All our teachers are experts in their field, the majority are practising medical herbalists but some guest teachers will be brought in to teach specific topics.

 

HELEN KEARNEY (FOUNDER, TEACHER & DIRECTOR)

Helen has a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine, a background in permaculture, first aid and teaching gardening and growing.

Helen trained for five years in Herbal Medicine in London gaining experience in the dermatology department of Whipps Cross Hospital, Middlesex University Archway Clinic, Westminster University Herbal Medicine Clinic and the University of East London Clinic. She continues to keep up to date with the latest findings on herbal medicine, attending seminars and lectures as well as keeping a connection with the plants she uses as medicine by making many of her own tinctures, creams and ointments, and offering herb walks and teaching workshops.

Helen has gained a lot of experience in acute medicine (both herbal and orthodox) through her work as a festival first aider and community first responder. Helen has also worked in the Calais ‘jungle’ as part of a team of medics.

Helen is an excellent teacher and will be introducing the world of growing and harvesting medicinal plants and trees, as well as telling a tale or two!

DAWN IRELAND, CPP URHP

Dawn Ireland is a practicing medical herbalist in Torbay, Devon, and a member of the URHP  and CPP. She has written articles for a number of magazines on herb related subjects.

Apart from running her practice in  Torquay, Devon, she teaches at the local adult education college and runs a business creating natural vegan and herbal skincare products established in 2003,  Green Wyse.

Dawn promotes herbalism by offering talks,  herb walks and workshops to various groups in the local area.

Dawn teachers the Practical Pharmacy sections of the course.

PAMELA SPENCE, MNIMH

Pamela is a medical herbalist, writer and educator based in Scotland. Following a successful career in film and television production, she took her BSc in Herbal Medicine at the prestigious Scottish School of Herbal Medicine and has run a busy practice ever since. She owns The Carrick Clinic, a multi-disciplinary health clinic, with her husband and together with a team of therapists they have built a reputation for supportive, empathic, integrated healthcare.

Pamela has been a regular contributor to LandLove Magazine and often appears in women’s and health magazines as a herbal expert – most recently in an extended interview in OK! Magazine. She has written and presented her own BBC online series on traditional herbal medicine and has made a documentary on life in rural Uganda. She has run workshops in her native Scotland, Italy, Russia, Germany and East Africa on topics ranging from local herbs to women’s health. She has also facilitated Seventh Moon ceremonies for expectant mothers, celebrations for girls reaching menarche and Moon Lodges for women of all ages. In formal education she taught materia medica as a guest lecturer at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine and is an Associate Academy Educator for the Herbal Academy (New England USA) where she wrote and filmed core material for their professional herbalist training course.

Pamela’s knowledge and insight has been used by Napier’s, Heath & Heather and Potter’s – three of the most respected traditional medicine manufacturers in the UK – to promote their products and ensure compliance with advertising standards. She was recently been invited to join the Henry Potter Advisory Board.

Pamela teaches the Materia Medica and Energetics sections of the programme.

Dr GEMMA WILD, MNIMH

Gemma Wild is qualified as a medical herbalist and doctor, graduating from Middlesex University with a BSc Hons in Herbal medicine in 2002 and from Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry with an MBBS in 2008.

She has worked in London and Bristol as a herbalist and in London and Essex as a doctor.

Currently, she co-runs a busy chiropractic clinic in Romsey Hampshire where she practises as a herbalist. She has been an external examiner for the final clinical skills examinations at Westminster and Middlesex universities for their BSc and MSc courses for nearly ten years.

Gemma is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and her role with Betonica is focussed on teaching Clinical Skills.

NADIA CORP PhD, MNIMH

Nadia is a practicing medical herbalist and a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. After qualifying from the University of East London in 2012, she set up a small practice in Staffordshire Moorlands on the edge of the Peak District and enjoys making her own herbal medicines from home grown organic and wildcrafted plants to contribute to her dispensary.

She has been involved in research for 25 years. Originally qualifying as a zoologist and conducting field-based research, it was during her time working in Africa, where she was shown Traditional African Medicine and the use of forest-based medicinal plants, that her interest in health grew and culminated in her training to become a medical herbalist. Alongside this, for the past decade Nadia has continued to work as a university based research associate, although swapping to the field of primary health care, mainly focussed on mental health and musculoskeletal conditions. She has previously run a pragmatic GP practice-based trial, but now works as an information specialist within a systematic review team. She is also a member of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group. Nadia has presented at national and international conferences and published 34 papers in scientific journals including a paper based on her BSc Herbal Medicine dissertation on gout:

Corp N and Pendry B. 2013. The role of Western herbal Medicine in the treatment of gout. Journal of Herbal Medicine.

