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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. Our clients take an active role in their own health, even amidst illness, and employ a variety of healthcare options complimentary to Western medicine.

Our educational and experiential events keep our community current with the latest research and findings regarding both challenges to and the pursuit of optimal health.

The retail shop is women-owned and staffed by experienced Western herbalists and clinical nutritionists. We offer an expertly reviewed selection of supplements, herbs and healthcare products to faciliate health and healing so customers are ensured high-quality options.

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

Cheryl Fromholzer

Cheryl Fromholzer Western Clinical Herbalist

Cheryl Fromholzer, Founder of Gathering Thyme, is a Certified Clinical Herbalist who takes a multi-pronged approach to health using customized herbal formulas along with dietary and lifestyle guidance. Her goal is to stimulate each individual's innate healing power through the use of medicinal plants to address underlying imbalances, not just the symptoms, and to prevent dis-ease. Cheryl offers both short and full sessions at affordable rates.

As Director of the Explorations in Western Herbalism program here at Gathering Thyme, she is passionate about empowering the community in the use of herbs to address illness and as preventive means for living a vibrant, vital life. For more information on herb school, visit: Explorations in Western Herbalism

Phone: 415.298.0793
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
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 Herbalist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master

For over 20 years, Judy Lieblein has been working as an 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
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