holistic Health Consultations
Unfortunately, I am no longer accepting clients. I have moved on to other projects, especially writing and research (including about herbalism and radical healthcare). If you'd like to see an herbalist I recommend my sister, Kenzie Khaliq at Wild Faith Herbal Wellness. I often consult with her on cases I have expertise in. If you're in Central Vermont you can also visit the student clinic at Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism.
I'm Mica (they/he), a clinical herbalist, nutritionist, ecologist, and writer living in Abenaki Territory (Vermont). I received my clinical training in Traditional Western Herbalism at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism in Central Vermont and have been in practice since 2015. I have worked with dozens of clients from all over the world. Together we will use medicinal herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle modifications to optimize your health and address your specific health concerns. As someone with personal experience of chronic illness, I understand the importance of working with a practitioner who is compassionate, a great listener, and an excellent researcher.
Clients are encouraged to book at least two follow-up appointments. Herbal medicine works best through building long-term relationships with the plants. I'm happy to have a free 15-minute conversation with prospective clients to see if we're a good fit for each other. Please contact me to set this up.
My consultations includes:
- Discussion and assessment of current health challenges, both chronic and acute. Education on relevant topics of health, the science of herbalism, and pathophysiology.
- Constitutional assessment including the energetic qualities of the ailments (hot/cold, moist/dry, tissue states, element & natural correspondences, etc.).
- Nutritional assessment and diet augmentation. Nutrition is one of the most powerful tools to improve one's health. We are what we eat, and food is medicine in and of itself. We will have the most success in our work together if you are prepared to change your diet to align with your personal health needs. I am most excited to work with clients who are ready to make this kind of commitment to their health - the results can be spectacular! All dietary advice is tailored to the individual's specific needs - there is no one-size-fits-all diet! I have a broad education in many diet therapies but I have the most knowledge (and personal success) working within the following nutritional frameworks:
- Ancestral nutrition/ Weston A. Price/ whole food/ pre-modern/ pre-industrial diets
- Paleo diet
- Low-carbohydrate, specific carbohydrate, ketogenic, and FODMAPS diets
- Nutritional supplementation.
- Exercise or movement.
- Personalized formulation of herbal remedies based on whole-plant therapeutics according to Traditional Western Herbalism.
Cost: I believe healthcare is a human right, therefore I wish for my services to be accessible to anyone who needs them, so cost is flexible. At full price consultations are sliding scale $120-200 USD for a 2-hour initial consult, and $60-100 for subsequent consults lasting up to 1-hour long. Clients experiencing financial hardship may take advantage of my sliding scale below:
"I found Mica’s website while searching for holistic treatments for my chronic respiratory issues (COPD/Bronchiectasis). I have worked with many holistic practitioners, but Mica is special because of their knowledge in this area. In addition to speaking with me, they know how to interpret test results and blood work from my doctor to inform their work so the recommendations for herbs and supplements suggested to me are specifically to treat and alleviate my respiratory and other related health symptoms. I also appreciate Mica’s openness and flexibility in listening to my feedback after trying herbs and making adjustments based on them. I have felt respected and part of the process in healing, which is very important to me. There is no “cure” for my condition, but I feel hopeful that I can manage and even ameliorate some of my symptoms thanks in great part to Mica." - M.O., New York
"I reached out to Mica at a time when I was struggling daily with symptoms from ABPA and brochiectasis. I booked in for online skpye sessions and immediately felt Mica offered a deeply caring, compassionate and very informed service. I felt reassured from discussing with them taking the antibiotics and other medications that I had to take at that time, as Mica had so much experience in this area, and made me feel trusting of the benefits offered by western medicine, while at the same time we worked on putting together a plan for me to gain as much improvements as possible from dietary changes and from the herbal formulas they recommended. I was surprised and delighted at the extent to which Mica went to source the herbs in my own country and to make sure I was getting exactly the formulas they specified. I was also inspired and heartened by reading Mica's blog posts and learnt a lot from this great resource along the way. If you are struggling with any kind of respiratory (or other) illnesses, I would highly recommend Mica's service to turn your situation around. I cannot say that I have got rid of my conditions entirely, but I am doing so much better and have felt supported and empowered to take the steps needed to move into better health in a balanced way with Mica's ongoing guidance and care which extended for many months afterwards." - Renaee C., Melbourne, Australia
"I started working with Mica about nine months ago in hopes of finding other ways to treat my Cystic Fibrosis and overall health. Mica is incredibly knowledgable, as well as very kind, and looked at all aspects of my life to help me form a plan for nutrition and herbs that would work for me. I have been healthier (both physically and mentally) then I've been in years and I know it's because of the things I have learned from Mica and the herbs they recommended." - Erin, Vermont
"We have a 7-year-old girl who has suffered with CF-related gut issues from birth, and our greatest struggle has been finding a healthcare practitioner that could help us address the root cause of her malabsorbtion and lack of weight gain. Luckily, after scouring the internet, we found Mica and they started us on a new herbal regimen that has worked wonders over these last 2 months, and has resulted in weight gain and dramatic improvement in her stools! We are so grateful and look forward to further collaboration with such intelligent and thoughtful practitioners!" - Lauren, Florida
"Mica helped me understand what was going on with my body, as well as address some of the physical problems I was having. It was extremely helpful for me to get this help when I was feeling helpless and hopeless from a medical diagnosis that I did not understand. Mica also helped me address some of the medical problems I was having with herbs." - Linda, Vermont