Joanne Klauber, Sedona Aromatherapie Graduate: Photos Used with Permission
It’s been a while since we caught up with any of the Sedona Aromatherapie graduates, but I thought that it was only right to introduce you to recent aromatherapy graduate Joanne Klauber, as she has taken on the role of one of the moderators in the new Sedona Aromatics School and Garden Facebook group.
Joanne graduated from the Certificate in Professional Aromatherapy course in June 2017, and completed the course in an impressive six months! However, this should come as no surprise as Joanne is not one to sit around, as this interview reveals!
- What (or who) inspired you to begin your journey into aromatherapy?
I had been interested in essential oils for a number of years. I signed up under an MLM company, but was uncomfortable recommending essential oils when I didn’t really have an adequate understanding of their power and how to use them safely. I researched aromatherapy certification courses recommended by NAHA, and finally settled (happily) with Sedona Aromatherapie. I became a Certified Professional Aromatherapist in early June, 2017. Later the same month I successfully completed the Caddy Profiles chemistry course, also through Sedona Aromatherapie. I’m a professional member of both NAHA and AIA.
- In addition to your aromatherapy skills, tell us a little bit about your background and other talents?
My work history is varied… including that as a legal secretary (when they were still called secretaries!), a performance tech at a nuclear plant, and a systems analyst. My longest ‘stint’ has been working for myself, manufacturing fragrance lamp oil and fragrance lamps in a business I began in 2004 and sold in 2014. That’s when I first became interested in essential oils, which I purchased directly from industry expert Dr. Robert Pappas. These days, besides my aromatherapy interests and jewelry design, I oversee the production, packaging and shipping for the family candy business that my mother-in-law began in 1962. She is 97 years old and still comes to the office many days! My husband and I live in the country with our nine furkids, most of which are rescues (including a three-legged AmStaff and a one-eyed Catahoula).
- Do you think that taking a course in aromatherapy has helped you better promote yourself/succeed in the aromatherapy business? If so, how/why?
Definitely so! Completing this course has given me the confidence to speak knowledgeably to others regarding the safe use of essential oils. The case studies I performed have taught me the importance of gathering a thorough client history and asking additional questions, as necessary, to paint a complete picture of my client’s health and habits. All the details are important!
- Since completing your aromatherapy course, where has your aromatherapy journey taken you?
I’ve found a happy combination in aromatherapy and handmade jewelry, by crafting aromatherapy bracelets that include stock or custom blends. I’m currently creating chakra bracelets and blends, and plan to work on some seasonal designs as well. I’m fortunate to be able to feature my work in the retail portion of the candy shop, and I also have a website.
- What advice do you have for other aspiring aromatherapy students who may be considering an aromatherapy course?
Probably my biggest take-away from taking the certification course is that there is so much more to learn. Aromatherapy education is a fascinating journey! The skills and confidence you will gain from becoming certified are priceless, and this is just the beginning. Keep learning!