Representatives 

 

Shannon Bachorick
Canada, SK 

Shannon Bachorick is a Certified Aromatherapy Health Professional® and a professional member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists. She practises at a chiropractic clinic in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, where she offers aromatherapy massage, and custom and retail aromatherapy products under the brand name Santéssence Aromatherapy. As a person living with MS, Shannon’s focus is on working with people who have or are at risk of developing autoimmune disorders.

 

Crystal Brothers
Northeast Region

Crystal Brothers is a Registered Aromatherapist and qualified herbalist. She has a special interest in stress management and complementary support for endocrine dysfunction. She has earned  a Diploma of Dietary Supplement Science and Certificate in Professional Aromatherapy through the state-accredited programs at Franklin School of Integrated Health Sciences and has two decades of experience assisting family, friends, and clients to incorporate real food, herbs, and aromatherapy in their lives to promote wellness and to help their bodies do what they were created to do through her business, Vines of Wellness.

 

 

Lora Cantele, RA, APAIA
International  -  
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Lora Cantele is a Registered Clinical Aromatherapist and Certified Aromaflexology practitioner/instructor. Her work as former president of AIA has helped the organization flourish to become a leading voice in advancing an ethical practice of Aromatherapy for personal as well as clinical use. During her tenure at the AIA (2006-2011) she successfully lead the development and implementation of AIA's Aromatherapy educational standards to take the level of aromatherapy education in the USA to new heights. With her return to the AIA board in 2016, Lora continued to elevate the presence of AIA in the international community and served AIA members by engaging them to see how AIA can best meet their needs. In 2017 she became the Executive Director where she continues to support the AIA and its mission and goals.

 

Christine Chemin
Ecuador

 

Lugina deSoy
Mexico

 

Mary Ellen Dorey
Co-North America  - 
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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 

 

Holly Draper
Utah

 

Karin Frost-Madrid
New Mexico

Karin is a Certified Holistic Aromatherapist and an active professional member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists where she serves as the State Representative for New Mexico. She finds her inspiration nestled in the foothills of the Cerrillos mountains in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

She is the owner of Mia’s Botanicals & Gifts, LLC, offering vibrant and complex essential oil blends and wonderful personal care products that support the entire constitution. Aromatherapy is a very personal experience and she sees herself as the facilitator of relationships with essential oils.

Additionally, she is trained as an adult education professional, is a certified Service Center Director and a former Master Gardener.

As a life-long naturalist, she has spent a lifetime connected to nature from romping in the magnificent deserts of New Mexico on horseback as a child, to protecting and conserving our wild lands throughout the West as an adult. She whole-heartedly believes that we must remain connected to nature in order to truly flourish. She sees aromatherapy as “nature in a bottle” to support that connection. 

It is important for Karin to make an impact on the community that she is so lucky to be a part of. As member of the community she is committed to supporting:

  • Local area homeless women and children, including victims of domestic violence.
  • Special Olympics of New Mexico.
  • Local area high school art, education and sports.
 

Pamela Gomez
Bahamas

 

John Harmende
North Dakota

 

Heather Hogan
New York

Heather Hogan is a Certified Aromatherapist who helps busy Mom’s make a sacred space in their homes and lives by safely making aromatherapy products so the whole family can embrace holistic wellness. Before becoming involved in holistic modalities Heather worked in the education system and fell in love with the art of teaching. Once Heather started crafting individual aromatherapy blends for people she noticed massive transformations in their health and families well-being and was hooked!

She now offers personal essential oil consultations and educational workshops for the busy mom’s wanting to take control and make lasting lifestyle choices. When she’s not teaching or blending recipes for her clients, you can find her traveling or spending time with family and friends.

 

Melissa Holman
Central

Melissa is the Representative for the Central Region.  She is a Holistic Registered Aromatherapist (ARC) and firmly believes that God created every plant and animal on our planet for our benefit.

