Keynote speaker

Dr Leah Hechtman

#1: The Medhyarasayanas: Ashwaganda and trauma

#2: Prolactin, euphoria and Vitex agnus castus

Dr Leah Hechtman (PhD)(Candidate), MSciMed (RHHG), BHSc(Nat), ND is a globally respected naturopathic clinician, a revered lecturer and a sought-after keynote speaker.

Driven by her insatiable curiosity and a passion for the nexus of science and spirituality, Dr Hechtman (PhD) constantly endeavours to enhance her understanding of medicine. She shares her insights through lectures, events and programs.

Widely recognised for her expertise, Dr Hechtman (PhD) receives numerous referrals from specialists and fertility clinics on a global scale.

You can read the full abstracts from the speakers HERE

Conference Speakers 2024

Tracy Tutty

Sowing seeds that grow your herbal medicine practice

Tracy Tutty BHSc: Herb. Med. Chartered Accountant, Certified Master Mind Magic Practitioner, Certified High Performance Coach. Tracy studied, qualified and practised as a Medical Herbalist in the UK before coming back to NZ. Since moving back Tracy has built a practice and offers leadership coaching with valued expertise in business mentoring as well as being the creator of the Project Joyful podcast.

Nicola Swanson

Facial, Tongue & Nail Analysis: The Forgotten Differential Diagnosis Support Tool.

Nicola Swanson Dip Nat, Dip Herb. Med, HbT, Cert. Mass, ThetaHealer, BA. With a successful clinical practice since 2006, Nicola is well known in the herbal community for public speaking, running workshops, as a Senior Tutor & Program coordinator at NCNZ, and as our Editor for the NZAMH Avena Journal.

Alice McSherry

Rooting in Place: Bioregional Plant Medicine & Decolonising Herbal Lifeways

Alice McSherry BA(Hons), MA(Hons), PhD (human geography, in process) is a qualitative researcher working within the fields of geography, indigenous studies and cultural ecology. Her doctoral work is an autoethnographic exploration into folk herbal healing and decolonising botanical knowledge in Aotearoa New Zealand. Alice has experience in the space of community-based action research for social and environmental change.

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Erin Hudson

Hacks for the Virtual Clinical Practice

Erin Hudson BHSc, Dip Nat, Dip Herb. Med. Post-cert ‘Introduction to medicinal cannabis’ has a managed a herbal practice for many years, supervised at SPCNM and is currently highly involved in the research and benefits gained from medicinal use of Cannabis

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Dr Dawne Sanson

Ka Mua, Ka Muri: Reflections on the Past as we Move Forward

Dr. Dawne Sanson

Dip Naturopathy & Herbal Medicine, PhD (Anthropology) has had a successful private practice for 40 years as a naturopath, medical herbalist and bodyworker, including craniosacral therapy (CST). 

 She finds the subtle energies of CST complement herbal medicine, combined with basic counselling skills and meditation to work holistically with clients. 

Emily Boese

Plant Walks as a Practice Builder - Connecting with Clients & Community

Emily Boese BNM has managed her business as a clinician and an educator for over 10 years, creating and facilitating courses, plant walks and workshops in both Aotearoa New Zealand and Canada. Emily is also part of the Artemis technical team and features on radio and writes for national magazines