I began my Aromatic studies with Sylla Sheppard Hanger at the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy and completed the Aromatherapy Practitioner Training Program (425 hours) in Tampa, Florida. I furthered my Aromatic studies with Mark Webb and am one of only 25 people in the United States to have completed the Advanced Diploma in Aromatic Medicine (300 hours) with the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London. My education also includes the Essential Oil Safety Master Class (Tisserand Institute) and the webinars, Therapeutic Foundations of Essential Oils and the Complete Skin Care series with Robert Tisserand. Additionally, I’ve completed live seminars with experts in the field that include Peter Holmes, Joy Bowles and Dr. Robert Pappas. A student at heart, I am also enrolled in the Aromagnosis Hydrosol Online Certification program with Cathy Skipper at, and a Lipids Course with Susan Parker to learn more about carrier oils, fixed oils and fats. I have also completed a Fusion AromaTherapy and Pain class with Madeleine Kerkhof at the Heal Center in Atlanta and a class on Co2 Extracts with Mark Webb through Plant Alkemie. As a forever student and life long learner, I plan to continue my studies with experts and leaders in the aromatic field, continually expanding my knowledge and education.I am an official Registered Aromatherapist (RA) as designated by the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC). I have been a professional member of both the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) and the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), additionally I have served on the Board of Directors and as Media committee chair for AIA. I am a mom of two busy kids, a wife and in my former life, I was a High School English teacher. My prior education was aromatically unrelated as I have a B.A in English Literature (University of Vermont) and a Masters in Education from Cabrini College (Radnor, PA). I loved teaching but my career was cut short when medical issues forced me into an early retirement. My quest for healing inevitably led me to essential oils and it was love at first sniff. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve others in a completely different and unexpected field. My passion for safety and education make educating and consulting a natural fit and I strive to help others enhance overall well being with aromatherapy. Teaching others how to use aromatics safely and effectively brings me tremendous joy. My ultimate goal in creating Grateful Aromatics, LLC is to empower others to use these potent and healing gifts of nature safely and effectively for their own well-being; in body, mind and spirit.You can also find me at Mariano Holistic Center, in Malvern PA where I offer classes as a part of their Transformational Healing Seminar Series and Holistic Aromatherapy services by appointment.