Presenter Bios

Main Presenters

Alice Shaughnessy

Alice Shaughnessy-Begay

As soon as Alice graduated from Nursing School, 39 years ago, she learned that everyone has their own personal understanding of health and healing and became intrigued with the stories of health and healing practices that exists around the world. She received her Master’s Degree in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University (WKU) with an emphasis in health beliefs and practices. As part of her Graduate training, she completed a Graduate Research grant in the Bacterial Static Effects of Burdock and Plantain Leaves in the treatment of Burns in Amish and Mennonite Communities.  She is a part-time instructor at WKU, teaching Cultural Studies and holds a certificate in Botanical Foundations and Aromatherapy and Health from the Arizona Center for Integrative Health at the University of Arizona. She will be completing The Integrative Health and Lifestyle Program this July 2017, and is a certified Kentucky Master Gardner. She has a small greenhouse at her clinic where she grows organic herbs and flowers that she uses in her healing practices and shares with her patients for both medicinal and nutritional support.  She is a maternal descendant and practitioner of Traditional Irish Folk Medicine and incorporates Spiritual Cleansings, taught to her by her Maestra Rita Narvarrete, in addition to massage (sobadas) using essential oils in her clinical practice. 

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Tomas Enos

Dr. Tomas Enos, President of Milagro Herbs, Inc. in Santa Fe, New Mexico is an ethnobotanist, teacher, and natural products formulator.  Based upon his education and experience of over 23 years in the herb business, Dr Enos has demonstrated success in developing natural products for national distribution. Dr. Enos received his PhD from Union Institute and University in 2001 after completing a two year apprenticeship and study of traditional healing practices in Oaxaca, Mexico which culminated in his dissertation on curanderismo and holistic healing.  He continues to practice this centuries-old system of health that treats body, mind, and spirit through applications of herbal medicine, counseling, reflexology, massage, and visualization techniques. Dr. Enos has been a faculty member at the Institute of American Indian Arts (Ethnobotany) in Santa Fe; instructor at Ecoversity, Inc. (Herbal Medicine); and private consultant/teacher to individuals and groups interested in native plants of the Southwest United States.  He has served as an agricultural/botanical consultant to NASA, the 22 Indian tribes of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, the U.S Department of Agriculture, and numerous independent entities.  Read more...


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Tonita Gonzales

Tonita received her Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics, and Bachelors of Arts in Graphic Design from The American University in Washington DC. She recently completed her studies of Traditional Medicine at the University of Mexico, Morelos, at Centro de Desarollo Humano Hacia La Comunidad. She completed her diplomados in Acupuncture, Medicinal Plants, Massage (Sobadas), and Temazcal. In addition, Tonita worked side by side with several different Curanderos throughout Mexico. She was honored to be asked to be an apprentice for Rita Navarrete Perez. Rita Navarrete Perez is internationally known for her expertise in Temazcal, Medicinal Plants, Massage, Nutrition, and Counseling. Tonita worked in Rita’s Clinic and Temazcal in Mexico City, and School/Clinic in Jilotepec Mexico, that focuses on women who are survivors of Domestic Violence. She continues to work with Rita, and is honored to have such an amazing Maestra in her life.  Read more...
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Maria Teresa Baeza Guevara

Born in the city of Delicias, Chihuahua, she is the 3rd of 9 children in her family and has 5 children of her own with her husband, Manuel Terrazas Marquez: Fabiola, Manuel, Maria Teresa, Luis Guillermo, and Sebastian. As an instructor for “Jardin de Niños”, she worked in different educational centers for the Federal Government from 1980 – 2013 and has worked serving the education sector for 30 years. She studied in Chihuahua, Chihuahua and obtained a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor’s in Audiology and Language, a Master’s in Educational Management, and is Professor in Early Childhood Education. In 2004 she began working on a project with her husband, Manuel Terrazas Marquez, when she saw the surprising benefits that the Oregano oil had on her youngest son who suffered from bronchial asthma. She also saw the surprising benefits that it had in the health of her entire family, each of whom had different ailments. With that, she began working alongside her husband with this project while also working in the education sector, taking care of her family, and learning and studying the enormous benefits of Oregano oil.

