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.

Clinical Herbalist  Cheryl Fromholzer
Clinical Nutrition & Counseling  Kia Sanford MS CN
Herbalist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master  Judy Lieblein
Energetic Herbalist  Madalyn Berg
Master Herbalist  Matthew Wood
Herbalist & Quantum Biofeedback Educator  Catherine Abby Rich
Clinical Psychologist  Dr. Arinn Testa Psy.D

In addition to our team of in-house practitioners (above), Gathering Thyme has a strong Integrative Practitioner Network (IPN) of professionals we work closely with and are delighted to promote and refer our customers and clients to. We know, first-hand, the work of each of these practitioners and recommend them highly! They are:

Nutritionist & Aromatherapist  Sarah Bearden, D.N.Med., M.S., CN
Acupuncture & Homeopathic Studio  Amber & Linda Scriven
Functional Medicine MD  Myrto Ashe MD, MPH
Naturopathic Doctor  Dr. Jen Clemons ND, L.Ac.
Somatic Counseling & Reiki Master  Mia Runanin
Physical Wellbeing  Centre for Structural Reintegration
Pre-Natal Yoga  Pomegranate Center
Massage & Pilates  Fairfax Massage & Pilates
Coaching Healthy Transitions  Laura Riordan, Ph.D.

Cheryl Fromholzer

Cheryl Fromholzer 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.

Because of her busy teaching schedule, Cheryl is currently on hiatus from seeing clients, but is delighted to recommend the services of two incredible herbalists on staff - Judy Lieblein and Madalyn Berg.

Phone: 415.524.8693
Kia Sanford

Kia Sanford Clinical Nutrition & Counseling

In addition to being an avid gardener and culinary adventurer, Kia Sanford holds Master’s degrees in both Human Clinical Nutrition and Marriage/Family/Child Counseling which she uses in tandem while working with clients to help them foster long term health. She has worked in the Oakland, San Leandro and San Lorenzo schools with economically challenged families and children, and taught 6th grade outdoor ed, rock climbing and backpacking to kids in the California foothills. Kia has taught nutrition and lifestyle classes and conducts individual consultations with clients all over the country. Whether challenged with cancer, recovering from surgery, changing body composition or working to prevent the onset of chronic disease, Kia firmly believes that what we eat, drink, and how we move everyday is vitally important. Kia’s love of good food, and understanding that food can be medicine, informs her positive focus on all the wonderful things we can and should be eating to create and maintain health.

Special Interests:
  • Personal Pantry House Calls
  • Private Kitchen Coaching
  • Private Clinical Nutrition Counsultations
  • Get REAL: Realistic Eating & Active Lifestyle Program
  • Group Classes & Workshops
  • Corporate Wellness Programs
  • Grocery Store Field Trips

Phone: 415.813.6183
Web: Kia Sanford
Judy Lieblein

Judy Lieblein 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.

Modalities Offered:
  • Herbal - Herb/Flower Essence Consultations
  • Energy work ~ Shamanic Healing and Reiki
  • Counseling ~ Cognitive, Emotional and Spiritual
  • Life Coaching
  • Animal Communication

Phone: 650.464.5289
Madalyn Berg

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
Matthew Wood

Matthew Wood MS RHInternationally-Renowned Master Herbalist & Author

Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982 and is a renowned inspirational lecturer and author of several herb books including The Book of Herbal Wisdom and The Earthwise Herbal. While he believes in the virtue of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us from our European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritage.

Matthew Wood is periodically available for private, one-on-one consultations at $150 per session.

Matthew is traveling until the Fall of 2017. Please email us if you are interested in booking an appointment with him: Send Email

Catherine Abby Rich

Catherine Abby RichHerbalist & Quantum Biofeedback 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. In addition, teaching local plant medicine to all ages is one of her most cherished talents, her lifetime assignment and delight. In the year 2000, Catherine Abby began combining her herbal knowledge with the remarkable science of quantum medicine. She has become a respected practitioner of Quantum/SCIO Biofeedback*, and through this medium she is able to utilize her knowledge of both ancient and modern wisdom, helping others further their quest for optimal health and well-being.

The Quantum/SCIO is a computerized system that seeks to balance body mind and spirit, at the subtle energy level. This state-of-the-art, interactive biofeedback device manages both stress and pain and utilizes Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), analogous to a lie detector. Every cell, organ, neurotransmitter, parasite and emotion has a characteristic frequency or vibration. This device sends 9,600 such frequencies to the super-conscious via head, wrist and ankle bands. The device then records the degree to which our bodies react. Like an accomplished master, piano tuner, the SCIO finds what in us is off key and attempts to tune us back to perfect pitch and harmony. Each person's situation is unique. The SCIO prioritizes programs such as reducing stress through unblocking meridians in the electro-acupuncture system, utilizing injury repair, addiction protocols, anxiety management re-training program, brain-wave balancing and much more.

Phone: 415.924.5961
Arinn Testa

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

Special Interests:
  • Emotional and Neuroplasticity
  • Unlocking Unconscious Motivations
  • Trauma, PTSD, and the Effects of Stress on Health

Phone: 415.505.0588
Web: Arinn Testa