advanced level practitioner. Her passion is to educate others about the clinical applications of essential oils; and multiple providers consult with her when they need natural and drug free solutions for their patients. When not treating her patients or speaking and teaching, she enjoys a quiet rural life on Graham Lake in Ellsworth, Maine.
Tracie Baxter, CA, CGFI
New York - Email Tracie
Hello. I'm Tracie and I live in the Southern Tier of NYS with my hubby, my children and a variety of pets. I was introduced to Aromatherapy during my massage training at FLSM by Andrea Butje. Following massage school I enrolled in Andrea's Aromatherapy Certification course, then continued into Advanced Aromatherapy and several other classes that culminated into the Scholar's Certificate program. I have also studied under Rhiannon Harris and Robert Tisserand. I look forward to meeting all of you and furthering the beauty of these beautiful resources.
Catherine (Kate) Johnson, RN
Massachusetts - Email Kate
Catherine (Kate) Johnson has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and was the Public Health Nurse in her community for 13 years (2008 – 2021). She lives in Western Massachusetts and vacations in Cape Cod every year with her husband. Kate received a BSN from Keuka College, an MBA from Western New England College, an MSN from American International College and a PhD in nursing education from Capella University.
Kate is passionate about teaching aromatherapy in the community and at the undergraduate level at American College of Healthcare Sciences in Oregon. Kate’s dissertation was titled: The Effect of Diffused Aromatherapy on Test Anxiety Among Baccalaureate Nursing Students (ED554168).
She is board certified in Advanced Holistic Nursing, Public Health, Advanced Public Health Nursing and Nursing Education.
Chris Mack - Atlantic Region
Florida & Atlanta - Email Chris
I started my adult life at Colorado State University, studying engineering and Industrial Science. I enlisted in the Army, and served as a tank crewman, and as a scout helicopter crew chief in a cavalry squadron. After my enlisted period of 10 years I worked for a short 6 years in retail, but the call to service was too much to ignore, however, so I joined the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, where I continue to work today.
I have trained with the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, after an abrupt courtship with essential oils, and their PTSD/smell memory relationship. I continue to study and learn through any means available. As a certified instructor, I've found a gift for listening and communicating. I find helping people quite rewarding, and would welcome any opportunity to help.
I am an Aromatherapist at Aromatic Harmony in Plant City, Florida where I specialize in blending, and creating new products. I became a member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists over a year ago, and was able to attend the conference in New Jersey last summer, and it really opened my eyes to the scope and mission of the organization. I'm very excited to be the Florida representative for the Alliance! Increasing our communication with each other and the rest of the Aromatic community as a whole is my first task so that we increase our membership. But lurking in the background is also the ideal that making membership to our professional organization is a significant benefit to it's membership! I love learning, creating, and helping, and I intend to do all of those things here, in the Alliance.
Debrah Nadler - Regional Representative Atlantic Region
Florida - Email Debrah
Debrah (Debbie) Nadler, BS, MBA, CCA, RA, has been a member of the AIA for about six years, serving as the Florida State Representative. She is a member of the AIA Journal Committee and Zoom Support Team and is a member of the NAHA. She began using essential oils in 2012. As the owner of Aroma Wellness Therapy, LLC, she has provided consultations and blends specifically for each client, trained individuals, and delivered community presentations.
In 2020, she discovered The HEARTS Process©, an acronym for Hands-on (not a massage), Empathy, Aroma, Texture, and Sound. This technique was developed in the UK during the mid-’90 s. The process was her epiphany. Although she still works with her existing clients, The HEARTS Process© was precisely what she had been searching for to help people with Alzheimer’s/dementia, cancer, end-of-life, and other related health issues. It also works on individuals who need to relax and relieve emotional and physical pain. The process is non-invasive while delivering impressively quick results, helping to increase relaxation and reduce pain. Debrah has developed a program she calls Trifecta Care. It utilizes The HEARTS Process©, Aromatherapy, and sensory aids. She designs and handmakes Twiddle Muffs and Fidget Mats with love. The muffs and mats occupy the patient’s mind, keeping their fingers, hands, and wrists moving while providing entertainment. They can help reduce anxiety through tactile, visual, and sensory stimulation providing engaging activity for confusion, disorientation, and restless hands. Each muff or mat is made with love as a tribute to her mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease.
Debrah was the main caregiver and understands how challenging it is to provide for the needs of the entire family and the loved one that often does not even know who their family members are. She has set out to help the overwhelmed caregivers and their loved ones using her Trifecta Care along their journey.
