OHA Board of Directors

President: Marianne Beacon RH

Marianne Beacon is a Registered Professional Herbalist, Advanced Bowen Therapist, Reiki practitioner, Transpersonal Therapist and teacher. She has been training in the healing arts since 1994 and has a Diploma in Clinical Herbal Medicine, as well as over 2000 apprenticeship hours alongside traditional and professional herbalists and midwives.

Her focus is a Western Herbalist approach using whole plant medicine and flower essences. Marianne uses her skills in Bowen therapy both as a standalone therapeutic technique and as a complement to her herbal practice. Bowen is a soft tissue therapy which particularly helps with pain and has been used to treat both chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and acute injuries including concussions.

Marianne brings a heart-centered approach to her work and she uses a combination of talk, touch and herbal therapy to offer a holistic approach to healing providing many safe and natural options for her clients. With multiple modalities available to her, Marianne offers the breadth and depth of her experience and knowledge to her clients in a co-creative and caring atmosphere. Clients are always in control of their own path to healing.


Vice President: Lianna Vargas RH

Lianna is a young herbalist who has been learning avidly about plants since completing secondary school. She has studied in the field with Michael Vertolli and in clinic with Diane Kent while continually seeking to deepen her understanding through engagement with the natural world.

Her focus has been on getting to know the local plants, connecting with Nature, and getting back to the basics in hopes to help forge a more sustainable future. Her background is mainly in visual arts and mathematics, with some additional training in architecture. She has many interests and skills she has been developing alongside her training in herbal medicine such as wildlife tracking, organic gardening and traditional crafts. She currently has a clincal practice in the West end of Toronto.

Treasurer: Barbara Anderson

Bio to come...

Secretary: Elena Pintillie

Elena Pintilie completed her studies in holistic nutrition in 2013, and has since been complimenting her nutrition knowledge with herbal education through various courses and workshops. She is passionate about health, wellness and all things natural; and hopes to guide her future clients to take health in their own hands - find their unique optimal health and balance through wholesome real food, daily use of herbs and herbal blends/preparations. 

Elena has been an active volunteer with the OHA for several years, and is a student member of the OHA.

Director: Chris Lamont RH (Schools & Applicants Liason)

Chris is a herbalist of the Western Tradition, who focuses on clinical work and the manufacturing of herbal medicines. He studied at the International College of Herbal Medicine, founded by Isla Burgess and graduated with a Diploma in Clinical Herbal Medicine. He has also been apprenticing and studying with John Redden since 2007. Chris became a registered herbalist and member of the Ontario Herbalists Association in 2014.

Chris believes in helping people restore their health, prevent illness and promote their innate vitality by empowering them through knowledge and a reconnection with nature.