Kelly holds a PhD in Chemical Ecology, and is a certified and registered Essential Oil Therapist. Her research interests are in sustainability, chemical communication, aromatic plant medicine, ethnobotany, and the preservation of the endangered rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) tree. She is the Director of the Airmid Institute, which supports aromatherapy training in indigenous communities, projects focused on the conservation and sustainable management of threatened aromatic medicinal oil-bearing plants, and the ethical sourcing of essential oils. She was awarded the British Columbia Alliance of Aromatherapy 2016 Achievement of Excellence Award, and voted one of the top five aromatherapists in Vancouver, BC. Kelly sits on the Board of the United Plant Savers (UpS), and is an independent researcher, instructor and a consultant.