Instructors

Martin G. Hansen

Martin G. Hansen is a licensed esthetician, herbalist, aromatherapist and educator. He specializes in Holistic Esthetics incorporating his foundations in plant medicine, aromatherapy, supplements and nutrition into his practice. He has been a community educator in Denver since 2000 on a variety of subjects from making herbal preparations and garden skin care to skin care nutrition and aromatherapy.

For the past 20 years he has explored natural and alternative solutions to whole person wellness, counseling people to create multi level change in their lives to achieve their goals for health and beauty. He has had a life long passion for gardening and cooking that has allowed him to experience first hand the communion and healing that comes from the process of planting, growing, harvesting, and utilizing the bounties of the earth.

Catherine Pantaleo CN CCH

catCatherine has been a practicing Herbalist and Educator for 14 years, serving as faculty at several Colorado vocational schools in the Boulder/Denver area, including the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, Seven Bowls School of Nutrition, North American Institute of Medical Herbalism, Healing Spirits Massage Training Program, and Nutrition Therapy Institute. Her experience as an educator includes teaching adults and youth as well as outdoors and in the classroom. She teaches a variety of holistic health and life science subjects, including: Human Physiology and Pathology, Herbal Therapeutics, Plant Identification, Medicine Making, Nutrition and Nature Connection. She currently enjoys a professional life that blends Herbal/Nutritional counseling, Herbal Education and connecting youth with Nature.

Kimberly Thompson

Kim ThompsonKimberly has spent the last 16 years cultivating her love and passion for the natural world and sharing it with others. She is well versed in the healing arts. In addition to being a clinical herbalist, Kim is also a Certified Massage Therapist and Aromatherapist. She practices many different modalities including Mayan Abdominal Therapy Practitioner, Mayan Tradition Spiritual healing, Lymph drainage massage, and Ashi-atsu barefoot massage. She has worked for 13 years at Apothecary Tinctura teaching classes in Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy, and works in the clinic. Her practice at Apothecary and her own private practice has an emphasis on women’s holistic health. She loves time in nature teaching people about wildcrafting, medicine making, and plant identification. Kim Studied herbal medicine with Micheal Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. She also studied Aromatherapy with Kurt Schnaubelt at the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy.

Ash E. Koehnke

AshleyCommunity Garden Director

Ash is a fifth generation American farmer; although she would prefer to call herself an, “earth conscious dirt worker,” her practices would more resemble her great-great-grandparents style of farming. She has worked on farms of many different shapes and styles, from a city plot urban farm to her 500-acre family farm back in Iowa.

Ash has worked multiple seasons with three C.S.A.’s one in Iowa and two in Colorado. She was a buyer for a sustainable and locally sourced food truck, and has helped to plan multiple permaculture garden’s including a playground for a public school in California, where she attending Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, in order to obtain her Permaculture Design Certification.

Growing up Ash had a mother who went to her herb cabinets more than the medicine cabinet. It seemed only natural for her to continue her education yet again and dive into herbalism. Ash is ecstatic to be part of the Herbalism Root’s community. She hopes to foster wellness, knowledge, growth, an outlet to foster spiritual ground, and good-old-fashion togetherness!