About Pacific Rim College Online
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PRCOnline was brought into existence to help people from around the world to not just be healthy, but to thrive, in the most sustainable and conscientious manner possible. Using high quality videos, graphics, audio, and learning resources, PRCOnline brings to your screen leading experts in natural medicine, business leadership, human performance, mindfulness and sustainability.
Pacific Rim College Online is the virtual learning platform of Pacific Rim College, a leading institute of Holistic Medicine and Sustainable Living located on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen (Songhees) and WSÁNEĆ nations (Victoria, BC, Canada). Since 2006 Pacific Rim College has educated thousands of students, forged innovative curricula, and earned a global following with its award-winning services.
14+ years in business
Amanda Howe | RHT, Medical Herbalist
Amanda Howe has been a Herbalist for over thirty years. She trained in England in the early ’80s and became a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. She went on to receive her MSc in Herbal Medicine from the University of Wales. Amanda worked in England in a multidisciplinary clinic before moving to Vancouver Island twenty-five years ago. Since moving to Canada Amanda has been active in practice as a herbalist and as a herbal educator. She has served on the board of the provincial Canadian Herbalists Association of BC as well as the national Herbal Practitioners Council – the Canadian Council of Herbalists Associations (CCHA), working to ensure continued access to herbal medicines for Herbalists and the general public. And she also sat on
Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Expert Advisory Committee.
Amanda spent several years teaching at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC. as a teacher in their excellent full-time Herbal Practitioner training program, and was involved in funded research projects with the Centre for Livelihoods and Ecology at Royal Roads University.
Amanda is passionate about herbs and herbal medicine and about sharing the connection to the natural world that can be found through connecting with and learning about the healing power of plants. Amanda loves to teach and is happiest when she is in the garden teaching people how to grow, harvest, use and listen to the magic of the plants that are thriving there.
Angela Schaerer | RYT, CBE, Reiki Master
Angela is the founder of It Starts With Birth, an online lifestyle and education community aimed at encompassing the whole person: body, mind, and spirit.
Before creating It Starts With Birth, Angela worked for 9 years as a Registered Midwife and primary care provider to over 550 women and their families. While each of these women’s experiences in preparing for labour and the transition to motherhood was unique, Angela came to identify a pattern in the needs that they expressed along their journey and created this online program in response!
Angela studied in the U.S. and graduated from the Seattle Midwifery School (Bastyr University). She spent her early years studying in both Canada and the Caribbean, before settling once again in Victoria, B.C. to practice as a Registered Midwife.
Angela’s passion for supporting women on their journey toward motherhood began many years before midwifery school. In the years prior, Angela studied and taught childbirth education, offered breastfeeding support, and worked as a postpartum and birth doula. Her interests and passion have also led Angela to study homeopathy, holistic nutrition, yoga teacher training, Reiki and spiritual healing (wherein she received mentorship from spiritual healers including a First Nations Haida Shaman).
Angela is a lover of the outdoors; sitting atop her favourite mountain to work, hiking its trails, and sitting with a hot tea and her dogs in the early morning light are amongst her greatest pleasures. Her goal for working with women runs parallel to the desire she has for herself and the women in her own life: to inspire women’s evolution toward the amazing lives they deserve!
Bev Maya | Medical Herbalist, Honours B.SC. Chemistry
Bev is a practicing Medical Herbalist who also speaks internationally and locally at conferences and colleges. She worked in the fields of medical research, sales and marketing for 15 years after graduation with an Honours B.Sc. in Chemistry. Bev then completed studies in medical sciences and clinical training in the UK to become a Medical Herbalist. As a tenacious inquisitive, Bev focuses on demystifying menopause for those who do not respond to traditional approaches. At her solo clinic in North Vancouver, BC, Bev’s unique blend of education and experience has provided her with a rare ability to blend the intricacies of nervous, endocrine and digestive system physiology with emotional and spiritual root causes to create a comprehensive treatment plan for those with significant hormonal challenges.
