Meet our 2021-2022 Student Clinicians

Lindsay Adams

Lindsay Adams

Lindsay Adams is a clinical herbalist, postpartum doula and licensed practical nurse. She creates a variety of organic and wildcrafted herbal products, serves postpartum families in their homes and sees clients for comprehensive herbal and nutritional consultations. Her practice is centered around accessibility and education. She creates a safe space for all bodies and helps her clients cultivate intuition, sovereignty, pleasure and joy as they navigate their health journeys. Whether you are a new parent navigating monumental changes in your roles, responsibilities and your body or you are simply looking to foster resilience in our chaotic world, Lindsay would be honored to support you. Using food, herbs, lifestyle adjustments and mindfulness practices, we work together to steer your body and mind towards greater balance. Lindsay is a lover of the liminal. Fascinated with life’s transitions, big or small, her greatest lessons have emerged from birth, death, change, and grief. Her special interests include postpartum healing, nutrition for fertility and pregnancy, health at any size, sexual health and education, menstrual health, deathwork and grief. In her free time, Lindsay can be found reading, snuggling, playing with herbs, cooking, walking or spending time with her sweet little family.
Joan Anderson

Joan Anderson

After a successful 20 year career as a professor of business, Joan retired to pursue an encore career as a clinical herbalist and nutritionist. In her work with clients, she takes a vitalist approach to her practice by embracing the concepts of proper nutrition, appropriate exercise, restful sleep, and emotional wellbeing all while providing herbal support to maximize health. Although comfortable with clients of all types, Joan’s primary passion is supporting elders in aging with grace, by educating and empowering them to make the best choices for their health and wellbeing. As a mature woman herself, she has found this population to be underrepresented and often misunderstood in terms of compassionate health care. In addition to her clinic work, Joan also has a certificate in organic skin care formulation and has taken advanced botany training both which inform her practice and medicine making. When not in the CSCH Clinic, Joan continues to teach business classes part time at Colorado State University. You may also find her in the garden, hiking and wildcrafting in the mountains, making herbal medicine for her friends and family, or relaxing with a good book and a cup of tea.
Vanessa Berenstein

Vanessa Berenstein

Recognizing where others get out of tune with their lives and bodies, Vanessa offers the resources to help her clients align with health and vitality so that they can live fulfilling lives. She is an Integrative Registered Dietitian, Clinical Herbalist & Energy Practitioner.  Certified as an Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapist (FMN) and having a Masters in Sustainable Food Systems, Vanessa’s passion is helping her clients heal from scratch by refreshing their connection with their spirit, body, mind and earth. In her spare time, Vanessa cares for a small herb and vegetable garden, forages for wild edible plants, makes her own herbal medicines, and loves hiking, swimming and dancing.

Kerry Burg

Kerry is thrilled to announce that she is prepared to begin a career as a clinical herbalist through the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. She will be taking on new clients this October and is excited to share her knowledge of both Nutrition and Herbalism with the world.  Kerry earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and Dietetics in 2012, but she always felt a deep connection with our planet and felt that the nutrition path alone was not a full representation of the tools that we have available to promote health and vitality.  In 2016 Kerry found her passion for herbalism through the Artemisia & Rue program. Kerry knew from that experience that plants and natural remedies were her life’s calling and she wanted to pursue a career in herbalism from that moment forward.  With her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and her passion for herbal medicines, Kerry hopes to bridge the gap between nutrition and herbalism with her clients and provide a holistic approach to health. Kerry’s favorite activities are rock climbing, backpacking, snowboarding, camping, hiking, biking and any other activity that allows her to feel in touch with our planet

Rachel Clark

Rachel Clark is a certified herbalist, certified Bach flower essence practitioner, and a writer. Born and raised in the Denver metro area, Rachel found her passion for herbalism when she was given a beginner herbalism book for her 23rd birthday. Finding herbalism was like a breath of fresh air that allowed her to tap into her intuition, advocate for herself, and regain control over her health. She believes that vibrant health is possible for everyone. Through a balance of herbalism, lifestyle, nutrition, mindset, and supportive healthcare professionals everyone can find vitality. Rachel knows that healing takes work and can be really scary, and as an herbalist, she holds a container where it is safe to be uncomfortable. She believes that real transformation happens outside of our comfort zones. She is committed to guiding her clients outside of their comfort zones in a loving and compassionate manner. Healing takes work, but Rachel is her clients’ biggest cheerleader. She specializes in gut health, mood, stress and pain. When she is not in the clinic she can be found reading, writing her first book, knitting, reading tarot or playing outside with her partner and chihuahua.
Meg Drennan

