Instructors

Martin G. Hansen, L.E.

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 teaching herbal preparations, skincare, 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 Thompson, LMT

Kimberly has spent the last 20 years cultivating her love and passion for the natural world and sharing it with others. In addition to being a clinical herbalist, Kim is also a Certified Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist, Licensed Esthetician, and Certified Cupping Therapist. She adds a spiritual healing style to each of her treatments. She uses an intuitive approach to help gently unwind the tissue and bring the body into balance. She offers herbal consultations to assist clients in their herbal healing journey. She has worked for 18 years at Apothecary Tinctura teaching classes in Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy and working in the clinic. Her practice at Apothecary and her own private practice has an emphasis on women’s holistic health. She has been teaching classes for the last 5 years for The Denver Integrative Massage School and Herbalism Roots. She loves time in nature teaching people about wildcrafting, medicine making, and plant identification. She also loves teaching and sharing her love of bodywork.

Lorissa ArgoRay, BSN, RN

Lorissa’s journey into the world of Healing Arts officially began as a Registered Nurse on a critical care unit of a local hospital. While she can appreciate the values of this form of traditional bedside care, she quickly realized that her healing gifts would be best utilized in a more holistic atmosphere. She has since layered her nursing career with both Healing Touch & Herbalism certifications resulting in a unique fusion of healthcare modalities.

Lorissa works as a bridge between medical paradigms which allows her to clearly assess and understand the bigger picture of health and healing. Her style of patient care centers on the patient themselves, rather than their diagnoses, and assists individuals on their healing journey by activating their own innate healing wisdom. These days you can find her serving at her local community health center, working in the garden and creating herbal remedies.

Eric Howell, MBA, BS, BFA

Eric Howell
Certified to teach in the state of Colorado, Eric has been training students in anatomy and physiology for the past 21 years. Through human dissection work at CU Boulder and course instruction at Red Rocks Community College and the Denver Integrative Massage School, Eric has worked with hundreds of students in their pursuit of self-knowledge.
With a passion for learning and the learning process, Eric brings an objective-based learning style coupled with the latest trends in technology learning to the classroom.

Sharona Thompson

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, beehives, 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 rainwater 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 the whole system thinking in mind.

Cailee Ferguson, RN, BSN, HNB-BC

Cailee
Cailee grew up in beautiful Colorado and has always been passionate
about holistic and natural well-being. As a Certified Holistic
Registered Nurse and alumni of Herbalism Roots, she has been
trained to support the healing of a person’s mind, body, and spirit as
a whole. Learning the art of herbalism has allowed her to offer
supportive modalities using nature’s medicine and vibrational
energy. She has found so much joy in wellness consultations and
creating formulations to nurture others and their wholeness. Cailee
enjoys spending her free time in the kitchen creating herbal infused
products and desserts with herbs from her garden.

Hillary Hilliard

Hillary is the founder and executive director of this Aesthetics program, as well as both sister programs: The Denver Integrative Massage School and the Herbalism Roots program. Hillary has been practicing Thai Yoga Massage for over twelve years and has been teaching for over a decade. Hillary has had extensive training in Thailand, and her practice and teaching draw from her Thai Yoga Massage studies as well as her work with a local Physical Therapist. Hillary is a Licensed Massage Therapist in Colorado, a Registered Thai Therapist, and a Registered Yoga Therapist. Early in Hillary’s massage practice, she worked at a medical spa in Denver, that introduced her to the world of Aesthetics, Skincare, and Beauty. In addition, Hillary is a Certified Herbalist and believes in the healing and nourishing properties of plant-based products and essential oils to soothe the skin. The School of Botanical & Medical Aesthetics is the child of Hillary’s various interests and passions–a fusion of both worlds: natural/botanical and medical/corrective. Both areas are needed to ensure proper treatment of all skincare conditions.