Bev previously worked for 15 years with a group of Physicians at the West Coast Women’s Clinic for Hormonal Health and continues to interface with physician in Vancouver, BC that share her interest in the treatment of whole body hormonal health. Bev is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and a professional member or American Herbalists Guild. Bev is one of 20 professionally trained Medical Herbalists in Canada.
Bryce Ehrecke comes from a line of weavers, builders, and explorers. His ancestors created textiles in Ireland, farmed in Normandie, and constructed in Germany, before coming to Canada to lead a different life. From his mother’s side he has gained creativity and ingenuity, and from his father’s side, he has gained craftsmanship and skill. He now weaves his heritage with place, and natural buildings with natural landscapes, honouring the relationship between human beings and all other beings. His education in natural building began by connecting and paying attention to the world around him and expanded while apprenticing with Pat Hennebery of CobWorks. He has spent the past decade working, living, learning, teaching and exploring with many different natural builders and natural structures. He now runs a Natural Building and renovation company based out of Victoria through Dreamweavers Collective. He specializes in rock work, earthen and lime plasters, roundwood, and using whatever design and materials best suit the environment and whom the structure is for. Bryce is a faculty member of the School of Permaculture Design at Pacific Rim College.
Cordelia McFadyen | Holistic Nutritionist, Gut Expert
Cordelia McFadyen, a.k.a. your nutritional translator, is owner and Board-Certified Holistic Nutritionist at Inspired Living Nutrition Inc. After suffering for years from unknown food sensitivities and actively working her way back to strong health through proper nutrition, she was inspired and determined to take her education further so that she could help empower others back to great health. Cordelia believes there is more than enough food information “out there” for people to learn from however the key is not in the information available, but how to apply it to your unique nutritional needs. This is where she applies some of her favorite goal crushing techniques to help you learn the new healthy habits that will reveal the best you. Cordelia also loves to talk so you can find her spreading her love of all things delicious and nutritious online and at special events throughout Canada.
A strong advocate for the holistic nutrition industry she currently serves as Dean for the School of Holistic Nutrition at Pacific Rim College, as a proud Board Member for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB) and as the Western Canadian representative for the Canadian Action for Nutrition (CAN) which is facilitated by the Canadian professional organization Canadian Association of Natural Nutrition Practitioners (CANNP).
Apart from touting the benefits of kale and lemon water to anyone who will listen, she is an avid outdoorswoman who enjoys long hikes, canoeing, crabbing, reading, dancing with friends and tending to her garden. In her free time, she can be found walking her awesome Chihuahua Juno and writing about herself in the third person.
David Caudwell | BSc, Medical Herbalist
David Caudwell completed his studies in Herbal Medicine at the College of Phytotherapy in South East England and was awarded a BSc (Honours) from the University of Wales. After graduating David settled in Sussex, dividing his time between practice, clinic management and teaching responsibilities at the college where he trained. He has taught for the Universities of Wales and East London, and for the “Discovering Herbal Medicine” program run by Dr. Anne Walker. David is a member of The College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy, a professional body of herbalists established to champion the role and development of traditional herbal medicine in the modern world.
David has a lifelong passion for wildlife, the outdoors and the world’s indigenous medicine systems, which has led to travel on five continents. In his practice, David takes a particular interest in Women’s Health, Fertility Issues and Cancer Care.
Listen to David on episode 14 of Pacific Rim College Radio.
Erynne Gilpin | Ph.D.
Erynne Gilpin Ph.D is a mixed (Cree-Métis and Filipina/Celtic) community wellness researcher, activist, artist, educator, community birth doula, filmmaker and founder of Indigenous Womxn Climb. Recently completing her Ph.D of Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria (2020) in a project entitled “Land as Body: Indigenous Womxn’s Leadership, Wellness and Embodied Governance,” she is set to begin Post-Doctoral Research in September of 2020 at the Centre of Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement.
Erynne’s research to date focuses on Indigenous wellness pedagogy, Indigenous Climate action, Land-based leadership and governance, storied-film education and “embodied governance, insurgent healing, and land/water-based wellness.” Her future work centres Inter National (Canada – Guatemala – Brazil) Indigenous relations through storytelling and place-based knowledge as governance.
