My background is in biology, chemistry, and the health sciences; I have a B.S. and an M.S. in Botany from the University of Minnesota, and have worked as a botanist and plant ecologist for the Minnesota DNR. I worked for about ten years as a clinical laboratory scientist MT (ASCP) in a hospital lab setting, primarily in the areas of hematology, microbiology, and virology. I taught at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota for fifteen years, as a lab instructor in the areas of plant biology, microbiology, and anatomy and physiology, but also in science education and women’s biology. As the site ecologist for SNAP, the School Nature Area Project, I worked with schools across Minnesota to help develop school natural areas and related curriculum. For the past fifteen years I have been teaching science at the high school level, primarily biology and chemistry. I am currently semi-retired and pursuing my original passion, useful plants.
I have continued my study of edible and medicinal plants, holistic healing, and nutrition through conferences and seminars, online courses and webinars, extensive reading, and focused, self-directed study of herbs and essential oils. Significant influences, mentors and teachers have included Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, Robert Tisserand, Dr. David Hill, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Aviva Romm, Dr. James Duke, Guido Masé, Rosalee de la Forêt, Henriette Kress, and others.
I currently teach classes on herbs, essential oils, local plants, natural wellness, and related topics in Northfield, Minnesota and at workshops and retreats.