AIA International Conference and Wellness Expo 
Tentative Schedule-At-A-Glance (subject to change) 

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Thursday, August 3, 2017: Pre-Conference Workshops, Lectures and Events
Title  Speaker Location
9:00am - 11:00am A Fragrant Memory - Aromatherapy Support for End of Life and Grief Sara Jo Holmes, BS, RA, LMT, NCBTMB  Cook Campus and Student Center 
9:00am - 11:00am Aroma Herbalism in the Garden - A Practical Herb Walk Mindy Green, MS, RA, RH (AHG)  

Rutgers Gardens, includes transportation

12:00pm - 5:00pm Guide to Quality Control of Essential Oils from the Field and Forest to the Bottle Rodolfo Juliani, PhD and Rutgers Faculty 

Includes lectures, and a tour of the lab and greenhouses at Rutgers University

12:00pm - 5:00pm Functional Diagnostics in Clinical Aromatherapy: Using the Six Conditions to Treat the Terrain with Essential Oils  Peter Holmes, LAc, MH

Cook Campus Student Center 

12:00pm - 4:00pm  Herbalism, Medicine Making, and Aromatherapy  Mindy Green, MS, RA, RH (AGH)  Rutgers Gardens, includes transportation and supplies
12:00pm - 5:00pm An Aromatic Journey Through the Garden - Reconnecting with Plants 

Therapy in the Aromatic Garden

Walking the Fragrant Path - An Aromatic Journey Towards Your Destiny

Partnering with Plants - Let's Do This Together

Includes three 90 minute lectures

(these lectures take place in the garden but do not include an herb walk)

Kathi Keville, Aromatherapist, Herbalist, Author

Michael Scholes, Aromatic Consultant, Formulator, Educator

Valerie Cooksley, RN, OCN, FAAIM, Cert

Rutgers Gardens; includes transportation 
4:00pm - 7:00 pm  Registration Hotel Lobby
6:00pm - 7:30pm Welcome Reception (cash bar) Livingston Foyer 
Friday, August 4, 2017 - Lectures 
8:00am - 5:00pm Registration Livingston 3
8:00am - 6:00pm Wellness Expo  Vanderbilt Ballroom
2nd Floor
9:00am - 9:15am

Welcome Address

Nancy d'Angelo

Livingston 1 & 2
9:20am - 10:05am 

Conservation of Hawaiian Sandalwood and the Global Perspective of Sandalwood Diversity and Other
At-Risk Wild Harvested Plants Used in Essential Oils

Susan Leopold, PhD

Livingston 1 & 2

Lessons in Dialogue and the Future of Our Field

Nyssa Hanger, MA, LMT, RYT  Livingston 1 & 2
10:40am - 11:15am


11:15am - 12:45am 

Quality and Ethical Issues in the World of Essential Oils: from Cultivation to Uses, the Need of a Virtuous
Relationship Between Aromatherapists and Producers

Marco Valussi, BSc. (Hons.) Herbal Medicine Livingston 1 & 2
12:45pm - 2:15pm


Christopher's Restaurant 
2:15pm - 3:15pm

Building Your Aromatherapy Brand and Global Business

Jennifer Jefferies Livingston 1 & 2
2:15pm - 3:15pm

Individual Differences in Taste & Smell: Implications for Aroma and Flavor Perception & Mood 

Beverly Tepper, PhD Merchant Amphitheater
2nd Floor
3:20pm - 4:20pm

What is Sustainable Aromatherapy? Current Status of Initiatives for Sustainable Resource Management,
Production, Trade and Use of Raw Materials

Josef Brinckmann, DHL (Hon)  Livingston 1 & 2
3:20pm - 4:20pm

How Odors Change the Brain: Expectations and Experience Affect Odor Perception – Implications for

John McGann, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Merchant Amphitheater
2nd Floor
4:20pm - 4:45pm


4:45pm - 5:45pm

Discovery of New Aromas from Sub-Sahara Africa and the Link to Community Development Stories from
Madagascar, Rwanda, and Liberia

