About Michele Collins Vergara, RH (AHG), MPH
Michele Collins Vergara, RH (AHG), MPH has been practicing as a clinical herbalist since 2004, using traditional Chinese medicine in combination with Chinese, western, and Ayurvedic herbs, Chinese nutritional therapy, and qi gong. Her deep love of plants combined with her desire to create a nurturing and sustainable healing alternative for people led her to complete the East West School of Herbology's professional herbalist training program. She choose this school not only for its focus on teaching a wholistic healing system to apply and use herbs, but equally for its unique focus on integrating and applying the diagnostic and herbal traditions of traditional Chinese medicine, traditional Ayurvedic medicine, and western herbalism.
Through her studies to the present, she continues to mentor and study with practicing herbalists in a variety of traditions, including traditional Chinese medicine, traditional Ayurvedic medicine, and western herbalism. Her herbal practice offers a unique opportunity to combine both her learnings and experience in the field of public health and working with plants to support people in their own healing journey. As an herbalist, she likes connecting people to the beauty and magic of plants and to the healing rhythms of nature. She has a general practice, with particular experience in the use of tonic herbs and formulas to address chronic depletion and imbalances caused by illness or emotional trauma, psychological/mental health issues, digestive issues, as well as gynecological issues. In her practice, she combines herbal medicine with qi gong to offer her clients the opportunity to deepen their ability to control and monitor their own health.
Michele is a graduate of Michael and Leslie Tierra's professional herbalist program at the East West School of Herbology, where she holds the designation as a certified herbalist (EWCH). She also has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Behavior from the UNC School of Public Health. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG), where she holds the designation of Registered Herbalist (RH). In 2011, she spent 6 months in Chengdu, China studying advanced Chinese herbal medicine in a hospital setting that integrated western medicine with traditional Chinese herbal medicine. In 2012, she joined the teaching faculty of the Academy of Integrated Medicines, where she teaches about the clinical practice of integrated herbal medicine in their Integrated Herbal Studies Certificate Program. Michele is also a practitioner of medical qi gong and teaches qi gong. She has studied qi gong and nei gong (internal alchemy) with Michael Winn, and is an associate instructor and is certified to teach Primordial Qi Gong in the Healing Tao system. She is currently studying medical qi gong with Wendy Lang and the International Institute of Medical Qi Gong curriculum introduced by Dr. Jerry Allen Johnson.