HANS Board of Directors

The HANS Board meets every 4-6 weeks in Halifax. There are also active committees which meet regularly.

 Savayda Jarone, Clinical Herbalist

Savayda is a medical herbalist and has been in practice for more than 18 years.  She is a founding member of HANS, and is founder and president of the Bloom Institute for Herbal Studies in Halifax. She is a Nova Scotia representative on the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations, with a special interest in politics and standards. She has a clinical practice and teaches herbal medicine to blossoming students at the Bloom Institute. 


Lynn-Marie Mattie

Lynn-Marie is a mother, yoga teacher and herbal student at the Bloom Institute.  It is her love of both nature and knowledge that keeps her coming back to HANS.  She enjoys spending time with like-minded souls and working/playing to make the world a better place. 

Jeanette Poirier, Clinical Herbalist

Jeanette has been in practice for 20 years. She graduated from the Dominion Herbal College with a diploma in Clinical Herbal Therapy.  She is a founding member of Herbalist Association of Nova Scotia and was involved in the setting up of standards of practice and educational requirements for Herbal Practitioners in N.S.

 Jeanette is semi-retired and is focusing her energies on the treatment of tick borne infections such as Lyme, and has an interest in herbals for bacterial and viral infections.  She is especially focused on teaching and mentoring.
She is located at 2–59 Goosie Loop, Garlands Crossing, Windsor, NS, B0N 2T0, and can be contacted at:

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Oren Hercz, Clinical Herbalist

Oren Hercz has been in practice as a Clinical Herbalist since 2010, working in holistic health clinics, a family medicine office, and in private practice online. He also teaches classes on various health topics and a year-long beginners herbal medicine program, empowering people to become their own home herbalists and be proactive about their health.  Oren currently practices in Mahone Bay, NS, and virtually online.


Alyssa M. Boulanger, Clinical & Community Herbalist
South Shore, NS
Alyssa operates a clinic and dispensary in Dublin Shore – along the Pijinuiskaq/Lahave River where she grows a large amount of the herbs offered in her clinic. She has been an avid grower, medicine maker and student of plant medicine for many years. Alyssa’s formal training was through East West School of Planetary Herbology, Clinical training through Wildcurrents Herbalism and working in the Bloom Institute student clinic.  Her clinic is currently virtual/phone, with plans to have in-person consultations in her gardens soon.



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