I’m co-owner of Restoration Herbs in Franklin, PA, where I work as a community herbalist. For me, herbalism brings together years of using herbs, a passion for the outdoors and my training in health-related research.
My path to herbalism began in academia, fixed firmly in the Sciences. I received my B.Sc. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Environmental Sciences and my Ph.D. from Heriot Watt University for my work with Enteromorpha, an intertidal seaweed. For several years I worked in England and Scotland as a research scientist, focusing on environmental factors affecting children’s health. Drawn increasingly to more natural ways of healing, I retrained as a Medical Herbalist and returned to the States in 2005. I completed a diploma in Herbal Medicine, with Honors, from ACHS and, after writing a dissertation on turmeric, I began my three year clinical training with Richard Mandelbaum RH(AHG). Additionally, for years my teachers include those teaching at symposia, published authors and the guardians of their works, audio(and visual) lectures and workshops have been amazing resources for me and, of course (!) other herbalists: each has shaped my thinking. I can’t imagine this is the place to list you all (but I shall if asked!)… my thanks. Too, I’ve been an active general member of the American Herbalist’s Guild since 2004 and a professional member since 2009.
In addition, I teach clients, host public workshops on herbal medicine and medicine making, offer free monthly lunchtime herbal discussions – all of which are places to learn and explore herbs. Also, I’m a co-contributor to Allegheny Herbal Clinical Round Table where, with Leslita Williams, students focus on improving clinical practitioner skills.
I have a part time practice, serving a small and very beautiful agricultural community. Franklin is a welcoming Victorian town on French Creek and the Allegheny River. Restoration Herbs sits on about 6.25 acres and much of the apothecary/dispensary relies on harvesting. Here pasture, wood and gardens come together. There is garden maintenance, including planting, weeding, harvesting and medicine making; there is a small wood whose paths are sorely in need of attention (while the woodland medicinals do well in this untamed environment); there’s the hillsides to admire and woods to both explore and wildcraft. Together with students, individual study programs are designed to build clinical skills, confident, gain experience in a clinical setting and make good medicine. My interests encompass medicinal and culinary herbs, particularly herbs for the mouth (yes, the mouth!). My book, Dental Herbalism, is in press with Inner Traditions. What else? I enjoy foods of all sorts, laughter and Tai Chi.
- Distance and In Person, Fees TBD, Barter available (I do barter for services as I have an extensive apothecary and grow many herbs here on site. There is garden maintenance, including planting, weeding, harvesting and medicine making; there is a small wood whose paths are sorely in need of attention (while the woodland medicinals do well in this untamed environment).
- Clinical Specialties: Western physical assessment, Nutritional medicine, Building an appropriate referral network, 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.