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All of our practitioners are licensed and board certified in Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, have years of direct training with Hillary, and much additional specialized education and experience.  Practitioners and support staff alike have a deep and abiding care for people and passion for the process of healing.  We look forward to supporting your journey!


Hillary Thing, LAc.
Founder of the NLHC, Uprooting Lyme, and Bloom + Reveal Botanicals

There is a saying in Chinese medicine, “Know the form.  Forget the form.”  The past 25 years has been a journey of ever-deepening understanding of the process of healing – how and why we heal… or at times struggle with this process.  For me, supporting others in reclaiming health involves knowing the body in it’s miraculous minutia and wonderous multi-systems complexity, while at the same time leading each unique healing journey with spirit and intuition.  I am humbled by the human will not only to survive, but to thrive, which I witness in my patients every day.  Together, with the forces of nature as wind at our backs, we do the detective work, problem-solving, leaning into challenges, and tuning into the body that is required to heal.  Generating life force energy and eradicating illness in this way often leads to lasting vibrant health! 

Support Staff

Magdalena Rodriguez
Clinic Manager

Hello!  My name is Magdalena.  I moved to the mid-Hudson Valley to pursue what I believe will be an invaluable experience to further my knowledge of holistic health and herbalism.  My passion lies in being of service to others especially when it comes to health and holding space, and that is why I am where I am today.

I am grateful to be working alongside such kind and knowledgeable people who have already made me feel at home.  I very much look forward to getting to know those of you that are part of this vibrant community. 

Rachel Firak
Programs and Pharmacy Manager

My role at NLHC / Uprooting Lyme is to implement our Holistic Lyme Practitioner Mentorship program, and our other innovative educational and treatment programs for practitioners and patients.  I also manage the herbal apothecary at the Nourishing Life Health Center. I am a student of Vitalist Western herbalism and an aspiring clinical herbalist.  I come to NLHC / Uprooting Lyme with a background in healthcare, education, farming, and food system and medical activism. It’s been a dream come true to use my skills to support others walking this path, and such a joy to learn from some amazing mentors (patients and practitioners alike) in the process. 

Hillary collaborated with me on a holistic plan that addressed my specific health issues. The worst symptoms—fatigue, brain fog and joint pain—were 80% better within seven months. I am grateful for their skill and care in managing complex conditions in a patient, methodical and encouraging way.
LP, Lyme and work burnout
Your clinic does powerful healing and meaningful work. You have completely changed my life for the better, and I hope others can reap the benefits of what you do. It is life changing, and I will ALWAYS be grateful to all of you, and your mission to heal.
SP, Lyme disease
Had to share!! My cravings… are hardly there. I am a believer. Seeing Hillary was the best decision I could have made! Also, her receptionist made me very comfortable.
JD, quitting smoking
It is rare these days to actually find a person who has the skill to resolve the problem. I am able to resume walking and feel much better. Congratulations, I am awed & grateful!
SB, high blood pressure
I want to express my deep appreciation for all on the staff whom I've interacted with. No matter who I've talked with, I'm greeted with a pleasant, kind and caring reception... Please accept my gratitude for all you each do and your helpful and caring attitudes!
JM, chronic UTI
Hillary, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! It’s been a year since we started working together and OH! What progress we have made! I couldn’t even drink water without pain when we began. That’s CRAZY! I am so grateful to have your expertise and to have you on my team. Thank you for your help. I can’t wait to celebrate our next recovery milestone!
SK, chemical exposure and Lyme
… I developed herniated discs and back pain that at times was excruciating. Hillary treated me with acupuncture, electrical stimulation, and cups. It was like a miracle. Now I’m pain free and have my life back.
DD, lower back pain
I came to Hillary after years of thinking I was doing all the right things. I was feeling disappointed with Western medicine and working way too hard to feel awful and felt like my life was being stolen. I like how Hillary does a comprehensive workup.
JD, Bartonella
I suffered with getting violently ill every month. My doctor told me I have a hormonal imbalance and wanted to put me on medication... the acupuncture and my daily herbal drink have completely resolved my problem.
LN, sudden turmoil disorder
What’s most valuable to me is the knowledge and aid you’ve provided in helping me create balance. I am pleased, impressed, and very happy with the service and caring I receive.
MA, health maintenance
I am fully recovered!! It was a difficult 10 year healing journey and thanks to you, as well as other practitioners and methods, I can now say it is over. Thank you, thank you... for your kind ministrations, wisdom and passion for healing. I couldn't have done it without you!
JE, Lyme, CIRS and MCAS