Chief Editor: Haly JensonHof
Editors: Sharon Falsetto and Kelly Holland-Azzaro
Clinical Aromatherapy and Case Study Editor: Valerie Cooksley
Safety Chair: Sylla Sheppard-Hanger
Director Coordinator: Tanya LaMothe
Haly JensenHof, MA, RA
Haly JensenHof, MA, RA Haly is a formally trained Clinical Aromatherapist who received the bulk of her training from Shanti Dechen at Aroma Apothecary Healing Art Academy.
Haly specializes in individualized therapeutic blending to assist clients with physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. In conjunction with her aromatherapy skills, Haly also uses her skills as a mental health therapist to assist each client to gain a healthy balance and regulate and maintain overall health.
Prior to becoming an aromatherapist, Haly was a psychotherapist and clinical case manager at a residential treatment facility for children. Haly has also been an adoption therapist and taught college level psychology courses. In her work at the residential treatment facility, Haly helped children and their families overcome severe emotional and behavioral disruptions. It was through the use of diffusing essential oils in her office that Haly became more and more interested in the practice of aromatherapy. This interest resulted in Haly leaving her active mental health therapy practice and pursuing her education in aromatherapy.
Haly lives in a small town in Wyoming with her husband and three active terriers. To learn more about Haly, please visit her website: www.yourhealthscents.com
Sharon Falsetto, BA (Hons), CA
Sharon Falsetto is a UK certified clinical aromatherapist who trained with Penny Price Aromatherapy. After traveling widely, personal circumstances led her to move to the United States in 2006; she founded her own aromatherapy practice, Sedona Aromatherapie, in 2007. Sharon has training at one of the highest levels in English aromatherapy but with an understanding of the American market. She also has a graduate honors degree in business, a diploma in reflexology and over ten years experience of UK government health related services.
Sedona Aromatherapie now operates predominately as an online business, although Sharon works with local clients and businesses on request. Sharon offers online and distance learning professional aromatherapy courses, aromatherapy courses for beginners and make-your-own products kits. She wrote all of the courses and kits herself, based on her aromatherapy practice and education, in addition to her professional experience as a writer. She offers her professional writing skills for hire to other aromatherapy businesses and therapists in the form of newsletter writing, article writing, content writing, e-books and more.
Sharon understands the importance of hands on practice and enjoys creating custom aromatherapy blends for weddings, spas, therapists and the individual in the form of therapeutic essential oil blends, custom skincare products and product lines, wedding favors, aromatherapy gifts, and custom candles, in addition to writing and teaching.
Sharon writes professionally about aromatherapy as a ghost writer and blogger for other aromatherapy businesses and websites, through guest posts on blogs, as a regular writer and contributor on websites and e-journals and for other professional publications as requested; she writes her own aromatherapy blog, Aromatherapy Notes, in addition to maintaining two aromatherapy information websites, Aromatherapy Library and Aromatherapy Glossary.
Sharon has taken advanced aromatherapy training in aromatherapy for pregnancy, aromatherapy for babies and children and chemistry of essential oils and carrier oils. In the summer of 2012, Sharon traveled to France to undertake a 5 day aromatherapy study trip, studying (and partaking) in the growing and distillation of aromatic plants firsthand.
Sharon loves to write about aromatherapy, share information about aromatherapy, and to teach and inform others about true aromatherapy!
Sharon is the secretary and the Arizona regional director for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA).
Kelly Holland Azzaro, RA, CCAP, CBFP, LMT
Kelly Holland Azzaro is a Registered Aromatherapist, Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner, Certified Bach Flower Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner and Two-Term Vice President and current Past President of NAHA.
Kelly has over 20 years experience in the Aromatherapy and Massage Therapy profession. She has taught numerous Aromatherapy, Bach Flower and Massage workshops and classes to both the public and professionals. She also was a Workshop Presenter at the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy’s World of Aromatherapy V Conference in Norfolk, Virginia, where she presented on Aromatherapy Facial and Scalp Massage Techniques. She has been both a guest speaker and a host for tele-classes pertaining to Bach Flowers, Aromatherapy and Massage Therapy topics.
