Our clinic is staffed with highly-skilled holistic practitioners. They each bring diverse specialties and expertise to our collaborative healthcare team. We work together to assist our clients in their healing journeys as they reach their optimal levels of health.
The physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of who you are all work together to create the picture of your health and well-being. Our multidisciplinary team specializes in activating, unblocking, and supporting your healing on every level.
Gathering Thyme’s Collaborative Healthcare Team
We are a diverse group of highly-skilled holistic practitioners whose mission is to help our clients in their healing process and their quest for optimal health. Because we believe the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of an individual are integral to overall health, our team makes use of modalities that activate, unblock, and support healing on all levels.
Herbalist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master
Herbalist, AmpCoil & Quantum Biofeedback Educator
Gentle Chiropractic, Trauma Healing & Nutrition
We’ve also worked closely with our Integrative Practitioner Network (IPN) of professionals for many years, and we’re proud to recommend these gifted practitioners who share our values:
Clinical Nutrition & Counseling
Nutritionist & Aromatherapist
Functional Medicine MD
Somatic Counseling & Reiki Master
Massage & Pilates
Naturopath and Acupuncturist
Western Clinical Herbalist
Cheryl is passionate about connecting people to the deep healing wisdom of the plant world. She is dedicated to the gentle and nurturing power of herbal medicine and focused on creating vibrant community health. Cheryl has been immersed in the wild world of Western herbalism and natural healthcare for over 25 years. She has studied with some of the most brilliant minds in herbal medicine and is delighted to bring many of those same voices to her community through a myriad of educational programs. The Gathering Thyme herb store, School of Western Herbalism and Holistic Practitioner Partnership were born of her desire to be of service and share her extensive herbal knowledge.
Cheryl believes in each individual’s innate vital force and using natural medicine to support and enhance health. She and her staff provide expert guidance, draw on a wealth of academic experience and provide the remedies and tools to help people connect to the resources they need to heal themselves.
Cheryl is also the founder and creative alchemist behind North Rose Botanicals, a line of all-natural and organic skincare and botanical medicines found locally at Gathering Thyme and Good Earth Natural Foods.
Her clinical work with private clients focuses on stress, endocrine disorders and women’s healthcare.
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Clinical Herbalist, Shamanic Practitioner & Reiki Master
For over 20 years, Judy Lieblein has been working as a Clinical Herbalist, Shamanic Practitioner and Reiki Master assisting adults, children and animals in addressing their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual concerns. Her work is centered towards cultivating health & well-being, personal responsibility, independence and empowerment through Medicinal Herbs, Flower Essences, Energy work and Self Awareness.
Holding a degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology as well, Judy takes a holistic approach, customizing the combination of modalities to each clients needs and desires. She incorporates Eastern & Western Traditional and Alternative practices combining the practical with the intuitive in a safe, caring and compassionate approach. Her specialties are in Plant Spirit Medicine and Spiritual Emergence/Transformation. Judy offers consultations in person and by phone, mentorships and a variety of classes in Shamanic Herbalism/Plant Spirit Medicine.
Herbal-Herb/Flower Essence Consultations
Energy work - Shamanic Healing and Reiki
Counseling - Cognitive, Emotional and Spiritual
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Catherine Abby Rich • Herbalist & AmpCoil Educator
Catherine Abby Rich has been an herbalist and educator for over 40 years. She trained as a folk medicine maker in the Bavarian Alps, Mexico, the U.S. and in India, where she apprenticed with the well known Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Vasant Lad. Catherine Abby was a founding member of the Marin County Farmers Market and for 23 years was their resident herbalist. Her "Combining Forces” products are wildcrafted, organic and enhanced with flower essences she personally creates and sells here at Gathering Thyme. In addition, teaching local plant medicine to all ages is one of her most cherished talents, her lifetime assignment and delight.
In addition to her herbal work, Catherine Abby has been engaged in energy medicine, the Quantum Biofeedback, for over 20 years. The AmpCoil is the next generation energy medicine device and Catherine Abby is delighted to offer this service to her community.
The AmpCoil combines PEMF (Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field) therapy, FDA approved technology for pain, depression and more, with a modified Tesla Coil, and an app called Better Guide. Better Guide utilizes voice analysis biofeedback to determine the customized tones your body is asking for, then plays these frequencies back into the body, emitting them deep into the cells. The result is that the human biology quickly begins to return to a balanced and harmonized state that nature intended.
AmpCoil is being touted as a "hallelujah" for people suffering with Lyme and other co-infections. AmpCoil can also help with many imbalances and chronic issues such as depression, insomnia and chronic pain.
Phone: 415.924.5961 • Email: Send Email
Arinn Testa • Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Arinn Testa, Psy.D is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who works with individuals, couples, families and groups. To support her clients through their unfolding experience, she integrates an array of holistic methodologies with more than two decades of traditional psychoanalytic training. In addition to her private practice at Gathering Thyme she is a professor of Forensic & Counseling Psychology at Holy Names University.