She is an Air Force Security Forces Veteran, has been married to Eric, a decorated combat veteran, since 1991, and currently lives in San Antonio, Texas.  She was a stay-at-home, home schooling mom for 19 years before becoming a Chiropractic Assistant in June 2010.  In May 2018 she earned her Aromatherapy Certificate from the American College of Healthcare Sciences.  She has 4 grown children and 5 grandchildren. 

She has served in many capacities in Scouting (Scoutmaster, Committee Member, Wood Badge and Powder Horn staff, and more) and home schooling (director of a Home School Co-op, youth bagpipe band director and teacher of many classes in and out of the home), she is a quilter, has been the bass drummer in two different bagpipe bands in South Texas- competing at the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, several times.  She was the Course Director for Wood Badge, an advanced leadership course, in spring 2012.

Her business, Aromatic Remedies, is a holistic therapeutic aromatherapy consulting company. She meets with clients to discuss their health concerns and, using a holistic approach, focuses on implementing lifestyle changes and choices and uses custom aromatherapeutic blends to help bring balance to their bodies so that their body can heal itself. She utilizes web-based and in-person counseling sessions to determine the best approach for the target issue.

 

Beth Hornak
New York

 

 

Laura Jaime
Arizona

Dr. Laura Jaime is the owner of Lifelong Aromatherapy. In this role, she is responsible for the development and implementation of quality aromatherapy education, where she holds classes as well as has a monthly membership business with a class and blend of the month. She currently serves as the Co-Representative for AIA in Arizona.

Dr. Jaime brings a clear perspective to address the need for bridging the gap between aromatherapy, education, and the workplace. She not only has worked in education for the past decade but has also been a community business owner for over the past 25 years with her husband.

Dr. Laura Jaime is a Clinical Aromatherapist and completed all of her training with Aromahead. She also has a Doctoral Degree from Grand Canyon University in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on K-12 Leadership. She earned her Master’s from the University of Phoenix in Education Leadership along with her Principals Certification and a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University in Biology with an emphasis on secondary education. 

Dr. Jaime knows that education provides individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to be economically independent and be contributors to the communities in which they reside.

 

Denise Joswiak BSN, RN, HNB-BC, CIMI, Clinical Aromatherapist
Co-North America
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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.
 

Midori Kameoka
 Hawaii, Japan  -  Email Midori

Midori Burke, nee Kameoka, was born in Japan and has lived her whole life in Tokyo, though now based in Kaohao (Lanikai), Hawaii. In 1987, Midori graduated from Malaspina College (now university) in British Columbia with a degree in business and financing. After graduation she worked for an American multinational corporation in Tokyo for 15 years. While enjoying the challenges of a business life, her heart often thought of the natural beauty she experienced in Canada and the healing properties of plants. She followed her heart and discovered healing through aromatic plants.  Midori attended an intensive course in Aromatherapy taught by Michael Scholes in Hong Kong in 1997, and Michael’s Aromatherapy (300 hour) diploma course in 1997 in New York City. Midori successfully graduated and enrolled in additional aromatherapy specialty courses on Subtle Aromatherapy, Five Elements, Chakra Healing and Effective Blending Methods for Personal Blending. She has studied aromatherapy world-wide with internationally recognized teachers including Debbie Freund, R.N., Dr. Jane Buckle, Suzanne Catty, Rhiannon Lewis, R.N., Mark Webb, Robert Tisserand, Gabriel Mojay, Dr. Tim Miller, and Peter Holmes.  Midori has also studied clinical Aromatherapy (internal blends) with leading French aromatherapy doctor Dr. Daniel Penoel.  Midori has continued in her commitment to further her knowledge by attending aromatherapy conferences in the US, UK and Mexico. In addition to her expertise in aromatherapy, Midori is a Reiki Master, massage therapist, and a yoga teacher who has practiced Ashtanga Yoga since 2002.  Midori has visited Mysore in India for extensive practice of Yoga, and professional training in New Zealand from John Scott in 2008/2009 (TTL1 & 2).  Midori practiced massage therapy as an integral part of her healing practices, and studied lomilomi (Hawaiian) massage in Hawaii in 2014, qualifying for a Hawaii license.

