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Our Passion, Our People

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    Beverly Yates, ND
    Professional Background: Dr. Beverly Yates, ND is a California licensed doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a 1994 graduate of…

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    Jill Stansbury, ND
    Professional Background: Jillian Stansbury is a licensed naturopathic physician and an accomplished writer/author, speaker, and teacher. With more than…

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    Mary Bove, ND
    Medical Educator & Advisory Board Member Dr. Mary Bove is an accomplished herbalist, author, teacher, and lecturer. Having been…

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    Michael Traub, ND
    Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, CCH, FABNO graduated from National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1981. Since 1986, Dr.…

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    Ric Scalzo, CEO
    CEO/President/Founder As one of North America’s most respected herbalists and botanical researchers, Richard “Ric” Scalzo has more than 25…

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    Tori Hudson, ND
    Tori Hudson, ND, graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1984 and has since served the…

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    Wendy Warner, MD
    Professional Background: Dr. Wendy Warner, MD, ABIHM is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as in integrative…

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Our people are our strength, and to us, they are more than workers or partners—they are our family. We invite you to meet them by clicking on any of the links above.

Ric Scalzo, CEO

CEO/President/Founder

As one of North America’s most respected herbalists and botanical researchers, Richard “Ric” Scalzo has more than 25 years of clinical and practical experience with herbal medicines. As an innovator and pioneer in the herbal products industry, he is a leading authority on the cultivation of herbs, extraction processes, whole plant standardization, and traditional herbal therapies. In addition, Ric is a lifelong student of Vedic philosophy and spiritual practices. He regularly teaches herbal classes, interfaces with the media, and lectures nationally on herbal topics.

Ric Scalzo is the co-author of Herbal Solutions for Healthy Living, a groundbreaking herbal repertory and therapeutic dispensatory guide to the safe and effective use of medicinal herbs that has sold more than a quarter of a million copies. He also co-authored Traditional Medicines from the Earth, a compendium of formulations that are effective herbal solutions for healthy living, and is the publisher and contributing author of the Protocol Journal of Botanical Medicine. After studying herbal medicine at the School of Natural Healing under Dr. John Christopher, Ric practiced as a clinical herbalist in a New England medical center.

In 1987, he founded Gaia Herbs, a nationally-branded grower and manufacturer of herbal wellness solutions that reinforce the inherent connections between healthy bodies, communities, and ecosystems, where he currently serves as President and CEO. The company is vertically integrated from organic seed to finished product, offering therapeutic-quality herbal extracts to health-conscious consumers. Under his leadership and vision, the company has set industry standards for its organic commitment, sustainable methods, educational curriculum, and quality assurance program. Soon after Gaia Herbs’ inception, Ric also founded Gaia Herbal Research Institute, which, along with its publishing arm Herbal Research Publications, has contributed extensively to the quality and proliferation of herbal literacy in the United States.

Ric Scalzo holds an honorary Doctorate in Naturopathy from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, and received a Master Herbalist degree in 1982 from the School of Natural Healing.

Areas of Expertise:

Botanical medicine; research on herbal medicine; organic herbal products; herbal formulation processes; organic farming practices; organic manufacturing processes; creative visioning; corporate growth strategies; ecological sustainability; co-evolution.

Publications:

  • Herbal Solutions for Healthy Living
    Scalzo R., Dr. Michael Cronin. Gaia Herbs, Inc., January 2001
  • Protocol Manual of Botanical Medicine for Health Professionals
    Gaia Herbs, Inc., January 2005.
  • Traditional Medicines from the Earth
    Scalzo R., O. Cruz. Gaia Herbs, Inc., 2008