I am a Registered Medical Herbalist living in Victoria, British Columbia.
I've been described as "dynamic and proactive, empathetic and creative, taking a broad view of patients' health concerns to deliver multi-layered but keenly-focused solutions."
I consider myself lucky that illness necessitated a career change in my thirties. Chronic illness was the motivator that helped me transition from having a job to finding my passion. Pacific Rim College (PRC) came to me in that kismet sort of way the Universe uses to tell you that you’re on the right track. Sometimes, we don’t know what we’re looking for until it smacks us in the face. In this case, I picked up a pamphlet for the college while I was waiting for an almond milk latte.
My education became so much more than I ever could have dreamed. Studying western herbal medicine at PRC was a privilege. Its Diploma of Phytotherapy program is the most extensive of its kind in North America, and is among the best in the world.
I had the honour of learning from an eclectic mix of professional herbalists and alternative health practitioners, and an extraordinary faculty of doctors, naturopaths, and scientists. I was inspired by workshops with renowned herbalists like Stephen Buhner, Peter Conway, Margi Flint, and Matthew Wood. I honed my skills through internships with complex, chronic care specialists like Dr. Marty Ross and Dr. Maria Payne-Boorman, and natural skincare gurus like Karen Van Dyck.
“Oh! This is what it feels like to do the thing you’re meant to do.”
I remember thinking that in the early days of my program. It was exhilarating, and completely terrifying. Science had not been my forte in high school. And, wow, was there ever a lot of medical science to learn.
Daunted but determined, I put my Type-A traits to work. I dove in with my heart and soul. I knew I would love the clinical practicum, the plant medicines, the counselling skills, and the medicine making. What I didn’t realize was that I would love the science too. I learned Latin plant names, botany, anatomy, physiology, phytochemistry, and pharmacology. I was over the moon.
Finally, I’d found something that was the perfect mix of creative and analytic, intuitive and pragmatic. To honour my healing journey, my studies took a bit longer than planned, but I gave it my all and (biochemistry be damned!) I graduated Magna Cum Laude. Once I got my walking papers — aka diploma — I set off to launch my practice in medical herbal therapy.