FAQ

How can I schedule, change, or cancel an appointment?

The easiest way to schedule an appointment or manage existing appointments is through the “Schedule” page on my website which uses a convenient online scheduling program.

Can I take herbs while I'm taking prescription medications?

Yes, many herbs and medications can be integrated together safely and effectively by a trained professional herbalist.

Can I bring a supplement or nutritional product and get your opinion on the product, the company, and/or whether or not it would be a good supplement for me?

In order to provide quality service, I generally don’t do this for several reasons.  I’m very pleased  with the companies and their products that I use and recommend.  I know the research and science behind their products and the quality of the manufacturing and processing facilities they use.  I trust their expertise, knowledge, and experience that goes into formulating their products.  And I know that their materials are organic and/or sustainably and ethically grown and harvested.

I just don’t know all of that information about other companies and their products.  As part of my commitment to you and the environment, I am very selective about the products and companies I use or recommend.

Can you – either through reflexology or nutritional supplements or diet – help me with my particular disease, condition, or mental health issue?

This is an important question and one that I hear frequently, so I’m happy to explain this.  Only a medical doctor or mental health professional can treat a disease or a mental health condition.  However, people with diseases or mental health conditions can benefit tremendously from holistic health therapies and often experience great improvements in their health from herbs and nutritional supplements and reflexology.  I’m living proof of that!  If you’ve read my “About” page, you know that I’ve overcome several auto-immune diseases and PTSD all with natural, holistic health therapies.

This is because natural therapies work on promoting and building good health, strengthening the structure and function of the body and its systems.  I can provide natural and holistic nutritional and herbal support for your wellness needs, but those needs are not necessarily defined by your diagnosis.  Your treatment, care, medications, etc. for that condition are exclusively up to your doctor, therapist, etc.

I can in some cases show you research and case studies that have shown how people with many different conditions or diagnoses benefited from reflexology or nutritional therapy, and I have provided some links on my website to some great websites that have compiled some of this information and research.  And I have some wonderful brochures on that in my office, too.

So what I always suggest when people ask if I can help them with a specific condition is, let’s work on building your health through nutritional and herbal support and reflexology and see what happens.   The body can do amazing things with proper support and nourishment!

Can you through muscle testing or any other form of assessment or through reflexology determine if I have a virus or parasites or the flu or cancer or any other condition?

Again, this is another great question that I’m happy to answer.  I can’t do this for several reasons.  To do so would be making a medical diagnosis which only a medical doctor can do.  It isn’t legal for me to do that or to claim that I can do that.  But most important, it isn’t what I do.  I don’t identify disease conditions and/or treat them.  I focus on wellness and helping clients build and promote their health through strengthening the structure and function of the body and its systems.  It is a fundamentally different concept.

In my consultations and assessments, I’m interested in finding imbalances or weaknesses or things of that nature and then recommending natural support that can strengthen the structure and function and energetic balance of those areas.

What does “holistic” mean?

I refer often to “holistic wellness” or a “holistic approach,” so this is a great question.  According to Merriam-Webster, holistic is defined as, “relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts.  Holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body.”

When I use the word “holistic,” I mean that I look at the whole, complete picture of everything that is contributing to your health state, and my goal is to address all of that in order to help you be completely whole and healthy.

“Holistic” isn’t a religious or philosophical view or New Age or anything like that.  It merely means to address the whole of the individual – their physical body, emotional well-being, social, family, career, etc.  How is your “whole” life affecting your wellness?

Think of a time when you were very sad or depressed.  Did it affect you physically?  Did you feel more tired, have aches and pains, maybe sleep poorly?  And think of a time when perhaps you were in great physical pain.  Did the pain affect you emotionally?  That helps to explain the concept of “holistic.”

A Holistic approach simply means that to achieve optimum health and well-being, we have to take a look at every area of our lives, because no aspect of it can be functioning poorly without it impacting the others.  Conversely, if we are strengthening and building every part of our whole – socially, emotionally, physically, etc. –  it will have a positive effect on every other aspect of our well-being.

How many reflexology sessions will I need and how often should I get them?

This is unique for everyone, but in general, there is a rule of thumb across many holistic healing modalities that says on average expect that for every month that you’ve been experiencing a condition, it could probably take at least one session of weekly reflexology to see it turn around.  So the more chronic a condition has become, meaning you’ve had it for a long time, the longer it will take your body to bring health and balance to that situation.

But also, the closer together in time that you receive your sessions, that more benefits you’ll get.  Weekly reflexology will help your body keep working on the issue and hold the ground it’s gained with each session more effectively than sessions that are two weeks or a month apart.

And the more tools you give your body to work with, the quicker it can repair and rebuild.  If you’re supporting the goals of the reflexology through healthy lifestyle, diet, herbs, and nutritional supplements, the results you’ll get from your reflexology will be quicker and more effective.

