Katya founded Herban Wellness in downtown Kirkland, Washington in 2009 with the intention of creating a space where people can access herbal and nutritional products to support their health. This shop is a true herbal apothecary or “natural pharmacy.”
Herbalism and the practice of using whole foods grown in an organic, sustainable manner came naturally to her, as she grew up on a ranch in Montana, where nature was all around her. Her parents grew their own food in an organic and sustainable manner. Her mom led excursions into the fields, mountains, and into her expanding herb garden to harvest medicinal plants and dry them for teas or make them into tinctures by soaking the roots or leaves in alcohol. Due to health issues as a teenager, Katya learned how the foods we eat can impact our health, how herbs and supplements can be used for healing, and how important our emotional and spiritual health is.
Katya was drawn to herbal medicine because it combined her interests in health and healing, as well as our intimate connection to Nature that she finds is such an important part of living a truly balanced and sustainable life. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Herbal Science from Bastyr University in June of 2007, trained clinically and professionally with a variety of Herbalists, and then chose to open Herban Wellness.
Katya teaches classes through Herban Wellness on natural skincare, herbal medicine for prevention and health maintenance, as well as for addressing common health issues. She also speaks at various events around the area, has been interviewed on several holistic health radio shows, writes a monthly newsletter, and blogs regularly on herbs and health on the Herban Wellness website. She also does private consultations on herbal medicine for supporting individuals and their family’s health.