Alumni in Action
Thursday, October 15th, 2015
Shelby Webb, CHNC (Honors)
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.

"I recognized the need for the widespread dissemination of this invaluable information and saw the opportunity to use my passion in a professional capacity."

Monday, August 24th, 2015
Sarah Hurt, MH
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. 

As a Master Herbalist, Sarah outlines the role of her education in her career. "Continuously studying and practicing herbalism since 2007,” Sarah says, “I combine my education and experience with herbs, tea, gardening, energetics, and nutrition to formulate high quality, artisan teas and herbal products."

Learn more about Sarah's products at

Monday, August 24th, 2015
Kristin Henriksen, AAS, HHP, MH 
2015 Graduate of the Associates in Complementary Alternative Medicine with a Herb Specialization, Diploma in Holistic Health Practice, and Diploma in Herbal Studies.

Kristin graduated from ACHS in 2015 with an Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) with a specialization in Herbal Medicine, a Diploma in Holistic Health Practice, and a Diploma in Herbal Studies (Master Herbalist). She is now the owner and Holistic Health Practitioner and Clinical Herbalist of Reindeer Bridge Holistic Health.

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, she provides dried herbs, extracts, tinctures, and powders to her clients, but finds listening and educating her clients equally important.

"In my practice I work towards helping people pursue an understanding in natural medicine to regain and maintain wellness with holistic nutrition, herbs, aromatherapy, reflexology, Reiki, shamanic healing, and a lot of listening,” says Kristin.

Friday, August 7th, 2015
Laura Allan, Cert.Aroma., RA 
2002 Graduate of the Certificate in Aromatherapy

Laura Allan graduated from ACHS’s Certificate in Aromatherapy program in 2002. In 2013, she sat for the Aromatherapy Registration Council's (ARC) Exam to become a Registered Aromatherapist (RA). Having achieved her desired credential, she launched her business L'Aura Botanicals in April of 2015.

Laura provides us with a brief introduction to L'Aura Botanicals: "I create essential oil blends for the mind, body, and spirit and incorporate my blends into home and bath products. I also plan on using my education and experience to move into personal consultations and custom blending in the future."

Check out Laura's products online here.

Monday, July 27th, 2015
Valerie Mills, Grad.Cert.Nut
2011 Graduate of the Certificate in Nutrition 

Valerie Mills

Mills graduated from ACHS in 2011 with a Graduate Certificate in Nutrition. She uses her education in her position as an RN Educator and eLearning Specialist at a local hospital, women’s conferences, religious gatherings, high school allied health occupation classes, and cancer survivors/support group meetings.

During her lifestyle consultations, Mills says she provides individualized solutions to support a holistic lifestyle; "I provide herbal and nutritional consultations and design individualized recommendations and suggestions. I have formulated salves to assist with minor skin irritations, minor scalp irritations, and minor pain and inflammation. I use essential oils to create hand sanitizers and scalp oil."

Thursday, July 16th, 2015
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."

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Luis Sanchez, BA, MS
2014 Graduate of the Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine

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. 

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
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.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
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. 

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
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!"