I have been studying plants, herbal medicine, nutrition, breath work, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, yoga, energy medicine and shamanic practices for the past ten years. My passion for healing comes from a childhood yearning to understand my own wounds and to connect with the mystery of life. I always felt that there was a great force at work. As I encountered and practiced different forms of healing I have felt this force come alive within my own body.
I began my relationship with the healing herbs when I worked on an organic farm in college. I realized that I was just as intrigued by the wild plants at the edges of the rows as I was by the vegetables we were growing. I have not looked back since then. Plants are my greatest passion, dearest friends and most profound teachers.
I have studied with many herbalists over the past decade as I worked my way toward opening my own practice. There are many paths toward becoming an community herbalist. Community herbalists are not licensed health-care practitioners. My path has been one of apprenticing to other herbalists, researching, taking classes, reading, attending conferences, growing herbs, making medicine, and practicing on myself, my family, my friends and people in my community for many years. While I'm not sure one is every "ready" to fully manifest their deepest calling, I opened my practice because I feel skilled and capable. The plant medicines that I work with are a gift to be shared. So many of us are looking for the life-affirming, personal and dimensional healing that plant medicine offers. The plants bring us back home to our selves, to our vitality and to the abundance and sweetness of life here on the Earth.
I am currently being mentored by Margi Flint of Earthsong Herbals in Marblehead, Massachusetts. I am so happy to be learning Margi's techniques of reading the body and absorbing her deep wisdom of working with clients as I sit with her in clinic. I have studied Traditional Chinese Medicine's approach to herbalism and nutrition through Michael Tierra's East West School of Planetary Herbology. I have studied anatomy and physiology through the Heartstone Herbal School and continue to seek deeper understanding of how the body works. I completed an apprenticeship with Pam Montgomery at Sweetwater Sanctuary and I am a certified Plant Spirit Healing practitioner. Plant Spirit Healing forms the foundation of my energetic work with clients. I am also certified in Reiki II. I am a member of the American Herbalists Guild.
I have lived and worked on two organic farms. I have a long-standing interest in permaculture and biological and ecological systems. My husband Alex and I live on a homestead in Teaticket, Massachusetts where we raise chickens and grow an abundance of good food and medicine. I am also a painter.
I graduated from Columbia University in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in the Philosophy of Religion. Prior to founding Kinship I co-founded an ecological engineering company that works to treat wastewater using plants and natural methods.