David Crow, L.Ac., is a renowned plant medicine pioneer, acupuncturist, Ayurvedic practitioner, and aromatherapy expert. He has been a clinician, consultant, researcher and educator for over 30 years and has taught extensively for over two decades in the US and Canada and online internationally. He is the author of four books, including Plants That Heal, In Search of the Medicine Buddha, and Sacred Smoke. Along with his wife Sara Crow he is the founder and owner of Floracopeia, Inc.
Zhena Muzyka is a socially responsible business leader who founded Zhena’s Gypsy Tea in 2000 and helped to pioneer fair trade & biodynamics in the food & beverage industry. From authoring her bestselling book, Life by the Cup, she went on to become the head of her own publishing imprint at Simon & Schuster where she published 40 wellness, spirituality & ecology books which educated and entertained readers globally. Her new endeavor Magic Hour combines organic tea & botanicals with transformational wellness teachings in a subscription box & is already finding a global audience.
Ron Teeguarden is a widely recognized Master Herbalist who has been a practicing herbalist since 1971. He has studied with some of the world’s leading herbal practitioners and scholars and has been teaching about herbs since 1974. As an herbal practitioner, Ron has worked with thousands of clients. His experience as a practicing herbalist has made him a highly sought-after consultant by elite athletes, spiritual seekers and entertainers, among others. Ron is the proprietor and Master Herbalist of Dragon Herbs, a very highly regarded supplier of tonic herbs and superfoods.
Amanda McQuade Crawford practiced as a Consultant Medical Herbalist for decades before she became a licensed therapist (MFT). She graduated from Britain’s College of Phytotherapy, is a Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild, and a consultant in the natural products industry. She continues to serve the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia as a Review Panelist and the American Botanical Council as an Advisory Board Member. She is the author of two books on women’s health: Herbal Remedies for Women and The Natural Menopause Handbook.
Doctor of Naturopathy, Licensed Massage Practitioner
Dr. Jake F. Felice, N.D., L.M.P. is a charismatic public speaker and social media expert on the topic of medical cannabis. He provides scientific, medical, public relations, and compliance based advice for companies in emerging and existing cannabis markets. Clinically, Dr. Felice specializes in the treatment of chronic pain and the improvement of human performance. Dr. Felice’s comprehensive approach to pain blends traditional healing practices with the best of modern science. Therapies include manual medicine, cranial-sacral therapy, visceral manipulation, and medical cannabis evaluations.
M.D., Department of Internal Medicine + Pediatrics
LAC + USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Jena Sussex, M.D., was born and raised in California. She received a Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at USC. Her interest in preventative medicine led her to volunteer as an HIV pre- and post-test counselor in Los Angeles and abroad, and on graduation she was honored with USC’s Global Scholar Award for her work with infectious disease prevention programming in Tanzania. She went on to complete her medical degree at USC and is now a practicing Resident Physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at a large urban public hospital in Los Angeles.
Jim Adams is a Professor of Pharmacology at the USC School of Pharmacy. He was trained by a Chumash Indian Healer for 14 years. Dr. Adams has been teaching pharmacy students, medical students, doctors and other healthcare professionals for over 25 years while researching the natural pharmaceutical compounds in native plants. He will discuss plant terpenes that are used or should be used for pain treatment as well as several other medical conditions.
RH (AHG), Ojai School of Herbal Studies, Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden
Ojai School of Herbal Studies, Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden
Carol Wade, RH (AHG), has been practicing as a professional herbalist and nutritional counselor for over 25 years, and is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. Her garden, the Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden in Ojai, California, serves as a hub for several medicinal herb-oriented ventures that bring the idea of using medicinal herbs in daily living as a viable and logical choice to the community at large.
Nathan Kaehler, DACM, LAc, Tibetan Amchi, MA Psychology, has practiced custom Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture for 18 years at his clinic, Ojai Herbs & Acupuncture. With 550 herbs onsite he has a wide-ranging general practice along with specialties in treating psycho-emotional challenges and skin conditions. He holds the DACM (Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine) and after 7 years study in Tibetan medicine will complete the Tibetan Katchupa Degree in 2019.
Jess Starwood is an herbalist, forager and plant based chef. She has a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine and training in holistic nutrition and mycology. Jess is the owner of SunRaven Apothecary in Thousand Oaks, California which offers a selection of locally wildcrafted herbal and medicinal mushroom products. She offers multi-course wild food dinners and teaches herbalism and wild food classes and workshops for adults and children.
Thank to our sponsors, including Sespe Creek Collective, we will be able to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Greater Goods Relief Fund, dedicated to those in the Ojai area affected by the Thomas Fire of December 2017 who have significant losses and little support.