MH, RH (AHG)
Matthew Alfs is an herbal clinician, author, and educator.
As a clinician, he is one of only about 200 practicing herbalists to have
achieved the status of Registered Herbalist (R.H.), after having
undergone a rigorous peer review of his education and clinical
practice by the only professional body of practicing herbalists in the
USA, the American Herbalists Guild. He has been in clinical
practice since 1996 and is the founder and director of an
integrative, natural-health-care clinic located in the
Twin Cities area of Minnesota (see "Herbal Clinic" on menu at left).
As an author, he has written MWSHS's textbook (300 Herbs: Their Indications &
Contraindications--A Materia Medica & Repertory) and its 1200-page series of Workbooks. He
has also written the highly-acclaimed, regional, wild-plant guide
entitled Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants of the Midwest
(2013; 1st ed. publ. in 2001)
and has been published in a wide variety of both scholarly journals and popular
educator, he has served as a faculty member of two major universities
and is currently a faculty member of two different colleges in the
Twin Cities area. However, the Midwest School of Herbal Studies
is now his chief instrument in sharing the joys and rewards of herbal
healing with as many people as possible. As the school's founder
and director, he is dedicated to making it the foremost forum for
herbal education in the entire world!
Swadner BS, MH
Senior Student Coordinator
is the Senior Student Coordinator for MWSHS.
As such, she coordinates with individual students to insure that they
are progressing smoothly in their studies, providing assistance and
encouragement where needed. She also coordinates many of MWSHS'
workshops and special events.
Laurie has a rich background in natural
health-care, including both formal education in herbal healing and
in the natural-products industry.
Assistant Student Coordinator
Annika Christensson has served as an
assistant student coordinator with MWSHS since 2011. She grades quite
a few of the student papers and prepares many of the grade documents
for the students. Annika also serves as a clinic assistant in the
School's attached clinic, the Midwest Herbs & Healing center, where
her calm spirit and gentle manner are much appreciated.
As a registered nurse, Annika's especial
interest is wound care. As an R.N., however, she also enjoyed the
enviable experience of working on an organic farm in Iceland, where
she was responsible for the medication and nutrition of disabled
adults, which included cultivating the gardens onsite and harvesting
and using various herbs.
Deborah Garrido has served as an assistant student coordinator with
MWSHS since 2007. She grades some of the student lessons and prepares
the some of the grade documents for these lessons.
Deborah also serves as a clinic assistant in the School's attached
clinic, the Midwest Herbs & Healing center, where she is much
appreciated as a caring and jovial soul.
She recently finished a degree in nursing, with an emphasis on mental
health, a particular interest of hers.