Emily Pacheco earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Botanical Medicine, graduating in 2000 from the North American College of Botanical Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her course work for that degree covered Western allopathic medical diagnosis, pathophysiology, and physical examination; traditional Western herbalism; Ayurveda medical practices, including pulse and tongue diagnosis; Chinese medicine, acupressure, and chi meridians; Bach Flower Essences, Homeopathy, and Aromatherapy. Her training involved several hands-on preceptorships and extensive clinical experience.
Emily’s continuing education activities have encompassed multiple classes and conferences, including the Medicines from the Earth herbal conference, the Plant Healer’s Conference, and the Breitenbush Herb Conference. She has earned certificates in Flower Essences, Aromatherapy, and Ayurveda, among other modalities, and completed a week-long intensive study and mentorship with Donald Yance and Chanchal Cabrera, as well as additional classes in Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, and Chemistry.
Areas of particular interest include natural pregnancy, home birth, postpartum care, and children’s health. With her personal experience with home birth, cesarean birth, and natural birth after cesarean, Emily advocates for women in all arenas of health care, supporting natural options whenever possible. She also has a special interest in complementary medicine within oncology, and has helped cancer patients survive their fight while including herbal and nutritional support.
In 2002 Emily started Living Earth Herbs, a retail herb and supplement store in Eugene, Oregon. In 2006 she moved back to her home town of Bellingham, Washington, where she sold the store in 2008. In 2008 she went back to school to continue her studies in science and medicine. From 2008 to the present, she has been raising her family and using herbs to keep them healthy, while launching Em’s Herbals in 2015.