My name is Leslie M. Alexander and I´m a practicing professional herbalist and owner of Restoration Herbs in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Interests in gardening & garden design, foods and culinary herbs propelled me into the world of medical herbalism. I come from a laboratory background, having received my B.Sc. in environmental sciences (Fairleigh Dickinson University) and then my Ph.D. from Heriot-Watt University. My PhD by research, with Martin Wilkinson, focused on the intertidal seaweed Enteromorpha intestinalis and raised a number of questions, including how does stress affect the organism. Between my experiences in Martin's lab, a post-doc in a molecular lab, and then my work as a Senior Research Fellow in environmental epidemiology, I began to think about health and wellness in new ways.
I was greatly influenced by herbal formulator and teacher Richard Phethean while living in Scotland & the English culinary herbalist Jekka McVicar. After working for several years in academia as a researcher, focusing on environmental factors affecting health, particularly children’s health, I chose to retrain as an herbalist.
In addition to continuing an individualized course of study, I completed a diploma course with honors at ACHS in Oregon, after submitting a dissertation on turmeric (also known as haldi to some, Curcuma longa to others). For the following two years, I had the good fortune of working with Richard Mandelbaum RH(AHG) as my clinical mentor. I was invited to join the American Herbalists Guild as a professional member in 2009.
Presently, I'm serving my third term on the AHG Council. My additional professional affiliations include the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, underlining the importance of the health of the mouth and internal as well as external environments. I'm also member of the American Botanical Council.
My practice is currently based in Erie, Pennsylvania where I see clients face-to-face either in my office or at their homes. Additionally, I have a sizable client-base outside of the Greater Erie area and work long distance with many people. I also do a fair amount of teaching, both locally and afar, online and face-to-face.
When not at working, I enjoy foods of all sorts, the outdoors, laughter, mosaics, tai chi and my canine pal, Ms ZadieBrindle.
If you'd like to discuss arranging a consultation, presentations, classes or studying medicinal herbs ... feel free to contact me.