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, 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 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 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, 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
Roland Steele, LAc, is a licensed herbalist and acupuncturist in the state of California and holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, CA. He is dedicated to helping others achieve the state Taoists refer to as “health beyond danger.”
“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.” – Lao Zi
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
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
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