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  Matthew Alfs MH, RH (AHG)

Program Director

       Matthew Alfs is an herbal clinician, author, journalist, and educator.  As a clinician, he is one of only about 250 practicing herbalists to have achieved the status of Registered Herbalist (R.H.) in the USA, after having undergone a rigorous peer review of his education and clinical practice by the major professional body of practicing herbalists in the USA, the American Herbalists Guild. He has been in clinical practice since 1997 and is the founder and director of an integrative, natural-health-care clinic located in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota (see "Herbal Clinic" on menu at left).

     As an author, he has written MWSHS's textbook (300 Herbs: Their Indications & Contraindications) and its 1500-page series of Workbooks. He has also written the highly-acclaimed, regional, wild-plant guide entitled Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants of the Midwest (2013; 1st ed. publ. in 2001) and has been published in a wide variety of both scholarly journals (incl. Journal of the American Herbalists Guild, Medical Herbalism, Journal of the American Chiropractic Association) and popular magazines.

     As an educator, he has served as a faculty member of two major universities and is currently a faculty member of two different colleges in the Twin Cities area. However, the Midwest School of Herbal Studies is now his chief instrument in sharing the joys and rewards of herbal healing with as many people as possible.  As the school's founder and director, he is dedicated to making it the foremost forum for herbal education in the entire world!



     Laurie Swadner BS, MH

Senior Student Coordinator

     Laurie Swadner is the Senior Student Coordinator for MWSHS. As such, she coordinates with individual students to ensure that they are progressing smoothly in their studiesproviding assistance and encouragement where needed.  She also coordinates many of MWSHS' workshops and special events. 

    Laurie has a rich background in natural health-care, including both formal education in herbal healing and considerable experience in the natural-products industry.



                            Annika Christensson, BA, RN

Assistant Student Coordinator

     Annika Christensson has served as an assistant student coordinator with MWSHS since 2011. She grades quite a few of the student papers and prepares many of the grade documents for the students. Annika also serves as a clinic assistant in the School's attached clinic, the Midwest Herbs & Healing center, where her calm spirit and gentle manner are much appreciated.

    In past years, Annika enjoyed the enviable experience of working on an organic farm in Iceland, where she was responsible for the medication and nutrition of disabled adults. Her tasks there included the cultivation of gardens onsite and the harvesting and processing of various herbs.


Bio's of other Coordinators & Adjunct Faculty forthcoming!