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CCH, RSHOM (NA)
If anybody had suggested 30 years ago that I would become a full-time practicing homeopath I would have been mystified and astonished! As a graduate of Yale University's Family Nurse Practitioner program in 1987 I was fully committed to the medical model of health and disease upon which my training was based.
After more than a decade of prescribing pharmaceutical drugs, however, I developed gut feeling that there must be something "more". Intuitively I sensed that there was a connection between physical problems and the state of mind that mainstream medicine had not grasped. I began an intensive search for this missing link, never suspecting that the answer lay in a forgotten, 200 year old medical tradition called "homeopathy".
While I was attending workshops on hypnosis, guided imagery, and other mind-body therapies my two year old son became ill with an ear infection. After two courses of antibiotics failed to resolve his high fever and pain I became desperate, and brought him to a homeopath. Not having much faith in the little sugar pellets I was told to dissolve on his tongue, the rapid cure I then observed amazed me. Like most people, I tried to dismiss what I couldn't understand. But a repeat experience several months later forced me to take a closer look at this obscure medical art and science.
Within a year I had enrolled in the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy, widely considered the best and most thorough program in North America at that time. Taught mostly by Roger Morrison, Jonathan Shore, and Nancy Herrick, this four year program gave me a deep grounding in homeopathic philosophy, materia medica (the study of the sphere of action of different homeopathic remedies), case analysis, and management. After one year of study I was so persuaded of the superior efficacy and deeper healing provided by homeopathy that I opened up my own homeopathic practice in downtown Portland, and resigned my positions in mainstream medical settings. I had educated myself out of my jobs!
Since graduation as valedictorian of my class in 2001 I have continued my post-graduate studies with the best homeopaths in the world. Of these, the teachers who have influenced my practice the most are Rajan Sankaran, Divya Chabbra, Jan Scholten, and Dinesh Chauhan. I have also served as newsletter editor for the North American Society of Homeopaths, guest editor of the journal Interhomeopathy, and published many articles and cured cases in professional Homeopathic journals. I have taught at North American schools and given seminars in France, Slovakia, and Russia. My curiosity in the role of consciousness in homeopathy and healing has led me to active participation in the Quintessence Forum, an international group which sponsors symposia on consciousness, homeopathy, and homeopathic solutions to collective, global problems. You can read more about this in an interview with me in Homeopathic Links at:
I take great joy in my practice of homeopathic medicine treatment. It allows me to become both an instrument in, and a witness to, a healing process which points to a deep compassion and impulse towards wholeness built into the structure of our universe. Teaching is a natural extension of the healing arts, and I treasure my relationship with students, who, without their realizing it, end up teaching me at least as much as I teach them.
For more about Doug and to read some of his articles, see his website: Homeopathichealing.org
MD, MD(H), CCH
Dr. Melanie Chimes
Classes: Prep for Practice
Is a board certified pediatrician. She received her medical degree in 1985 in Johannesburg, South Africa where she completed an internship in internal medicine, surgery and orthopedics, followed by a pediatric residency and chief residency at Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Chimes graduated from the American Medical College of Homeopathy in 2002, after which she returned as adjunct faculty.
Post-graduate education includes studies with numerous international teachers: Drs Rajan Sankaran, Divya Chhabra, A.U Ramakrishnan, Sujit Chatterjee, Roger Morrison, Jonathan Shore, Frans Vermulen among others.
Since 1999, her successful private practice in Tucson serves patients of all ages. Being a Board Certified Medical Doctor allows Dr. Chimes to safely and effectively manage complex medical patients in their quest for health through homeopathy.
Dr. Chimes has participated in several homeopathic research projects, published articles & presented at national conferences including IONS, NCH, Tucson Cancer Action Network, among others.
Dr. Chimes also has a long association with the Integrative Medicine Department at University of Arizona in the role of consultant and adjunct faculty.
Kim Elia is the former Director of Nutrition at The Heartwood Institute in Northern California. He has been studying homeopathy since 1987 and graduated from the New England School of Homeopathy in 1990. Kim was in clinical practice with Dr. Paul Herscu, author of The Homeopathic Treatment of Children, Pediatric Constitutional Types. Kim was the principal instructor and developer of the four-year classical homeopathy program at the Hahnemann Academy in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. He has lectured extensively on the subject of Homeopathy, nutrition and other topics, throughout North America, Japan, China, India, Europe, Israel, Central America and Australia. Kim has also taught at SCNM (The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine), NCNM (The National College of Natural Medicine), Bastyr University, The National College of Naturopathic Medicine as well as The University of Bridgeport. He has worked in the clinic at the University of Bridgeport and at CCNM (The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine) seeing new patients as well as overseeing student cases in their clinic.
Additionally, he has taught at the Pacific Academy of Homeopathic Medicine, The Texas Institute of Homeopathy, The Colorado Institute of Homeopathy, The Homeopathic Academy of Southern California, the Vancouver Academy of Homeopathy and many other schools, institutions and conferences throughout North America.
He is currently a teacher the CCHM (Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine) and The Academy of Homeopathic Education. He is a regular presenter at the Join American Homeopathic Conference as well as being a regular keynote speaker for many conferences on Homeopathy and Nutrition.
Dr. Fontes is a real live homeopath who treats patients every day of the week Monday thru Friday and has done so for the last decade. He is also a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine DACM. He has served as the President/Chairman of the Homeopathic and Integrated Medicine Board for the State of Arizona and on the Arizona State Board of Acupuncture Examiners. Currently he is clinic Director at Natural Medicine and Detox, an integrative medical clinic where many PIHMA students have finished their community service hours and externships. He has been a staff member at the American Medical College of Homeopathy since 2006 and faculty at Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture for many years.