Brenda Lamkin – M.Ed.
West Virginia - Email Brenda
Hello! My name is Brenda Lamkin, and I live in wild and wonderful West Virginia. My background includes a Master of Education and Human Service from Fairmont State University and received my Nonprofit Management Certificate from Duke University.
I am the Executive Director of the Parent Training Center in West Virginia, where our focus is providing training, information, and resources to parents/caregivers of children and youth with disabilities. Also, I was selected to serve as a statewide "ambassador" to spearhead the use of the Division of Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices for the care and education of young children with disabilities.
My interest and love of essential oils began with a class from AromaHead with Andrea Butje. I immediately became hooked on the benefits of the essential oils and the beauty of the plants. Then I went on to complete the Aromatherapy Certification Couse. I have been a member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) for several years and look forward to being the WV representative for the AIA.
Dawn Thomas - RA
Georgia - Email Dawn
Being a chiropractic assistant since 2000, Dawn was introduced to natural and homeopathic remedies including essential oils. She soon realized that using them was not as simple as she once thought.
Desiring to know more, she began her education with The Lorrie Hargis International School of Aromatherapy. She is a registered aromatherapist and a member of AIA since 2019. Dawn is currently studying to become a Traditional Naturopath through The International Institute of Natural Wellness Education.
Dawn’s passion to learn and to educate others has increased exponentially.
Melissa Holman - Regional Rep Mentor
Guam - Email Melissa
I am a Holistic Life Coach and Registered Aromatherapist. My passion is seeing others succeed. God has given me a natural ability to steer people in new directions with transformational questions and intuition. I am able to help others dive deep and discover the true motivations behind their behaviors.
I am a graduate of the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) and through building my Aromatherapy business, I found myself steering my Clients toward wellness through a Holistic Coaching Methodology. This led me to the Health Coach Institute (HCI) where I became a Master of Transformational Coaching. I work with my clients to help them transform their thoughts and lives at the core of their beliefs and identity.
I am a wife, mother, and Memaw to 5 grands (so far). I am a USAF veteran, Boy Scout Leader veteran, Former Bass drummer in Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums, and so much more. I homeschooled my children and went back to school later in life to become an Aromatherapist and then Life coach. I have overcome many life challenges and am blessed to be able to share the knowledge and wisdom gained to help others achieve balance and victory.
I currently live on the beautiful tropical island of Guam. I am the host of Aromatic Chat; the Podcast that introduces you to Registered, Clinical, and Certified Aromatherapists around the world. Find Aromatic Chat on Google, Apple, Stitcher, and Spotify.
I am the Central Region Representative for this amazing organization.
Melissa Tucker - RA
Iowa - Email Melissa
Melissa is a registered aromatherapist. She gained her education at the American College of Healthcare Sciences with an Associates in Complementary Alternative Medicine, with specialties in aromatherapy and herbal medicine, iridology and homeopathy, and a laughter yoga leader.
Melissa joined AIA in March of 2021 and became the Iowa State representative soon after. She is the owner and operator of Essence of Nature which provides holistic consultations to aid in increasing personal well-being through the use of herbs and oils as well as beginning her product line.
After her introduction to aromatherapy, Melissa learned of possible safety risks of using essential oils which spurred her decision for further education. It is a passion of hers to educate others to use aromatics safely and ethically for themselves and their families
Philippines - Email Jirbie
Jirbie has been a trailblazer in the Philippine aromatherapy industry. She has worked with various international beauty & wellness brands and even home-grown lifestyle companies as an independent consultant for aromatherapy. Her expertise and passion in advocating safe and responsible use of essential oils has been sought after by various wellness companies and even end users alike.
As an aromatherapy luminary in the Philippines, Jirbie has been conducting aromatherapy classes since 2018 and continues to empower other women while inspiring them to further their studies in aromatherapy through her blog, her YouTube channel, and her Podcast. She works closely with the local producers of aromatic products in the Philippines to bridge the gap between them and the end uses by using her platform in spreading awareness to help support the aromatherapy industry in the Philippines.
Jirbie is a known animal rescuer and owns Caticorn Dreams & Caticorn Pets, two clean beauty brands that aim to purge unwanted toxic chemicals from your homes by using safe, stable, and greener ingredients. In her downtime, she's into yoga and meditation but, more often than not, she's out there rescuing cats.