Frieda Kipar Bay RH

Clinical Herbalist

Frieda Kipar Bay, RH, is a mother, herbalist, artist, and educator. Her interest lies in offering plant medicine to people in a way that is holistic, honest, and with deep respect for the plants she uses. Frieda began studying herbalism formally in 2007, completing the program at the California School of Herbal Studies. She has also completed the Aviva Romm MD, RH Women’s Herbal Educator course and studied face and tongue diagnosis under Matthew Wood RH and Margi Flint. She has studied pulse diagnosis with Brian LaForgia L.Ac. and William Morris L.Ac. extensively using the Shen/Hammer Pulse diagnosis method. In her clinical practice, she uses these key diagnostic techniques to guide her inquiry and inform her herbal formulating with great success. She has trained in both Western and Eastern traditions and uses language that combines the best of both these modalities. In addition to traditional herbal training, she has studied Medical Chi Gong and the Feldenkrais Method and calls on both when seeing clients.

Frieda currently works in herbal first aid as a member of the MASHH Collective, serves on the board of directors for the Sonoma County Herb Exchange, and is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. After working for two years with the Herbal Apothecary as a medicine maker, she began Taproot Medicine in 2010.

In addition to her work in Traditional Herbal Medicine, she is a lifelong dancer and teacher of movement for the past 20 years, fusing her deep knowledge of the body with her work as a healer and medicine maker. She brings Movement Awareness Practice, Medical Chi Gong, and deep somatic witnessing to her clinical practice and daily life.

Frieda teaches pulse diagnosis, clinical skills and movement therapies to our intermediate/advanced herbal students.