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Alex Jackson

Alex Jackson is a Holistic Health Practitioner specialized in Maya Traditional Healing. For the last decade, Alex’s primary focus in his practice has been on traditional ways to heal the body and spirit through the abdomen. Proper balance in the core can resolve many physical ailments and emotional traumas. Alex sees the abdomen as the doorway to achieve this balance or “Centered Spirit.” Curanderismo has been vital to his work over the years and has provided the missing link in healthcare for his patients. Alex’s passion is to bring this ancient healing wisdom to our modern world. Alex is trained as a licensed massage therapist and Certified as a Practitioner in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. His training also includes: CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, Nutrition, Prenatal Massage, Chi Nei Tsang, Cupping Therapy, Medicinal Plants, and Holistic Counseling. Read more...
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Elisa Lucero and Kathy Vega

Elisa Lucero and Katherine Vega are trained drum circle facilitators. Each has decades of experience sitting and participating in various kinds of community building circles and each has their own experience with finding medicine with the drum. Elisa Lucero came to drum medicine 26 years ago through the Lakota Sundance Ceremony.  She danced 12 years and has been given permission by her Sundance chiefs to share some songs with the people. Right before leaving New York City to come to New Mexico, Katherine Vega was introduced to the drum by one of her Elders.  For the past 14 years, she has been drawn to it to help her go within as part of her own healing journey.  

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Asheninka Mino

(Brother Mino – Asheninka Language) Healer, teacher, and ambassador for the indigenous Asheninka community in the central jungle of Peru. Mino was guided by the master healer “Kentzikuari”. The visionary elder taught Mino the lessons of the sun, moon, star, earth, water, animal, bird, insect, tree, and medicinal plant nations, both their uses and practices. Mino’s parents were raised in these indigenous ways also. They reinforced these practices in Mino’s everyday life. He combines this knowledge with Sacred Tobacco, an egg and energy through his hands in healing sessions. His older sister, Irma is a naturopathic doctor, available for exchange studies in Peru. In 2009, in collaboration with Bernadette Torres, they began an outdoor school named “Shabeta’s Healing Garden” that bridges both South and North indigenous studies for healing wellness.

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Rita Navarrete

Curandera (Traditional Healer), Temazcalera (Mexican Sweat lodge Guide), Sobadora (Energetic and Physical hands on healing), Consejera (Counselor), Yerbera(Herbalist), Nutricionista (Nutritionist), Quiropraxia (Traditional Chiropractor) Orador Motivacional (Motivational Speaker) Rita has been practicing Traditional Healing for over 28 years.   Rita started her practice in Mexico City, and has continued her practice in Cuernavaca, and Jilotepec.  Rita is also the director of Kapulli Mexico, La Cultura Cura, a school and clinic of Traditional Medicine in Jilotepec México.  The school’s goal is to empower survivors of domestic violence to first heal then learn to heal others. Her specialty is working with individuals with cronic illness, and life coaching.  She will tell her patients, “Curanderismo is not magic, I cannot heal you, but I will teach you to heal yourself.” Rita is internationally know as an educator of Rizaterapia (Laugh Therapy), and Temazcal (Mexica sweatlodge).  She is a professor at Centro de Desarollo Hacia La Comunidad, at the University of México, Morelos.  She teaches clases in Temazcal, Massage, and Medicinal Plants.  Her motto is that she would like to implant a seed of knowledge in as many people that cross her path.  Her belief is teaching others will allow her to help preserve traditional medicine. She travels internationally giving lectures and consultations.   Her goal is to educate people on how to bring balance to their lives, spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally.  