Listen to Erynne on episode 18 of Pacific Rim College Radio.
G. Elijah Dann | Ph.D., Th.D.
G. Elijah Dann has doctorates in philosophy and theology. For a number of years, he taught health care ethics in Ontario, including at the University of Waterloo and the University of Western Ontario. He also taught various courses in philosophy and religion at the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University. For eight years he was the clinical ethicist for the Kitchener/Waterloo regional hospital. Professor Dann has published books on philosophy, ethical theory, and religion. He currently is adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University and Quest University in British Columbia.
Jennifer Brott | Holistic Nutritionist
Jennifer is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and founder of Vancouver based nutritional consulting firm, My Edible Advice. Her expertise and private practice are rooted in an unwavering commitment: to empower individuals to reach their health and wellness goals by providing them with the tools to thrive. Fuelled by this conviction, My Edible Advice has sparked an appetite for optimal health and wellness that extends far beyond its Vancouver base. Today, Jennifer and her team provide nutritional consultation, cooking classes, and meal planning sessions to a worldwide set of individual and organizational clients in pursuit of the knowledge to nourish and map to optimal health. Jennifer has developed a keen interest in gastrointestinal, prenatal, and oncology nutrition and her breadth and depth of knowledge in these areas are reflected in her private practice. She uses herbs in every single one of her dietary protocols and is continually amazed by the healing powers in food.
A Maritime girl at heart and west coaster in-home, Jennifer seeks solace where the mountains meet the ocean and finds bliss in the bounty and buzz of a local farmer’s markets. She believes that health is happiness, and that to engage, enable, and empower her clients to live their best life is to do the very same for her. Jennifer proves that healthful choices can be as easy as pie.
Krista Dawn Poulton | Medical Herbalist, DIP PHYT, RHT
Krista Dawn Poulton is a Medical Herbalist in Victoria, BC. She balances her private practice as a faculty member at Pacific Rim College, teaching courses in herbal medicine and medicine making, along with supervising clinical training. Her mission with her practice is to teach women to love and adore their bodies, address societal norms of body awareness, and educate ways to shift reproductive issues with the use of herbs, diet and supplements. Krista’s clinical practice focuses primarily on reproductive health from post-birth control care, fertility planning to infertility, endometriosis, fibroids and PCOS.
Lindsay Hounslow | Medical Herbalist, Naturalist Guide
Lindsay’s interest in plants was cultivated in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. During 10 years of work as a naturalist guide, Lindsay gained a deep appreciation for ecology and her clinical practice integrates her respect for the profound nature of connection within our web of life. She has a deep love for plants and a passion to increase the availability of safe, effective medicines in a form that nurtures our shared spiritual and ecological health. After studies in geography, nutrition, and yoga, and mentorship in energy work, shamanism, organic gardening, and herbal wildcrafting, she dedicated herself to herbal studies and was one of PRC’s first Diploma of Phytotherapy graduates. She is a professional member of the British Columbia Herbalists Association and is the past vice-president of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations. She practices herbalism in her home community of Fernwood, Victoria and is a happy gardener, yogi, and mother.
Dr. Martha Lucas | Ph.D., L.AC.
Dr. Lucas holds a Ph.D. in Research Psychology as well as her degree in Chinese Medicine. Lucas has more than 20 years of teaching and speaking experience and is described as “a dynamic speaker who keeps her classes engaged and who can explain complex information in an understandable way.” She teaches Pulse Diagnosis and Biofeedback System to medical doctors and Practitioners of TCM who want to be better diagnosticians. She also teaches the Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture System that includes a section on treating obesity and fertility challenges in men and women, an acupuncture point course where she shares functions as well as unique point prescriptions, and a course on treating autoimmune disorders. Her private practice is based in Denver, Colorado where she specializes in internal medicine and she also sees patients at Littleton Internal Medicine Associates in Littleton Colorado.
Listen to Dr. Lucas on episode 2 of Pacific Rim College Radio.
