The ARC Administrative Board

Dorene Petersen

ARC Chair

Dorene Petersen has served as Chair of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) since 1999. As Chair, Dorene helps to ensure minimum standards of training and safety knowledge of registered aromatherapists (RAs).

Dorene holds a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from Otago University, New Zealand, a Diploma in Natural Therapeutics from the South Pacific College of Natural Therapies in Auckland, New Zealand, and is a certified acupuncturist with specialized training in Chinese herbal medicine and moxibustion.

Dorene is President and Founder of the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS). Founded in 1978 in New Zealand, ACHS later opened additional branches in Australia and Hong Kong. Today, ACHS is housed entirely on the U.S. campus located in Portland, Oregon.

In addition to her work as President of ACHS, Dorene also teaches courses for the College and leads annual summer study-abroad programs to Greece and Indonesia, which explore holistic health, holistic nutrition, and therapeutic aromatherapy and distillation, among other topics. She is an eCollege certified online instructor and is a faculty member meeting the qualifications prescribed by the Oregon Office of Degree authorization. She stays abreast of current methodologies through various trainings with the Distance Education Training Council and by attending annual conferences about online learning, educational technology and instructional design.

Dorene regularly lectures about medical herbalism, aromatherapy, and iridology, including appearances at: The South Pacific College of Natural Therapies (NZ), the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM), the Aesthetics Institute, and at the Birthingway School of Midwifery all in Portland, Oregon,

In addition, Dorene has appeared on various TV and radio shows, including Good Morning Oregon, the national radio show Voice of America, KPTV Better Portland, and In the Garden. She also has presented papers at the Asian Aroma Ingredients Congress and Expo in Kunming, Yunnan, China; the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades Annual Conference in California, USA; the Aroma Environment Association of Japan in Tokyo, Japan; the Asian Aroma Ingredients Congress and Expo in Bali, Indonesia; the World Perfumery Congress in Cannes, France; The Herb Growers and Marketers Conference in Hyannis, Massachusetts; the International Scientific Aromatherapy Symposium in Grasse, France; and at the International Herb Association Conference in Portland, Oregon. Her articles about aromatherapy have appeared in publications worldwide, including: Perfumer & Flavorist, International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy, Alternative Therapies in Clinical Practice, The News Quarterly, Making Scents, The Herbarist, the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Massage Magazine, the International Herb Association Herb of the Year books, me (a Massage Envy health and wellness publication), and the Aromatherapy Registration Council newsletter.

Dorene is also a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. In 2009, she was awarded the Professional Service Award from the International Herb Association for her outstanding contributions to the herb industry.

Dorene is active with the Distance Education Training Council (DETC), and chaired the DETC annual meeting and conference in Seattle in 2006. She is also a member of the Research and Educational Standards Subcommittee of the DETC.

Dorene can be contacted via email at and by phone at (503) 244-0726.


Mynou de Mey

ARC Board Director

Mynou de Mey has been involved in Aromatherapy since 1989, has a Master’s Degree in Medicinal Herbology, an International Certification in Aromatherapy, and is a Certified Educator in the field of Aromatherapy. Her extensive training in Aromatherapy and Herbology has greatly contributed to her excellent professional profile. Director of the American Institute for Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies, Mynou offers both correspondence and live certificate courses. She teaches Aromatherapy worldwide, has appeared on television, and contributes to news articles for health-oriented publications.

Mynou has served as Vice-President of NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy), an association concerned with the education and ethics of aromatherapy in the United States, and previously served on the Educational Committee and the Ethics Committee. Mynou is a co-founder, and actively serving as a Board Director for ARC (Aromatherapy Registration Council,) a non-profit organization involved in promoting education in the field of Aromatherapy.

Mynou was selected by the US-AID program in Washington D.C. and sent to Russia to teach Cosmetologists and Doctors about the practice of aromatherapy and the business of aromatherapy in the American context. There, she introduced many essential oils that were unknown or/and unavailable to those professionals.

Mynou worked as a consultant for a well-known National Football League, making blends specifically designed for athletes, their success, self-confidence, and the locker room!

She served as a consultant for some known Cosmetic product designers and reviewed the accuracy of their marketing lingo, medical claims, and safety use.

She is proud to have many students in the US and in Japan, who, under her guidance, have started their own Aromatherapy business, or teachings. She has had several celebrities learning with her and continues to seek students that want to spread the word about Aromatherapy responsibly.

Today, she still teaches Aromatherapy, and always looks forward to get involved with the industry of essential oils at any level that would promote Aromatherapy, and its profession.

Mynou de Mey can be contacted at 845.557.0938

Lori Barr

ARC Board Director

Lori L. Barr, M. D. is an internationally recognized health and wellness expert and practicing partner radiologist with ARA Imaging inAustin, Texas.  She helps physicians and patients decide on safe, effective imaging studies that support the patient’s wellness. In her radiology practice she performs and interprets those studies. The American College of Radiology bestowed her the honor of Fellow on September 11, 2001 for clinical, teaching and research excellence in the field of diagnostic imaging. She has published 35 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 11 book chapters, and the Handbook of Pediatric Imaging to date.

Lori began the study of biology at 16 in Nashville, Tennessee at Lipscomb University. Environmental Biology taught her the skills of the field biologist. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Chemistry Minor. Even though she pursued a career as a medical doctor, she continues to support sustainable family farming in the southern United States and in tropical locales worldwide. Global study of the relationships between plants and animals set the stage for interest in aromatherapy.

In her second year at Louisiana State University School of Medicine at Shreveport, Lori realized that not everything she was learning in medical school was true. She called her mother, a career speech pathologist who had worked with thousands of stroke patients to help them speak again, and told her what she learned in neuroanatomy class.

Lori said, “If you have a stroke that affects Broca’s speech area, you will never speak again.” Lee Barr, her mother, laughed. Lori was puzzled.

“Lori, you know that is not true. Look at all of the patients I treated in New Orleans who had strokes affecting Broca’s area that learned to speak again. Not everything you are going to learn in medical school is true! You rarely know what capacity a person has to heal until you really start working with them.” At that point, Lori resolved to be open to all methods of integrative healing and to teach individuals how to safely take care of themselves.

Lori was formally introduced to Aromatherapy in 2001. She became a Registered Aromatherapist in 2005 and came on the ARC Board in 2007, where she provides a medical perspective. Lori is a frequent aromacouncil tweeter. She is an active advocate for KISS (keep it safe and simple) when it comes to healing. She encourages individuals to just say “no” to synthetics when a naturally occurring substance or change in habits will do the same or a better job.

Lori and her business partners formed the Texas Aromatherapy Institute in Austin, Texas in 2007. They focus on teaching individuals to safely use essential oils to bolster health and vitality. Specifically, they work to educate consumers about oil quality, safe handling and prudent administration.

Lori continues to educate individuals inside and outside of medicine about taking responsibility for all aspects of their being. She teaches individuals to declare their health freedom and decide which integrative health specialists will best serve them on their wellness team. Her current book, Think and Grow Well is scheduled for release as an audiobook in February 2011. Follow Lori on Twitter @LoriLBarrMD.