Patricia’s herbal studies began at age 16 when she bought a copy of Return to Eden by Jethro Kloss and started harvesting wild herbs from the prairies of Northern Illinois. Her early clinical training was limited to the few times her younger sisters were willing to drink the teas she concocted.
As a college student at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where she studied media arts with an emphasis on film and television, she was famous in her dorm for the menstrual cramp elixir she made by the gallon.
In San Francisco she worked in the music business for a number of years as an audio engineer for Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Jackson Browne, Bonny Raitt and many others. Tiring of the rock and roll lifestyle, she dropped out and took a job as an apprentice to Chef Janice Chapler at the Westside Bakery Café in Berkeley where she began to develop her cooking skills.
In 1989 Patricia enrolled in the California School of Herbal Studies, studying with David Hoffmann, Amanda McQuade Crawford, Tim Blakely, Mindy Green and James Green. After completing the CSHS program and additional clinical training, she moved back to Illinois where she met acupuncturist and herbalist Althea Northage Orr, founder of the Chicago Center of Psychophysical Healing and the Chicago College of Healing Arts. Together they founded the first herbal training program in Chicago, the Healing with Herbs Institute.
During this time Patricia also opened her herbal practice. Her approach to herbalism incorporated her training in traditional Western herbalism, the energetic principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a strong commitment to using local plant medicines.
In 1993 the Healing with Herbs Institute expanded and began to offer herbal training in Atlanta, Georgia. Five years later, Patricia moved to the mountains of northeast Georgia and founded the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies. Since then, BotanoLogos has been the only school in Georgia to offer in-depth herbal education. Patricia is the school’s director and primary instructor.
Patricia continues to practice herbalism, with offices in Clayton and Decatur (Atlanta metro area), Georgia. Click here for information about booking an appointment.
Her book, Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians (2006) is one of the foremost resources on regional native plant medicines. Patricia serves as a member of the Governing Council of the American Herbalists Guild, advises the Atlanta Botanical Garden on medicinal herb programming and is the co-founder of the Georgia Herbalists Guild.