Kelly is part of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal Committee and helps with gathering, compilation, editing and layout of articles and educational content for both the Aromatherapy Journal and Newsletters. She also oversees the NAHA Safety Committee and participates in dispersion of information about safe use of essential oils for the general public and NAHA Members via the NAHA website, publications, committees and regional directors.
Her passion is empowering others through education and sharing information with others so that they can help themselves and their animal friends in a natural and holistic manner.
Kelly has additional training and professional experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory, Canine/Equine Acupressure-Massage, Intuitive Animal Communication, Crystal-Gemstone Therapy, Reiki, Aromatherapy and Flower Essence Therapy for people and their animal friends. Kelly and her husband Marco, a Licensed Acupuncturist and Medical Qigong Practitioner- Instructor, have a Holistic Healing Center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Their secure online web store, www.ashitherapy.com, www.ashiaromatics.com, offers over 100 natural products.
Valerie Cooksley, RN, OCN, FAAIM, CERT
Valerie Cooksley, RN, OCN, FAAIM, CERT, is a holistic nurse, clinical aromatherapist, health researcher and educator, and acclaimed author of eight books on aromatherapy and natural healing.
She has passionately studied natural medicine for more than twenty five years and holds six certifications in aromatherapy. Valerie was one of the founding members of the Steering Committee for Education Standards in Aromatherapy in the United States, the predecessor to the current Aromatherapy Registration Council.
Ms. Cooksley is a Fellow of The American Association of Integrative Medicine and her clinical experience in nursing specialized in Oncology, as well as Infectious Diseases and Public Health with a present focus on Holistic Health education. She is a Certified Therapeutic Lifestyle Educator and holds a certification in Raw Food Nutrition Science. She has instructed for both the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society and is certified in emergency response and triage in catastrophic disasters as a FEMA Community Emergency Response Team member for the greater Houston area. Valerie holds an active Registered Nursing Compact License in thirteen states.
Valerie is Co-founder and Director of the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy in Houston; President of Flora Medica Essential Oil and Wellness Company, Regional Network Director for the American Holistic Nurses Association and is Founder of the Houston Holistic Network. She is an Editorial board member and feature writer for Massage Magazine and a sought-after national lecturer on clinical aromatherapy, holistic nursing and the natural healing arts. Valerie is a Professional Member and an Approved School/Educator of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and the NAHA Regional Director for Texas.
To learn more about Valerie, please visit her website: www.floramedica.com
Sylla Sheppard-Hanger is the Founder/Director of the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy in Tampa, Florida. She brings twenty years of experience and personal research into the practice of Aromatherapy and the power of essential oils. Her fascination with this subject has led her to study with the most knowledgeable people in the field of aromatic and medicinal plants, essential oil research, herbology. In 1993, she completed the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Program, Purdue University, Indiana, and continued to complete the International Training in Essential Oils: Advanced Studies - Parts 1 & 2 (1996-7). She was a founding member of the American Aromatherapy Association (1988) and served two terms on the Board of Directors. Sylla is an active participant in the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), as Chair of the Safety Committee. She actively participates in setting up national standards in education for aromatherapy.
After the September 11th tragedy, Sylla volunteered with the Carolina Emergency Relief Massage Team whose four deployments helped over 3500 people through chair massage and aromatherapy donations collected thru Sylla's efforts that they were able to use and give away to relief workers. During this time she formed the United Aromatherapy Effort, Inc (UAE) a non-profit charity whose mission is collection and dissemination of donated aromatherapy products to those affected during critical incidents and emergency work. The UAE also supplied Floridians after hurricanes in 2004, and the team worked in Biloxi, MS after Hurricanes Katrina/Rita 2005. At present the UAE, Inc. supplies NATO soldiers in Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan.
