About the Herbalist

 Christine Olanio, CCH, CN 

Community Clinical Herbalist, Holistic Nutritionist & Herbal Educator

Weaving Vitalist and Wise Woman healing traditions with evidence-based herbal and nutritional science

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Common Ground Wellness, LLC was founded by Christine Olanio, CCH, CN in 2020.

 

Christine (she/her) believes that health and healing are multi-dimensional and that our bodies will innately move towards wholeness and vitality when given the right conditions. She loves the depth of support (physical, emotional, and spiritual) that herbalism, food as medicine, and vitalist practices have to offer.

 

Her work as a holistic health practitioner is informed by her past work as a horticultural researcher, urban farmer, and school garden educator. These experiences have helped her cultivate a holistic and systems-based perspective as a clinician observing patterns of imbalances in the human body.

 

As a health practitioner, it is Christine's goal to provide an inclusive space to empower and educate her clients to be active participants in their healing journey.

Christine is a first-generation Filipina-American and raised by an immigrant mother in a single parent household. She identifies as a BIPOC and as a cis-gendered female. She acknowledges the privilege she holds as a health practitioner and educator.

Christine currently lives on Cheyenne, Ute, and Arapaho territory (Boulder, Colorado) where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains.

 

Outside of her clinical practice, you can find Christine botanizing on a hike, cooking with her partner Joey, engaging in mindfulness-based practices, and gardening medicinal and native plants.

Training

2020

Certificate in Clinical Herbalism and Holistic Nutrition

The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism

2019

Certificate in Advanced Herbalism

The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism​

Certificate in Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid Colorado

2018

Certificate in Wilderness and Herbal First Aid

The Human Path & Emergency Care and Safety Institute

2014

BA in Environmental Studies with a focus on Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture

University of California, Santa Cruz

2012

Ayurvedic Herbology with Reference to Specific Pathology

Seminar w. Dr. Vasant Lad at The Ayurvedic Institute

Experience

Christine is a Certified Clinical Herbalist and Nutritionist through the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism (formerly known as The North American Institute of Medical Herbalism). She has over 1300+ hours of supervised clinical training in medical herbalism, pathophysiology, advanced herbal formulation, field botany, and integrative nutrition.

 

She completed her supervised clinical training at the Evergreen Center, a sliding-scale community clinic, under the guidance of medical herbalists, Paul Bergner, RH (AHG) and Dr. Tania Neubauer, ND and herbal mentors Kat Mackinnon, RH (AHG), Mary Barnes, RH (AHG) and Lisa Ganora.

 

As of 2020, Christine is currently in the process of applying for the Registered Herbalist (RH) designation through the American Herbalist Guild (AHG).