I'm a city girl who was raised by a 'health conscious' mother and that was extent of my familiarity with alternative health care until 2003. A brush with breast cancer and some very impressive complimentary health care detoured the direction of my life.
Two intense years of counseling, journaling, yoga, support groups, and radical diet and lifestyle changes led me to my life work and passion for natural healing. I met Nicholas "Spirit Bear" Schnell in 2005, who agreed to make me his first apprentice at the Four Winds Natural Healing Center in Omaha, NE. That work has exposed me to his lifelong study of Traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic, Western, Native American and European herbal therapeutics and led me to study with the East West program from August 2007 to May 2010.
Before Planetary Herbology found me, I earned a B.A. in Psychology from Creighton University and held jobs in phlebotomy, insurance marketing and third-party unemployment claims, professional recruiting and desktop publishing, and owned a small business, while raising three daughters. For fun, I resurrected an old interest in playing bassoon and joined the Nebraska Wind Symphony three years ago. Friends and family have stopped trying to guess my next move.
Practically speaking, I'm a 'city herbalist' with urban clients, so it makes sense to apply natural healing in the most accessible and simple ways, subtly educating my patients about how effective herbal healing can be. At the same time, I'm trying to bring the healing plants of Nebraska closer to my living and working environments.