Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pamela Heyen 2009 ACHS Outstanding Graduate

Pamela Heyen Represents ACHS as 2009 DETC Outstanding Graduate

Portland, Oregon—Each year the Distance Education Training Council asks their accredited institutions to select exceptional distance education graduates for recognition. Award winners must meet select criteria set for academic records and the quality of their contribution to their chosen profession in specific, and society in general. Outstanding Graduates are featured in the DETC Outstanding Graduate brochure and on the DETC website.

ACHS has selected Pamela Heyen as the ACHS 2009 Outstanding Graduate winner. Heyen, who lives in Columbia, Missouri, graduated from the Diploma in Holistic Health Practice program in September 2007, and currently owns a holistic health practice, Heyen Wellness Therapies, which allows her to advise clients about personal health issues and lifestyle changes to maximize wellness.

DETC Outstanding Graduates represent the more than three million distance education students now studying with DETC member institutions (according to the DETC website).

For more information on the DETC Outstanding Graduate awards visit

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Squeaky Gourmet in Top 100

"Squeaky Gourmet," co-authored by ACHS graduate Maureen Jeanson, is a colorful cookbook intended to educate and encourage the reader towards a healthy diet. Food knowledge and exciting recipes makes this book a must have for anyone at any fitness level.

There is no need for boredom in the kitchen or dead taste buds in order to eat healthy. "Squeaky Gourmet" offers delicious recipes for every meal or snack.

Maureen Jeanson teams with Jamie Wilson, who is well acquainted with the favor vs health face off, to offer more than 140 pages of wellness education, tasty food ideas, and the exact steps you can take to achieve your own fitness goals.

Maureen graduate from the Australasian College of Health Science in 2004 and was a nominee for the Graduate of the Year. After completing college she earned fitness certifications with International Sports Science Association, American College of Sports Medicine and with the United States Navy. For more information about Maureen, visit the ACHS Alumni in Action page at

Jamie Wilson is a passionate cook striving to feed her family in the best way possible. She loves to teach, so what better way to teach healthy recipes than in a fun new cookbook. Jamie also currently works full time as a Geologist.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

ACHS Goes for the Gold

ACHS is a Gold Leaf Sponsor of the 2008 AHG National Symposium to be held this weekend, October 24-26, at the Marriott Town Center in Redmond, WA. As a sponsor, ACHS extends its support to the herbal medicine community, as well as to the use of herbal medicine as a viable, proactive supplement for the shortfalls of traditional medicine.

Come visit ACHS President Dorene Petersen and Senior Vice President and Master Gardener Erika Yigzaw at our education-filled booth for more information about herbal medicine courses available to you through ACHS, such as:

o Nat 101 Nutrition ,Bodycare and Herbalism, starting this November;
o Herb 101 Basics of Herbalism Online, starting in January; and
o Master Herbalist professional credential program and degree programs, featuring an herbal medicine major.

ACHS staff will also be available to meet with you personally at our booth this Friday, October 24, from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Deadline for January course registration is coming up November 15. If you’ll miss us at the conference, please call ACHS Admissions at 800-487-8839 for more information about our herbal medicine programs today! You can also visit us online at – just click on Herbal Medicine, located in the left-hand toolbar.

The 2008 American Herbalists Guild symposium will address the theme of "Botanical Medicine in Oncology, Immunity, and Chronic Illness." Since 1989, the American Herbalist Guild, a nonprofit organization, has promoted the professionalism, quality, and integrity of herbal practitioners in the United States. To contact the American Herbalists Guild visit

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pam Heyen Interview November 11

Pam Heyen, a graduate from ACHS's Holistic Health Practitioner Program, will be a featured guest on the Angelic Inspirations podcast radio show November 11 at 11 a.m. For more information about the show and audio downloads, visit

Co-host Rose Ann Schwab will be speaking with Pam about her path to becoming a holistic health practitioner, how she has benefited from her ACHS education, and her business, Heyen Wellness Therapies. To view Pam's blog, go to Heyen Wellness Therapies on

HerbDay Rooted Deep in the Community

Portland, OR — Australasian College of Health Sciences (ACHS) hosted more than thirty active members of the holistic health care community Friday, October 10, 2008, at their 3rd Annual HerbDay Celebration dedicated to the use of herbs and herbalism. Participants included students, alumni, and health care professionals, all with a clear agenda: expand knowledge about, and increase the use of complementary alternative medicine in health care.

Herb day kicked off with a hands-on lavender distillation and in-depth PowerPoint discussion on the therapeutic uses of Mastic gum, where students learned from ACHS President Dorene Petersen about the healing properties of the gum, aromas, and essential oils. Following this, ACHS Professor Dr. Arianna Staruch spoke from 1-2 p.m. on the topic of “Using Herbs for Fatigue and Insomnia,” which included several stratagem and helpful tips that participants could take away for personal and professional use. Then from 2-3 p.m., ACHS Graduate and Chemist Amanda Lattin delivered a detail-rich talk about the chemistry of antioxidants and their purpose called “Antioxidants: What Are They and Herbal Sources.”

After the formal presentations, participants engaged in a free-form Q & A with the guest speakers and ACHS President Dorene Petersen; shopped organic, wildcrafted herbs, books, and essential oils in the ACHS Apothecary Shoppe; and strolled through the ACHS Botanical Teaching Garden, where, throughout the day Master Gardener and ACHS Senior Vice-President Erika Yigzaw was on hand to lead tours and answer questions.