Laurencio Lopez Nunez

Laurencio a well-known curandero, botanist, author, and temazcalero has studied the medicinal qualities of plants for over 15 years. He has written a book on the medicinal qualities of plants. He is an employee of CECIPROC, a local non-governmental organization that has been working with underprivileged communities since 1992 to install ecologically friendly latrines that promote the overall health of the communities he serves. It is one of the first groups to support community gardens fertilized by composted human waste. He is a master teacher in UNM’s Occupational Therapy summer course: Introduction to Mexican Traditional Medicine with Dr. Terry Crowe. The course was designed through a partnership between CECIPROC- a non-government Oaxacan organization working in community health, Tierraventura - a small business offering unique eco-tourism and the University of New Mexico Occupational Therapy Graduate Program in the School of Medicine.
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Felina Ortiz

As a Nurse-Midwife, I specialize in Women’s Health.  I love educating women about their bodies and helping them unleash their inner power.  I am an activist for “Female Rights”, including Reproductive Justice.    I speak Spanish, and I specialize in working with culturally diverse women.  I am an advocate for the disadvantaged.  I believe in holistic care and I am respectful of others’ spiritual and cultural beliefs. I joined the College of Nursing to work in the Sandoval project, which is a faculty practice clinic in Sandoval County that offers group prenatal classes.  These classes not only improve access to care for rural, culturally diverse families, but also provide prenatal care, education on nutrition, diabetes prevention, breastfeeding, depression, and positive parenting.  In the future, I hope to add didactic teaching in the nurse-midwifery program to my clinical instructing experience. I am active in the national Midwives of Color Committee, which is a sub-committee of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.  I have helped create a national mentoring program that helps recruit, support, and empower midwives of color so that they can have a positive impact within their own communities.   

Jorge Partida

Dr. Jorge Patida

Dr. Jorge Partida is a Clinical Psychologist, published author and international speaker. He was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and immigrated to Chicago at the age of nine. Dr. Jorge has been a consultant on many national and international projects in the areas of education, health, community building, diversity and spirituality.  Dr. Jorge has worked with local and national governments to coordinate services for those most impacted by poverty, war and displacement.  He has worked in Liberia, Africa in the repatriation of boy soldiers and has worked to form  “intentional communities” in poverty-impacted countries of Latin-America, including Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico.  Dr. Partida is the founder of Sustainable Wellness and Health, a treatment approach integrating native medicine and traditional therapy.  He is the Clinical Director, and Director of Family Treatment at Acadia Malibu. Dr. Jorge has also served as Director of the PsyD program at John F. Kennedy University and as Deputy Director of Behavioral Health with the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

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Bernadette Torres

Grandma Herbalist, Teacher, Health Facilitator, Director of Shabeta’s Healing Garden, began her journey with medicinal plants and healing as a child in the mountains of Taos, New Mexico where her father introduced her to her first healing plants. She worked in health food stores since 2004, learning the valuable connection between heath and food. Recognizing the nutritional value in many plants, she became passionate about learning all she could from many amazing herbalists, curanderos, and healers from all over the world. Every summer, she leads private and public medicinal Plant ID hikes for the Integrative Medicinal Students at UNM and others. In 2009, she began teaching at the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics, the only national recognized massage school that offers an herbal program. Since 2006, her journey brought her to study the Asheninka healing techniques from the central jungle of Peru with her partner Asheninka Mino. Together, they run an outdoor garden school where they can demonstrate the Plant life from seed to fruit. At this point in her life, she is primed to share this wealth of knowledge as a teacher ad herbal consultant. Offering unique apprenticeship programs geared to help students gain confidence by developing their own intuitive sense in the use of medicinal plants.

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Karen Waconda Lewis

Karen Waconda Lewis is a native from Isleta/Laguna Pueblo.  After initiation into the Native Medicine, she brought the native medicine into an urban American Indian health clinic in Albuquerque, NM and continues to expand the program to local hospitals, Indian Health Service, VA Hospital and surrounding organizations. She joins Western Medicine with Native healing in preventive health, mental health and overall well-being.  She is now the founder and director of Center for Native American Integrative Healing, LLC located in Albuquerque, where other indigenous healers practice their traditional medicine and extends out to the community. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader and regularly provides dharma teachings with integration of native teachings throughout NM, nationally and at Insight Meditation Society-staff and teacher training.  She has interconnected the native teachings with Vipassana teachings into ceremonies, sweat lodges and into her community at Laguna Pueblo.  At Laguna Pueblo, the ancestral teaching of mindfulness compliment the Buddhist teachings at the Detention center at Laguna pueblo giving insight and wellness to the inmates and families.  She is co-founder of the Annual Indigenous and Native Healer’s Silent Retreats and Albuquerque POC and Allies Sangha. 

