Founder of Apotheka, Michelle is a Medical Herbalist and Holistic Nutritionist.
She explores the broader context and whole person, involving the patient’s community support and other practitioners.
Michelle has 20 years of experience in researching digestive imbalances and autoimmune conditions. Personal triumph over these issues, helps her connect with people who are experiencing similar health challenges.
Michelle completed her 5-year program of Phytotherapy and Holistic Nutrition at Pacific Rim College, which included over:
She has nutritional knowledge in Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and modern dietary therapies. This complex and extensive training in ancient medicine and modern medical sciences has given Michelle a deep, intimate understanding of the human body, health conditions, and medicinal therapies. She continues to learn and grow as a practitioner to ensure her patients receive the best and most up-to-date treatments and care.
Riley is a medical herbalist and holistic nutritionist in Victoria, BC. She completed her dual diploma of phytotherapy and holistic nutrition at Pacific Rim College in 2019 with over 850 clinical hours and 480 hours of biomedical sciences.
Riley has a special interest in mental health, believing strongly in a multifaceted approach that is inherently empowering for the individual and includes herbal medicine, nutrition therapy, stress management and connection to nature, as well some form of somatic and/or talk therapy. Riley finds nourishment for her own struggles with depression and anxiety through community, nature, whole foods, herbal medicine and the continuous journey of learning how to venture through life with compassion and empathy for oneself and others.
Riley is interested in hormonal and reproductive health, helping people with irregular or painful menses, premenstrual syndrome, pregnancy and post partum health, as well as digestion and sleep concerns. She believes that people who understand their cycles and learn to flow with their bodies’ seasons will find an increased joy and empowerment in the connection to oneself.
Riley herself continues to practice the art of slowing down by paying attention to the nervous system; mostly through movement of the body, walking through the forest, cooking nourishing foods, and practicing vulnerability with her community. She believes that herbal medicine, nutrition, talk and somatic therapy, and a connection to nature are integral to move through the light and dark seasons of life.
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