Katharine Koeppen, RA, LMT, BCTMB

Katharine Koeppen, founder of Aromaceuticals, is passionate about plants and has been practicing clinical aromatherapy for over twenty years. She is one of the few practitioners to have received the title of registered aromatherapist (RA) from the Aromatherapy Registration Council and is also nationally board certified in therapeutic bodywork. Katharine is a popular instructor and speaker on the subject of aromatics and healing, and her audiences have included community support groups, nurses, medical doctors, psychotherapists, massage therapists, naturopathic physicians and aromatherapy associations. An avid writer, her original work has been published internationally by professional aromatherapy associations and has appeared in multiple peer-reviewed journals.

After two decades in a fast paced, creative advertising career, curiosity about natural perfumes led her to an aromatherapy class at a local herb store, and she has never looked back. Katharine was personally mentored by an early graduate of the Shirley Price school and continued her studies with industry luminaries Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD; Jeffrey Yuen, DOM; Rhiannon (Harris) Lewis, RN; James Symes, PhD; Mark Webb and Michael Scholes, among others. She regularly attends conferences to keep up with the latest approaches in botanical and integrative medicine. Her background also includes extensive training in somato-emotional integration, craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, osteopathically-based bodywork, energy work, and the culinary arts.

Utilizing a bodymind approach to aromatherapy, Katharine simultaneously addresses a client’s emotional and psycho-spiritual state while dealing with their physical illness or imbalance. Since the beginning of her aromatherapy career, she has demonstrated a special affinity for working with fragile populations in the areas of emotional health, chronic pain, oncology and palliative care.

Katharine is a professional member of Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) and Spiritual Directors International (SDI). She is the former national representative for AIA, and has lectured at industry conferences.

She resides in Rancho Mirage, California, where she maintains a heart-centered private practice in aromatherapy. Her clients come from all walks of life, but include special populations in somato-emotional integration, cancer support, elder care, hospice and women’s issues. Katharine introduced clinical aromatherapy to Baylor University Medical Center's former hospice during her long tenure in Dallas, Texas, and currently serves as a hospice consultant. She has completed an intensive 3 year program in contemplative spiritual direction, and much of her recent projects involve the psycho-spiritual application of aromatherapy. When not experimenting with essential oils, Katharine can be found playing in the kitchen or practicing ikebana.