Erin Borbet, L.Ac, MSTOM, Doula
Hello, I'm Erin. I truly believe that cultivating vibrant health and balanced hormones, begins at home. Daily habits and thoughts deeply infiltrate systemic health. When you tap into your own unique hormonal landscape, and learn to interact with it on a daily basis, you can make empowered decisions about your life - from the foods to eat, the herbs to take, or the medical treatment to seek.
While I'm very proud of my academic and professional accomplishments, I believe it's the journey that really makes us who we are, and I want to share with you mine.
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The Journey So Far
I've lived a life built on experiential learning, something I hadn't heard of until I enrolled in a Quaker College in Long Island, NY. What this taught me, is that there is opportunity to learn, grow and change in any moment of our lives - that by simply experiencing where we are, we are learning.
Sure, there is a time and place for professional services or education, but when we connect to our own source of homeostasis, then we become the true champions of our health (and life). It is from this place of curiosity that I live my life - in the boring moments, the scary moments and the happy ones, too. And it is from this place that I help my clients develop confidence in their own intuitive knowledge so they can become the best advocate for themselves - stepping into vibrant health and lasting joy.
After High School, I dove into one year of college at the University of Minnesota, and immediately swam back out. It was not for me. I had a burning desire to connect with the world around me, learn to speak other languages and understand healing traditions different from the very conventional one I was raised with. So, I enrolled myself into the Medical Anthropology program at the Universidad Catolica del Peru in Lima. I was born to immensely supportive parents and a sister, who may not have always understood my journey but continuously encouraged it.
In Peru, I finally quenched my thirst for a truly experiential education - one that would fuel me with more humility and passion than I thought possible. I studied under a (thankfully) American professor who allowed me to write all my papers in English, despite my growing proficiency in Spanish. I did field work in Eco-Tourism and Shamanic Healing traditions in both the Andes Mountains and the Amazon. I learned the yin and yang of healthcare - that no one tradition (including "science") has all the answers. We must continually explore and interweave.
One year later, I hopped a plane to Hangzhou, China, where I had the good fortune to intern at the Zhejiang Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) hospital on the Geriatric floor. The multi-story building sat adjacent to the Western Medicine Hospital, and the two often cooperated on patient care. I looked at thousands of tongues and felt an equal number of pulses (two important TCM diagnostic techniques). I watched countless acupuncture treatments take place in packed wards of patients and hung out in the pharmacy that prescribed over 500 individualized herbal formulas each day, including IV and injectable herbal concoctions. With eyes wide open, I saw the power of TCM in action, and knew I would one day pursue a more formal education in it.
While in China, I passed through the wonderful city of Chengdu into Lhasa, Tibet. I was on a Photography expedition and circumstantially was exposed to the unique healing tradition of Tibetan Medicine. In particular, I became fascinated with the beautiful murals called Thangkas - which document the entire system of Tibetan Medicine, including: anatomy, physiology, embryology, treatment strategy and the rest. Proof, yet again, that there was tangible evidence of healing wisdom before science ever came into the picture.
Thirteen months later I was placed in an internship with a Canadian midwife, Marie, who was attending home births in San Jose, Costa Rica (an illegal practice at that time). Under her guidance, I learned - for the first time - about the female body. About my own body. It is during this apprenticeship that I finally began to experience the emotional and physical healing in my body that I had been yearning for. The midwifery model of care integrates emotional, psychological, social and physical aspects into women's healthcare - something I had never experienced. I devoured her library of Christiane Northrup, Robbie Davis Floyd and Ina May Gaskin (a hero I would later help to transplant swiss chard in her garden, sip tea and enjoy homemade scones over the proof of her next book while staying on the legendary Farm in Tennessee with two other birth and light workers).
Marie connected me with a group of midwives living in a remote town outside of Leon, Nicaragua. These were local women who were trained in attending childbirth by the women before them. There were no hospitals or birthing centers nearby, so they created birthing rooms and clinics in their own homes - off the kitchen or in an extra bedroom. Their work in the community was born out of passion and necessity. Many of the midwives couldn't read, and kept all their charting in pictographs. Between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, I witnessed not only my first home deliveries, hospital deliveries and cesarean sections, but the power of whole-woman-care. I was hooked.
After a brief indecision of whether to pursue Midwifery or Chinese Medicine school, I settled on the latter and moved to San Diego, California to enroll in Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). I worked my way through the four-year Master of Science program as a labor doula and a surgical services assistant in reproductive surgery - marrying my passion for anatomical understanding and the innate feminine power of childbirth.
While studying Chinese Medicine, I dramatically changed my diet according to Chinese Medicine principles. My skin acne, depression and anxiety began to resolve. My thoughts became clearer and I stepped into a self with more energy than I thought possible - even while completing a rigorous Masters degree and preparing for board exams. I knew the power of Chinese Medicine, but this is where I truly experienced it for myself.
