Heather Lockleer holds a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University (FSU). For 10 years she was the Executive Director of a non-profit, educational research organization. She ran a Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) project for 3 years during this time. Heather then went on to become a graduate of the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) with a Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM). She now practices at Sarasota Healing Arts in Sarasota, Florida, as a Holistic Wellness Facilitator specializing in Clinical Herbalism. Heather is the ‘Resident Herbalist’ at Wild Ginger Apothecary
In1997, I was in my last semester at Florida State University, when I went out for a mountain bike ride while visiting my Mom in Sarasota. While riding intensely through the woods, alone and on a trail, I had not previously been on, I came up to go over a hill into a ditch and my front tire caught a root. I flipped over the handlebars and landed on my head. I lost consciousness for what seemed a moment, awoke in agonizing pain and tried to get up. I couldn’t. I started to realize what had happened and began yelling for help. I tried to stand up. I couldn’t. I got in the only position I could, a crawling squat on my hands and knees and began to crawl towards the only thing I could see which was the pitch of a rooftop in the distance.
I spent 5 days in the hospital. I was informed my back was broken, I would have to wear a body cast for 3 months. The doctors told me I was millimeters away from being paralyzed and that I would need metal rods in my back in the near future. I refused to accept that. I went home and immediately started researching alternative options.
First I had a yoga instructor design a program for me to do with a broken back. This was the beginning of my healing process. I then proceeded to follow the guidance of the books I was reading. The book which had the greatest impact on me at the time was “Spontaneous Healing” by Andrew Weil, M.D. I immediately started incorporating what I was learning into my daily regimen. It made a difference…all the difference.
It was my own experience of the healing powers of foods, herbs, creative visualization, and yoga, which compelled me to continue on the path towards studying complementary and alternative modalities. These are the essentials of healthy living that I will share with you.
Holistic healing and Food for health