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The Essentials of Essential Oils

  • The Donnelly Center at Aquinas College 157 Woodward Lane Southeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49506 United States (map)


Discover essential oils and their multitude of uses, including as home remedies, safe replacements for chemical cleaners, aromatherapy, and personal care products.  In use for thousands of years, essential oils are experiencing a resurgence of interest.  Come hear why and learn more about the myriad ways to incorporate them into a healthy lifestyle. An audience Q&A will follow the presentation.


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Mary Mitus, RN, MSN, CCAP

Aromatherapy Practitioner and Health Coach, Health Everlasting

Mary is an advanced practice nurse, having earned her master's degree from Grand Valley State University.  Mary spent the first ten years of her career in hospital and home care administration. Since then she has focused on holistic health, esoteric teachings, energy-based therapies and aromatherapy.  She is an R.N., Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner, Reiki Master, Flower Essence Practitioner, and Health Coach.   

Mary’s business, Health Everlasting, was born out of Mary’s passion for nature and her conviction that our natural state of being is healthy and joyful.  Nicknamed “Nature Girl” Mary loves flower gardening and working with essential oils and essences. In 2002, she completed the RJ Buckle Clinical Aromatherapy for Health Professionals program and became certified.  

Mary is a member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and the Flower Essence Society


Susan Woolner, CPXP

Susan Woolner, CPXP is the neuroscience patient support coordinator at Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences in Grand Rapids. She provides support for patients, caregivers and families who have been impacted by a variety of neurological illnesses including dementia, Parkinson's disease, ALS, Stroke, MS and Epilepsy.

Support may include technology, assistive tools, educational programming, creative art therapy, support groups and peer mentors programs all of which help provide independence, emotional support, peer connection and quality of life for patients and families. Susan has been a pioneer in the creation and monitoring of secure online patient communities and the methodology that makes them successful. She recently was Certified as a Certified Patient Experience Professional and has a Mayo Clinic Social Media Fellowship and uses social media to connect with people and communities.