Jim Simon, PhD, Distinguished Professor Plant Biology - Keynote Livingston 1 & 2 
6:00pm - 7:00pm 

AIA Annual Meeting and Election 

Livingston 1 & 2
Saturday, August 5, 2017 — Lectures
8:00am - 5:00pm Registration Livingston 3
8:00am - 6:00pm  Wellness Expo Vanderbilt Ballroom
2nd Floor
9:00am  - 9:05am Welcome Livingston 1 & 2
9:05am - 10:05am  The Modern Alchemy of Carbon Dioxide Extraction  Ron Guba, Educator (Aromatic Medicine) Livingston 1 & 2
10:05am - 10:40am Break  
10:40am - 11:40am Out of the Therapeutic Bottle and Into the Energetic Garden: The Connection Between Plants, Essential Oils, and Flower Essences Cynthia Brownley, MS, LMT, CA, RA and Joy Musacchio, MA, LMT, CCA, RA Livingston 1 & 2
11:45am - 12:45pm Medicines as Foods: Using Medicinal and Herbal Foods in Clinical Practice Bevin Clare, LDN, RH Livingston 1 & 2
12:45pm - 2:15pm Lunch Christopher's Restaurant 
2:15pm - 3:13pm  Exploring Traditional Medicine as a Form of Aromatherapy in Peru Kelly Ablard, PhD, EOT, RA Livingston 1 & 2
2:15pm - 3:15pm  The Spirit Side of Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy Kathy Duffy, LPN, MH, CCAP/I Merchant Amphitheater
2nd Floor
3:20pm - 4:20pm Clinical Use of Aromatherapy for Brain Health: 7 Essential Oils Dorene Petersen, BA, Dip.NT, Dip.Acu, RH(AHG) Livingston 1 & 2
3:20pm - 4:20pm  Breakout Session - Plant Spirit Medicine- A Call for Every Day Engagement Kathleen Maier Merchant Amphitheater
2nd Floor
6:15pm - 7:00pm Cocktail Hour/ Music Livingston Foyer
7:00pm - 8:30pm Gala Dinner  Livingston 1 & 2
7:15pm - 8:15pm Special Presentation - The Search for Therapeutic Essential Oils and Nutrients Nadim A. Shaath, PhD The Search for Therapeutic Livingston 1 & 2
8:30pm - 9:00pm Awards  Livingston 1 & 2
9:00pm - 11:00pm  Music & Dancing with Best Day Ever! Livingston 1 & 2
Sunday, August 6, 2017 - Lectures 
9:00am - 9:10am Welcome Announcements Livingston 1 & 2
9:10am - 10:10am  Practical Pharmacokinetics  Timothy Miller, ND, MAc, LAc, RA Livingston 1 & 2
9:15am - 12:45pm  Beyond Aromatherapy: On the Principles and Practice of Aromatic Medicine
Break 10:45am-11:15am)
Ron Guba, Educator (Aromatic Medicine) Merchant Amphitheater
2nd Floor
10:10am - 10:40am Break  
10:40am - 11:40am  Aromatherapy in France:An Overview of the Pathologies Indicated, Methods of Prescription, Delivery, and Use by Health Professionals  Paul Goetz, MD, Phytotherapist, Body Mediated Psychotherapist Livingston 1 & 2 
11:45am - 12:45am Essential Oil Safety for Babies and Children: Overcoming Industry Trends Leslie Moldenauer, CHNC, HHP, CA Livingston 1 & 2 
12:45pm - 2:15pm  Lunch Christopher's Restaurant 
2:15pm - 3:15pm  Integrative Aromatic Herbal Medicine for Gynecological Conditions—Menses, Infertility, PMS, Menopause Pam Conrad, PGd, BSN, RN, CCAP Livingston 1 & 2
2:15pm - 4:20pm  Protecting Yourself and Your Healthcare Practice from Government Intrusion and Harassment: Steps to Take Now! Raphael d'Angelo, MD, CA Merchant Amphitheater
2nd Floor
3:20pm - 4:20pm Lyme Disease - The Untold Story Linda-Anne Kahn, HHP NCBTMB CLT-LANA  Livingston 1 & 2