I grew up in Campbell, < Ohio with one sister and two loving, supportive parents. I was raised in a political family, and hold the elected office of precinct committee person and serve as presiding judge for our city’s voting location. I enjoy traveling, learning new things and trying new things.
It wasn’t until 2006 that I found my love of herbs. My father asked if I could work for him while he and my mother went on their yearly vacation. After working at Moonhawk Herbals for one week, I fell in love with the store, with nature and with herbs! We have three greenhouses, we grow over 100 different field-grown medicinal herbs, which we harvest and make medicines with, and we sell all of those medicines in our little country store. We sell our tinctures, oils, salves, liniments, teas, as well as a huge variety of natural supplements. It’s a beautiful place.
Before enrolling in East West, I studied Western herbology with Rosemary Gladstar. After finishing my training with her, I enrolled in the East West program in 2008. I attended my Foundation Track at the 2010 seminar.
In the years following my Foundation Track, my sister opened a mental health practice. She needed help running and setting up her office. I became her practice manager, and focused my energies towards building the successful practice that we have today.
In the Fall of 2014, I decided to get back to my herbal studies. It was nice to be welcomed back by Michael, Lesley and everyone else at East West. I attended my Intermediate Track at the 2015 seminar and will be completing my Advanced Track in 2016.
Being an herbalist is what I love. It is my calling in life. I am at home when I am helping and healing people. I have been blessed with all of the necessary tools, a huge pharmacy, and an abundance of fresh plants that we grow. There are so many possibilities and opportunities that lie ahead for me. And I have Michael and Lesley Tierra, the East West School of Planetary Herbology and all of its amazing teachers and staff to thank for these opportunities. The education which they provide is amazing and far superior to anything I could imagine.
My goals are to complete the 36 course lessons, take East West’s A & P Course and become a professional member with the American Herbalists Guild. After that, I plan on running two practices; one at Moonhawk Herbals, where I already see clients, and a second one in the same building as our mental health practice, where I will be specializing in mental health and chronic pain.