I specialize in:
- Digestive issues such as GERD, IBS, Colitis, gas and bloating
- Chronic pain and pelvic pain disorders
- Anxiety and stress related problems
- Sleep disorders
- Menopausal symptoms
- Chronic pain and pelvic pain disorders
- Anxiety and stress related problems
- Sleep disorders
- Menopausal symptoms
- In addition to working with people, I also work with dogs and cats with health issues such as urinary and digestive disorders, some cancers in addition to many other health issues.
The following is an interview with Bonnie:
Why are you so passionate about what you do?
Over 14 years ago my oldest daughter was diagnosed with Lyme disease which then seemed to morph into Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. The doctors had her on one pharmaceutical after another. It was like a shot in the arm for me, how dare this happen to my daughter. How dare the universe play this game with us? I needed to learn more, I needed to find a solution to her problem. Eight years later she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and then Osteoporosis, side effects of the pharmaceuticals. Even though I was a practicing herbalist at the time, I knew that I needed some additional tools in my toolbox. The universe stepped in this time with ionized alkaline water. We bought her a Chanson Alkaline Water Ionizer. With just this water she was able to wean off of the drugs and almost 3 summers ago advised me that she is now off of the drugs entirely and in wonderful health with clean blood work and no pain. I need to help others make these changes in their lives.
I am asked all the time, what started you on this path?
For many years I worked as a CPA, it was a job, but I never felt connected to it. Once I had my family I was determined to create a healthy environment for them and part of this plan was for my family to eat organic foods. The cost was not so important to me. I just knew this was necessary. My friends and family initially were not on board. They’d ask “why spend so much money on organic foods?” My response has always been “I rather spend my money on healthy organic food to keep my family from consuming harmful pesticides.”
Tell us about what you do
I help people get healthy so they can live fuller,happier lives. So many people are being held back by their health; they may always have had stomach pain, they’re exhausted as they’re not sleeping well, their anxiety is stopping them from doing the things they want to do or they just simply need something to shift their energy and focus.
As an herbalist and a holistic practitioner, I support my clients teaching them simple ways to incorporate these changes into their life which make big differences. I will hold their hand as they go through the journey of eliminating what is blocking them. It can be as simple as dealing with daily stress to as complicated as a diagnosed health condition.
I work in conjunction with them on creating a customized plan. I encourage each person to work at a pace they feel comfortable with. Some people want to change everything at one time, but for most people baby steps are necessary. My number one goal when working with clients is to help them feel their best. Just because today they are suffering with some “dis-ease” doesn’t mean that they are stuck with it forever. Change is possible. Together we work to incorporate delicious, healthy food, water and simple lifestyle changes which create powerful shifts.
Why is this important to you?
We live in a toxic world filled with pesticides and chemicals. Most people look towards medications prior to good nutrition which only acts as a bandaid toward the real isue. Our water supply is filled with not only chemicals like chlorine and fluoride, but also heavy metals that are toxic to our bodies. Drug residues from all kinds of pharmaceuticals are even being detected in our water source.
I empower my clients, whether teaching how to grow an organic garden, make more healthy nutritional choices, create and use herbal medicine or introducing ionized water machines and water filters for clean toxin-free water. My goal is to help my clients become health.
Who needs your help the most?
Anyone experiencing the following:
- Low energy, brain fog and high anxiety levels from stress.
- Sleep issues
- Blood sugar issues, joint problems and digestive issues.
- Yo-yo dieting and simply want better health and to feel better.
- Hot Flashes
- Anxiety, Stress,
- Acid Reflux
- Headaches and migraines
- Difficulty focusing
- Muscle aches and Pain
- Chronic pain
- Vaginal dryess due to medication, menopause and more
The one defining factor I think that the one defining factor that people I've worked with successfully have in common is they WANT to make a change. They recognize they need help. This is an important step, for one to recognize a problem and want change.
- Being healthy doesn't have to be complicated
- It doesn’t mean spending hours in the kitchen
- It doesn’t mean that you need to spend a fortune on your health food.
- It doesn’t mean that you need to give up all of your favorite foods.
- Simple steps can make powerful changes in your health.
What stops people from taking the first step?
What keeps people from change is pain: the anticipation of pain, the “not enough pain” to shift and then finally, too much NOT to change. The problem has to hurt enough to take the first step. I always think about this story someone told me years ago:
A backpacker was walking down the street in Thailand when he encountered an old man sitting on his porch and a dog lying on the porch whining and groaning. He asked the old man why the dog was acting that way. “Because he’s lying on a nail” the old man replied. “Why doesn’t he get up?” the man asked. “Because he’s not hurting bad enough” the old man replied. . .
Unfortunately, pain is a great motivator and most of us let things get out of hand before we seek help. I am here to help you make the shift in your thinking that allows for new habits, healthier choices, to take root and grow.
Tell us more about your own story – how did you come upon the realization that this was your life’s mission?
I really understood that this was my life’s mission when I realized that I had been creating a body of knowledge – from spending years studying to be a clinical herbalist (which I absolutely love) to learning so many disciplines in the health and nutrition field , I knew this was what I needed to do. I wanted to make a huge difference in people’s lives.
