Alumni in Action
Monday, July 27th, 2015
Valerie Mills, 
2011 Graduate of the Certificate in Nutrition Program

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!"

Friday, February 6th, 2015
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.

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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



Friday, October 24th, 2014
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


Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
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."