Student Clinical Herbalist Interns for 2017
Meet our excellent and diverse group of interns! If you’d like to see someone in particular, please email them by clicking on their name below or contact our office to be connected to them via phone.
Emily Rooney Bryan grew up in the woods of Northern Vermont where early on she developed a close relationship with the natural world. With a keen interest in learning about the plants and animals around her she began her studies of edible and medicinal plants. As an herbalist intern she wishes to help empower folks to be stewards of their own health and wellbeing, primarily through diet and lifestyle. She seeks to work with people from all walks, but has had the most experience working with people who suffer from diabetes, digestive distress and those struggling with mental and emotional concerns, such as addiction, depression and anxiety.
Nicole Calderone is new to Vermont, but not to the forest. She began her undergraduate education in environmental science, but quickly transitioned to biological sciences and chemistry as her interest in the healthy functioning of the human body grew. She has found herbalism as a perfect blend between these two fields. With one foot in the science world and one foot in the spirit realm, she hopes to bring these two seemingly contradicting bodies of knowledge together to help heal and strengthen individuals and the community. Nicole is honored to have the opportunity to work in partnership with you on your journey to better health.
Colleen Cronin approaches the clinic with a fascination for the ways our bodies respond to how we experience the world. They are influenced by ecology and social justice, which offer a framework of interconnections that is useful in exploring physiology and health. They have been getting to know medicinal herbs in the garden and wild for 15 years, all the while navigating the responsibility of being a white herbalist on colonized land. As a clinical herbalist, Colleen aims to help reawaken our innate relationships with the plants, relationships that are part of our ancestral knowledge, and which play an integral role in developing more empowered communities.
Dejung Gewissler is first and foremost just another human being in search of life’s truths. Second to that, he is fascinated by our innate capacity for love and warmth and our resiliency to weather all that life throws our way. He has spent years as a carpenter, state employee, farmer, entrepreneur, philosopher, world traveler, father, and son. He loves sharing stories of experience. He has never liked the words “alternative health care”. He finds herbalism as a truly Earth-based, somatic healing modality and is dedicated to sharing his knowledge from years of exposure to many of the world’s healing traditions.
Rob Havens grew up in the Adirondack region of upstate New York with the natural world always calling him. He feels that many of the decisions we make as humans builds one’s life and vibrancy. Rob is an educator of the details that contribute to one’s well being and from a young age has been a keeper of sacred space. His approach is to listen to a person’s whole story and to work with his clients to create a plan that will build on the strengths they already have. In his practice of massage, he realized that although some complaints within the body can be released through gentle tissue manipulation and smoothing out of tight muscles, there is far more that effects the body by means of the building blocks we give it. Working to become an educator in diet and the many uses of herbs has led him here. Rob is a massage therapist, reiki master, chef, musician, and a seeker of the life’s truths, found within the self and present in the natural world. He has experience addressing issues surrounding chronic fatigue, nourishment, nervous tension, anxiety, gut issues, and sleep disorders.
Katherine James grew up looking up to a massive black walnut tree, in a small town in central Pennsylvania. She’s since fiercely loved plants in the Pacific NW and Southwest. She intends to serve as a well-resourced accomplice in the healing journey, a match maker for people to find plants who can support them in making changes in their health and lives. She offers non-medical, non-judgmental, client-centered support that centers harm reduction and anti-authoritarian values. She draws from many teachers, plants, and three years experience as a practitioner at the Olympia Free Herbal Clinic. She’s worked with mental health, chronic pain, cancer, addiction, and both street and queer communities.
Lee King approaches herbalism as an attempt to make sense of her place in the world. She is interested in the invisible, energetic callings of our bodies and hearts, and how they manifest in physical changes. As a queer person, she hopes to explore what “health” means to each individual given the systems and oppressions that they are each living under. Lee is excited to learn about and work with gender shifting, Lyme disease, body knowledge and intuition, and flower essences. She appreciates the complexity of each person, and seeks to meet clients where they are at in their process of healing, aiming to shift what is movable.
Coming out of the mountains of southern Appalachia, Hannah Mitchell moved to the Northeast to study a more formalized practice of clinical herbalism and to continue expanding her work in local crafting. She believes that humans have the capacity to heal in a comprehensive form and puts education and personal empowerment at the center of her work. She has a bachelor’s degree in Globalization and has traveled throughout five continents, serving and learning from the people and cultures of this earth. She honors all walks of life and supports the individual processes of all people. She is certified level two in Reiki, is a grower of food and medicines, and is a crafter that works for local, artisanal small businesses throughout Vermont.
Hannah Morgan grew up in Vermont and was immersed in the natural world from a young age. She has a deep love for plants, animals, wild places and tiny growing things. This love has been her foundation, helping her to become a compassionate naturalist, herbalist, organizer, and health care provider. Hannah is also a certified Wilderness Advanced EMT and works for an ambulance service and as a volunteer on the Plainfield Fast squad. She is inspired by emergency medicine, but she truly lives for the unfolding magic, deep healing and connection that happens when working with plants. Hannah is excited to work with a broad range of people who are seeking an herbalist to support their vision of wellbeing, and she is particularly passionate about women’s reproductive and sexual health.
John Lisnik, Jr. is an herbalist, forager, hypnotist and lifelong resident of New England. Growing up in a small Northern Maine town, John fell in love with nature, spending the majority of his summers traipsing around the forests. He is a firm believer in the “terrain theory” of disease, i.e. that a healthy body with good tissue integrity is essential for the prevention of disease and infection. John also believes that a good diet is primary for health, and that drugs and supplements cannot make up for poor eating habits. He has grown convinced that a whole foods, plant-based diet, coupled with the appropriate herbal remedies, can promote the body’s natural healing processes. John takes a holistic approach to well-being, recognizing that body, mind and spirit are all interconnected and that tending to all of them is required for optimal health.
Ceres Porter is a native Vermonter, born and raised in Calais. She believes in using and respecting the plants around us as our teachers, to help our animal bodies become more able to heal themselves. Ceres feels she stumbled upon the realm of herbalism as a sign to heal herself and help others who share the same pursuit of natural health and botanical connection. She is passionate about healing from the inside out and happy to work with all different types of people and conditions. She looks forward to working in a triangular partnership between the plants and her clients in this non-linear journey we call health.
As a child, Jean Werst would hideaway under the draping limbs of a willow tree in Kentucky, applying poultices of mashed crab apples and other unhelpful remedies to friend’s arms in elaborate games of, well, witchcraft. Twenty years later, living amongst the fierce mountains of Klamath Knot, she finally heeded the call to plants and their powers and dove into herbal studies and practice. Since then, she has worked in free and sliding-scale clinics and community-centered support, striving to create greater access to herbalism wherever possible. She is committed to a harm reduction approach, meeting clients where they are at and crafting a path towards optimal health together. Among others, she has experience in working with metabolic issues, digestive complaints, addiction, respiratory issues, mental health and chronic pain.