The perfect stocking stuffer

Available anytime. And they don’t expire!

Looking for the perfect gift for a special someone? Consider the Ohlone Herbal Center gift certificate. Certificates can be written for any amount, are good for use in the community clinic and toward all short-term courses, long-term programs, or mentorship intensives.* Contact the center for details.

*Holiday Herbal Medicine Fair excluded.

Appointments

(510) 540-8050

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

Hours

Mondays, 10:00 am–6:00 pm

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

Clinic Cost

Our suggested donation is $30 per visit. Additionally, clients are expected to pay for their herbal remedies at the time of their visit. Clients should budget between $30–$60 per month for products.

Description

We offer wellness  consultations and educational services, an excellent opportunity to learn about health and receive herbal and nutritional advice. An advanced student intern, working under a senior staff member, will help you to restore good health and prevent disease. Your initial appointment will be approximately 2 hours, after which we will schedule a second shorter visit the following week, and then continue monthly. Interns work closely with clients for a number of months to ensure success. The Ohlone Center has been operating a student clinic for over 10 years and is open to all. The herbal extracts we disburse are made on site from high quality, organic ingredients and are offered at wholesale prices. Ohlone Herbal center is not funded by governmental grants. Though our budget is small, the student clinic is expensive to run. We depend on the generosity of our community to keep the clinic in existence. Your donations are always welcome and go a long way in keeping these services available to the whole community.

Services in Spanish, German, and Mandarin are available.

Clinicians

Amanda Narin

Herbs have been a portal for Amanda, a gateway to healing and transforming outdated views to ones that better suits her life’s path.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.

Anna Sea

Anna Sea is a western clinical herbalist, birth and postpartum doula, and the creator of Plant Bones Apothecary. She lives under the beautiful coast live oaks of Berkeley, California where she was born and raised. Anna handcrafts plant-based formulas with the highest quality organic herbs and believes plants can be the most magical, empowering, accessible, and sustainable forms of medicine available to us today. She is very grateful to see clients at the Ohlone Herbal Center Community Clinic this year.

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.

Lindsay Hills

Lindsay Hills has over a decade of immersive experience in the world of natural health. Her practice is based on intimate knowledge of the healing journey, as she experienced her own self-healing transformation from long-term illness to recovery. Lindsay’s approach is centered in the belief that food and herbal medicine can act as pivotal doorways to the senses, deepening body attunement and self-knowledge. She has in-depth experience with complex autoimmune conditions, chronic pain, anxiety and depression, and disordered eating habits.

She practices as a Holistic Nutritionist and western clinical herbalist. She also has a background as a former birth doula, is trained in Chinese Reflexology, and has served as an Osteopath’s apprentice.

Lindsay assists clients in awakening to their own innate abilities to heal by navigating layers of our physical, emotional, and energetic bodies and revealing our whole, empowered selves.

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.

Appointments

(510) 540-8050

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

Hours

Thursdays: 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

Fridays: 12:00 pm–6:00 pm

Clinic Cost

$60–$80 for the first 2-hour session and $50 for follow-up sessions.

Tinctures are $12 per ounce; dried herbs are $4 per ounce.

Description

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.

Clinicians

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 is based around offering support to empower others to take back their health and to be able to assist in the healing process of all aspects of the physical body, the mind, and the spirit. She strives to have a collaborative interaction where healing can express itself in all facets and have people walk away eager to explore plants and integrate them into their daily practices.

Dana Aronson

Anna comes to the field of herbalism with a background in biology and the culinary arts. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California Berkeley, and worked as a biologist with native pollinators for 8 years before transitioning into herbalism. She values the exploration and study of the natural world and thrives in the space where the art and science of herbal medicine meet. She was born and raised in Martinez, California where the nostalgia of industrial America blends with the magic of the Alhambra hills to define the small-town community that she is a part of. She recently relocated back to the Bay Area from the green mountains of Vermont where she lived and worked as an artisan baker and land steward. The values of living locally, creative nutrition, and self-awareness embedded themselves into her philosophy and practice. Anna approaches her career in herbalism through the practice of nourishing the self to achieve whole health, and will encourage and support her clients to go inward to facilitate healing. She strives to meet her clients where they are, and hopes to empower them to do the same for themselves.

Anna Beauchemin

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.

Whitney Staeb

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.

Clinic Cost

$185 for the first 1.5-hour session, and $125 for follow-up sessions. The medicines are $12 per ounce of tincture, and $4 per ounce of dried herb.

Hours

Our faculty clinic is open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Appointments

(510) 540-8050

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.

Clinicians

Sarah Jane Fairless

Growing up on the dusty farms of Oklahoma, my love of plants started early in life. I have been working with various healing modalities for over a decade including herbal medicine, yoga, meditation, and a variety of natural whole foods-based diets such as paleo, vegetarian/vegan, raw and sprouted foods, fermentations, and macrobiotics. I have received extensive training as an herbalist (over 1,000 hours) and I am a certified Clinical Western Herbalist through the Ohlone Herbal Center.

Katherine Novotny

Katherine Novotny is an herbal educator/practitioner, an urban homesteader, and an artist. She believes in community-based healthcare and empowers students to pursue healing through backyard gardens, kitchen potions, and deepening their connection to their local forests and seasons. Novotny has an enchanting enthusiasm for plants and loves educating people about the inner workings of their body, while weaving stories of herbal folklore into her lectures. She is actively involved in a continuous mentorship with Dr. William Morris; learning and teaching TCM Pulse Diagnosis as a tool for advanced herbalists in a clinical setting.

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.

Consider Donating

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