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Jennifer K., Office Assistant

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"I have been working in the field of natural medicine for a decade.  I believe in the healing power of nature and the innate wisdom of the body.  When we work with our own bodies, instead of against them, this wisdom can become known to us.  More than that, reconnecting with our own body wisdom reunites us with that of the Earth.  This resulting wholeness provides peace of mind and true happiness. 

In my education and my work as an herbal buyer, I learned about the profound effect that herbs can have on the body, mind, and spirit.  Having recently started a medicinal herb garden in my own backyard, I can now make my own medicine, and truly understand these plants throughout their life cycle.  Food plants are the basis of health since the body is made up of food, water, and sunlight.  When I came to natural medicine, I was eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) and feeling and looking the worse for it.  Through my schooling and work with naturopaths and other healers, I have slowly adopted a whole foods diet, and the benefits keep accruing. 

When I moved to Portland from Seattle, it was natural for me to look for employment in natural medicine.  Being part of a holistic enterprise like aja family health affords me the chance to interact with healers and those looking for healing work, and to be part of that healing, myself.  When I greet you, in person or on the telephone, it is with care and concern for your wellbeing, to set the stage for what the practitioners will accomplish in their offices.” 

Jennifer received her B.A. in English from the University of Washington and her B.S. in Herbal Science from Bastyr University in Seattle.  She worked as an herb buyer at Bastyr Clinic Dispensary for many years before relocating to Portland.  In August of 2012, she began working at the front desk at aja family health.

When Jennifer is not at work, she can usually be found writing or polishing stories and poetry.  She is also a voracious reader and regularly tests the borrowing limits of two counties' libraries.  When she begins to look wan and pale, she goes out walking and tends to her medicinal herb garden.  She is a great champion of herbs and posts more pictures of plants to Facebook than of people.  Birdwatching is another favorite activity and she is a member of Audubon.  Jennifer wears hats in all weathers and particularly enjoys movies of the 1930s.