Midori integrates aromatherapy, yoga and vegetarian cooking with essential oils into her daily life, and for the past fifteen years she has been teaching, practicing and healing with aromatherapy with all her clients in Tokyo, Japan.  Initially operating from a small shop, school, cafe and salon in Nihonbashi, in July 2010, Midori relocated to Minami Aoyama in an authentic 4th floor house that included a Yoga Studio, Aromatherapy Salon & School, Vegetarian and Natural Cafe & Lounge Bar and Shop.  In 2018, Midori relocated to Kaohao (Lanikai), Hawaii, but she remains committed to a life filled with non-violence and has dedicated her life to healing the suffering of others through a combination of plant medicine, yoga practice, nutrition and therapeutic application of essential oils in a healing community environment.

 

Lola King
Arizona

Lola King is the owner of Be Kind Botanicals, Inc. and a Registered Aromatherapist (RA) from the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC). She has over 500 hours of essential oil/aromatherapy training. Her training includes basic and advanced programs from Aromahead School of Essential Oils, Robert Tisserand's Advanced Certification program for Essential Oil Chemistry and Pharmacology, Cathy Skipper's Hydrosol Certification course, Ann Harman’s Distillation Workshop and currently is enrolled in the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy's Essential Oil Correspondence program. She is also an active business member and advocate for the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA).

She started her first essential oil business in the Fall of 2013 and has continued to slowly grow it using an ethical, honest, and kind approach. In 2017, she rebranded her essential oil company to Be Kind Botanicals, Inc. With a vision to offer the best products on the market doing things “the right way,” she sources some of the best essential oils and hydrosols directly from artisan distillers all over the world. She does this by scrutinizing the organoleptics and chemistry, while considering the sustainability of the essential oils she sources. She also tests every single batch to verify purity before releasing them to the public, which is no small feat for any business.

Her vision or mission for Be Kind Botanicals is simple. She wants to spread kindness to everyone so that Be Kind Botanicals is seen as a beacon of truth, integrity and kindness toward every living thing, human and plant alike. 

 

Leiann King
Utah

 

Jennifer Langsdale
Ohio

Jennifer Langsdale lives near Cleveland, Oh and is the owner of Awaken Yoga, which is known for its Hatha based yoga practices, yoga education, meditation, and healing arts.  Jennifer has been a yoga teacher for 15 years and focuses on a holistic approach to every facet of her life. She studies at ACHS currently in their Master’s of Aromatherapy Sciences program, and will be seeking the RA mark upon completion of her degree in spring of 2021. She utilizes her aromatherapy education in a professional setting incorporating it into her trademarked yoga therapy practice, Inner Wisdom®, and giving lectures locally and offsite to educate the public on the safe use and therapeutic approach of essential oils, while still incorporating the spiritual aspect of aromatherapy. She is very passionate about aromatherapy research, and helping others heal from trauma, illness, “dis”ease of all kinds with the use of her education and yoga professional background.  

 

Amy Lechner
Pennsylvania
 
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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.

Chris Mack
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.

 

Chelsea Major
Oklahoma

Chelsea obtained her Aromatherapy Certification from Aromahead Institute in 2018.  She is the representative for the state of Oklahoma and a professional member the Alliance of International Aromatherapists.  Chelsea graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2010 with a degree in Business. She has many years of experience in the spa industry and was Co-Owner of an elite spa and wellness facility in Northeastern Oklahoma. Essential oils have been a part of Chelsea's life since she was a child, when her mom applied an all-natural homemade bug spray to her and her siblings.  Teaching the art of Aromatherapy to her students is Chelsea's passion. She is the Founder of Major Aromatics.

 

Amanda May-Fitzgerald
California

Amanda  May Fitzgerald, RA began her Holistic Health education with American College of Healthcare  Sciences (ACHS) in 2012.  While working towards her AAS in CAM with an Aromatherapy specialty, she  became very ill in the fall of 2014.

