Call (510) 540-8050 to schedule an appointment


Email us at

If leaving a voice message, be sure to give your contact information and a preferred appointment time. Sessions are held in Suite G.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As a small non-profit, we have limited availability to answer the clinic phone. We are in the clinic on Mondays and can return calls then. If you’d like to leave a message on any other day, know that it will take time to return your call. However, the clinic email address is frequently monitored and may be the best option on any other day of the week. Thank you for your understanding and patience. 


The Ohlone Herbal Center Clinic is a non-profit establishment offering low-cost services to the community.

We offer wellness consultations and educational services; an excellent opportunity to learn about health and receive herbal and nutritional advice. Once you make an appointment, an advanced student intern, working under a senior staff member, will help you to work toward good health and prevent disease. Interns work closely with clients for a number of months to attain maximum results.

The Ohlone Center has been operating a student clinic for over 10 years. Though our budget is small, the clinic is expensive to run. The center is not funded by governmental grants so we depend on the generosity of our community to keep the clinic in existence. Donations to the clinic go entirely to keeping the facility up and running. Any donations beyond our minimum fee are always welcome and go a long way in keeping these services available to the community. Please consider making a contribution.

Services in Spanish, German, and Mandarin are available.


Mondays, 10:00 am–6:00 pm

First Saturday of the month, 10:00 am–6:00 pm.

Clinic Cost

Initial 1.5 to 2-hour visit: $45.00*

Subsequent 1-hour visit: $30.00

Clients will be paired with one or two students for each visit. The initial visit is 1.5 to 2 hours. Subsequent visits will take approximately 50 minutes to an hour.

Clients are expected to pay for the appointment and any herbal remedies at the time of their visit. Clients should budget between $30–$60 per visit.

*Potential clients may speak to management to receive a discount based on special financial circumstances. No person turned away for lack of funds.


Amanda Narin

Herbs have been a portal for Amanda, a gateway to healing and transforming outdated views to ones that better suit her life’s path. Learning and being around herbs put her in the timeless state she remembers as a 4 year old playing outside, smelling the grass, and feeling the gentle spring breeze—all while experiencing an intense vitality and excitement for life. She was led to Ohlone Herbal Center, and then to the field of herbalism, by asking herself a simple question: What daily things bring her peace and joy? One answer that quickly came was meditating with a good cup of tea.

Amanda has a background in bookkeeping and office management; all her jobs involved various levels of teaching and client support. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from California State University Hayward, where she studied factors that contribute to a person’s foundational temperament and world view. She has a keen interest in hearing others’ stories and understanding how their current perspectives have been shaped by past experiences.

Amanda is a lifelong student of esoteric and spiritual subjects, ranging from astrology to A Course in Miracles. A common thread in her studies is that people are already whole and healed, and one’s life journey is a process of remembering this truth. She has a passion for flower essences, as she finds they help unearth subtle, but profound changes that are waiting to be brought forward in a person’s life. Amanda’s intention in working with clients is to hold a safe space for people to let go of what no longer serves them, and to help them rebuild a foundation that is more appropriate for their desired paths. She feels her role as an herbal practitioner is to offer kindness, suggestions and support, so that people can take control of their individual journeys.

Audrey Dombroski

Audrey’s initial journey into herbalism was one that was caused by a big shift in her own reality. At the time, she was nearing the completion of medical school and felt that something was missing. She was no longer passionate and was looking for a deeper connection to the healing process, one that would allow her to use natural and holistic methods to help others. After she completed medical school, she began training as a Clinical Herbalist at Ohlone Herbal Center.  It was here that everything fell into place for her.

Herbalism provided the nourishing connection that Audrey yearned for and brought forth a fresh perspective and newly discovered relationship to plants and her environment. She immediately became aware of the many healing qualities these plants provided and wanted to share this herbal knowledge she had gained with others. She was inspired to create her own plant based skin care line, Erbose. Audrey believes that practices of self-care support and nourish both our bodies and minds.  

Audrey’s clinical interests include all aspects of women’s health. Most recently, she has become very interested in working with and supporting women who are experiencing feelings of anxiety and depression during and/or after childbirth (perinatal depression). In the future, she envisions herself opening an integrative wellness clinic where practitioners of various backgrounds can work collaboratively in a patient-centered setting. Audrey’s hope is to encourage and support her community to discover beneficial and healthful rituals that can be incorporated into their daily lives.

