Hi, I’m Tracey.
People are often surprised to learn that I was once seriously ill with lupus, completely bedridden for months, with so much pain and inflammation I couldn’t even walk.
And that I weighed 90 pounds more than I do now. (I’ve kept that weight off for over 20 years, too.)
Back when I was so sick with lupus in 1995-1996, I was on 60 mg of prednisone a day plus other drugs for months. Can you imagine?
My poor health kept me from so many of the things I wanted to do, things that meant the world to me like experiences I missed out on with my two young sons.
Then one day I made a decision. I would find a way to get completely well and use my experiences to help others.
I read books, researched, changed my diet, started learning about herbs and nutrition, tried reflexology.
I went from knowing nothing about health and living on diet soda, pizza, and candy to growing sprouts and making my own yogurt and whole spelt bread.
Progress came slowly, but in spite of stumbling along on my own trying to figure it out, I did start to feel better.
I became fascinated with all aspects of holistic health. And I realized that if were going to make a full recovery (and follow my dreams of helping others), I’d have to start some official training.
It was so much work, but I was all in. It was my passion. I was determined. And I made it happen – both the schooling and completely regaining my health.
So it’s pretty thrilling to me that my lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, and fibromyalgia have all been in full remission for many years without the need for any more meds.
But even more exciting for me is when I’m able to help you feel better – whether you’re wanting to relax and boost your health and well-being with a reflexology session or work on some health goals in a wellness program.
Through my skills as an herbalist, nutritionist, and reflexologist, I get to help you connect to a greater quality of life. And isn’t that what we all want?
The joy of being able to help you have the energy and vitality you need to do what you love is what drew me to this career path and starting my business.
The good news is it’s totally possible for you to be healthy.
You can be super healthy and fit and do all those things you’ve wanted to do.
Take that dance class. Start a new a career in your 50’s. Go camping with your grandkids. Bask in the sun in a lavender field in Maui.
I can help you follow your dreams and reach those goals. Helping people get healthy is my super power.
Since way back in 2000 when I first started my practice doing reflexology out of my home, to when Spirit of the Bear LLC came on the scene, I’ve had the privilege of seeing my clients make changes in their health that created an entirely new quality of life and joy for them that they had only imagined before.
You can read some of their testimonials, if you’d like. They’re on my home page.
1. I’m a Master Herbalist. I got my diploma as a Master Herbalist from the Midwest School of Herbal Studies with Matthew Alfs, a Master Herbalist and Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild.
I received additional herbal schooling from The School of Modern Herbal Medicine with Steven Horne, a Registered Herbalist and past president of the American Herbalists Guild.
And I did advanced training and internship with The International Integrative Educational Institute with K.P. Khalsa. He’s known as one of the greatest natural healers in North American and is also a Registered Herbalist and past president of the American Herbalists Guild.
2. I’m a Professional Member of the American Herbalists Guild, a Registered Herbalist. I’m the first and only Registered Herbalist in Wyoming. In the 30 plus years since the American Herbalists Guild was founded, only about 400 people worldwide have been able to achieve the credential of Registered Herbalist, so it feels great to have earned that.
3. I’m a Certified Reflexologist and have been a National Board Certified Reflexologist with the American Reflexology Certification Board since 2002.
4. I’m a Certified Nutritional Therapist. I did that training and internship also with K.P. Khalsa at the International Integrative Educational Institute.
5. I’m a Professional Member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals.
6. I’m a Certified Emotional Healing Coach. I received that training with Steven Horne and The School of Modern Medicine, too.
Wanna know more about me?
Here are a few fun facts….simple and random.
1. I love martial arts. I’m a 2nd Degree Brown Belt in Kenpo Karate and just starting to learn Jiu Jitsu along with karate at our martial arts school, too. It’s all about women’s empowerment and self defense for me. It challenges me to step outside my comfort zone and grow and builds my confidence.
2. Gardening is therapy to me. And it’s an indoor and outdoor hobby for all 12 months in the year. There’s no so such thing as too many plants or flowers, either, as anyone who’s been to my office will tell you. Green things and I get along really well, so I guess that means I have a green thumb. I also love to crochet and have been doing that for over 40 years. (My hobbies are very Yin and Yang…lol. Sometimes it’s gardening, crocheting, and meditation. And other times it’s karate and the Mongolian folk rock band The HU.)