Dr. Marisa Marciano | ND, RH (AHG)
Dr. Marisa Marciano is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor & Registered Herbalist (AHG) with expertise in both the education and clinical applications of phytotherapy. As an herbal practitioner and educator for nearly a decade, she strives to empower both her patients and her students to take a “hands-on-herbal approach” to learn the arts & science of herbal medicine and is considered a passionate educator who believes in the body’s innate capacity to heal when provided with the ancient knowledge & foundational therapeutic potential of plant medicine in all its forms.
Paul Bergner | Medical Herbalist
Paul Bergner has studied and practiced natural medicine, medical herbalism, and nutrition since 1973. He is the Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Portland, OR, and has supervised residents in teaching clinics for medical herbalism and clinical nutrition continuously since 1996. Mentoring more than 250 clinical graduates, he has published and edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989. Paul has authored seven books on medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine. Combining information from both nutritional anthropology and biomedicine, he developed a successful protocol for treating insulin resistance between 1997 and 1999, and has been utilizing and teaching the protocol to residents in his teaching clinics since that time. He has lectured on this topic at professional conferences nationally and internationally since 2000.
Listen to Paul on episode 24 of Pacific Rim College Radio.
Peter Conway | Medical Herbalist, Aromatic Medicine Specialist
Peter Conway trained as a Medical Herbalist in the UK where he ran a clinical practice for over 20 years. In addition to seeing patients, Peter has taught herbal courses at several UK universities and other academic institutions, been involved in herbal politics as a committee member of the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association, and written several books about herbalism. He was involved in writing the National Professional Standards in Herbal Medicine in the UK and worked with the UK Department of Health in developing professional regulatory standards for herbal practice. Peter was the President of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy for 12 years. In recognition of his services to the herbal profession, Peter was made a Fellow of both the College of Practitioners of phytotherapy and the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.
Peter now lives on the west coast of Canada and he is a member of the Canadian Herbalists Association of British Columbia. He is currently teaching at Pacific Rim College, working on the revised second edition of his textbook, ‘The Consultation in Phytotherapy’, and developing an online project that aims to share his herbal insights more widely.
Listen to Peter on episode 15 of Pacific Rim College Radio.
RoseMarie Pierce | B.Sc.Pharm, Holistic Pharmacist
RoseMarie Pierce has over 45 years of extensive experience as a pharmacist and natural health advocate. RoseMarie earned her degree in Pharmacy from Dalhousie University in 1972. After extensive studies in herbology and nutritional medicine, RoseMarie integrated these disciplines with her pharmacy practice to become Canada’s first Holistic Pharmacist. Proficient in the fields of phyto-pharmacy, herbal medicine, holistic health and nutrition, RoseMarie has a natural ability to present technical information in an easy-to- understand format. She is a highly respected lecturer, writer, and media personality within the natural health industry.
Listen to RoseMarie on episode 28 of Pacific Rim College Radio.
Robert Rogers | Botanist, Clinical Herbalist, Mushroom Expert
Robert Dale Rogers has been an herbalist for over forty-eight years and is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, where he is presently an assistant clinical professor in Family Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor in Graduate Studies at York University in Toronto.
He presently teaches plant and mushroom medicine, aromatherapy and flower essences in the Earth Spirit Medicine faculty at the Northern Star College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Robert is past chair of the Alberta Natural Health Agricultural Network and Community Health Council of Capital Health. He is a Fellow of the International College of Nutrition, past-chair of the medicinal mushroom committee of the North American Mycological Association and previously on the editorial board of the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. He is the author of 52 books on medicinal plants and fungi of the boreal forest, including The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America.
A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle, was released in June 2015 by North Atlantic Books. It documents the tenth generation passing down of over sixty traditional indigenous boreal plants and their medicinal benefit.
Mushroom Essences: Vibrational Healing from the Kingdom Fungi was released in July 2016. This book contains 48 mushroom essences prepared under the lunar influence for working with soul connection and depth psychology. It includes one or more case studies, from clinical practice, associated with using these wonders of the underworld.
