(She/Her) Of predominantly Scottish, Irish, English, and Swiss ancestral background I am a settler based in Tiotia'ke (Montreal), unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory.
Initiated to the healing power of relationships with plants in the fields and forests of my youth, I completed my training as a Clinical Herbalist and Naturopath at l’Herbothèque, where I am now responsible for several courses on botany and ancestral medicinal traditions. I am accredited as a therapeutic herbalist through Quebec's Guilde des herboristes.
I combine my training in traditional Western herbalism with my scientific background to address a wide range of health issues using medicinal plants. Using a trauma-informed approach, I support clients in their goals to find the balance unique to each person and return to vibrant well-being.
I strive to offer accessible, empowering health care to strengthen the life force towards wholeness, towards justice. Coming from a belief that individual and community well-being and the health of our non-human relatives are inseparable, my practice fits within a context of radically caring for ourselves and for the world: we are medicine for each other. Our work, then, is based not only on supporting the various systems of the body, but also on restoring our relationships to body, to place, and to our own ancestral traditions, turning to plants as our greatest guides.
Exploring what forms right relationship to land might take for settlers has been an enduring thread since an early age. My path to and through herbalism has been an exploration of possible answers. This path has included a B.Sc. in Environmental Science (McGill University), an M.Sc. on colonialism in food systems and alternative medicine (Concordia University), an internship with Kuna botanicos (Kula Yala, Panama), co-founding and co-managing a 100+ family Community-Supported Agriculture project on a cooperative farm (La ferme cooperative aux champs qui chantant, Brownsburg-Chatham, QC) and coordinating networks of collective gardens, both urban and rural.