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Featured Programs and Courses

Experience education that fuels your passion and connects you with a global wellness community. From on-demand continuing education to professional certificates to master’s degrees in health and wellness, the latest research and trends are at your fingertips.

This course explores stress management and emotional health through the student’s personal journey. It leads students through an examination…

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This course reviews evidence-based information to support the clinical use of over 50 different natural herbs, supplements, and nutrients.…

Holistic nutrition is the foundation to any natural health lifestyle plan for optimal health. This course covers CAM topics in nutrition such…

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Faculty + Alumni Spotlight

Our featured faculty and alumni are passionate about health and helping others. Read more for their inspiring stories about bringing wellness to their students and communities.
Mollie Newman
Founder of Fitness Company Newman Coaching, LLC

Mollie graduated from ACHS in 2016 with a Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine.

Jodie Ritchel
Founder of Ry's N Shine Wellness Company

Jodie graduated ACHS with an Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine with an Aromatherapy Specialization. Jodie is also certified in reiki and Touch for Health. Jodie tells us that she started her own business to support overall wellbeing.

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Certificate in Aromatherapy

Shellie became a Licensed Massage Therapist in Maine in 2006 and, shortly thereafter decided to add aromatherapy to her massage therapy practice.

2015 Graduate of the Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting

Shelby graduated from the Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting program (with honors) in September 2015. She originally became interested in holistic nutrition after using its principles to battle polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). After seeing the indisputable benefits of a holistic diet, her passion became unstoppable.

Sarah Hurt
2013 Graduate of the Diploma in Herbal Studies

Sarah Hurt is a herbalist, artisan tea designer, and product formulator at Sage and Spice Botanicals, LLC. She graduated from ACHS with a Diploma in Herbal Studies (Master Herbalist) in 2013. 

Kristin Henriksen
Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine
Kristin Henriksen, AAS, HHP, MH 
2015 Graduate of the Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine with an Herbal Medicine Specialization, Diploma in Holistic Health Practice, and Diploma in Herbal Studies.
Tammi Hoerner, MH
2005 Graduate of the Diploma in Herbal Studies - Master Herbalist

Tammi Hoerner

Tammi graduated from ACHS in 2005 with a Diploma in Herbal Studies. She utilizes her education in her full-time position as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and operates her own business, MomPositive (

On using her education to help others, Hoerner says, "I use my herbalist skills to help my clients choose plant foods and herbs that promote health & well-being according to their unique needs and challenges. I am currently publishing a workbook that supports busy women in their journey toward living well."

Luis Sanchez, BA, MS
2014 Graduate of the Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine & 2015 DEAC Outstanding Graduate nominee

Luis Sanchez

Luis conferred his Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine following his retirement from the United States Air Force as an Information Manager. As part of his military career, he served in Iraq during the armed conflict. During that time, he saw the need for alternative means to address the physical and mental health issues of military personnel returning from combat zones.  

"I understood that I must look for alternative treatment options, and to prepare myself to learn what alternatives are available," says Sanchez. 

Michele Steinert, Cert.Aroma.(Honors)
2010 Graduate of the Certificate in Aromatherapy

Michele Steinert

Michele experienced a special connection to nature when she lived in Sebastopol, California in 2004. From that point on her love for natural products and formulating began. She became fascinated with aromatherapy and its benefits for the body and mind. Michele studied books, took classes, and obtained certifications as her interest in different plants, oils and herbs grew. She focused on health, nutrition, Ayurveda, herbalism, energy work, massage and bodywork. The desire to share her findings and knowledge with others is what started Michele´s Apothecary. Individual personal consultation and appointment focused on promoting health, wellness and healing are available.

Michael Dell'Orfano, Dip.Aroma.
2006 Graduate of the Diploma in Aromatherapy

Micheal Dell'Orfano

Michael graduated with honors from the Certificate in Aromatherapy program, continued on to confer his Diploma in Aromatherapy, and also received a Master of Science of Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR. Michael is now a Registered Aromatherapist through the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) and a Licensed Acupuncturist through the state of MA. 

Mikki Anderson, Cert.Aroma.
2014 Graduate of the Certificate in Aromatherapy

Mikki Anderson

Mikki's passion for holistic health and wellness and desire to help others has led to a rewarding career as a Licensed Massage Therapist, Clinical Aromatherapist, and a teacher at GoldenWest College. Her career provides her the unique ability to holistically improve her client's quality of life and educate the next generation of health and wellness leaders. 

