Michele Collins Vergara, RH (AHG), MPH has been practicing as a clinical herbalist since 2004, using traditional Chinese medicine in combination with Chinese, western, and Ayurvedic herbs, Chinese food therapy, and medical qi gong. She uses qi gong to offer her clients the opportunity to deepen their ability to monitor and regulate their own health.
She has a general practice, with a focus on women’s health, psychological/mental health issues, digestive issues, allergies and asthma, the use of tonic herbs and formulas to address chronic depletion caused by illness or emotional trauma, as well as the seasonal applications of herbs, food, and qi gong. Michele is a graduate and certified herbalist (EWCH) from Michael and Leslie Tierra’s professional herbalist program, the East West School of Herbology. She has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Behavior from the UNC School of Public Health and worked as an evaluation consultant before becoming an herbalist. She has been a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) since 2007. Michele also mentors herbal students, as part of the American Herbalist Guild mentoring program.
In 2011, she lived in Chengdu, China for six months studying advanced Chinese herbal medicine in a hospital setting that integrated western medicine with traditional Chinese herbal medicine. She has studied qi gong and nei gong (internal alchemy) with Michael Winn, and is certified to teach Primordial Qi Gong in the Healing Tao system. She is currently studying medical qi gong with Wendy Lang and the International Institute of Medical Qi Gong curriculum introduced by Dr. Jerry Allen Johnson and is a medical qi gong therapist. She is a former board member of the North Carolina Herb Association (2012-2015) and teaches at their annual conference, Wild Herb Weekend. She is a current board member of the Healing Tao Instructor’s Association.
Michele is a writer and co-authors a blog with Andres Vergara about a wide variety of topics including herbs, Chinese and other traditional healing systems, and qi gong. She also co-hosted an internet radio show with Andres called Holistic Healing with Herbs and Chinese Medicine. She has published in different publications such as the Journal of the American Herbalist Guild and has taught and spoken about herbal medicine for conferences and events targeting both the lay public, as well as medical professionals such as the Wake Forest Natural Triad Integrative Medicine Seminar Series and Sunrise Yoga Studio’s Yoga teacher training.
For more information about Michele’s clinical practice, click here to see her website at www.michelecollinsherbalist.com.