At the age of 33, I had just moved back to the USA and was declared in “remission” of my ITP and my Lupus markers were almost completely gone! Without a second thought I decided to go back to school immediately. No spring chicken either when your classmates at 18 going on 12.
My first major was in Fire Science but that was ages ago and no longer applicable. There were a lot of sciences I had to retake because of the statute. No worries, it would give me chance to brush up on all my A&P’s, Bio & Chem classes, and help me get back into the swing of things.
After 12 months, I was accepted into 3 nursing programs and a dietary program. YAY!! Nursing didn’t feel right but it paid well and I could travel. I even made it to the first orientation before the big “heck no!” screamed at me. Tried the dietary program and after going through orientation and reading the curriculum that too was a “pass”.
I felt I had to choose between attending nursing school or an allopathic medical school. Chamberlain College of nursing offered a nearly full ride and I was seriously tempted but medical school held more appeal. I’d have more of a say in a patient’s care, but even that didn’t sit right.
It was at this point in time I found SCNM, Southwest College of Natural Medicine right here in Arizona. This fit the bill! Crazy expensive but that was OK. I turned down all options and in the spring of 2010 I got everything wrapped up and began the application process. I was going to be Doctor! A Naturopathic Doctor!
And then my mom sent me to this lady’s house to pick up her essential oils…..
This lady was no ordinary gypsy lol. She was a Naturopathic Doctor in 3 different countries but not here in the USA (way to much drama and red tape). She could speak 7 or 8 languages (I forget how many) and was a melting pot of creativity and wisdom.
She took one look at me, head to toe, held my mom’s bag of custom blended essential oils and in her heavy Russian accent said:
“You will make a terrible doctor”. All I could do was blink, blink again, and ask her to repeat the statement. She had just met me!
What she said pissed me off in no uncertain terms. I dang near lost my xyz since I was on my way to SCNM to sign over $250k! She simply smiled, reached out to touch my hand, and told me of another way. It took me a while to understand what she’d seen in me that day but over the course of almost a year I learned so much. She didn’t speak so much as watch and guide. I learned how to look past the “words” of a client and into the “heart” of the client.
I will never again be blessed to lay my eyes on her sweet face but in one sentence, she changed my life forever.…..
Thank you Helena <3
Stay tuned for the next chapter! OMG what was I thinking…
Loving you all,
I know exactly where I was... Do you?
We had a family owned business in Gilbert, Arizona and I lived within walking distance. Not a care in the world as I strolled through the park... I will never forget the look of fear and shock that my parents and co-workers had that day when I walked through the front door.
Or the phone calls that followed as we tried to find family and friends. We almost lost a dear family friend that morning. She was 5 minutes late for work and was in the lobby of the South Tower when the elevator came crashing down.
My heart goes out to all the victims and their families. To all the first responders who didn't run from, but into a living hell.
Life is precious
This is a tale of girl who thought she could so she did!
My very first event was in October of 2012. I had just graduated with 2 Degrees, one in Western Herbal Medicine and the other in Holistic Nutrition.
“Season” was just opening so every Tuesday I’d take the Clinic downtown to the weekly Casa Grande Farmers Market. At the time I was working with more basic issues, such as the common cold & flu and skin irritations.
The clinic, and my scope of practice, grew by leaps and bounds. I started working more closely with all kinds of ailments, acute &chronic, and began to focus more so on auto-immunes and cancers. My clients needed more! Suddenly they needed a place to find their goodies and have their orders filled; Teas, Tinctures, Salves, Vitamins & Minerals, Herbal Supplements, and all things organic.
This is where the idea of opening a store came from. I met the most amazing people! Still do actually.
Over the course of 21 months, I had reached a point where I was getting a little tired of dragging that dang canopy around. If you’ve ever worked an event you know exactly what I’m talking about! Anyway, I digress…
In August 2014 I moved out of that 10 x 10 booth in the parking lot & into the building it sat on!
Suddenly my 10 x 10 space was now 5000 square feet! Please don’t ask me what I was thinking because I’m not really sure I know 🤣. So what started out as a hope and a dream of helping others help themselves, turned into what is now “Root 2 Route Botanicals & Natural Medicine”.
5 years later, in May of this year, we closed our store for a few different reasons…
🏰My castle is now online
My dungeon (the apothecary) is now www.Root2RouteBotanicals.com
and also available at the Promenade, once a month.
The Clinic is now available both online and in person!
And my Prince Charming? Well, he tends to cautiously approach whenever “I have an idea!”
Stay tuned for the next episode of R2R Botanicals!
Loving you all,