Jerry and Nancy Angelini are brother and sister students of the East West Herb Course. Jerry just became our new office manager at the East West Acupuncture Clinic, while his sister Nancy is the East Coast sales trainer for Planetary Formulas. What a dynamic duo!
As a very popular and sought-after educator in the natural products industry, Nancy captivates audiences nationwide with her informative, science-based seminars and trainings. Nancy is well known and highly respected for her ability to convey the comprehensive science behind the health concerns and products she speaks about. She comes by this ability quite naturally, being the daughter of a Ph.D working as an analytical food chemist in research and development, who raised her from an early age to ‘read the studies and find out for yourself.’ Nancy has demonstrated this ability time and again in over 1,500 educational lectures, both large and small, during her 14 years as an educator for some of the industry’s most respected brands.
After joining Source Naturals and Planetary Herbals as a national science educator in 2010, Nancy was introduced to the East West School of Planetary Herbology by Thomas Dadant, long-time student and friend of Michael Tierra, O.M.D. She decided that it would be absolutely critical to digest and practice herbalism in the style of Michael and Lesley Tierra. As a former student of Rosemary Gladstar and a perennial student of natural health and healing, Nancy finds students and teachers alike to be her long lost kindred spirits.
So taken with the East West School’s students, syllabus, classes, website and text books, Nancy entreated her brother Jerry to be a part of this family. Nancy’s hobbies, aspirations, goals and interest all revolve around the love of plants, foods and nutraceuticals as a safer and more natural path to wellness.
The fourth of eight children (and the only boy), I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts outside of Boston. My childhood was spent working on our small family-owned and operated produce farm. We grew and continue to grow raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes, and other vegetables. We are currently in the process of introducing elderberry trees and other perennials to the farm to shift the land toward organic herb harvesting and medicinal preparations.
I graduated from undergraduate and graduate programs at Boston University and continue my education in various aspects of health and wellness to this day.
I have worked in a number of areas of health and wellness. I began as a psychotherapist and integrated bodywork into my practice. This grew to include diet, nutrition, Western herbs and aromatherapy as modalities to support a holistic approach to regaining balance and health. Energetic techniques including Reiki, channel massage, Jin Shin Jyutsu and more recently, Thai massage and medical Qi Gong address the subtle and sometimes not so subtle interaction of the Holographic Universe and our relationship to it. In addition to these, the study of spiritual practices including Native American pipe ceremony, sweat lodge and other shamanic practices, Buddhist meditation and Vedic mantra and astrology have interwoven themselves at various times to support the daily shift of my and my clients’ connection to and movement through the world.
I think that each herbal tradition has a rich language of assessment and treatment. Since I started in June 2010, this course has been providing me with a more intimate understanding of the Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic terminology associated with them. So much of our American approach to health restricts the layperson from taking responsibility for and owning their personal wisdom and path toward health. I believe this has led to current epidemics including cancer, obesity, emotional dysfunction and the general state of stress and dis-ease rampant in our culture. In learning a language that allows us to intuitively recognize how we are feeling physically, emotionally and spiritually, we can then take basic and more complicated steps towards the rectification of our interaction with ourselves and our environment.