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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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    Aug 9, 2013 4:04:00 PM
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    achs.edu Offers Aromatherapy Training to Young Living & doTerra Staff | achs.edu

    It looks like essential oil companies Young Living Essential Oils and doTERRA are taking their product competition to the Utah courts. Young Living, founded in 1993, and doTERRA, founded in 2008, are two sizable multi-level marketing companies,...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Aug 5, 2013 2:22:00 PM
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    Holistic Health College's Accreditation Renewed by DEAC

    American College of Healthcare Sciences Demonstrates Value and Quality of Online Distance Education

    The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) today announced that it has been reaccredited without conditions by the Distance Education...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Jun 30, 2013 6:00:00 AM
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    Black Pepper Oil in Southern India | achs.edu

    As our bus bumped along on the upward journey to the mountain village of Meenar on our way to where the last, largest remaining sandalwood forest is managed by the Kerala Forest Department, I was thrilled to spot what looked like black pepper...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Mar 29, 2013 2:57:00 PM
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    Holistic Health: 8 Travel Tips from a Travel Junkie

    Join Dorene on her next adventure in May 2014, Aromatic Indonesia: Aromatic & Herbal Journey through the Spice Islands

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Jan 18, 2013 8:15:00 AM
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    7 Strategies for Student SUCCESS

    It’s a new year, which means new opportunities to learn and grow as students and holistic health professionals. How exciting! Before your spring schedule fills with to-do lists, I want to take a moment to chat with you about how to succeed.

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Dec 12, 2012 8:43:00 AM
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    3 Easy Aromatherapy Essential Oil Blends for Winter Wellness

    One of the challenges during the winter season is finding the time to practice wellness. I like to find simple things that help me incorporate day-to-day wellness habits into my life. Opening a few small bottles of therapeutic aromatherapy...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Oct 3, 2012 9:54:00 PM
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    Exploring the Indonesian Herbal Tradition of Jamu

    By Dorene Petersen, President, American College of Healthcare Sciences

    This past May, I was invited to speak at the Asian Aroma Ingredients Congress & Expo on the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali. This biannual conference brings together...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Jun 26, 2012 1:50:00 PM
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    ACHS and Apothecary Shoppe Re-Certified as Green America Gold Certified Businesses

    A member of Green America since 2000, American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) and the Apothecary Shoppe College Store have been re-certified as Green America Gold Certified Businesses. Green America’s vision is to “work for a world where...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Jun 14, 2012 1:42:00 PM
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    How to Grow Valerian in Your Botanical Garden

    It's June and our valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is in full bloom! Here's a picture of our valerian taken in the American College Botanical Teaching Garden in Portland, Oregon. The ACHS Botanical Teaching Garden is part of the ACHS campus and...

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