I am a western clinical herbalist and holistic wellness practitioner who helps living creatures feel better and live well. I have spent most of my adult life making things work better. As an information technology and business executive for many, many years, I was often tasked with assessing and enhancing organizational processes, systems, and structures to ensure optimal performance and health of the organization. In many ways, I was a “healer” in the corporate world. But as I took on more and more, the stress of the workplace (and life in general) began to take its toll on my physical, mental and emotional health, and I knew I had to make some changes.
My personal journey led me to explore the world of herbal and holistic healing therapies as a means to help manage my stress. Along the way, I became deeply passionate about herbs and began to wonder how I could help others like me. For years, I practiced using herbs on myself and family, and became a member of the Herb Society of America where I participate in their activities and work in their herbal garden, as well as my own garden at home.
In 2014, I made the decision to switch careers and enrolled in the Ohlone Herbal Center’s Apprenticeship program to focus full time on herbal healing therapies. This decision was in large part due to my desire to help others like me, especially those who suffer from illnesses and disorders related to acute and chronic stress in their lives. I was inspired, through some of my volunteer work, by the families of special needs children, particularly families of children on the autism spectrum. These families face considerable obstacles and stressors in their daily lives, and I was able to gain insight into what these families are facing. I also work with seniors to improve their health and vitality as they navigate the aging process. I believe that I can make a difference for people with herbs and a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. I have since graduated from both the Apprenticeship and Clinical Internship programs at Ohlone, and am now a clinician, a Clinic Manager at the center and a teacher at the school.
I am also a passionate animal advocate, volunteering my time in local animal rescues in Contra Costa County. Like my own healing journey and healing experiences that I have had with my own pets, I believe that herbal therapy can make a positive impact in the lives of animals.