In the late 1980’s, CoreyPine began wandering the woods and fields, identifying plants and learning about how the human body heals. After studying on his own for several years, he attended the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine and studied with 7Song. After moving to Asheville in 1996, he started teaching in the area and opened a clinical practice in the downtown area. He wanted to provide his clients with custom formulas, so he started making larger batches of tinctures.
After studying with herbalist Michael Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine in Bisbee, Arizona, CoreyPine founded the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine in 1999. He began selling Pine’s Herbals in some local stores, and has been expanding both his school and herbal business ever since.
CoreyPine is the author of the ebook Herbs for Pain and is in demand as a speaker and practitioner. He has taught at a number of herb schools and conferences throughout the United States and Europe.
When not delving into tomes of herbal lore or spending time with his family, CoreyPine can be found meandering through the woods, watching birds, and harvesting plants and mushrooms for dinner. He has also developed a passion for photography and takes more photos than his friends and family really care to look at.
Anna Claire Lotti
Anna Claire Lotti is a holistic clinical herbalist living in the mountains of Western North Carolina, by way of the beaches of South Carolina. From an early age, Anna Claire was inspired by and in awe of the natural world. She attended the University of South Carolina, earning a BS in Marine Science, with an emphasis on biology and marine mammals. Her studies next led her to explore graduate coursework in human nutrition, and finally, to the path of Herbalism. Anna Claire is a graduate of the Holistic Herbalism and Advanced Clinical Herbalism programs at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, and she also completed a 450-hour herbal apprenticeship with CoreyPine Shane, RH (AHG).
In addition to serving as the Production Manager at Pine’s Herbals, Anna Claire also works as the Education Coordinator with the American Herbalists Guild, and offers herbal consultations and products Dancing Sage Apothecary.
In her free time, Anna Claire can often be found tending to her organic garden, exploring the wonderful wilds of Appalachia, spending time with her husband and their canine companions, and crafting new recipes in her kitchen and apothecary.
Adaira McInerney is a budding herbalist studying and practicing in the heart of Western North Carolina. Her journey began in the Shenandoah Valley, where she grew up immersed in mountain living, learning primitive skills and folk herbal traditions by direct experience with the land.
Always having a strong inclination towards the inner workings of nature, Adaira completed her undergraduate studies in biology and chemistry at Mary Baldwin College. Adaira’s path led her south on the same Appalachian Mountains that she called home, to Asheville, NC, where she completed the Holistic Herbalism program at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine.
In her spare time, she enjoys foraging for wild foods, tending her garden, concocting herbal remedies, attending live music events, hula-hooping, and spending time with her animal companions.