Have you ever wondered what it would take to move your passion for herbal medicine into a viable career? Can you envision yourself as a clinical herbalist working with clients, as part of a research team exploring herbal effectiveness and safety, or representing companies that make and sell herbs? In this webinar, we’ll report on the growth of the herbal industry, the skills you’ll need to play a role in the field, and the jobs we see emerging for qualified professional herbalists.
Dr. Michael Tims, Academic Director of the Herb Program and Bevin Clare, Associate Professor and Program Manager for the MUIH Clinical Herbalism Program, will lead a lively discussion on what it takes to develop marketable skills and expertise.
Michael Tims is Director of Herbal Programs at Maryland University of Integrative Health. He has taught at the University of Maryland and Montgomery College, and has had broad experience in the herbal supplement industry as a managing partner of Cash Grocer Natural Foods, as a clinical herbalist, and as an academic researcher focused on the chemical ecology of endangered medicinal plant species. Dr. Tims also collaborated with federal regulators to provide medicinal plant toxicity assessments. He co-developed HerbMed, a web-based herbal database providing access to scientific data on the use and safety of herbal medicine, and he completed an NIH/NIST postdoctoral fellowship developing Botanical Standard Reference Materials. As the founder of Radix Medicina, a science education and writing business, Dr. Tims provided experimental design support for analytical methods development and field experiments for the herbal products industry; developed online biology textbooks; and created a science education blog, Bardo’s Calculus, and a blogging collective for writers and artists at the Hyattstown Millstone. Dr. Tims received his BA in English/Writing from George Mason University and his Ph.D. in the Chemical Ecology of Medicinal Plants from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Bevin Clare, M.S., R.H., CNS, is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist appointed as an Associate Professor and Program Manager of the Post-Master's Certificate in Clinical Herbalism at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She holds an MSc in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has studied herbal medicine around the world and blends her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies. She is a board member of the United Plant Savers, a group working to protect at-risk medicinal plants in North America. Bevin has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild for more than a decade, on the governing council for 10 years and the vice president since 2010.
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