Hi there. I'm Camille.
I'm an associate professor with a deep love of teaching physiology and a slightly-less-deep-but-still-pretty-deep love of teaching online. I'm technically a licensed nutritionist, although I am not taking new clients at the moment. Instead, I work with future nutritionists - as well as herbalists and yoga therapists - to make sure that their practices are grounded in a solid understanding of how the body works.
I believe that herbalists and nutritionists are a key part of creating an earth-friendly & effective model of health care based on education and respect. I also believe in science. My mission is to science-ify these professions, which I believe is possible while still maintaining the integrity of each. We can help more people if we understand how the body works and what happens when things go awry. We're better off if we question assumptions and don't espouse pseudo-science. I'm here to shed some light on what continues to be an ever-evolving field.
My life "before"...
I ran my own part-time practice as a nutritionist/herbalist from 2002 - 2014, primarily working with clients on fertility, pregnancy and postpartum health. As an herbalist and licensed nutritionist, I got to work in all kinds of settings – from an OB/Gyn office to a fertility clinic, to group practice to home-based virtual clinic to supervising student clinics.
Teaching is now my full-time job. I am an unabashed lover of all things academic, having accumulated two master’s degrees myself (one in Herbal Medicine from the Tai Sophia Institute and another in Physiology & Biophysics from Georgetown University). I taught in the Herbal Medicine program at Tai Sophia (now MUIH) for many years. Now I serve as an associate professor in the Integrative Sciences department, where I teach physiology, pathophysiology and other science-y things to graduate students studying herbal medicine, nutrition and yoga.
I’m a big believer in critical thinking and continuing education, which shows up in my teaching. I want to know if, how and why recommendations work (or don't work), and I also encourage practitioners to challenge their beliefs and continue evolving as they gain more experience.
I’ve had the chance to work & play in all kinds of other places as well, including working on product substantiations at the Federal Trade Commission, helping with the annual tonnage reports at the American Herbal Products Association, teaching environmental education on Orcas Island, teaching yoga here & there, and apprenticing with herbalist Monica Rude near Silver City, NM. You can find my physiology videos over at Physiology for Hippies, and occasional thoughts on parenting and homeschooling here.
But Enough about Me
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