Personally, what works for me is drinking a lot of green smoothies, lots of sprouts, vegetables (both raw and cooked), good clean meat proteins, and drinking ½ my body weight of alkaline water. When I eat this way, my body, mind and spirit become aligned. When I start to eat things like bread or sugar I can really feel that alignment unravel. My specialty is looking at someone’s health issues and pulling together a plan for them to correct their health challenges.
Who’s your personal hero in life? Who is the teacher or professional who taught you the most, given you the most value that you've been able to share with others?
My husband is my personal hero in life. He’s the kind of person that most aspire to be like. He knows that if you really believe in something you can achieve it. He feels comfortable in his skin. He makes everyone feel comfortable around him, not by pretending to be something he’s not, but by being who he is.
His law clients adore him, www.rogersandrogersesq.com not because he always tells them the things that they want to hear but because he tells them the truth. He treats people with respect. He believes that life is not only about making money, but taking time to do the things that you enjoy. This includes spending time with our family and for him it means getting on his motorcycle to feel the wind and freedom that comes with it.
The teacher who has taught me the most is Robin Rose Bennett.www.robinrosebennett.com Robin is not only my teacher and mentor, now she is my friend. Robin taught me the magic of the plant kingdom. She taught me how to look at plants in a different way, that the plants can help us heal in a variety of ways. They can help us physically in addition to helping us heal on a spiritual level.
Now… let’s dig into your program and process.
First, why are herbs so important and how do you use them?
In my opinion, herbs are essential for re-balancing the body. As an herbalist I look at what you need and recommend herbs that will help balance that area of your body. Certain herbs will be used for acute situations and others are tonic herbs that can be used every day of your life; they help infuse the body with minerals and nutrients. I like to work with herbs in many forms, my preference is to use them in teas, tinctures, baths and oils but they do come in pills and we will work with them in pill form if you really want to.
Many times, I recommend my clients make an overnight infusion – this will help them get the most minerals out of the plant. Another possibility is that I will recommend a tincture formula where the person will take from ¼ – 1 teaspoon, 1-3 times per day. It’ll all be based on what we determine you should use and the method that will work the best.
I create custom formulas to address a client’s current symptoms. I’m not a physician so I can’t diagnose or treat you, however, I offer education and information on herbs that can remove or shift your current symptoms. I will either mix the formula or give you the formula and a list of resources where to get the herbs; or you can get your herbs on your own, it’s totally up to you.
How does your approach differ?
My client Vicki from www.teachingspirit.com recently said to me “I’ve heard and worked with other herbalists, but what you do differently is that you make the herbs come to life. When I work with you I understand why the herbs will help me and how to work with them.”
My goal is to take everything into account – your personal health and nutrition goals – and recommend from there. Each situation is different. I don’t only recommend herbs. I look to find a solution for you that will work with your lifestyle – however I’m also looking for one that will help you to remove your health concern.
For example:You aren't sleeping well, and you’re a little anxious about something coming up. When I look at the whole picture I’m going to look at what you are eating, what you are drinking, what your current sleep patterns are then come up with a customized plan just for you.
How would we work together?
First, I recommend that you set up our 15-minute Get Acquainted Call . After we speak I will send you the link to my Client questionnaire and a link to schedule our initial meeting. Our meeting can be in person, on the phone or via Skype. I can also meet you at my office at 13 Tappan Terrace, Briarcliff, NY. This call will help us get clear about your issues and concerns and will give me a chance to recommend an initial course of action.
What do you say to people who tell you they’re not sure they’re ready to start just now, that maybe they should wait until fall? Or next spring? Or until they have less pressure? Or until they have more time?
This is the story that I've told myself many times. I’ll start next week, I’m too busy. There’s too much going on in my life now so I have no time for me. We can all come up with a myriad of excuses to stay where we are now. If you’re happy where you are today, than stay there, however, if your ideal picture of yourself is different thank what it looks like now, than let’s chat about how to get you to that place.
When you finally make the decision to take a “no excuses” approach is when things start to come together. Ask yourself the questions:
- Do I deserve to feel my best?
- Do I really want to feel like this?
- Do I feel healthy?
- Do I feel good about my body?
- If you could choose any home in the world to live in, does your body feel like that home
If one of these questions has hit a nerve, let’s talk.
What about the person who is “too busy” to take proper care of themselves, for whatever reason? They might be busy taking care of a spouse, or keeping a demanding boss satisfied. Why does everything about improving ones health seem to require so much time?
It’s a journey. If you are taking care of others, you need to take care of yourself first so that you can be the most effective for your loved one. If you work long, hard hours you need to be at optimum health to do the best job possible.
Health DOES NOT require you to take a lot of time. I can show you how eating and drinking healthy actually takes much less time than eating unhealthy and will actually cost you less money.
Are you willing to advise people who may want to buy products through your website, help them choose the products that are right for them?
Absolutely. What makes me different from others out there is that I am willing to spend the time with you to help you decide on the products that are right for you. You can email me or schedule a time for us to discuss your questions I look forward to working with you.I look forward to working with you.