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Dr. Martha Libster is an educator, psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, healthcare historian, and Herbal Diplomat(R) known internationally for her work on the complementarity of nursing practice, technology, and healing traditions, in particular the use of botanical therapies. She is the author of: Demonstrating Care - The Art of Integrative Nursing, The Integrative Herb Guide for Nurses (book and CD-ROM) and Herbal Diplomats a book about nurses' botanical contributions to 19th century health reform for which she received the American Association for the History of Nursing 2005 Lavinia Dock award for Outstanding Research and Writing. Her new book Enlightened Charity described as a "groundbreaking history," documents the pioneering work of American Sisters of Charity nurses in the 19th-century who sustained a centuries-old holistic healing tradition of their French predecessors in caring for the poor, sick, and mentally ill.
Dr. Libster is creative director of Golden Apple Healing Arts, LLC, a consulting practice that promotes self-care and informed, holistic health decision making. She is an educational specialist in developing online and tele-health resources, information, and education for the public and health professionals. She has directed the Natural Healthcare Hotline for the Herb Research Foundation, the Rose Medical Center Medical Library in Denver, CO. and created an information and resource center specializing in integrative care for the University of Colorado Cancer Center. She began developing her passion for creating caring communities through technology when she trained with Ask-A-Nurse Montana in 1994 and while working in 1997 as a nurse counselor for Health Decisions International under the tutelage of company founder, Dr. Don Vickery, author of the best selling book, Take Care of Yourself. Presently, Dr. Libster is the founder and director of Crossing the Bamboo Bridge an international community that promotes global health partnerships and cultural diplomacy between nurses and traditional, community healers through education and research.
Dr. Libster has spoken for the World Health Organization, the Royal College of Nursing, the United States Botanic Garden, professional organizations, healthcare providers, and the public on integrative care, botanical therapies, self care, healing traditions, and the history of healthcare and health reform. She is a member of the advisory board of the American Botanical Council and is chair of the Ethics and Advocacy Committee of the American Holistic Nurses Association. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in a wide variety of healthcare settings where she has developed the integration of conventional nursing and technology with the use of herbal remedies and other healing traditions. She teaches herbal medicine making and recently worked on a project funded by the North Carolina Arts Council to create a documentary about students in a rural high school health sciences class as they discovered the art and science of herbal remedies. Dr. Libster holds Bachelor degrees in dance education/movement therapy from New York University and in nursing from Mount St. Mary's College and a Master's degree in psychiatric nursing with a specialty in infant mental health from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Her doctorate degree is in Humanities - Healthcare History from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England.