Nadia teaches the Research Skills sections of the programme.

ANGELA SEAL, MNIMH

Angela graduated from the University of London with a joint honours degree in Botany and Zoology.  She taught Biology to A-Level for 9 years during which time she developed an interest in health and the healing capacity of the body. Discovering herbal medicine as a profession in the late eighties was immensely exciting, combining as it does, all the most fascinating aspects of her subjects. She went on to train with the School of Phytotherapy, winning prizes in both Part 1 and Part 2 exams and then to set up in practice as a member of the NIMH in 1991. Since then she has continued to practice and to play a part in education, both in schools and colleges and by running herbal workshops and adult education classes.

Angela teaches the Botany sections of the programme.

LUCY BLUNDEN

Lucy graduated from Middlesex University in 2008. She worked as a dispensing herbalist in a shop in North London, giving acute drop-in health advice and dispensing medicines.
 
Since 2013, she has been working at the training clinic for Middlesex University’s Integrative Medicine students. Her role is as dispenser and involves the teaching of dispensing to students in Ayurveda, TCM and WHM. Since 2015, Lucy has also been lecturing on the MSc course at Middlesex teaching Materia Medica, Functional Medicine, herbal history and regulation.
 
Lucy has been discovering more about local herbs and their medicinal uses and how to create a useful and attractive garden. Lucy loves the experimental side of making medicines and products.

Lucy moved to a small town in Hertfordshire in 2013 and has been enjoying the less hectic pace away from London.

Lucy teaches the Business Skills sections of the programme. 

REBECCA LAZAROU

I was lucky to find my life’s pursuit from the age of 17, when my interest for medicinal plants was seriously sparked. Natural health and wellbeing is my passion with a particular focus on the science behind how medicinal plants work. For this reason I studied a degree in Human Biology to understand how plants can heal the body more deeply, and have recently completed a Master’s in Medicinal Natural Products and Phytochemistry to bridge the gap between science and plant medicines further. I currently work on the Medicinal Plant Naming System at Kew Gardens, and am also the research and design scientist for Three Spirit. I also love formulating my own plant medicines and write about wellbeing, and pharmacognosy. My research includes a project with Pukka Herbs and the Eden Project entitled Herbal Medicine: Who cares? An Ethnopharmacological Survey Of Britain that investigated peoples attitudes and relationships with herbal medicine in Britain. Other interests include cognitive neuroscience and the mind as I have a diploma in hypnotherapy, as well as other healing techniques. Recently I have also created a social media platform to share knowledge about medicinal plants, pharmacognosy and wellbeing.

Rebecca teaches the Pharmacology sections of the programme. 

LIZZIE FOULON, BSc MCPP 

Lizzie trained at the College of Phytotherapy (Herbal Medicine) and graduated with a BSc (hons) degree in Phytotherapy through the University of Wales in 2005. She studied herbal medicine in the United States too where she was awarded a year-long scholarship by well-known herbalist, botanist and author Christopher Hobbs. During her time in Oregon she was fortunate to spend a day each week as a student with Chanchal Cabrera in the Ashland Clinic learning about the support of cancer patients with herbal and nutritional medicine. She also spent several days each month shadowing a Family Doctor, Howard Morningstar in the same town and spent several weeks studying in the practice of Medical Herbalist and author Amanda McQuade-Crawford in California. On leaving the USA she went to France to study Aromatic Medicine. Lizzie has been periodically studying the Endobiogenic system of medicine created by Dr Jean-Claude Lapraz and his colleagues since 2003. She is Medical Herbalist for the charity Breast Cancer Haven at their Midlands centre in Solihull. Her particular interests are the gut and cancer support.

Lizzie is a clinical tutor, personal tutor and teaches the Study Skills sections of the programme. 

CARL STANLEY, B.Sc (Hons) Ost.,  B.Sc (Hons) Agric., AFHEA

Initially trained as an agronomist at Seale-Hayne Agricultural College in Newton Abbot, S. Devon and worked for 5 years in Northamptonshire.

Significant career change number one led me into mobile phones and a position as a Global Account Director for Ericsson in Malmo, Sweden.

Then, ultimately, retrained as an Osteopath at Oxford Brookes University with a practice at home near Banbury and also within an NHS setting near Stratford-Upon-Avon.

I have taught anatomy, physiology, embryology, pathophysiology and osteopathic technique as well as acting as a clinic tutor at Oxford Brookes, and also taught physiology, embryology, pathophysiology and business management at the University College of Osteopathy in Borough, S. London.