Meg Drennan

Meg’s work with plants is intimately connected with her story. Her journey into herbalism and nutrition began during her personal challenges with anxiety and depression as a teen into adulthood. She sought out holistic wellness for herself and was able to find support that she needed, and she wishes to extend her findings to others. She has explored the ways in which food, lifestyle, and mental health are interconnected through her training at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, earning her certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She continued on her path further with herbalism, which has opened her eyes to just how generous plants are in offering their support emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Along with the Clinic and Nutrition programs, she is also currently enrolled in the Flower Essence Practitioner program where she is further enriching her understanding of the subtle energetics of flowers and their ability to restore peace and emotional wellbeing in everyday life. Meg holds her BFA in Graphic Design. When she is not seeing clients, she can be found playing with her cats Allister and Miso, cooking up delicious vegan meals and baked goods, spending time in nature nerding out over plants, or playing board games with friends.

Rachel Hirschey

Rachel is a Colorado native and 2nd generation herbalist trained in the Vitalist tradition. Learning under her father in the foothills of Boulder, Rachel has been working with the wild and medicinal plants of the Colorado Rockies since childhood. It is this connection to the land that led to the development of her passion for comprehensive health: combining physical & mental health, a sense of place, and a sense of purpose to heal the whole person. Through this Rachel focuses on multi-dimensional healing for holistic wellness. It is her belief that all clients deserve undivided attention, whole-body health, and personalized care. Beginning with a Vitalist assessment, she will work with you to discover the root cause of your symptoms. Together you will create a personalized wellness plan integrating nutrition, herbal protocols, supplementation, and flower essences to create a long-term strategy for daily wellness. Rachel is currently working toward certifications in Clinical Herbalism, Nutrition, and Bach Flower Essences at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. She is also a member of the American Herbalist’s Guild, as well as the Flower Essence Society.

Ashley Howisey

Ashley began her health journey as a competitive triathlete and her studies at Bastyr University in the Doctor of Naturopathy program. She completed one year of the ND program and decided to focus on Western herbalism and nutrition at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. She is a certified herbalist and nutritionist. Ashley is enrolled in the clinical herbalism, nutrition and Bach flower essence program. She has an interest in working with mental health, digestion and athletes. She believes healing can happen at any time and simple low-cost tools can be allies in times of distress. In her free time she loves hiking, swimming and backpacking in the beautiful wilderness of the Indian Peaks with her two year old son and husband, as well as traveling to new beautiful places to explore.
Erin Mader

Erin Mader

Erin has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for the past 18 years. She has always loved helping people, and after years of hearing the woes of many of her clients, she desired to be able to help them in ways beyond her massage scope of practice. A common complaint she heard was their frustration at “not being listened to” when visiting their health care providers, a story that hit home for her as well. As an auto-immune patient, she has personally witnessed the limitations that allopathic medicine can provide. After years of not seeing the results promised, she began experimenting with herbs. Finally, she began to see positive changes in her health! Erin knew she wanted to explore how to guide others on a path to wellness which brought her to The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. Erin is currently a Certified Flower Essence Practitioner and has a particular interest in the mind/body connection and how it manifests in digestive health, muscle tension patterns and immunity. She would love the opportunity to explore how Flower Essences, Herbal Remedies and Nutrition Therapeutics can help you achieve better health!

Michelle Mansfield-Hom

Michelle Mansfield-Hom is a clinical herbalist, certified Bach flower essence practitioner, and a Maryland native (claimed land of Piscataway). She arrived at the land of Utes, Arapahos, & Cheyennes, also known as Colorado in 2016 and has found it to be home. For a year before that, Michelle gained invaluable respect for plants while WWOOFing on multiple farms across the country. Along the way, she discovered her love for herbalism as she had the privilege to work with herbs intimately, from growing them to using them as medicine. Michelle struggled with internal inflammation and chronic sinusitis. Using part intuition, part vitalist tradition, she leaned on herbs and holistic wellness to heal her bodymind. Michelle believes that anyone can steer their own body towards a thriving, vibrant natural state with a balance of herbalism, holistic nutrition, mindset, and lifestyle. She also offers educational herbal workshops in sign language. Michelle is Deaf, from both cultural and medical viewpoints, and fluent in ASL as it’s her first language. When Michelle isn’t seeing clients, she can be found wandering in the woods, hanging with her critters, witching around in the kitchen, tending to her medicinal herb garden, out riding the pow, or visiting farmers’ markets + local coffee shops.