Fibromyalgia  was  given  to  her  as  a  diagnosis.  However,  it  didn’t  sit  right  with  her  not  knowing  how  or  why  she  was  in so  much  pain  and  not  able  to  do  anything  about  it.  Determined  to  get  to  the  bottom  of  it,  for  the  next  five  years  she worked  tirelessly  to  do  just  that.

She  became  a  Registered  Aromatherapist  with  the  Aromatherapy  Registration  Council  in  2017  in  the  midst  of  her journey  with  Fibromyalgia.  After  trying  Lyrica  for  a  year  without  a  desired  result  she  decided  to  stick  with  what worked  best  for  her.  Wild  At  Heart  Botanicals  was  established  that  same  year  and  she  began  sharing  the  blends  she developed  to  help  calm  her  overactive  nerves  and  ease  her  chronic  pain,  and  consulting  with  those  interested  in custom  blends.  In  2018,  through  work  in  therapy  both  physical  and  psychological,  she  discovered  she  had  also  been suffering  from  PTSD  from  a  trauma  she  had  not  yet  dealt  with.  Surprisingly  this  discovery  has  also  resulted  in  a significant  decrease  in  her  Fibromyalgia  pain.

She  is  a  true  believer  and  advocate  for  Holistic  Health.  The  safe  use  and  practice  of  Aromatherapy  has  been  her focus. Through  her  personal  experience  she  has  come  to  appreciate  many  modalities  of  holistic  health:  acupuncture physical  therapy,  psychotherapy,  nutrition,  and  herbs.  She  enjoys  teaching  how  to  incorporate  the  use  of  essential oils  safely  alongside  these  modalities  as  well  as  how  to  manage  their  use  when  taking  prescription  medications. She  continues  to  further  her  education  at  ACHS  currently  working  towards  a  Bachelor  of  Science  in  Integrative Health  Sciences.

 

Michele Mazur
Vermont

 

Pen McKinley-Rodgers
Australia

 

Laraine Pounds
Mountain Region
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Laraine Pounds, RN, BSN, MSN, CMT, ATCert, a Clinical Nurse Specialist, is internationally credentialed in Holistic Aromatherapy, and a Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Esthetician, and experienced nurse-educator and speaker in the field of clinical aromatherapy.  She is the co-founder of the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy which offers a nationally endorsed  Integrative Aromatherapy® Certificate Program. She is a co-founder of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (1990) and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (2006), formerly sitting on Education Committees of both organizations, and the author of the Standards of Practice, which was adopted by the AIA in 2008. Ms. Pounds has published articles on aromatherapy care for the elderly, hospice and palliative care, care givers for those caring with Alzheimer’s disease, and pioneered uses of essential oils in the psychiatric setting. She has presented aromatherapy workshops on cutting-edge aspects of aromatherapy at nursing and aromatherapy conferences in the United States and internationally. Her long term commitment to integrated body-mind-spirit healing has inspired her to develop skillful ways aromatherapy contributes to the bio-psycho-social and spiritual dimensions of health and well-being.  She participates on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy and the International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy reviewing article submissions for publication. 

 

Jerelyn Resnick
Washington

I have been studying aromatherapy for the last five or six years, with classes at Bastyr University and from ACHS.  This fall I will be taking an online class on phytochemistry.  I have recently retired as a nursing instructor from a school that has BSN and MN majors.  Ok, I say retired, but I still do some teaching.  I am very interested in exploring how nursing and aromatherapy can be combined.  Some nurses in my MN classes use lavender to help patients sleep and use peppermint for nausea, but there is so much more they could be doing. I am also interested in how nurses can use aromatherapy for self-care.  This summer I am teaching a class that has BSN students learning about skin and how to protect it with essential oil products.  Nurses have to use alcohol- based cleanser many times a day so their hands get very dry.  The products they are making are helping them.  I would love to see classes like this be a regular part of nursing education.

