Catherine Pantaleo, CN CCH
Martin G. Hansen
Catherine Pantaleo CN CCH, Program Director
Catherine 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.
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.
Kimberly 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.
Sharona Thompson absolutely hated gardening as a kid! It is a miracle that as an adult she awoke to the power and beauty of plants and has been committed to growing and studying them ever since. Over the years she has been a leader for three community gardens and served as a Peace Corps agriculture volunteer in Senegal, West Africa. She went on to earn a Permaculture Design Certificate through the GrowHaus and an Advance Permaculture Certificate with Woodbine Ecology Center. She is currently working on her CSU Master Gardener Certificate and her Herbalism Roots Certificate. In 2011 she and her husband bought a house in South West Denver. Over time, their 50’x126’ lot became known as the “Ruby Hill Tiny Urban Farm” with chickens, rabbits, bee hives, worms and a cat taking residence. Veggies, fruit trees, berries, medicinal plants, culinary herbs, pollinator supporting flowers, and a little “she-shed” apothecary replaced the lawn. They have incorporated the ability to harvesting rain water for the garden and installed a “laundry-to-landscape” system to water fruit trees. Sharona’s larger goal is to live more sustainably, create a living demonstration site and teach others what is possible while designing with permaculture tools and using whole system thinking in mind.