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Michelle Mauroff

Michelle values a wholeness approach to support her clients individual health needs, honoring their body, mind, and spirit. Her goal is to be an advocate for others in honing their intuition and taking action toward well-being through herbs, nutrition, and flower essences. She focuses on uncovering sources of dis-ease and gently working toward harmony. Michelle spent nearly ten years working as a pharmacist, predominately in the hospital setting.  Her experience with western medicine both as a pharmacist and as a patient often left her feeling incomplete and frustrated. This has fueled her passion to be a voice to the gaps while also respecting and utilizing the advancements of the western system.  Michelle is also a Biodynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release Facilitator and has over 200 hours of yoga teacher training.  In her spare time, Michelle enjoys wondering through the woods, medicine making, and doing crossword puzzles.

 

Andrea Padilla

Andrea was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. She found her way to herbalism through her love for holistic medicine while studying Ayurveda practices in India. Along with traditional Mexican medicine and Mayan herbalism her path continued to grow. She is passionate about her traditions and has a deep connection with the ancestral ways of her country. She is a devoted herbalist with over 900 hours of training through CSCH and is currently enrolled to become a certified Clinical Herbalist and Certified Nutritionist. She has special interest in postpartum care, female health, gut healing, nutrition as well as emotional wellbeing. Her goal is to create lifestyle choices that empower people to heal within, and to provide them with the tools to take charge of their personal health and wellness. When she is not seeing clients, she likes to spend time in nature hiking with her dogs or just reading a good book. She speaks fluent Spanish and English. She would love to provide Spanish speakers access to natural medicine and clinical herbalism in the front range.

Andrea es originaria de Guadalajara, México. Empezó su camino hacia la Herbolaria a través de su amor por la medicina holística mientras estudiaba Ayurveda en la India. Junto con sus estudios en Medicina Tradicional Mexicana y Herbolaria Maya, su camino siguió creciendo. Le apasionan sus tradiciones y tiene una profunda conexión con las practicas ancestrales de su país. Tiene más de 900 horas de capacitación en herbolaria a través de CSCH y actualmente está inscrita para obtener sus certificación en Herbolaria Clínica y Nutrición. Tiene especial interés en la atención al posparto, la salud femenina, la sanación intestinal, nutrición y el bienestar emocional. Su objetivo es crear opciones de estilo de vida que permitan a las personas sanar desde adentro y brindarles las herramientas para hacerse cargo de su salud y bienestar personal. Cuando no está viendo clientes, le gusta pasar tiempo en la naturaleza con sus perros o simplemente leyendo un buen libro. Habla español e inglés con fluidez. Aella le encantaría brindar a los hispanohablantes acceso a la medicina natural y la herbolaria clínica en Colorado.

Julie Peachtree

Julie Peachtree

Julie was born on the land of the Nisenan and Miwok people, today known as the Northern California. She found her way to herbalism through her studies in ecology and natural history. The connection she felt during her field studies led her to deepen her relationship with and knowledge of the plants, eventually taking her all the way to the Front Range. Before attending Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, she began her career as an outdoor educator, working as naturalist and mentor for grade school kids from the farm fields of Oregon to the waters of the Atlantic. Her time farming and teaching inspired her passion for food justice and sustainable farming practices, work that she still feels a pull towards and deeply affects her work as an herbalist. Alongside her studies of clinical herbalism, she is also studying nutrition. Her specialties include diet and digestive issues, children’s health, and reproductive health. When not at the clinic, Julie can be found singing with her preschool students, trying out new recipes, dancing in her kitchen, or trying to read too many books at once.
Liz Pikutis

Liz Pikutis

Liz Pikutis is a devoted Vitalist herbalist with over 900 hours of training through CSCH. She is trained in nutrition, body systems, and western herbal medicine. She is currently enrolled in the certificate program of Bach Flower Essences Practitioner. Flower essences are a gentle therapeutic that use the alchemy of the sun’s rays and unique vibrational signature of flowers to work on the emotional and energetic state of the body. She has a degree in Environmental Science from Clemson University and a background in energy work, as a Reiki practitioner. She has a passion for working within the realms of the spiritual heart, women’s reproductive health, flower essences and the nervous system. She believes in empowerment through plant allies, rewilding and re-connecting to the innate wisdom of the body. “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” –Leonard Cohen

