Some of my sweetest memories growing up in the deep South was allowing my grandma to wash my sunburned back with apple cider vinegar, followed by a thick coat of goo from the beloved aloe plant . It was so cooling, and helped my skin heal from the blistering hot sun. Those simple lessons of how to care for oneself without the help of a doctor grounded me in my conviction that we should all know how to care for ourselves and each other in illness and dis-ease. It is our forgotten birthright that we are now re-membering.
In 2007 I began my formal study of the plants at the California School of Herbal Studies, completing their Roots Program. For the past decade I have trained continuously in western clinical herbalism through rigorous courses with Aviva Romm, David Hoffman, Matthew Wood, and Will Morris. Finding the diagnostic modalities lacking in western clinic, I trained for 6 years collectively in tongue, pulse, and facial diagnostics under the direction of Margi Flint, Matthew Wood, and Will Morris, L.ac., working in the traditions of William LeSassier and Shen/Hammer Pulse Method. I apprenticed with the Herbal Apothecary for 2 years, learning to make pristine, potent medicine from the plants that grow right under our feet. I currently work in herbal first aid as a member of the MASHH Collective, serve on the board of directors for the Sonoma County Herb Exchange, and am a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. After working for two years with the Herbal Apothecary as a medicine maker, I began Taproot Medicine in 2010.
In addition to my work in Traditional Herbal Medicine, I am a lifelong dancer and have been a teacher of movement for the past 20 years, fusing my deep knowledge of the body with my work as a healer and medicine maker. I bring Movement Awareness Practice, Medical Chi Gong, and deep somatic witnessing to my practice.
I acknowledge that I live and work on land that for centuries was tended by the native Pomo and Miwok tribes of Northern California. I am fully a settler here, with immigrant parents and myself a voluntarily transplant from the Southeast. I am so grateful to the generations of humans who so expertly tended the land I inhabit. In addition to my gratitude, I offer my efforts to reconciliation and reparations to the indigenous people and cultures of this place with humility and awe.