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I am committed to learning and doing the best I can for all my clients. I am a Registered Herbalist (AHG), Asian Bodywork Therapist, AOBTA-CP and Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), and certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I graduated from East West Professional Herbalist School, Acupressure Institute, and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™. I enhanced my studies by completing two clinical internships with Robin London, L.Ac and Lesley Tierra, L.Ac back in 2003-2004. I have studied Acu-Oncology with Isabel Adkins and received extensive training with Ashiatsu master Edward Spencer. I formally opened my practice Robin's Song Acupressure & Herbal Therapy in Fairbanks in 2004 and have been doing this work ever since.
Robin's Song was named for Robin London, L.Ac. I was so blessed to intern with Robin, an incredible acupuncturist, herbalist, and teacher. Robin put her whole heart into every interaction. Shortly before I opened my practice in 2004, Robin passed away due to cancer. Her memory remains an inspiration and role model. I so wish she could see how far I have come since my time as her student. As time and my locales have changed my practice has become Steller Botanical Health.
I credit the Cree families of northern Quebec, the Wapachee and Jolly families, who adopted me for a winter with inspiring my love of the North and numerous lessons that the cold is worth enduring. Freddie and Annie Jolly adopted me into their one room cabin and taught me basic skills of living on the land. They had incredible patience to tolerate my steep learning curve of bush skills!
I unknowingly started my agricultural education by attending Sterling College and promptly found my passion. Before comng to Alaska, in my early 20's, I apprenticed on organic and biodynamic farms in Illinois, and California.
My life journey and travels have included winters with my husband in the bush and numerous canoe, hiking, and kayak trips around Alaska. We have volunteered together on a couple farms in South America.
When working on farms "Outside" (meaning the continental US) I delighted in canning peaches or tomatoes; making salsas and ketchups with tomato seconds. As all Alaskans know homegrown tomatoes in quantities to make one's own ketchup is a fantasy.
For the last 20 years my husband and I have live a subsistence oriented lifestyle in Alaska growing and wild-harvesting vegetables, berries, fruits, fish and game.
In 2012 we moved from one of the coldest valleys in the Fairbanks area to the relatively temperate coast of Southeast of Alaska. We have been expanding and improving our market vegetable and medicinal herb gardens since then.
We have experimented over time to find the crops that grow best in this climate and creatively come up with ways that are efficient in preserving our foods with the most nutrients while being flavorful!
Supplements have their place as 'supplements' to our health. I believe that food is the most powerful medicine. Every meal is a chance to improve our microbiota, our energy...make every one of our cells, and not to mention our brains, happy with real vitality.