CHEMAROMA Founders Dr. Bill Kurtin and Lyn Belisle
For over 15 years, Dr. Bill Kurtin and Lyn Belisle Kurtin have partnered in teaching and research collaboration on the science and beneficial uses of aromatherapy.
William E. Kurtin, Ph. D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, Trinity University
Dr. Bill Kurtin is a biochemist, with a distinguished record of teaching and research at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. His research for many years included work on the metastable solubility of lipophilic substances in aqueous solutions. This background led to his interest in the chemistry of essential oils and hydrosols, and to his present collaboration with Lyn Belisle on the art and science of aromatherapy. He continues to closely follow developments in the chemistry of essential oils and why they are so effective in transdermal absorption and inhalation through massage therapy and aromatherapy.
Bill has done presentations that include the chemical analysis of oils and hydrosols, the basic structure and chemical properties of essential oils, and the biochemistry of olfaction. His extensive background in organic, biological, and physical chemistry “grounds” the practice of aromatherapy in scientific research and literature. Among the university-level courses he has taught are:
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Lyn Belisle, M.A., Certified Aromatherapist and Artist-in-Residence at Lyn Belisle Studio
Lyn Belisle Kurtin has taught aromatherapy classes for over 30 years and is the author of numerous articles on the use of essential oils for health and well-being. She received her certification from the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy in 1989 and has additional training with Jeanne Rose of San Francisco and Frances R. Clifford in London .
She is frequently contacted by the media on the topic of essential oils, and has given classes on essential oils and aromatherapy for community education, for hospice and nursing groups, for senior walker groups, at area conferences, and at the Hill Country Lavender Farm in Blanco, Texas. Her collaboration with Dr. Bill Kurtin grew out of a deep curiosity about how the chemical constituents of essentials oils make them so effective in practice.
Lyn is the founder of the San Antonio Herb Society’s Special Interest Group on Aromatherapy and is a Registered Provider of Continuing Education for CEU hours required for Texas Massage Therapists. She was a faculty member in the Computer Science Department at Trinity University from 2004-2015. She founded Lyn Belisle Studio in 2013 and teaches workshops there on the creative process.
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