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Chicasa/Chahta Ohoyo, Medicine Woman, + Custodian of Mama Earth

Danielle is a an energy healer, certified reiki practitioner, doula student, and community medicine woman with a passion for holistic wellness and restoring balance to Mama Earth and the Cosmos. She's an advocate for Indigenous rights, herbal medicine, and environmental sustainability. She has family roots in Mississippi and descends from the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes as well as from a long line of farmers and mystics. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 with a B.A. in Afroamerican and Caribbean studies. She has been a Reiki Practitioner since May 2019 and a Certified Herbalist as of June 2021. She began her doula studies in 2019 with a 3-day (36 hrs) Doula Skills + Emergency Midwives Skills training and has a special passion for womb wellness. She has studied ethnobotany as well as basic plant chemistry in her herbal studies. For 4 years she studied under and assisted Regina “Mama Ravin” Lawson, a respected elder in the community, at the Herbal Healing Hut in facilitating educational programs regarding the  study/practice of herbal medicine, natural survival, and plant-based eating. In addition, since 2015 she has been on a mission to restore the stories, culture, and status of America’s Original people who have not gotten respected recognition, including those who have been relabeled "Black", "Negro", or "Afroamerican", those whose tribes aren't recognized by neither federal nor state government, and those who have been denied enrollment in recognized tribes due to discriminatory blood quantum policies.

Education + Training

2017 Bachelor of Arts, Afroamerican & Caribbean Studies (University of Michigan)

2018 - 2022 Program Assistant + Instructor, The Herbal Healing Hut

2018 - 2019 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, M.A. (Unfinished) (Wayne State University)

2019 Usui Reiki Ryoho, Level 1 Training/Initiation

2019 3-day (36 hrs) Doula Skills + Emergency Midwives Skills Training (Earthwise Doula)

2019 Meconium Hit The Fan: Austere Birthworker Course, 4-weeks Online (Earthwise Doula)

2019 Online Doula Course, 10-weeks (Earthwise Doula)

2020 Curanderismo: Traditional Healing Workshop, 4-weeks Online (University of New Mexico)

2020 Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class, 6-weeks Online (Melanated Midwife)

2021 I.R.I.E. Herbal Certification (Indigenous Remedies)