Teresia Hazen has worked at Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon since 1991, as a registered horticultural therapist, mental health professional and leader in employee health promotion. She supervises twelve therapeutic gardens at six Legacy hospitals, serving patients, clinical programs, visitors and 14,000 employees (including 4,000 nurses) 24-7, year-round.
Teresia received an undergraduate education degree at the University of Washington and a Master’s in education at the University of Portland. She has training concentrations in horticulture (93-credit hours), addictions counseling, gerontology, and school administration. She has served on the board of the American Horticultural Therapy Association and in a variety of leadership roles. She developed and taught the therapeutic horticulture core curriculum for 20-years before passing the program to Portland Community College in 2017. This training program is accredited by the American Horticultural Therapy Association.