I’ve been running my own part-time practice as an herbalist and nutritionist since 2003, primarily working with clients on fertility, pregnancy and postpartum health. As a licensed nutritionist and a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, I’ve worked in all kinds of settings – from an OB/Gyn office to a fertility clinic, to group practice to home-based virtual clinic to supervising student clinics. I have a full-time job as an associate professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute). I taught in the Herbal Medicine program for many years. Now I’m part of the Integrative Sciences department, where I teach physiology, chemistry and other science-y things to graduate students studying herbal medicine, nutrition and yoga. I started my herbal education with an apprenticeship with Monica Rude in Gila, NM, followed by the MS in Herbal Medicine program at Tai Sophia. I went on to get another graduate degree in physiology & biophysics from Georgetown University. I’ve had the chance to work & play in all kinds of other places as well, including working on product substantiations at the Federal Trade Commission, helping with the annual tonnage reports at the American Herbal Products Association, teaching environmental education on Orcas Island, and more. My practice & philosophy I’m a big believer in critical thinking, which will show up in my work with mentees. (And in the new edition of Principles & Practice of Phytotherapy, to which I am a contributing author – woot!) I encourage practitioners to challenge their beliefs and continue evolving as they gain more experience. Because I have a virtual practice, I do not focus on tongue & pulse. I use primarily Western herbs and specialize in fertility, pregnancy and postpartum health.
My mentoring program will be a good fit if you: • Have a strong interest in women’s health • Are open to challenging your beliefs & practices around herbal medicine • Prefer a combination of research-based and traditional understanding of herbal medicine • Focus on local/native plants and promote self-care/education-based practice • Love reading, researching and expanding your understanding of physiology, herbs and nutrition • Emphasize synergistic/”whole plant” medicines rather than nutritional supplements and individual phytochemicals • Need help building a practice
- Flat fee, negotiable, some barter services on accasion.