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

Ashleigh Forsyth

Technical Support

After 2 years with Avicenna as Marketing & Sales Manager, Ashleigh has returned to Ontario to finish her degree. Though she will miss BC, Ontario has called her back…for the time being. Ashleigh will stay on with Avicenna as remote Technical Support and customer inquiries.

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.

Heather Newman

Customer Service Associate

Born and raised in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Heather began working at the Pointe-Claire Holistic Centre in 2005. There she was surrounded by experienced holistic healers and was able to learn about and work with healing foods, homeopathic and herbal remedies, and various natural supplements. That same year, she made her first visit to British Columbia and was drawn to the region due to its majestic natural beauty.  While doing her Bachelor in specialization psychology at Concordia University, she became interested in neuropsychology and neurological rehabilitation. She went on to obtain her yoga teacher certification and quickly began teaching adapted yoga to adults with mobility issues as well as youth with substance abuse disorders. These  teaching experiences allowed her to witness the mind-body connection at work and demonstrated the need for an integrative approach to both physical and mental health. Heather finally moved to Vancouver in September of 2011 and began working at Avicenna in December.  Her work thus far at Avicenna has furthered her learning and reinforced her love of natural medicine.

Chris Halldorson

Boucher Student Representative

Chris has an extensive background in sports both as a competitive athlete and as a competitive coach. As a result, he has developed a strong interest in health. Further to his athletic endeavors, Chris is also a yoga teacher and has incorporated yogic philosophy into the various aspects of his life. Currently, Chris is studying Naturopathic Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. He is scheduled to graduate in 2014 and is looking forward to opening his own clinic soon afterwards! Chris has been the Avicenna Representative to the Boucher Institute since February of 2011.