Faculty are at the core of AMCH. They bring extensive experience in homeopathy, clinical treatment and teaching to our programs. A core value of AMCH is the success of students. Faculty are critical to this aspect of our college, and are trained and encouraged to work with students to ensure their success.
Mario Fontes L.Ac., MSOM, CCH
Technology DirectorMario Fontes is a licensed medical professional in the state of Arizona. Mario is a vital member of the American Medical College of Homeopathy and a natural leader, role model, and mentor to AMCH students and patient population in the provision of clinical homeopathic health care. He maintains a non-invasive approach to his medical practice at the American Medical College of Homeopathy. His practice is based on a firm academic and practical foundation using the fundamental principles and philosophy of both Homeopathic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with emphasis on a non-invasive approach to treatment. $75 Appointments. www.altmedctr.com (602) 332-8079
Charles Schwengel DO, DO(H)
Faculty MemberCharles Schwengel, DO, DO(H) is one of the nation’s leading experts on developing treatment plans for people living with cancer. He is a graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, is a Homeopathic Physician, and is certified in IPT (Insulin Potentization Therapy). http://medicineofhope.com/about-us/
Patrick Hesselmann, CCH
Co-Chair Board of Directors; Technology AssistantPatrick Hesselmann spent a successful career as a manufacturing engineer in the computer and avionics industries in Phoenix, Arizona, where, apart from working with the development and implementation of electronics assembly processes, he became best known for helping people work together. During the last fifteen years of his career, he studied homeopathy as an avocation, focusing on Hahnemann’s Organon, developing a good feel for its depth, wisdom and importance in the understanding and practice of homeopathy. Patrick is Co-chair of the AMCH board as well as being heavily involved in the day-to-day running of the technology for the online classes. He teaches Homeopathic Philosophy and History of Homeopathy for AMCH. He remains a passionate advocate for homeopathy although he no longer practices.
Mark Starr MD, MD(H)
Faculty MemberMark Starr, MD, MD(H) is board certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine and the Arizona State Board of Homeopathic Medical Examiners. He has been in private practice since 1996, opening his first pain clinic in Columbia, MO, where he spent 5 years. In 2008 he opened a new homeopathic pain and sports medicine clinic in Paradise Valley, AZ. http://thyroid.about.com/od/hypothyroidismhashimotos/a/Optimal-Treatment-Hypothyroidism-Mark-Starr.htm
Todd Rowe, MD, MD(H), DHt, CCH
PresidentDr. Todd Rowe is the president and a founder of the American Medical College of Homeopathy. He is a licensed homeopathic physician who has been practicing homeopathy for more than 20 years and has a full time practice in classical homeopathy. He is certified by the American Board of Homeotherapeutics and the Council for Homeopathic Certification. He has been a doctor of medicine since 1984 and a graduate of Rush Medical School, Chicago, Illinois. He completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Vermont in 1988 and achieved Board Certification in Psychiatry in 1992. He completed his homeopathic training at the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in Albany, CA. Dr. Rowe teaches extensively. He is the president of the American Medical College of Homeopathy. He supervises homeopathic students and trains medical students and residents in classical homeopathy. He has published several distance learning courses designed to help prepare physicians for first aid and acute prescribing, as well as preparing for homeopathic licensing exams. He has written several books on homeopathic education, including Homeopathic Methodology, The Homeopathic Journey and Choosing a Career in Homeopathic Medicine. Dr. Rowe is the director of the Society for the Establishment of Research in Classical Homeopathy. He has conducted numerous provings, mostly focusing on local flora and fauna. He has recently published a book called Desert Medicine: A Homeopathic Exploration.