Erin Regis

Erin is a certified Colorado gardener and nature lover, who is fascinated with what we discover when we slow down and truly listen to our bodies and the world around us. She understands that often the most profound shifts are found through rest and gentle movement. Her focus lands on both the physical and emotional body– providing mindful support through herbs, nutrition, education, and flower essences. She prioritizes honoring what a gift this life is, as well as honoring the power that lies just beyond development of strong relationships with oneself, with one’s community, and with the earth. She works with her clients to truly understand and support their unique bodies as they discover and remove blockages to health, as well as what fuels their unique vital expression. Her goal is empowerment for her clients to take charge of their personal health and wellness as they currently present, and as they move through life. Erin obtained her Advanced Herbalism certificate through CSCH in 2020.
Danielle Schilling

Danielle Shilling

Believing in the innate wisdom of every body to heal and to achieve a state of homeostasis, Danielle, works with you to develop a plan that is specific to you and your brilliance. She is passionate about working with people from all walks of life. Connecting with each person, and providing them a space to be seen, exactly as they are, in that moment. Danielle is originally from outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and moved to Colorado one year ago. She is continuing her herbal education at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, to become a certified: Clinical Herbalist, Clinical Nutritionist, and Flower Essence Practitioner. Her focus is to accept the incredible assistance and guidance from plants, that further empower us to become more connected to our environment, our community, and to the essence of who each of us are. 

Susan Simmons

Susan Simmons

Susan is a Clinical Herbalist practitioner that found her passion late in life. For many years she worked as a Paralegal with Non-Profit and Not for Profit organizations. She semi-retired in 2018 to travel the Southwestern United States in her travel trailer with her plants. She decided to settle in Colorado loving the diversity of the weather and the environment. Her favorite place is out on the prairie and the grasslands. She has a passion for the Love of Food which has translated into enjoying cooking for her-self and others. When she is not seeing clients she loves to listen to Jazz, read, working with fiber arts and painting.
Melanie Slaughter, MPH

Melanie Slaughter, MPH

Melanie is a student in the clinical program at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. She grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Colorado in 1995 to study human rehabilitation services. She worked in patient finance for seven years and as a living skills trainer for the elderly and traumatic brain injury clients for two years. She holds degrees in Human Rehabilitation Services and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Northern Colorado. Her passion for gardening, community education and the outdoors led her to herbalism school in 2019. She is excited to share her knowledge of traditional health care in addition to vitalist herbalism and wellness practices to her clients. Melanie is specializing in skin health, brain injury, mental and physical disabilities, and sports training. She enjoys skiing, tennis, hiking, water sports and traveling with her family.
Analise Stein

Analise Stein

Analise is currently a student clinician, nutritionist and Bach Flower Essence practitioner. She sees her role as an herbalist as one that helps support and guide each client as a whole person (mind, body and spirit). The process includes finding the root of the discomfort rather than only treating symptoms. She focuses on understanding a client’s entire story and identifying patterns and imbalances. She sees time, space, community, and commitment as essential to the healing process. For each client, the methods she employs vary based on individual needs and on the client’s vision for their own healing process. Some of the methods that she uses are: herbal remedies, nutrition, supplementation, flower essences and lifestyle changes. Before studying at CSCH, her path had already steered her towards herbalism. Analise grew up in Colorado but spent her summers in Lithuania with family where the use of herbal remedies are a daily ritual for well-being. She then majored in Sociology and Anthropology at Lewis & Clark College with a focus on Cultural Medicine and Healing. Later, while living in Israel, she worked on an organic medicinal herb farm making medicine and skincare products with an herbalist in the Negev Desert. She now has her own small-batch botanical skincare line. In her free time you can find Analise outdoors; backpacking, skiing or tending to her garden, usually accompanied by her dog and her chickens.

