Our Herbalists

The Dragon Herbs staff of herbalists is composed of superb tonic herbalists and dedicated support personnel. Every employee goes through deep herbal training with Ron Teeguarden and his senior herbalists. Dragon Herbs maintains a crew of over a dozen senior herbalists, all of whom are licensed to perform acupuncture and to provide herbal consultation.

Dragon Herbs herbalists are all extremely expert at tonic herbalism — they are second-to-none in the world. Every member of the staff is dedicated to providing knowledgeable, warm, personalized service whether it is at one of our Emporium or over the phone. The staff never tires of providing whatever service is necessary in order to fulfill the needs of the clients. 

 

Borna Ilić

Borna Ilić

L.Ac., DAOM

Borna Ilić, LAc, joined Ron Teeguarden’s team in 2001. Dragon Herbs has been the perfect converging spot for Borna’s passions for Taoist wisdom and cutting edge biomedical understanding of healthy aging and longevity. Borna holds both Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

“Look at the simple, Embrace the natural” – Lao Zi

Susan Haffey

Susan Haffey

DAOM

Susan studied Jin Shin Do with Ron Teeguarden at the Kushi Institute in the early 70’s which, combined with a fascination for herbs, instilled a life-long interest and study in ancient practices of longevity and health, culminating in a doctorate in Oriental Medicine from Tai Chuan Foundation.

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." – Bruce Lee

Eric Grant

Eric Grant

L.Ac., MSTOM

Eric Grant has been with Dragon Herbs since 2007. He holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. A lifelong martial artist and father of three, Eric is particularly experienced in using Tonic Herbs to support athletes and families.

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time to plant a tree is today.” – Chinese proverb

Rose Palma

Rose Palma

L.Ac., MSOM

Rose Palma, MSOM, LAc. Senior Herbalist at Dragon Herbs has studied in hospitals in Beijing and worked with renowned herbalists in China. She brings a non-judgmental, compassionate approach to healing, combined with a deep knowledge and rigorous study of both Western and Eastern medical traditions.

If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup…. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee

Gabriel Donovan

Gabriel Donovan

L.Ac., MSAOM

Gabriel entered the healthcare field over 15 years ago as an EMT. In 2002, he entered the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine where he earned his Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Texas Acupuncture license. He is a dedicated martial artist, certified personal trainer, and Qigong instructor. He is Dragon Herbs “master of taste.”

"Don't fight forces, use them." – Buckminster Fuller

Joan-Angela Hess

Joan-Angela Hess

L.Ac., MSOM

Joan-Angela Hess,LAc, Senior Herbalist, holds a California Acupuncture license and MS in Oriental Medicine from Samra University, where she taught and supervised student interns after graduation, and maintained a private practice before joining Dragon Herbs in 2007. She’s happy to be of service.

“Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.” – Li Ching-yun, on the secret of longevity

Nirada Phaphant

Nirada Phaphant

L.Ac, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)

Nirada Phaphant, L.Ac, is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in California. She received her training and Master's Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at Yo San University in Los Angeles, CA. From a young age, she was always interested in alternative health and spirituality. Her mission is to help others achieve greater health and happiness through simple, consistent modifications in diet, lifestyle, and attitude.

"More valuable than treasures in a storehouse are the treasures of the body, and the treasures of the heart are the most valuable of all." – Nichiren Daishonin from The Three Kinds of Treasure

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