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Earlybird Registration

Register by May 15th and save $25! 

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*This is open to non-AV students. We encourage the greater community of holistic practitioners, acupuncturists, and herbal clinicians to register!

Date & Time: Saturday, July 15th from 10am to 6pm (with one hour for lunch)

Location: In-person at ArborVitae in New Paltz

*Registration closes Friday, June 16th 

About This Class

Modern medicine has advanced tools to evaluate the composition of our blood and urine. Although this is generally applied in a reductionist and allopathic context, blood work and other labs can be incredibly helpful when used as tools of assessment in a holistic health practice.

This full-day intensive will do a deep dive into how to read and assess a client or patient’s lab results, utilizing examples derived from whole-person cases to relate numbers on the page to real-life scenarios. Although the focus will be on blood work, we will also look at some urine-based testing.


A little more about this class:

  • We will focus much more on practice than on theory; although we’ll place everything in a framework of physiology, we will devote our time primarily to clinical applications of this knowledge and how we can use it to further our clients’ health goals. By the end of the class you will have picked up specific and practical tools to use in your practice!
  • This class does not presume any previous knowledge of reading test results, but it is geared toward people who are already working as practitioners wanting to expand their assessment toolkit, or advanced students with a solid foundation in health who are beginning to or planning to practice.


Specific topics will include labs for: thyroid disease, sex hormone levels, adrenal health, anemia, immune system health, renal and hepatic health, chronic infection such as Lyme, EBV, etc., and mold toxicity.


Legal disclaimer: Please note that unless you have an MD, DO, or similar license, depending on the state of your residence, you cannot legally diagnose disease. Everything taught in the class will be presented within the context of legal practice as herbalists, acupuncturists, etc.

Your Instructor

Core Faculty

Richard Mandelbaum

RH is a clinical herbalist with a private practice in Brooklyn and in Sullivan County, NY. Richard has been practicing as an herbalist since 1997, with a background in both Chinese and Western herbal traditions. He is currently on the faculty at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies in Washington, NJ and has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) since 2003, and joined the AHG Council in October 2012. He is co-founder and core faculty of ArborVitae.