about road dog health & Wellness

Life on the road isn’t always the glamorous life of legend.

You go out every day and give your all, often to end up suffering from stress, poor nutrition, sleep deprivation, and constant exposure to a multitude of regional and seasonal viruses and allergies. The culmination can lead to less than stellar performance, which is your daily goal. Long term, it can lead to burnout, chronic pain, poor mental health, and disease. Let’s work together to get you right again.

I am a Practicing Herbalist and Holistic Nutritionist, with a long history working in the music industry. Living out of suitcases, in vans and tour buses, hotels and airplanes, alongside touring musicians and crews, I understand firsthand the health challenges a rigorous and irregular schedule present, and know well the acute and chronic issues that repeatedly arise. In my practice, I specialize in working with touring entertainment and business professionals to design protocols for wellness and self-care that can be implemented within the realities of your busy lives on and off the road. Consults are customized to your unique health story, goals, challenges, and constitution. We formulate a plan that fits the whole YOU and how you live, with the foundational belief that no person and no body are the same. We can also address acute issues as they arise, but our ultimate goal is to empower you to prevent them happening in the first place.

about darlene starr


Darlene Starr is a Practicing Herbalist & Nutritional Therapist, and the owner of Road Dog Health & Wellness. Having spent decades in the music industry, she has a specialized cultural competency in serving the health needs and challenges of touring entertainment and business professionals; providing coaching and personalized protocols for wellness and self-care, which can be implemented within the realities of busy lives on and off the road; and addressing the acute and chronic issues that repeatedly arise. She is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, President of the Central Texas Chapter of American Herbalists Guild, and long-time board member/ current Board Chair at The SIMS Foundation, which provides mental health and addiction recovery services to Austin-area music industry professionals and their immediate family members.

I was born with an insatiable love for and curiosity about Nature and its powers to heal us, spiritually and physically.

My mission is to support the (physical, mental and emotional) whole health of touring entertainment and business professionals, to keep you feeling and performing at your rockstar best  for many years to come.  I educate and empower you to address chronic issues that stand in your way, as well as how to build immunity to avoid road-sickness and do self-care in the event an ailment arises. My goal is to keep you working, doing what you love, for as long as you want. Visit the blog for more of the story.

memberships & associations

National Association of nutrition professionals
professional member

Our mission is to advocate for and empower a flourishing community of professionals dedicated to the principles of holistic nutrition. Our vision is a future where people choose food as their medicine.

American Herbalist Guild

The American Herbalists Guild was founded in 1989 as a non-profit, educational organization to represent the goals and voices of herbalists specializing in the medicinal use of plants. Our primary goal is to promote a high level of professionalism and education in the study and practice of therapeutic herbalism.

United Plant Savers

United Plant Savers’ mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.