3. I had the coolest mentor who was my “Herbal Yoda.” I had the privilege of doing many nature herb walks and learning everything I know about identifying plants and herbs and wild-harvesting from an amazing herbalist Caroline Johnson, one of the co-owners of Elk Mountain Herbs in Laramie, WY. She told the best stories of anyone I’ve ever met, all about growing up on their ranch, living in a log cabin built by hand in the 1800’s. We spent many days hiking around the forest and fields at her ranch, the one she grew up on near Elk Mountain, WY at over 9,000 feet. Near a huckleberry patch one day, we barely missed by mere minutes being able to answer the age-old question about how the bear does his business in the woods.
4. I got to see a total solar eclipse. One of the most incredible experiences of my life was seeing the 100% total solar eclipse in the zone of totality in Casper, WY, August 2017. (And the adventure of driving in several hundred thousand cars on I-25 in Wyoming that day.)
5. I have a cat that goes for walks with me in a backpack. Everyone knows my dog Molly because she goes to my office with me. But I also have a 2-year-old rescue cat, Marlow, who loves to go on walks with me and Molly in his little cat backpack. That’s one of the best ways to meet new people! “Awww, how cute! Look at the cat! Can I take his picture? Look at him just along for the ride, all chilled and relaxed.”
6. One of the top items on my bucket list – see Bigfoot. There’s a cool story behind that, a Bigfoot experience that happened in the mountains of Colorado when I was 14.
7. I’m a proud mom of two firefighters.
8. Apparently I have a “fishing curse.” No, really, it’s a thing, at least according to my sons. I’ve never been able to catch a single fish in my entire life, and anyone who goes fishing with me won’t catch a fish, and all their equipment will break and get lost and the weather will turn terrible and lightning will strike nearby trees and start a forest fire – ok, not exactly that bad, but to hear them tell the story you would think it was something right out of a Pat McManus book, one of my favorite authors, by the way.
9. My personality type is very rare. I’m an INFJ, the rarest of the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types. Only about 1% of the world’s population are INFJ’s. Learning about being an INFJ helped me to understand a lot of my life hurdles like feeling very different from everyone else. (I’ve always been the square peg in a round hole.) And needing lots of alone time to recharge but also wanting to feel closely connected to others and how to balance that and explain it. Difficulties with boundaries and perfectionism. And understanding that I feel things and process things differently than others. It helped me to be more comfortable in my own skin.
Learning about the strengths and gifts of my INFJ personality, though, was especially positive because I realized that’s why I’m drawn to my career and why I’m good at what I do. It’s because INFJ’s are insightful and sensitive and have an uncanny ability to understand people, especially their needs and feelings. They’re compelling and inspiring about the things they believe in so deeply. They value deep, sincere, authentic relationships. They’re passionate for their causes and altruistic, wanting to make the world a better place, and have a strong sense of idealism and integrity. And while they’re imaginative and creative, they’re good at taking concrete steps to turn dreams into reality.
10. My Molly dog is an Honorary Certified Emotional Healing Coach. Because she went through the program with me and was there at our workshops offering her comfort and healing magic to all the participants, my teacher Steven Horne gave her a certificate at the end of the program, too. She’s a natural therapy dog and loves on everyone who comes to my office. Especially children. They’re her favorite people. She’s a whipador – half black lab and half whippet – which means bunnies are her kryptonite.
11. I LOVE MY JOB! I love herbs, nutrition, healthy food, reflexology, flower essences, essential oils, getting to know people really well, authentic relationships, meaningful conversations over a cup of herbal tea, finding solutions, uplifting others, spreading compassion, inspiring others to believe in their dreams and make them happen. Most of all, I love putting it all together to show you the simple steps you can take to be healthy and vibrant and feel fantastic!
12. And that’s what I hope to do for you here…help you LIVE your absolute BEST LIFE!
Blessings and Love,
(Photo credit: Rugged Grace Photography in Cheyenne)