Hi! I’m Hannah Rae Behrens, a UP born clinical herbalist. I grew up a bit south of Marquette on a small farm in the woods with a deep appreciation for my interdependence with the natural world. My mother has always told me I am a plant nerd, and I have come to wear that badge with pride! After 12 years away, I’m delighted to have returned to the Upper Peninsula to raise a family and offer my skills to the community.
I first came to herbalism in seeking to better understand and manage my own chronic illness. Following my undergraduate work in conservation biology, I quickly realized that clinical herbalism and ecology have a lot in common! And, in an effort to utilize my degree in a way that felt applicable to the world outside of academia, I decided to study clinical herbalism professionally, and focus my career on bringing clinical herbal knowledge into wider use.
In clinic, I seek to provide care that meets you wherever you are in your journey with health, centering self-compassion and an understanding of the interaction between emotional, physical, and environmental wellbeing.
I understand each person’s experience with health or illness to be unique, and I consider myself to be a perpetual student of this uniqueness. I seek to provide curious and open clinical space in which I can be a partner to you on your journey with health. In this partnership, I provide expertise about herbs, physiology, and health, and you provide expertise on your particular experience. Each component is equally important in reaching the goals we set together in a realistic and sustainable manner.
When I am not in working as an herbalist, you’re most likely to find me gardening, cooking, collecting plants, cuddling my 2 sweet cats, or working on my family’s farm with my husband and my father. I am deeply attached to the UP, and to my little corner of it in particular!
Education and Training:
My clinical herbal training mainly took place at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH), from which I hold a Certificate of Clinical Herbalism. VCIH provides one of the most comprehensive clinical herbal programs in the US. My training includes a holistic and comprehensive view of both the modern scientific and traditional energetic sides of herbalism.
My 3 years of classroom learning at VCIH included classes in human physiology, nutrition, herbal chemistry and pharmacology, and herb-drug interactions, as well as traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and Western energetics. My final year was spent working as an intern in the VCIH clinic under the mentorship of Betzy Bancroft, Larken Bunce, Guido Mase, Ember Peters, Lisa Olsen, and Iris Gage. I feel deeply indebted to these wonderful herbalists and mentors, as well as to my equally wonderful other teachers, Laura Litchfield, Kristin Henningsen, and the plants themselves.