Spero has been practicing homeopathy for 15 years. He has studied with many of the world’s great homeopathic teachers. Over the last 10 years, he has primarily focused upon learning the Sensation method directly from Dr. Rajan Sankaran and Dr. Jayesh Shah, both in Mumbai and in America. Spero Latchis has taught and lectured at homeopathic schools in North America, Japan and India. At SHRI Free Clinic, he makes use of all aspects of classical homeopathy and is currently re-discovering the joys of repertorization. He is also carefully studying the works of H. Farrington and other masters from the generation after Hahnemann. Currently, he finds the work of Dr. Farokh Master a great inspiration.
Spero has enjoyed a long and diverse work life. After graduating from St. Paul’s School, and the University of Vermont in 1977, he plunged headlong into the world of Tibetan Buddhism, studying and practicing with Chogyam Trunpa Rinpoche, at his Vermont center, Karme Choling. Until 1985, he learned and practiced the craft of fine woodworking, studying with the esteemed English furniture maker, David Powell.
In 1983, he returned to his hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont and undertook the extensive, 20 year long, restoration of his family property, the historic (Art Deco / Greek Revival) Latchis Hotel and Theatre. During that time, he learned gourmet cooking and beer brewing in his restaurant, the Latchis Grille, which was featured on a TV Food Network segment.
In the early 1990’s, Spero became interested in homeopathic medicine and began an informal, personal study of the subject. In 1996, he began serious study, with Julian Jonas L.Ac., in Brattleboro. He studied with Julian for five years, while completing a correspondence degree program with the School of Homeopathy in Gloucestershire, UK. His further studies included time with Massimo Mangialavori. In 2001, he began studying with the Bombay homeopaths, under the direction of Rajan Sankaran. In 2002, Spero began attending the November Seminars in Mumbai with Dr. Shankaran. He subsequently traveled to India each fall, to attend Dr. Shankaran’s seminars and to work privately in local clinics.
Between 2006 and 2010, Spero taught many homeopaths the Sensation Method of case taking. He has been invited to teach and lecture in Japan, Canada, the United States and India. His primary focus has been to work with individuals, and small groups of homeopaths, helping them to understand the subtleties of the case taking process. In 2008, he decided to move to India to pursue further homeopathic training and development. In 2010, he and his partner Robin Jameson opened Shantideva Homeopathic Research Initiative (SHRI) in Bir, Himachal Pradesh. SHRI Free Clinic has now served over 3,000 Indian residents and Tibetan refugees.
Since 2010, Spero has focused mainly upon furthering his skills in classical homeopathy. He pays much attention to the works of Herring, Farrington, and of course Hahnemann. His practice embraces the old Masters work, as well as the insights and techniques learned from 10 years of Sensation Method practice. He continues to practice Tibetan Buddhism and is an avid, amateur organic farmer, inspired by the work of Masanobu Fukuoka and the teachings of Eileen Ingham on the ‘soil food web’. Spero and Robin now have a two acre organic farm, which implements various permaculture principals, which are in accordance with the specific needs of our region and climate. Over an amazingly short period of time, Spero has constructed a green house, animal barn, irrigation system & AACT (Actively Aerated Compost Tea) machine, all from locally available parts and tools. He spends his weekends working on the farm. He has a weakness for Kashmiri carpets and classic, Japanese films.
Robin began her exploration of the healing arts in response to chronic pain and ailments, resulting from a major auto accident. Thus, she has spent the last 16 years studying & implementing various systems of healing through diet, herbs, yoga, qigong, acupressure & massage.
Robin began her formal studies by apprenticing in 5 Element (Worsley style) Chinese Medicine with Eliot Cowan, Lic. Ac. and Niki H. Bilton, M.Ac. She then studied a monastic lineage of Chinese Medicine & Qigong with John Edward Clauss, Lic. Ac. During this time, she also managed a multidisciplinary health care center in Hadley, Massachusetts. While studying and traveling in Sichuan, China, she established a deep connection with Tibetan Buddhism and Medicine. Upon returning to the United States, she enrolled in the Shang Shung Institute of Traditional Tibetan Medicine in Conway, Massachusetts. She completed two years of study under the direct supervision of Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo. The study of Tibetan Medicine is so deeply rooted in Buddhist theories of compassionate action, that it awakened Robin’s long held desire to serve humanity. Soon after making aspirations to go to India, for the purpose of learning more while helping those in need, she met Spero Latchis.
In 2010, she co-founded Shantideva Homeopathic Research Initiative with Spero Latchis. Robin manages SHRI Free Clinic’s website, newsletters, fundraisers and volunteers. At SHRI Free Clinic, Robin provides diet, behavior and exercise recommendations, acupressure and massage, to SHRI’s regular patients. Due to the homesteading reality of rural life in northern India, Robin also makes pretty much everything from scratch, and spends a lot of time in the kitchen. She is endlessly inspired by the work of Weston A. Price, and Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Traditions. In 2014, Spero created a two acre organic farm across the street from their home. So, Robin spends her weekends washing many hundreds of pounds of harvested wheat by hand, and drying it in the sun, or placing whole dried corn into a bag and beating it with a stick, to get the corn kernels off of the husk, or taking various whole grains to the local mill to be ground into flour. She prays that a reliable staff person will be found to milk the forthcoming cow and chase the chickens. She fantasizes about having enough time to make her own clothing, since incredible fabric can be found in Delhi, but the local tailors only know how to make the Indian Salwar Kameez, and always make even that far too tight. She is deeply nourished by walking in the mountain villages, playing with the children, talking with the women and absorbing the simple richness which surrounds her.
Kavita Thakur began working for SHRI Free Clinic in April of 2015. Kitu (pronounced Keetu) is a very kind and competent, local young woman. Besides being our Hindi / Pahari / English translator and clinic manager, she also helps us navigate the complicated waters of our traditional mountain village. She has a real love for working with women and children, and so really shines during our mobile clinic visits to DGL nunnery and when giving public health education presentations at the local schools.
Prior to working at SHRI Free Clinic, Kavita worked for two years as a website developer at Geetanjili Technologies in Una, Himachal Pradesh.
Dr. Bhatia is the latest addition to our staff. He joined us on May 16th of 2016. More bio information is forthcoming.