I have an interdisciplinary approach to health and wellness and have been a health and wellness coach, practitioner, consultant and teacher for nearly 20 years. During that time I have specialized in integrative and herbal medicine, mind-body practices, and somatic bodywork. I hold a BA in Holistic Studies from Vermont College and am currently pursuing Certification through the International Coaching Federation. I am a graduate of The Spirit of Learning program and am a NC state licensed massage and bodywork therapist. I have specialized training in somatic bodywork, cranial sacral therapy, energy medicine, and have completed a 200 hr yoga teacher certification through the Wilmington Yoga Center. I have trained with leaders in the field of somatics including Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD, Linda Thai and Richard Strozzi Heckler. I am a teacher-in-training at The Center for Embodied Education.
In addition to my clinical background, I am a former organic herb farmer, and a graduate of the Central Carolina Community College Wild and Edible Plant Program. I have taught courses in medicinal herbs and permaculture ; lectured on the effects of herbal preparations as in-service training for Duke University Medical Center staff; and have taught on the importance of patient advocacy at the Seymor Center in Chapel Hill. For four years I served as the assistant manager at a clinical herbal pharmacy, and for three years I served as Wellness Manager at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, NC, where I began an educational program to provide basic clinical knowledge of herbs and supplements to the wellness staff. I have worked extensively on the economics of healthcare and decision-making with a professor of economics and have co-authored a number of articles on the subject.
I have been appointed to the North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholars speakers bureau for my specialized knowledge on the subject of tea, its health attributes, and its ritual and cultural significance throughout the world.
My spiritual development is enriched by my Irish Catholic background, my decades-long Buddhist practice, and my deep commitment to the native spiritual traditions of Ireland and Scotland through the Order of the Ceile De. I studied the integration of art, plants, healing, and the spiritual world in Celtic spirituality through the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. I was a Theravaden Buddhist Practitioner for five years and am currently a confirmed member of the Chapel Hill Won Buddhist Temple.
As a sculptor, painter, multimedia artist, leatherworker and writer I have a personal and professional interest in integrating art with spiritual practice and healing. For five years I owned and operated a wellness center, yoga studio and retail store in Southport, NC, devoted to promoting health, wellness, and education. Along with offering wellness coaching, consultations and somatic bodywork, I created medicinal teas, carried art from local artists, and offered classes in healing, meditation, herbal medicine, yoga and movement, therapeutic writing, spirituality, and other wellness disciplines.