My love of people, animals and the natural world began at a very early age. I have had an interest in helping others and creating a better place in the world for as long as I can remember. I have had many experiences and jobs throughout my life that have helped me grow and cultivate this desire to surround myself in the healing arts and share this knowledge with others. Though I seem to have always been drawn to natural healing, (first through crystals and gemstones as an adolescent) it is my internal drive for knowledge and love of education, both learning and teaching, that first started me on this path.
I completed a bachelor’s degree in education at Western Carolina University in 1998. After teaching in the NC public school system for six years, I made a big leap out of my comfy world, left my job, enrolled in the North Carolina School of Natural Healing in 2004 and started the journey into natural healing. It was truly a dream (literally I had a dream) that sent me searching for a way to help myself and others find their path to true wellness. When I entered this course of study I had never even had a massage myself. This sounds crazy, right? It was this listening to my body, to my higher self, that gave me the courage to jump into this pool of knowledge and exploration. In my training, I studied massage therapy, advanced herbalism, clinical aromatherapy applications, energy healing and bodywork therapy. I have practiced massage and bodywork therapy in my hometown for 18 years. As I have deepened my knowing and honed my skill set, this same intuitive trust has guided and shaped every aspect of my practice at just the perfect time and in just the perfect way.
In 2015 I again felt the need to delve deeper into the more clinical and practical applications of herbalism and enrolled in an immersive study with the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine. Here I learned how to integrate my massage and bodywork practice with the practices of herbalism, aromatherapy and natural healing traditions. This has allowed me to more thoroughly integrate holistic wellness into my personal life as well as my professional practice by incorporating my training in massage, acupressure, aromatherapy, herbalism, flower essences, gem stone therapy, energetic bodywork, nutritional support and intuitive counseling. This is also the point in my education that I realized my walk along this path of study would be infinite. I will never profess to be an expert or claim I’ve got all the answers or mastered my field. Instead, I have committed myself to being a life long student, practitioner and teacher of natural healing practices. My training is comprehensive in scope including anatomy and physiology, chemistry, formulating and compounding, case studies and experimentation. It is also however, incomplete in the sense that each time I work with herbs, essences and the body I find there is a new discovery, a new lesson and a new opportunity to further deepen my understanding. Holistic wellness is vast and limitless, yet at the same time specific and unique to each individual. What a beautiful dichotomy, indeed!
My foundations as an educator and my training in natural healing have made the perfect marriage in my practice of holistic wellness and herbalism. My goal is to help you find the information and tools that you seek to assist you in finding the health and wellness you desire. These tools and knowledge will truly empower you to create the path of wellness that is right for you.
My approach is to meet your “whole self” at the point you are right now on your journey to your “best self” and offer you advice, education and support to help you achieve your specific wellness goals. My practice incorporates an intuitive approach to wellness of the whole self (body, mind and spirit), combined with modern science and traditional natural healing applications.