My passion for herbs and healing was unknowingly awakened when I was called to observe an herbal class during my search for something that would spark passion and meaning. My spirit was definitely in charge as I had no knowledge or experience with herbs. I was instantly intrigued and deeply touched by the healing, loving wisdom of the plants. Without any hesitation, I enrolled in the Western Herbalism program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA), taught by well known Southwestern Herbalist JoAnn Sanchez. I graduated in 2007.
Upon graduation, I began my herbal career in a retail setting at Desert Sage Herbs. What a great opportunity to jump in, connect and gain experience in helping people with a vast array of health concerns. I quickly became office manager, taught classes and began my clinical practice. At the same time, I was honored when JoAnn, my SWIHA teacher/mentor, offered me a position as facilitator of the Healing Journey Master Project and Farmers Market Project. I delight in helping herbalist students grow for nearly a decade.
I have a deep respect for the knowledge and healing power of botanicals. Without a doubt, I was guided to work with the plants to help people heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. I always say that the plants drew me in and began working their magic on many levels. My life forever changed and took on that healing, passion and meaning that I had been searching for! It continues to be quite a journey for which I am absolutely grateful.
Herbalism is a life time study, as I continue my education in Michael and Lesley Tierra’s online East West Herb Course. I attend yearly conferences and am excited to continue learning from the plants and other amazing herbalists.