Faculty Bios

Paul Bergner, Founder

Paul BergnerPaul Bergner has studied and practiced natural medicine since 1973, with formal training in naturopathy, medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, flower essences, yoga therapy, and bodywork, including undergraduate studies in pre-medicine and psychology, and 50 semester hours of doctoral level medical studies at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He has published the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989, and has written seven books on medical herbalism, nutrition, Chinese medicine, ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine. He has also edited periodicals on clinical nutrition and naturopathic medicine.

Paul has taught clinical herbalism and clinical nutrition since 1989. He mentored more than 230 students through clinical residencies at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies and the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder between 1996 and 2012. He is currently on the clinical faculty of the School of Traditional Western Herbalism in Portland, OR and the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Boulder. He also has taught nutrition academically at both the undergraduate university and master’s level. He lectures on the topics of medical herbalism and clinical nutrition nationally and internationally.

Lisa Ganora, Director

Lisa began studying herbs in the Wise Woman Tradition back in 1986 and fell profoundly in love with medicinal plants and natural healing. While studying wildcrafting and medicine-making with traditional herbalists from New England to the Appalachian Mountains for ten years, she began creating herbal products and travelled the festival circuit with an herb booth and as a workshop presenter.

In 1997 Lisa decided to study botany, chemistry, and health sciences at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, and graduated with highest honors and several awards. Lisa combines a deep understanding of traditional, Vitalist herbalism with a scientifically-integrated and holistic approach to natural health.

In addition to directing CSCH, Lisa was an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacognosy at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, and has lectured and taught classes at numerous schools and conferences around the U.S. She is the author of Herbal Constituents, the standard textbook of phytochemistry for herbalists. For more information, see Lisa’s CV at HerbalConstituents.com.

Lyn Romero, Assistant Director

Lyn Romero is a Certified Herbalist who has been practicing and studying herbalism and nutrition for about 25 years. She came to herbalism almost by happenstance when she became a mother and had to figure out how to take care of something so precious! So began her journey with plants, in the early 90ʼs, in Ft. Collins, CO. Lyn continued her studies more formally in 2003 when she moved to Tempe, AZ and enrolled in the Western Herbalism Program at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA).

From 2007 through mid-2012, Lyn taught botanical medicine-making at SWIHA  and as a member of the Adjunct Faculty in the Botanical Medicine Department at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, AZ.  Lyn resigned both positions in June of 2012 to move to Boulder and become the Assistant Director, Apothecary Manager, and Medicine-making Instructor of the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism.

Sheila Luna, CCH, CN

After receiving a degree in Biology, Sheila was a biomedical researcher for more than 10 years, eventually landing at the ETH University in Zurich, Switzerland, where she managed a large lab. Her local Swiss pharmacy had a well-stocked herbal apothecary, which was very conducive to the self-study of herbal medicine. This passion led her back to the U.S., where she studied formally with Paul Bergner at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism.

Sheila currently serves as  Guest Faculty at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, in Boulder, Colorado. She is certified as a clinical herbalist and nutritionist through the NAIMH. In addition to her positions at the school, she also maintains her own clinical practice, Dopolincendio.

Kat Mackinnon, RH (AHG), CN, Clinic Program Director

Kat Mackinnon is the Clinic Program Director at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Lafayette, Colorado. She mentors students, is a principal reviewer of student intern cases, is a core faculty member for first year programs, including Rocky Mountain Field Botany, and offers workshops on botany and wild foods.

Kat is a certified clinical herbalist and nutritionist, as well as a certified Bach essences practitioner through the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. She is also a Registered Herbalist through the American Herbalists Guild. 

When Kat isn’t directing the clinic program, she has her own small clinical practice and runs a small endeavor, Meet the Green, through which she teaches classes on herbalism and primitive skills. She also has a blog, Discover the Green, on botany, herbal medicine, and any other information on plants she finds interesting.

Though a transplant from the East Coast, Kat has a passion for working with the herbs nearest to her. Having studied forestry at Northern Arizona University, the plants, animals, and incredible harsh beauty of the Southwest are one of the great loves of her life. Between teaching and working, she spends her time wild crafting and running in the mountains, gardening in the lowlands, and medicine making in between. Her other interests include art, primitive skills, gardening, and generally geeking out on the natural world.

Mary W. Barnes, RH (AHG), CN, Clinic Program Faculty

When she is not working in Lafayette for CSCH, Mary is at home in the small mountain town of Leadville, Colorado where she has a private practice serving a culturally diverse population. Mary studied under Feather Jones and Paul Bergner, graduating from the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in 2000, has completed two certificate programs in clinical nutrition and continues self-study of botanical medicine. She was a core faculty member at the North American Institute for Medical Herbalism as classroom and clinical faculty for eight years prior to transitioning to the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism.

Mary is a lifelong student of the human spirit and its relationship to the natural world. Her passion is plants, people and creative endeavors. She is an accomplished botanical illustrator and gardener, and an aspiring violinist. She is the owner of Alfen Swan LLC, a business supporting vitality and creativity.

Joshua Paquette, CH

Joshua holds certification in herbalism from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism, as well as from the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. He began his study of the natural world in 2005 at the University of Maine, Orono where he was inspired to the craft of environmental education. Since then he has had the opportunity to work with some outstanding herbalists and botanists in the field. His time with Howie Brounstein and Steven Yeager at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies has enlivened his passion for plant identification, ecology, and wildcrafting ethics. Joshua finds that immersion into the wild places of the world coupled with in-depth observation often brings a magic, inspiration, and empowerment to people’s lives. Joshua aspires to share that magic with others.

Sara Truitt, Flower Essence Program Director

Sara Truitt is the Flower Essence Program Director at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism.  She is a certified clinical herbalist, nutritionist and Bach flower essence practitioner.  After starting her private practice as a clinical herbalist she observed the profound shifts her clients were experiencing from individualized flower essence formulation.  This insight inspired Sara to expand her research by traveling to Flower Essence Society in California to continue her professional development.   She expanded her travels to sacred places with a keen eye to the flowers and the medicine makers of each area.  Recently she has been using her journey’s to create her own Flower Essence series, Wild Vitality.

Sara comes to us with a background in education, sociology, fine art, ceremony, permaculture and somatic studies.   As a teacher she weaves her passions together to create curriculum that addresses the complexities, depth, and beauty of the human relationship to self, to others, and to the natural world.

Tania Neubauer, N.D.

Tania Neubauer PhotoTania is a Clinical Herbalist and Naturopathic Physician who has studied and practiced herbalism since 1994. She began her healthcare career as an herbalist. Inspired by the green world, she completed programs of study with Michael Moore, Karyn Sanders, and the Pacific School of Herbal Medicine. Tania also worked at the Berkeley Free Clinic for four years as a community health worker, counselor and medical coordinator. She merged these interests to become a naturopathic doctor, completing her N.D. degree at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2006. After graduation, she practiced primary care medicine in a small rural Nicaraguan hospital through a collaboration with Natural Doctors International, a nonprofit that works to bring natural medicine to global health. Here conventional treatments were mixed with naturopathic treatments including Indigenous and North American herbs. Subsequently she has practiced primary care naturopathic medicine in a various community clinics for Spanish-speaking patients in Oregon, where she still resides. Tania has traveled and connected with natural medicine practitioners throughout Central America and Mexico.

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