Growing up on the dusty farms of Oklahoma my love of plants started early on in life while following my great grandfather around planting peanuts, shucking corn, and hunting for the largest watermelon. At the age of 18 I became the youngest educator to work at Slide Ranch, a nonprofit organization that teaches experiential environmental education to folks of all ages in Northern California. Since then I have been working with various healing modalities for nearly two decades including: herbal medicine, yoga, meditation, and a variety of natural whole foods based diets.
I have received extensive training as an herbalist and I am a certified clinical Western herbalist through the Ohlone Center of Herbal Studies located in Berkeley. After completing my apprenticeship and an internship in the community clinic at Ohlone, I became a core faculty member teaching first and second year students.
Currently, I continue to build a private clinical practice in San Francisco. I make potent plant infusions and nourishing foods, and teach classes about herbal medicine and holistic self-care. I am also the founder of Mortar and Pistil, an herbal beverage catering company.
I believe that everybody is different and has their own unique operating system. What might work for some doesn't necessarily work for others. Diversity is the key for thriving communities and ecosystems. I enjoy learning what each element offers to create the bigger picture.
The plant world offers us incredible opportunities to heal ourselves without the use of pharmaceuticals, or as an additional aid to those already on medications for lifelong illnesses. Conventional medicine does not always offer optimal treatment choices for chronic illnesses, in many cases it simply minimizes symptoms while creating numerous side effects. Through diet, body movement, and herbal supplementation I believe many of these chronic illnesses can be managed by bringing the body back into balance and perhaps even eliminating the causes of disease in the first place. The side effects are generally feeling better and having more vitality!
I am committed to learning and teaching viable, sustainable methods in this ever increasingly busy society to bring health and vitality back into our communities, families, and gardens. I am passionate about providing low cost care to those in need.
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