Staff & Instructors
The lush green beauty of the Pacific Northwest provided Kate with the perfect childhood stomping grounds for endless exploration. Preferring to get the hands and feet dirty close to the ground amongst the plants instilled a curiosity in biology and botany in her.
Thinking about becoming a doctor, Kate pursued a pre-medical degree only to be disappointed to discover it lacked connection with the outdoor plant world that cultivated the career interest in the first place. Kate reconnected with her plant allies studying herbal sciences at Bastyr University in Seattle, realizing the immense medicinal power they encompass. Kate graduated from Bastyr University with a Bachelor of Science in Herbal Sciences in 2012 and continues learning herbal wisdom at the Colorado School of Medical Herbalism in Boulder.
As an herbalist at Rebecca's Apothecary, Kate shares her own wisdom and knowledge of botanical medicine for the greater community as a way to connect with nature, the body and self, and personal wellbeing.
Amber works at Rebecca's Apothecary as a certified herbalist, teacher, writer, and lover of plants. Raised by medical practitioners of both western and eastern philosophies, her education in the multifaceted world of healing began at a young age. After working on various organic and biodynamic farms in Central America and across the US, she began to explore her developing interests in plant medicine and whole food nutrition. This exploration led to her participation in an intensive clinical herbal program and has resulted in a rewarding career as a certified clinical herbalist and nutritionist. Amber's practice reflects her enthusiasm for helping people take charge of their own health and wellbeing through nutrition, lifestyle changes, plant spirit medicine, flower essences and aromatherapy. She is tickled to be a part of an amazing team of herbalists at Rebecca's and to continue her lifelong education in herbal therapeutics.
Alyson Gaioni is a Certified Clinical Herbalist, graduating from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism with honors. She also received her Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Alyson found her way to herbalism after holding jobs in various fields, and has fallen in love with the plants and people she has encountered along the way. Pulling from her experience in social work, nutrition, and her herbal education, Alyson focuses on increasing people's vitality and empowering them to take their health into their own hands.
Faith Goguen works as an herbalist, medicine maker and teacher at Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary. She studied clinical herbalism and nutrition at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder. She also has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Women's Studies.
In her clinical practice Faith focuses on women's health. She teaches group workshops and offers private instruction in the Fertility Awareness Method. FAM is a method of observing and charting fertility signs to determine fertile and infertile phases of the menstrual cycle. This body knowledge can be used to bring a deeper understanding and awareness of your body, it can be used as a natural method of birth control, or it can be used to improve your chances of achieving pregnancy. Faith also offers nutrition and herbal consultations specializing in menstrual health, fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum.
She is passionately devoted to educating and empowering women to reclaim their bodies and decision-making power when it comes to healthcare, sexuality, birth control, fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, and family.
Erin Hilgendorf is a certified herbalist and studies nutrition at Bauman College in Boulder, CO. She will complete her certification as a holistic nutrition counselor in March '14 and will go on to take the board exam with the NANP. Erin earned an herbal science degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA and currently holds a medical internship with a local Naturopathic Doctor. Through herbalism and nutrition, Erin shares curiosity and education to heal the body physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Erin believes through energetic, botanical, and functional medicine, we begin to elevate the vibration of our health and connect to the architecture of the natural world. Erin shares the vitality of nutrition and botanical medicine to empower all beings to pay attention to their own health, as it is our greatest opportunity to live a happy and energized life.
Liz Holtman works as a medicine maker and herbalist at Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary & Supply. Liz has always been inspired by the natural world around her. As a child she explored the woods of northern Connecticut, but it was during the 5 years she spent working on a lavender farm in Cape Cod, Massachusetts that she discovered her calling was centered on herbs and community. Liz graduated with a BA from Colorado College in 2005 and got her start in herbalism in Bozeman Montana apprenticing with Kris Hill of Hill Botanical in 2007. During that time Liz acquired a great deal of medicine making experience and in 2009 she moved to Boulder Colorado to continue her studies at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. She graduated from the clinical program in 2011 and the nutrition program in 2012. Since completing school, Liz co founded Traditional Roots, which offers herbal, nutritional, and lifestyle consultation. She currently teaches classes at Rebecca's and at The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism.
Liz enjoys working with people who have the desire to take control of their own health. She believes that the combination of herbs, diet, and lifestyle has a profound ability to create a positive change in one's wellbeing. Through her own experiences, Liz has become passionate about women's reproductive health. She is inspired to help women strengthen their overall vitality by working with them to reclaim their health through awareness, nutrition, and lifestyle. Liz's specific areas of interest in reproductive health include STD management, menstrual health, and fertility awareness.
