Our TEAM

Blair Lauren Brown

Co-founder

Baby boy & big dog mom.

All natural, 99% of the time.

A plant-medicine veteran and published author in the space, Blair is the product visionary behind Poplar. With over 15 years of training across Ayurveda, Ashtanga Yogic Philosophy, and Western plant sciences, Blair applies a holistic philosophy to everything she touches. Blair is a respected NPD (natural products developer) drawing from eastern and western best practices to create innovative wellness formulations. Additionally, Blair is an Acclaimed Speaker, Yoga RYT 500, Masters of Science in Integrative Medicine (2023), and Ayurvedic Practitioner License (2023). 

Beryl Solomon

Co-founder

Co-Founder and CEO

Boy mom times 2. New Yorker to the bone.

An entrepreneur and business leader at heart, Beryl concepted Poplar in 2017 after personally discovering natural medicine solutions.  Beryl added cannabis to her health and wellness routine and decreased her dependence on pharmaceutical anti anxiety/antidepressants. The journey was challenging and Beryl was inspired to make the natural drug space more easily accessible and understandable - feeling good should be simple! Prior to transitioning into the wellness space, Beryl was a Fashion and Retail Executive focused on creating and growing best in class brands.    

Poplar Experts

CJ Ananda Page

Shamanic Guide

Ananda Page is rooted in the present moment. She offers gentle empowerment, affirmation and inspiration in her guidance and practice, teaching students how to choose joy in all experiences. She inspires people to realize their power and manifest their dreams. She is a renowned teacher of yoga, dance and meditation and she is also the co-founder of Pura Vidya, Present Moment Retreat and ERYT 500 certified.

Nicholas Pratley

Meditation Expert

Nicholas Pratley offers a personalized and private introductory session to meditation. Sharing easy access points to drop into meditation, making this form of deeper access to your mind and body for a moment of peace, heightened clarity, relief from stress and anxiety, and more.

Marya Hecht

Sex Therapy Expert

Marya Hecht offers  personalized and private sessions that tailor to your sexual health and pleasure goals. Sharing extensive knowledge of the body and interpersonal relationships for building a healthy relationship to your body and sexuality, Marya can guide you into a routine and provide tools to suit your personalized needs. Her specialties include Highlights include sexual health and partnership building.

Claudia Nanino

Breath Work Expert

Claudia Nanino offers a long-form, personalized and private session to working with the practice coined "Conscious Breathwork." Sharing the breath as a tool for active meditation by giving the mind a single point of focus - breath - helping to dive deep into emotions and suppressed trauma

Lucia DeSimone

Sound Alchemy Practitioner

Lucia DeSimone orchestrates personalized Sound Healing sessions to meet you where you are today. Lucia uses Sound Healing technique tailored to each individual using Tonal and Rhythmic Instruments & Voice to restore balance to the body, mind and spirit.

Jamie Truppi

Functional Nutritionist

Jamie Truppi builds personalized roadmaps for depleted moms (and anyone else who just wants to F-everything) to reclaim their energy, health & sanity. Through food consciousness, assessing toxic load, mindset, habits and balancing systems, Jamie digs up the roots of our dis-ease.

Rochelle Robinette

Herbalist Expert

Rachelle Robinett is dedicated to working with you on your overall health goals. Sharing extensive knowledge of plants as tools for balancing the body and immune system, Rachelle can guide you into a routine and natural medicines to suit your personalized needs.

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Alliance

The Alliance is about putting your money where your mouth is and supporting Black-owned, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) brands. A core piece of our company ethos, at Poplar The Alliance is about providing mentorship for young women of color who may have a strong talent but need networking and resource support.

Current members

Amiah

Author and Writer

Amiah Taylor is a writer and editor with a passion for honoring indigenous cultures in the wellness sphere. For her, writing is more than just putting words on the page, it’s advocacy for those who don’t have a strongly represented voice. She graduated with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing and is beginning her journey as a Science Writing graduate student at Johns Hopkins University. Her work has been featured in publications like The New York Observer, Well + Good, Medium, Carefree, KAMSI, The Pinehill Review, Writers With Attitude, and her own blog, Handful Of Mia.

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Blair

Gilded

Blair is a graduate of Emory University’s Physician’s Assistant Program and the Founder of Gilded Body – an innovative brand that combines her passion for dermatology with her love of neoclassical art, architecture, sculpture, and history. In the last year of her training at Emory, Blair realized that she could be a part of a change in how people are cared for. Inspired by her clinical medical experience, she created a powerful skincare line. Working closely with a team of medical professionals, she created products that eliminate unnecessary steps – while nourishing and improving skin texture and appearance.

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Symone

Bade Collection

Symone is Founder and CEO of Bade Collection; a handcrafted sustainable, eco-luxe product line that prioritizes skin health. A decorated leader in corporate wellness, Symone has enabled the company’s growth to become an influential wellness brand in NYC. Symone is Ureeka x Wework Grant recipient, Facebook Grant recipient, 2021 Halycon Cohort Member and a Black Girl Ventures Alum.  Bade Collection uses botanically based formulations blend sustainability and women-led farming to deliver the best in topical remedies.

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