Our graduates are in a healing class of their own.
NYIOA graduates are some of the most diverse, intuitive, creative people you’ll find—and they’re happy to inspire others. Below you’ll meet select graduates—from more than 400 who’ve passed through our doors—who want to share their experiences, and their unique wellness and beauty offerings, with others.
Advanced Clinical Practitioners
Joy Bollard is currently developing a product line of all natural Aromatherapy products for mind, body and spirit. They will be available online and in local retail establishments in her area. Consultations are welcomed; visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kate Gurecki has been a licensed holistic esthetician for over 10 years, and considers her career simply an extension of her everyday life—she is a lover of the plant and animal kingdom, and passionate in sharing the interconnectedness between us all.
While her background is in education, with a Bachelor of Science degree from UCF in Florida, she switched careers in 2005, and in 2010 opened her own skincare business in Indialantic, Florida called Blue Morpho Skinspa. Blue Morpho combines health and holistic knowledge with living plant skin care and the ideals of ‘slow beauty’. Kate is also the Lead Consulting Esthetician for Laurel Whole Plant Organics, the main skincare line at Blue Morpho. BlueMorphoSkinspa@gmail.com
Karin Lieberman is a practicing clinical aromatherapist, with a special focus in relief for joint and muscle pain. Her practice embodies a holistic approach, taking into consideration the emotional state that accompanies chronic and acute pain.
As a licensed esthetician for 14 years, Karen was first introduced to aromatherapy while working in a California wellness spa, where she discovered the power of essential oils to beautify, calm and rejuvenate not only the skin, but the spirit.
Karin is also a Reiki one practitioner, certified in Bruno Chikly, M.D., D.O. Lymph Drainage Therapy for face and body, and Dr. Vodder's Basic Neck and Face Manual Lymph Drainage. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Studio Arts from Dominican University in San Rafael, CA. email@example.com
Moyo came across essential oils and their diverse usefulness as a coconut oil producer in Nigeria looking to add therapeutic values to her natural products. Attending the New York Institute of Aromatherapy formed her strong enthusiasm & relationship with plants and their healing properties, a practice which is new to Nigeria.
Graduating from the NYIOA made her fall in love with the amazing world of Aromatherapy, the relationship between people and plants and their aromatic oils. She is now set to launch a company called Aromatherapy Nigeria in which she will further explore the world of Aromatherapy.
Vivian Taormina is a self-employed entrepreneur in the holistic field. Primarily, she helps people reconnect and relax their spirits, minds and bodies through massage at TaoMassage, her Asbury Park, NJ business. She is a lover of fashion, food, organic gardening, travel, people, sewing, crafts, cooking, and inspiring wellness and goodness in others. firstname.lastname@example.org /
Delia Tarlea's interest in the healing arts started with a simple desire to educate, to gather and share knowledge on holistic approaches to wellness into daily life, living more simply and more connected to nature and to our own actions. Her interests and studies have expanded her practice to include not just yoga, meditation and aromatherapy, but also energy medicine and sound healing. She is a certified yoga and meditation instructor, certified Biofield Tuning practitioner, clinical aromatherapist, gong master practitioner and Reiki Master.
Through the practice of aromatherapy, she crafts natural, aromatic products for the skin and the senses, that are good for you and the environment, without any additives, dyes or the use of synthetic “fragrances”. Please visit her website to learn more! www.edenandjoy.com.
