KRISTY began her journey as an herbalist and wellness coach in 2009, when she completed a holistic health coach training through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and began a two-year herbal medicine apprenticeship with Robin Rose Bennett (in Susun Weed’s Wise Woman healing lineage). Through Robin she learned to see magic and spirit in the world around her again, in addition to connecting with the gifts of common plants, ancient healing traditions, and intuitive wisdom. In 2011 Kristy participated in a clinic with herbalists Margi Flint and Matthew Wood and also began exploring primitive skills with Tom Brown Jr. and his staff in several classes through the Tracker School, through which she deepened her connection to the living world.
For the past 4 years Kristy has worked with Ryan Drum on Waldron, wildcrafting medicinal plants and seaweeds. Her work with Dr. Drum has given her a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of local plants and seaweeds as foods and medicines; seaweeds and thyroid health; lifestyle choices for optimal health; and traditional herbalism.
Kristy currently has an herbalism practice at the Healing Arts Center, Orcas Island, WA, where she empowers clients to be active participants in their well being, guiding them in tuning into the messages of their bodies, adding nourishing food and herbs to their diets, and making health-positive lifestyle choices.
Kristy is passionate about exploring the natural world and working with wild plants in ancient and creative ways. Prior to moving to Orcas in 2016, she lived off the grid for several years with no running water, refrigeration or stores.