"I completed my Certificate in Aromatherapy. That sounds so simplistic, doesn't it? But, the results of my learning in class are far reaching!! It has enabled me to serve more complex cases than with massage therapy alone and led me to Botanica 2014 (Clinical Aromatherapy Conference) in Dublin, Ireland and NAHA Aromatherapy Conference (with a scholarship) in Seattle, WA. Those led to me discover some Aryvedic Massage Tools that are coupled with my massage and aromatherapy knowledge to eliminate and reduce cancer neuropathy symptoms, smooth facial wrinkles, and eliminate or reduce the effects of many other ailments as well as lifting those without symptoms into a nirvana or meditative state. I can't say enough about ACHS and their teachers!"

Dusty Floyd, MS
2013 Graduate of the Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine

Dusty Floyd

"Receiving my master's degree in CAM from ACHS provided me with the unique education to make my dreams become a reality."

Dusty Floyd is an expert in the field of Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) specializing in health and wellness.  Inspired by a passion of her father’s, Dusty has been practicing CAM modalities for over 15 years.  Before receiving her Master’s degree in Complementary Alternative Medicine in 2013 from the American College of Healthcare Sciences in Portland, OR, Dusty was a star athlete.  Winning numerous softball awards and state championships in her teen years; she went on to earn a full academic-athletic scholarship to Monmouth University.  Playing division one softball was a full-time job in itself, but it is no surprise that because of her work ethic she graduated in just a little over three years with a major and two minors maintaining a 4.0 GPA.  She received awards from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and ESPN Magazine for scholastics and athletics, and she was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Northern Burlington Regional High School for her softball achievements.  Dusty also maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout graduate school.

Erika Urban, MH
2006 Graduate of the Diploma in Herbal Studies

Erika Urban

Erika's dream of a career in the healthcare industry began at ACHS. In 2004 she received her Certificate in Nutrition, Bodycare, and Herbalism and went on to become a Master Herbalist by graduating from the Diploma in Herbal Studies program in 2006.

"This was one of the first steps I took in my path to working in the healthcare field. I went on to become a doula and then a midwife. In 2014, I opened a freestanding birth center in South Central Minnesota. My training from ACHS has been extremely helpful as I regularly use herbal remedies during pregnancy and postpartum time."

Erika strongly believes that midwifery care focuses on holistic health and wellness. 

Learn more about Christine and Bella Luna Massage on her website at



Christine Uhl, AAS
2014 Graduate of the Associate of Applied Science in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Christine Uhl

Christine, an Air Force veteran, completed her Associate of Applied Science in Complementary and Alternative Medicine along with a diploma in Aromatherapy at ACHS in 2014. She currently teaches aromatherapy to massage therapists at Alexandar School of Natural Therapeutics in Tacoma, WA. She has also been a guest speaker to local Licensed Massage Practitioners in Washington state on the basics of aromatherapy. In addition, she also instructs individuals on creating body scrubs and food masks.

"My experience with ACHS was outstanding. The staff is very caring and compassionate. I went through some very difficult times during my degree program, [and] they were very supportive and willing to work with me. They ensured that I received the most out of my education and encouraged me to continue on even through my rough patches."

Learn more about Christine and Bella Luna Massage on her website at


Tinessa Winkler, BS, HHP, CHNC (Honors), CWC
2014 Graduate of the Diploma in Holistic Health Practice

Tinessa Winkler

Tinessa graduated with a Diploma in Holistic Health Practice (HHP) from the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) in 2014. She also obtained certificates in Holistic Nutrition (with honors) and Wellness Consulting from ACHS. In addition, Tinessa has over ten years of medical office experience with the Oregon Medical Group. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a diploma minor in Environmental Science from Oregon State University in 2002.

"Using my experience in the health industry and my education in business, environmental science, and now holistic nutrition, I will educate consumers and clients about the tools and modalities available for lifestyle modification, as well as lifelong wellness. I plan to further develop my own holistic nutrition consulting business (Traditional Wellness™) and collaborate with other holistic health practitioners to improve access to alternative and complementary medicine in my community."

Devra Waterman, AAS
2014 Graduate of the Associate of Applied Science in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Devra Waterman

Devra completed her Associate of Applied Science in Complementary and Alternative Medicine degree in the Spring 2014 after six years of study that encompassed 5 moves (one half-way across the country), the pregnancy and births of three more children and the loss of her husband's job.

