Patricia founded Starchaser – Aromatics and Energy Work after practicing complementary healing for seven years. She is a certified Professional Aromatherapist, registered with the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC); a member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA). Patricia served as a board member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) until January 1, 2014, and is now the AIA Representative for Maryland. She is also affiliated with the East West School of Herbal and Aromatic Studies. Patricia is a reflexologist, certified Master/Teacher/Practitioner of a number of forms of Reiki and Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) and is Level I Quantum-Touch.
Patricia conducts aromatherapy consultations; designs all-natural, customized, handcrafted aromatherapy products for individuals and spas; provides consulting services to spas and healing centers; and teaches aromatherapy and various forms of energy work (mainly Reiki and IET). Through Starchaser, her purpose is to help people help themselves to healthier, more rewarding lives. She believes that all people have the capacity within themselves to enhance their health and life experience, whether in dramatic leaps and bounds or small, progressive steps. Her aim is to support people along this vital journey.
In addition to her professional interest in complementary healing, Patricia practices Transcendental Meditation (TM) and yoga, is trained in Ayurvedic pulse reading as well as shamanic and crystal journeying, takes an active interest in Ayurveda, intuitive healing, bio-energetics, vibrational medicine, and other forms of energy and mind-body work. She is passionate about plants.
Patricia also holds a PhD in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics. For more than 25 years, she has worked in Africa, Latin America, and Central Asia on strategies to alleviate poverty and economically empower small-scale farmers, develop food markets, and establish early warning systems to prevent hunger and famine. She continues this work on a part-time basis through Starchaser Consulting (www.Starchaser-llc.com), where she is particularly interested in developing opportunities for small-scale producers of aromatics, medicinals and natural products as well as applications of alternative and complementary healing in emergency and development contexts.