The blog team

Robyn James BA(Oxon) MNIMH

I qualified as a medical herbalist from the School of Phytotherapy in 1998, and set up in practice in Sheffield, where I still live.  I am co-owner of a small shop, clinic and public dispensary in the Sharrow Vale area.

As an academic, I am particularly interested in the traditional philosophies of herbal medicine, and am currently researching dosage practices in western herbal practice.

I teach on the Introduction to Herbal Medicine and History & Philosophy of Herbal Medicine modules at level 1 and the Pharmacy & Phytochemistry module at level 2.


Donald Purves

20 years in practice as a Medical Herbalist.  10 years experience in teaching herbal medicine.

With a Biology degree (York 1980) and pre-clinical experience as a student dietician, I was seeking a niche within Life Sciences/ Healthcare when I stumbled upon the distance-learning training in Medical Herbalism offered by the National Institute of Herbalists and the School of Herbal Medicine. Qualifying as a herbalist in 1989, I pursued a twin-track career as a Herbalist and a researcher in Clinical Chemistry until 1999 when I began supervising a teaching clinic at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). The Herbal Medicine course at UCLAN had, at that time, a unique selling point of immersion of its students in clinic from week 1, emphasising the centrality of clinical experience to professional development as a Medical Herbalists.

I have supervised clinics at University of Lincoln since 2005 and lecture on Materia Medica and Biological Chemistry for Herbalists. I enjoy being at the forefront of interpreting traditional knowledge in a contemporary context.

Katie Dobiesz BSc PGCHE MNIMH

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I qualified as a medical herbalist from Westminster University in 2003 andstarted teaching fairly quickly.

I have been teaching at Lincoln for 3 years and really love the course, the students and the ethos here. I am fortunate to be part of a great team.

Have a diversity of roles at Lincoln which include supervising in the clinic and teaching introduction to clinic, Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology and pharmacy.

I also run a herbal practice in Spalding and Grantham which is in Lincolnshire.

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