All lecturers are experts in their field, the majority are practising medical herbalists but some guest lecturers will be brought in to teach specific topics.
Helen has a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine, a background in permaculture, first aid and teaching gardening and growing.
Helen trained for five years in Herbal Medicine in London gaining experience in the dermatology department of Whipps Cross Hospital, Middlesex University Archway Clinic, Westminster University Herbal Medicine Clinic and the University of East London Clinic. She continue to keep up to date with the latest findings on herbal medicine, attending seminars and lectures as well as keeping a connection with the plants she uses as medicine by making many of her own tinctures, creams and ointments, and offering herb walks and teaching workshops.
Helen has gained a lot of experience in acute medicine (both herbal and orthodox) through her work as a festival first aider and community first responder. Helen has also worked in the Calais ‘jungle’ as part of a team of medics.
Helen is an excellent teacher and will be introducing the world of growing and harvesting medicinal plants and trees, as well as telling a tale or two!
Laura Carpenter MNIMH
Laura Carpenter gained a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine from the University of East London and is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), the regulating body for medical herbalists, established in 1864.
Laura undertook the degree part time over five years, and completed her clinical training at the Stratford Herbal Medicine clinic and the Dermatology department of Whipps Cross Hospital in London, completing over 600 hours of clinical training. In 2013 NIMH awarded her the Dorothy Carroll Award for top final clinical examination.
Laura went on to become a member of the Post Graduate Training board for NIMH, ensuring continuing professional standards were met for all NIMH registered medical herbalists, and she became editor of Herbal Thymes magazine in May 2014.
Laura then became the director for communication for NIMH in January 2015, taking a temporary seat on the NIMH council until September 2015.
She then set up Tilia Magazine, a professional magazine for herbalists in the UK and Ireland, in December 2015, and is the chief editor.
Prior to become a herbalist Laura worked in the learning and development field in the Public sector, and developed an award winning national training programme.
Laura practices from her home clinic in Wellington, Somerset. She runs herbal medicine workshops, herb walks, and talks to local community groups on different aspects of health and herbal medicine.
Laura will be teaching various subjects throughout the course and is the course tutor and leader.
Dawn Ireland CPP URHP
Dawn Ireland is a practicing medical herbalist in Torbay, Devon, and a member of the URHP and CPP. She has written articles for a number of magazines on herb related subjects.
Apart from running her practice in Torquay, Devon, she teaches at the local adult education college, and runs a business creating natural vegan and herbal skincare products established in 2003, Green Wyse.
Dawn promotes herbalism by offering talks, herb walks and workshops to various groups in the local area.
Dawn will be teaching the practical pharmacy sections of the course.
Lyn Blythe CPP NIMH
Lyn is a practicing medical herbalist, with clinics in Swindon and Melksham, Wiltshire.
She has written articles for magazines and journals, promoting the use of herbal medicine, and gives talks and runs workshops.
Lyn also holds degrees in Physiology and Biochemistry and in Physiotherapy. She has over 30 years’ experience of working with patients in both the NHS and private sector as a physiotherapist, and more recently specialising in research and treatment of neurological conditions.
Lyn will be teaching the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry sections of the programme.
Pamela Spence MNIMH
Pamela is a medical herbalist, writer and educator based in Scotland. Following a successful career in film and television production, she took her BSc in Herbal Medicine at the prestigious Scottish School of Herbal Medicine and has run a busy practice ever since. She owns The Carrick Clinic, a multi-disciplinary health clinic, with her husband and together with a team of therapists they have built a reputation for supportive, empathic, integrated healthcare.
Pamela has been a regular contributor to LandLove Magazine and often appears in women’s and health magazines as a herbal expert – most recently in an extended interview in OK! Magazine. She has written and presented her own BBC online series on traditional herbal medicine and has made a documentary on life in rural Uganda. She has run workshops in her native Scotland, Italy, Russia, Germany and East Africa on topics ranging from local herbs to women’s health. She has also facilitated Seventh Moon ceremonies for expectant mothers, celebrations for girls reaching menarche and Moon Lodges for women of all ages. In formal education she taught materia medica as a guest lecturer at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine and is an Associate Academy Educator for the Herbal Academy (New England USA) where she wrote and filmed core material for their professional herbalist training course.
Pamela’s knowledge and insight has been used by Napier’s, Heath & Heather and Potter’s – three of the most respected traditional medicine manufacturers in the UK – to promote their products and ensure compliance with advertising standards. She was recently been invited to join the Henry Potter Advisory Board.
Pamela will be teaching the materia medica and energetics sections of the programme.
Dr Gemma Wild MNIMH
Gemma Wild is qualified as a medical herbalist and doctor, graduating from Middlesex University with a BSc Hons in Herbal medicine in 2002 and from Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry with an MBBS in 2008.
She has worked in London and Bristol as a herbalist and in London and Essex as a doctor.
Currently she co-runs a busy chiropractic clinic in Romsey Hampshire where she practises as a herbalist. She has been an external examiner for the final clinical skills examinations at Westminster and Middlesex universities for their BSc and MSc courses for nearly ten years.
Gemma is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and her role with Betonica will be focussed on teaching clinical skills.
Nadia Corp PhD, MNIMH
Nadia is a practicing medical herbalist and a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. After qualifying from the University of East London in 2012, she set up a small practice in Staffordshire Moorlands on the edge of the Peak District and enjoys making her own herbal medicines from home grown organic and wildcrafted plants to contribute to her dispensary.
She has been involved in research for 25 years. Originally qualifying as a zoologist and conducting field-based research, it was during her time working in Africa, where she was shown Traditional African Medicine and the use of forest-based medicinal plants, that her interest in health grew and culminated in her training to become a medical herbalist. Alongside this, for the past decade Nadia has continued to work as a university based research associate, although swapping to the field of primary health care, mainly focussed on mental health and musculoskeletal conditions. She has previously run a pragmatic GP practice-based trial, but now works as an information specialist within a systematic review team. She is also a member of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group. Nadia has presented at national and international conferences and published 34 papers in scientific journals including a paper based on her BSc Herbal Medicine dissertation on gout:
Corp N and Pendry B. 2013. The role of Western herbal Medicine in the treatment of gout. Journal of Herbal Medicine. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hermed.2013.08.002)
Nadia will be teaching the research skills sections of the programme.
Angela Seal MNIMH
Angela graduated from the University of London with a joint honours degree in Botany and Zoology. She taught Biology to A-Level for 9 years during which time she developed an interest in health and the healing capacity of the body. Discovering herbal medicine as a profession in the late eighties was immensely exciting, combining as it does, all the most fascinating aspects of her subjects. She went on to train with the School of Phytotherapy, winning prizes in both Part 1 and Part 2 exams and then to set up in practice as a member of the NIMH in 1991. Since then she has continued to practice and to play a part in education, both in schools and colleges and by running herbal workshops and adult education classes.
Angela will be teaching the botany sections of the programme.
Gina Webley MNIMH
Gina qualified as a Medical Herbalist in 2013 with BSc (Hons)in Herbal Medicine from the University of East London. She is a member of NIMH and has a practice at West Wickham Chiropractic near Bromley in South London.
Gina has worked as a research scientist and college lecturer for over thirty years. She started her career in research but after 15 years moved into college lecturing. She has taught Physiology and Pathology to students studying for a degree in Biomedical Science. She combines her passion for using herbs in health care with her long experience in teaching.
Gina will be teaching the pathology sections of the programme.