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.

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Erika

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.

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Amanda

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.

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Anna

Anna was born and raised in Idaho, in a small mountain town perched on the edge of a large glacial lake. She holds a degree in writing from Boise State University and studied herbalism through Rosemary Gladstar’s course, The Science and Art of Herbalism. Anna was raised by lovers of the land, who taught her early on how to wild-forage for food and herbs, always with respect and reverence for what our earth has to offer. Her upbringing bestowed her with an inborn love of nature; she feels most at home exploring the wild places with her rescue dog Lucy—making frequent stops to admire the landscape and biodiversity unique to each place they wander through. Anna is also the botanical alchemist behind Anthea Skincare, which she founded in 2013. She transforms beneficial native botanicals into high vibrational infusions, essential oils, and essences to create her small batch skincare formulas—in a process that never stops feeling like magic.

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Kate

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.