Alumni in Action
Friday, March 18th, 2016
Mollie Newman, MS in CAM
2016 Graduate of the Master of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine

Mollie graduated from ACHS in 2016 with a Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine. Mollie has been in personal fitness for seven years and has her own personal training business.

"I founded my own personal fitness company, Newman Coaching, LLC in 2012. With this business, I have been able to reach out to my community, bringing health and fitness to the forefront in our little town and supporting everyone in their personal journey."

Mollie tells us that along with fitness, she focuses on the importance of nutrition with her clients.

Friday, March 18th, 2016
Jodie Ritchel, AAS in CAM with Aromatherapy Specialization
2015 Graduate of the Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine

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.

"I have my own business helping clients with a variety of wellness programs. I tailor my treatments to meet each individual's needs using muscle testing energy work. Services include aromatherapy, reflexology, reiki, and Touch for Health balancing."

Monday, December 28th, 2015
Shellie Morin, Cert.Aroma.
2008 Graduate of the 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. In 2008, she graduated from the Certificate in Aromatherapy program to further deepen clients' relaxation and to help them achieve their wellness goals.

She says that she has her husband to thank for her finding her life's passion.

"I have always enjoyed helping people, and I always took jobs that involved customer service. When my husband convinced me to try Massage Therapy, I had no idea I would find my life's passion. Now here I am doing the best job in the world and still helping people. Having my own practice does not feel like work to me. I look forward to every massage and every client that I meet."

Learn more about Shellie at her website:

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 & 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.