I have three adult children, a love of the outdoors and a continually hungry black Labrador to enjoy it with.

Carl teaches the Anatomy and Physiology and Pathology sections of the programme. 

RUTH BELL 

Ruth trained in Therapeutic Massage at the Sheffield Centre for Massage Training in 2006.

Ruth is continually deepening her understanding of anatomy and massage techniques through courses, supervision and massage practice days. Allowing her to extend her massage training with, deep tissue techniques, active stretches, myo-fascia release, joint mobilisation.

Over the years. Ruth has worked with a range of conditions, including: shoulder & neck pain, sport injuries, sciatic pain, multiple sclerosis, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid & osteo arthritis, fibromyalgia, stress & tension headaches.

Ruth has extended her passion for her work into teaching and running workshops. She is Anatomy and Physiology teacher at the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork, and teaches various courses and modules at the Exeter School of Bodywork. Ruth also runs her own specialised workshops and events.

Ruth teaches the Anatomy and Physiology sections of the programme.

HANNAH NEVILLE GREEN 

I trained as a nutritional therapist because I’m passionate about helping people manage their health challenges and feel great. I am a firm believer that when given all of the nutrients it needs, the human body has an amazing capacity to heal and rebalance.

Whilst studying nutrition, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition and managing this through diet and lifestyle was incredibly empowering, I feel strongly about sharing my knowledge to help others do the same with their own health concerns.
 
I studied with the world-renowned College of Naturopathic Medicine in Bristol for 4 years, am a member of the  British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutrition Therapy (BANT) and I am registered with the Complementary Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the only register for Nutritional Therapy recognised by the Department of Health, and abide by their strict codes of ethics and practice.

Hannah teaches the Nutrition sections of the programme.

Dr ANNE STOBART 

Anne Stobart is a clinical herbal practitioner based in South West England. She is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter. Until 2010, she was Director of Programmes for Complementary Health Sciences at Middlesex University, London. Her research interests range from sustainable herbal medicine to the history and historiography of domestic medicine. Anne helps to co-ordinate the Herbal History Research Network. Her publications include Critical Approaches to the History of Western Herbal Medicine (2014) and Household Medicine in Seventeenth-Century England (2016). Currently, Anne is developing a sustainable medicinal tree project at Holt Wood in Devon, UK.

Her latest book is Household Medicine in Seventeenth-Century England published in 2016.

Anne teaches the Dissertation sections of the programme.

SONYA ELNASCHIE

Sonya graduated from the University of Westminster with a first class honours degree in Herbal Medicine.  She has 10 years experience working within the NHS and private health care, both in the UK and abroad as a Physiotherapist. 

Sonya has always enjoyed working with people to improve their health and wellbeing but felt that she wanted to provide more support than Physiotherapy alone allowed her.  After working and traveling abroad, Sonya found herbal medicine through her own personal journey of health discovery. 

Combining her experiences of working within mainstream and complementary health care ensures the provision of a high standard of care.  She firmly believes in providing not just the physical support herbal medicine offers but giving her clients the tools to create and maintain positive changes in their lives. 

Sonya is a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and the Health and Care Professions Council.  

‘Sonya has a special interest in women’s health, paediatrics and autoimmune condition.

Sonya teaches the Clinical Skills Practice Days of the programme.

JO FARREN

I qualified as a Medical Herbalist in 2005 and have since been working in busy clinics in North London and Hertfordshire.

Over the past decade, I’ve developed a specialism working with women and children; with a particular interest in fertility, pregnancy, birth and the post-partum period with a new babe.

I’m dedicated to helping improve health and wellbeing, inspire confidence and foster empowerment. In my practise I use western herbal medicine, nutrition, supplements, diet and lifestyle coaching to achieve our end result.

I’m a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, the oldest professional body for herbalists in the UK and as such, I undertake Continuing Professional Development. I’m also always on the lookout for courses and can often be found researching to offer the best service to my patients.

Being passionate about health and wellbeing means that I put my all into my relationships with my patients; knowing that you’re doing better is such a massive buzz for me and so when I devise a treatment strategy it’s done with care, love and attention to detail, bespoke entirely for your needs as I want you to be feeling better and achieving wellbeing as much as you do!

Jo teaches the Pregnancy, Breast Feeding and Childbirth sections of the programme.

DEDJ LEIBBRANDT

Dedj trained in nursing on leaving school and after a break for having children she trained for four years in Western Herbal medicine, qualifying in 1992. Having variable success with dermatology she then trained in Chinese Herbal Medicine, (which has an excellent reputation in this field) qualifying in 1997. This 2 year post graduate course concluded with 6 weeks full time clinical practice under supervision in China.

