Elaine Sheff, Co-Director, Clinical Herbalist, RH (AHG)
The author of several books on herbal medicine and healing, clinical herbalist Elaine Sheff has been passionate about sharing herbal knowledge for over 30 years. Her latest book is Naked: Botanical Recipes for Vibrant Skin and Healthy Hair. Elaine is the Co-Director of Green Path Herb School, located in Missoula, Montana, where she strives to inspire and empower students and clients to remember their connection to the earth, the plants and their own healing process. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and teaches workshops, and at conferences, both nationally and internationally. As a certified Instructor of the Natural Family Planning and Fertility Awareness Methods, Elaine has helped many couples to avoid or achieve pregnancy naturally. She has written numerous articles about her family’s journey with epilepsy and a special needs child. Elaine has written for publications including the Journal of Medicinal Plants and their Applications, Mamalode and Aromaculture magazine. You can often find her bent over an herb in her garden or marveling at small flowers in mountain meadows with her husband and sons. Elaine’s workshops have been featured at conferences including the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference, Montana Herb Gathering, Northwest Herb Symposium, Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, Spokane Herbal Faire, Pacific Women’s Herb Conference, Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence, the Ecoexpo and the Mountain West Herb Gathering.
John Goicovich, Co-Director
John first started working with plants in the early 1990s on the coast of California. It was not until moving to the Rocky Mountains in 1993 that his interest became a lifetime commitment. John’s first love of herbs was always the connection between plants and people and the personal involvement in making one’s own remedies. John is a graduate of both the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies and the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. He is the co-founder of Meadowsweet Herbs.
Dr. Ian Nesbit, Anatomy and Physiology
Ian Nesbit received his Doctorate in Naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in 1994. He completed two post doctorate residencies in physical medicine and cardiology. He was primary professor of cardiology at Bastyr University for three years and lectures internationally on emergency medicine and public health. Dr Nesbit served in the Air Force Reserve and moved from Billings to Missoula after returning from Baghdad in 2003.
Sarah Holden, Botany
Sarah is a mother of two and loves raising her brood in western Montana with her husband and fellow plant nerd! Her primary focus is with plant medicine, she has a background in plant ecology and invasive and native species! In her herbal practice she empowers clients to take control of their foundational heath! Sarah enjoys skiing, lots of hiking, music and aromatherapy.
Kareen Erbe, Permaculture
Kareen is the owner of Broken Ground, a permaculture business in Bozeman, Montana, USA, that teaches people how to grow their own food and become more self-reliant. She has taught hundreds of students through her workshops, both live and online, and offers consultations and permaculture design services. She and her family live on a ¾ acre suburban homestead with large kitchen gardens, a food forest of fruit trees and berry bushes, a greenhouse, a pond, beehives as well as chickens and ducks. Kareen is a regular contributor to Rocky Mountain Gardening Magazine and can be reached through her website brokengroundpermaculture.com.
Heather Ellsworth L.Ac. MAcOM, Chinese Herbs and Medicine
Heather is a licensed and board-certified acupuncturist, herbalist and shiatsu practitioner in Missoula MT. Heather was inspired by her mother, a nurse-midwife, at an early age and has been interested in medicine and women’s health ever since. She graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Biology with a Botany emphasis. Then continued her studies in western herbalism with Michael Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine and became a Certified Clinical Herbalist in 2003. In 2009 she graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with a masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; she is also a Board certified Chinese herbalist. After finishing her studies at OCOM she completed a year and a half post-graduate training in Portland, OR with Dr. Hong Jin DAOM, M.D.(P.R.C.) specializing in women’s health, infertility, and pregnancy support. Along with seeing a variety of health conditions in her private practice she also created “Mama Group Acupuncture” which provided group acupuncture specifically for fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum women at the Alma Midwifery Education and Movement Center, in Portland. Heather recently moved back to Missoula, MT with her husband and son in order to be near their family and enjoy this beautiful community. In her free time she loves collecting and growing plant medicines and dancing.
Mindy Opper, Ayurveda Herbs and Medicine
Mindy Opper has been a Physicians Assistant for 25 years, practicing family medicine with an emphasis in women’s health care. She graduated from UofM with a degree in biology and attended PA school at the Medex Program, University of Washington from 1987-1989. Mindy worked at Partnership Health Center, urgent cares in Missoula and Billings, Planned Parenthood and Blue Mt Clinic. In 2009, Mindy began to feel the need to expand her practice skills and was intrigued by Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of healing and health. She attended the Mt. Madonna College of Ayurveda in Watsonville, Ca., commuting monthly weekends for 7 months. She obtained her diploma as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor in 2010. In early 2011, Mindy opened her own private practice, Prana Family Practice, within the Health and Healing Center at the Red Willow Center in order to practice a more integrative model of care. Here she combines both western allopathic care along with ayurvedic care for those who are interested. She also works collaboratively with all the practitioners at the Red Willow Center providing team based care for those seeking complementary care along with allopathy.
Dr. Jamison Starbuck, ND, Nutrition
Dr. Starbuck is a naturopathic family physician and an attorney. She has been in private practice as a naturopathic family physician in Missoula since 1994. Jamison runs One Doc Naturopathic Medicine, a family medicine clinic dedicated to helping people of all ages attain optimal health. Dr. Starbuck has been a member of the Montana Bar since 1994. Her legal work is currently limited to pro bono and occasional friendly representation. Like most Montanans, Dr. Starbuck spends her free time outside, enjoying her animals, her garden and exploring the extraordinary wild places of our beautiful state.
Tova Sardot, Phytochemistry Tova graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula, MT with a doctorate in Chemistry. She went on to acquire a Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine from the American College of Healthcare Sciences in Portland, Oregon. She has worked as a research scientist in industry, as an educator in academia and the community, as a science advisor in the federal government, and most recently in her own practice at Natura Wellness Clinic to help empower people to live their best lives. Working at these different levels has given her a broad perspective, which she now brings to Green Path Herb School to help educate, support, and cultivate a deeper understand of chemical constituents in herbal formulations for students. In her free time Tova enjoys hiking, house renovation projects, traveling and the unending pursuit of knowledge.