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Richard is a clinical herbalist with a practice in Brooklyn and in Sullivan County, NY. Richard's background spans both Chinese and Western herbal traditions, and he is a founding director and teacher at the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City.

Richard Mandelbaum RH is a clinical herbalist with a private practice in Brooklyn and in Sullivan County, NY. He is a founding partner, director, and teacher at the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City. He has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) since 2003, and joined the AHG Council / board of directors in October 2012.

In addition to seeing clients he teaches classes in herbal medicine, medicine making, and botany. Along with ArborVitae, he is currently on the faculty at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies in Washington, NJ and the Tristate College of Acupuncture.

Richard has been practising as an herbalist since 1997, with a background in both Chinese and Western herbal traditions. He is a graduate of David Winston’s School of Herbal Therapeutics in New Jersey as well as having studied at Rosemary Gladstar’s Sage Mountain Retreat Center in Vermont, and in New York City with herbalist William LeSassier. Richard has been an avid student of our native flora for over twenty years, and in addition to teaching on a diverse range of clinical subjects, he often leads workshops on field botany, wild edible plants and mushrooms.

Richard is also active in issues related to fair trade, sustainability, and social justice, and is a member of the Governing Board of the Brooklyn Food Coalition. He migrates throughout the year with his wife Gabrielle and their daughter Rose between Brooklyn and their straw bale home in Forestburgh, NY.