In June 2017, North Atlantic books released Herbal Allies: My Journey with Plant Medicine, including 20 plants of the boreal forest from the perspective of the Cree Thirteen Month Lunar Calendar.
Robert guest lectures and conducts walks throughout North America on plant and mushroom medicine.
Listen to Robert on episode 4 of Pacific Rim College Radio.
Sally Fallon Morell | Author, Activist
Sally Fallon Morell is founding president of The Weston A. Price Foundation (westonaprice.org), a non-profit nutrition education foundation dedicated to returning nutrient-dense food to American tables. She is also the founder of A Campaign for Real Milk (realmilk.com), which has as its goal universal access to clean raw milk from pasture-fed animals. She is the author of the best-selling cookbook Nourishing Traditions (with Mary G. Enig, PhD); The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care (with Thomas S. Cowan, MD); Nourishing Broth (with Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN); and Nourishing Fats. Visit her blog at nourishingtraditions.com.
Listen to Sally on episode 27 of Pacific Rim College Radio.
Sarah Pritchard | Lic.Ac, MBACC, Dip.Tui na, Clin. Cert. Tui na (NanJing)
Sarah Pritchard (www.sparktheshen.com) was one of the first westerners to practice Tui na in the UK and is known as an inspiring teacher and workshop leader.
She originally trained to be an actor at RADA where she was introduced to Alexander Technique, Qi Gong, yoga and meditation as well as the performance and communication skills that have proved invaluable for teaching.
Her Chinese Medicine studies began in 1992. She trained at the London School of Chinese Clinical Massage Therapy, the Nanjing University of TCM and the London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Sarah has been a member of the British Acupuncture Council since 2000.
Sarah is the author of two Tui na books ‘Chinese Massage Manual’ originally published by Piatkus in 1999 and re-published with Singing Dragon in 2015 is the definitive introductory text on Tui na Massage currently published in English.
Her second book ‘Tui na- A Manual of Chinese Massage Therapy’ published by Elsevier Churchill Livingstone in 2010 and re-published by Singing dragon in 2015 is a comprehensive handbook for the 21st century student and practitioner of Tui na working in the West.
Both books are used as essential texts on Tui na training courses in the UK, Europe and the USA.
Sarah has 17 years of teaching experience. In 2001, she wrote and developed the professional Tui na course for the LCTA London College of Traditional Acupuncture. She was course co-ordinator and senior lecturer until the college closed in November 2010. She is currently senior lecturer and Tui na course co-ordinator at the City College of Acupuncture in London.
Sarah has run courses, workshops and postgraduate seminars on Tui na and the integration of acupuncture, moxa and Tui na for the LCTA, the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM) in the UK, for Total Health in Holland, the Florence Tui na Congress and the ScuolaTao Milano in Italy and for Pacific Rim College in Victoria BC.
Sarah has been in private practice since 1994. She is the founder and Director of Blackheath Complementary Health Centre in London established in May 2000.
Listen to Sarah on episode 21 of Pacific Rim College Radio.
Seraphina Capranos | Herbalist, Classical Homeopath
Seraphina’s European grandparents first introduced her to the healing power of natural medicine. While seasonally gathering herbs in rural Ontario, Canada they lovingly taught her about the traditional wisdom of herbs and plant lore. After suffering an injury to her spine as a teenager, Seraphina was declared by the conventional medical system to lead a life of suffering in chronic pain. Determined to heal herself, she returned to her roots and began a professional study of natural medicine at Emerson College of Herbology leading her to study with renowned herbalist Susun S. Weed at The Wise Woman Center in NY and then healers in the desert of New Mexico. She attended the University of Toronto while working with an inspiring MD who practiced homeopathy, revealing to her the brilliance of this unique and deep system of medicine.
