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.
Faith Goguen Rodgers
Faith has been involved in every job at Rebecca's from working as an herbalist on the retail floor to creating all the lovely bath & body care products. Currently, she is the general manager of the Apothecary. Faith studied herbalism and nutrition at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder. She also has a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in Human Development, Family Studies & Women's Studies. Faith is a mother of two amazing kids, born at home and she is a passionate advocate of natural childbirth. As an herbalist, she specializes in natural remedies for pregnancy, birth, babies & children.
Faith also teaches group workshops and offers private instruction in the Fertility Awareness Method. The Fertility Awareness Method involves observing and charting fertility signs in order to determine fertile and infertile days during the menstrual cycle. FAM brings a deep understanding and awareness of your body and can be used for natural birth control or to increase your chances of conceiving.
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.
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.
Adriana works as a certified herbalist for Rebecca's Apothecary. She graduated from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in May of 2012. After graduating she decided to delve into the wild world of harvesting seaweed off of the northern Maine seacoast. Shortly after her apprenticeship in Maine she traveled to Argentina as an Intern for Alla Arriba, a holistic health center in La Falda, Cordoba. She gained much experience teaching a variety of herbal education classes to the local residents of La Falda. Adriana's herbal curiosities lay deeply in women's reproductive health, wildcrafting, creating herbal body products, and herbal education for athletes.
Amy grew up in the Wisconsin countryside and left her stomping grounds for the Sonoran Desert in 2003, where she fell in love with the prickly cacti and the juxtaposition of the gorgeous flowers and fruit they offer. For 10 years, the desert inspired personal growth and a desire to connect with the plant world and study holistic medicine. This desire ultimately led her to Boulder to study at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, where she received a Certification in Medical Herbalism.
Amy's clinical practice blends yoga, meditation, permaculture, herbalism, nutrition and holistic health coaching into unique sessions, tailored to meet each client's specific needs. Amy believes in Bioindividuality - she honors the fact that each person is unique and requires a special set of tools and resources to obtain optimal health. She also believes in educating and empowering each individual to take charge of his or her own health and wellness. Amy plans to continue her studies to specialize in working with women and children.
Amy's certifications include: a 200-hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Certification; a 250-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification; a 72-hour Permaculture Certification in 2009; and a 700-hour Holistic Health Coaching Certification.
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/.
Visiting Instructor: Tzuria Malpica
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.
Faith Goguen Rodgers