"It began as an interest in finding help in a field other than modern medicine since that field had given up on my maladies and had nothing but prescriptions to offer my husband. The knowledge I have gained has served to save us significant amounts of money and resulted in the complete recovery of my husband's cholesterol levels back to normal among other successes."

"Our continued good health and vibrancy is a testimony to living the holistic lifestyle. I am nearly 40, a stay-at-home mom, entrepreneur, and an Air Force veteran, rated at 80% disability that includes mainly joint and bone issues but also some emotional trauma as a result of a bad birthing experience with my first child. Since then, I have had four more wonderful daughters at home with just my husband assisting with no plans on stopping there! As time goes on, we become more and more interested in "the way things were" and are trying to integrate the old-school ways into our urban life until we can blossom fully in a country setting."

Suzanne LeRoux, CHNC
2009 Graduate of the Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting program

Suzanne LeRouxSuzanne LeRoux created One Love Organics as a way to offer people a simpler approach to beauty. After the birth of her two sons, Suzanne "felt an overwhelming need to simplify everything," including her beauty routine. She wanted to get back to the essentials but they had to work, and they had to work overtime!

"For me, the essentials needed to be pure and safe, of the highest quality and serve multiple purposes to earn a spot on my bathroom counter," says Suzanne.  

One Love Organics offers a multitasking collection of supreme products that are highly effective, super-concentrated, and long lasting.

"I am passionate (some might say obsessed) about formulating and finding the highest-quality ingredients available," Suzanne says. "Having formally studied aromatherapy, integrative herbology, and holistic nutrition, I have been creating cosmetic formulas born from these studies for over 10 years. I use the research and analysis skills I gained during my early career as a lawyer to determine for myself what is actually beneficial to the skin and what is not. I am passionate about what I do and love to go to work everyday! I am very happy to have studied at American College of Healthcare Sciences."

Learn more about Suzanne and One Love Organics on her website at

Gigi Olsen, NAT DIP, MH, DIP. AROMA. 
2011 Graduate of the Diploma in Aromatherapy, Diploma in Holistic Health Practice, and Diploma in Herbal Studies programs

Gigi Olsen is the owner and chief formulator for Peppernilla. She is a trained and experienced Holistic Health Practitioner, formally educated in the chemistry and appropriate use of essential oils, herbs and holistic nutrition as means of supporting optimum mental and physical health. She enjoys creating customized wellness plans and products for her clients as well as sharing her knowledge about holistic health and wellness.

Check out Gigi's products coming soon to the Apothecary Shoppe online here and visit her online here.

Daniela Musio, CNPM
2011 Graduate - Certificate in Natural Products Manufacturing

Daniela was born and raised in Sardinia, Italy, and moved to the USA twenty years ago. She had always liked the idea of creating new things. After living in Miami, Daniela decided to share her culture and knowledge of natural things to create a line of products called OCIAU. Thanks to her training at ACHS, she had the opportunity to learn everything that has led her to the creation of her beautiful line of products.

Daniela's line is named “Ociau” after the Sardinian ”nettle”, a plant rich in beneficial properties. Her line of natural and organic products was born from the union of love and passion, and products are formulated with herbs, flowers and oils and draw from a deep knowledge of the natural world acquired from experience and cultural heritage.

Ociau is a line of natural and organic products, formulate with herbs, flowers and oils. We use all fresh and pure ingredients found in nature and transform them into creams, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and soy candles, that helps us to live a more sustainable, healthy and harmonious lifestyle every day. 

Check out Daniela's products coming soon in the Apothecary Shoppe College Store online here and visit her online at

ACHS Graduate Jodi BaglienJodi blends her expertise as an Aromatherapy Educator, Shiatsu Therapist, and business owner, with her passion for spiritual understanding, wholeness in living, and eastern healing traditions.

An experienced holistic practitioner and instructor, she is the founder of “jodi baglien well being + wisdom studio” in Osseo, MN, where she offers well-being services of clinical aromatherapy and shiatsu therapy and shares her passion for awakening and mastering our inherent intuitive gifts. Jodi also offers a wide variety of classes and well-being events and has formulated her own line of essential oil products. 

Lora Cantele, Cert.Aroma.
2003 Graduate of the Certificate in Aromatherapy

Lora CanteleLora Cantele is a Registered Aromatherapist (RA), Swiss Reflex Therapist, and author of The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness. As a clinical aromatherapist, Lora works in both private practice and in pediatric hospice and palliative care.