Manuel Terrazas Marquez

Manuel Terrazas Marquez

Born in the city of Delicias, Chihuahua, he married Maria Teresa Guevara in 1986 and has 5 children. Since his childhood, he has shown an interest in nature and what Mother Earth has to offer as he worked in agriculture alongside his father. He learned about the plants that grew around the environment he grow in, embracing their healing properties for any ailments that he and his family could think of. His interest in learning about medicinal plants helped him select his field of study. He studied at the University of Chihuahua and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Engineering with a concentration in Agronomy, which allowed him to continue studying nature and the crops of different plants. He has continued to involve his family in embracing medicinal plants and their beneficial properties, while also combating different ailments to maintain a healthier way of living. In 2004, with the support and guidance of the University of Chihuahua, he was able to obtain the first liter of oregano and deepened his understanding of it. He was able to prove its health benefits when one of his sons suffered from bronchial asthma. Near the end of 2004, Manuel Terrazas began to share the beneficial properties alongside his wife and older children, whom became more involved in this project. Little by little, he began to perfect his technique in extracting oregano oil and continues to study its benefits with his wife. In 2006, he began working with other natural producers in their region and began to participate in expositions throughout different states in Mexico through invitation by the state governments. In 2007, he obtained 1st place with the most successful project in the state of Chihuahua. In 2017, through his hard work, he obtains an Organic Certification for his product. Each year, in the month of August, he begins to invite individuals that will help him harvesting the oregano, which usually lasts from the end of August to the end of October. Each year, he is grateful to God for the rain in July and August that helps the oregano plant to grow, a noble plant needed, to continue doing his work and share its health benefits. 

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Robert Vetter

Robert Vetter, M.A., is a cultural anthropologist who has been conducting fieldwork in the area of spirituality and healing among the Southern Plains tribes since 1980.  He has been adopted into families in the Cheyenne, Kiowa and Comanche tribes.  His adopted grandfather was Oliver Pahdopony, the last medicine man of the Comanches.  Along with his adopted Kiowa uncle and medicine man Richard Tartsah Sr., he authored the book Big Bow: The Spiritual Life and Teachings of a Kiowa Family.  Through his organization Journeys Into American Indian Territory, he has been sharing experiential workshops with thousands of people since 1987.

Botanical Gardens Herbalists

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Susan Feaveryear

Susan Feavearyear is the owner and herbalist of Artemisia Herbs.  She began her herbal studies in 1987 with a short apprenticeship at Gaia Herbs and continued on by attending many herbal conferences on the East Coast. She began studying medicinal plants of the Southwest when she moved to New Mexico in 1989. After years of experience working with various local herbalists and curanderas, including working at Herbs, Etc., in Santa Fe, NM, she went to the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine to study with Michael Moore in 1995. Susan founded Artemisia Herbs in 1993. Along with running the business, she now has a private practice offering transformational energy healing, herbal and spiritual counseling. Artemisia Herbs specializes in creating herbal remedies sourced from wild-crafted and local organically grown herbs. The company offers a variety of herbal remedies for the whole self and works with practitioners throughout the United States offering custom formulas. The business has been a vendor at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market for over 25 years. Artemisia Herbs’ herbal products can now be found in Albuquerque at local farmers’ markets and are sold to regional co-operative markets throughout New Mexico. 

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Connie Henry

Connie Henry PhD, ND, CPH, CHF, RN is a Certified Integrative Aromatherapist, a Certified Professional Herbalist as well as a mental health and substance abuse nurse.  She has her B.Sc. in Clinical Nutrition and holds her Doctorate in Integrative Health Science and Naturopathy and has earned Diplomat status with the National Board of Naturopathic Medical Examiners.  Classes she has offered include, Herbal Nutrition, Clinical Professional Essential Oils, Intuitive Touch Healing, and two 200 hour individualized Internships, one in Professional Herbalism and one in Professional Aromatherapy; both advanced, self-directed clinical programs. Believing that all of nature is energy and that we are not separate but closely interconnected, she looks to her natural world as a healing mirror. She honors and is a proud follower of the “Herbal Life”, a way of life that embraces the natural world and reminds us that change is inevitable, gives us hope, allows us to restore and then to re-emerge with new energy. 

