Have studied western traditions, (Thomsonian, vitalist, physiomedical, rural southern and Appalachian folk USA), basic Ayurveda, TCM herbalism and assessment, some Kampo, rural Cuban/old Florida. I work holistically and include nutrition, activity, spirit, food and herbs in my work with people. I have studied with many great herbalists you have never heard of. I’ve studied long term with family, Sai, Paul Olko and over the past decades have learned also from attending conferences, weekend intensive workshops and professional trainings with folks such as Matt Wood, Patricia Howell, David Winston, Rosemary Gladstar, Margi Flint, Caroline Gagnon... I teach clinical skills to herbalists through Allegheny Herbal as well as teaching fundamental classes and more advanced herbal skills. I focus on practical skills. I maintain a clinical practice seeing clients, and a complete and extensive apothecary made of herbs I grow, I wild-craft and some that I purchase or barter. I co-founded Kate’s Soap, which grew to be an international natural body care company until we sold it. I have managed large herbal (western and tcm herbs) retail stores and have worked as a corporate herbalist responsible for labeling, formulating products and training staff worldwide. Teaching is my current main focus as a professional herbalist. I forage wild foods, and I cook. I can play the banjo. I have extensive practice with folks in recovery from addictions to alcohol and drugs, including prescription drugs. I work with people dealing with auto-immune conditions, Lyme and issues associated with aging – I have a strong practice with folks dealing with stress and the spectrum of depression. No one is really in a category, however and I focus on each individual. Also strong background in sports nutrition, arthritic conditions, ordinary real-life concerns.
- Mentors distance and in person, Individual Sliding Scale, Barter available for teaching assistsant, computer skills, wildcrafted herbs.
- Clinical Specialties: Western physical assessment, Differential diagnosis and assessment, Nutritional medicine, Counseling skills for the herbalist, Red flags for urgent referral, Legal issues pertinent to region/scope of practice, etc, Dispensing and formulating and medicine making; herbal pharmacy/cGMP issues, Herb/drug/nutrient interaction, Office management, spirit /shamanic and rural southern traditional skills and lines of inquiry