Student Clinical Herbalist Interns for 2022

Meet our excellent and diverse group of interns who will start seeing clients in February 2022!

If you’d like to see someone in particular, please email them directly or contact our office to be connected to them via phone.

Arielle Chilcote-Barnard

From the high desert, coast to coast, Arielle has experienced and lived in many of the beautiful bioregions Turtle Island has to offer. Spending most of her life in the Pacific Northwest she wandered through cedar forests, and played endlessly in her grandmother’s garden where she learned her love and curiosity for plants. As an adult, Arielle has been an eager student of the plants for over 4 years. In clinic, Arielle wants to make the plants, as well as her knowledge of them accessible to her clients. She has a particular interest in being a resource for LGBTQIA+ community.

contact: ariellecb@vtherbcenter.org

Madra Choromanska

Madra has a constant curiosity and passion for the plant world. In her study of botany and work in gardens and farms, a lifelong relationship has taken root. From collecting acorns and leaves as a little one to diving headfirst into herbalism – plants have led many of the decisions Madra has made in life so far. She holds trust in the ways plants and people come together to make the world what it is and will be. Madra’s herbal practice is grounded in empowerment of and compassion towards people to comfortably thrive in their bodies and in their lives. She looks forward to listening to what folks bring with them to the clinic.    

contact: madrac@vtherbcenter.org

Dianne Clouet

Dianne arrives at herbalism through two paths: her lifelong love of plants and their mystery, and her interest in other humans and how they navigate through life on earth.  During a long teaching career, she has developed keen observational skills and a deep love of story.  Dianne knows that attentive listening to people and the stories they bring about themselves and their health point towards a more balanced and relaxed way to live. She is grateful for this year at the clinic to grow with the plants and with listening. She welcomes all health stories with interest and curiosity. 

contact: diannec@vtherbcenter.org

Tasha Greenwood

Tasha was introduced to herbalism through spaces rooted in justice, agency, and access; frameworks which continue to inform and guide their work. Their herbal practice is based on the principle that as much as bodies hold the shapes of stress and trauma, they also hold the recognition of plants which can support ease and healing. Tasha is particularly interested in partnering with clients who have concerns related to sleep, stress/burnout, respiratory health, digestion, and pre/post surgery support; with the heart of their work being to support the resilience and joy of queer, trans, and non binary clients.

contact: tashag@vtherbcenter.org

Jennifer Jubin

Jen makes her home in the Adirondacks of NY, where she grows hardy mountain herbs and sells herbal products through a seasonal CSA model. She came to herbalism through a passion for accessible and empowered community healthcare. As an EMT, she’s concerned with the deductive failures of the biomedical medical model in supporting chronic and systemic disease, especially in rural places. She appreciates her training in biomedicine where it intersects with herbalism to inform a more integrated mind, body, and community perspective for long term health. She’s excited to offer full body support in the areas of chronic, inflammatory conditions and in mental health where she has a lot of personal experience: addiction, anxiety, stress management, ADHD, and disordered eating.

contact: jenniferj@vtherbcenter.org

Mo Katz-Christy 

Mo knows what it’s like to feel at the end of your rope with the healthcare system, and also what it’s like to find healing beyond that place. They want to help you connect to the knowledge that you already have about your body and plants through exploring your ancestral traditions, community networks, and gardens and kitchens — especially if you don’t believe you have this knowledge! Mo is a queer Ashkenazi Jew who grew up tending and harvesting roadside fruit with their family in Boston, and is especially interested in supporting anyone, including elders, neurodivergent and queer folks, who has felt marginalized by their healthcare professionals.

contact: mokc@vtherbcenter.org

Jennifer Porter

Jennie came to herbalism through her work building healthy, resilient local food systems and communities and her own personal health struggles. Her mission is to empower people and communities to heal themselves by equipping them with knowledge, resources and support. She uses a non-judgmental client-centered framework to co-create individualized plans that help clients move towards their health goals. With a deep belief in the body’s innate wisdom and ability to heal, Jennie is excited to help clients work with medicinal foods, plants and practices to support their healing process. She has a special interest in supporting sleep, mood, and digestive health. 

contact: jenniferp@vtherbcenter.org

Marina Sparagana

Marina (she/her) loves hanging out with plants and learning from them. She has worked at Maypop Community Herb Shop in her adopted hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana for the past four years, as well as many different service industry jobs. Bodily autonomy, Queer health, and community care are important to her and she believes that plant medicine can play an important role in having agency in one’s own health and healing because that is her own personal experience. PTSD support and trauma recovery are things she’s always thinking about, and she is particularly interested in working with endocrine disorders, stress, anxiety, and sleep support.

contact: marinas@vtherbcenter.org

Jillian Thayer

Jillian advocates utilizing herbal remedies in everyday life. She has studied the application of herbal products for wellness extensively and practices this knowledge both personally and professionally. Her experience growing up with arthritis gives her firsthand knowledge of the challenges that arise from chronic illness. She believes in the power that nature holds and that a holistic approach to wellness incorporates medicinal foods, seasonal practices, and reconnecting with nature. She has a keen interest in supporting people dealing with arthritic and degenerative conditions, as well as those suffering from anxiety and stress.

contact: jilliant@vtherbcenter.org

Chesley Walsh

Chesley came to herbalism after witnessing and experiencing shame or neglect in healthcare systems, finding that herbalism is one way to discourse about changing power dynamics. She is a musician who has been co-creating projects towards community care and health justice for several years. She has recently directed the Community Care Networks program in Tiohtià:ke / Montreal, teaches an herbalist program at City Farm School of Concordia University and has trained as a doula with the Montreal Birth Companions. Her main herbal interests focus on auto-immunity, chronic conditions and mental health, especially the cross-section of these within the body-mind.

contact: chesleyw@vtherbcenter.org

Kevin Weinberg

Kevin spent his childhood walking in the woods of north Georgia, where his mother taught him to cook and grow food.  In a health crisis, he came back to food as medicine, and began to study traditional medical practices.  Healthcare can be exhausting, painful and expensive to navigate.  Kevin’s goal is to listen closely to client’s stories — to support satisfying understanding and meaningful control of their own wellness, and the wellness of their loved ones and communities. He is interested in supporting clients with a variety of health concerns, including addiction, auto-immune conditions, mental illness, and cardiovascular & digestive challenges.

contact: kevinw@vtherbcenter.org

Karen Wiseman

Karen has been homesteading in Central Vermont with her partner and children and building their medicinal mushroom farm for the past decade.  She believes in the power of the human body and spirit and the supportive role of nature and each other on our healing journeys.  She spent 25 years engineering pharmaceuticals and is grateful everyday for the opportunity to help people in a more holistic and supportive way.  She is here to help support you in addressing your goals–acute, chronic or preventive–in an open and non-judgmental space. Karen believes that each person is unique and is honored to work with all humans of all ages to address your individual experiences and needs.

contact: karenw@vtherbcenter.org