Laura Matthews is a Certified Clinical Herbalist specializing in women’s health, pediatric care and cancer. A Licensed Massage Therapist, Teacher of Maya Abdominal Massage and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Laura’s approach towards optimal health is holistic and integrative, by combining plants, healing touch and correct posture. Born and raised in colorful Colorado, Laura graduated from Fort Lewis College (2002) in Durango, with a degree in Psychology. During this time, Laura studied as an apprentice to herbalists’ and naturopathic physicians and began practicing as an herbalist in the community.
After years of working with plants and in herbal apothecaries, Laura went on to attend the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine (2004) (www.swsbm.com), in Bisbee, Arizona; taught by the legendary Michael Moore. Laura is currently studying the Herbal Medicine for Women program, taught by Aviva Romm (www.avivaromm.com), which certifies graduates as a Women’s Herbal Medicine Educator. Laura attended the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado (2003) (www.mtic.edu) and has studied with Dr. Rosita Arvigo on The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy(ATMAT) (www.arvigotherapy.com).
Laura is a Certified ATMAT Self-Care Massage Teacher (2006) and offers workshops regularly around the country. From the age of 16 years old, Laura began studying Iyengar yoga. In 2007 Laura travelled to Pune, India to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (www.bksiyengar.com). She lived there for over two months and attended classes taught by B.K.S Iyengar, Sri Prashant and Smt. Geeta Iyengar. Laura became certified as an Introductory Level 2 teacher in 2010. The Iyengar family embody ancient wisdom and their work has healed millions of people the world over.
Laura’s regular yoga classes and workshops can be found at The Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver (www.iyengaryogacenter.com) and Belly Bliss (www.bellybliss.org). Laura has traveled around the world to live, study, learn and teach the natural lifestyle of ancient healers.
Dr. Wallace is a licensed family doctor specializing in natural treatment options. Trained as a primary care physician at the National College of Natural Medicine she is able to do comprehensive physical exams as well as order lab work, and imaging to provide you with a holistic diagnoses. Growing up in the Appalachian Mountains, Karrina was raised using herbal medicine and homeopathy as her primary means of healthcare. However, she was not always aware of the enormous healing potential these modalities had until falling very ill her freshman year of college. Unable to get help from conventional doctors she turned to a holistic chiropractor for help. Working with this holistic doctor immediately turned her health around. She knew that she had to bring this form of medicine to more people. This motivated her to switch her degree to Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise and earned her B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.
Dr. Karrina Wallace is passionate about providing access to natural health care to the Denver area. She recently moved to Denver because of her love for the culture and the outdoor way of life. Patients who work with Karrina are impressed by her depth of knowledge, along with her compassionate and empathetic approach to patients. Karrina provides her patient with a down-to-earth and obtainable plan to reach your health care goals.
Joan Fessenden: B.Sc. Human Nutrition, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Joan earned her Master Herbalist Certification with Integrative Earth Medicine Herbal Medicine
(http://integrativeearthmedicine.com )where she studied with Brigette Mars and Luke Terry as well as many other gifted Herbalists. She also worked with several herbalists and a naturopath while living in New Zealand for 2 years.
Always drawn to nature and curious about the healing and nourishing properties of plants Joan grew up in Wyoming where she spent summers working her Grandmother’s kitchen garden and gathering berries and mushrooms in the surrounding fields and forests. She went on to gain a Bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition and Biochemistry from the University of Utah. Shortly after graduation she moved to South Africa where she and her husband raised 2 children. While living in Africa Joan worked as a fitness and nutrition instructor. When she returned to the U.S. and settled in Denver she worked for Natural Grocers for 8 years where she realized that the products that most interested her were plant based. This led to her pursuit of formal Herbal training.
She considers herself a lifelong learner and is intrigued by the union of tradition and modern science. Plant medicine is great for that. We have the traditions of ancient healers and wise women who understood the importance of a holistic approach to healing and health. Increasingly we see science “rediscovering” much of what our grandmothers taught us; backing up that traditional knowledge with impressive data and refining our ability to use the medicine in the plants.
Joan has a special interest in the area of adaptogen herbs and immune system support. She believes that supporting and optimizing our natural defenses with good food, stress management, movement and herbs is the best way to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing modern world.