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.

Bobbi Newberg, CH

Bobbi Newberg is a certified clinical herbalist and educator. She received her certifications from ACHS in 2005 and studied women’s herbalism with Avivia Romm 2010. She has spent the past decade managing apothecaries here in Denver and in Glenwood Springs, where she has enjoyed sharing her passion for plant medicine. When not in an apothecary, she teaches community classes and guides herb walks. Making plant medicine and helping others discover natural alternatives that help nourish and support the whole person. A strong belief that balance is most important when striving for a full life. She continues to share her knowledge with students and clients alike. Continually striving to learn more, she spends her time at home making medicine, wildcrafting, and hiking the beautiful mountains.

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 whole system thinking in mind.