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Self-Care League

Consultants, Medical Science Liaisons & Instructors 

  • Reform Healthcare - Starting with Salutogenesis and Self-care

  • Advance Precision Self-care with Plants as Partners 

  • Establish Balance in Body and Peace of Mind 

  • Integrate Timeless Healing Traditions and Modern Science

  • Expand Consciousness Studies in the Five Elements of Self-care

  • Promote Informed Decision Making in Health Care 

  • Inspire Non-Drug Solutions 

  • Teach How to Recognize Health Patterns

  • Share Fresh Ideas for Self-care Recipes and Remedies

  • Support Spiritual Care in Nursing and Community Health

  • Restore Faith in Self-care as the Foundation of Health Care 

Self-Care League Mission and Vision

Dr. Martha Libster talks about

fresh ideas for Precision Self-care 

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Herbal Diplomat® Consultants & Trainers

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Martha Mathews Libster




Dr. Martha, founder of The Self-Care Institute at Golden Apple Healing Arts and the Bamboo Bridge Herbal Diplomats®, is delighted to welcome you to the Self-Care League! Our focus is teaching people of all ages, communities, and organizations precision Self-care with plants as partners and promoting peace through health culture diplomacy. 

More about Dr. Martha


Lisa Posigian

MSN, PMHNP, Nurse-Herbalist


Lisa Posigian, MSN, PMHNP, and Herbal Diplomat®, works in a Post Anesthesia Care Unit. Lisa is a certified Science of Energy Flow Foot Reflexology practitioner and Facilitator (Fire Starter) of the Bamboo Bridge Global Tea House Peace Fire and Co-Director of the Youth Chautauqua program.

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Cathy Poral

RN, BSN, MA, Nurse-Herbalist

New Mexico

Cathy Poral, an Herbal Diplomat®, works as a registered nurse with 29 years of nursing experience, including 20 years in hospice. She also works for a mobile urgent care facility in Colorado during the ski season. Cathy has experience with college health, public health, and labor and delivery. She is also a travel nurse, which feeds her strong desire for seeing new places. She is an End of Life Doula and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology. Cathy was the first community health nurse for the Colorado Springs Fire Department where she was instrumental in developing their Community Resource Program, which became a model for all fire departments around the country. She is passionate about creating a health care system where people return to and learn from indigenous cultures and ways of life. Reconnecting to and rediscovering our relationship with plants and the earth is her main goal when working with clients; this is achieved through precision self-care.  This reconnecting can be applied with all age groups throughout every stage of life. This sacred relationship to the living world fosters self-discovery, self-love, gratitude for the simple things, and a sense of oneness. Well-being and health naturally emerge. Cathy is excited to promote precision self-care as a new standard for health and healing.


Julie Smith Taylor



North Carolina

Dr. Julie, Dean of the Self-Care Institute at Golden Apple Healing Arts, is a women's health nurse practitioner, nurse-herbalist, and Herbal Diplomat® committed to opening the heart, mind, and body to self-care and healing. She also is certified in Science of Energy Flow Foot Reflexology with Herbal Stress Relief. Dr. Julie partners with horses as well as plants in creating health and healing experiences.

More about Dr. Julie


Libby Davis

RN, Nurse-Herbalist


Libby Davis is a Registered Nurse with experience in neurology, critical care, geriatrics, and people with special needs. Libby is of Cherokee heritage and first learned herbal medicine from her aunt, Marti (Momfeather) Erickson. She has a passion for people and animals and enjoys working in her family apiary.


Linda Russell-Getz

RN, BSN, MS, Nurse-Herbalist


Linda Russell-Getz is the owner of InTandem Wellness, a private nursing practice that provides customized wellness and disease management programs utilizing the best of Eastern and Western health traditions.  Through the use of the InTandem Process, a unique integrative nursing technique which includes health coaching, occupational and environmental health awareness and complementary therapies, clients learn how to use self-care to reach their health goals.  Linda specializes in the wellness of health care professionals by providing individualized programs that address issues unique to that profession. 


