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I began my journey to herbalism and other ďalternativeĒ healing modalities in 1985. My father began having chest pain and went to his doctor, who sent him to the local hospital.

Time went by, the chest pains continued to recur periodically. Now, these were not little twinges, but serious, all consuming bouts of pain. To distract himself he would pound the top of his head into a wall, or drop to his knees yelling in pain.

Eventually he was seen at some of the best hospitals in the world for cardiovascular care. He was misdiagnosed repeatedly for three years: by his doctor and by physicians at three hospitals.

He had been having minor myocardial infarctions, or heart attacks for all those years. My father had a 3 inch length of artery that was 100% blocked and an extensive network of small vessels going around itóthe purpose of each of those heart attacks had been to create those capillaries.

Once an appropriate diagnosis was made, the only treatment option left was open heart surgery to perform a bypass. This went well and the surgeon saved my fatherís life. I am grateful for surgery; I am happy my father is alive.

All the same, seeing my fatherís experience made me wonder if there might be other ways of helping the body to heal that could circumvent some of what my father went through.

Many years later, as an herbalist, I had a similar case and was able to help my client stay alive and see the surgeon that they needed with far less suffering, far less pain, and for that client, far less time from complaint to surgery that they would have had otherwise.

This opened me to Traditional and Natural Healing.

During my fatherís health struggles, I started college. Here I experienced incense and discovered that I am allergic to cheap incense. I remedied this by making my own. This eventually led to a ten year career as a maker of incense, bath products, and other wonderful smelling products.

During that time my friends thought that making incense meant that I knew all about herbs. They began asking for help with little health complaints. I did own some books, so I would look things up and make a decoction, a tea, or some other remedy for them.

Eventually I found healing work to be more rewarding than making incense, and I sought out an education. I took correspondence courses, and then found my way to local teachers, particularly Matthew Wood, with whom I apprenticed.

I continue my education to this day, seeking out teachers, schools, and conferences to enhance my twenty years experience in the Traditional and Modern uses of herbs and other healing methods. These opportunities have included Australasian College of Herbal Studies, and with the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I have been in private practice since 1995.

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