Danny O’Rawe ND, MSc, AHG, FIRH
Danny is a well-known herbalist and veteran of the Irish herbal tradition. His training has taken him from the shamanic traditions of the Amazon rainforests to a Master of Science degree in herbal medicine. He is a Fellow and former president of the Irish Register of Herbalists. He is also a Registered Naturopath (ND) and Senior Lecturer in Nutrition for the College of Naturopathic Medicine. He also holds a Diploma in Aromatherapy.
He has taught at a number of herbal schools and at international conferences and symposia. He is the founder of Plant Healer Federation and one of the founders of the annual Herb Feast festival. He is a Royal Horticultural Society trained grower with over 25 years experience. He is a researcher, activist, writer and consultant clinician with a busy multidisciplinary practice in Belfast.
Dr. Graeme Tobyn PhD
Graeme is a senior lecturer in the School of Community Health and Midwifery, at the University of Central Lancashire. His clinical background is in herbal medicine, having practised for 26 years including a period in the UK National Health Service.
He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Royal Historical Society, the British Society for the History of Pharmacy and the British Herbal Medicine Association. He is the author of two books including Culpeper’s Medicine, and several book chapters and articles; co-author of The Western Herbal Tradition, and with several new publications forthcoming.
Jo Goodyear BSc, MIRH
Jo is a professionally qualified medical herbalist based in Blackrock, Cork City. She is a qualified botanist and holds a BSc in Botany. She also trained in Western Herbal medicine, with an emphasis on using local and naturalised plants. She is a professional member of the Irish Register of Herbalists.
In addition to running her practice, she teaches herbal medicine and leads foraging and plant walks within County Cork. Jo is also one of the organizers of the annual Herb Feast festival, Ireland’s largest annual herbalist event.
Keith Robertson MSc FNIMH
Keith is a Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. He is a much respected visionary and pioneer of traditional energetic and contemplative approaches in professional herbal training in the UK. After serving on the NIMH Council, inspired by his late friend and mentor Christopher Hedley, he then established the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine in Glasgow with his ex-wife Maureen in 1992. They ran the School together for the next 18 years training to BSc (Hons) and MSc level; inspired in this by a vegan philosophy and a contemplative and experiential research approach first suggested by the polymath Johann von Goethe.
In recognition of his vision with SSHM, as well as his work with the NIMH and European Accreditation Boards, he was awarded a Fellowship in 2004 in acknowledgement of his services to herbal education. A correspondence pre-course and an international apprenticeship programme are now run from his herb farm on the Isle of Arran, which researches herbal medicines and vegan organic growing techniques. He has been in practice since 1989.
Nicola Dee Kelly BSc MNIMH
Nicola is a Welsh medical herbalist who has a BSc from the renowned School of Phytotherapy formerly at Bodle Street Green in East Sussex. She was Tutor in Natural Medicine and Plant Appreciation at Wild Medicine Chest. She led a busy practice in Wales and was a guide at the National Botanical Garden of Wales before relocating to Scotland where she is now Course Administrator for the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine.
Vilma Matuleviciute MSc, ND, BCST, FIRH
Vilma is a Lithuanian Medical Herbalist, Naturopath and Craniosacral therapist, practicing in Dublin for 15 years. She has a background in biochemistry and a Master’s degree in Food Science, and also a Master’s degree in Western Herbal Medicine from the University of Westminster, London. She was Herbal Medicine course director and a senior lecturer at the College of Naturopathic Medicine for 12 years. She regularly teaches various classes and courses on herbal medicine and naturopathy and runs a monthly low-cost student clinic for the public at the Red Stables, St.Anne’s Park in Dublin.
Vilma is involved in setting up the first Phytotherapy (Western Herbal Medicine) bachelor’s degree course in Lithuania at the Klaipeda University. Currently Vilma is the President of the Irish Register of Herbalists (IRH) and the vice-Chair of FICTA (Federation of Irish Complementary Therapy Associations).
Kevin Orbell-McSean MIRH MNIMH
Kevin qualified thirty years ago having successfully completed a course at the School of Phytotherapy in Kent, England, after which he joined the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, a UK based professional association founded in 1864. He joined the Irish Register of Herbalists in 2015. Since 1990 he has practiced from the Evergreen Clinic of Natural Medicine,in Cork City. In the early 1990’s Kevin was a founder member of Ireland’s first professional association for medical herbalists, the Irish Association of Medical Herbalists, and served as the Chairman/President of the association for several years. From 2007-2011 he served on the National Institute’s Professional Ethics Working Group, adjudicating on ethical queries and determining ethical policy, as well as being a Professional Conduct Officer, dealing with professional conduct complaints and ensuring the compliance of practitioners with our Code of Ethics. Since 2011 Kevin has also lectured at the Plant Medicine School, based in Coachford, County Cork, and provides clinical training for students in my clinic. Kevin’s grandfather was Albert Orbell, a herbalist who was also an NIMH member and a well-rgarded practitioner in London many years ago.