To advance the homeopathic profession by certifying individuals who meet and maintain a recognized standard of professional and ethical competence in classical homeopathy and to assist the general public in choosing appropriately qualified homeopaths.

We envision a healthcare system that encompasses certified classical homeopathic practitioners to be accessible to all.

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The Board
Samantha Conboy, President

Samantha Conboy, CCH, M.A. is a nationally certified classical homeopath with 8 years of clinical experience. She graduated from a 3 year program at the Homeopathic Academy of Southern California. Her main goal in practicing homeopathy is to help people feel better. She loves helping women with hormonal, digestive or urinary concerns.

Prior to her homeopathic training, Samantha completed a Masters of Arts in Educational Technology from San Diego State. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Santa Clara University.

Ann McKay, Past President

Ann McKay RN-BC, MA HNB-BC, HWNC-BC, DHM, CCH, has over thirty years experience as an RN, educator and homeopath. She is board certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse (RN-BC), Holistic Nurse, HNB-BC, Certified Classical Homeopath (CCH), and Health and Wellness Nurse Coach (HWNC-BC).

Ann served as President for the CHC until November 2017. She brought to her tenure a passion for homeopathy that included a successful initiative for accreditation of the CCH credential through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), completion of the first CHC Job Analysis Survey, and implementation of computerized application, examination, and recertification processes.

Ann has served as faculty member and Clinical Supervisor for various colleges and homeopathic schools and continues to work with other CCH practitioners on their difficult cases. She has a thriving homeopathic private practice in Providence, RI.

Noel Peterson, Vice President and Interim Treasurer

Noel Peterson, MBA, CCH is a nationally certified classical homeopath. He obtained his homeopathy training from the 4-year program offered at Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy in Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated in 2009. Noel then opened his professional practice in Austin, Texas in 2010. He is also certified by Free and Healthy Children International as a Supervisor for the Homeoprophylaxis program.

Noel believes in helping to make homeopathy more mainstream. To help further fulfill this goal, he obtained an Executive MBA in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University, and graduated in 2016.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Council on Homeopathic Certification, Noel is a past board member for the Minnesota Homeopathic Association and is a current professional member of the Texas Society of Homeopathy and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Noel is a published author in national homeopathic journals and natural health publications in the Austin, Texas area.

Martha DeMarco, Secretary

Martha DeMarco, CCH, RS Hom (NA), C. HP, TFT-Adv is a certified classical homeopath, she graduated with honors from the Teleosis Homeopathic Collaborative, Professional Program in 2012 and is a 1984 graduate of Skidmore College, where she earned a BA in English. She is certified by Free and Healthy Children International to supervise families who choose homeoprophylaxis for their children.

Martha currently practices in the offices of Integrative Acupuncture and Massage in  Hingham, MA . In addition to serving on the board of directors of the Council for Homeopathic Certification, Martha is a member of the National Center for Homeopathy, the North American Society of Homeopaths, and Free and Healthy Children, International.

Sheela Porter-Smith, Director

Sheela Porter-Smith, MSN, CCH. DHM is a practicing Nurse-Midwife/Family Nurse Practitioner who integrates Homeopathy into her practice with women and the general public. She has been using Homeopathy for over 30 years. Living in a rural area, she has experienced the resurgence of homeopathy on a grass roots level.

Sheela is passionate about the need to foster communication within the homeopathic community while at the same time proving its validity and safety to the larger Medical Community. It is through Certification that Homeopathy will remain strong.

Susana A. Galle, Director

Dr. Susana A. Galle, Director of The Body-Mind Center in Washington, DC, is a licensed professional practicing integrative care. She has four decades of clinical experience, also having co-authored books and published articles in peer-reviewed journals. She specializes in psychosomatics, and is qualified to practice several health professions. Dr. Galle works within a psychotherapeutic matrix that cultivates the doctor/patient relationship. She has a biopsychosocial and energetic model of health, with clients as active participants in the restoration of their own health, mental and physical.

Dr. Galle is a passionate advocate of homeopathy, which she views as a major catalyst of the healing process. She supports homeopathic education and practice within all health professions, as well as professional homeopathy. 

Sheetal Tiwari, Director

Dr. Sheetal Tiwari BHMS, CCH, CCYE is a homeopathic physician. After an intense training for 5 and 1/2 years she graduated in homeopathic medicine with first class from University of Maharashtra, India. She has been a Student of Dr. Farokh Master. She has flourished her classical homeopathic practice in Cleveland,Ohio. She is a board certified classical homeopath with 6 years of clinical experience.