Rebecca Luna is the owner and founder of Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary & Supply. She has been steeped in Herbalism since the early 1990's when she attended the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies,
(RMCBS), where she received both her Herbalist and Clinical Herbalist certifications. She continued her studies through apprenticeships, working with clients, providing post-partum doula care, teaching and simply living with the plants. Her teaching focused primarily on the art of Botanical Medicine Making.
She was a core faculty member at RMCBS, and later went on to teach at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Though Rebecca loves teaching, her primary dream was to have a little herb shop, a place where herbalists can work and the community can have access to whole botanical medicines. Now that the shop has started to come into it's own, Rebecca has found her bliss. She is thankful everyday for the plants and people she gets to work with, for the wonderful community that walks in the door, and for her family that has supported her every step of the way.
Tzuria has always had a deep curiosity and love for plants. From a very young age it was part of her every day life due to her mother's strong belief in natural medicine. Through exposure to various healing modalities and many practitioners she discovered her own interest in pursuing herbal medicine as a profession. While attending New Vista High School in 2009, Tzuria began an apprenticeship here at Rebecca's Apothecary. Having such an incredible opportunity changed everything for her. Following her heart she then enrolled at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism and graduated in 2012 as a Certified Clinical Herbalist and Flower Essence Practitioner. Tzuria is excited to be walking the healing path and to share it with others. She is passionate about working with young adults and children through experiential education and strives to help individuals develop a stronger connection with nature. Through her work, Tzuria introduces people to new ideas and inspires them to live a more vital life.
Ellie is a Certified Clinical Herbalist and Nutritionist. She has been working with herbs for most of her life while growing up in the mountains of Colorado. Just in recent years has she begun working with herbs more formally in clinical practice. She went to school at the North American Institute for Medical Herbalism, and has both trained and done internships in areas such as botany, herbal medicine-making, herbal materia medica, and Flower Essences.
Although Ellie is interested in all facets of nutritional and herbal benefit, her focus is on digestive issues and the effects that proper nutrition and herbs have on vitality and well-being. She is always exploring ways to promote health and vitality in all aspects of life, and also studies yoga and meditation as additional support to help maintain lasting positive changes in one's health. She is so thankful to have found such a supportive environment in which to work, and loves to continue to learn about all of these wonderful ways that we can all stay healthy and happy!!
Lauren Stauber is a certified clinical herbalist and nutritionist, a licensed massage therapist, a songwriter, and a devoted mom and partner. Hailing from New York City, Lauren came to herbalism through a love of nature and a calling to healing work that took root in childhood and blossomed among the skyscrapers and asphalt. In 2003, after 35 years in "the city," she transplanted herself to Boulder, seeking teachers and more time with her hands in the dirt. In 2004, she attended her first herbalism course with Brigitte Mars, going on to complete a two-year certification with Paul Bergner and faculty at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. She continues to study on her own and with mentors. Lauren is fascinated by the subtle energies of plants and people, and the mutually beneficial relationships possible between them. She is particularly interested in working with chronic pain, stress, anxiety and emotional transitions. She also loves exploring the overlap between herbalism and cooking, and believes the best medicines come from the kitchen.
Visiting Instructor: Mindy Green
Mindy Green is an esthetician, nationally certified Registered Aromatherapist and professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. An active educator and consultant, her vast credentials and positions in botany, aromatherapy and skin care include her current role as committee chair for botanicals in cosmetics for the American Herbal Products Association and as an advisory board member for the American Botanical Council, publishers of HerbalGram magazine. From 2003-2009 Mindy worked in the botanical research division of Aveda's Research & Development department as their clinical aromatherapist. She is the author of three books and 55 published articles, and works at Pharmaca. www.greenscentsations.com
Visiting Instructor: Brigitte Mars
Brigitte Mars is an herbalist and nutritional consultant in Boulder, Colorado. She has been working with Natural Medicine for over 40 years. Brigitte teaches through private workshops and seminars, and also at Naropa University, Boulder College of Massage, Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Omega Institute. She also has a weekly Boulder radio show on KGNU (88.5 FM) called "Naturally," teaches raw food classes, leads herb walks, and is a professional member of The American Herbalist Guild. To learn more about Brigitte Mars, please visit: http://brigittemars.com/.