When my infant son spiked a 105-degree fever and lay like a rag doll in my arms, it was Belladonna 30C that opened the door to homeopathy for me. And from that day, I searched to learn more and to find ways to share my knowledge with others. I attended the New England School of Homeopathy and Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in California. I also studied with George Vithoulkas, Jeremy Sher, Lou Klein and Rajan Sankaran. Eventually, I set up a private practice in New York City and went on to teach at most of the major hospitals in New York: Columbia Presbyterian, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Hospital for Special Surgeries and Lenox Hill Hospital. When NYU established its Holistic Nursing program, my classes in homeopathy became a requirement for the advanced practice degree. I also taught at homeopathic colleges: Teleosis and the American Medical College of Homeopathy For all my work in the US, some of my most rewarding work has been in other countries- with Homeopaths Without Borders in Trinidad and in Haiti and with medical doctors who are working to establish homeopathy in Afghanistan.
Christina Donka, CCH
Christina Donka discovered homeopathy 15 years ago while seeking an alternative to eye surgery for her young son. After one dose of some little white pellets, eye surgery was no longer necessary, and she was determined to learn more! After years of seeing professional homeopaths for family members and pets, studying at home, and giving homeopathy to family and friends herself, she decided to study formally and become certified.
A Certified Public Accountant, Christina has a BS in Accounting from Purdue University and began her career at Arthur Andersen in Chicago. More recently she studied to become board certified in holistic nutrition. She loves helping people learn how to use nourishing food as medicine, and believes that nutrition coupled with homeopathy is a powerful combination for optimal wellness. She is also passionate about advocating for homeopathy as a safe and cost-effective healthcare option, while empowering individuals to stand up for their healthcare rights.
Margery Stearns, CCH (Cand)
Homeopathy found Margery while she was on an endless search for a way to help her young son with a chronic health condition. After seeing the gentle yet deep healing response possible, Margery sought care for herself and other family members. In time she was so impressed with the effects of this natural modality that she decided to pursue formal training and become a practitioner. Margery graduated from the American Medical College of Homeopathy in Phoenix and is in the final stages of attaining the national CCH credential. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a focus in Healthcare Management. Margery strongly aligns with the National Center for Homeopathy’s mission of providing education and building awareness while advocating for access to this safe and affordable form of medicine. She is passionate about sharing accurate information on homeopathy with consumers while building a sense of community and support amongst practitioners.
Tina Quirk, RN, MS, CCH, RSHom(NA)
Tina is a homeopathic practitioner, teacher and writer, with a background as an advanced practice nurse and nursing consultant. She is the Director of Academic Affairs and Quality Assurance at the Academy of Homeopathy Education (AHE) NYC/WORLD. Besides her own practice in New York City, she has been a long-time collaborator with Jeremy Sherr and the Dynamis School on many projects, books and articles.
Tina is a Project Manager for Homoeopathy for Health in Africa, a treatment center for AIDS patients in Tanzania and has done volunteer work in the clinics. She received her homeopathy education from the Devon School of Homeopathy and the Dynamis School for Advanced Homeopathy and interned with Jeremy Sherr.
She is the President of the National Center for Homeopathy and is Chair of the Public Advocacy Committee. She serves as the NCH representative to the Board of Directors of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium.
Her special interests are homeopathy research and the growth and recognition of homeopathy within the integrative health field.
Glenna Tinney, MSW, ACSW, DCSW
Glenna brings a long history of interest in and passion for homeopathy to the National Center for Homeopathy (NCH) board. She was first introduced to homeopathy when she rescued a little Pomeranian and sought treatment from a holistic veterinarian who used homeopathy to treat him. She then sought homeopathic treatment for herself and has never looked back. Glenna has been a homeopathy consumer and advocate for over 20 years, attended NCH summer school and annual conferences, participated in a study group, used homeopathy for home care, and influenced friends and family to use homeopathy.
Glenna is a social worker with over 40 years of experience in activism, individual, system, and legislative advocacy, and community engagement and outreach. She retired from the Navy after 24 years where she worked much of that time in the Navy Medical Department focusing on policy development and implementation, program management, credentialing, scope of practice, standards of care, and shared decision making. Glenna is a published author and has extensive experience with providing training, public speaking, and writing a wide array of documents including reports, guidelines, manuals, e-learning courses, handbooks, articles, etc. She serves on local and national nonprofit boards and advisory councils and has set up and supported boards and advisory councils. She also brings a medical background and lifelong activism and advocacy skills to help spread awareness of homeopathy as a safe and cost-effective healthcare alternative.
Glenna’s extensive experience and skills are an asset to NCH’s efforts to make sure that homeopathy is a key player in the national dialogue regarding integrative healthcare and has a role in medical care nationwide. Glenna is currently the NCH Treasurer, the chair of the Finance, Audit, and Publication Committees, a member of the Conference and Public Policy and Advocacy Committees, the NCH Representative to the Integrated Health Policy Consortium Federal Policy Committee, and the facilitator for the Homeopathy Advocacy Working Group.
In recognition of her work, Glenna was selected by the White House as a Woman Veteran Champion of Change in March 2013.
Fabrice is currently the Vice President of Finance, Information Technology, Supply Chain and Human Resources at Boiron Inc. in Newtown Square, Pa. His responsibilities include overseeing most of the operations aspects of the company in the U.S., helping the company to be financially responsible, streamlining its IT systems and moving products throughout the company and the world. He enjoys working with a team driven to change our healthcare system by helping people view their health in a more holistic way.
