Blog: 5 Black Holistic Wellness Leaders To Know

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Learn about five incredible Black women who are making a difference in the field of holistic wellness.
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Dr. Nicole Betschman with 2019 Famous Alumni winner Miriam Isinini Popp

Pictured: Dr. Nicole Betschman with 2019 Famous Alumni winner Miriam Isinini Popp

Live a life empowered by knowledge, inspired by a passion for wellness and physical health.

American College of Healthcare Sciences is a world-renowned accredited online college. Our mission is driven by the principles and vision of our president, Dorene Petersen, who founded the college in 1978 as a pioneer in holistic health education. 

We award degrees, diplomas, and certificates in Integrative Health, Aromatherapy, Holistic Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, and an MBA with Specializations in Integrative Health & Wellness and Sustainable Business



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Our graduates are making a difference.

Shanna Bynes is an Aromatherapist, Licensed Medical Aesthetician, Natural Nail Specialist, and Professional Makeup artist who completed a Diploma in Aromatherapy from ACHS in 2019. She is the CEO of Grow Out Oils and also provides custom formulations for physicians and high-end luxury spas.

Shanna joined our monthly Admissions Live Webinar on August 6, 2020 to discuss her experiences as a student at ACHS and the way it changed her life and her business. Click here to watch the recording of that webinar.

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Our students are changing lives.

Cindy Lane Ross is the owner of four businesses, a full-time student, a bodybuilder, and has successfully kept her Rheumatoid Arthritis in remission for years through exercise and diet. Now, she is pursuing an MS in Holistic Nutrition so that she can help others! Her business Life Wellness Forever focuses on hormone balancing, fitness, nutrition, and functional medicine. Cindy knows how important good quality of life is and wants to help others achieve it just like she did. Read more about Cindy.

In 2020 the change starts with you. Here’s to your 2020 life empowered by knowledge, inspired by a passion for wellness and physical health. To find out how the ACHS family can empower your journey, click here.

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Master of Business with Integrative Health Specialization

Business with sustainability and wellness at its core!

The ACHS Master of Business Administration program fosters a holistic, integrative approach to business in support of more sustainable practices for traditional and integrative healthcare practitioners, entrepreneurs, and those in large, multinational, public, private, and nonprofit corporations.


Earn a degree in wellness.

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You can afford a holistic health education.

We believe that quality education is the best investment in your future and strive to provide you with the best education for your money. Our flexible payment plans combined with financial aid and employer tuition assistance programs mean you can graduate debt-free!  


How can we help you reach your goals?



What are students saying?

The Aromatherapy program offered me the opportunity to obtain a formal education in my favorite subject area while working full-time. I found the curriculum to be informative and appropriately challenging. The faculty was knowledgeable and approachable. I'm excited to reinvent my career using my degree milestone with ACHS as a significant first step!

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Jay Nicholas

Master of Science in Aromatherapy

I’ve been writing professionally for three decades, but in recent years have shifted my focus. I’m asking fewer questions about various business topics and more questions of those taking part in the conversation, especially considering habits, change, stress, resilience and hope. I became a Certified Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches in early 2019, and opened my coaching business, Gates Open Wellness, not long after. My concurrent studies with ACHS—a Certificate in Wellness Consulting—have helped me fill in gaps of knowledge in terms of stress management, sports nutrition, holistic pathophysiology, business practices and integrative health. Altogether, it’s been a great experience!

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Fiona Soltes

Certificate in Wellness Consulting

Over the past three years during my studies at ACHS, I was able to bring my passion for holistic health to life. I have learned valuable information that will allow me to begin my goal of becoming a holistic lifestyle coach by teaching others to integrate nutrition, herbs, and mindfulness into their lifestyles.

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Chelsea Anne Thomas

Diploma in Holistic Health Practice

As a social worker, I am incorporating wellness activities with my staff and the youth we serve. My goals include using aromatherapy as a coping strategy for people experiencing burnout.

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Nina Lindsey

M.S. Aromatherapy, 2020

ACHS News & Events

Dr. Tiffany Rodriguez is ACHS' new Chief Academic Officer

Portland, Ore.—February 24, 2021—American College of Healthcare Sciences’ (ACHS) President and Founder, Dorene Petersen, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tiffany Rodriguez as the college’s new Chief Academic Officer.

As Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Rodriguez will work in collaboration with the Executive Leadership Team; Center for Excellence in Teaching, Technology and Assessment (CETTA) Team; Program Chairs; and other stakeholders across the institution to support the institution’s culture of commitment to student retention and success, academic integrity and innovation, and all aspects of higher education compliance.

ACHS President Dorene Petersen shared, “Dr. Rodriguez has proven experience with data-driven methods in institutional research, and she will be a valuable asset to our institution and our students.”

Over the last decade, Rodriguez’s work has focused on supporting institutions in the areas of Institutional Effectiveness, programmatic and regional

Dr. Valerie Delleville is ACHS' new Dean of Academic Affairs

Portland, Ore.—February 22, 2021—American College of Healthcare Sciences’ (ACHS) President and...

ACHS Earns 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School Designation

Portland, Ore.—February 18, 2021— ACHS announced today that it has earned the 2021-2022 Military...

Dr. Glen Nagel is ACHS' New Herbal Medicine Program Chair

Portland, Ore.—December 29, 2020—American College of Healthcare Sciences’ (ACHS) President and...

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