The combination and expertise of her two passions of herbal medicine and homeopathic medicine make Seraphina a gifted holistic practitioner. She brings the balance of university education in science and the magic of what wildlands and mystics have taught her to each of her classes and clients. She lives on Salt Spring Island where’s she’s had a clinical practice since 2005. She teaches herbal medicine, homeopathy & earth-based magic internationally. As an educator, she is passionate about offering empowering, heart-centered classes that are rooted in spirit. She gives thanks to all her teachers, namely Michael Vertolli (Emerson College 1998) Susun Weed, Aviva Romm, Murray Feldman, Susan Gimbel, Laurie Dack, Lianne South, Louis Klein, and the old authors of homeopathic texts from the 1800s, and the women who kept recipes alive in the stillroom books.
Listen to Seraphina on episode 23 of Pacific Rim College Radio.
Dr. Shoshana Scott | DMS, HD
Dr. Shoshana Scott began studying organic chemistry and won the gold medal at the University of Winnipeg. She switched to Homeopathy after working in a busy homeopathic clinic under a Homeopathic Doctor in Winnipeg. Inspired by Dr. Leelamma Nielsen, Dr. Scott completed a four-year degree in Homeopathic Medical Science with an internship at Father Mueller’s Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital in Manganlore, India. Dr. Scott has a strong interest in bringing Homeopathy into mainstream medicine as a gentle, effective choice in healthcare. Dr. Scott now practices at the integrated medical clinic at the Victoria Community Health Cooperative in James Bay, Victoria, BC. She is on the faculty at Pacific Rim College.
Gillian Marsollier has been a Registered Acupuncturist in British Columbia since 2001 and an instructor of acupuncture for more than 15 years. After completing a 4-year Masters Program in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, she began her teaching career in Newfoundland where she wrote the bulk of the curriculum for a 3-year acupuncture program and served as the Acupuncture Program Director. Gillian was then transferred to Halifax where she successfully gained approval by the Board of Education in Nova Scotia for an acupuncture program. In addition to teaching, while residing on the East Coast she practiced at a very successful multi-faceted alternative treatment centre.
In 2008 Gillian went to Nepal to teach acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities at a medical facility. They are still using the modalities to this day to treat the locals from the Himalayan hills.
For the last 5+ years, Gillian has been pursuing the media side of acupuncture and natural healing through the creation of LIFT Education. Through this online education platform, she has created many popular courses including bootcamps that have become the national gold standard for preparation for TCM registration exams.
Since 2006 Todd Howard has served as president of Pacific Rim College, an award-winning institute of holistic medicine and sustainable living in Victoria, British Columbia. He has travelled the globe learning, teaching and practicing acupuncture. His pursuits have included a year of work at the world’s busiest clinic of Acupuncture in Sri Lanka, 3 months interning in hospitals in China, 4 months as an Acupuncturist and lecturer on a world-class cruise line, and 2 months as a medical volunteer in East Africa.
In 2010 he presented on the global humanitarian TCM movement at the TCM Kongress in Rothenburg, Germany. In 2011 he was named ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. In 2017 he was named by Optimyz Magazine as one of Canada’s Top 100 Health Influencers.
Todd and his wife are owners of Ravenhill Herb Farm on Vancouver Island, which serves as a campus for Pacific Rim College’s renowned diploma program in Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems.
Brea Segger has been a Director at Pacific Rim College since 2008. After her daughter’s birth in 2010, Brea created PRC’s acclaimed Holistic Doula Certificate program. She is a Certified Pre-Natal Yoga Instructor and is passionate about the health-related, social, cultural and environmental aspects of birthing and parenting.
Brea is also passionate about studying permaculture, biodynamics, and sustainable farming practices. She is owner of Ravenhill Herb Farm, where she leads permaculture-based educational tours for all ages from pre-schoolers to seniors.
Brea has extensive experience as a Business and Organizational Manager in a variety of fields including organizational development, business development, performance management and human resources. In early 2005, Brea joined Kirschner Consulting Inc. as a Senior Consultant, focusing on Merger and Acquisition Due Diligence and Organizational Assessments. Brea subsequently founded a consulting firm and has been successful in providing organizational and human capital assessments pre- and post-Mergers and Acquisitions for businesses primarily in the environmental and construction sectors of the USA, Canada and the Cayman Islands. Brea holds a BA with distinction from the University of Victoria and a Diploma in Corporate Finance from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
James Christian is the Academic Dean at Pacific Rim College and founder of its industry-leading School of Western Herbal Medicine. He is a Medical Herbalist, having studied with the College of Phytotherapy in the UK and achieving a B.Sc. in Herbal Medicine. He has also completed a post-graduate Diploma in Herbal Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire with a specialty in Herbal Education.
