I am a wife (36 years), mom, avid gardener, cook,and passionate reader/writer. Holding a bachelor’s degree in both nursing and English literature and language, I have worked in the healthcare industry for over 35 years as a registered nurse in critical care, emergency, and flight nursing. I was a Certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) and taught classes on a variety of critical care subjects. It was my patient's desire for knowledge on traditional healing that redirected my focus.
Over the last 20 years I have studied and taught on a variety of modalities in "alternative healing" including; aromatherapy, acupressure, reflexology, medical intuition with Caroline Myss, Healing Touch, Reiki, meditation and my favorite, herbalism. I have most recently completed a course of study with Rosemary Gladstar on the "Ecstasy of Teaching" and completed her Science and Art of Herbalism course. I have also studied the works of Guido Mase, KP Khalsa, Donald Yance, David Hoffman, Stephen Brunner, Amanda McQuade, Hilledegard von Bingen, Rosalee de la Forte, Dr. Martha Libster and Aviva Romm. I have completed herbal apprenticeships with two local herbalists, Jess Conaway and Carol Jacobs, as well.
After spending the last 3 years caretaking my elderly parents disillusioned with the healthcare system, I decided to make a major change in my career. I am now following a dream working outside with plants, writing and teaching. I am a member of the Winona Herbal Education Society, United Plant Savers and Herbalists Without Borders. I have been published in United Plant Savers Journal and Journal of Nature and Forest Therapy. I am presently working on my first book using herbs as a part of care for the grieving. I have taught at Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center in Vermont, Midwest Women's Herb Conference, United Plant Savers Regional event and many local events. My goal is to educate people about good health from a variety of sources empowering them to make wise choices for themselves.
Violets bring back fond memories for me. I have spent many springs as a child in the woods collecting fists full of these purple beauties to hand to my mom who would proudly display them on our kitchen table in a used jelly jar. They never lasted very long and they didn’t have the strongest […]
This week my dandelions opened their flowers for the first time this spring. Most people hate these “pesky weeds” always at the ready to eradicate them from their lawns but not me. Dandelions are fond memories of childhood. I picked fists full of dandy’s for my mom who proudly placed them in a jelly jar […]
I recently attended a conference given by Margi Flint for the “practicing herbalist.” As a registered nurse, I often feel a by-stander in someone else’s world when I attend an herbal conference of any sort. It’s not that I am ashamed of my career, quit the opposite. I have been very successful, helped many patients […]
For an outdoor enthusiast, there can be no better job than to work outside but if you’re an herbalist working for an open-minded apple farmer, your job description may have a very different skill set. Recently my supervisor offered me a new job responsibility. In addition to pruning, picking and packing apples, I was asked […]