 

Marni Reven
West Virginia - Email Marni

Marni is a Master’s prepared Registered Nurse with over 28 years of experience. She is a Registered Aromatherapist and owner of MoMa Aroma LLC, specializing in Consultation and Education in Aromatherapy.

Marni is an active member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists where she is part of the Research and Media Committees and serves as the State Representative for West Virginia. She is passionate about health and wellness and serves as a founding board member for WV Wellness Inc.. Finally, Marni is a board certified Nursing Staff Development Specialist and is a seasoned educator in both clinical and academic settings. 

 

Kathy Sadowski
Texas

After graduating from college and putting 10 long years into working for corporate America, I needed a change.  I realized that money doesn't feed the soul, and I wanted a job that really helped people.  So, in 2005 I began a new career as a Licensed Massage Therapist.  This is when I first discovered the amazing aromas of essential oils, capturing the quintessence of glorious botanicals from all around the world.   I utilized these little bottles of wonder enthusiastically in my practice.  In researching the internet, I discovered that I might not be using essential oils in the safest ways.  I needed to learn more.

In 2017, I graduated with a Master of Science degree in Aromatherapy from the American College of Healthcare Sciences.  With a passion for reading scientific studies on herbs and essential oils, I developed the website www.EarthtoKathy.com, which categorizes 4,000 plus scientific research articles (and growing) by plant species, therapeutic action, and constituent.  The goal is to demonstrate significant evidence for the healthful uses of herbs and essential oils.   

Besides that, I am often whipping up a variety of recipes with herbs and essential oils to share with my clients, friends, and family.  In addition, I write articles about botanicals for industry magazines, journals, and websites.  I like to share the word about the safe, effective, and ethical uses for essential oils and herbs, and living a nature-based lifestyle.

 

Enrique Sanz Bascunana
Spain

 

TracyAnn Schuur
Canada (Alberta)

TracyAnn has challenged popular medicine and built an amazing integrative personal health care plan that enabled her to get off of 10/11 prescriptions for multiple chronic illnesses and regain her quality of life!

Due to health struggles she felt she had no choice but to walk away from a successful career in Alberta’s gas and oil industry. Over a period of five years, TracyAnn redefined what wellness meant to her, returned to post secondary and absorbed all she could on aromatherapy, formulating and wellness coaching, and continues to build on her knowledge and skills. TracyAnn’s goal is to pass on the knowledge, compassion and healing that she would have liked to have received herself, when illness struck her down! Now she is a committed advocate for others seeking integrative health and wellness options to manage chronic illnesses, as well as women’s health issues and animal wellness concerns. She is passionate about the science of aromatherapy and empowers others to seek unique and integrative options for personal wellness. 

TracyAnn has had articles on clinical aromatherapy published by the likes of Inner Fokus Psychology and Healers Magazines and additionally contributes regularly to her own blog at www.hopegraceandhealing.com/blog.

As a practitioner TracyAnn specializes in professional wellness coaching, aromatherapy and custom natural health product formulations. She works with clients in the development of personal wellness goals and empowers them with the knowledge and tools to achieve them. She focuses much of her time working with clients to improve their quality of life in the face of chronic and lifelong illness, as well as working with women’s health issues and animal health issues. She is a well known advocate for aromatherapy. She is excited to become Alberta’s Alliance of International Aromatherapists representative to help teach and guide others with an avid interest in the aromatic wellness field.

For a complete listing of applicable post secondary educational achievements and current volunteer programs she runs through her company Hope, Grace and Healing, visit her website at www.hopegraceandhealing.com or contact TracyAnn. 

 

Erica Schveighoffer
Massachusetts

Erica is the Massachusetts state representative for the Alliance of International Aromatherapists.  She is a certified aromatherapist and owner of Hummingbird Aromatics where she focuses on education and personal consultations. She has helped local companies design their own signature essential oil blends and put together safety information for their clients. She received her certification in 2014 from Aromahead Institute and has studied under a variety of other educators in the field of aromatherapy..  Erica is a budding herbalist and is currently enrolled in Rosemary Gladstar’s Science and Art of Herbalism course.  