She also has an expertise training in traditional yogic practice. 

Dr Sheetal is a strong promoter of classical homeopathy.She has a vision for one standard in homeopathic certification globally for maintaining the integrity and essence of classical homeopathic practice. 

Ilana Meyers, Director

Ilana Meyers is a certified classical homeopath, practicing in the New York metropolitan area. She treats acute and chronic cases employing tissue salts, gemmotherapy extracts and a wide range of homeopathic remedies to heal and provide relief.  ilana is a graduate of the Teleosis Homeopathic Collaborative in Boston, MA. Prior to attending Teleosis, she studied at the Hudson Valley School of Classical Homeopathy in New Paltz, NY. She works with people of all ages for a wide range of conditions, some of which include: chronic ear infections, allergies, migraines, mononucleosis, skin disorders, behavioral issues and coping with grief and trauma. She has guided women during pregnancy, childbirth and menopause to adjust irregularities and ease transitions.  ilana also has experience treating household pets. ilana graduated from Barnard College, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She currently lives in Rockland County, New York.

Zara Bourgeois, Director

Zara A. Bourgeois, B.Sc, CCH is a certified classical homeopath with a successful practice in Edmonton, Alberta. She provides homeopathic counsel for both chronic and acute conditions and works with individuals of all ages and stages of life by providing compassionate care and guidance in addressing her client’s health concerns. She is certified with Free and Healthy Children International and works with individuals seeking supervision for the Homeoprophylaxis program.

Zara has great admiration for the work of the Old Masters of Homeopathy. She has devoted countless hours to researching their grand works and teachings aiming to perfect her own therapeutic approach by applying their invaluable clinical success.

Prior to her homeopathic training, Zara completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from Sofia University, Bulgaria. Zara is passionate about the development of unified standards in homeopathic education and certification for all students and practitioners of Homeopathy. She strongly believes that this is an essential step in restoring Homeopathy as a mainstream healing modality as well as raising public awareness about its safety and efficacy.

Sharon Whitehead, Director (Public Member)

Sharon Whitehead-van Löben Sels, PhD, has over thirty years experience in education. She has taught kindergarten through the university level and is a passionate learner. Sharon earned her Doctor of Philosophy with a specialization in Education General degree from Capella University. She has a Master of Arts in Multilingual Education from California State University, Stanislaus and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University, Stanislaus.
Sharon has crossed paths with a homeopath and is an advocate for the right of all people to have the choice to use a homeopathic practitioner in their medical care. She is enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve as the Public Director of the Council for Homeopathic Certification and strives to promote and educate the public on homeopathy.

Currently she is teaching as adjunct faculty for Brandman University in the teacher education program, and lives in Sacramento, California.

Robert Melo, Director

Robert Melo M.D., CCH was raised in a family with a history in homeopathy, where his father, uncle, and elder brother were all M.D.s. with post graduate studies in homeopathy. He is a medical doctor trained in conventional medicine at Xavier University in Bogota and University of Miami (Jackson Memorial Hospital). After medical school, he did studies in Acupuncture and Neural Therapy in Colombia and completed studies in homeopathy at The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, where he also got involved in a research program lead by Dr Peter Fisher (Director of Research at The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital) and Dr Flavio Dantas (Prof of homeopathy at University of Uberlandia from Brazil).

Robert is currently President of OHM pharma inc., an appointed member of the HPCUS (Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States, the organization that maintains the policies and procedures of the official compendium of homeopathy manufacturing in the USA), and is a current member of the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists, American Institute of Homeopathy, Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis, North American Society of Homeopaths, and National Center for Homeopathy.

Robert is passionate about helping professional homeopaths expand the practice of homeopathy, integrating our community of homeopaths (emphasizing respect and acceptance of different schools of thought), integrating homeopathy into mainstream medicine, and supporting research into scientific methodology that can validate the effectiveness of homeopathy.

Debra Sachs, Interim Executive Director

Debra Sachs, MS, has a broad background from statistics to database programming to medical/technical writing to team facilitation and leadership. She has served as the CHC Treasurer and was also a public member on the CHC Board from Nov 2010 to Aug 2017.

Debra has been exposed to homeopathy throughout her adult life and feels strongly that the profession be considered a mainstream healthcare option.

  This Website is the official source for the most current certification guidelines. Although the CHC strives to give applicants and credential holders as much advance notices as possible when policies or procedures change, it is the responsibility of the individual to be fully informed about the current application and certification guidelines.


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