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.

7 Responses to The blog team

  1. Good morning all, I am a medical herbalist practicing in Vancouver Canada, I am the editor of the herbology section of All Things Healing internet site.

    I am always looking for informative well written and researched articles about herbal medicine to use in this site, I was wondering if any of the faculty or students would like to contribute with articles and any other educational information about herbal medicine.
    Our goal is to enhance the public knowledge about herbal medicine and how to use it safely, if you have any questions or interest about this proyect please contact me any time. I think it would be a great experience for some of your students.
    Take care, and thank you for your time.


  2. hypericum says:

    I love this blog.

    When first hearing about it I wondered how we’d find time to participate but I really enjoy the articles and seeing the pictures. It’s got really great potential to beat other Herbal websites such as Herb Mentor and is relevant to our course. Thank you.

  3. hypericum says:

    p.s. why can’t we start a new subject if we have a question like in a forum?

    • Robyn James says:

      There is a possibility of a forum, which would work a bit like Twitter, but as there are already so many forums associated with the course I thought it would be best to use those instead. Have you looked at the Discussion group on the BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine site on Blackboard?

  4. hypericum says:

    Sorry to post again but there is no edit option. I tried to put the blog page as a home page on my computer but it still requires two or three clicks through before it ‘lands’ on site. Is there anyway around this?

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