Who are the teachers?

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.

helenHelen Kearney 

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!


dawnDawn 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.


38613_448705343614_3562117_nPamela 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.


picDr 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.


IMG_3116Nadia 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.


picAngela 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.


picGina 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.


Pro-3Lucy Blunden

Lucy graduated from Middlesex University in 2008. She worked as a dispensing herbalist in a shop in North London, giving acute drop-in health advice and dispensing medicines.
Since 2013, she has been working at the training clinic for Middlesex University’s Integrative Medicine students. Her role is as dispenser and involves the teaching of dispensing to students in Ayurveda, TCM and WHM. Since 2015, Lucy has also been lecturing on the MSc course at Middlesex teaching Materia Medica, Functional Medicine, herbal history and regulation.
Lucy has been discovering more about local herbs and their medicinal uses and how to create a useful and attractive garden. Lucy loves the experimental side of making medicines and products.
Lucy moved to a small town in Hertfordshire in 2013 and has been enjoying the less hectic pace away from London.


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