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ACHS President’s Scholarship Awarded to Digambar Prasad Chaudhary of Nepal

The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) bestowed Digambar Prasad Chaudhary with the President’s Scholarship Award, on April 30, 2019.  He was accepted into ACHS’s Graduate Certificate in Aromatherapy program and will begin classes in the Autumn of 2019.  Digambar, a resident of Dahiyar, Nepal, will attend classes through ACHS’s flexible, online education portal accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting commission which is recognized throughout the holistic health community.

“ACHS is proud to welcome Digambar into the college family and honor him with the coveted President’s Scholarship Award,” says ACHS President and Founder Dorene Petersen.

Digambar holds a Master’s Degree in Rural Development and English Literature and a B.A. in Sociology and English literature from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He is a development professional with 11 years of experience, including seven years working in children and human rights awareness programs to eliminate all

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Media Coverage

Oregon Business Magazine: Health People Make Healthy Choices, 8/30/18

The SHRM Blog: When Work Works for America’s Veterans: Workflex Practices Support Former Military and their Families in a Civilian Workplace, 11/10/17

The SHRM Blog: National Work and Family Month Prompts HR Experts To Help Employees Achieve Work-Life Fit, 10/2/17

Vitamins Could Clog Your Arteries—and 7 More Secrets Vitamin Manufacturers Don’t Want You to Know, Reader’s Digest, n.d., 9/6/17

Can Essential Oils Actually Treat Morning Sickness? Experts Weigh In, 8/20/17

NCBTMB & ACHS Launch Spa Management Speciality Certificate Program, Massage Magazine, 8/10/17

The Best Holistic Health Blogs of the Year, Healthline, 6/13/17

People on the Move: ACHS President, Principal, and CEO Dorene Petersen Receives the President’s Volunteer Service Award, Portland Business Journal, 6/12/17

People on the Move: ACHS Chief Strategy Officer Erika Yigzaw Receives 2017 Innovation Award from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Portland Business Journal, 6/12/17

How Blogging Plays an Important Role in Education: An Interview with Dorene Petersen,, 6/6/17

Winrock International Honors Dorene Petersen with President's Volunteer Service Award, Massage Magazine, 5/20/17

Meet Oregon's 39 newest B Corps, Portland Business Journal, 5/24/17

2017 When Work Works Awards Recognize Workplaces with Innovative, Effective Practices, 5/18/17 

Immortelle Essential Oil Profile, Aroma Culture: Herbalism & Aromatherapy Magazine, April 2017

Stress Less Tuesday: Aromatherapy at Home, KGW – Portland Today, 3/21/17

How to Create a Healthy Workplace, Massage Magazine, March, 2017

Holistic Healthcare College Opens in Kona, Big Island Now, 3/14/17

Alternative medicine grows in Sugar Land, Missouri City, Community Impact Newspaper, 3/6/17

Back to Basics with Dorene Petersen, President & CEO of American College of Healthcare Sciences, Face the Current, January, 2017

Essential Oils Are All You Need To Make The Nontoxic Perfume You've Been Looking For,, 10/27/16

Oregonian Names ACHS a 2016 Top Workplace, The Lund Report, 9/29/16

Oregonian Names ACHS a 2016 Top Workplace, KTEN, 9/29/16

People On The Move: Denise Dallmann, Portland Business Journal, 8/26/16

People On The Move: Paul Ventura, Portland Business Journal, 8/26/16

Local Love: Portland, OR Vs. Seattle, WA, Trulia's Blog, 6/22/16

When Work Works for the families: Oregon organizations recognized for flexible work/life integration policies, Business Tribune, 6/7/2016.

American College of Healthcare Sciences Wins #6 out of 100 Best Green Workplaces, College Planning & Management, 6/2/2016.

5 Essential Oils to Help Your Highly Sensitive Clients, Massage Magazine, 6/10/16.

11 Habits That Can Fight Off Anxiety To Do Every Day, Bustle, 5/27/16.

"Products to help you sleep," WINK News, Interview, 5/10/16.

"Products to help you sleep better and sounder," ABC News, Interview, 4/7/16.

Expanded ACHS Graduate Programs Focus on Integrative Medicine. Massage Magazine, 3/1/16.

Empowerment Through Education. Natural Practitioner, 1/18/16.

Apothecary Shoppe to donate some essential oil profits to global ed., 1/13/16.

ACHS Recognized as 2016 Military Friendly® School for Seventh Consecutive Year. 1/5/2016.

ACHS Recognized as 2016 Military Friendly School for Seventh Consecutive Year. Massage Magazine. 1/5/16.

10 Ways to Make Labor Less Painful., 11/12/15.

Scents and Sensitivities: Why Your Nose Says "No" to Some Perfumes. InStyle, 11/1/15.

Heavenly Scents: How to Make Your Own Natural Oil Fragrances. Natural Awakenings. 2015.