Classes: Clinic and Mentorship
Whittni’s love for the unique character of the Southwest landscape brought her to desert restoration work at the Center for Native and Urban Wildlife, at SCC. She continued her studies in organic and biodynamic gardening, urban horticulture, soil sampling, and herbs; accepting a scholarship from the Arizona Herb Association. She received her BS in Biological Sciences from ASU with a minor in history. After becoming a mom she decided to broaden her studies and received her Diploma from the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, before completing her course work at the American Medical College of Homeopathy. In addition, she has spent three summer sessions studying with professionals from around the world, at the IACH campus in Alonissos, Greece with George Vithoulkas. Whittni is also a member of the scientific organization U.di.hop., Union for Diplomat Homeopathic Physicians. Since 2019, she has been the Program and Clinic Director at AMCofH, where she spreads her love of homeopathy through education. She has her Certification in Classical Homeopathy (CCH) and holds regular Clinic and Mentorships for student homeopaths
DACM, L.Ac., CCH
Classes: Materia Medica
Sybil Ihrig obtained her Doctoral and Master’s degrees from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in San Diego, California and holds NCCAOM certifications in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. Her practice in Peoria, Arizona, which focuses on reproductive health, senior wellness, and supportive care of patients with chronic conditions, incorporates primarily Japanese approaches as promulgated by Shudo Denmei, Masakazu Ikeda, Edward Obaidey, Alan Jansson, Miki Shima, Kiiko Matsumoto, and Shoji Kobayashi. Sybil recently completed the 2-year Kampo Internship program, featuring abdominal palpation and Japanese herbal medicine, with Nigel Dawes.
Also a classical homeopath of long standing, Sybil has completed the Certificate program at American Medical College of Homeopathy (AMCofH) in Phoenix and numbers Drs. Massimo Mangialavori, A.U. Ramakrishnan, and Luc De Schepper among her mentors. She serves on the faculty of AMCH, teaching plant materia medica and providing clinical and case-taking supervision for homeopathy students.
Suesan Johnson began her homeopathic journey nine years ago when her youngest daughter was diagnosed with a chronic disease. After pursuing many therapeutics, the road led them to Dr. Abraham Ber, MD(H). Dr. Ber was instrumental in restoring health to her daughter’s frail body. During the six years with Dr. Ber, Suesan became fascinated with the power the small doses of medicine made in her daughter’s health. As time progressed, she began using homeopathy to treat her family and friends for minor illnesses and issues from allergies, bug bites, to muscle aches and fevers. The time came when she felt the desire to learn more and become a professional practitioner.
Suesan Johnson (CCH) graduated from the American Medical College of Homeopathy at PIHMA in 2019 with a certificate in classical Homeopathy. She has spent the last year interning at Natural Medicine and Detox under the direction of Dr. Fontes. Working with both children and adults, she helps those who are seeking solutions for symptoms ranging from depression, anxiety, headaches, menstrual issues, skin problems, as well as other common conditions.
Suesan is an Arizona native and holds a BS in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. Suesan combines her clinical experience with her love for helping people to assist clients using effective and noninvasive therapeutics.
DIHOM, CCH, CTT, RN, BSN, BA
Classes: Case Taking and Analysis
Marcia is a family practice Nationally Board-Certified Classical Homeopath. Marcia is also a Registered Nurse with 24 years of compassionate pediatric, maternal-child health, women’s health and family-focused ambulatory and community health nursing care experience. Marcia is the Clinical Director and Sole Proprietor of her two practices Healing Naturally with Homeopathy in Sudbury, MA and the New Hope Breast Thermography Center, in Sudbury, MA. Marcia received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Therapy and Voice Performance from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA in 1988, and went on to receive her second Bachelor Degree of Science in Nursing at Simmons College in Boston, MA in 1998. Marcia is a Certified Breast and Body Thermography Technician and a Reiki II Practitioner and has held Certifications in both Childbirth Education and Lactation Counseling.
CCH, HOM, RHN
Classes: Philosophy 1 and 2
Mihaela Rusu graduated in 2017 from the American Medical College of Homeopathy at PIHMA where she completed her Homeopathic Practitioner program . Soon after she completed the CHC certification and since then, she mentors and teaches students .
Mihaela completed her bachelor’s degree in economics back in 1995 in Romania and moved to Canada in 1997, where, soon after, she received her equivalency from the University of Toronto.
In 2018, Mihaela received her HOM designation and since then, she operates a Family Homeopathic Practice in Toronto, Canada.
In 2019, Mihaela continued her studies with well-known homeopaths Jeremy Sher at the Dynamis School for Advance Homeopathic Studies.
In addition, in 2021, Mihaela completed her Fellowship Program at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine (CCHM).
Passionate about optimal health and well- being, Mihaela started her journey at the Canadian College of Holistic Nutritionist where she became a registered Holistic Nutritionist in 2021.
Mihaela has also studied in the past years with renowned homeopaths Rajan Sankaran, Farokh Master, Ian Watson, Jhon Miller, Andre Saine.
Anna is a board-certified homeopath, certified Metabolic Balance® coach and owner of Yuma Homeopathy where she provides health and wellness care to families in Yuma, Arizona. She also runs Wellness Care Online, a fully online practice with a focus on endocrine balance and healing, including menopause, weight issues, anxiety, depression, insomnia, menstrual, uterine and ovarian problems, thyroid and glandular issues. Her Healthy Hormones Blog, published once a month, focuses on endocrine issues. She has an interdisciplinary PhD in planning and public policy from the University of Michigan and was previously a tenured university professor at a Canadian university for 9 years. Anna is a past-President and current Advisory Council member of the Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA). When not pondering the potential of homeopathy to heal the world, she works in Yuma neighborhoods helping young people develop powers of expression, critical thinking and leadership skills.