Monica Mitzel, Traditional Naturopath & Herbalist
My Educational Background
I am continually learning, reading articles, and researching. My interest in the human body and helping people achieve wellness started when I was in high school. I decided to become a CNA my senior year to work with the elderly and disabled. In 1990/91 I was able to continue using my training to work in a hospital ICU as a patient monitor for very critical patients – monitoring urine output, temperature, blood pressure, and their overall health. A few years later I became very interested in learning about medicine and enrolled in a Pharmacy Tech school. The curriculum was challenging but very fun, it was there I discovered that medication was derived from plants! That shifted my entire focus.
I threw myself into the study of plants, grabbing any books I could find on herbs, plant identification, and homeopathy. I started using herbs and homeopathic medicine with my family and helping friends do the same. I also began studying nutrition and cooking using whole foods. I then became a lactation support mom with the La Leche League to help new mom’s become comfortable nursing their babies (the healthiest start to life!).
In 2011 I delved into the world of cancer and holistic therapies because my mom was diagnosed with late stage 4 breast cancer. Though the therapy didn’t reverse her disease, it did allow her to get off her pain meds and anti-depressants for the last few months she was alive. Being free of pain gave her the ability to be present and alert in order enjoy her family.
After that I was even more convinced that we can effectively use nutrition, lifestyle, and herbs to promote health and prevent disease.
I’ve never stopped my study of herbs and nutrition, but I added the study of the brain, exercise, and essential oils around 2011. Then, after 24 years my hubby retired from the Marine Corps and we were able to settle down. I decided to pursue a certificate as a Master Clinical Herbalist and began seeing clients on a limited basis because my passion was teaching wildcrafting, medicine making, & holistic health. I started offering courses online in 2019 and now that the biggest course is built, I am able to see clients more often. I still use my consult time to educate and empower each client to take charge of their own health, but it’s personalized and I really like that.
The last few years I have dived even deeper into the study of nutrition, brain health, mind/body connection, and the role of the gut in overall health. It is a passion of mine to learn as much as I can in order to help others take control of their own health, happiness, and future.
What is a Holistic Health Practitioner?
A Holistic Health Practitioner specializes in wellness. That is to say, teaching clients how applying natural lifestyle approaches can act to facilitate the body’s own natural healing and health building potential.
The holistic health practitioner does not “diagnose” or “treat diseases,” but rather recognizes that the majority of sub-health conditions are cumulative lifestyle effects, and that the underlying cause of what we call “disease” (or, “dis-ease”) is improper diet, unhealthy habits, and environmental factors, which cause biological imbalances leading to a weakening of the natural defenses and subsequent breakdown in health.
A holistic health practitioner practices natural healing arts that promotes well-being.
Holistic health practitioners guide and teach their client in natural health approaches such as dietary improvements, the use of herbs, minerals, and homeopathy, water therapy, aromatherapy, exercise, rest, sunshine, and nutritional supplementation.
I’ve played piano since I was 6 and have taught students off and on since I was 16, I truly believe music is healing and an amazing outlet for emotions. In early the early 2000s I began studying music at my local college, both voice and piano. It let me to begin teaching voice and eventually leading church choirs.
Now I homestead with my hubby, daughter, and son on a 40 acre property in North Idaho. We grow a large percentage of our own food using permaculture, natural fertilizers, and love. I enjoy cooking from scratch and teaching others to do the same. I am an avid reader and I’m addicted to studying. In the summer you will likely find me in my herb garden or wandering through our forest. I also love good wine, good friends, and laughing. 🙂
To educate and empower each individual to live in optimal wellness & vitality. This approach is holistic, comprehensive, and compliments any existing health care program. My goal is to quickly get clients to the point they don’t need me anymore. 🙂
Courses & Programs I’ve Taken
- Certified Nursing Assistant 1987 (worked in the field until Aug 1991)
- Pharmacy Technician A certified in 1995 (Internship at the very busy Naval Hospital Bremerton)
- Read/Studied, plant walks, and used herbs & homeopathic remedies from 1995 for my family and friends
- Associates of Psychology program University of Phoenix 2008-2010
- Master Gardener 2017
- Master Forest Steward 2017
- Southwest School of Botanical Medicine Program online 2017
- Clinical Skills Paul Bergner 2017
- Formulation Paul Bergner 2017
- Certified Herbalist Heart of Herbs 2017
- Action Based Herbalism American Herbalist’s Guild Professional Herbalist Track Symposium 2017 *(Focused on clinical herbalism from free clinics to dispensary management)
- Herbal Energetics (book study) Matthew Wood 2017
- Herbal Energetics jim mcdonald online 2017
- Master Clinical Herbalist Certificate Heart of Herbs 2018
- Certified Healthy Gut Advisor – Karen Langston, 2018
- Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist NESTA 2018
- Healthy All Year Aviva Romm 2018
- Edison Institute of Nutrition Diploma Program (2018 and ongoing, estimated date of graduation – 10/2020)
- Introduction to Ayurveda The Ayurveda Experience 2018
- Systems for Success: Creating & Managing a Successful Holistic Practice Live Conference 2018
- Mindfulness Practitioner/Life Coaching Kain Ramsey – Achology (ongoing)
- Keeping Your Brain Brilliant online Dr. Charis Lindrooth 2019
- Clinical Aromatherapy Isla Verde Training 2019
- Clinical Assessment of the Tongue Susan Kramer 2019 AHG Symposium
- Common Blood Tests and Their Use for Clinical Assessment in Herbal Practice Claudia Joy Wingo AHG Symposium 2019
- Differential Diagnosis for the Herbalist David Winston AHG Symposium 2019
- Skills for Critical Assessment of Herbal Research in Clinical Practice Erika Galentin AHG Symposium 2019
- Clinical Assessment for the Herbalist AHG Symposium Intensive Rebecca Snow 2019
- Herbal Pharmacology 1&2 Guido Mase online 2020
- Introduction to the Eclectic Triphasic Medical System Donald Yance Feb 2020
Your well being, health, and vitality are of my utmost concern and I look forward to working with you to achieve wellness.
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Follow-up appointments (2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 3 months) $40