Does insurance cover any of your services?

I’m not aware of any insurance companies that cover reflexology or herbal and nutritional health consultations in Wyoming.

How much will herbs and nutritional supplements cost me each month?

Awesome question.  Everyone’s needs are unique.  And my approach to this is very different from most.  I believe there are many paths we can take to get from Point A to Point B when we’re working on our health, and the right path for you is the one that meets your needs and goals and that you have the time, and energy, and resources for and ability to implement.

This is why after your initial consultation, we schedule a second appointment to complete part 2 of your consultation.  This is a time for us to talk about what the results of your holistic assessment are and to plan together what the strategy is for you moving forward and what herbs or nutritional supplements you can begin with, and together you and I both will make sure it’s the very best fit for you.

What's the difference between nutritional supplements and herbs and how can they each help me?

This is a great question because sometimes people think that nutritional supplements and herbs are the same thing.  It’s helpful to understand the difference and to know why we often need both of them working on the same health goal together.

Nutritional supplements are products that are designed to “supplement,” or fill in the missing gaps of essential nutrients we aren’t getting in our diets.  This can be protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, or minerals.  We can often experience a lack of health due to deficiencies in any of these areas.  And even if we are eating a well-balanced, organic, very healthy diet, we still most likely have nutritional deficiencies because  poor farming practices over the last century have so seriously depleted the soil of nutrients, that the nutritional content of even organic food is very inferior to what it was a hundred years ago.

Herbs are plants that are used to promote health not necessarily because of the nutrients that they contain, although sometimes that is the case, but more by the actions that they help the body perform.   Herbs can be warming, cooling, drying, moistening, relaxing, astringing, and so much more.  They can also help promote healthy functions of different organs or body systems or support keeping their structure healthy.

A rather simplified way to look at this is that nutritional supplements provide the building blocks and materials the body needs to build and repair, and herbs provide the tools and blue prints that the body needs to do that work with.

Why do you use only whole food nutritional supplements and not the customary nutritional supplements sold in stores?

This question applies just to the nutritional products I use, not the herbal products.  If you want to understand the difference between the two, please refer to the previous question.  I use several companies’ herbal products, but only one company’s nutritional products, and there is a very important reason for that.

The only company whose nutritional products I use in my practice is Standard Process because of the fact that they are whole food supplements.  Nutritional supplements commonly sold in stores are usually sold as isolated, synthetic molecules.  So for example, Vitamin C isn’t just ascorbic acid, which is how it’s usually sold in the stores.  Vitamin C is a whole complex of nutrients and phytonutrients that come in a complete package in nature with all the necessary synergists needed for the vitamin C to be absorbed and used by the body.

When we just take an isolated synthetic molecule of magnesium, or ascorbic acid, or B6, or any other vitamin or mineral, we aren’t giving the body what it needs to use that.  If the body happens to have in its reserves some of the other nutritional pieces needed to utilize that isolated molecule, it will draw from its own reserves to try to absorb that molecule, but this creates a scenario of robbing Peter to pay Paul, and soon the body becomes deficient in those other nutrients it had to draw from.

It’s true that you can avoid some of these problems by taking the isolated, synthetic molecule type nutritional supplements with food in the hopes that the food you’ve eaten contains all the necessary synergists and phytonutrients needed to absorb and utilize the supplement you’ve taken, but even the best diets are usually deficient in those other ingredients or in the quantity of them needed to accomplish that.

But with Standard Process’ whole food supplements, you get the whole package of necessary synergists and phytonutrients as nature makes them which feeds and nourishes the body at a deep cellular level and often provides that missing catalyst that the body’s been needing to make tremendous improvements in health.  People who take these supplements for the first time often begin to feel amazing results that they’ve never experienced before because of the fact that these whole food supplements provide powerful nutrients in a balanced package like only nature can do.

Why do you only recommend certain herbal companies' products?

In order for herbs to work effectively, they have to be derived from quality products that are processed properly by a company that understands how the herbs need to be delivered to the body.  I’m confident that the companies whose products I use and recommend understand all of these aspects of the process.  This is important to me because I want you to get maximum benefits from your herbs and to have the assurance that your time and money is well-spent on the highest quality of products.

I’m also confident that the companies that make the products I use are ethically and environmentally conscious companies that grow or wildharvest their herbs in sustainable ways and take care that the entire process from start to finish yields a product that is safe and healthy for you and the environment.

What are flower essences and how can they help me with my health goals?

Flower essences are gentle homeopathic-type remedies that have been used by many cultures for thousands of years to help with emotional states and imbalances.   We are holistic beings with physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of ourselves, and very often emotional disharmony and the behavior and thought patterns that come with it can be a big contributing factor to the physical problems we experience.  Flower essences work passively and subtly to help bring us back to a state of emotional balance which can allow more profound levels of healing and balance.  They’re even used on babies, children, pets, and houseplants!