Alumni in Action

Pam Heyen, a graduate from the Australasian College's Holistic Health Practitioner Program, was interviewed on Angelic Inspirations Radio November 11.



Wendy Robbins, AromaWeb Creator, Awarded ACHS 2009 Famous Alumni

Check out the latest alumni news here!


What's Going On At The College?

Dear Alumnus:

Good News! ACHS is now offering a user-friendly, informative newsletter geared towards the specific needs and interests of our esteemed Alumni. Each quarter a new ACHS Alumni News will be available, including: industry highlights, alumni spotlights, and many more benefits to you.

If you haven’t already joined the Australasian College Alumni Association, today is the day. As a member, you will enjoy many ACAA donor benefits, such as: a 22% discount off retail products from the Apothecary Shoppe; one year graduate support; complimentary upgraded listing in the ACHS Practitioner Directory online; and discounted tuition for continuing education classes.

It has been a busy and very successful year at ACHS. We have added new wikis, blogs, and other web 2.0 interaction opportunities to all courses so there is even more expanded opportunities to network with classmates, graduates, and faculty.

In addition, in late December 2007 ACHS became authorized by the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization to offer degrees. If you have not yet received information on the accredited, fully online Master of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees in Complementary Alternative Medicine, call Admissions at (800) 487-8839. As a graduate you receive tuition discounts and, based on your studies so far, there may be an opportunity to earn credits through challenge exams for up to 25% of the credits required for our new degree programs.

There are many ways to keep up-to-date with your alma mater. To receive this newsletter via email, the ACHS Alumni eNews, send an email to, and for day-to-day updates, visit our ACHS website, where you also can enjoy upcoming issues of the ACHS Reporter; just click on News and Events.

Now that you are receiving a copy of the ACHS Alumni News quarterly newsletter, send us news of your accomplishments, a note to share with other graduates, or community events. Items will appear in the newsletter and on the Alumni website. We also have a blog just for Alumni News at http://achsalumni.blogspot, where you can post  comments, ask questions, share personal experiences, and above all, stay connected. Or, email your news to, and we’ll post it for you.
We can’t wait to hear from you.


Dorene Petersen BA, Dip. NT, Dip. Acu., RH (AHG)

Alumni In Action

Maureen Jeanson, ACHS Herb 401 Graduate, is now running her own fitness consulting business which has a large Internet-based support community. She has written health and wellness articles and new articles for multiple websites. Jeanson is also the co-author of a newly released healthy cookbook and wellness book called Squeaky Gourmet. Look for it soon in the Apothecary Shoppe.

To view Jeanson’s full story and the ACHS Alumni in Action page, go to  

Dorothy McCall is well-known for the exceptional fragrances she formulates for her business Kingsbury Fragrances. In August, McCall was featured in Sniffapalooza Magazine for the second time, which highlighted her new Lime Lift fragrance.

McCall says of the fragrance: “The inspiration came from wanting something to lift the spirits during the hot muggy summer days and to feel crisp and refreshing. Lime is stimulating, helping with fatigue and mental concentration, anxiety and depressed mood. I had this great sparkling lime from Mexico that I wanted to use, which always made me smile when I inhaled its fresh crisp joyous attitude.

“Secondly I wanted to enhance the freshness and add interest with a bergamot from Italy — but not too much because I didn't want to lose the dominance of the lime aroma. Additionally bergamot is known for its antidepressant properties, and it also blends well with lime.

“Green fragrances make me feel wonderful, so I definitely wanted to keep the green theme throughout.  I chose green tea as it is very fresh and clean and would give the fragrance tenacity in combination with a musk to help hold on to the citrus notes. Lime pettigrain gave additional body and a green woody note (as it comes from the leaves and twigs) to the lime and bergamot, helping to fill out and give substance to what could have been a thin aromatic experience.  It holds on to those top notes for a bit longer so the lime can last as long as possible. Additionally it is known for helping to enhance mood. Geranium is known for having a green floral aroma (I love geranium) another layer of green as well as another known mood lifter.”

To learn more about McCall’s work and ACHS’s influence, and to read the full article, visit and click on Alumni in Action.

College Updates

ACHS is a gold leaf sponsor of this year’s American Herbalists Guild conference. On Friday, October 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., ACHS will host a social networking event at the host hotel, the Marriott Town Center in Redmond, Washington. All faculty, prospective students, and graduates are invited to attend.  It will be a great opportunity to talk one-to-one with Dorene and Erika and to mingle with other ACHS students and graduates.

More information regarding the event will be sent to attendees closer to the event date. If you have any questions, email Tracey Miller at For conference information, visit

ACHS is delighted to announce the launch of its new  English Composition courses, with the first class starting November 17, 2008. The English courses use ACHS’s dynamic, online classroom format, with extensive interactive multimedia activities and peer-to-peer and instructor interaction.

“Required for the ACHS Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine degree program, English composition is also vital for anyone in the holistic health industry,” says Co-Education Director Erika Yigzaw. “Many graduates have enjoyed success authoring books, magazine articles, blogs, e-magazines, and newsletters.”

