Instructor Bios

David Haeg works with communities to promote smarter energy use. He has designed programs to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy at Elevate Energy and SolarMatch, partnering with energy utilities, startups, nonprofits, and environmental organizations. He has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Jackie A. Mart is a holistic nutritionist, life coach, public speaker, and certified exercise instructor and has worked previously with gyms, private personal training studios, and chiropractic/wellness clinics. She also has experience working as a health and body care manager and marketing assistant for a natural food store in the Twin Cities as well as teaching community education classes throughout the Twin Cities Metro and northwest Iowa. Jackie’s holistic health/wellness path began in 2006 when she was first introduced to organic food and alternative medicine in the small town of Carroll, Iowa. She was very involved with establishing a local food cooperative there by volunteering as the Secretary of the Board of Directors, Member Services Director, Editor and Creator of their monthly newsletter, Healthy Happenings. She believes the road to health always begins with self-love! Contact Jackie at Email: Phone: 712.790.5883 Website:

Dr. Jessica Levy, DVM has been a practicing veterinarian for 20 years. Her focus for the past 15 years is holistic medicine, particularly homeopathy, herbs, bodywork, and nutrition. She has a busy practice in Ham Lake, MN and enjoys introducing pet owners to the many benefits of a natural lifestyle for their loved ones. Contact at

Bryan Deane Bertsch is the brewmaster for Deane’s Kombucha, the area’s only commercial traditional/full strength kombucha. He refined his craft through seven years of home brewing, using trial and error while consulting with the country’s top kombucha brewers. He also implements his Taoist energy healing artistry to the brewing process. 612-388-7667

Dr. Kelley Hagenbuch graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 1988 with a doctor of chiropractic degree. She has specialized in gentle adjusting techniques, functional medicine (applied nutrition), craniosacral therapy and applied kinesiology, and in 2008, she obtained a certification as a Master Herbalist after graduating from The Midwest School for Herbal Studies. She now practices out of 3 different locations using highly concentrated local herbs combined specifically for each client. You can find her in Taylor’s Falls at Taylor’s Falls Family Chiropractic, in Stillwater at StillWaters Occupational Therapy, and in Shoreview at The Optimal Health Zone. She also gives a wide variety of educational herbal classes as well as plant and mushroom identification walks. For more info, contact her at 763-245-3894

Suzanne Howard is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. She began studying Ayurveda shortly after completing a Yoga Teacher Training at a Sivananda ashram in 2008 and fell in love with this ancient system of complete health and healing. Suzanne offers comprehensive holistic health packages through True Nature Wellness in Stillwater.

Teri Leigh has been teaching, presenting, and mentoring clients for over twenty years. She has taught at wellness centers nationwide and instructed over 200,000 students, ages 4 to 94, from all walks of life. Through her unique ability to read body posture, alignment, mechanics, and language in order to assess emotional and spiritual wellness, she provides simple body/mind/spirit prescriptions to change brain and body chemistry as treatment for various physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual issues. More information at

Sara Morrison has a happy relationship with plants and owns The Backyard Grocery, a multi-dimensional business that helps families in the St. Croix Valley with vegetable garden planning, planting, maintenance and consultation. Sara also farms on a small scale, specializing in heirloom varieties of vegetables for CSA and wholesale markets. Preserving the harvest appeals to the ‘eater’ in Sara, those canned goods can be found at the Bayport Farmer’s Market. Sara holds a certificate in Acidified Canned Foods from UW Extension. Her plant based passions focus on learning more about the creatures that help and hinder a gardener and saving vegetable seeds to promote genetic diversity. 651.983.1300

Aimee Van Ostrand, MS O.M.,L.Ac. is a Licensed Acupuncturist and owner of Healing Within Acupuncture. (651) 295-1950

JoAnne Sabin has been a beekeeper since 2005 and has taught gardening & honeybee related topics since 2004, including presentations at beekeeping groups, schools, garden expos, garden clubs, and County & State Fairs.  Topics she presents include bee keeping, honey harvesting, pollinator gardens, plant propagation, raingardens, garden planning, and digital photography.  When not teaching about her hobbies, her consulting business includes teaching & mentoring in business & IT.

Dr. Kellie Seth graduated from University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1997 with a pre-medicine focus.  She accomplished her double majors, Entomology and Zoology, with several academic scholarships and repeated honors on the Dean’s list.  Dr. Seth has had a life long interest in health and nutrition and began her career in 1999 working in the health food industry. The year 2001 brought a beautiful daughter to Dr. Seth and her family.  Dr. Seth began teaching classes in health and nutrition and independently hired as a wellness consultant in 2005.  In 2006, she became a certified NETA personal trainer where she educated and trained individuals and led group exercise fitness classes.  Dr. Seth graduated from Northwestern Chiropractic College in 2013 with honors and a focus in Neurology and Nutrition.

Donald Slinger, gardner for many years, grape, daylily and hosta hybridizer. He uses raised beds, French double digging, intensive planting and heavy mulching in year-round hoop house gardening.   651-430-0751