Polina Tsupko comes from a country with very strong folk medicine traditions, so natural remedies have always been an inherent part of her lifestyle. She believes in a holistic approach to care, and aromatherapy gave her amazing insight into the interplay of forces in overall wellbeing, as well as a completely new set of tools for fine-tuning both the body and the mind. She has since sought more knowledge of the chemistry of individual essential oils, their combinations and their effects on the human body, and uses this knowledge to help people identify and address their needs. email@example.com
Raghda A Maksoud has been working with Essential oils for 20 years in the Fragrance and Flavors industry as a business development manager. She attended the 101 and the Advanced Aromatherapy certification programs with NYIOA in 2016 which made her fall in love with Essential oils again from a different Holistic perspective. Now she is still working as a Global business developing Manager for a USA company developing distillation, quality and sustainability of Essential oils in different countries. She is also developing a whole line of Holistic products to the Turkish markets. She is a member in the technical committee for Women of flavors and fragrances, North America WFFC and was glad to introduce the Holistic Aromatherapy industry in 2016 Fall seminar for the first time to the industry with the beautiful speaker Amy Galper. Raghda@kalustyan.com
Level One Graduates
Stavroula Pappas · Idoline Duke · Dan Campos · Florence Jerdan · Aysegul Denizci · Jillian Intorcia · Angela McDermott · Pamela Dunn · Diane Reeve · Elizabeth Urciuoli · Deirdre Wall · Ryan LoGiudice · Samantha Kozikott · Elisabeth Counselman Carpenter · Jessica Sheriden · Francine Bell · Leigh Winters · Dorothy Gill · Elizabeth Gialanella · Jessica Woodson · Eneida Puleri ·Nilda Semmel · Jennie Fries · Selena Steiner · Amber Searles · Judson StJohn · Joan Teasdale · Kristin Collins Jackson · Lina De La Cruz · Ashton LeCraw · Lori Fineman · Binu Jacob · Sara Ringelmann · Elina Falikson · Raghda Abdelmaksoud · Teresa Baczek · Julie Graham · Bethany Kivin · Michelle Tella · Rosemarie Christie · Jill Griffin · Kendra Tolbert · Theadora Guzmán · Jenn Tardif
Mercedes Torres · Ayako Chow · Victoria Grinman · Jacquelyn Walent · Diana Stone · Bettina Schuler · Jessica Lieder · Carla Gargano · Erica Dion · Cynthia Darenberg · Barbara Washington · Susan Walsdorf · Shannon Davenport · Tara Borejka · Maya Kramer · Amber Gregory · Eva Natal · Beng Cheow · Brie Carin · Barbara Steele · Evelyn Yiouvanoglou · Valerie Levine · Tony Olsen · Mary Hall · Chris McClellan · Kim Alvarez · Colette Rameau · Christina Daigneault · Marian Sofia Campana · Leslie Harris · Jana Glosson · Helen Rozelman · Rachel Amkie · Elizabeth Plisic · Amandine J Marbach · Ketia St Croix · Delia Tarlea · Angelica Martinez · Isabel Kofman · Sylwia Romanczak · Theresa DeMarco · Asmaneh Mohtarez · Aileen Rosen · Esther Oliveras · Changchup Shönnu · Elizabeth Galdorisi · Tahnia Hawkins · Samantha Sudano · Dalal Ani Arnold · Kelli Matsoukas · Elizabeth Wivell · Lynn Pappalardo · Iveta Svetina · Yamily Zavala · Bethany Granoff · Deirdre Savoy · Eileen Fitzgibbons · Cassandra Gaylor · Esther Dederichs · Andrea Nieto · Stephanie Bakkum · Jennifer Goldman · Peggy Smith · Amy Anthony
Isabel Velasco · Aba Gyepi-Garbrah · Vivian Taormina · Elisabeth Vlasic · Andrea Ohldin · Rachel Beider · Rikaco Sasaki · Fernanda Menegassi-Lojac · Beata Janczy · Natalya Fisher · Erin Healy · Jean Sharac · Patricia Pottier · Carolina Funk · Maria Lewis · Catherine Foley · Zinat Shayekina · Cindy Ng · Ani Ferlise · Yueyu Chen · Carly Cooper · Penny Dinn · Averil Montoya · Amy Hull Brown · Christine Ferrante · Jamie Lynn Skolnick · Ashley Sheffler · Lauren Urstadt · Paula Dombrow · Billie Anne Leyendecker · Joy Bollard · Karen Patterson · Selina Feinstein · Jessica Chia · Nicole Goetz · Tatiana Godoy · Theresa Gaimaro · Sheila Lee · Terri Burns · Roseana Schnoll · Brigid Krug · Liena Lazdina · Sharon Ackerman · Vanessa Isabella · Geetha Ramasubramanian · Dianne Love · Moyo Salmai · Violetta Debowski · Shannon Shultz · Mordechai Alvow · Polina Tsupko · Maureen Petkus · Kaori Imamura · Jessica Johnson · Jenise Parris · Irina Gubenko · Glenn Ferrugiari · Elizabeth Ehrhardt · Connie Judson · Chrysula Maltas · Catherine Dahlman · Brenda Crouse
