In 1986, I graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth with a degree in Fine Art, putting myself through college by working in nursing homes. After spending 7 years as a graphic artist, I realized I enjoyed healthcare more than advertising so I returned to college to become a nurse. I graduated from Winona State University in 1995 and worked at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin for 12 years, caring for patients who had heart, lung, musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders. I also spent time working in the acute behavioral health unit with individuals who suffered with mental disorders.

In 2006, I completed a master’s program in nursing at WSU, becoming a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner, board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. As a Nurse Practitioner, I have practiced at both Winona Health and Mayo Health System, caring for a wide range of patients in Family Practice and launching a Palliative Medicine department. From 2011-2021, I held board certification as an Advance Certified Hospice & Palliative Nurse, specializing in symptom management for patients with serious or life-threatening illnesses.

In 2017, I began studying Plant Medicine, and after completing Rosemary Gladstar’s Science & Art of Herbalism course in 2019, I had the pleasure of doing an internship in plant medicine & conservation at the United Plant Savers, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. I continue to study the contemporary and traditional uses of Plant Medicine along with the ever-changing technology of Western Medicine.

With over 30 years experience in standard healthcare settings, I decided to open my own clinic. It was my hope to create a unique model of care, blending clinical expertise, diagnostic skills, and the tenets of holistic nursing in a comfortable, healing space. In addition to routine treatments, I also wanted to offer Plant Medicine. With the support of my spouse, family, and friends, Tincture of Thyme Healthcare opened in February 2020, bringing this vision to life.

These years have been exciting, challenging, and rewarding, continually affirming my decision to pursue a career in healthcare. When I am not in the clinic seeing patients or making medicine, I enjoy working with plants, walking in the woods, cooking, reading, riding motorcycle, and spending time with loved ones.