Geronima Cortese

Geronima weaves her allopathic knowledge of oncology nursing into her training as a western herbalist and Reiki Master with grace and humility. She was born into a family of healers, from her Sicilian father creating nurturing foods and elixirs in the kitchen and her Chilean mother spinning words into magic, to her indigenous great grandmother’s use and knowledge of herbs. Geronima holds a Bachelors in Medical Anthropology and a Masters in Public Health. She has a special interest in women’s health and is available for consultations. Geronima would be honored to meet you at this point of your healing journey and walk with you.

Geronima is a bilingual English/Spanish speaker.

Kirsten Loesch

Kirsten discovered the beauty of nature and the healing power of plants through rock climbing. Her enthusiasm in climbing led to painful problems in her fingers that no doctor was able to cure. Finally, a homeopath succeeded almost magically overnight.

Kirsten spent over a decade working in the fast-paced film industry before she quit and wrote a book about bridging the gap between neuroscience, physics, and spirituality. She started a new life based on her true callings: her spiritual path, herbalism, gardening, self-sufficient living and writing.

Her main passion in the field of herbalism is childhood imprints and their tremendous influence on physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. She is committed to supporting people in the transformation of their troublesome past and into a thriving future.

Three years ago, Kirsten relocated from Germany to California. She lives with her husband, two dogs, and seven rabbits in the redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Patty Liu

Patty, a San Francisco native with Taiwanese and Japanese roots, developed a deep curiosity for the natural world at a young age. Prior to studying western herbalism, she spent two decades promoting biodiversity, researching chronic diseases, and improving healthcare in the workplace and community. She holds a graduate degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from UC Berkeley and is passionate about using food as medicine to support individuals on their journey to wellness. Fascinated with the mind/body/spirit connection, Patty volunteers as a Reiki practitioner at a community-based clinic and also practices mindfulness meditation and Qigong. As a clinician, she hopes to empower individuals to adopt long-term lifestyle changes with the support of herbs and stress management techniques. In her free time, Patty enjoys perusing bookstores, traveling, camping, baking, self-care rituals, and creating herbal wellness products.

Patty is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Alexandra Hudson

Alexandra grew up in the heart of the Central Valley where, at the age of twenty, her life changed radically. She discovered the healing powers of medicinal plants for herself. She immediately dove into learning about these little green warriors and devoted her life to connecting people with herbal medicine. Alexandra is passionate about food as medicine and utilized her learnings from her UC Berkeley degree in Political Economy to launch and grow the bone broth-infused kale chip company Kaleidoscope Foods, which is now sold at health food stores and artisanal groceries throughout the Bay Area.

Alexandra finds incredible inspiration in personal relationships. Concurrent to her work as an herbalist, she serves as a bodyworker and personal intimacy and relationship coach. In this capacity, in order to achieve greater connection between partners, she emphasizes the exploration of mutual fantasy and transformation through courageous communication. Alexandra loves to work with Tarot, play in her permaculture design-inspired food forest garden, ride her motorcycle to remote hot springs locations, and concoct her meals with what she can forage from around her.

Alexandra’s cultural ancestral roots are mostly in the British Isles and like a good many pagans before her, finds solace in the fact that the medicine she needs is typically growing literally at her doorstep; in this vein, she adores assisting people in developing their relationship with the plants growing around them. Alexandra is passionate about self-care and living her most ecstatic life. She delights to work with her clients to forge a path that serves the flourishing of their life.

Carmen Cortez

I was born in Michoacan, Mexico, the wintering home of the monarch butterflies. My mother and grandmothers taught me the nature of plants through song and story. We listened to bird song  during the day and found form among the stars in the night sky. These are lessons I still carry within me. My family followed the harvesting seasons, from Spring and Summer in the California central valley to Fall and Winter in my hometown of Purepero. My mestiza roots and warrior heart are from the Purépecha (Tarasca) lineage. I’m a curandera herbalist, an artist at heart, and a permaculturist with a passion for equity and sustainability.

Yo nací en Michoacan, Mexico, el estado en donde llegan las mariposas monarcas en el invierno. Mi mama y mis abuelitas me enseñaron a conocer a las plantas con historias y canciones. Durante el día escuchábamos el cantar de los pajaritos y por la noche encontrábamos formas en el cielo estrellado. Esto sigue siendo lo que todavía llevo en mi. Mi familia durante muchísimos años siguió el tiempo de la cosecha. Durante la primavera y el verano trabajábamos en el valle central de California y en el otoño y invierno cosechábamos nuestro maíz en mi pueblito Purépero. Mi mestizaje y corazón guerrero proviene en parte de los Purépecha (Tarasca). Soy artista de corazón, curandera y herbalista. También soy una permaculturista apasionada a mantener la igualdad en el mundo y la sostenibilidad de nuestras plantas.

