I have always had a love for plants and animals – my love of horses had me trying to ride the family dog as a toddler, and a passion for plants had me tending a flower garden as a grade-schooler. After graduating from high school, I pursued my passion for animals by working for 8 years as a veterinary technician at a practice that specialized in exotics and small animals, while, in my free time studying texts on animal behavior.
Meanwhile, my love for plants and gardening motivated me to earn a degree in Horticulture Science, and, after leaving the veterinary field, I designed gardens professionally for 10 years.
I learned to ride horses as an adolescent and showed at a few local shows, but mostly I was a “barn rat”. I developed a close friendship with a Shetland pony named Onion and spent endless hours with him on the trail and just hanging out. He had a very strong personality and had been through many hands, learning all the “bad pony tricks” along the way. I adored him.
A decade later, I reentered the horse world when I bought my Arabian mare, Ali. Ali had serious tendon problems and had been abandoned by her owner. Working with Ali has been a great learning experience and I have explored many healing modalities to assist in her healing process. During her periods of enforced rest I have had to search outside the typical equestrian activities to keep her engaged. During one such period, I decided to find out more about the system created by Linda Tellington-Jones. I read a few books and was completely fascinated. Not long after, I attended my first training with Linda. This experience was profoundly affecting. I saw horses being treated as the sensitive, intelligent animals I know them to be. Over the next few years, I attended more trainings and completed my case studies to earn my Practitioner’s Certificate. I am pleased to be able to share this enlightened system of horsemanship with my clients and their horses.
I began to use flower essences many years ago because I found them to be a safe and natural way to address behavior issues with my parrots, an African Grey and a Meyer’s parrot. After seeing how well flower essences worked with my own animals, I felt compelled to study further so I enrolled in the practitioner training program of the Alaskan Flower Essence Project taught by Jane Bell. After finishing the course and completing my case studies, I was certified as a Flower Essence Practitioner. In creating a personalized Flower Essence formula I choose from hundreds of Flower Essences from systems such as the Alaskan Flower Essence Project, the Bach Flower Remedies, the North American Flower Essences from FES and Desert Alchemy.