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    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President

    Dorene is the Founding President of the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS). She has over 35 years clinical teaching and lecturing experience in aromatherapy and other holistic health subjects. She has presented papers on essential oils and clinical aromatherapy at the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades Annual Conference (IFEAT) in California, USA; the Aroma Environment Association of Japan (AEAJ) in Tokyo, Japan; the Asian Aroma Ingredients Congress (AAIC) and Expo in Bali, Indonesia; the International Center of Advanced Aromatherapy (ICAA) at the WonGwang Digital University in Seoul, Korea; as well as the AAIC Expo in Kunming, Yunnan, China. Dorene currently serves as Chair of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC), and she is also active with the Distance Education Training Council (DETC). Dorene is a travel junkie, and has led ACHS Study Abroad programs to India, Indonesia, Greece, and (in 2018) Hawaii!
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    Nov 26, 2013 4:49:00 PM
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    Excuse Me...is that your Phone that Smells like Roses?

    Technology moves fast. We now have 3-D televisions and printers, video games that read your body, and smart phones that can track your REM cycles while you sleep. But what if you could smell a bouquet of roses every time you receive a text from...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Nov 22, 2013 3:52:00 PM
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    Holistic Health at Home: 5 Tips for a Holistic Thanksgiving Holiday

    Holistic Health at Home: 5 Tips for a Holistic Thanksgiving Holiday

    Can you believe Thanksgiving is on Thursday? Time goes by so quickly, and it can be easy to become overwhelmed with holiday planning. Let me help you by offering five natural...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Nov 16, 2013 1:07:00 PM
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    The eWriting Herbalist: An Interview with Author Lori Bell

    “I want to try natural remedies for healing and holistic health, but I don’t know where to start.” Lori Bell (an American College of Healthcare Sciences alumna) often heard this lament at farmer’s markets while selling natural products through...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Nov 12, 2013 4:30:00 PM
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    Scholarship Recipient Reminds Us: Holistic Health is Helping Others

    Here at ACHS, we recognize that earning a certificate, diploma, or degree requires dedication and committment to your studies. There is no doubt about it, being a student can at times feel overwhelming. With a busy class schedule, texts to read,...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Nov 9, 2013 8:12:00 AM
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    5 Tasty Herbs for Seasonal Cooking: Flavor Fill Your Fall!

    I love veggies and herbs! They’re the best ingredients for making your plate colorful, flavorful, and nutritious! Have you gone apple or pumpkin picking, yet? The fall season offers some delicious fruits and veggies to cook with. I recently read...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Nov 6, 2013 5:01:00 PM
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    ACHS Grads and Alumni: Reaching for the Stars to Heal the World

    As an educator, watching my students achieve their goals is an immense joy. Completing a certificate, diploma, or degree in holistic healthcare is an outstanding accomplishment, and it is something to take pride in and celebrate. Here at ACHS,...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Nov 3, 2013 2:30:00 PM
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    Scholarship Recipient Focuses on Celebrating the Small Achievements

    ACHS is continuing the theme of celebrating our students by introducing you to Krysta Merrill, an  ACHS Adult Skills Education Program Scholarship (ASEP) recipient for June 2013. You can learn more about this scholarship (partnered with Imagine...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Nov 1, 2013 5:40:00 PM
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    Mirror to Wellness: 4 Health Indicators that can Signal Deficiencies

    Did you happen to catch Sydney Lupkin’s recent ABC news article, “What Miley Cyrus’ tongue says about her health”? I was thrilled to see her discuss how tongue observation can help us keep a close eye on our overall health. While performing at...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Oct 29, 2013 5:20:00 PM
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    Strung Out Over Seasonal Change? Rebalance with Bach Flower Remedies | ACHS

    Strung Out Over Seasonal Change? Rebalance with Bach Flower Remedies

    The change from summer to fall can be full of new beginnings—from the start of school to autumn harvests, it is certainly a time for change. While this can be refreshing—all...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Oct 25, 2013 9:41:00 AM
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    The 4th Sweet Way to Cut Sugar (Plus Seasonal Shortcake Recipe!)

    Yesterday was Food Day, so we took some time to celebrate nutrition with 3 Sweet Ways to Cut Sugar. If you didn’t see it, definitely take some time to read up on the dangers of sugar and artificial sweeteners; we have some great tips for weaning...

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