Michael Ford

As a small child, I held an interest in plants, flowers, and stone, and found it fascinating that these items were the used for healing; and I knew at that age that my purpose was to help people by using natural means. I craved education and acquired a degree, various licenses, diplomas, certificates and a registration in healing modalities. I enjoy combining a clinical approach to healing with holistic techniques to provide a broad spectrum of healing. By using these various approaches, I am able to support your health, improve your well-being, and provide clinic-level spa services that are personalized for you, the client, that most spas or clinics do not offer. I carefully designed my licensed home office to combine colors, lighting, sounds, and scents to create a place of safety and peace where you can nourish your mind, body, and spirit.

 

Education

In March of 1998 I completed an apprenticeship program in traditional herbalism from the Southeast School of Botanic Medicine. Then in early of 2000 I became nationally certified by the National Certification Board of Massage Therapy and Bodywork, and state licensed after earning my diploma in massage therapy from Blue Cliff College. My budding interest in skin care began to bloom after working for a local spa for several years so I began independently studying aspects of skin care and aromatherapy.

I moved to Arizona after Hurricane Katrina and attended Artistic Beauty College - Regis; in 2006 I earned a diploma in esthiology and became a licensed esthetician. I returned home to Louisiana and completed a 3-year course from Austalasian College of Health Science, receiving a diploma as a master aromatherapist in 2008. I continued to study skin care and in 2012 I completed the post-graduate certificate program from the International Dermal Institute.

I continued my formal education in holistic wellness with one of the few accredited colleges offering aromatherapy and herbal medicine programs, the American College of Healthcare Sciences. In early 2015, I earned my associate degrees of applied science of complementary and alternative medicine with a double focus in aromatherapy and herbal medicine. I also earned diplomas in holistic health practice and as a master herbalist, and certifications in natural product manufacturing, herbal retail management and wellness consulting.

In October of 2015, I successfully completed the Aromatherapy Registration Council’s exam, which earned me the title of Registered Aromatherapist.