Board of Directors

Board of Directors (From East of West):

Megan Tardif-Woolgar, New Brunswick

Savayda Jarone, Nova Scotia

Daniel Wiseman, Nova Scotia

Lianna Vargas, Ontario

Bree Nabholz, Alberta

Kristy Garnet, Alberta

Katolen Yardley, British Columbia (President)

Lindsay Hounslow, British Columbia (Vice President)

Biographies (East to West):


Savayda Jaronesavayda

Savayda was discovered by herbs twenty two years ago after stumbling upon a herb shop in a quaint courtyard in London, England. She was lured down the herbal path, and has been winding her way along ever since. Her journey took her to Dominion Herbal College in Vancouver where she completed the four year phytotherapy program from the School of Phytotherapy in England. She had the great fortune to work among several eminent herbalists at Gaia Garden Herbals for five years, where she received valuable exposure to the varied aspects of herbal medicine. She returned to her home in Nova Scotia in 2002, where she has since been a driving force in the growth of herbalism in the east. She has been in clinical practice for fifteen years and runs a clinic and dispensary in Halifax, where she also teaches workshops and several popular year-long herbal medicine courses for children and adults. She is a fertility awareness educator, cancer prevention strategist, and founding and current member of the CCHA and the Herbalist Association of NS.


Megan Tardif-WoolgarMegan Business Portrait

Megan is a registered professional Medical Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) and the Canadian Herbalist Association of British Columbia (CHA of BC).

Megan started her green journey with a degree in Environmental Science from Dalhousie University in 2008. Although she is still very passionate about healing the planet, she feels that larger scale planetary healing cannot happen without individual changes in perception and well-being. Megan decided to pursue the healing arts in 2011, and completed the 2500 hour Phytotherapy Diploma program from Pacific Rim College in 2014.

Megan practices out of her clinic and dispensary in Sackville, New Brunswick, where she helps facilitate the connection between her patients and plant world to bring the body back into a state of balance. She loves consulting with and formulating medicine for her patients. She can often be found in her herb garden with her hands in the dirt- planting, harvesting, or medicine-making. Megan believes that the key to creating resilient communities lies within the nurturing of both individuals and the planet.

Megan has been active in celebrating ad promoting the profession of herbalism, and has been the president of the Herbalist Association of New Brunswick since January 2018. It is important for Megan to participate in the empowerment of both patients and the community, and she takes an active role in educating about herbal medicine so that individuals may foster their own healthy relationships with the plant kingdom. She teaches a variety of workshops and courses in herbal medicine to promote health sovereignty of individuals and the community.


Lianna Vargas

LiannaLianna is a Registered Herbalist who continually seeks to deepen her understanding through engagement with the natural world. Her focus has been on getting to know local plants, connecting with Nature, and getting back to the basics in hopes to help forge a more sustainable future. She is also an artist that has many interests and skills she has been developing alongside her training in herbal medicine such as wildlife tracking, organic gardening and traditional crafting. She received clinical training under Diane Kent’s Clinical Herbalism Program and studied in the field with with Michael Vertolli, learning to identify and harvest the local wild plants, connecting with them on a deep level.

Lianna is a professional and past Board member of the Ontario Herbalists Association (OHA). She works with Living Earth School of Herbalism as the Student Liaison & Administration Coordinator. She offers a variety of workshops and currently has a private clinical practice in Etobicoke, ON.


Bree Nabholz 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABree is a Registered Medical Herbalist in Edmonton, AB where she runs her herbal medicine practice and botanical dispensary. Her dispensary stocks over 100 herbs and she loves formulating individualized blends for her clients and other practitioners including naturopaths, chiropractors and midwives throughout Alberta. In 2007, she completed her Diploma of Holistic Health at Grant McEwan University, specializing in flower essences and herbology. Through Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies on Salt Spring Island, BC she completed the Intermediate Herbal Program where she learned medicine-making and wild-crafting skills. Bree then continued on to receive her clinical training from Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC, where she completed a 3 year Diploma of Phytotherapy. Coming back to her Albertan roots, Bree opened Wild Yarrow Herbal Medicine Clinic and Dispensary in Edmonton, AB where she enjoys seeing clients to get to the heart of their health issues. Her locally-made “Wild Yarrow Herbals” product line includes herbal products designed for pregnancy, daily wellness and festival/summer fun. You can find her products at Earth’s General Store and Noorish, as well as online. She’s a Professional Member of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG), as well as the Alberta Herbalists Association (AHA). She’s also honored to sit on the board of both the Alberta Herbalists Association and the Canadian Council of Herbal Associations where she actively works along her peers to create a strong presence of herbalism in Alberta and Canada in order to raise the public profile of Herbalism as a whole. Bree is passionate about women’s empowerment, women’s health and connecting the dots between mental and emotional patterns with physical symptoms in the body; she believes addressing all facets of a person is necessary to create true long-lasting healing.


Kristy Garnet

gif imageKristy is a Clinical Herbalist (Cl.H.) and Professional Biologist (P.Biol) in Alberta and British Columbia (R.P.Bio.). She completed her Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Biology from George Mason University in Arlington, VA, USA in 2004 and began her professional career as an ecosystem biologist. After years as a field biologist in the corporate arena, Kristy reignited her interest in biology and herbal medicine and earned her Clinical Herbalist (Cl.H.) diploma from Wild Rose College in Calgary, AB, Canada. She is a member of the Alberta Herbalists Association (AHA) and the American Herbalist Guild (AHG).
Kristy believes the only way to great health is with individual support that looks at the body from a holistic perspective. She works with clients to get to the root of their health and wellness issues using herbs and natural remedies. Kristy offers online support to clients throughout North America and in-person consultations in her office in Calgary, AB.


 Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, CHT, Medical pic

Katolen is member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists; currently in private practice in Vancouver and Port Moody, BC. She specializes in women’s health issues, skin dis-ease, digestive and nervous system disorders. Her personal interest in health lies with the emotional connection to wellness and dis-ease. Katolen teaches herbal medicine classes at numerous local colleges  and at conferences throughout North America, she has been interviewed on radio and published in numerous health journals. Since 1998 has appeared monthly on Global Television Morning News, where she offers herbal information to the public. Katolen is a director of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations (CCHA) and is current president of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of BC (CHA of BC).