As a Mexican-American, Tina’s cultural roots in the use of medicinal plants run deep. She grew up with the smell of Yerba Buena steeping in the kitchen, and other medicinal plants in the garden like comfrey, corn silk and horsetail (cola de caballo). Tina was born and raised in Oakland, California, and recognized a need for social support in the Latino community. She worked for many years as a bilingual social worker and clinic administrator at a community health center in the Fruitvale district of Oakland. After retiring in 2010, she returned to her herbal roots and began studying herbal medicine in earnest.
Tina is now a Certified Clinical Western Herbalist and a member of the faculty at the Ohlone Herbal Center. Her undergraduate degree in psychology and her graduate work in educational psychology, in addition to her training as a clinical herbalist have given Tina a unique ability to assess her clients’ needs and provide herbal support with physical as well as emotional issues. Her commitment and passion for serving her community are fulfilled when she counsels and supports her clients in their healing journey and when she shares her herbal knowledge with her students.