Lora was part of a team that developed a pilot program that included the use of aromatherapy for children with life-limiting illnesses, a favored topic as an international speaker. She hopes to inspire others to replicate this successful program.

Barbara Ford

Barbara Ford uses plant medicine, energy healing and education to help empower, enlighten and heal those that desire to integrate natural healing with conventional medicine therapies. 

Her passion for plant healing started almost fifteen years ago and has never stopped. Barbara received her Diploma in Herbal Studies Master Herbalist credential from the American College of Healthcare Sciences in 2001 and has been practicing Reiki since

Robin CoventryRobin Coventry credits the study of herbs as part of her awakening. Robin completed the HERB 201 Herbal Studies course at ACHS and is currently a Theta Healing Instructor and Practitioner, using all of her skills to help others. She has studied many healing modalities and believes that she was a healer in many lives. Robin remains committed to the healing path and healing others.

Cheryl CromerCheryl Cromer completed the ACHS AROMA 101 Introduction to Aromatherapy course and AROMA 307 Aromatherapy Study Abroad in Provence, France (2002). Her business, Essential Blends Artisan Aromatherapy, was founded in 2000 in the metro-Atlanta, Georgia, area. Cheryl offers couture, spa-quality aromatherapy blends to boost wellness and enhance living spaces.  Her all-natural blends feature both exquisite scent as well as therapeutic value, and offer up to 15 percent pure essential oils with organically sourced carrier oils and

Chad O'LynnCeltic Stag Products for Men LLC was founded in 2012 by Chad O’Lynn, PhD, RN, RA and Doug Deane, partners in life and in business. Based in wellness-friendly Portland, Oregon, the company strives to create aromatherapy blends and products that appeal to men’s tastes and needs, though women enjoy the products as well. 

Celtic Stag uses as many organic, earth-friendly, and

George RamosGeorge Ramos has been a cosmetologist for over 11 years. He has always thought of beauty as wellness, with this mindset he soon became a Holistic Health Practitioner, Certified Aromatherapist, Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner, and a Clinical Hypnotherapist. George understands that beauty is more than what we do to ourselves, however it is more about what we can do for ourselves. Visit him at

What are students saying?

So far, I have only completed 2 classes in the Holistic Nutrition Masters degree program, but I find I am more excited about this degree every day. I cannot stop talking about it and the wonderful things I am learning. I am proud to attend this school and am grateful to have found such a valuable program to teach me the knowledge I was seeking and so much more. In just 2 classes, ACHS has changed my life already. I can't wait for the next class! 

Avary Kerestes

Wonderful program that I would recommend to anyone that is interested in holistic health.

Amanda Ptak

I highly recommend this course to anyone thinking about entering into any type of clinical practice or outreach within the community. Or for those who are entering into the herbal or aromatherapy area, the knowledge and understanding of the human body is so very important.


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Nancy Delk (2014): As always, the quality of the education I'm receiving from ACHS is top-notch! I would recommend this college to anyone and hope to be able to actually make it to Portland someday to visit! 

Shannon Mesneak (2014): I have wanted this for so long and never thought I would have a chance to attain it until I found this school! They have made the whole process easy and welcoming! They are very excited for your journey of education, you're not just a student number you are a valued student. I am very excited to continue my education! 

Traci Thies (2014): ACHS staff continue to check in with me and assist to keep me on track as well as always helpful when information is needed. They are very easy to get a hold of and to get the information I need right away. Love that!

Melissa Whittaker (2014): This course, including all of the courses I have taken during my time at ACHS, are well worth the investment! They provide supportive, knowledgeable professors and staff, intriguing course material and assignments, and a wealth of knowledge to absorb and assimilate into, not only my professional life, but my daily life as well.

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Carole Berg (2014): Excellent course! So happy that I was able to understand and do well in it...a must for anyone interested in pursuing a career in aromatherapy! 

Jayna Carter (2014): I truly thought I knew a lot along the lines of holistic nutrition. I realize now that I was only scratching the surface, until my studies at ACHS! The textbooks were SO interesting, and I feel that I have acquired so much knowledge in such a short amount of time. I can't wait to start my new career in helping others live healthier more vibrant lives through nutrition.

Deborah Batchelor (2014): I have been enjoying my studies at ACHS. I am always learning and growing through the course materials and the interactions with the instructors and my classmates. The best decision I have made toward my education was to enroll at ACHS!

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