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Cecilia Martinez Howard

Herbalist life long interest in Medicinal plants. Diplomado en Plantas Medicinales La Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos el Centro de Desarrolo Humano hacia la Comunidad y The University of New Mexico. Certified Health Facilitator in the Field of Health and wellness. Certified Phyto-Fragrance Practitioner 1. Licensed Auricular Acupuncture detoxification Specialist.

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Dr. Monica Lucero

Dr. Monica Lucero DOM is a Native New Mexican that has dedicated her life to preserving traditional medicine in all its forms.  She is a Nationally Licensed Acupuncturist, Sobadora (traditional body worker) and herbalist, with passion and love for Native Herbs.  She currently practices at Two Red Brother's Herbal Apothecary and at Del Corazon Medicine.  

Diane Rand

Diane Rand

Dianne Rand is a nurse practitioner and herbalist.  She practiced Rural Health Medicine in South Dakota and New Mexico and has experience in family practice, geriatrics, psychiatry, energy medicine and counseling. She graduated from UND in 1975 as a Family Nurse Practitioner and from NMHU in 1993 with a Masters in Social Work. She has studied western herbalism in Montana, Arkansas & New Mexico and " Medicina Tradicional de Mexico in Cuernavaca, Mexico.  Dr. Vasant Lad, Sonia Masocco, Simon Chokoisky,  Dr. Claudia Welch, and Dr. Robert Svoboda have been her teachers at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque. Her focus is education and empowerment for optimal health and well being.  People often come to her seeking alternatives to pharmaceutical medication.  She is experienced in helping them with that transition, focusing on lifestyle, nutrition, herbs and other holistic approaches.  Dianne gives talks on "Folk Healing and Plants used by the Curanderos" and is a docent for the habitat garden at the Albuquerque Garden Center. Having grown up on a ranch in South Dakota, her passion is being in nature and in her own garden with the plants.

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Arlo Starr

Dr. Arlo Starr (Cherokee) is the owner of Red Root Acupuncture and Herbs in Albuquerque, New Mexico which has over 300 organically grown loose herbs. He began working with herbs at age 12 when he began wild harvesting mushrooms in the redwood forests of Northern California, and then stinging nettles, seaweeds and St. John’s Wort throughout the Pacific Northwest. He continued his herbal training with farmers, permaculturists and healers in California, Mexico and New Mexico, and apprenticed with 2 different Cherokee Medicine Men in Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. He went on to become a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine through Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he managed the herbal pharmacy for several years, and completed over 3000 hours of training in Asian medicine and Chinese herbalism.  He has treated thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds with herbs and natural medicine and is passionate about the revitalization of Indigenous languages and lifeways. 

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Katherine Talavera

I was born and raised in Bernalillo New Mexico. My Great Grandmother was a local Curandera in the town and surrounding communities. I am sure she and her lineage is where my passion comes from. As a small child I developed a relationship with the plants and cultivated this connection as an adult. I have acquired many certifications in Herbal Studies including the one which was offered here at UNM’s Continuing Education by CEDEHC in Cuernavaca Mexico. I have taken many trips to Mexico to study with Healers who practice upon various backgrounds and modality specialties.  I am also a Colon Hydro therapist, Sobadora, Herbal medicine maker and Student of the Tetzkatlipoka Tradition. I currently work for La Montanita Coop and have spent the last 23 years working in Natural Food stores and working with public in whatever capacity I am called upon. I am always humbled by the opportunity to share whatever knowledge and skills that God has blessed me with. 

Kate Viers

Kate Viers

Kate has been immersed in herbal medicine for over 10 years and has studied with a diverse group of herbalists, both locally and nationally. Her background is in folk herbal/wise woman traditions and more recently, in Ayurveda. She loves working with aromatherapy and flower essences. Kate teaches herb walks throughout the year and other herbalism classes at UNM Continuing Education, through the Cottonwood Medicine Collective and her business, Indigo Herbalism. She is passionate about community herbalism, wild medicine and botanical perfumes! For more information about Kate, check out her website: