A graduate of Appalachian State University, University of New Mexico, Westbrook University, and the Open International University. Ellen has studied and worked in the field of Iridology for 25 years and Nutrition and Natural Healing Methods for 30 years. She is certified to teach Certification classes by the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA). Having taught numerous classes with Dr. Bernard Jensen, she is certified to teach Iridology and sign certificates by him. For two years, Ellen studied natural healing methods in a health clinic in Switzerland. For five years she wrote articles, edited books and analyzed iris slides with Dr. Bernard Jensen. She served as President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA) for seven years and serves now as advisor to the IIPA Board of Directors. She taught iridology at Howard University and worked with a team there conducting research. In 2011 she received the Iridologist of the Year Award from IIPA. She currently has a busy practice, Lifestyle Counseling Services, where she uses a digital iris camera to photograph eyes. She reviews the pictures with her clients on the computer screen and prints them out upon request. She also analyzes iris photographs e-mailed from around the world.