“I’m passionate about homeopathic medicine since I have witnessed for many years its positive impact on myself, my family and many of my friends,” says Fabrice, who was raised on this therapeutic system since infancy. “At work, this personal experience is very motivating and I feel fortunate to be a part of a company and industry that is changing the habits of so many moms, healthcare practitioners and others across the country.”
Fabrice has been in living in the Philadelphia area for the past 20 years. He earned his BBA in International business and his MBA in Management Information Systems from Temple University.
When he is not devoting his time to Boiron, Fabrice enjoys traveling with his wife and two young daughters, running, watching documentary films and cooking vegetarian meals.
Dr. Gary Kracoff
Dr. Gary Kracoff is a registered pharmacist with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine who provides in-depth consultative services at Johnson Compounding & Wellness in Waltham MA.
Gary’s guiding philosophy is to treat the person as a whole, not to chase symptoms. He focuses on finding the “why” to what is happening physically and mentally and works with individuals to restore balance in the body.
Gary frequently lectures at pharmacy, medical, and health-oriented conferences. He is an educator at the Academy of Integrative Medicine, conducting two-day seminars for healthcare professionals twice a year. Gary also serves on the faculty of the Center for Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy.
Since the beginning of his professional career, he has been working to integrate homeopathy, diet, healthy lifestyle and nutritional supplementation into his practice and in his educational programs for both professionals and non-professionals.
The health and wellness department has a very extensive selection of homeopathic medicines. He provides lectures on homeopathy to the public to help them understanding homeopathy and how they and their family can benefit for homeopathic medicines. This has made the wellness center at Johnson Compounding and Wellness a destination for homeopathic products and education in his area.
Lynn Wagner, CCH, RSHom (NA)
Lynn found homeopathy when her young son was very ill and did not respond to traditional medical treatment. After watching him heal quickly and easily with homeopathy she was hooked! Lynn eventually left her 20+ year career in finance and information technology to follow her passion and study homeopathy. She now has a private practice in the Philadelphia area where she can also be found teaching classes on homeopathy and working with local and international non-profit organizations.
Lynn has a Bachelor of Science degree in both Finance and Information Systems from the University of Virginia. She also has an MBA from the Darden School at The University of Virginia. She has worked at Accenture as a senior technical consultant and in both finance and marketing for IBM where she also became a Certified Management Accountant. Lynn’s passion is using her extensive business and technology skills to promote homeopathy as a healthcare option for all people. She feels that knowledge is power, and consumers should be knowledgeable about all of the healthcare options available to them.
Zelda Johnson DNMc, MSPH, MAHAS
My training at Teleosis sparked an interest in further exploration in integrating complementary and alternative medicine modalities into mainstream treatment, particularly cardiovascular disease. In my doctoral studies in natural medicine, so many tenets that we now attribute to functional medicine are derived from Samuel Hahnemann, Constantine Herring and others. It remains a daily thrill to see how I can implement in my academic research, practice and workshops, how homeopathy can fill the gap either concurrently with conventional medicine or separately and result in deeper and complete healing.
Vision for NCH
Having participated in the JAHC 2016 panel discussion on homeopaths and integrative healthcare, I think an opportunity to develop some of the issues that were presented will expand our membership and promote the benefit of homeopathy in mainstream clinical practice. The Affordable Care Act section 2706 paved the way. Currently HR 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act passed this October, will open up homeopaths as affiliate providers in hospitals, clinics, and reimbursement opportunities with insurance companies. Although the initial services are earmarked for addressing the substance abuse and pain crisis, it is an invitation for us to service a population estimated to be more than 4 million people. I envision NCH with other homeopathic community organizations, to lead the way to brand homeopaths as the natural providers for assistance with nonpharmacologic pain and substance abuse relapse management.
Denise Straiges, CCH, RSHom(NA), PCH
Denise Straiges CCH, RSHom(NA), PCH is fiercely committed to raising the bar in academic and clinical training for all homeopaths around the world. She is the President and Clinical Director of The Academy of Homeopathy Education (AHE) and in 2015, launched a full-time course in professional homeopathy, the only one of its kind in the US. AHE’s 1,500-hour program runs six contemporaneous cohorts in a rigorous didactic and clinical format.
In addition to AHE’s bustling, low-cost clinic, Denise established HOHM Partners Foundation, providing free/low cost homeopathy to the homeless, addicted and underserved populations. She successfully forged a partnership with a major medical institution in NYC and currently practices with, and provides mentorship to, doctors and medical residents in classical homeopathy and clinical applications in the integrated medical setting. All clinical initiatives are backed by outcomes-based surveys as a part of a large-scale research project.
Denise is a core faculty member of AHE’s foundation studies and post-graduate/professional development programs. She has taught for numerous homeopathy schools in the US and abroad and has been an invited speaker at conferences around the world in homeopathy, integrative wellness and spirituality in medicine.
She is currently pursuing graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University in the History of Medicine. Her personal work includes original, primary research focused on the origins of homeopathy, in particular, Hahnemann’s influences in The Chronic Diseases and the evolution of potency. She is also writing a practical compendium on Case Analysis.
Denise maintains a busy practice in classical homeopathy with a focus on complex neurological and autoimmune conditions and provides clinical supervision and mentorship to students and professional homeopaths around the world.
Marco Spiezia was born in a family of people dedicated to Homeopathy and alternative medicine. He has a major in Management and has specialised over the years in international management, marketing and counselling. He his the Managing Director of Zeus Soft (the provider of RadarOpus Homeopathic software) and has been actively supporting the Homeopathic community since 2014. He also regularly teaches Business at an international University in Italy.