Instructor Bios

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

Rebecca Bush, ND is a graduate from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland. Dr. Bush is technical advisor to the nutritional supplement industry and proudly created the charitable Socialvite line of nutritional supplements as a way to donate to natural health causes. Dr. Bush is past and current founder and organizer of medical educational conferences Pharmaceutical Perspectives and Natural Pharmacy Updates.

Along with her husband, founded Natural Medicine of Stillwater in May 2013. She lives in Stillwater with her husband and four active daughters.

Katie Corbett is a masters level Board Certified Music Therapist and owner of Singing Heart, a private practice located just north of Stillwater. Katie provides individual and group services for children and adults with developmental disabilities, and music classes for typically developing children and their parents in the Stillwater area. Additionally, Katie is a Certified Children?s Meditation Facilitator, and teaches mindfulness meditation and creative visualization meditations to children and their families through Stillwater Area Schools and independently. Currently, Katie is working on a grant to develop a music therapy based stress reduction program for children and their parents which incorporates music, physical yoga, and meditation. For more information on music therapy, music classes or children?s meditation visit, or contact Katie at

Melanie Dunn is an herbalist and a farmer. She started growing herbs in 1994, mostly culinary herbs and edible flowers for restaurants in the area. Her passion for growing and the constant astonishment of the plants, nature and their amazing qualities led her to pursue herbalism and sustainable farming. She holds a certificate in Urban Farming from the Permaculture Research Institute and multiple certificates in Western Herbalism from Green Wisdom School of Natural and Botanical Medicine. She is also an intern coordinator for field study at Green Wisdom and a member of Herbalists Without Borders. She has coordinated several community garden projects and started her own herb farm, herbal CSA and apothecary. Her passion for plants and their amazing properties have led her to her other great passion: teaching the community about these plants and their ancient wisdom.

Dr. Loren Gilberg and Melynda Gilberg have a practice in Stillwater offering upper cervical (atlas orthogonal) chiropractic services, functional medicine (adrenal fatigue and endocrine disorders), and Craniosacral Therapy. They both focus on family, holistic, and individualized care using techniques with outstanding clinical results. Both are passionate about nutrition, lifestyle, and whole system care, with a focus on child development, pre and post birth care, and systemic recovery.

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

Dr. Brittney Reisnour
holds two degrees: a Bachelor’s of Biology with an emphasis in health and medical sciences and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She works at Healing River Chiropractic in downtown Stillwater. Her particular interests are in holistic healthcare, by treating the body with chiropractic and nutrition, and working with families.

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