I am an herbalist and avid student of the plants. I began studying herbs after being diagnosed with several chronic pain conditions following a spinal fusion. I was in bed for around 4 years before I found the herbs that set me on the path towards healing! After regaining my life I became obsessed with studying plant medicine.
I trained as a traditional Western herbalist at Bastyr University in Washington state. While a student I followed an ethnobotanical lead on a largely forgotten Cherokee herb and discovered a chemical not known to exist in any native plant in North America. I have worked as a clinical herbalist since 2014.
After graduating with a B.S. in Herbal Sciences I spent time studying herbs abroad and working on various farms. I then worked in botanical medicine research on projects ranging from an NCCAM integrative oncology translational outcomes study, researching ayahuasca for an FDA investigational new drug license (IND), and working on botanical heritage preservation.
I left the windowless constraints of the analytical lab and medical chart room to study plants up close. I embarked on a two month, 650 mile solo canoe trip where I cataloged the botanical medicines of Alabama. I was able to get 9 corporate sponsors for this trip and all I had to do was write a blog; which ended up with around 132,000 readers. I have worked as a product formulator for 2 companies. I am adjunct faculty for the Botanical Medicine Department at Bastyr University.