Consultants, Medical Liaisons, and Instructors
Self-Care League Mission
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
Support Spiritual Care in Nursing and Community Health
Restore Faith in Self-care as the Foundation of Health Care
Dr. Martha Libster talks about
Precision Self-care with Plants as Partners
Herbal Diplomat® Consultants & Trainers
Martha Mathews Libster
Ph.D., MSN, APRN-PMHCNS, FAAN
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 and communities of all ages precision Self-care with plants as partners.
Global Tea House
Health Culture Diplomacy
Integrating tradition and technology in community-based solutions for Health Care Reform, Balance in Body and Peace of Mind through Health Culture Diplomacy.
Dr. Julie Smith-Taylor
Ph.D, RN, WHNP-BC
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.
Ms. 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.
Lisa, a Herbal Diplomat®, works as a Registered Nurse in a Post Anesthesia Care Unit. She is currently enrolled in a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. Lisa also is a certified Science of Energy Flow Foot Reflexology practitioner and Facilitator of the Bamboo Bridge Global Tea House Peace Fire.
RN, BSN, MS
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 complementarytherapies, 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. Additional information can be obtained at www.intandemwellness.com.
Self-care League Medical Science Liaison Nurses
RN, BSN, Nurse-Herbalist
MN Public Nurse 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.
RN, BSN, CCRN, CRN
Janet is an Emergency Department Nurse Manager for an
Inner City Chicago hospital. She has 35 Years Home Health and Critical Care experience and is a Scout Master for a small diverse troup. Janet is 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!
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.
Self-care League Instructors
RN, BSN, HN-BC, Nurse Coach-BC
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 an 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, to those who want a better outcome with their health and well being.
Nysha, owner/designer of Ardenwoods Landscape Design and The Ardenwoods has over 25 years of design and installation experience. Her passion is to create beautiful gardens and pools which bring a feeling of wellness and healing to personal space. In addition to her artistry in creating healing environments, she holds a degree in holistic nutrition and engages her love of the plant world when providing consultations. Her passion for design precision and incorporation of botanicals into all dimensions of life led her to the Elements of Care program. Nysha’s studio is in Pasadena,California. www.ardenwoodslandscapedesign.com
Lynn Harrigan, MA, the owner of Custom Health and Wellness, works as a health education consultant. She uses a customized person-centered approach to health promotion and disease prevention. Lynn’s approach seeks to ensure respect toward cultural and health beliefs. She is committed to reducing the heartbreaking number of deaths due to drug overdose and suicide that she sees first hand in her family’s funeral home business through innovations in preventive health education. Lynn is a certified Elements of Care® Instructor with the Self-care Institute, a certified nutraMetrix® consultant, and a certified Recovery Coach who has been appointed by the Wisconsin Governor to serve on the Council on Mental Health. She serves as liaison to the Wisconsin State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse.
MSN, CNS, RN
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.