Half way through my education I decided to take a semester at the campus in New York City. I fell in love - with the city, with the people, with the school and with my future husband. I immediately transferred, struck up a doula practice and finished my degree while interning at a prestigious Infertility Practice in midtown. After graduation, I hung a shingle and built my practice, Grow Wellness Acupuncture. Without any formal business training and six-figures in student loans to start me off, I am grateful to all the mentors I had along the way that helped me find my dedication and thrive (I paid those loans off after just two years, by the way, a feat I'm incredibly proud of).
Grow Wellness Acupuncture was my first baby. I loved everything about raising it - from designing the site to furnishing my office to hiring my amazing team. My favorite aspect was my clients. I am forever humbled and grateful for all the individuals who entrusted me with their health the seven years my doors were open. I had intended to build a clinic that would house generations of clients over decades of practice, and while I did see my fare share of multiple pregnancies and children to my adult-clients, there was a different path in store for me and for Grow Wellness.
Focusing my practice on supporting women during the reproductive years was an enormous opportunity to witness the awesome capacity we have to effect lasting change on our own health as women, as well as future generations.
In 2013, all of my academic and experiential education in the female reproductive space culminated into the ultimate learning experience: the birth of my first child. Coraline was born at home, assisted by my awesome midwife and doula (and husband, of course). Eighteen months later, along came Vega, also born at home with the same team yet a completely different birth experience (ask me about that sometime! I love swapping birth stories). My two girls continue to be my greatest teachers.
During my second maternity leave, I came to the realization that I wasn't going to continue running Grow Wellness for the long term. It was time to take a step outside New York, re-align with my purpose and hand the care of my clients off to the skilled team-members I had cultivated. It was scary, but right - and one thing I've learned is that you can't ignore "right" - especially when its scary. Surprisingly, my husband felt the same! So after tying up loose ends and saying goodbyes, off we went on a year sabbatical with our young children. We broke up the year in equal parts: one-third Exuma, Bahamas; one-third Minnetonka, MN (near family); and one-third Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was unanimous, the mountains were calling, and we settled in a small town nestled in the Teton Mountains in the spring of 2016.
Travel, movement and nature have always been my divining rods. Whenever I need clarity, usually one of those will help me get it. And, so, through that sabbatical, this virtual practice was born. To serve women without boundary of location, in the comfort of their own homes - where true change begins.
I've witnessed the healing power of acupuncture on my table countless times, but it's the innate healing power of the body that brings me to my knees. Just clear a path, and your body will do the rest. When women take their health into their own hands by informing and committing to a new paradigm of interacting with their healing on a daily basis - through the foods they eat, the botanicals they use, the thoughts they think, and the habits they turn to - is where true transformation swells. When we are in alignment with our health, our purpose and the world around us - anything is possible. That's what gets me out of bed in the morning.
I can't wait to learn about your journey, and thank you for reading mine. Namaste!
Erin holds her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine, is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Board Certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine, a DONA Trained Labor Doula, Certified Nosara Yoga Instructor and eternal student of the healing arts. She helps women unlock their healthiest self so they can truly live a thriving and purposeful life through her virtual consulting practice. Using custom botanicals, constitutional nutrition, stress management tools and intuitive life coaching she is able to help her clients transform their health from the comfort of their own homes - where true change begins.
After nearly a decade of private practice in New York City, she has particular expertise and additional training in the fields of Infertility, Hormonal Imbalance and Chronic Childhood concerns. Erin currently lives in a small town in the Teton Mountains outside Jackson Hole, Wyoming with her husband and two daughters. Please sign up for her newsletter or follow her on Instagram to stay connected!
Credentials and Experience
2016: Founded Erin Borbet Virtual Consulting
2009-2015: Founded and Ran Grow Wellness Acupuncture in NYC, NY
2005-2012: Private Labor Doula
2008-2009: Post Graduate Acupuncture/Herbal Mentorship in the fields of Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility with Mike Berkley, L.Ac
2009: Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from PCOM University; Board Certified by NCCAOM in Chinese Herbal Medicine
2007-2009: Manager of PCOM Chinese Herbal Pharmacy in New York City
2006-2008: Clinical Internships at NYU Center for Women with Joint Disabilities and the VA Hospital in New York City
2006-Present: Served as Board Member for the Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Initiative (CAMI) - a non-profit bringing alternative care options to West Africa.
2004-2006: Surgical Services Assistant and Family Planning Counselor at Women’s Clinic in San Diego County
2003-2004: Chinese Herbal Pharmacy Manager and Acupuncture Assistant at The China Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Minneapolis, MN with Dr. Zhuoling Ren
2003: BA from Friends World College; Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Midwifery, Shamanism and Tibetan Studies
2002-2003: Internship with Home Birth Midwives in Costa Rica and Nicaragua
2001-2002: Internship at Zhejiang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital in Hangzhou, China
2000-2001: On-site Medical Anthropology study of Andean and Amazonian Shamanism at the Universidad Catolica del Peru