What is an herbalist and how are they trained?
An herbalist is a highly trained practitioner skilled in the art and science of matching medicinal plants with people. Botanical medicine is both incredibly simple and amazingly complex. An herbalist has extensive knowledge of not only the medicinal potential of botanical medicines (from phytochemistry to pharmacology) but also a solid understanding of human physiology and pathophysiology. Combine together, this allows an herbalist to provide holistic support of varying illness using the therapeutic potential of medicinal plants custom compounded to fit each individual need.
What is your education?
M.Sc Herbal Medicine and Nutrition from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (2009-2012)
Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) by the Maryland State Board of Dietetics and a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) from the National Certification Board of Nutrition Specialists. This is the governing body of advanced nutrition professionals in the United States, requiring an advanced degree in nutrition, the completion of a national exam and at least 1,000 hours of supervised clinical training.
BS Horticulture & Landscape Design from Virginia Tech
Why don’t all of your sessions include email support?
Email takes an incredible amount of time and energy outside of the face-to-face conversations. All of my packages (multi-month support) include email support because we are embarking on a continued relationship where questions arise during the process. My one-time consultations do not include follow up email support because it has been my experience that folks take advantage of email as a second or third appointment without scheduling appropriate follow up visits or compensating the practitioner for the hours of post-email support after the initial visit. Usually someone emailing a “simple question” or list of questions takes at least 30-60 minutes of time to answer thoroughly and appropriately, and even longer if additional research is needed. It is not professional or responsible of me to continue a one-off health relationship via email, as details get missed and important health information may be miscommunicated and overlooked. Thus, email support will always be included for my continued relationship clients, and generally not for one-time appointments. If you’d like to schedule follow-up consultations in place of your email questions, I highly encourage you to do so.
How is herbal medicine different from modern day pharmaceuticals?
When using herbs as medicine, you are employing the entire plant (root, flower, leaf, rhizome, etc) which consists of hundreds or thousands medicinal constituents to address specific issues. This differs from pharmaceuticals which are manufactured to address one specific goal (which they often do very effectively). Pharmaceuticals, standardized as they are, do not always take into account the synergy of multiple body systems, often leading to unnecessary and potent side effects. Herbal medicines were not created for your specific diseases and illness, therefore there is no herb to “treat arthritis” or to “treat IBS”. Herbs in the right combination can be remarkably effective in providing holistic support that is not just symptom specific, but whole body supporting.
Can we meet in person?
Maybe. I travel extensively and we may have the opportunity to have a face-to-face consultation if I’m in your location at a time when our appointment is scheduled.
Are you currently accepting new clients?
Yes! Please visit my Consultation page to choose how you would like to meet, and we’ll get in touch! Appointments will be via Skype.
I can’t purchase a session directly from your site. Why not?
Before committing your time and money to a session, I want to make sure we’re a good fit and all of your expectations for the session can be met. This is a simple email process, and once I feel like we’ll be successful together I will invoice you appropriately via PayPal and also send you additional intake paperwork to begin our sessions.
I received an email that says you have a waiting list for a consultation. How long is the wait?
If you received this email, all of my available consultation time is booked for that month. I will continue to have openings each month, and you will be contacted for your appointment availability in the order your request was received. Usually within 1-2 months you’ll have an appointment on my calendar (if not sooner!)
What are you typically recommending during a health consultation?
Recommendations are always tailored for each person, and can include specific herbs or herbal formulas, appropriate supplements, educational resources, lifestyle recommendations, custom created nutrition plans and/or appropriate referrals for additional practitioners who may be helpful.
What kinds of health issues can you help with?
All kinds! I specialize in digestive health, circadian rhythm imbalances and sleep support, holistic nutrition guidance, food intolerances and allergies, stress support, and general wellness. I am also comfortable seeing folks with skin issues, hormonal imbalances, women’s health support and healthy aging. I love working with preventative health options. You don’t necessarily even need to have something showing up or an active diagnosis to get the best support possible. We can review your health history and current health status and see what adjustments can be made to help you progress in your health successfully and sustainably.
But I only want to talk about nutrition!
That’s cool! We can focus the consultations on just nutrition guidance, meal plan development and setting nutrition goals during you consultations. We can tailor your time specifically to whatever your current goals are!
Do you do Collaborations on your blog?
Yes! I love working with other likeminded companies and brands, big or small, where environmental stewardship, conscious consumption, fair trade and ethical business practices as well as botanical, herbal and agricultural sustainability and organic standards of production are part of their brand philosophy. For more information, visit the Collaborations page and feel free to get in touch!