Although I’d been studying herbs and other holistic modalities on my own for many years (taking classes with Gregory Tilford, Wendy Volhard, the pet nutrition series at New England School of Acupuncture, and, later, the many herbalists and veterinarians at each International Herb Symposium and assorted classes), I completed an herbal apprenticeship in 2005 at Misty Meadows Herbal Center in Lee, NH, continuing on to the advanced program, as well. Going in to my training, I knew that my focus was in treating dogs, and worked to translate health conditions and herbal applications from human to canine. In 2007, I was invited to intern at the herbal center there, sitting in on consults and mixing herbal formulations. I really didn’t want to leave my home in Somerville, MA, but knew that the experience to be gained in NH was invaluable. Working alone in the shop on some days, I learned to swim by jumping into the water, and I appreciate the confidence that they showed in me by allowing me to do that.
While I was an intern, I was gifted with a position at The Herbal Path, in both their Portsmouth and Dover, NH stores. There, I worked with natural pharmacists in better understanding vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and other nutritional building blocks – as well as continuing my herbal work.
While at the Herbal Path, I was offered a position working with the owner and nutritionist at The Natural Dog. There, I continued learning about nutrition – but in this setting, it was specific to dogs and cats.
I combine these disciplines in a whole dog approach and feel that every dog has the potential to be The Greater Dog – one that is not only healthy, but happy through purpose, stimulation, and positive relationships. I haven’t learned all that I need to know. I never will. But I missed Somerville, MA, and so I came back to continue the journey from a place that feels more like home.