Resume Work Experience

Qualifications Currently Held

  • Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of Wales (2003)
  • Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) (since1987) Made a Fellow in 2009
  • Professional member of the American Herbalists Guild (since 1993)
  • Professional member of the Canadian Herbalists Association of BC (since 1992)
  • Member of the Institute of Allergy Therapists
  • Diploma in Swedish and Relaxation Massage
  • Diploma in Reiki Therapy
  • Certified Master Gardener
  • Certified Horticulture Therapist

Positions Currently Held

  • Faculty chair in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, New Westminster, BC. since 2004.
  • Board Member of the Canadian Herbalists Association of BC (elected 2010)
  • BC representative on the Federal Canadian Council of Herbal Associations
  • Member of the board of advisors for Dominion Herbal College (Vancouver)
  • Member of the board of advisors of the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild
  • Member of the Education Committee of the American Herbalists Guild
  • Member of the board of advisors to A.Vogel Institute (Bioforce), Canada
  • Contributing editor to ‘Medical Herbalism’ newsletter
  • Technical consultant for Rodale Press, Reader’s Digest and Storey Publishing
  • Board member of the Comox Valley Land Trust (conservation and land protection group)
  • Board member of Gardens without Borders (horticulture therapy association)

Businesses founded

  • The Herbal Treatment Clinic (Glasgow, Scotland) 1987 – 1989
  • The Galen Natural Therapy Center (Vancouver) 1991 – 1993
  • The Gaia Garden Herbal Dispensary (Vancouver) 1993 – 2004
  • Cabrera Consultants 2005 to present

Clinical experience

In clinical practice since 1987, seeing 10 – 12 patients per week, practicing as a medical herbalist, nutritionist and aromatherapist. Individual consultations and customized prescribing of herbal and nutritional protocols for optimal wellness. Management (1993 – 2004) of a multi-disciplinary clinic with a variety of practitioners offering different services. Approved as a clinical preceptor by the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (Portland, Oregon), Bastyr University (Seattle) and the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) to teach clinical skills to naturopathic and herbal medicine students. Participated in grand rounds with the doctors of BC Women’s Hospital and have lectured on alternative approaches to treating HIV and AIDS at St. Paul’s Hospital, and on natural medicines for cancer at UBC.

Teaching experience

  • Faculty chair and senior lecturer in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, New Westminster, BC. since 2004 to present
  • Visiting faculty at Middlesex University (London UK), The School of Phytotherapy (UK), Bastyr University (Seattle), Dominion Herbal College (Vancouver) and National College of Naturopathic Medicine (Portland)
  • Presently engaged in designing and implementing experiential clinical training in herbal medicine for health care professionals for a bi-coastal natural medicine center that specializes in cancer and AIDS.
  • Currently recognized as a mentor by the American Herbalists Guild and the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK).

Administrative and developmental work

  • Employed from 1993 – 1996 by the Coastal Mountain College of Healing Arts (formerly Wild Rose College of Natural Healing) in the position of Director of Herbal Studies. My responsibilities included the design, development and implementation of a three month Wildcrafting intensive, a one year training in the business of herbs and a three year full time Clinical Herbalist training program. I handled all the administrative protocol and coordinated the needs and schedules of 38 instructors and almost 100 students annually.
  • Employed by Dominion Herbal College, Vancouver from 1990 – 1993 as Dean of Academic Studies. During this time I created and delivered a three year part time program in clinical herbal therapy.
  • Employed since 2004 as Faculty chair in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, New Westminster, BC. Responsible for curriculum design delivery and development for 150 students a year.

Papers published

  • Medical Herbalism Newsletter (contributing editor )
  • The Townsend Letter for Doctors
  • The Canadian Journal of Herbalism
  • Alive Health Magazine
  • The European Journal of Herbal Medicine
  • Canadian Herb Society Newsletter
  • Healthy Living Magazine
  • Herbs for Health Magazine
  • American Herb Association Newsletter
  • Canadian Association of Herbal Practitioners Newsletter
  • Common Ground Magazine
  • Dimensions Magazine
  • Shared Vision Magazine
  • Everwild Magazine
  • Natural Health Magazine
  • Total Health Magazine
  • HerbalGram Magazine
  • Nutrition Science News
  • The Business of Health
  • The Island Word
  • The Herbal Collective
  • Comox Valley Health and Recreation Guide

Papers Presented

Over 60 papers presented at conferences and symposiums since 1991, in Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Media exposure

  • The Rafe Mair Show – CKNW and AM600 (most frequent repeat guest over 12 years)
  • The Fanny Keifer Show – CKNW
  • House Calls – The Art Hister Show CKNW
  • Healthy Living with Croft Woodruff (AM 1040)
  • Coop Radio
  • The Alive Show – CBC
  • 6 o’clock News – CBC
  • Evening News – BCTV
  • Alternative Medicine Digest
  • Readers Digest
  • Prevention Magazine
  • Women’s Weekly magazine
  • Evening News – CTV
  • CFAX Radio in Victoria
  • The Robert Crayhon Show (New York)
  • The Vancouver Sun
  • The Province
  • The Courier
  • The Knowledge Network
  • The Discovery Channel
  • McCalls magazine
  • Red Book magazine
  • Macleans Magazine
  • CFUN radio
  • Chatelaine magazine

Awards received

  • July 1999 – The Ella Birznek award for outstanding contribution to the furtherance of professional herbalism.
  • August 1999 – The American Herbalists Guild esteemed colleague honor roll
  • September 2009 – Fellowship in the National Institute of Medical Herbalists

Other Relevant Work Experience

  • 1 year working as a Relaxation Therapist in a Massage Clinic in Whistler, B.C. (1989)
  • 18 months vice president of the B.C. Holistic Healing Association.
  • 5 years as a council member of The American Herbalists Guild
  • Founder of the Gaia Garden Herbal Dispensary, a full service herbal dispensary and Canada’s largest retail herb shop.
  • Author of the book “Fibromyalgia – the Journey Toward Healing” published by Contemporary Books
  • Assistant director on a film project documenting ethnobotany of the Nilgiri hill tribes in southern India (2010)

References available upon request

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