Hannah Pearl Walcott

I am a multidisciplinary artist and herbalist, originally hailing from New York and currently residing in Fairfax, California.

My unofficial herbal training began in my mother’s kitchen when I was a child. Plant medicine was a central element in my upbringing, and has continued to be throughout my life. My formal herbal training began at the California School of Herbal Studies in Forestville, CA and has landed me at Ohlone Herbal Center’s 3-year certification program, where I am thrilled to be a member of the community clinic.

I received a Masters in Fine Arts from Goddard College in 2017. My central art practice is what I define as Plantáge—the integration of visual art and plant medicine. Currently I am working on an ongoing series of mixed media collages depicting feminine personifications of plants.

I am also currently working as a “resident herbalist” for schools and organizations focusing on social justice issues—whether it be through the arts or leadership development.

Real change, both individually and globally, cannot occur without self-care. In my practice, my wish is to help guide individuals toward their own unique path of self-care through the incorporation of plant medicine.

Molly Wahl

Molly was born and raised in Fresno, CA, attended UCSC for her undergraduate studies, and completed a masters level teaching program at Emory University in Atlanta.  She has been a teacher, an executive director, a master gardener, a permaculture consultant, and a guerrilla gardener for many years, and always around the edges she has found ways to help heal people and the earth.  She has taken classes at the Northern California School of Herbal Studies, studied with traditional Italian herbalists, and completed an online herbal course with Rosemary Gladstar.  Most recently, she has committed herself fully to the herbal healing path and completed 600 hours of training at the Ohlone Herbal Center.  She is very excited to weave together the threads of body, mind, and spirit to provide a holistic healing experience for her clients.

Leah Ingram

Leah is a Bay Area native who has a deep appreciation for the natural world and its delicate beauty and wonder. She began her journey with plants in her grandfather’s backyard garden as a child and has continued to deepen her understanding and love for them throughout her life.

Leah graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture, Soil Science, and Sustainable Environments. After college, she was introduced to ethnobotany while working in conservation in Hawaii and was fascinated with the healing power of plants. Since then, she has been working with children and adults in school gardens, farms, forests and community gardens, strengthening their relationships with the natural world and its innate healing qualities. Simultaneously, she has been deepening her understanding of herbal medicine at Ohlone Herbal Center.

Leah enjoys hiking, camping, being in the ocean, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She hopes to support clients with their individual needs holistically in order to maintain balance and ease in their daily lives.


Call (510) 540-8050 for an appointment


Email us at

If leaving a message, be sure to give your contact information and a preferred appointment time. Please specify that you would like have an appointment with a 2nd-year student. Our clinic sessions are held in Suite G.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As a small non-profit, we have limited availability to answer the clinic phone. We are in the clinic on Mondays and can return calls then. If you’d like to leave a message on any other day, know that it will take time to return your call. However, the clinic email address is frequently monitored and may be the best option on any other day of the week. Thank you for your understanding and patience. 


Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays, by appointment

Clinic Cost

Initial 2-hour consultation: $60.00–$80.00

Subsequent visits: $50.00–$60.00 sliding scale

Tinctures are $12.00 per ounce and dried herb teas are $4.00 per ounce.


Second-year clinicians are a group of clinical herbalists who have received extensive training and clinical experience at the Ohlone Herbal Center. Our practice is primarily centered on the use of herbal medicine for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. We also include nutritional and lifestyle information in our sessions.


Dana was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, where the ocean meets the mountains. Her calling to the healing power of plants started when she watched her father slowly become engulfed and dis-empowered by the western medical system. Her passion eventually landed her in Oakland where she began her studies in plant medicine and furthered her studies in American Sign Language. Her practice provides the support others need to reclaim their health and assists them in a well-rounded healing process that centers on the physical body, the mind, and the spirit. She seeks to have an open and engaging interaction where healing can express itself fully and clients are eager to explore plants and integrate them into their daily practices. You can contact Dana directly at

Dana Aronson

Whitney began studying plant medicine 7 years ago when she took her first herb class while living in a small town where the redwoods meet the sea. She quickly began integrating many of the herbs that she learned about into her daily life and a few years later decided to move to the Bay Area to attend the Ohlone Herbal Center.

