Paul 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, Oregon, 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 | CSCH 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 traveled 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 the 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 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.
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 wildcrafting 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.
Meghan Pivarnik is the Academics Director as well as guest faculty at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. She is a mentor and support for students as they pursue their wellness path within the vitalist tradition.
Meghan is a Certified Clinical Herbalist and Certified Bach Flower Essence Practitioner. She studied at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism with Mary Barnes and Sheila Luna. Meghan has a deep passion and excitement for formulations, flower essences, clinical skills, as well as the nervous system (both human and animal alike). Meghan runs a small clinical practice under the name red fawkes apothecary.
She holds her MFA in writing and poetics from Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Image, language, and sensation fuel the lens in which Meghan understands the world. She remains connected to language professionally as a contributing writer for Herbal Academy.
Meghan has also studied the history and theory of yoga at Naropa University and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.
“Deep in their roots, all the flowers keep the light.” –Theodore Roethke
Anne is the Director of our Nutrition Program. She attended U.C. Davis and Yale in pursuit of registration as a dietitian prior to coming to Colorado to augment her nutritional skills by studying Clinical Herbalism at The Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies. Upon graduation, she became a member of the faculty there. She continued her teaching of nutrition at The North American Institute of Medical Herbalism with Paul Bergner, where she was the Director of the Nutrition program. Anne also taught at Healing Spirits Massage School, Seven Bowls School of Nourishment and Healing, and Naropa University, while maintaining a private practice in Boulder for 17 years.
In 2006, she moved to Hawaii and worked as a Clinical Nutritionist and Herbalist in the rural clinics of the Waianae Coast, Oahu, with the local Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, for 10 years. She also pursued her MS in Functional Nutrition during this time. She is now back in Boulder and excited to be teaching in both the Fundamentals and Advanced Programs as well as directing the Nutrition Program. Anne enjoys hiking, backpacking, and riding tandem bikes with her husband.
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 the 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 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 a curriculum that addresses the complexities, depth, and beauty of the human relationship to self, to others, and to the natural world.
Kathryn Delaney, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, CCH, CN
| Aromatherapy Course Director
Kat is the Director of the CSCH Aromatherapy course. Her interest in herbal therapeutics and healing modalities began in 1992 with a focus on Aromatherapy and later developed into a fascination with herbalism and nutrition. Over the years she has studied the art, science, and safety of essential oils, medicine-making, and herbalism with various teachers. In 2011, she became certified as a Clinical Aromatherapist through the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy (with Laraine Pounds, RN, MSN, CMT). In 2015, moved by the plethora of questionable information on the internet and the increasingly unsafe use of essential oils by the public, Kat developed Esenta, The Aromaticum App as a means to provide safe and reliable information on the therapeutic uses and dilutions of EO. Kat then continued her studies in the healing arts at CSCH, where she earned her certifications in Clinical Herbalism and Nutrition. She currently lectures on various topics in the CSCH Fundamentals and Advanced programs, writes articles on aromatherapy, and offers workshops to students and the public on topics including medicine-making, EO safety and toxicology, and comparing herbalism with aromatherapy. In addition to her focus on education, Kat offers all-natural body care products, custom natural perfumes, and holistic health support through her business, Roots of Alchemy / Esenta, LLC.er to create a curriculum that addresses the complexities, depth, and beauty of the human relationship to self, to others, and to the natural world.
Joshua Paquette, CH
| Field Botany Course Director
Joshua holds a 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 an in-depth observation often brings magic, inspiration, and empowerment to people’s lives. Joshua aspires to share that magic with others.
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 the 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.
Tania Neubauer, N.D. | Instructor
Tania 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 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.
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.