Florian Birkmayer, B.A., MD is a Wounded Healer and the co-developer with Cathy Skipper of AromaGnosis, which synthesizes Jungian Depth Psychology and aromatherapy. A holistic psychiatrist, he has an extensive background in trauma and addiction as well as Equine Assisted Therapy. He views himself as a bridge-builder between different medical worlds and works closely and respectfully with a wide range of healers. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico. He has previously served as the director of the Dual Diagnosis Clinic at the University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center and as the director of the Substance Use Disorders program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM. For more info visit: aromagnosis.com
Mindy Green, RA has 40 years of experience in the herb and natural products industry. A nationally certified Registered Aromatherapist, she has served on the education committees of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists and the Aromatherapy Registration Council.
An active educator and writer, Mindy’s focus is on botanical therapies and essential oils; she has authored three books and over 60 published articles, and is a lecturer at Dr. Andrew Weil’s innovative Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She is also a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild, and is on the advisory board for the American Botanical Council and the American College of Health Care Sciences. Currently, Mindy runs her consulting company, GreenScentsations.com, and works for Pharmaca, an integrative pharmacy in Boulder, CO.
Richard Mandelbaum RH is a clinical herbalist with a private practice in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to seeing clients, he teaches clinical classes in herbal medicine and field botany. He is a founding partner at the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in NYC, and is on the faculty at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies in Washington, NJ, and the Tristate College of Acupuncture in New York.
Richard has been an avid student of native medicinal plants for over 25 years, and has been a practicing herbalist since 1997, blending Chinese and Western traditions. He has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild since 2003, and joined the AHG Council in October 2012. Currently he chairs the AHG Mentorship and Diversity committees. Richard is also active in issues related to fair trade, sustainability, and social justice. You can find him at www.richardmandelbaum.com.
Michael Scholes is an International Aromatic Consultant, therapeutic formulator and natural perfumer who is the president of the Virginia based Laboratory of Flowers, an Eco Essential Oil Supply Company that specializes in organic essential oils and supplies for the body, bath, skin, hair and environment as well as healing products for the practitioner and individual. Within the Lab is the “Library of Fragrance” containing 500 master formulations.
In 2000 Michael helped create an Aromatic fragrance “World Sensorium” that was released in over 200,000 scent strips over Times Square at midnight on December 31st, 1999. His Trinity 33 Blend is a blend of all the fragrances mentioned in the bible and is currently used in the healing ministry of Trinity Church in Upperville, VA.
Michael currently divides his time between formulating, writing, lecturing, consulting, product development, essential oil research and resourcing essential oils worldwide and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jade Shutes holds a Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy, Holistic Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, and Reflexology from the Raworth College of Natural Medicine in Dorking, UK, and a Diploma in Aromatherapy from the International Therapist Examining board (ITEC). Today she is the Director of Education for the East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies.
A practitioner and educator on natural healing for over two decades, Jade opened her first aromatherapy school, The Institute for Dynamic Aromatherapy (IDA), in New England in 1990. She has also taught at Bastyr University, Duke University, Ashmead College, San Diego Hospice, and throughout North America. Recognized as one of the vanguard of professionals who helped introduce aromatherapy to the US, she has since played an active role in the setting of standards for aromatherapy education in North America.
Cathy Skipper is English by birth and spent her adult life in rural France, where she farmed, trained and worked as a herbalist and aromatherapist and taught practical herbalism, botany and aromatherapy at the L’Ecole Lyonnaise de Plantes Medicinales’ in Lyon. She also participated for four years in an experimental approach to energetic healing called 'Life cell' under French Kinesiologist, Caroline Gupta. Her plant training in France included a two-year course with Claude Lefebvre on Plant Communication. She left France last year to live and work in New Mexico with her partner Florian Birkmayer.
Cathy’s own work involves building bridges between aromatic medicine and herbalism as well as recognizing the importance of healing the healer and reconnecting with nature. In her teachings, she marries theory, practical work and energetics with an underlying intention of helping students develop an intuitive relationship between themselves, the plant/essential oil and the patient as an impetus for healing.
Her work with Florian is centralized around the work of Carl Jung and the psyche, aromatic molecules and the mind.
Michal Spiegelman is a Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Professional Life-Coach, an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner and the founder of Balanced Moments. She is trained in color-healing, reflexology, aromatherapy, shiatsu, and meditation. Michal studied different healing modalities in Israel, Germany, England and the US. Michal has connected hundreds of people with Reiki throughout the years and is a certified Life-Coach through the Institute for professional excellence in Coaching (iPEC). As a Life- Coach, Michal empowers people to create profound change with ease and light so they can tap into their unlimited potential and live a balanced and fulfilled life. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Gay C. Timmons
Gay Timmons has participated in the organic industry in various business capacities including certification, as a lobbyist, and as a consumer/activist. Since 1991, she has worked as a producer and marketer of organic ingredients and an advocate for regulatory protection for organic producers and consumers. Her introduction to the field began as a ten-year job co-managing an organic farm and production facility. In 2000 she founded Oh, Oh Organic, Inc., a company committed to the development and delivery of sustainable agricultural ingredients for the cosmetic and personal care industries. She also supports ASCO, a USDA accredited certifier to oversee internal compliance and policy. She served as the Chair of the California Organic Products Advisory Committee, serving on that committee for eleven years and served as Secretary on the CCOF Board of Directors and Chair of the Processor Chapter for eleven years. Gay graduated from UC Davis and lives with her two daughters in Los Gatos, CA.
Daniel Krasofski, LMT, CAS has been captivated from an early age by holistic health, expanding his studies with the AVEDA Institute Minneapolis. He currently has 25 years of Ayurveda, natural perfumery, aromatherapy, yoga, product/treatment development and international teaching for some of the worlds top resorts: Four Seasons, Fairmont, Elizabeth Arden, Canyon Ranch and Ritz Carlton. His years of experience with Canyon Ranch allowed him the opportunity to learn from world authorities in holistic fields and methodologies. In 2001 he began his study with California College of Ayurveda, and the following decade, developed products/treatments as Creative Director of Ona Spa. He enjoys a bicoastal clientele for bodywork and scent creation.
In 2011 his passion for scent creation led to studying with many teachers including: the AVEDA perfumers, Natural Perfume Academy, Natural Perfume Institute, Ayala Moriel, Ashely Kessler and Perfumers World among many others. Professional Perfumer Certification in 2016 & working closely with the Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO) since its beginning as teacher, student, consultant and supporter; his expertise has also been utilized as a three time judge and presenter for the annual Art+Olfaction awards. As a Perfumer and Scent Artist he works with multidisciplinary artists to create scent as an emotional trigger on television, movies and stage- current work is focussed on translating literary classics such as Shakespeare into scent-scapes for actors & audiences.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOLISTIC AROMATHERAPY APPROVED SCHOOL AND BUSINESS MEMBER