Julette Millien · Meghan Finkel · Kathleen Keller · Tamalyn Miller · Stasi Lubansky · Melissa Rivera · Elaine Engros · Karin Lieberman · Jenny Cheung · Clara Williams
Mordechai Alvow is a global hairstylist and the creator of Yarok Haircare, a vegan, organic and botanically-based line of restorative hair care products that are healthy for both clients and stylists. Mordechai's editorial work has appeared in Allure, ELLE, InStyle, Marie Claire, New York Magazine and Vogue. firstname.lastname@example.org / http://www.yarokhair.com/
Rachel Beider is a licensed massage therapist, doula, and the proud owner of Massage Williamsburg in Brooklyn. She holds a certificate in Perfumery from Pratt, and is certified as an Aromatherapist through the NY Institute of Aromatherapy. www.massagewilliamsburg.com
Brenda Crouse, M.S.Ed, is a certified aromatherapist, certified by NYIOA in May 2014. She is also a member of Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA). Brenda offers group workshops and individual aromatherapy sessions at her home-based practice in Cortland, Ohio, where clients come to enjoy “comfort therapy.” She creates a customized relaxation/reflective daily program for her clients that best fit their lifestyles and individual needs.
Brenda has been using aromatherapy for over 20 years in her daily life and has successfully completed “Cultivating an Aromatic Path” professional training in accordance with the regulators and standards of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. email@example.com
Catherine Foley s the founder of Help Your Self, a holistic wellness store in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, featuring a fine selection of products, tools and supplies for well-being, with an emphasis on small-batch, handcrafted goods made with care by healing artisans in the United States. Help Your Self offers healing sessions and classes, too. Catherine, who is a Shamanic Reiki Master practitioner, incorporates aromatherapy in her healing practice, and is developing an aromatherapy product line for her store. firstname.lastname@example.org / www.helpyourself.com
Tahnia Hawkins moved to New York City with plans of becoming a clinical psychologist after finishing an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. While attending Columbia, she began to explore holistic health and wellness through mediation, yoga, and crystal healing. As a level one graduate of NYIOA, Tahnia plans to continue on to the advanced level of the certification training. Now she in the process of creating an organic aromatherapy-based spa product line designed for self enlightenment and holistic health and wellness. email@example.com
Stephanie King is an Esthetician and Owner of The Sugarista in Portland, Oregon, a natural skincare studio that specializes in the ancient art of body sugaring. She also hosts monthly trainings to help other estheticians master sugaring and is excited to launch a natural body care line in fall 2015. She is a passionate advocate of natural skincare, and since completing her training with at NYIOA, she has enjoyed incorporating essential oils into her practice and product line. www.thesugarista.com
Jenise Parris is a gifted acupuncturist, herbalist, and level one-certified aromatherapist developed her total-health approach through rigorous study of a combination of disciplines. She holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College, has studied extensively in China, and worked with world-renowned leading TCM practitioners and physicians over the past 10 years, while building a thriving practice of her own.
