Marisa Marciano, 2 year Director


Marisa Marciano is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor & Registered Herbalist. She received her medical training from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine – Boucher Campus in 2011, where she served as a clinical and academic faculty member for over 10 years, and later as Chair of the Botanical Medicine Department. 

Throughout this time she maintained a clinical practice in Vancouver, BC focused on integrating botanicals alongside diet, lifestyle, and pharmaceutical therapies, while encouraging the holistic perspectives inherent to herbalism and a deep respect for the healing powers of Nature.

Education has remained a consistent piece of her professional path, instructing and building herbal curriculum for the Holistic Institute of Nutrition, Pacific Rim College Online, and various retail and professional nutraceutical brands. A passion for medicine making and creating more experiential learning opportunities developed into a successful series of community workshops and herb walks, and desire to increase accessibility to naturopathic care and traditional herbal knowledge led to volunteering her clinical skills with first nations communities with the Naturopathic Outreach Society, and long-term care facilities within the lower mainland. 

She is the co-author of "The Botanical Medicine Manual: A Quick Reference Evidence Based Guide”, and is widely recognized for creating the celebrated online herbal resource, both of which intend to serve as relevant and reliable sources of botanical information to further support students and clinicians in the clinical use of herbs using a Western Herbal approach. 

Marisa is currently the owner and operator of Herbal Energetics, a small-scale organic tincture compounding company located on the Sunshine Coast (shíshálh Nation). She is focused on learning how to best serve the health of patients and the planet through a commitment to ongoing education regarding sustainable and ethical business practices while creating highest quality preparations for practitioners. 

Marisa hopes that her years of experience as an educator and clinician will help contribute towards supporting a future generation of herbal practitioners to reach their highest potential while prioritizing care for the preservation of the plant world. Intentions for her 2 year term include:

  • Contributing towards the development of high quality member resources and education
  • Supporting mentorship programs
  • Being an active listener, and adapting to serve the evolving needs of the association and its membership.

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