In 2006 Dedj undertook a further 4 year BSc (Hons) degree in acupuncture at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. Dedj is part of the Conventional Medical Science teaching team at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. She is a past Director of Education for the National Institute of Herbal Medicine and a clinical examiner at Middlesex University.  In 2013 Dedj was awarded a Fellowship of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists; “in acknowledgment of her professional attainments and the great services which she has contributed to the science and practice of Medical Herbalism”.

Dedj is a qualified Emergency Medical Technician and First Aid trainer.  She founded the ‘Medical Herbalists’ which is a changing group of qualified and undergraduate herbalists who provide Herbal First Aid and Acute Medical Services at festivals.

Dedj’s approach to treatment is to integrate Western Herbal Medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture;  drawing on both Eastern and Western Medical traditions for a treatment strategy.   She also offers dietary and lifestyle advice if appropriate. Her special interests are Acute Medicine, Dermatology and Gynaecology.

Dedj regularly teaches and is committed to her own professional development. She has an extensive dispensary of both Chinese and Western Herbs.

Dedj teaches the Clinical Skills sections of the programme.

KATH ANTONIS

Kath qualified from The College of Phytotherapy in 2000 & has worked as Medical Herbalist since then, initially in Nottingham, moving to Yorkshire in 2004.

She was a Clinic Supervisor at Preston Clinic of Herbal Medicine from 2004 – early 2009, the training Clinic for the degree in Herbal Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire & also managed this Clinic from 2005 – early 2009.  Other teaching includes time as a Clinic Supervisor at Leeds Wellness Centre, the training Clinic for the then degree in Herbal Medicine at Leeds University.

Kath has worked as Medical Herbalist at Breast cancer Haven in Leeds since it opened in 2008, and also sees private patients there.  Over the years she has worked with many, many, people with, or having had, breast cancer – which she sees as an important distinction – and with people with, or having had, other cancers, all of whom also present with the more ordinary life challenges.  She pursues relevant CPD as an important facet of her Practice & is currently embarking on a piece of Research exploring the Practice & experience of Integrative Oncologists and Medical Herbalists using herbs for people with breast cancer.

Kath is passionate about empowering people towards wellness & sharing her knowledge and experience to this end.  Most recently this has mainly been with one to one consultations & some formal teaching.  In past years she has run popular Workshops and Courses, which are to resume this year.

She has nearly 20 years experience in Paediatric Nursing until around mid 2001, which has informed and enriched her Practice since then.

Kath teaches the Oncology sections of the programme.

HELEN MOORE

I am a science technician with a love of chemistry. I have a BSc Hons degree in chemistry from Nottingham University and worked in the detergents industry as a technical manager and formulator for 10 years. Since then I have trained and worked as a Medical Herbalist for 14 years.

After training at the College of Phytotherapy (Herbal Medicine) in East Sussex, I qualified with a Diploma in Phytotherapy in 2001. I then had a part time practice in Salisbury, at Neal’s Yard Remedies, which continued till 2013. After that I practiced part time from home in Andover.

I practiced European herbal medicine using the native plants to treat a wide variety of medical conditions. During my career I treated over 600 patients, worked at festivals on herbal first aid, did herb walks, talks to many groups such as teachers and WI, taught phytochemistry to some herbal students and offered workshops in home medicine.

My aim is to make chemistry as accessible as possible and to build students confidence in their knowledge of the subject.

Helen teaches the Phytochemistry sections of the programme.

 

ANNE CHESIRE, BA(Hons), BSc(Hons), SEP, MNIMH

Anne Cheshire is a consulting medical herbalist in Edinburgh, specialising in chronic conditions such as IBS, chronic fatigue, anxiety, fibromyalgia, and menopausal symptoms, and also treating acute conditions such as coughs and colds, cystitis, chest infections, varicose veins, chilblains and more.
She came to herbal medicine relatively late in her career, having spent many years as a trauma therapist working one-to-one with individuals in private practice.  She holds a first class degree in Herbal Medicine from Lincoln University and is a member of, amongst other professional associations, the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), on whose council she serves.
Anne is also director of the Trauma Recovery Clinic, specialising in the treatment of trauma, post traumatic stress syndrome and complex PTSD, developmental and attachment trauma, and other complex stress-related syndromes and immune system dysfunctions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome; her rigorous training in herbal medicine complements her approach to treating mind-body responses to emotional stress and physical trauma.

Anne teaches the Counselling Skills sections of the programme.