Whitney sees herbalism as an accessible and holistic form of health care that focuses on the individual and their needs. Working collaboratively with clients, she strives to encourage and empower each person to find healing not only through plant medicine but also within themselves. Whitney focuses primarily on women’s generative/reproductive health and works as a birth and postpartum doula. She is also part of the Ohlone Herbal Center faculty, working as a medicine maker.

You can email Whitney directly at

Whitney Staeb


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If leaving a message, please provide your contact information and a preferred appointment time.

Our clinic sessions are held at the Ohlone Herbal Center, 1250 Addison Street, Suite G.

We look forward to joining you on your journey toward wellness.

Faculty Clinic

Our faculty clinic provides expert holistic support in the transformation of disease through the use of plant medicine. Grounded in Western Clinical Herbalism, herbal consultations take an indepth view of lifestyle, diet, mental patterns and the daily activity that can impact systemic patterns of dysfunction. We believe each person has a unique pattern of stress, physiological response and presentation of disease. Using pulse, tongue, and comprehensive constitutional diagnosis, your practitioner will craft an individualized plant medicine formula tailored to your specific needs. Each of our faculty members are certified Western clinical herbal practitioners and have years of one-on-one clinical experience. Our practitioners are committed to creating collaborative goals of optimal health with each client, and move beyond disease symptoms into optimal vitality.


Initial consultation: $185.00

Subsequent visits: $125.00

Tinctures are $12.00 per ounce and $4.00 per ounce of dried herb.


Our faculty consultants are available by appointment 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.


Tina Simeon

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.

Francisca Santibanez

Francisca is an herbalist, visual artist, and educator. In addition to her training in Western Clinical Herbalism, she has spent more than a decade integrating cross-cultural healing modalities that include Amazonian Vegetalista practice, Ayurveda, Tantra, and Holistic Nutrition, among others.

Raised in Brazil and Chile, Francisca has been deeply connected with medicinal plant practices since early childhood, participating in a long family tradition of Chilean folk kitchen medicine, passed down through the inspirations of her mother and grandmother.

Francisca is currently a lecturer on a wide variety of plant-based wisdom and healing programs at the Ohlone Herbal Center, where she also did her training. Her artistic endeavors, including photography, mixed media, and jewelry making, reinforce her direct work with the plants, invoking the cosmology that we are all an integral expression of the earth and her creative intelligence.

For more information on Francisca, you can visit

Rylan Sían

Rylan grew up in the rural Carolina swamp land surrounded by strong Southern women. He went to school for communication, psychology, and medicine in both Virginia and California, always searching for ways he could best serve his community. He spent a decade working in patient advocacy and healthcare management, a skillset he carries into his practice today alongside an ancestral gift for medicine. He has ongoing commitment to creating safe spaces and bringing healing to LGBTQ gamer communities, which he has done for most of his adult life. Rylan is also a lifelong practitioner of indigenous Celtic spirituality, and finds great balance linking this more esoteric lens with his well-rooted scientific background. He is always seeking to create relationships between people and the deep healing that can be found in nature while navigating the complex and conventional world we live in.

Lisa-Marie Maryott

Lisa-Marie is a clinical herbalist and holistic wellness practitioner trained in Western Herbalism. She strives to help living creatures — both humans and pets — feel better and live well. She spent much of her adult career working in the technology field, observing others and personally living the ill effects of stress on the body, mind, and soul in corporate America. She was also witness to everyday obstacles and stressors placed upon families with special-needs children through her work with organizations that provided services to children on the autism spectrum. Her passion for plants and the desire to help people like herself deal with stress, overcome related illness and disorders, and obtain well-being, led her to the Ohlone Herbal Center.

Lisa-Marie attended the Ohlone Center’s Apprenticeship and Clinical Internship programs, and is now a member of Ohlone’s faculty, teaching classes, seeing clients, and supervising the first-year clinical team. She also has her own holistic health practice in Danville, CA. She is a passionate animal advocate, volunteering her time in local animal rescues in Contra Costa County. She believes that herbal therapy can make a positive impact in the lives of pets just as it does for humans. She is also a member of the American Herbalist Guild and the Herb Society of America, Northern California unit.

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Ohlone Herbal Center is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax deductible. Tax ID #14-1975183

If you would like to donate by check or cash, please send an envelope addressed to:

Ohlone Herbal Center
1250 Addison St., #113
Berkeley, CA 94702