HerbDay is a coordinated series of independently produced, public education events. Conceived of by five nonprofit organizations with an interest in raising public awareness about the significance of herbs in our daily lives, HerbDay also addresses how herbs can be safely used for health care, beauty care, and culinary enjoyment. Officially, HerbDay is October 11, although many organizations celebrate it early.

For more information about HerbDay, and for a list of upcoming ACHS events, visit, and click on Community Wellness located in the left-hand tool bar. To download free transcripts of the 2008 HerbDay lectures, go to, or visit the ACHS website and click on Online Store, located at the top right of the home page.

We're always happy to hear from you. If you happened to attend this year's HerbDay, drop us a line or two about your experience. Did you learn something new? If there something you would like to hear more about at a future event? It's up to you. Post a comment here, and we're sure to respond!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Integrative Medicine Webinar Events

Stay Informed, Stay Connected!

Free Webinar Events presented by Natural Standard (

Botanicals and Menopause
Presented by: Maida Taylor, MD, MPH, FACOG
October 14 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time
To register, click
Attendee call in number: (712) 432-1399, access code 450-615-749

October 14 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time
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Attendee call in number: (641) 715-3222, access code 169-402-823

Natural Standard Database Overview
Presented by: Chief Editor Catherine Ulbricht, PharmD

October 28 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time
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Attendee call in number: (616) 883-8055, access code 386-478-732

November 18 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time
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Attendee call in number: (641) 715-3222, access code 632-207-107

December 10 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time
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Attendee call in number: (616) 883-8055, access code 644-424-903

Diabetes: Integrative Care Cases
Presented by: Chief Editor Catherine Ulbricht, PharmD

November 12 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time
To register, click
Attendee call in number: (616) 883-8055, access code 625-144-811

An Innovative Program in Applied Natural Products
Presented by: Lana Dvorkin-Camiel, PharmD

December 2 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time
To register, click
Attendee call in number: (616) 883-8055, access code 458-016-977

Thursday, October 9, 2008

ACHS Grad Michael Dubanewicz Featured on "Join Us At The Table"

Private chef and culinary nutrition educator Michael Dubanewicz gives an informative interview about rice. Did he manage to make rice interesting? Follow this link to judge for yourself:

"Join Us at the Table: A Culinary Lifestyle Show" is a free, Internet-based talk radio show hosted by self-described uber-foodies Robbie Bell and Nancy Ancrum. According to their website, the show "seeks to educate and entertain ...on the impact of culture on our eating and dining habits."

"Join Us at the Table" conducts informative interviews with restaurateurs, chefs, caterers, specialty market owners, food growers, and our own Michael Dubanewicz.

Where Are You With Your ACHS Materials?

Stephanie Niazi, Nat 211 Anatomy & Physiology student, writes:

"Hi. This was a photo taken of me over the summer in the Maldives. No one could believe that I would go to such a place with homework. You can see my ACHS folder on the lounge."

Now, we want to hear about your adventures. Did you study on a bus tour through India? Did you set up camp in a lawn chair on your rooftop? And, do you have a photo? We have always known our courses were accessible, and now we want everyone to see it for themselves.

Here's what we're looking for: Students travel and take their study materials with them; send us a picture of yourself with your materials and include a little blurb about what you were doing.

Email your photos, blurb, and contact information to, and we'll post the best photo and story in the next ACHS Reporter and/or our newest newsletter, the ACHS Alumni eNews.

Start snapping.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

ACHS 3rd Annual HerbDay Celebration

HerbDay! Celebrate Herbs and Herbalism!

HerbDay is a series of educational events celebrating the importance of herbs and herbalism. HerbDay was created by the HerbDay Coalition, a group of five herbal non-profit organizations and works to raise awareness about the significance of herbs in our lives and the many ways herbs can be used safely and creatively for health, beauty care, and culinary enjoyment.

The Day's schedule includes:

Noon to 1 p.m. - Introduction by ACHS President Dorene Petersen and discussion on Mastic Gum of Greece;

1 to 2 p.m. - Using Herbs for Fatigue and Insomnia, lecture by ACHS Professor Dr. Arianna Staruch;

2 to 3 p.m. - Antioxidants: What Are They & Herbal Sources by ACHS Graduate and Chemist Amanda Lattin; and

3 to 4 p.m. - Tour of ACHS Botanical Teaching Garden (weather permitting).

Take this opportunity to visit the ACHS campus, meet staff and faculty, and take advantage of extra savings in the College store, The Apothecary Shoppe, for all your holistic health shopping!

Free and open to the public, but space is limited. To RSVP, call (503) 244-0726 or RSVP online here (no credit card needed) to make sure we hold your place. Friday, October 10, 2008, from noon-4 p.m. Located at the ACHS campus, John's Landing, 5940 SW Hood Avenue, Portland, OR 97239.

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October Launch of ACHS Alumni News

Attention all ACHS Alumi,

We have great news. Something just for you. The ACHS Alumni News, our new quarterly newsletter, is set to launch this October. What's so special about it? Your needs and interests are at the forefront.

Read about Industry News. Link to our Practitioner Directory. Submit information about your new business, product, or article for the community to see. And above all, stay connected. Information about our Alumni in Action will appear in the both the print edition of the newsletter and on our website,, on the Alumni In Action page.

If you have something to say or just want to share your accomplishments, we want to hear. Simply email your bio and a photo to All we ask in exchange is up-to-date contact information. If you have had a recent change of address, or would prefer to receive the ACHS Alumni eNews by EMAIL ONLY, call (800) 487-8839 or email

We look forward to hearing from you!