If you have a question that is not answered here, please email it to me or call me at (512) 291-0009. I look forward to hearing from you. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I do a consult with you? Can’t I do my own research online?

Anyone who’s ever tried to explain what we do to a fellow traveler on a plane knows this lifestyle isn’t easily translated, and you can’t really know it unless you’ve lived it. I KNOW you. There’s a technical phrase that describes this intimate knowledge of a client’s culture and lifestyle: Cultural Competence. It’s something that can only be truly achieved through the experience of being part of that community oneself. Research shows us people experience better outcomes when they receive guidance from persons culturally competent in the way they really live.

There is a ton of information on the internet. Some of it great. Some of it REALLY bad, misinformed, or downright dangerous. None of it is specific to YOU. None of it is tailored to you. You are unique. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another.

I’m a music industry vet, an herbalist, and a nutritional therapist. Any one of these is an uncommon career path, let alone the three in combination, putting me in a unique position to help you. I understand the realities of your lifestyle, and creative career paths, which can be a challenge for other providers. It’s likely you’d get (or have gotten) advice that is not personalized and is difficult or impossible to pull off within the confines of how you actually live. I speak your language.

What should I expect in an individual consulation?

My specialty is in working with people who are on the road a lot (mostly musicians and other creative industry pros) and need plans they can implement in that type of schedule and environment. I go the extra mile to design protocols that are affordable, accessible, and pleasant for the person. Joy is as important a “nutrient” as any.   

We will begin by taking a thorough look at your health story, lifestyle, schedule, and constitutional assessment. We work together as a team to formulate a plan that fits the whole YOU, to include personalized recommendations for  diet, herbs, supplements, lifestyle practices, suggestions for complementary modalities and more. Each person and each person’s body is different. There is no one-size-fits-all. I help educate you on how to address the chronic issues that may be keeping you from feeling and performing at your rockstar best, as well as how to build immunity to avoid road-sickness and do self-care in the event an ailment arises on the road

Do you accept insurance?

As most insurance carriers will not cover wellness consultations, nor the services of an herbalist or holistic nutritionist, I am unable to accept insurance. However, I feel all should have access to the type of care they want and need at a price they can afford. I  am always willing to work with you if you have a financial hardship. I offer income-based sliding scale payments, pre-arranged payment plans, and barter arrangements. Please don’t hesitate to ask. It’s my pleasure and honor to serve you.

How do we get started?

A first mini-consult is always free. We will talk for around 20 minutes, so I can get some basic info and a clear understanding of your goals, and you can get an understanding of how we will work together. This call gives us a chance to make sure we’re a good fit for each other.

During this conversation, we can set  a time for our 90-minute holistic wellness consult, and I may assign a thing or two for you to do beforehand.

If you’d like to set up an appointment, please visit the contact page and send an email or give a call. I strive to respond within 24 hours.

How can we work together with my hectic travel schedule?

I understand what it’s like! For my clients who are not local, or who are on the road, we typically utilize video chat such as FaceTime or Skype. “Face to face”, even remotely, facilitates better communication and there are clues to your health story I can surmise from seeing your face, nails, and skin. Phone is utilized when necessary for initial intakes, though I may ask for some pictures. We utilize email and file sharing services such as Google Drive and Dropbox for exchanging paperwork so you can send digital files whatever time of day or night works for you. I offer flexible scheduling to accommodate your travel and show day schedules.

What if I don't think you can help my issue?

A first mini-consult is always free, so there is no risk in contacting me. We will talk for 20 minutes or so, so I can get some basic info and a clear understanding of your goals, and you can get an understanding of how we will work together. This call gives us a chance to make sure we’re a good fit for each other. I will always be honest if I feel there’s a better fit for you than myself, and happily refer you to another practitioner or other modality better suited for your situation. My mission is to help you achieve your goals and feel your best, whether or not that is through working directly with me. I will say though, you may be surprised how few things can’t be improved with the harmonious alignment of a person with the right foods, herbs, and lifestyle tools to support them!

Will you take payments?

I believe everyone should have access to the type of care they want and need, regardless of financial limitations. Therefore, I offer sliding scale services, pre-arranged payment plans, and work trade/barter opportunities for those with need. Please feel welcome to discuss.

I am so thankful for the help from Darlene to get my health back in tact. My supplements were half the price I’d been paying through the place she recommended and her dietary advice helped me stay feeling great and energetic on my journey across country. 

Mickie H

Putting Darlene’s suggestions into practice had an immediate positive impact, after years of feeling anxious and depressed. She is one of the most caring and giving people you’ll ever meet, and her personal attention to her clients is second-to-none. Her compassion and commitment to helping me improve my health helped give me the courage and hope to improve my life. I am grateful to her for sharing her wealth of knowledge and putting me on the road to optimum health. 

Bill R

I’m here to tell you, my weird symptoms have been cut to almost nothing! Darlene’s consultations were more interesting and thorough than most doctors I’ve seen. I HIGHLY recommend you all take her up on her services. 

Deborah M