Core Faculty
Madelon Hope, M.Ed., LMHC
Madelon Hope, M.Ed., LMHC, Director of the Boston School of Herbal Studies, has been a psychotherapist for the past 25 years and an herbalist for the past ten. In her practice, she combines herbs, nutrition and flower essences to assist clients in healing a wide range of physical, emotional and spiritual disorders. Her approach integrates western Herbalism with Chinese medicine and focuses on attuning the special energies of plants to people. She also teaches at community schools and holistic centers in the Boston area. A member of the Northeast Herbal Association, she has written articles and reviews for the NEHA Journal.
For consultations call 781.646.6319.

Tommy Priester Clinical Herbalist and Wellness Counselor  
    Tommy is the founder of Bear Medicine Herbs and been practicing since 1999. Tommy brings his depth of knowledge of herbalism, flower essences, homeopathy, Shamanism, Pang Gu Shen Gong, Tong Ren, Reiki and chinese diagnostics to the table. He offers a wide range of services and programs—from individual consultations, Heart Mind Integration Method and distance healing, to courses, workshops, and retreats—all with a goal of bringing health and well-being to his clients and students.
        Tommy has studied with renowned master herbalists Gail Ulrich, Margi Flint, Matthew Wood, William LeSassier, Phillis Light, Donald Yance, and Stephen Harrod Buhner, and with master flower essence practitioner David Dalton of Delta Gardens.
Since 1984, when a Seminole elder introduced Tommy to traditional Native American ways, Tommy has been privileged to learn from Abanaki, Cherokee, Ojibwa, Lakota, and Cree elders.  His primary teachers, Albert Tait and the late Don Cardinal, are Cree elders of Manitoba, Canada.  Tommy has also studied the ancient wisdom traditions as taught in core shamanism with Michael Harner, John Ford, and Dana Robins, and Tibetan shamanism with Larry Peters. 
In February 2010 Tommy was initiated into Pan Gu Shen Gong as both an instructor of the basic technique and a practitioner of the Pan Gu Shen Gong healing form. Along with this Tommy is also certified as a Tong Ren practitioner.

Melanie Rose
Melanie Rose is an herbalist and health educator who began her studies at the BSHS with Tommy Priester and Madelon Hope.  Since then she has continued her studies with great herbal and shamanic teachers around the world including Matthew Wood, Phillis Light, and Kurt Leland.  She works primarily with herbs, nutrition, healing movement, flower essences, and cutting edge nutritional supplements.  In addition to teaching herbal medicine, Melanie teaches others to perceive the flow of energy within their lives.  She believes that everyone has the ability to use their "inner senses", and that by turning inward, clients are empowered to take an active role in the healing process.   She opened the doors to Rose Bear Medicinals in 2005 and now has a successful private practice and provides custom herbal blends made from organic and ethically wild crafted plants.  For more information about Melanie's classes and services, please visit: