After years of working as a community herbalist, volunteer breastfeeding support, and mother, I was called to practice massage therapy after a life-changing car accident in 2014. Through my own healing, I received several different kinds of massage including Craniosacral Therapy, which dramatically helped me to recover from pain, concussion symptoms, and whiplash. While receiving treatment, I noticed the traits of good practitioners, especially those that could effectively work with trauma and my own sensitivity. During the next two years, on my own and in massage school, I practiced and learned all that I could about massage. My focused studies in school included Myofascial, Craniosacral, lymph drainage, and massage for people living with cancer. In 2017, I was excited to follow my dream, participating in three extensive trainings for Craniosacral Therapy with revered Portland midwife and massage therapist, Carol Gray.
Shortly before becoming licensed, I volunteered to provide 20 hours of free Craniosacral sessions for clients with chronic illness. I've worked to effectively help clients with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, concussion recovery, side effects from cancer treatment, and autoimmune conditions. Creating safe space and becoming a trauma informed practice are very important aspects of my work.
Through my own experience with chronic illness, I'm especially passionate about providing support to clients with complex medical histories. I love learning about anatomy and physiology, as well as the connection between body, mind, and spirit. I am committed to managing my own health through specific AIP diet and lifestyle protocols. Through my experience and studies, I believe that the body is wise, wanting to heal itself and give us messages through our pain and illnesses (about our world, our environment, and ourselves). I am also committed to honoring and accepting each person’s individual path to healing, without judgment.
As witness to remarkable healing moments as a doula and student of midwifery, I became inspired to support women's health. I have seen women grow and transform in incredible ways and never doubt their power and potential. I seek to provide all of my clients (male, female, or transgender) with the midwifery model of care, by acknowledging that they know and understand their own bodies at the very deepest level.
For nearly 20 years, I have created herbal medicine tinctures, salves, soap, and infused oils for my community. I love plants and grow a medicinal garden every year. I find deep healing in connecting with nature, wild plants, trees, and birds. You can often find me outside gardening, pointing out medicinal weeds, or hiking with my two young, energetic children. I enjoy connecting people with plants and have taught several medicinal herb and womb health classes in both Portland and Yamhill County.
In 2010, I helped my beloved husband, Matthew Frey, to open his Chehalem Acupuncture practice. We set up the clinic together and I have always worked with him behind the scenes in gardening, support, and logistics. Since we met in herb school in 1999, it has been our dream to open a healing center. I am so happy to join Matt, working to help our community in the lovely space we created together!
It is an honor to help others heal, transform, and find their own body wisdom.
Oregon School of Massage, 640 hour program graduate, October 2015-June 2017
Neuromeningeal Manipulation; An Integrated Approach to Trauma, The Barral Institute, 16 hours, January 2019
Craniosacral Therapy Training with Carol Gray, 62 hours, March-May 2017
Beyond Trauma: Neurobiology, Epigenetics, & Health Justice with Lydia Bartholow, 6 hours, February 2018
Blue Iris Mystery School with Colette Gardiner, 4 year priestess training, 2014-2018
Portland School of Astrology, 1st Year Program Graduate, October 2015-June 2016
Le Leche League, Volunteer Breastfeeding Support Training & Leadership, 2011-2015
Birthingway College of Midwifery, Doula Training, The Childbearing Year, 2004-2006
Columbines School of Botanical Studies, 600 hour wild-crafting apprenticeship, 2001-2003
Reiki Level I & II Training, 1999 (practiced daily)
Self Heal School, Herbal Certificate & Pre-Clinical Studies, 400 hours, 1998-2000
Wake Forest University, BA in Anthropology & Studio Art, Honors in Art, 1998