We're so excited to be welcoming local Alberta herbalists, along with herbalists from Eastern Canada and The United States! This list of presenter for AHG 2020 is being expanded every week - please come back again to meet the newest presenters. 

Paul Bergner (Colorado, USA)

Medical Herbalist, Clinical Nutritionist

Paul Bergner is Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. He is a medical herbalist, clinical nutritionist, educator, author, and naturalist. He has studied and practiced natural medicine, nutrition, and medical herbalism since 1973 and has published and edited the *Medical Herbalism *journal since 1989.

He has written seven books on herbalism, nutrition, Chinese medicine, folk ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine. Paul has taught all aspects of clinical herbalism and clinical
 nutrition since 1996, and has taught nutrition academically at both the university undergraduate and master's levels. He has mentored more than 350 students through 8-month clinical residencies in integrated herbalism and nutrition. 

North American Institute of Medical Herbalism http://naimh.com

Medical Herbalism Journal http://medherb.com

Flo Lavallie (Saskatoon, Sk)

Herbalist Elder Flo Lavallie brings her 50+ years of experience as a healer and activist to the Alberta Herb Gathering

Flo Lavallie has been in private practice for over 52 years in health care, along with that she had a satellite practice in Humboldt for 17 years. Prior to that, Flo had a satellite practice in Duck Lake for two years. After working in a hospital setting for 14 years, Flo obtained her Master Herbalist Diploma at the Wild Rose College on Calgary, Alberta. She is a certified in Reflexology, Sclerology, Rayid, Iridology, Ear Candling and Kinesiology, having studied with Dr. Spiro Lenis. 

The many projects Flo has supported, celebrate the traditional spirituality of aboriginal people. She is a constant reminder that true holistic healing goes beyond the individual to healing the system. She is a lobbyist and serves on the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Herbal Practitioners Companion Health Oasis In., Teaching Women Dollars and Sense, College of Medicine (Complementary Therapy), Advisory Board of the Harmony Song – The Aboriginal Healing Foundation and Meewasinota.

Flo Lavallie has been an advocate for people with disabilities, including advocating for Saskatchewan’s first PET-CT scan at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. She lobbies governments on justice issues such as Section 745 of the Criminal Code, justice issues for people with disabilities, health related ussies, and herbal medicine regulations. She is also active with the R.E.S.O.L.V.E. Steering Committee that supports solutions to violence and abuse.

Flo actively secured the land and funding to build Tamara’s House, a healing centre in Saskatoon, that is the first one of its kind in Canada. Tamara’s House provides complementary therapies and services to support the complete healing of female adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.Flo is instrumental in addressing the legacy of Residential School Abuses by supporting many community applications for project funding from the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.

Jeananne Laing (Calgary, AB)

Cannabis Educator, Registered Herbalist (AHA), Integrative Nutrition Health Coach & past AHA President

Jeananne Laing, Cannabis Educator, Registered Herbalist (AHA), and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Jeananne is a Wild Rose College of Natural Healing alumni, co-director of Lodgepole School of Wholistic Studies and a Cannabis Educator at Harvest Medicine Clinic in Calgary. Jeananne is a founding member and past President of the Alberta Herbalists Association (2016 - 2019) and served for many years as a board member with the Canadian Council of Herbal Associations (2005 – 2017). Jeananne's clinical practice focuses on helping those burdened with Lyme and its co-infections, auto-immune disorders, and cancer. Learn more about Jeananne at jeanannelaing.com.

Samantha Orthlieb (Cochrane, AB)

MH, RH Master Herbalist, Bioenergetic Medicine Practitioner

Samantha has been a practicing herbalist since 2001, with a focus on trauma recovery, archetypes, shadow work and psychospiritual healing.  As a Contemporary Medicine Woman, she is able to intuit the health challenges of her clients on a physical and psychospiritual level and connect them with the appropriate plant or other vibrational medicine energy needed to restore balance to the areas in need of healing.  Through earth spirit medicine and her holistic skillset, Samantha empowers her clients to connect back to their authentic self, which allows clients to not only heal themselves, but understand that health is a deeply rich and soulful journey intricately intertwined with one’s life.  


Samantha owns and operates her clinic out of Ammolite Healing Centre in Cochrane, AB. She grows, harvests, and handcrafts many of her earth spirit remedies at the Senses of the Soul Botanical Sanctuary and Farm, where she resides. Currently she is also the Registrar for the Alberta Herbalists Association.


For more about Samantha’s healing work, products, the Botanical Sanctuary, and her book (Opening the Senses of the Soul), please visit www.sensesofthesoul.ca. You can also follow Samantha’s monthly blog for her intuitively channeled insights into the Human Ascension process.

Melanie Isles (Calgary, AB)

Certified Herbal Woman’s Educator with Dr. Aviva Romm, Owner of Full Bloom Herbals

Melanie Isles is a mother, wife, friend, gardener, teacher, student, daughter, and plant-loving woman always looking for ways to share the plant love. She has trained & apprenticed under many different herbalists-including a clinical apprenticeship with herbalist Abrah Arneson, & is a certified Herbal Woman’s Educator with Dr. Aviva Romm. 

Through her herbal consultation clinic, she offers private sessions & has an herbal dispensary stocked with medicines she grows & harvests locally. She teaches many different workshops throughout the year including a more in-depth herbal apprenticeship program, sharing ways to use herbal medicine to prevent and treat common illnesses & connecting people with their own healing abilities and the wonders that the plant world has to offer. https://www.fullbloomherbals.com/

Kalyn Kodiak (Calgary, AB)

Clinical Herbalist, Metis Knowledge Keeper, President at Alberta Herbalists Association


Kalyn Kodiak is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, a Herbalist, a Weaver of Ceintures Féchées (Sash belts), a Teacher and a Personal Medicine Bag Maker. A proud Two-Spirited Metis Femme, Kalyn is a founding member and current Vice President of the Alberta Herbalists Association, and owner of Kodiak Herbal Health & Education.

She supports and cherishes humans in all their forms, to become closer to themselves and the creator, through Spirit and the Medicines given to us.


Denis Manzer (Calgary, AB)

Fermentation Expert, Teacher & Wildcrafter

Denis Manzer, fermenteur extraordinaire always puts on an entertaining and informative presentation!
He will be bringing us the inside tips on creating fermented foods & remedies for a healthy digestive system with his make & taste workshops.

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