My practice serves children and adults with body positive, gender affirming, trauma-informed holistic care. Each of us is the utmost authority on our bodies, and our wellness is deeply influenced by race, class, culture, gender, sexuality, intergenerational trauma, and other socioeconomic health determinants. My goal is for the people I counsel to begin to trace the threads connecting all aspects of their lives to their state of wellness, and to self-empower to maximize their health.
These principles form the backbone of my teaching, which is designed to give students the tools they need to understand how to maintain the wellness of their loved ones, instead of simply presenting lists of remedies. This is true at both the Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine and my national and regional speaking engagements, including the Birthwise Midwifery School, Yale University Midwifery School, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, Good Medicine Confluence, New England Women’s Herbal Conference, Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, MidAtlantic Women’s Herbal Conference, Herbstalk, Brattleboro Medicinal Herb Day, Wisconsin Organic Gardening Conference, Madison Herb Society, and more. Improving the accessibility of both knowledge and the natural world has always been my passion. I have been teaching classes on herbalism, nutrition, gardening, and holistic theory since 2004. I have volunteered with free clinics since 2005—starting in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina–and helped found a holistic free clinic in North Carolina.
I am an Advisory Board member of both Mother Earth Living Magazine and Nature’s Answer herbal remedies. My articles about herbalism are focused on self-empowerment, published here in the Old Ways Herbal Article Library, in my quarterly columns in Plant Healer Magazine and The Country Grind Quarterly, and articles published widely including Mother Earth Living, Heirloom Gardener, Vermont’s Local Banquet, Green Living Magazine, Herbstalk, Herbarium, and more. I am also on the Legislative Advocacy Committee of the Vermont chapter of the American Nurses Association and perform extensive community service and social justice work through my local mutual aid organization and school board.
Self-care is intrinsic to our healing birthright, and it is the responsibility of community herbalists to share our knowledge as widely as possible to bring healing back into the arms of our families.
I am a Family Nurse Practitioner providing integrative primary care and a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild (the highest level of credentialing available to American herbalists). I received my Master’s degree as a Nurse Practitioner from Georgetown University, and I am a graduate of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and several shorter programs that have blessed me with an in-depth understanding of many schools of thought in traditional healing, with teachers including Juliet Blankespoor, Lisa Ganora, 7Song, and Jim McDonald.
I am so thankful to be able to draw on the knowledge of my teachers as I pass it along. Watching new herbalists bloom is a great privilege.