I practice holistic clinical herbalism and Somatic Experiencing™ in Olympia, Washington, territory of the Squaxin and Nisqually peoples. I grew up deeply influenced by the woods, mountains, and plantain-filled parking lots of Tennessee and North Carolina, and part of my heart will aways be there. In 2006 I moved to the Northwest and fell in love with the magic and plants of this place.
My herbal training includes apprenticeships and studies with Corinne Boyer here in the Northwest, clinical training at the Appalachian Center for Natural Health with Phyllis D. Light, and clinical apprenticeship with CoreyPine Shane of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, as well as a host of eclectic influences and teachers across the west coast and southern states. I completed Somatic Experiencing ™ trauma resolution therapy training in October of 2017 and continue ongoing training in developmental and complex trauma. I am forever in gratitude to the plants, my first teachers, as well as each of the clients who have chosen to share part of their journeys with me.
Focuses of my practice and teaching include supporting recovery from trauma, particularly developmental and complex trauma, and healing for emotional and mental health. I love working with plants during pregnancy and birth, as well as working with plants to support those experiencing pregnancy loss and termination. I especially love working with parents, children, elders and babies. I am comfortable and honored to work with folks who are receiving palliative care and who are at the end of life. While I enjoy provide care to folks from many walks of life, my practice has been rooted in serving queer and trans communities. My practice is informed by co-founding and working at a low barrier sliding scale herbal clinic- the Olympia Community Herbal Clinic- from 2008-2015, which specifically intended to serve communities with institutionalized barriers to healthcare access. It is also informed by the medicine in living with physical disability.
I practice in the Southern Folk Medicine constitutional style. My background also includes magical practice, clinical western herbalism, harm reduction, nutrition, and energetic medicine. My ancestors are primarily from Ireland, Scotland, and England, and many of the lineages that I practice and teach are derived from western European traditions. My intention is to honor these ancestral lineages while deconstructing white supremacy and supporting decolonization in my work. I believe that our physical, emotional, and spiritual healing is intertwined with the health of the earth and with collective liberation. My practice is an offering in service to that liberation and to the wild places in our world and ourselves.
Somatic Resilience and Regulation: Early Trauma with Steve Terrell and Kathy Kain 2019
Full Spectrum Doula Training with Sequoia Day 2019
Psychobiology of Systematic Oppression with Anne Phillips and Liz Goodwin 2018
Touch Skills for Trauma Therapists with Kathy Kain 2018
Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner Training 2015-2017
The Herbal Freedom School with Toi Scott 2017
Holistic Abortion and Pregnancy Loss Care with Molly Dutton Kinney 2015 and 2017
Elemental Magic Series 3 month intensive with Maeanna Welti 2016
Trauma-Informed Care for Herbal Practitioners Intensive with Kirstin Hale 2016
Beyond Trauma: Neurobiology, Epigenetics and Health Justice intensive with Lydia Barthalow 2015
Constitutional Energetics Series with Erin Adams of Woven Branches Botanicals 2014
Dismantling Racism in Healthcare The Evergreen State College 2014
Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, Asheville, NC. Clinical Apprenticeship 2011
Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, Asheville, NC. Holistic Herbalist Program 2011
Appalachian Center for Natural Health, Arab, AL. Community Herbalist Program: The Endocrine System 2011
Herbal Apprenticeship with Corinne Boyer 2010
Herbal Medicine and Body Systems Series with Corinne Boyer 2010
Reiki I Certification The Reiki Training Program, Seattle 2008