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. bloominstitute.ca
Daniel Wiseman, Clinical Herbalist
Daniel’s green journey started with plant teachers in his late teens that helped guide him to a more balanced, natural and holistic way of living. Since then he has fortified his knowledge and skills through direct experience with nature, self study and more recently formal training from the East West School of Planetary Herbology. Now a practicing clinical herbalist, Daniel draws from the global systems of Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, Western herbalism, Spagyrics and more. He also has a strong interest and clinical focus of using plants native to the Maritime provinces as often as possible. secret-fire.com
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 focussing 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.
Michele Graveline, Master Herbalist
Michele Graveline is originally from Treaty 5, Northern MB, where she grew up on her parents’ farm. This is where, as a child, she was attracted to the plant world. Decades later, plant medicine is a part of her lifelong journey. She is a founding member of HANS and a Master Herbalist. She began teaching about herbs in 1997 and carries teachings from other holistic health modalities. In 2008 she completed a Masters in Education with a thesis on ecological relations. She is very serious when it comes to Land relations and believes in respect, responsibility and reciprocity between humans and the Natural World, including herbal medicines. She thinks that herbalists need to be included and supported as integral members of a healthy community. Michele is currently working on a clinical mentorship program and her personal projects centre around Earth-based healing, ecological relations, cultural safety, and anti-violence against women. Find her on Facebook at Deep Earth Medicine. facebook.com/deepearthmedicine
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 practises in Mahone Bay, NS, and virtually online.