To learn more about ACHS Composition courses, and to meet new ACHS English faculty, visit

Following close on the heels of President Bush signing the new GI Bill in late June, Oregon-based Australasian College of Health Sciences is pleased to announce that the Department of Veterans Affairs has approved ACHS as an Institution of Higher Learning. This means ACHS’s VA students now receive their full monthly entitlement benefits for their studies, based on the number of credits they are taking per semester. This approval provides a long-awaited opportunity for service members to maximize their education benefits by completing convenient, fully online career training and degree programs in the fastest growing area of health care.

ACHS is military- and military-spouse-friendly and also provides military scholarships that can fund up to 35% of tuition. For more information, or if you know an active member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse who could benefit from ACHS programs, read more about this on the ACHS website or call (800) 487-8839 for more information.

Consumer use of Complementary and Alternative Modalities (CAM) continues to increase. ACHS has developed a unique and innovative approach to the degree of Master of Science in CAM. For program information, view course requirements on the ACHS website. Click on Departments for a current list of courses.

ACAA Alumni Association

The Australasian College Alumni Association was established to strengthen the alliance of ACHS Graduates, enhance the services we provide to you, and increase your opportunities for success.

There are two levels of membership activity.

Graduate Membership

As an ACHS graduate, we welcome you as an Alumni Association Graduate Member. Your Membership benefits are:

• Subscription to our online newsletter, the ACHS Reporter.
• A 17% discount off retail products from the Apothecary Shoppe -
• Six months of graduate support.
• One complimentary listing in the ACHS Practitioner Directory. (Submit your listing online at, click on Practitioner Directory. You may also upgrade your listing for $50 per year to include additional information and a graphic.)
• Access to the ACHS Research Wiki.
• Advanced social networking opportunities.
• 20% discount off AHHA Practitioner Membership if you meet qualifying criteria and join within six months of your graduation date.

Donor Membership

You may choose to become an Alumni Association Donor Member by submitting the application with your annual donation of $75 or more.  Your Donor Membership benefits are all of the above plus:

• Donor Member Certificate for framing.
• A prominent listing in the online ACHS Reporter and on our website alumni pages as a Donor Member.
• A 22% discount off retail products from the Apothecary Shoppe available online at
•  One year of graduate support.
• Complimentary upgraded listing in the ACHS Practitioner Directory online.
• Discounted tuition for continuing education classes.
• Editing access to the ACHS Research Wiki.
• Invite only opportunities to meet with ACHS President, Senior Vice President and other ACHS Faculty.

To sign-up, visit, or call (800) 487-8839.

Continuing Education

Integrative medicine, alternative medicine, holistic or complementary medicine—whatever name you use, today’s health care professionals are seeking to enhance their skills with accredited, relevant, dynamic, up-to-date continuing education classes.

ACHS’s continuing education courses are approved for continuing education credits for Massage Therapists, Registered Nurses, Pharmacists, Naturopaths, Veterinarians, Registered Herbalists, Registered Aromatherapists and other health care and holistic health professionals. Keep abreast of the latest cutting-edge research with ACHS’s continuing education offerings.

Current courses include: CE 511 Advanced Herbal Materia Medica, CE 512 Botanical Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, CE 516 Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists I, and CE 520 Advanced Aromatic Materia Medica. For detailed information about CE listings, visit and click on Continuing Education.

Practitioner Directory

If you are an ACHS Graduate and would like to join the directory, please send your bio, photo and areas of specialty to

Alumni Products

Welcome to The Apothecary Shoppe of ACHS. We offer a distinguished selection of natural health products, and we specialize in certified organic, and sustainably wildcrafted herbs, essential oils, flower essences, dynamic phytotherapy remedies, and reference materials for students, professionals, and the general public.

Shopping with us is both secure and convenient. To visit our store online, go to and click on Online Store, located in the upper right-hand corner of the home page.

Offered by Judith Haeger, a graduate of Herb401, Original Strength Couger Gel Roll-on is a mild but effective treatment for minor bumps and bruises, muscular pain, tension headaches, congestion, and more. Recommended for sensitive skin or children 12 years and older. .25 oz. $5.00.

Have you ever slept through something really important? Henry spends the day talking to beavers, bears, and fish while trying to find his way? Sleepy Henry is brought to you by ACHS graduate Lori Bell. $12.95.

Don’t miss the Mark! Using Body pH audio CD will introduce the concept of managing body pH as a preventative measure in overall health. Brought to you by ACHS Herb101 Graduate Kim Blaufuss. $9.98.

ACHS Alumni Michael Dubanewicz Talks Rice

Private chef and culinary nutrition educator Michael Dubanewicz gives an informative interview about rice. Did he manage to make rice interesting? Follow this link to judge for yourself:

ACHS Herb 401 Graduate Maureen Jeanson

ACHS Herb 401 Graduate, Maureen Jeanson is now running her own fitness consulting business which has a large internet based support community. She has written health and wellness articles and new articles for multiple websites.

ACHS Aromatherapy Graduate Dorothy McCall's Lime Lift Scent Featured in Sniffapalooza Magazine

ACHS is proud to have so many exceptional graduates! We would like to spotlight the following 2008 Famous Alumni of the Year.

2008 Outstanding Graduate - Stephen Hawk, M.H., Honors

ACHS is proud to have so many exceptional graduates! We would like to spotlight the following 2008 Outstanding Graduate of the Year.