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The Practitioner Learning Community

Practitioner Learning Community

The Practitioner Learning Community is designed to deepen your knowledge in your practice. Wise Woman Herbals sponsors a series of monthly educational events for healthcare practitioners and is open to practitioners of all modalities. Register for the educational events that fit your needs. We are happy to have you as a part of our community!

Events may include webinars or one-hour practitioner forum calls—voice chats where practitioners can learn and have questions answered by an herbal naturopathic physician. Calls will have a clinical theme and educational information followed by a question and answer session.


Participating Practitioner Bios can be found below the events.


Wise Woman Herbals Online Webinar: "Foundational Approaches in Practice: A Guide to Complementary Support for the Five Pillars of Health"

with Rachel Alm, NTP, MMH, BCHN (R)

In this three-part series, nutrition and herbal medicine practitioner Rachel Alm will review the five main body systems that, when functioning optimally, create a strong foundation for health. Discussion will include use of therapeutic foods, medicinal herbs, and nutrients to nourish and balance the body, starting from the ground up. Each webinar in this series on one hour long.

Online Webinar Part 3 of 3: "Balancing with Botanicals—Using Medicinal Herbs To Strengthen the Foundations of Wellness"
Tuesday, July 16th, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

Plant medicine has been revered and utilized for centuries to provide significant prevention, relief, and fortification to the body. Building on our previous discussions of the five pillars of health, we'll review botanical support with actions specific to Digestion, Blood Sugar Regulation, Fatty Acids, Mineral Balance, and Hydration. From stimulating biliary flow to balancing HPA axis communication, you'll discover herbs to tone and support a strong foundation for wellness.

If you missed parts 1 and 2, YouTube videos of the webinars are available on the Educational Resources page.


Wise Woman Herbals 2-part Online Webinar: "Botanical Approaches to Woman's Health"

with Kris Vaughan,CH, AADP

In this two-part series, Certified Herbalist and Holistic Health Practitioner Kris Vaughan will discuss botanical therapeutics for common complaints in women's health. Familiarize yourself with botanicals and nutrition for menstrual irregularities and hormonal support.

Online Webinar Part 1 of 2: "Menstrual Irregularities and PMS"
Friday August 9, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

Botanical medicine provides us with many tools useful for common menstrual complaints. This presentation is useful for any practitioner working in women’s health and who wishes to provide foundational support using botanical medicine. Kris Vaughan is a Certified Clinical Herbalist who has been working in practice for more than 10 years. This class offers her experience using botanicals for supporting normal healthy menstrual cycles and in caring for women experiencing different varieties of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).

What you will learn:

  • Overview of the menstrual cycle
  • Why some women experience Amenorrhea
  • What causes painful cycles
  • The different types of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Botanical therapeutics for hormone support and symptom reduction

Not able to attend live? Register for this webinar and receive the recording by email after the live event.


Online Webinar Part 2 of 2: "Botanical Support for Healthy Menopause"
September 6, 2019 11:00 am-12:00 pm PST

Menopause is treated as a disease in conventional medicine circles but is this necessary? Menopause is a woman’s birthright; the right to move freely into the next phase of life where we truly know who we are and have a sense of freedom. Moving through this phase comfortably is a priority and nature offers options for supporting normal healthy hormone production as well as support for symptoms that may be uncomfortable.



Past Practitioner Learning Community events and supporting materials are archived on the Educational Resources page for your ongoing reference.


Kris Vaughan, CH
Kris is a Certified Clinical Herbalist and Board Certified Holistic Health Coach by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Kris has focused her clinical practice in the area of complicated chronic illness, autoimmune, and digestive concerns. Kris is the owner and Program Director of Herbal Wisdom Institute and the Director of Practitioner Experience for Wise Woman Herbals. Kris spends her time between Oregon and her home in Arizona where she has a deep love and passion for the plants of the Sonoran Desert.


Rachel Alm, NTP, MMH, BCHN (R)
Rachel Alm is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Master Medical Herbalist, and Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. She is the owner of Open Road Botanicals and a lead instructor for the Nutritional Therapy Associationand the Herbal Wisdom Institute. She lives in the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park with her Park Ranger husband and their two amazing kids, where she manages the community garden, produces her line of herbal medicines, and offers community-based wellness services. Rachel creates offerings focused on opening channels needed to release burden, allowing the body to heal itself as nature intended. In her classroom and in practice, she combines the science of holistic health with the art of compassionate, individualized support. Follow her on FB and IG for her latest adventures!


Dr. Nagel, ND RH (AHG)
Glen has been a practicing herbalist and all around herbal wise guy for the last 25 years. Glen's background as an herbalist began with an apprenticeship with Herbal Ed Smith and Sara Katz, as well as Ryan Drum Ph.D. and Cascade Anderson Geller. Glen’s passion is to have students learning directly from the plants. Glen has a lifelong interest in plants and nature and believes in teaching with humor and hands-on experience. Glen is also a licensed naturopathic physician.


Sierra Thompson Nordquist,

Sierra is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Herbalist and educational enthusiast on a mission to share the health promoting powers of nutrition and herbal botanicals with her community and beyond. Sierra owns and runs a private practice, Nutritive Roots, where she provides education and guidance through one-on-one nutritional and herbal consultations, cooking and herbal workshops, group programs and educational lectures. When not in the studio, Sierra can be found cooking up a culinary confection, creating herbal crafts and remedies, digging in to a good book (or the garden dirt), sipping a cup of tea, wildcrafting in the woods, enjoying being with friends and family, and of course – eating! For more information about Sierra and her services, please visit her website at


Support materials from these practitioners are available on the Educational Resources page.


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