Judy Nelson


Judy Nelson has worked with herbal medicine and natural health for decades. Her mother, Ella Birzneck, was also very involved with herbal medicine & education.

Judy's Career Philosophy

To promote public awareness through education and information and to improve health and fitness through herbal health care, good nutrition and other related complementary modalities.

Professional Training

  • Bachelor of Therapeutic Science Degree (B.Th.Sc) – Western States College of Chiropractic and Naturopathy
  • Naturopathic Doctor (ND) – Western States College of Chiropractic and Naturopathy
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) – Western States College of Chiropractic and Naturopathy
  • Chartered Herbalist (CH) – Dominion Herbal College
  • Master Herbalist (MH) – Dominion Herbal College

Work History/Professional Experience

  • 2004 – present : Vice President Herbal Studies Dominion Herbal College
  • 1991 – 2004 : President Dominion Herbal College
  • 1987 – 1991 : President & Registrar Dominion Herbal College
  • 1981 – 1991 : Director Ella Birzneck Holistic Center
  • 1976 – 1987 : Vice President & Dean Dominion Herbal College
  • 1971 – 1986 : Owner/operator Family Health Food Store, Coquitlam, BC
  • 1956 – 1959 : Naturopathic Practice, Burnaby, BC
  • 1951 – 1956 : Student at Western States College of Chiropractic and Naturopathy
  • 1951 – 1956 : Clinical Assistant with Ella Birzneck, MH at Chicago Health Service
  • 1948 – 1950 : Department of Health & Public Welfare Provincial Government Public Accounting Office, Winnipeg, MB

Other Previous Health Related Positions

  • President of the Canadian Herbalist Association of BC
  • Director of Canadian Health Food Association
  • Western Vice President of the Canadian Health Food Association


  • First woman to be inducted into the Canadian Health Food Association Hall of Fame – 2001

Community Service

  • Membership chairman with Blue Mountain Co-operative Pre-Schools in Coquitlam, BC and instrumental in organizing and opening a second school
  • Member of parent/teacher group at Charles Best Jr. Secondary School think tank for two years.
  • Promoted nutritional awareness in the community by working with Public Health Nutritionists to provide a better understanding of the necessity of whole foods for school children.


Interview with a Herbal Elder: Judy Nelson talks with Zhyfhs Millicent