We believe natural approaches are the future of better mental healthcare. What do we mean by natural? In many ways, natural just means a more personalized approach that’s in-tune with what a full system (body, mind, and heart) needs to thrive. It’s also grounded in one truth:
Within each person there is a powerful, innate capacity for self-healing that can be activated by the right kind of attention and support.
We focus on empowering, scientifically sound methods to ignite that self-healing. We hope you believe that you have that innate capacity- even if it appears dim right now. We hope you’ll continue to offer yourself the effort, trusting that you can catch bigger glimpses of this truth and continue working until that light shines bright on your path.
We’ll be here to walk beside you and support you the best we can.
Meet our team
Henry Emmons, MD
Integrative Psychiatrist | Co-Founder of NMH
Henry Emmons, MD is an integrative psychiatrist who weaves together mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness teachings, and other holistic approaches for common mental health problems like depression and anxiety. He is a co-founder of Natural Mental Health, offering trusted information and holistic products to help individuals of all ages optimize their mental health and build resilience in mind, body, and spirit; and of JoyLab.coach, a podcast and program designed to develop the elements of joy.
Henry is a sought-after presenter and a respected consultant on such topics as integrating natural and mindfulness therapies in psychiatry, the interface between spirituality and mental health, and personal and professional renewal. He has developed several transformational programs, including A Year of Living Mindfully and The Inner Life of Healers through the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing; Resilience Training at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing; and Pathways to Joy with Natural Mental Health. He is also a founding board member of the International Network for Integrative Mental Health.
Henry is the author of four books:
- The Chemistry of Joy: A Three Step Program for Overcoming Depression Through Western Science and Eastern Wisdom.
- The Chemistry of Calm: A Powerful, Drug-Free Plan to Quiet Your Fears and Overcome Your Anxiety.
- The Chemistry of Joy Workbook: Overcoming Depression Using the Best of Brain Science, Nutrition and The Psychology of Mindfulness.
- Staying Sharp: 9 Keys to a Youthful Brain Through Modern Science and Ancient Wisdom.
Timothy Culbert, MD, IFMCP
Integrative Pediatrician | Co-Founder of NMH
Timothy Culbert, MD is a board certified developmental/behavioral pediatrician. Early in his career, Dr. Culbert got involved in mind/body skills including training and certification in both biofeedback and medical hypnosis. He later completed trainings in MBSR, Reiki, clinical aromatherapy, and functional medicine. Dr. Culbert continued to expand his knowledge of integrative medicine through a Bush Foundation Fellowship and a Kaiser Institute Fellowship for Integrative Medicine Leadership.
His diverse experiences in integrative medicine have included:
- Co-creation of the Integrative Pediatrics Program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota where he also served as Medical Director.
- Authoring holistic self-care books for kids, scientific articles, and book chapters on integrative pediatrics topics.
- Coordination for the electronic mobile application “Healing Buddies Comfort Kit,” an interactive app that teaches children about non-pharmacological pain and holistic symptom management skills.
- Creation of an integrative therapeutics training program for nurses working in pediatric medical and mental health settings.
Dr. Culbert teaches frequently about topics related to mind-body skills, self-regulation, technology-assisted relaxation, vitamins and supplements, gastrointestinal healing and holistic mental health.
Dr. Culbert is co-founder of Natural Mental Health and Medical Director for Integrative Medicine at PrairieCare Medical Group.
Aimee Prasek, PhD
Digital & Integrative Therapies Researcher | CEO of NMH
Dr. Prasek is an integrative therapies researcher and educator, focused on the use of technology solutions to reduce symptoms of chronic stress, anxiety, and depression. Her expertise and in-the-field work is particularly centered around the use of online programs to communicate and deliver mental health practices in more accessible ways.
Dr. Prasek is also an innovator in digital intervention design, creating one of few design models that both health professionals and organizations can use to create and deliver leaner and more effective digital health programs (more on that here).
Her research and practice is also bolstered by an MA in Health Communications and an MA in Holistic Health Studies, and she is certified in a variety of wellness systems & practices (NASM CPT, E-RYT 500, PYT-500, Healing Touch, Reiki, & group fitness). Her work has been supported and shaped by organizations and awards such as: Stanford's Compassion and Technology Award, SOFIA public health award, the National Science Foundation, MIN-CORPS, and several research fellowships. She also served as a Dalai Lama Fellow, a global initiative that aims to build and support a network of social innovators who skillfully blend ethics, contemplative values, and compassion into social innovation. The fellowship is personally authorized by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.
When Dr. Prasek isn't chasing her toddler around with her husband, you can usually find her outside with her pups and chickens, digging in the dirt and growing food.
Digital Creative | Communications
Elena Hollenhorst is a digital creative, dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. She trained at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and has a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. As a RYT-200 certified yoga instructor, Elena has taught extensively in the Twin Cities and abroad. She is the founder of Peasful Plate, an online plant-based cooking platform.
Operational Strategist | COO of NMH
Lorri Weisen specializes in systems, finances, strategy, and “connecting the dots” within an organization. She is skilled at coordinating structure and creating foundational principles—the essential ingredients of a successful company. A former entrepreneur, Lorri is a self-proclaimed tech-nerd with the experience and capacity to implement, oversee, and execute multiple projects simultaneously and with great efficiency.
Lorri is also a certified nutritional health coach, writer, and explorer who lives full-time on the road in a teardrop trailer named Gratitude. You can follow her journey around the country at nomadichealthcoach.com.
Clinical Aromatherapist | Original Founder of Healing Alchemy
Patricia Ronning has more than 25 years of experience working with essential oils at Aveda, creating aromatherapeutic aromas for hair and skincare. Patricia received her clinical aromatherapy certificate through Jane Buckle, London, and completed graduate courses through Aromahead Institute. Patricia started a Natural Perfumery/Aromatherapy company in 1994 and currently serves as a natural perfumer and Clinical aromatherapist with Intelligent Nutrients.
Patricia has her Masters of Liberal Arts and a Minor from the Center of Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. Her thesis was on American Health Care for the 21st Century: Collaborative Healing through Compassion, Self-Awareness and Science. Her interests lie in bringing complementary health care awareness and benefits to children and adults, which was the impetus to starting Healing Alchemy Aromatherapy.
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