MH, RH (AHG)
Matthew Alfs is an herbal clinician,
an author, a journalist, and an educator.
As a clinician, he is one of only about 250 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 major professional body of practicing herbalists in the
USA, the American Herbalists Guild. He has been in clinical
practice since 1997 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) and its 1500-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
(incl. Journal of the American Herbalists Guild, Medical Herbalism,
Journal of the American Chiropractic Association) 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 ensure 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.
In past years, Annika enjoyed the enviable
experience of working on an organic farm in Iceland, where she was
responsible for the medication and nutrition of disabled adults. Her
tasks there included the cultivation of gardens onsite and the harvesting
and processing of various herbs.
of other Coordinators & Adjunct Faculty forthcoming!