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This is our happy little behind-the-scenes DREAM TEAM.
Meet the people who make everything happen!



"Working with Artemisia Academy is a breath of fresh air. Emily and her staff prioritize self care and offer a safe space that fosters creativity and quality work. It is such a joy to be part of a collaborative, growing team."


Lexi, 2022 HAP Graduate

Finnigan Jones

Finnigan Jones is a natural beekeeper and herbalist from Santa Barbara, Ca. She has studied Western Herbalism, Astrological Herbalism, & Folk Herbalism. Also, she is a certified Natural Health Practitioner and Holistic Nutritionist. She is currently pursuing her certification in beekeeping from the California Master Beekeeper program at UC Davis. She founded, Mother Madre Bees in 2021, an ever expanding venture that began with beeswax candles and will continue to to grow into honeybee education and awareness efforts.


Samantha Haentens

Sam is a marketing consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the digital space. She’s focused on helping small businesses, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations reach their goals through content strategy and social media programs.

After living on the east coast most of her life, she moved with her husband to Santa Barbara in February 2018 to find the sunshine. Sam is passionate about plant-based nutrition, art in all of its wonderful forms, and her connections to friends, family, and community. She strongly believes that education and positive influence are the keys to helping change hearts and minds.

A GED recipient at age 16, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cedar Crest College, a women’s college in Allentown, PA, and holds a BA in Communications. You might find her reading a book on the beach on a cloudy day, or enjoying Santa Barbara with her pals on her days off.

Nicole Iaquinto

Nicole Iaquinto

Nicole Iaquinto is the apothecary manager at Artemisia Academy. She's also an ordained pastor, herbalist (founder of Forest Floor Herbals), actor, and 2022 graduate of the Herbal Apprenticeship Program. When not on stage, serving her local church, or tending to the apothecary, you can find her hiking nearby and talking to plants, or cuddling with her cats, Buffy and Van Helsing.

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Jaimee Simundson

Jaimee Simundson is a Herbalist and Medicine Maker living on Chumash land in the Santa Barbara area. She is guided by the belief that everyone deserves safety and comfort in their body - and that plants are supportive teachers on that journey.

Her herbal path began as an intern at Herb Pharm, learning about growing herbs and herbalism, which led her to attend the Hawthorn Institute of Herbalism & Ayurveda in Southern Oregon, where she completed her certification as a Clinical Herbalist.

Her life's work is to intimately know and tend to land, rediscover her ancestral folkways, and bring nourishment, care and warmth into her community. If she isn't baking or walking with her dog Lena, she's probably basking in the sun or reading.

Jaimee is the Medicine Making Instructor at Artemisia Academy, for both the beginner and intermediate programs.


Paola Roman

Pao is our digital marketer from Mexico. She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a minor in French and Spanish.Throughout the years she has had the opportunity to work in completely different industries. From teaching to business to marketing to the health department to the beauty industry, and many more to come!


Mainly, she is a Social Media Guru and Computer Expert. With 8+ years of experience in social media marketing, digital marketing, influencer marketing, and direct marketing.She has been in charge of opening and administrating Medical Spas and other businesses in her last two professional years. From de financial, administration, and licensing to the social media aspects.


Pao will be working as a Digital Marketing Virtual Assistant for Artemisia, to help us with our social platforms, emails, and more!


Self Care Quiz


Learn how to become a more effective healer by healing yourself FIRST!


In this 5 minute quiz, you'll learn:

  • Where you need to focus to get on track in your own healing,

  • How much energy you really have to spend on others, and

  • Steps to prioritize your own healing FIRST this year!

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