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About Katolen Yardley

Katolen Yardley, DO (EU), MNIMH, RH (AHG)

Doctor of Osteopathy (EU) ~ Manual Osteopathic Practitioner
Medical Herbalist

Katolen Yardley is  a Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and a Manual Osteopathic Practitioner. She  has been in private practice since 2000 consulting with clients at her Vancouver and Port Moody offices and internationally via virtual consultations. 

Katolen has been in the holistic health field since 1993 with her primary education completed from the School of Phytotherapy (UK) before going on to complete her Doctorate degree in Osteopathy (Spain). With over 22 years in private practice and consulting expertise in the field of herbal medicine and holistic health, Katolen has dedicated her life to improving the health and wellbeing of her clients while actively contributing to the field of herbal medicine within Canada. 

Her personal interest in health lies with the emotional connection to wellness and dis-ease. She specialises in women’s health, skin dis-ease, digestive and nervous system disorders. Katolen loves motivating others through usable tools of education and inspiration on a clients journey towards optimal health. She helps to transform lives and assists clients in reaching their highest health potential. Her health services are customized to the unique health picture of each client.  


Herbal Medicine


In addition to caring for her clients and teaching, Katolen has spent much of her life in public service. Katolen is the current President of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations (2017-current). She served as President of the British Columbia Herbalist’s Association from 2013-2019 and was honored by the British Columbia Herbalist’s Association for outstanding contribution during her time as President.

Katolen is the author of the book “The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies” (2016) and has both written and co authored two textbooks on natural and herbal remedies. She has been involved in curriculum development for numerous educational programs. She is adjunct faculty at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where she teaches Botanical Medicine and hands-on medicine making, and is an instructor and clinic supervisor at Dominion Herbal College. She served on the Steering Committee for Langara College in their Complimentary health program for Attention Deficit Disorders and was an instructor for the PTSD and Resiliency Program. From 1998 until 2015, Katolen appeared monthly on Global Television Morning News, offering herbal information to the public. Katolen offers hands on medicine making classes, herb walks and public talks at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens and UBC Sustainable Farm.

Katolen has been running a student clinic and herbal mentorship program since 2010. Apprenticeship training assists in preparing advanced students to become herbalists at the professional level through observation and hands-on practice in a clinic setting. Katolen has mentored students from Wild Rose College, Dominion Herbal College, Heartwood Herbal Medicine (UK), Betonica (UK) as well as mentored practitioners for professional membership in the American Herbalist Guild.

For 6 years Katolen managed the production of a busy herbal company, responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring the manufacturing procedures of herbal formulations. She then went on to own and operate a wellness center in Vancouver with over 15 practitioners. Katolens herbal medicine training was completed at the School of Phytotherapy, UK, Dominion Herbal College and Wild Rose College. Her clinical experience and mentor-ship was completed at the School of Phytotherapy and Middlesex University (UK) with the late Christopher Hedley (UK) Chanchal Cabrera and Rowan Hamilton.

A natural health product formulator and private contractor, Katolen has researched and developed herbal formulations and is currently involved with completing product license applications for Canada’s Natural Health Product regulations. She offers Business Consulting for product development and to assist with all needed business needs


"To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease." – A.T. Still MD, DO ~ Founder of Osteopathy

Katolen offers hands-on Manual Osteopathic therapy and CranioSacral therapy. Her degree, Doctor of Osteopathy (EU) entailed over 3474 educational hours along with 1000 additional hours of Osteopathy Clinical Internship which complies with the World Health Organizations requirements for Osteopathic training. Katolen’s thesis was written on, “The Body as One Unit: The Role of Connective Tissue in Whole Body Health”. Osteopathy offers support for temporo-mandibular joint disorders, mobility issues, chronic pain management, headaches, repetitive strain injuries and trauma through a variety of manual osteopathic techniques including cranial osteopathy, mobilization, muscle energy techniques and visceral manipulation as well as support for chronic pain.

Katolen is a professional member in good standing with the ACMA and and the British Columbia Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners.

She has also completed additional training with:

  • Upledger Institute: CranioSacral Therapy Level 1 
  • Upledger Institute: CranioSacral Therapy Level  2
  • Upledger Institute: CranioSacral Therapy for Cranial Nerves Level 1 
  • Barral Institute: Visceral Manipulation Level 1
  • Healing Touch Program: Healing Touch Level 1 and 2

Visit our manual osteopathy website, Alinear Osteopathy to find out how it can assist to restore or preserve health.

Visit our Blog posts to read more about manual osteopathy and why I choose it as an adjunct profession. 

Katolen is the owner of Alchemy & Elixir Health Group, a holistic health care office (with online shopping) located in the Crosstown district in Vancouver, which offers a variety of holistic health care options and services for the attainment and maintenance of your optimal health and vitality including private consultations and personalised health programs, group workshops and educational seminars in both holistic health and herbal medicine. Alchemy & Elixir Health Group seeks to educate, empower and support the health of the whole person to achieve a greater balance within the mind, body and spirit. 

Interviews & Media

  • Guest Speaker at International Conferences including:
  • Canadian School of Natural Nutrition
  • Phytotherapy Canada
  • BC Pharmacy Association
  • British Columbia Herbalists Association
  • Health Action Network
  • Kootenay Herb Conference
  • Vancouver Island Herb Gathering
  • Powell River Women’s Health Network
  • Washington State’s Northwest Herbal Fair
  • Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium,
  • North West Herb Symposium
  • Nanaimo Horticultural Society
  • the BC Post Secondary Support Staff Conference
  • Television Appearances: From 1998 until 2015, Katolen appeared monthly on Global Television Morning News, offering herbal information to the public. Guest appearances on  Discovery Channel’s Healthy Home Show
  • Radio Interviews: the Dr. Don Show, the Simi Sara Show, Access Television, Health Stuff You Need to Know Podcast, CKVN News, CBC National News, The Weather Network, CBC Talk Radio, CKNW’s World Today, CFML Radio.
  • Magazines and Health Journal Articles: the British Journal of Phytotherapy, Shared Vision Magazine, Elated News, Choices Markets Newsletters and Living + Magazine,
  • Consultant with Faith Popcorn BrainReserve Talent Bank, New York

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Wellness Programs
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Articles, Musings & Writing
Classes, Events & Media

Expressions of Appreciation


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