Aroma Hut Institute Instructors
Dr. Lidia Hicks
Lidia is a passionate life-long learner and an innate teacher. Her passions include science, languages, people, traveling and holistic healing. She graduated as an Engineer in 1993 from Gheorghe Asachi University in Romania and emigrated to Madrid, Spain where she fell in love with the Spanish culture.
A few years later, she graduated with a Master’s Degree of Arts in Spanish Language and Culture. In 2004, Lidia moved to the United States where she continued her studies and became a College mathematics and Spanish Instructor at Florida State College in Jacksonville, Florida.
During her first year after arriving to America Lidia became chronically fatigue and soon realized that the food, water and home products she had been using were filled with chemicals and caused her to feel ill. It was at that moment she renewed her commitment to health by allowing God to be her healer and give her wisdom in how to recover.
Lidia’s journey was very interesting one and full of rewards. Because of her change in diet and lifestyle, in just a few years Lidia was able to recover and give birth to David, a healthy and wonderful baby boy. With that, she thought her goal was accomplished but God had a different plan.
Lidia continued her studies and became a Doctor of Naturopathic Ministry through Trinity School Of Natural Health, as well as a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute For Integrative Nutrition and a GAPS Practitioner through Dr. Natasha Campbell’s program, Lidia wanted to help other mothers increase their chances of having healthy children and began to start educating her friends neighbors.
A year later, Lidia suffered a 2nd and 3rd degree burn (that turned out to be a blessing in disguise) which lead her to discover the power of therapeutic essential oils. Even with such a serious burn, she was able to travel to Indianapolis to finish her Certified Natural Health Professional training and there she met a new friend, Stacey Kimbrel (now an International Educator) who taught her about the Biblical Oils and their healing properties. Her hand healed in 35 days and this miraculous healing took her on a journey of almost 3 years of learning about the essential oils and their healing powers. Within 1 year she became a Certified C.A.R.E Instructor and opened Drops Of Life Holistic Center with the intention of educating mothers to take charge again of the health of their families using wholefoods and essential oils. After studying to become a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and as an Instructor at Aroma Hut Institute founded by Rebecca Park Totilo, she realized that her highest call in life is to mentor and teach healers from all over the world in a multitude of holistic modalities.
Lidia is a mother of 4 boys from 4 to 22 years old, serves as a president of Designed For Abundant Life Ministries, and owner of the Drops Of Life Holistic Center. Lidia is the franchise owner of Aroma Hut Institute – JAX school in Jacksonville, Florida.
Michele Botwright, CA
Clinical Aromatherapist Michele Botwright, the instructor at Aroma Hut Institute of Asheville, NC, enthusiastically shares the real-world benefits of the application and blending of essential oils to support our bodies emotionally, physically and spiritually. Michele’s purpose and mission is to empower entrepreneurs, professionals and hobbyists in the personally rewarding profession of sharing essential oils and being the agent of change for people.
Michele’s interest in aromatherapy initially grew from working with the senior population and people with chronic health conditions. Now she is passionate about encouraging the growth of Certified Aromatherapists so that everyone can be empowered by the usefulness of essential oils in their professions and everyday life. Her company, Oils in Action, provides business solutions for a happier, healthier workplace by reducing fatigue, stress and increasing productivity.
Her success in the business market is directly related to her previous occupation in sales and marketing with a fortune 500 company. Whether you are interested in pursuing Aromatherapy Certification for a new career path, continuing education credit (CEU), or to upgrade your professional status, Michele Botwright will support, encourage and help you achieve your ultimate goal of sharing the life changing and rewarding benefits of aromatherapy in the world today.
Michele’s specializations include supporting pain management protocols, relieving the stress suffered by people with chronic conditions, wellness in the workplace and in the home, good business practices in using aromatherapy, proper use of essential oils with children and the application of essential oils for behavior modification.
Michele is the franchise owner of Aroma Hut Institute – AVL school in Asheville, North Carolina.
Rebecca Park Totilo, CA
Rebecca Park Totilo’s flair and passion for aromatherapy will transform and inspire the way you use oils. Her literal “show, don’t tell” approach to teaching about essential oils neatly ties all the pieces together as she shares her systematic approach to therapeutic blending using the Healing Matrix she created.
Becca’s own rag to riches story is truly inspiring. She has taught to literally millions of people via television, radio and live appearances.
She is an award-winning published author of over 43 books, including “Therapeutic Blending With Essential Oil,” “Organic Beauty With Essential Oil,” “Heal With Oil,” and “Healthy Cooking With Essential Oil.” Her credits include working as a contributor writer on two best-selling series (“Quiet Moments with God” and “Stories for the Teen’s Heart”) which sold over one million and five million copies respectively. She is also a freelance writer for several national magazines include Christian Parenting Today, Discipleship Journal and Woman’s World.
Rebecca’s photography work has appeared in numerous national magazines such as Woman’s World, Sports Spectrum, Evangel, and Sharing the Victory. Truly, its her grit determination that makes her inspirational writings draw such a mass market appeal.
Rebecca graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Information Systems. In addition, she attended Faith Bible Institute in Richmond, Virginia for instruction in ministry and University of the Nations (Youth With A Mission) Discipleship Training and Basic Leadership Schools. She served in missions with YWAM’s Kings Kids and Teen Challenge. Her studies as a Clinical Certified Aromatherapist include attending Aromahead Institute, Stillpoint Aromatics, Aromatic Wisdom, Aroma Apothecary Healing Arts Academy, and Essential Aromatherapy.
Rebecca has been a homeschool mom for 25 years. In addition, she is the president and publisher of Rebecca at the Well Foundation, a Judeo-Christian international organization which publishes literary works.
Rebecca is the founder of Aroma Hut Institute where she personally tailored and wrote all of the curriculum used. She also has a private practice as an Clinical Aromatherapist and retails her own line of essential oils and formulates custom blends.
Rebecca specializes in educating people on essential oils from a biblical prospective and richly weaves the tapestry of today’s modern uses and science with the ancient art of healing.