Jenise also holds Master’s Degrees in Dance from UCLA and Exercise Physiology from United Sports Academy, and had her own thriving physical fitness company for many years. Jenise's acupressure gels from the Beauty Water Collection are inspired by her passion to educate and empower her patients to become their own self-healer. www.jeniseparris.com
Mo Petkus is the owner of Mo’s Tonic, a Catskill-based, dynamic small-batch, handcrafted apothecary that uses local, organic and wild-crafted products designed for body, soul and home. Teacher, student and lazy writer. Life enthusiast. Mostly grateful, especially to Amy Galper and all at the NY Institute of Aromatherapy. firstname.lastname@example.org / barryvilleorganic.com
Geetha Ramasubramanian completed the Foundations course in July 2014. An avid photographer, she pursues aromatherapy and herbology in India. Using aromatherapy applications in her everyday life, she honestly feels essential oils to be an integral part of her life. email@example.com
Laura Urstadt is a NYC based fashion designer, certified aromatherapist, and writer. She and her partner own an accessories company, Urstadt Swan, where they design luxury leather gloves. Since graduating from the Aromatherapy Institute and falling in love with the world of essential oils, she has now created her own line of synergy blends under the name of Organic Tonic, which will be available this spring/summer. firstname.lastname@example.org / www.urstadtswan.com
Leigh Winters, M.A., is a clinical researcher at Columbia University’s Spirituality Mind Body Institute and Columbia University Department of Psychiatry’s New York State Psychiatric Institute. She works at the Substance Use Research Center on opioid, cocaine, and alcohol treatment trials that involve motivational enhancement therapy, pharmacological facilitation of mindfulness training, mindfulness-based relapse prevention, and mind-body practices. Leigh is also a certified aromatherapist who is passionate about health and wellness. Leigh holds a master's degrees from Columbia University in clinical psychology and is working towards another graduate degree in neuroscience. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Wise + Well, a holistic lifestyle media brand. Feel free to reach out to her at email@example.com.
Victoria Grinman is the owner of Growing Kind Minds, an integrative practice that services children, adolescents, families and groups; and is a platform to share resources, information and tools with parents, professionals and the community. She is lecturer at Columbia School of Social Work and a doctoral candidate researcher at Adelphi University School of Social Work, with a research focus on trauma, post-traumatic growth, resilience, parenting and autism. She speaks nationally on trauma and mindfulness/body-based approaches to healing and growth. Victoria holds a BA in Social Work and Psychology from Adelphi University and a MSW from Columbia School of Social Work. She is a trained Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor to children and adolescents and a certified aromatherapist through New York Institute of Aromatherapy (NYIOA). www.growingkindminds.com
Aba Gyepi-Garbrah is the product formulator, botanical perfumer and founder of Aba Love Apothecary.The love of plant medicine led her to a discovery of exotic flowers, humble weeds & seeds, precious oils, sacred woods and resins that were rich in telling the stories of natures secrets and the history of the world. Professional training at New York Institute of Aromatherapy cultivated her skills in olfactory art and natural healing through the senses. Aba purposefully created The Apothecary to embrace the whole person, tailored for those who seek to harness the magic of plants in real life. http://www.abaloveapothecary.com/
Ashton Fairbanks LeCraw grew up using and learning about plant and crystal medicine from her mother in their treehouse and garden in Atlanta, Georgia. After moving to the woods of northeast kingdom in Vermont, the center of international dowsing, she developed her own relationship with plant medicine and homeopathic remedies. She studied Fine Arts at Skidmore College where she incorporated her love of plants, oils, and teas into an aesthetic among multiple mediums. She currently resides in Los Angeles as an artist and is launching a bath salt, body oil, and salve brand, Ashes + Crows, in 2017. Her artwork can be seen at www.ashtonlecraw.com
Christine McClellan is an American communications expert and can best be described as a “Modern Medicine Woman.” In her client work, she follows a variety of ancient healing practices that includes prayer, herbal medicine, healing rituals, spiritualism, massage, and psychic healing. In 2015, she founded her holistic healing practice, Joy Connector, and later a personalized healing line, Joy Collection, after becoming a certified Aromatherapist. Chris also works in corporate leadership development as an executive coach for companies such as Disney, Citigroup and LVMH (Dior, Marc Jacobs) which not only resulted in individual promotions but also improved overall performance and happiness. Chris also has 6 years of experience teaching dance & movement for the mind-body connection. She is lives and works in New York City. Visit her webpage to learn more. www.joyconnector.com