Debrah Nadler - Atlantic Region Representative
Florida - Email Debrah
Debrah (Debbie) Nadler, BS, MBA, CCA, RA, has been a member of the AIA for six years and now serves as the Atlantic Region Representative. She is a member of the AIA Journal Committee and 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 individualized blends for her clients, 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. The process was her epiphany. The HEARTS Process© was precisely what she had been seeking to help people living with Alzheimer’s, cancer, end-of-life, and others to relax and relieve emotional and physical pain. Debbie has developed a program, “Trifecta Care.” It utilizes The HEARTS Process©, Aromatherapy, and the Music & Memory® program. Debbie’s company is a Certified Organization of the Music & Memory® Care Organization. This program helps re-awaken individuals living with Alzheimer’s. Debbie has completed the Alzheimer’s Association Training and Certification program. She also designs and handmakes Alzheimer’s Muffs and Fidget Mats. The muffs and mats occupy the individual’s mind, keeping their fingers, hands, and wrists moving while providing entertainment and therapy. The muffs and mats are made with love as a tribute to her mother, who had Alzheimer’s.
Debbie was the primary caregiver to her mom and understands how challenging it is to provide for the needs of the entire family and their loved ones. “Trifecta Care” helps overwhelmed caregivers and their loved ones 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.
Jennifer Wilson, RA™️ -
South Carolina - Email Jennifer
Jennifer is a South Carolina native, the owner of Aromatic Elements, and a Registered Aromatherapist that has been studying aromatherapy since 2015. Her formal education includes courses from the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy and the Tisserand Institute.
She is a Professional Member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and the International Clinical Aromatherapy Network (ICAN). She is also serving as the South Carolina State Representative for AIA and has served as the secretary for the United Aromatherapy Effort.
Her passion and focus is in aromatherapy education and research. Because there is still so much misinformation regarding aromatherapy, Jennifer has created, and/or helps to admin, several social media pages and groups that are dedicated to providing reliable aromatherapy information and resources. A couple of these have a specific focus on awareness about the safe use of essential oils, and the support of individuals that have been injured by them.
Along with serving as a student mentor, she provides writing, editing, consulting, and supportive administrative services to others in the industry. She is also the author of several articles, one of which has been published in the International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy (IJPHA).
In addition to aromatherapy, she has a love for landscape and nature photography that she features in her website and social media projects.
Bruce R. Boynton, PhD™️
North Carolina - Email Bruce
Bruce is a retired pediatrician with a PhD in Holistic Healing and extensive training in aromatherapy, clinical hypnosis, crystal healing, and spiritual counseling.
He has had a distinguished career as a Naval officer, educator, researcher, and hospital administrator. He was formerly the Chief Operating Officer of a small hospital and clinic system covering Sicily, Crete, and the island of Bahrain. He was the Commanding Officer of a large infectious disease research laboratory in Cairo, Egypt, and the Commanding Officer of the USNS COMFORT, a 1,000-bed hospital ship engaged in humanitarian relief work.
Bruce is currently the editor of The Journal of Health and Human Experience, an international on-line journal exploring topics in healthcare and social justice (https://jhhe.sempervifoundation.org/).
Florida - Email Meredith
Meredith currently resides on the gulf coast of Florida. She grew up in Minnesota and continues to embrace the “Minnesota Nice’ value. She discovered essential oils when she was thinking about what the next chapter in her life could look like. Working in Corporate America for over 35 years she wanted to find something to turn into her next career. She obtained her certification as an Aromatherapist and is considering her options, which will not be the traditional path we see for most Aromatherapists, of a clinician or owning a practice. Meredith is leaning toward nontraditional aromatherapy roles which allow her to really nurture her creative side. Her mantra is: Do what works for you, what you love. Be your authentic self.
Florida - Email Jake
Jake Myara is a founding partner of Miami based essential oils wholesaler, VINEVIDA. After graduating with a BA in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, he decided he would like to find a natural way to manage his asthma. The profound benefit he found from essential oils became the driving passion behind building the company.
Today, continuous quality improvement is his watchword, always seeking to source more beautiful oils, to create engaging and helpful content and to make the retail environment a more valuable and safer place for his customers.
At AIA, he looks to educate people on dynamic ways to use essential oils safely and imaginatively.