What to Do When Your Child Has a Fever. 2015

Moving Up: American College of Healthcare Sciences, South Portland Business Association Blog, 6/26/15

American College of Healthcare Sciences Announces New Office Location, Massage Magazine, 6/25/15

An Aromatherapist’s Report from IFEAT 2014: Pesticides, Cultured Aromas, the Arab Spring, and Global Warming, Dorene Petersen, International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy, 4(1), Summer 2015

Immortelle Essential Oil and Extract: Are Two Preparations Better than One? Dorene Petersen, Journal of the American Herbalists Guild, 13(1), May, 2015

ACHS Named One of 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon, Massage Magazine, 5/6/15

What to Do When Your Child Has a Fever, Katie McIntyre,, 4/20/15

ACHS Makes Integrative Medicine Graduate Theses Freely Available Online, Massage Magazine, 4/8/2015

ACHS Makes Integrative Medicine Graduate Theses Freely Available Online, The Lund Report, 4/7/15

Holistic Health Leaders Gather at Integrative Nutrition Conference in St. Paul, The Lund Report, 3/26/15

Holistic Health Practitioner Stephanie Austin Named DEAC 2015 Outstanding Graduate from ACHS, The Lund Report, 3/2/15

Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Health Writer Lindsay Boyers Named DEAC 2015 Famous Alumni from ACHS, The Lund Report, 2/23/15 

How a Utah-based essential oils company cornered the Oregon market, Oregon Business, 2/20/15

How to Add Aromatic Ambience to your Holiday Cooking with Essential Oils, National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP), 12/17/14

2014 U.S. Trends in the Aromatherapy Sector, Part 3: Research Review of Top Three "Hot" Essential Oils and Survey of Current Purchasing Trends, Dorene Petersen, International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy, December, 2014

Chinese oils and USA aromatherapy market trends 2014, Dorene Petersen, Indian Perfumer, September 2014.

ACHS Holistic Health Continuing Education Courses Approval Renewed by Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine, The Lund Report, 10/22/14

2014 U.S. Trends in Aromatherapy Essential Oil Sector, Part 2: Labeling Regulations, Deceptive Marketing, and Administration Trends of Essential Oils (Survey), Dorene Petersen, International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy, September, 2014

Autumn Immunity: Five Unique Essential Oils for Fall, Dorene Petersen, NAHA Journal 2014.3

Holistic Healthcare College Offers Advantage for Certified Case Managers, The Lund Report, 8/26/15

Ask Herbal Health Expert Susun Weed & Aromatherapy with Dorene Petersen, 6/24/2014

The Aroma of Choice: Health Freedom and Aromatherapy, Dorene Petersen, NAHA, 06/06/14

2014 U.S. Trends in the Aromatherapy Essential Oil Sector, Part 1: Essential Oil Efficacy, Safety, Purity, and the Environment, Dorene Petersen, International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy, June, 2014

Essential Oil Expert Dorene Petersen to Present U.S. Aromatherapy Trends Research at AAIC2014 in China, Massage Magazine, 5/27/14

Portland to Host Holistic Nurses' (AHNA) Annual Leadership Conference, Massage Magazine, 5/23/14

Portland to Host Holistic Nurses' Leadership Conference, The Lund Report, 5/21/14

American College of Healthcare Sciences Announces Acceptance of DANTES Subject Standardized Tests for Credit Creating Fast-Track & Cost-Savings Options, University Business, 2/21/14

Epigenetic Condiments in Your Kitchen Cabinet: Turmeric, National Association of Nutrition Professionals, 12/11/13

American College of Healthcare Sciences announces master lecture webinar series for students and graduates, University Business, 12/4/13

The Promise of Aromatherapy, Dorene Petersen, perfumer & flavorist, 08/26/13

ACHS President Dorene Petersen interviewed about healing power of basil, In the Garden, 08/10/13

U.S. Air Force Veteran Robin Hasbrouck Awarded $1,000 ACHS Military Scholarship, Massage Magazine, 11/15/2012

American College of Healthcare Sciences Approved to Participate in Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs, Massage Magazine, 10/17/2012

The Changing Face of the CIO, Thomas W. Durso, University Business, 08/27/2012

American College of Healthcare Sciences Awarded Fourth Military Friendly School Title from Victory Media Inc., Massage Magazine, 9/25/2012

American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) and Apothecary Shoppe Re-Certified as Green America Gold Certified Businesses, eSchoolNews, 6/29/12

ACHS’ President Dorene Petersen Contributes to Rose! Herb of the Year 2012™ Published by IHA, PR-Inside, 4/21/12

American College of Healthcare Sciences Launches New Website, Massage Magazine, 03/01/12

American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) Launches New Website, Mother Earth News, 1/30/12


Press Contact:

Judy Starr
VP of External Relations
(503) 244-0726

Official Spokespeople:

Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President (503) 244-0726,

Kate Harmon, Chief Marketing Officer (503) 244-0726,

Tracey Abell, Chief Operating Officer (503) 244-0726,