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About the Instructors

Peter Holmes LAc, MH 

Peter is an English-trained medical herbalist, essential oil therapist and Chinese medicine practitioner with over 35 years' experience of using botanical remedies and essential oils in clinical practice. His extensive training included studies with Oriental Medicine Doctor Ted Kaptchuk, medical herbalist and pharmacist Henri Verdier in Paris, France; medical herbalist Christopher Hedley in London, England; and Elisabeth Roche-Vallee in Paris, France.

Peter brings to his courses and seminars over 35 years of study, clinical practice and teaching experience. He has focused on both the physiological and psychological aspects of using essential oils. He has pioneered the use of essential oils both in herbal medicine and with acupuncture and bodywork in particular. He is co-founder with Tiffany Carole Pollard of Aroma Acupoint Therapy.

Peter is author of five acclaimed textbooks on herbal and essential oil medicine: Aromatica, Clinical Aromatherapy, The Energetics of Western Herbs, Jade Remedies and The TCM Materia Medica & Clinical Reference.

Tiffany Carole Pollard MS, LAc, LMP

Tiffany is a practitioner of Oriental Medicine and therapeutic bodywork with over 12 years of clinical experience. She draws on her background in science and naturopathic medicine, and merges this with her deep passion for bodywork and energetic medicine.

Tiffany teaches a one-year Master Healing program and co-teaches Aroma Acupoint TherapyTM workshops with Peter Holmes. She directs Synergy Wellness Center in Kirkland, Washington, a holistic clinic that focuses  on energetic medicine and bodywork, offering a synergy of different treatment modalities in the field of complimentary medicine. 


Maura Dawgert LAc

Maura practices acupuncture, Aroma Acupoint Therapy and herbal medicine in Portland, Oregon.  She focuses on women’s health, pain management, oncology support and mental-emotional health.  Her passion lies in teaching practical, effective and sustainable tools to empower individuals around their health.

Maura teaches Aroma Acupoint Therapy workshops with Peter Holmes and also teaches Qigong, herb wild-crafting and medicine making retreats internationally. She is the founder of Wild Hearts Apothecary, a non-profit dedicated to funding healthcare projects in low-income communities.


Toni D. Groelly MS, LAc

Tonic owns a private practice in New Jersey and has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbs for the past 16 years, and Aroma Acupoint Therapy since 2013. As part of her continuing desire to learn and grow, she studied Reiki and Spirituality and obtained a Master Degree level of Reiki. She also studied with Shamanic and Vortex Healer Michael Taylor, learning the Native American teachings of Spirit of Fire and Wind of Great Spirit. Toni completed the Master Healer program with Tiffany Carole and continues to study many types of healing and energy work. She approaches health and healing from a truly holistic perspective, viewing and treating each person as unique from everyone else.


Christine Nichols LAc




Valerie Olney LMT, BCST

Valerie has been in private practice in Olympia, WA since 1997, specializing in injury treatment, headaches, fibromyalgia and chronic pain, and autonomic dysregulation. She combines craniosacral therapy, myofascial release and Aroma Acupoint Therapy in her treatment sessions. Graduating from the Brian Utting School of Massage in 1997, she returned as a teacher of anatomy, physiology and gross anatomy. She studied craniosacral therapy with Bruno Ducoux, DO, and received her Biodynamic Craniosacral Certification from Michael Shea, PhD. Her interest in aromatherapy began over ten years ago and she attended one of the first AAT classes in 2012 and has been excitedly putting it into practice ever since.