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. 


Senior Herbalist Borna Ilic

Borna Ilić

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



Senior Herbalist Susan Haffey

Susan Haffey

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

Senior Herbalist Eric Grant

Eric Grant

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



Senior Herbalist Joan-Angela Hess

Joan-Angela Hess

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

 Senior Herbalist Rose Palma

Rose Palma

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

Senior Herbalist Roland Stelle

Roland Steele

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

Senior Herbalist Gabriel Donovan

Gabriel Donovan

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

 Senior Herbalist Elaine Hensley

Elaine Hensley

Elaine M. Hensley, Ph.D., LAc, is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and a California board-certified acupuncturist.  She completed her Master’s degree from Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, California in 2010 and worked as an extern at UCLA Arthur Ashe Wellness Center.  She obtained her Ph.D. from American Liberty University in Orange County, California where she specialized in pain management. Dr. Hensley was recently awarded the VIP Women of the Year Circle award from the National Association of Professional Women and is listed in the publication, Leading Physicians of the World sponsored by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals.  She is a member of Acupuncturists Without Borders and the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

“I expect to pass through this world but once.  Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now.  Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” –Stephen Grellet

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