Dr Sandra Clair, Founder

PhD, Health Sciences 


Dr Sandra Clair is one of New Zealand’s most highly qualified plant medicine experts, a health scientist, medical anthropologist (M.A.), and the founder of New Zealand’s leading traditional plant medicine company, Artemis.

A clinician for more than 25 years, she received a sought-after scholarship from the University of Canterbury to investigate ways to formally integrate traditional plant medicines into a modern, evidence-based healthcare system. For this work she was awarded a PhD in Health Sciences in 2019.

A member of the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists committee, Sandra is passionate about helping to grow the professional body and promote the profession of medical herbalists. 

Sandra continues to lead the research and development programme at Artemis, also overseeing quality and education, while actively working to regulate plant medicine as part of primary healthcare in New Zealand.   




Julia Fettes, Product Development and Herbal Science Lead for Artemis



Julia Fettes, Product Development and Herbal Science Lead 

BSc, MHSc Herbal Medicine, PGDip Environmental Science


Julia is a high experienced medical herbalist with a career background caring for the health of people and the environment, which includes herbal medicine (as practitioner, business owner, teacher and consultant), science communication, and environmental restoration.

Most recently Julia has been in the role of Senior Environmental Advisor with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in Christchurch, providing policy, planning, management and environmental advice for lands of cultural value.

Julia works closely with Artemis founder and director Dr Sandra Clair, leading product development and scientific research, including the ongoing research the medicinal properties of Central Otago Thyme, which is the subject of a scientific study by Plant & Food New Zealand. 






Laura  Bylsma, Herbal Research & Technical Advisor

BSc (Hons), Registered Medical Herbalist, Naturopath


Having gained a first class Bachelor of Science honours degree from the University of Otago in Pharmacology and Toxicology, Laura gained experience in editing health care publications before moving into a Pharmacovigilance role with an Australian based Biotech company. She then trained as a Medical Herbalist and Naturopath and travelled extensively through New Zealand with her young family. 

Laura applies  her depth of technical expertise to guide Artemis’ product development, quality and safety programmes while providing advice to our customers, retailers and other practitioners.


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