In addition to her work as an aromatherapist, Erica is the Director of Charitable Mission and Chapter Ambassador for the non-profit Savvy Women’s Alliance which focuses on non-toxic living. She has also taken on many roles in her homeschooling community from teaching classes to helping with fundraising.  

Her passions include spending time with family & friends, participating in creative art projects, and spending time in nature.  

 

Darlene Shanks
Virginia

Darlene is a Certified Aromatherapist. She is the owner/operator of Natural Necessities, LLC, which offers aromatherapy personal care products, handcrafted by her. Some products are carried in various shops. She also provides aromatherapy consultations with clients and enjoys preparing custom blends for them. She conducts educational workshops on various aspects of aromatherapy. Emphasizing the importance of safety and proper use of essential oils is always at the center. She is passionate to share the message of the power of essential oils and how they can benefit one’s health and wellness. She has been featured several times in Aromaculture magazine. She is a professional member of AIA and the Virginia representative.

 

 Jacqueline Higgins

Minnesota

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.

 

Tiffany Smith
Nevada

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. 

 

Cynthia Tamlyn
Pacific Region

Cynthia is a clinical aromatherapist and certified mental health integrative medicine provider. She is the founder/owner of www.OilisticAromatherapy.com  She has worked with and within the holistic healthcare community for over 20 years. 

She provides aromatherapy consultations specializing in improving the lives of children and adults with PTSD. Cynthia is passionate about supporting survivors of pediatric trauma to take back their power and achieve long term health and happiness. Her purpose is to empower her clients to better manage their emotional health allowing them to develop healthier interpersonal relationships.  

Cynthia also offers clinical consulting to licensed healthcare providers and public speaking on topics related to safely integrating aromatherapy into a personal lifestyle, clinical or professional setting. 

 

Pam Zinck
South Carolina

 

Zita Hans
South Dakota

I am a Registered Nurse of over 30 years and am currently moving to Sioux Falls, SD to be close to my work. Having graduated from Mount Marty College with my BS and then South Dakota State University with my MS,I worked on the surgical floor, pre op surgery,  taught nursing, worked in an orthopedic clinic and in the long term care setting.  I currently work full time as a telemedicine nurse with Avera eCare - Long Term Care which is one of the top leaders in the telemedicine industry. 

Recently I completed my certification in gerontology. Growing up my Mother fought for organic gardening, and loved flowers and herbs.  She worked in the Extension Office and was one of the few who read Silent Spring by Rachel Carsen. She warned farmers to be careful in applying pesticide and herbicides.  She loved to smell herbs & flowers and this grounded upbringing is what led me to aromatherapy. 

I struggled with health issues in my 30 & 40’s which led me back to organics, clean eating and cleaning up my environment.  This was somewhat of a challenge being in health care due to the toxins you are exposed to on a daily basis. My Father’s mother lived with Sioux Indians on the reservation and learned many of their herbal remedies.  Unfortunately, these were not handed down in the family but this history always sparked my curiosity.

6 years ago I began working in Long Term Care Nursing which is where I actively started using aromatherapy.  I studied on my own and realized the importance of organic essential oils and yes they really do smell better! Since I was a ‘night nurse’  I brought my own bottles of essential oils to work to help residents calm down and sleep well.  The nursing assistants often remarked how much better the residents slept and how much more cooperative they were when I worked. 

I knew I needed to know more so I enrolled in Denise Joswiak’s course Essential Health and completed my aromatherapy degree in March of 2019. I make products for friends and neighbors.  As my expertise grows I hope to teach classes to the lay public and eventually for those wishing to be certified aromatherapists.  As the Regional Rep for the Central Region I hope to bring camaraderie, idea sharing and zeal to the art & science of aromatherapy!