Senior Director, Research and Analytical Sciences
Dr. Carlson holds a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He brings three decades of experience in the field of analytical chemistry to his role as Senior Director of Research and Analytical Sciences for Young Living.
Dr. Carlson leads the team responsible for scientific research for Young Living, including the development of analytical test methods that determine the authenticity of essential oils. As part of Young Living’s Seed to Seal® program, Dr. Carlson’s team analyzes more than 1,000 essential oil samples annually.
Dr. Carlson’s commitment to hard work began at the age of 10, when he started helping at his family’s turkey farm. After discovering his love for chemistry, he obtained a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and PhD in the field. His studies focused on analytical chemistry, including sample preparation, chromatography, and mass spectrometry. Before joining Young Living, Dr. Carlson worked as a staff chemist at ThermoFisher Scientific.
In addition to having a passion for chemistry, Dr. Carlson enjoys travel, baseball, and music—especially listening to live performances. He also loves cooking for his family.
Of all the Young Living products Dr. Carlson interacts with daily, his personal favorite products to use are Peppermint and Sacred Sandalwood essential oils.