Dorene Petersen, President and Founder of the American College of Healthcare Sciences, holds a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from Otago University, New Zealand, a Diploma in Natural Therapeutics from the South Pacific College of Natural Therapies in Auckland, New Zealand, and is a certified acupuncturist with specialized training in Chinese herbal medicine and moxibustion.
In addition to her work as President and co-Education Director of the College, Dorene also teaches courses for ACHS and leads the annual ACHS Summer School study-abroad programs to Greece, which explore holistic health, Mediterranean nutrition, and aromatherapy distillation, among other topics.
Dorene regularly lectures about medical herbalism, aromatherapy, and iridology, including appearances at: The South Pacific College of Natural Therapies (NZ), the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) and the Aesthetics Institute, both in Portland, Oregon, and at the Birthingway School of Midwifery in Oregon.
In addition, Dorene has appeared on various TV and radio shows, including Good Morning Oregon and the National Radio Show Voice of America, and has presented papers at: The Herb Growers and Marketers Conference in Hyannis, Massachusetts; at the International Scientific Aromatherapy Symposium in Grasse, France; and at the International Herb Association Conference in Portland, Oregon. Her articles about aromatherapy have appeared in publications worldwide, including: Alternative Therapies in Clinical Practice, The News Quarterly, Making Scents, The Herbarist, and Blogcritics.org.
Dorene currently serves as Chair of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC), an independent, nonprofit organization that administers the national examination in aromatherapy to ensure minimum standards of training and safety knowledge of registered aromatherapists. Petersen is registered as an aromatologist with the Institute of Aromatic Medicine (IAM) and is a Registered Full Member of the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) in the UK. She also is on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Applied Iridology and Sclerology, and is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild.
Dorene is active with the Distance Education Training Council (DETC), and chaired the DETC annual meeting and conference in Seattle in 2006. She is also a member of the Research and Educational Standards Subcommittee of the DETC.