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Our Herbal Expertise

Ability is common, expertise is rare.

In support of our vision for herbal education, we have gathered together a very experienced and respected professional team that is working to develop an in-depth and on-line educational course covering all aspects of herbal medicine for both consumer and industry use. Our goal is to generate ongoing information as well as a much larger composition of study.

Josef Brinckmann

Research Fellow, Medicinal Plants & Botanical Supply Chain, Traditional Medicinals

  • DHL (Hon), California Institute of Integral Studies, 2016

Zoe Gardner, Ph.D.

Research & Development Manager and Herbalist, Traditional Medicinals

  • M.S., Ph.D.(c) University of Massachusetts

David Hoffmann

Medical Herbalist, Traditional Medicinals

  • BSc (Hons) Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (Membership 1979, elevated to Fellow 1998)
  • BSc (Hons): University of Sussex, UK, 1974
  • Founding member and first president of the American Herbalists Guild

Summer Singletary

Associate Communications Manager and Herbalist, Traditional Medicinals

  • Community Herbalist Certification, Florida School of Holistic Living
  • Roots of Herbalism Certification, California School of Herbal Studies
  • Permaculture Design Certificate, Regenerative Design Institute
  • B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Central Florida

Jeremy Johnson, Esq.

Legal & Regulatory Affairs Manager, Traditional Medicinals

  • B.A., University of California, Irvine
  • J.D., Tulane University

Zoe Kissam

Associate Brand Manager and Clinical Herbalist, Traditional Medicinals

  • B.A. Anthropology, Humboldt State
  • Certified Clinical Herbalist, California School of Herbal Studies

Geoff Broll

Quality Assurance Supervisor and Herbalist, Traditional Medicinals

  • B.A. Psychology, University of Colorado
  • Roots of Herbalism Certification, California School of Herbal Studies
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, University of California, San Diego

Rochelle Szmaciarz

Quality Control Analyst, Identity Specialist, and Herbalist, Traditional Medicinals

  • B.A. Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Certificate in Herbalism, California School of Herbal Studies

Ben Couch

Supply Chain Sustainability Project Manager, Traditional Medicinals

  • B.A. International Business, Whitworth University
  • M.B.A. Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey

Kirsten Tripplett, Ph.D.

Microscopist and Herbalist, Traditional Medicinals

  • JIFSAN/FDA certification course, “Microscopic and Chemical Methods of Identification of Botanicals and Contaminants in Dietary Supplements,” Maryland, U.S.A., February, 2014.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher & Visiting Scholar, 2000-2005. University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Anthropology. The Archaeoethnobotany of Theobroma cacao.
  • Ph.D., 1999. Dissertation: The Ethnobotany of Plant Resins in the Maya Cultural Region of Mesoamerica. University of Texas, Austin. School of Biological Sciences, Integrative Biology (Botany).
  • B.A. Human Ecology, 1989. College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine. Senior thesis: Economics as if the Environment Mattered (degradation of tropical rainforest and subsequent development in Brazil).