Dr. Testa recognizes that imbalance in one aspect of an individual will ultimately lead to over or under functioning in the other aspects of a person’s life to compensate. Rather than traditional “talk” therapy, this approach seeks to bring balance into the biological, psychological, spiritual, and socio~cultural aspects of the self. All people have innate powers of healing in their bodies, minds and spirits.
Clinical Psychologist, License # PSY 22398
Emotional and Neuroplasticity
Unlocking Unconscious Motivations
Trauma, PTSD, and the Effects of Stress on Health
Phone: 415.505.0588 • Visit: Arinn Testa
Linda Berry • Gentle Chiropractic, Trauma Healing & Nutrition
A key piece of Dr. Berry’s chiropractic technique and philosophy is Non-Force Applied Kinesiology, which uses the least amount of force necessary to make you feel good again. After discovering what’s going on with you and doing a thorough exam, you and Dr. Berry decide together if gentle chiropractic care is the best way for you to get out of pain and back to your normal life again.
Chiropractor care focuses on your entire body, not just your spine, and may include the following:
Posture and spine alignment
Muscle work: strengthening weak muscles and relaxing tight muscles
Aligning the joints of the extremities (legs and arms) can include feet, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands
Cranial adjusting – helps to deliver nutrition and eliminate waste from the brain and spinal cord. And take the pressure off vital brain centers to relieve migraines, headaches, visual and hearing problems, confusion, inability to concentrate, facial pain, and TMJ-jaw problems)
Dixie Pauline • Clinical, Registered Herbalist
With a background in grassroots, community-led organizing, Dixie is inspired by work that connects healing and transformation with organizing for justice and collective liberation. She is dedicated to exploring the use of plant medicines for healing from individual and collective trauma that is related to oppression.
Dixie is trained as a Wilderness First Responder, and coordinates herbal first aid clinics and wellness spaces at gatherings and on the front lines. She volunteers with MASHH (Medicine For All Seeking Health and Healing), a collective that provides herbal education, first aid and wellness clinics at large outdoor gatherings, resistance campaigns, and disaster zones on the West Coast.
Dixie has maintained a medicinal herbal practice in Lisjan/Ohlone Territory, known as the San Francisco Bay Area, since 2008. Prior to that she provided elderly and hospice care which led her to a formal practice with plant medicines. You can learn more about Dixie at Grassroots Apothecary
Phone: 510-394-2993 • Email: Send Email
Madalyn Berg • Energetic Herbalist
Madalyn Sarena Peratoner Berg is an herbalist, artist and educator. She practices energetic herbalism and offers a trauma informed practice. Madalyn believes that imbalances exist at the nexus of our internal and external worlds and considers the physical, emotional and spiritual in relationship with broader social, political and environmental forces acting on the body. A goal of Madalyn's practice is to use plants, tools and information to empower clients, returning to them a sense of agency over their lives and their bodies. Madalyn is especially committed to providing herbal support for oppressed communities including Sick, Disabled, Queer, Trans, and People of Color.
Madalyn has lived alongside plants her whole life, and began formal herbal studies in 2010. She studied under Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes at The Blue Otter School of Energetic Herbal Medicine in Fort Jones, California, and graduated from the Roots Program at the California School for Herbal Studies in Forestville, CA. Among other teachers, she has also studied with Mathew Wood and Cheryl Schwartz. In 2015 Madalyn founded The Community Medicine Cabinet, a collaborative project between Northern California Herbalists, offering education and self care products made in an ethical, sustainable, and beautiful way. She is also an herbalist on staff here at Gathering Thyme, a grower for the Sonoma County Herb Exchange, and a board member of the Sonoma County Herb Association.
Phone: 415.497.8836 • Email: Send Email
Good Words from our Network
“Gathering Thyme is a community treasure. As an acupuncturist and herbalist, I’ve sent many of my patients there over the years for supplements and herbs, knowing they’ll be receiving excellent customer service. Cheryl stocks the highest quality of products and is incredibly knowledgeable about all of them. I personally frequented Gathering Thyme during my pregnancy for their pregnancy tea and it kept me and my baby healthy. Thank you to Gathering Thyme for being a sanctuary of healing and for educating the public about natural wellness!”
—Lindsey Koelman, L.Ac, Marin Acupuncture Clinic
“Offering expert herbal advice and a beautiful selection of artfully curated herbs from trustworthy sources, Gathering Thyme is an indispensable community resource. They have a variety of house blends, or you can consult with one of the trained herbalists on staff to help you address what ails you. They also offer classes, ranging from making your own bodycare products to programs where you can become a certified herbalist yourself. Whether you want holistic support for your pet, a drug-free approach to hormonal issues such as menopause, training in essential oils, or help getting a good night’s sleep, you can find the information and products here to help you take charge of your wellness”
—Mia Runanin, Reiki Teacher & Somatic Counseling