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Faculty MemberIt was a dark and stormy night, on an isolated mountain top in Tennessee; a poor lumberjack’s wife gave birth to… Oh, let’s skip to the highlights: Grew up in San Antonio Texas Served in the US Army during the Vietnam War Era BA in Political Science and Communications from the University of Houston MA in Management from the University of Phoenix Currently working on Th.D. in Business Ethics at Providence Theological School Worked in satellite data Communications industry most of adult life, but now concentrating on continuing education and university enrollment for public school teachers Taught at University of Houston, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Western International University (Business and Marketing), and was a counselor at Grand Canyon University, College of Business A member of the Phoenix Kiwanis since 1994, currently serving as immediate Past-President and Lt. Governor-Elect for Division 12 (Phoenix) and previously Secretary and Treasurer of the Tucson Downtown Kiwanis in 1984-6; and board member of the Kiwanis Foundation Also currently serving the Arizona Governor’s Advisory Board for Rehabilitation, the board of directors at the Spina Bifida Association of Arizona, and President of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Facts of Life Foundation Still in love with wife of many years, Xuan (Swan); they have nine grandchildren in ages from 11 years to 3—Number 10 is expected in January.
Maryann Ivons, NDDr. Ivons is a Registered Nurse and a Naturopathic Physician. She has worked in critical care and emergency nursing, and has taught in nursing programs in both California and Washington State, including nursing and coronary care courses at Everett (WA) Community College and the College of the Redwoods (CA). She has also been adjunct academic faculty at Bastyr University for many years, teaching Physical/Clinical Diagnosis and several homeopathy courses, and has taught Homeopathy for Acute Medical Conditions through Bastyr’s Continuing Ed. program. She was a clinical instructor in homeopathy and in naturopathic medicine at the Bastyr Clinic for many years, and has served as a clinical preceptor for Bastyr ND students for nearly fifteen years. Dr. Ivons has had a private practice in family medicine, with an emphasis on homeopathy, in Monroe, Washington for 23 years. Her professional ties include former Chairperson of Minor Surgery, and Homeopathy and current Chairperson of, Emergency Medicine for the International Naturopathic Medical Board Tests, NPLEX. She is author of Homeopathy for Nurses (Bandito Press), and contributing author to Integrated Cardiology. When not practicing or teaching homeopathic or naturopathic medicine, Dr. Ivons enjoys tennis, cooking, gardening, or anything involving warm water and colorful fish. She has recently moved to Phoenix, Arizona to teach and head the Practitioner Program at AMCH.
Mary Koithan PhD, RN, APRN, CNS
Research Faculty MemberNevada in Las Vegas and a PhD from the University of Colorado in Denver. Dr. Koithan’s major fields include research methodologies (qualitative and quantitative), theory development and testing, and responses to health and illness. She is certified as both a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Home Health Nursing and in Nursing Case Management. She received the Award for Excellence in Nursing Education in 2003 and was named the Distinguished Lecturer for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 2002-2004. Dr. Koithan was a committee member of the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is active in the American Nurses Association both on the national and state levels. She has published extensively in health care publications and journals and is a consultant to local and national law firms regarding nursing practice and regulation. She is funded for community-based projects that include the Sunstone Integrative Cancer Care Network for cancer survivors and the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona project on complementary and alternative medicine utilization in the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Dr. Koithan has been funded to study holistic healing by several extramural sources, including NIH. She is considered to be one the international leaders in whole systems healing and complex systems research methodologies and participates in international research collaborations to explore whole systems and whole person healing.
Lauri Grossman, DC, CCH
International Affairs Director; Chair of Department of HumanismA homeopath with a private practice in Manhattan, Lauri Grossman is also a thought leader and an advocate for humanizing medicine in the global healthcare discussion. When the holistic health movement was in its infancy in the 1980’s, she pioneered programs in integrative medicine that improved outcomes in hospitals and medical centers across America. Before the recent concerns about the safety of prescription medications, Grossman was training medical doctors and other health professionals in ways to modify treatment plans so as to avoid harmful side effects. Later on, she developed curricula in homeopathy for leading medical schools and teaching hospitals including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and New York University. An internationally renowned speaker, writer, and educator, Grossman was recently named Chair of the Healthcare Initiative for the Legends Institute and the United Global Leadership World Congress in 2011. She also serves as an Ambassador for Homeopaths Without Borders and has served in countries as diverse as France, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Trinidad. She has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and U.S. News and World Report and has appeared on Good Morning America and Fox and Friends.