A licensed Cosmetologist/Esthetician (since 1969) she is also a Natural Health Care Practitioner/Licensed Massage Therapist (since 1979). Sylla has taught aromatherapy (from introductory through advanced studies) since 1988. She has developed comprehensive educational programs which are presented throughout the USA and the Institute is a Continuing Education Provider (Boards of Massage) for the state of Florida. She is the author of The Aromatherapy Practitioner Correspondence Course and The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual, a complete reference book of over 350 aromatic plant extracts, with phytochemical, clinical and botanical indexes. She was editor and publisher for Tony Burfield's Natural Aromatic Materials-Odours and Origins (2000). Most recently she began publishing a series of books: the SBS Series, beginning with the Aromatic Spa Book (2007) and the Aromatic Mind Book (2008). Since 1996, Sylla has been involved with Dr.Trevor Stokes of the University of South Florida in an on-going research project titled Psychosocial Aromatherapy Research Project (PARP) using aroma in children with autism and other disorders.
Besides writing aromatherapy articles for magazines and journals, Sylla also consults for private-label aromatherapy companies, and others needing help. She volunteers her time and aromatic counseling skills with to local organizations in order to give back to her community. She recently became a Structural Energetic Therapy (SET) Practitioner (for acute and chronic pain); she continues to maintain a private Aromatherapy practice (as a licensed massage therapist and cosmetologist) and now offering Oxygen facials in Tampa, Florida, where she resides with her husband, and two cats.
Tanya LaMothe is a Licensed Esthetician, Reiki Master/Instructor and Certified Aromatherapist. She is a Professional Member of NAHA and a NAHA Regional Director for New York.
Tanya discovered her passion for essential oils and their unique essences over a decade ago in an aromatic bath she created for herself. The healing effects of that experience touched her on all levels. That “touch from Divine” made her realize that she needed to study with those who understood the unique, beautiful powers of essentials oils; the true scientists of this craft: the people who know, respect and teach “true aromatherapy.”
Tanya completed her NAHA Aromatherapy Certification Program (the first 200 hours of study) in Ithaca, NY in September, 2001, with Andrea Butje. Bob and Rhiannon Harris of Essential Oil Resource Consultants (EORC) located in Provence, France, wrote the chemistry section to this program. A week in the South of France with Bob and Rhiannon in August of 2002 was the beginning of her advanced study with the theme of traditional aromatherapy. The information taught was research-based from clinical studies published around the world. Advanced Certification Courses continued here in the U.S. with Rhiannon gave another 200 hours of training in Advanced Clinical, Respiratory Diseases and Cancer Study.
Tanya began her study of Spiritual PhytoEssencing with Dr. Bruce Berkowsky in 2009 and continues this course of study today. SPE studies round out Tanya’s interest in the “art and science” of aromatherapy. In 2005 Tanya’s 600 hour NYS Esthetics study helped her understand how to assist 60% of her current client base in the challenges they were experiencing with skin conditions. Tanya completed both Master Study of Reiki with Christine Lloyd-Newberry and continues training in Eden Energy Medicine. These teachings have assisted Tanya in combining all she loves, teaches and practices at PureBlendsEnergescents in Malta, Ballston Spa, and Saratoga Springs, New York.
Tanya’s work in Aromatherapy, Reiki, Skin Care and Energy Medicine continues and evolves through Divine Guidance. The Practice of these ancient healing arts gives Tanya’s students and clients the opportunity to improve their health on all levels. All products, such as formulations and essential oil blends, are infused with Universal Life Force Energy. Many are custom blended which is Tanya’s favorite way of expressing and sharing her knowledge and expertise. The ingredients in Tanya’s skin care products are high quality, organic, naturally grown, fairly traded, and harvested from sustainable sources. These essential oils, base products, and hydrosols have truly beautiful energy; you can sense the hands that have touched each blend or the “journey” each creation has traveled.
Malta NY 12020
Phone: (518) 879-9655