Bev Maya, B.Sc (Hon), D. Phyt, MNIMH, AHG

Owner of Avicenna Natural Products Inc. North America

Bev worked in research for 10 years after graduation with a B.Sc (Hon) in Chemistry. She completed studies in medical sciences and clinical training in the UK to become a Medical Herbalist.

Since 2000, Bev’s focus at Maya Natural Health has been functional endocrinology. Bev also practices at the Westcoast Women’s Clinic for Midlife Health in Vancouver which specializes in treatment of peri & post menopause.

In addition to her clinical practice, Bev manages and operates every aspect of Avicenna Natural Products Inc.

Bev is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and a professional member of American Herbalists Guild. Bev is one of 20 professionally trained Medical Herbalists in Canada.

Bev can be reached at: or 604 980 5919


Joe Nasr, D.PHYT., DO, MNIMH

Founder of Avicenna in UK

From his early childhood, Joseph developed a keen interest and deep attachment to the plants of the terraced hills of the old village of his birthplace in Mount Lebanon. A mysterious and chronic illness that beset his mother prompted him to seek for cures and eventually guided him to the field of complementary medicine.

With the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war in 1975, he continued his education in the UK where he eventually qualified in 1982 with a diploma in Phytotherapy and later also achieved a diploma in Osteopathy. These qualifications entitled him to become a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, and the General Council and Register of Osteopaths. He has practised as a medical herbalist and osteopath and also lectured extensively in the field of herbal medicine and wrote many courses and examination papers.

At the present he practices as a medical herbalist and is a senior lecturer in herbal medicine at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. The rest of his working time is devoted to working with the organic growing of herbs and the production of high quality herbal extracts and Aromatic Waters using new improved distillation methods. This is carried-out through Avicenna, a company that he founded in 1998 and continues to manage and operate with his immediate family members.