Christine Kirkman



New York

Christine is licensed as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in New York State and as a Registered Nurse in both New York and Pennsylvania.  She has focused her professional career in healthcare on children and families.  Christine was most recently a primary care provider in pediatrics and a specialty care provider in pediatric neurology in the Syracuse, NY area. She has practiced as a CPNP with an emphasis on informed consent and minimizing medicalization. Christine believes in “parents as partners” in the care of children. The focus of her practice has always been on the importance of teaching children how to take care of themselves.  She is now active as a freelance healthcare and self-care writer.  Christine surrounds herself with plants and has a thriving garden in the milder months in Central New York. 

Self-Care League Medical Science Liaison Nurses

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Pamela Faye

RN, BSN, Nurse-Herbalist


MN Public Health Certificate

Healing Touch Practitioner

Stone Medicine Practitioner

​Pamela has 30 years experience as an RN and Healing Arts professional with hospital, home, and public settings for adults and children. She owns and operates a private holistic healing practice called the Cedarwood Spa. Pamela assists clients of all ages with a variety of health concerns on their journey to optimal wellness. As a passionate healer, Pamela strives to create a calm and safe environment to enhance self-directed healing, personal growth, and self-awareness.


Anne Walters

RN, Nurse-Herbalist


Anne Walters is a registered nurse with experience in hospice, comfort care, and whole plant medicine. She has been with Dr. Martha and the Bamboo Bridge Global Tea House since 2006. Anne brings her life work forward through artful soup making. Her other name is “Soup Gramma”! Anne is interested in our ancestors, their soups, and healing folk remedies. She welcomes your stories about your family traditions for soups and home remedies. That is where we find great wisdom.

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Janet Juricic




Janet is an Emergency Department Nurse Manager for an Inner City Chicago hospital. She has 35 years Home Health and Critical Care experience. She is a Scout Master for a small diverse troupe as well as  the mother of twin eagle scouts. She has been the health care provider for national scout jamboree and Order of the Arrow conferences. Janet shares her love of teaching and encouraging adults and youth in self-care!

Self-Care League Instructors


Ellen Presnell


Nurse Coach-BC

North Carolina

Nursing has been Ellen's life-long service, which began as a nurse in the hospital and then a Public Health Nurse. This was followed by many years as Nurse Entrepreneur. Ellen holds two Board Certifications as a Holistic Health Registered Nurse and Integrative Nurse Coach, and she is a licensed and certified bodyworker. Through her years of service, she has remained enthusiastic and optimistic that people can continue to grow in their self-care relationships. She believes that deepening our commitment to ourselves improves how we value our health and relationships to life. This not only nourishes our bodies in various ways. We also grow in our relationship to each other and our planet. Ellen is excited to share her ever-growing skill sets, with compassion and care, with those who want a better outcome with their health and well being.


Susan T. Mathews


Susan Toomey Mathews is a home health aide and mom of two teenage boys, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. Susan is an avid investigator into the science of self-care - especially herbs, nutrition, and energy therapeutics.

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Sherrie Abbott


South Carolina

Sherrie considers it a privilege and an honor to be an elder Advanced Practice Clinical Nurse Specialist, still growing in the wisdom of nursing ways of knowing and being as nurses care for humanity and all life.  Sherrie’s forty-seven years of nursing have focused on caring, fostering hope, creating healing relationships using the arts, field dancing in particular, as metaphor and method. Sherrie and Dr. Martha have worked together since 1994 to further the understanding of plant life as a metaphor for human and all life. Sherrie enjoys helping others to look and learn from the patterns in life and dance with their perceptions and truths. Her twenty-one years’ experience as a full-time nurse educator and twenty-six years of nursing practice in the areas of gerontology, rehabilitation, hospice care / end of life care, inform her Elements of Care® work. Sherrie’s passion and interest is the ether element. Not surprisingly, her colleagues, clients, and friends often refer to her as their “Grandefaerie Caregiver” and “Fairy hospice God Mom.” Sherrie’s current practice interests are promoting how to stay in contact with the garden and exploring where plants ‘fit’ in during the dying process.

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