Lisa began studying herbs in the Wise Woman Tradition back in 1986 and fell profoundly in love with medicinal plants and natural healing. While studying wildcrafting and medicine-making with traditional herbalists from New England to the Appalachian Mountains over the next decade, she began creating herbal products and traveled the festival circuit with an herb booth and as a workshop presenter.
In 1997 Lisa decided to study botany, chemistry, and health sciences at UNC-Asheville, and graduated summa cum laude with several awards in chemistry and biology. Lisa combines a deep understanding of traditional, Vitalist herbalism with a scientifically-integrated and holistic approach to natural health.
Lisa founded and still teaches at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, was an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacognosy at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and has lectured and taught classes at numerous schools and conferences around the world. She is the author of Herbal Constituents, 2nd Ed., the standard textbook of phytochemistry for herbalists. Lisa currently teaches a distance learning course on herbal constituents for practitioners through the Herbal Medics Academy and develops formulas for herbal products companies.
Kat Martello is the lead apprentice and co-creator at Elderberry’s. Working in the herbal supplements business motivated her to earn her B.S. in the Herbal Sciences program at Bastyr University. At Bastyr, Kat was the botanical lab steward, a medicinal herb gardener, and did HPLC research on Cannabis terpenes. Working in herbal apothecaries, she integrated FDA compliance, formulated herbal medicines, and compounded naturopathic prescriptions. While employed in an analytical lab, Kat wrote standard operating procedures and certificates of analysis, processed cannabis samples as a lab technician, and did business-to-business promotions. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist, has abundant hands-on experience in microcurrent and photobiomodulation therapy, and is certified as a nursing assistant.
Kat brings many talents to Elderberry’s including gardening, developing the botanical lab and hydrotherapy garden, making medicine and mead, illustrating processes, organizing and teaching workshops and online classes, and developing media for herbal education. A native New Orleanian, she was raised with an appreciation for arts and culture, and channels that into creating illustrations, clinical murals, theater backdrops, live music paintings, and more. Kat values integrity, symbiosis of humans with the planet, combining scientific rigor with herbal tradition, and uplifting her community through all means possible. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, djembe drumming, dancing, astronomy, martial arts, traveling, practicing wilderness self-sufficiency, and laughing.