Sabrina Tran

Sabrina is a young working herbalist who is passionate about environmental and human sustainability. Her choice to pursue clinical work surrounds the idea that experiential learning and walking a mile in someone else’s shoes can help us gain perspective about that person, ourselves, and the world we live in. She believes that healing humanity is innately woven into our collective consciousness and one of the best ways to access that ancestral knowledge is through our connection to the natural world. In her clinical practice, she hopes to see deeply and listen compassionately and unassumingly, as well as speak thoughtfully and truthfully through the wisdom of her teachers, mentors, and personal experiences while remaining in grace, gratitude, and humility. Sabrina’s mission is to honor the impermanence, freedom, resiliency, and selflessness of nature. She looks forward to reminding her community of our rooted vitality through nourishment and lifestyle practices.
Ashke Zinctala

Ashke Zinctala

Ashke was inspired to begin studying herbal medicines almost a decade ago after not finding the answers she was looking for within the standard medical system. Her herbal offering is named Maka Pejuta, which means Earth Medicine in the Lakota language, reflecting the foundation for her work with clients. She believes that connection with the elements is foundational for well-being, and that plants have the power to be our sacred allies on our path to healing and fulfillment. Ashke is in the process of becoming a Certified TRE® Provider (Trauma and Tension Relief Exercises), and is training to become a trauma-informed practitioner. As of October 17, 2021, she holds a certificate in Trauma-Informed Herbalism from the American Herbalists Guild. Additionally, as a former elite athlete, Ashke also specializes in working with adolescent, teen, and adult athletes looking to improve their performance via nutrition, supplements, and mental health management. She is a descendent of the Oglala and Sicangu Lakota Sioux, and hopes to carry on the legacy and traditions of her ancestors with her work.

Megan Boissiere

Megan is a Flower Essence Practitioner in training at the Colorado School of Clinical herbalism (CSCH). She has completed over 900 hours of herbalism training through CSCH including Fundamentals and Advanced Herbalism. Megan is offering flower essence sessions virtually or in-person, in Southwest Virginia. Megan is a spiritually intuitive and highly sensitive person. Her mission is to create a ripple of healing and love in the world, and she does this by supporting people on their journeys toward growth and wholeness. She specializes in supporting those who seek a guide as they work through mental and emotional blockages. As an empath herself, she enjoys sharing tools with other sensitive individuals to help them find harmony and embrace the strength and brilliance of their own sensitivity. Megan is currently living in Southwest Virginia and working on a vegetable farm. In her free time, Megan enjoys cooking and baking, herbal medicine-making, hiking, and exploring new waterfalls. If you have questions, please email Megan at megan.boissiere@clinicalherbalism.com or call 937-243-6778.

Andrea was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. She found her way to herbalism through her love for holistic medicine while studying Ayurveda practices in India. Along with traditional Mexican medicine and Mayan herbalism her path continued to grow. She is passionate about her traditions and has a deep connection with the ancestral ways of her country. She is a devoted herbalist with over 900 hours of training through CSCH and is currently enrolled to become a certified Clinical Herbalist and Certified Nutritionist. She has special interest in postpartum care, female health, gut healing, nutrition as well as emotional wellbeing. Her goal is to create lifestyle choices that empower people to heal within, and to provide them with the tools to take charge of their personal health and wellness. When she is not seeing clients, she likes to spend time in nature hiking with her dogs or just reading a good book. She speaks fluent Spanish and English. She would love to provide Spanish speakers access to natural medicine and clinical herbalism in the front range. Andrea es originaria de Guadalajara, México. Empezó su camino hacia la Herbolaria a través de su amor por la medicina holística mientras estudiaba Ayurveda en la India. Junto con sus estudios en Medicina Tradicional Mexicana y Herbolaria Maya, su camino siguió creciendo. Le apasionan sus tradiciones y tiene una profunda conexión con las practicas ancestrales de su país. Tiene más de 900 horas de capacitación en herbolaria a través de CSCH y actualmente está inscrita para obtener sus certificación en Herbolaria Clínica y Nutrición. Tiene especial interés en la atención al posparto, la salud femenina, la sanación intestinal, nutrición y el bienestar emocional. Su objetivo es crear opciones de estilo de vida que permitan a las personas sanar desde adentro y brindarles las herramientas para hacerse cargo de su salud y bienestar personal. Cuando no está viendo clientes, le gusta pasar tiempo en la naturaleza con sus perros o simplemente leyendo un buen libro. Habla español e inglés con fluidez. Aella le encantaría brindar a los hispanohablantes acceso a la medicina natural y la herbolaria clínica en Colorado.