Meet the Vervain Team
Meet Dr. Nicole Pierce, NMD. A Boise native who began her medical career at The National University of Natural Medicine, in Portland, Oregon, Nicole's interest and joy is in connecting people to one another. Co-creating The Vervain Collective was a manifestation of her passions for community building and wellness care. Naturopathic medicine requires an integrative, systematic approach to formulate a treatment plan tailored to the individual; focusing on the cause, not just the symptoms. Effective community building shares a similarly systematic approach. Nicole looks forward to welcoming you to the Vervain plant-based apothecary, to learn about your needs over a cup of tea. You will walk away feeling supported with some advice to incorporate into your health routine and most likely an introduction to a new person or product line you will adore!
Meet Kelsey Jae. Kelsey’s in love with her garden and eager to expand her knowledge of the powers of plant based health through The Vervain Collective. She explored a career in integrative medicine in college, but chose to become an attorney instead! She has years of experience building partnerships around energy, the environment, and sustainability while focusing on building community and support for local economies and purpose driven ventures. In 2016, she became a Fellow with the Sustainable Economies Law Center and launched her own practice, Law for Conscious Leadership, which is committed to supporting others as they develop meaningful livelihoods and create a more resilient economy. She also was a founding partner of the sustainability consulting firm, Warm Springs Consulting. She brings her passion for lifelong learning, infusing love into business relationships, and pursuing new adventures to The Vervain Collective.
Erika is an herbalist who has studied with The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, The Science and Art of Herbalism, as well as other herbalists from around the Pacific Northwest. She is the product/medicine maker, wild crafter, grower, formulator, and herbalist for Wild Ginger farm+forage. In addition to her passion for herbs and herbal medicine she also loves gardening, houseplants, live music, foraging and exploring the Idaho mountains and spending time with her husband and their 3 kids and 2 dogs.
Amanda has an adventurous heart and is passionate about the outdoors, nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle.
Born and raised in the Puget Sound of Washington state, she was raised connecting herself to harvesting and growing her own food with her family. Now certified as a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, she has the honor to help folks adjust their diet and lifestyles to thrive in their lives. After years of struggling with her own health, Amanda sought out natural healthcare, holistic health & herbal medicine. Amanda enjoys long distance trail running, backpacking, camping, fly fishing, learning to forage, gardening – cooking, almost anything outdoors exploring the vast abundance of what Idaho has to offer, she enjoys these activities with her husband and dog- she also has a cat.
Kate was born and raised in Michigan, and after 33 years in the same place, she felt ready for a change of scenery! She moved to Boise in 2018 and fell in love with the lively and supportive community, the foothills and the soul friendships that she formed. Kate started her journey as a healer in 2009 when she went to school for esthetics. This, plus her struggle with her own health, led her on a path of holistic skincare. It became so clear to her how interconnected our systems are and how creating wellness throughout our mind, body and spirit is really what it takes to be holistically well. So she wanted to help bring more awareness of this and greater results to her skincare clients. From there she started learning energy healing and combined it with her facial treatments for a unique spin and greater levels of healing. She also became a life coach, helping women to radically love themselves, find self liberation and cultivate sacred partnership. Her intention is to help others access their true self and live a life of freedom and joy. Wellness is not only a hobby for Kate, but a way of life. It’s the air she breathes and what she knows best! When she’s not sharing her gifts of healing at her practice “Ritual”, she’s playing guitar, singing, dancing, writing songs, working on her podcast, riding her bike, going on hikes with her pup Effie Mae, spending time with her partner and meditating.
Jayde is a born creatrix, a space holder, poet, herb lover, and a holistic photographer. Despite how "Americanized" her upbringing was, her tribally affiliated lineage and personal interests have led her deeply into a life of recognized ceremony. A life of walking prayer. A life of learning what it is to be human, creature, and allowance to become within multidimensional magnitudes. She sees the ever evolving world as a sprout from the seed of Love, perceiving the world through the mind of a young philosopher and always returning to the innate divinity of it all.
Before moving to Denver to go to art school, Jayde grew up in the country and cultivated her own herb garden next to the family's veggie garden. In the country she rode horses bareback with her little brother and would spend many summer nights lying on the roof of her home at night to admire the stars. Her love for this earth and all upon it is a vast expanse and she remains perpetually astounded by the magick provided and created by this earth alone.
As a holistic photographer, Jayde has had the honor of witnessing and experiencing a myriad of modalities that are weaved into the way she herself learns to hold space with her lens and is also where she was introduced to many herbal remedies. Co-creating with clients that are herbal remedy makers and working with naturopathic doctors and bodyworkers has allowed her insight into her own body and homemade remedies that have helped her heal along the way, one of which she has created a small business out of, being botanically infused castor oil. She is passionate about sharing this earthly wisdom with others and will always continue to learn more!
When Jayde isn't at the herb shop or on set, you can find her on wild adventures in the woods, soaking in springs, leading guided drum journeys, and so much more ~ for more, check out her offerings at www.jaydesilbernagel.com
Jaimi is a maker, a herbalist, a naturalist, a crafter, a traveller, a moon worshiper, and is perpetually learning something new. At any point in time, she may be making stained glass, crafting a tincture, volunteering as an Idaho Master Naturalist, flying to Amsterdam, hosting a goddess circle, or fashioning a beaded necklace in her studio!
Jaimi was raised on a farm in Southern California amongst walnut trees and orange groves. The abundance of plants and animals filled her with a deep love of nature. She has always been fascinated by how plants grow and transform into flowers, food, and medicine. As a child, one of her first memories was an attempt at making wine from grape juice! She has been creating ever since. Jaimi was led to become a Master Herbalist in 2016 after Western Medicine left her disappointed. She opened Wildish Botanicals, making custom tinctures, fire cider and salves to barter with the shops in her community and to promote the health of friends and family. Since moving to Boise, she has become more attuned to the rhythm of nature. Jaimi’s
affinity for the moon, following Luna’s cycles of manifesting and letting go, took on a ritualistic quality. She inherited her beloved goddess circle and began building the Wildish version.
Gathering like-minded women in monthly gatherings nurtures a deep community that celebrates the divine feminine found within the mirror of the moon, Mother Earth, and each other.