Representatives

Lisa M. Browder RA, CR
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Lisa Browder is one of only two Registered Aromatherapists in the State of Nevada and is an herbalist through mentor Rosemary Gladstar. She is the owner of Scentsibility (www.scentsibility.net) and works at a local hospice, managing the complementary therapies program and creating therapeutic essential oil blends for symptom management. Lisa has spoken at national hospice conferences on the use of essential oils, has taught DIY classes at the College of Southern Nevada and has been published in several aromatherapy magazines and one nursing journal.

 

 

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.

 

Mary Ellen Dorey
Texas
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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 

 

Denise Joswiak BSN, RN, HNB-BC, CIMI, Clinical Aromatherapist
Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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Denise is on the Alliance of International Aromatherapists board of directors and liaison to the AIA State and Regional Representatives.  Denise Joswiak is a certified holistic nurse.  She created the aromatherapy program for the Allina Health system and co-authored two research articles and three poster presentations regarding implementation and effectiveness of aromatherapy in the hospital setting. At Allina Health, Denise is the United Hospital Integrative Health Clinical Site Lead, teaches classes involving holistic self-care, and sits on the Allina Health/Penny George Institute for Health and Healing nursing council. Denise is an international speaker and offers healthcare consultation, classes, and an aromatherapy certification program through her company, Essential Health. Her passions include spending time with family & friends, and learning and teaching about aromatherapy.

 

Midori Kameoka
 KaoHao, HI
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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.

 

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
Plant City, Florida
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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.

 

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. 

 

Marni Reven
Bethany, West Virginia
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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. 

 

Jen Shepherd, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Aromatherapist
Minnesota
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Jen is a clinical aromatherapist and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a mission to empower behavioral and mental health professionals to integrate aromatherapy into their practice, safely and effectively. She is also a wellness clinician, providing individual aromatherapy and wellness coaching, along with short term counseling through her business Shepherd Wellness, LLC. Jen is also an educator and works as an adjunct faculty member at two local community colleges. 

In addition to her work as an aromatherapist and wellness clinician, Jen is the Community Relations Director, co-owner, and publisher of The Phoenix Spirit: a newspaper focused on recovery, renewal, and growth. 

Over the past seven years, Jen has continued to serve as the Communications Committee chair for the Minnesota Association of Home Care Social Workers. She holds a specialty certification in Wellness Coaching, and American Sign Language is her second language. Jen is an active member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), and currently serves as the State Co-Representative for Minnesota.