James maintains professional membership in the Canadian Herbalists Association of BC (CHA of BC) and is the current President of the association. He is a past member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP) in the UK and of the oldest professional herbal association in the world, the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH).
James is very passionate about nature and the environment. He travels to various parts of the world to study their use of indigenous medicines. Aside from working with medicinal plants in South Korea, James has spent time in Peru, Nicaragua and Costa Rica studying their local use of plants as medicines. James is also passionate about growing plants and currently resides at Tiny Tree Herb Farm on the Saanich peninsula specializing in permaculture and regenerative systems of food and medicine production.
Liza Couse is a holistic nutritionist and herbalist. She has practiced in Canada and Mexico as an independent consultant, and has worked with a wellness based start-up and a herbal dispensary. Liza previously worked in entertainment-based public relations and has experience in video production and social media management.
Liza’s desire to better understand sustainable food systems led her to explore regenerative agriculture. Since an early experience volunteering at a family-run biodynamic farm in Corsica, France, she has studied agriculture abroad and currently contributes on an organic herb farm on Vancouver Island, BC.
Since 2017, Liza has been committed to furthering her education in holistic health by pursuing a Diploma of Phytotherapy at Pacific Rim College. She is excited to be augmenting her nutritional and agricultural background with the study of Western Herbal Medicine. Her insatiable curiosity surrounding the intersection of the human body, plants, and the environment is complemented by an interest in visual technology and its potential for dispersing health information globally.
Joe is a video editor and acupuncture student at Pacific Rim College. He graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Social Science in Health & Aging from McMaster University. He comes from a sports medicine background where he spent over seven years working with a wide variety of clients of all ages and abilities to help them achieve their rehabilitation goals. It was there that he began video editing and creating website and social media video content in addition to his work in patient care.
Joe’s interest in the field of acupuncture initially came from his experience in sports medicine, but that interest grew after personal success with the healing modality. It was the latter that ultimately inspired him to move across the country to pursue the field and expand his knowledge of orthopaedic rehabilitation.
Benna is a Registered Herbal Therapist (HANS) with a passion for re-connecting humans with nature. She has a BSc in Wildlife Conservation gained from the University of Plymouth in the UK. This led her to 8 years of experience working in the field of sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry, landscape connectivity, and aquatic health with environmental non-profits in Nova Scotia, Borneo, and Peru.
While doing this work she discovered the world of professional herbal medicine through a 2-year community herbalist program. The pull was strong enough to take her across the country back to school, where she received her Diploma of Phytotherapy at Pacific Rim College in 2016.
She now has a small clinical practice, on a growing homestead in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, where she supports folks in the remembering of our innate belonging and connection to the natural world. She is also part of the Pacific Rim College Online team, supporting students with their questions and assignments as a moderator.
Melanie Snell is a Holistic Nutritionist, Reiki Master, Craniosacral Therapist, Cognitive Behaviour Therapist – life coach, and recent graduate of the Acupuncture program at Pacific Rim College. She is the owner of Soul Lux – Wellness Illuminated, a healthy living and lifestyle business based in Victoria, BC.
It was by accident that she stumbled onto the holistic health scene in her 20s. She was working in the Vancouver fashion industry and after long hours, wacky eating habits and expectations of body image, she found herself in a very sick state of health. She began to research holistic health care methods, and the rest is history.
Melanie is passionate about the energetic body and the pursuit to help people find themselves through mind, body, and spirit practices. Her latest knowledge quest is in Western Herbalism and Aromatherapy by applying Traditional Chinese Medicine’s wisdom. She believes that using the ancient healing arts with the current therapeutic discoveries is where medicine’s real power is discovered.