In the quest for my own answers to "will I ever recover from asthma?" and "why are so many people ill?", I was led to complementary medicine. I like to call it complementary medicine instead of alternative because every modality I've experienced works well with Western Medicine.
Along the way I met a clinical herbalist who looked much more deeply at my asthma than anyone else. We discovered that my 20+ year history of asthma was exacerbated by a severe dairy allergy. I'm one of many people who are allergic to the casein protein in all dairy products. Once the dairy was removed and my digestive system healed, my asthma dramatically improved. My breathing was deeper than ever and I had so much energy. What struck me was that this took place over three to six months, and has continued to improve. I felt like I was on to something really powerful.
A passionate sense of calling inspired me to move to Boulder, Colorado, to attend the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies (which has evolved into the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism). I studied Traditional Western Clinical Herbalism
for 3 years under Feather Jones, Paul Bergner, and more than 15 herbalists in the Colorado area, as well as visiting herbalists from all over the United States, Canada, and Australia.
My training consisted of 1350 hours of comprehensive classes in herbal materia medica, herbal therapeutics, herbal pharmacy, clinical nutrition, flower essence therapy, aromatherapy, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, understanding the process of modern illnesses, the importance of looking for medication side-effects, the adverse effects of food allergies and nutritional deficiencies, and so much more.
I studied all this knowledge further in a nine-month internship under the direction of Paul Bergner. This showed me how important it is to look for the root cause of each client's problem. "Symptoms" are the body's way of communicating an imbalance, and the body's attempt to heal. Why do we constantly suppress these symptoms?
After five years of clinical herbal practice, I passed the entrance exam and in June of 2007 was accepted as a Professional Member of the American Herbalists Guild.
I am now a Certified Clinical Herbalist, practicing Vitalist Herbalism, living in Salt Lake City, Utah. My focus is to merge Traditional Western Herbal Medicine, empowering self-responsibility, and Modern Western Medicine for optimal health care.
I enjoy working with my clients on a physical and emotional level simultaneously. After all, how many times have you developed an illness that had you scared, apprehensive, worried, and full of anxiety? By working with flower essences, as well as a holistic wellness plan, you can soothe and balance the emotional stress while rebuilding the body for faster results.
I've spent 40 years working for surgeons and anesthesiologists, as well as two years at a wellness resort. Although I've seen miracles happen on a daily basis, and respect the doctors I've worked for, I've observed something missing both in the patients with whom I've had the pleasure to work, and in me, as well.
That missing link is deep within each of us, just waiting to be discovered and understood.
My mission is to educate, motivate, and inspire my clients toward the more empowered and vital beings that we were all created to become.
I invite you to call for a free (15-minute) phone consultation to see if I may be able to help you with your individual needs, and begin a nourishing journey of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being.
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