We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikki Dorn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nikki, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I would have to say that it all happened very organically. I was working as an ICU nurse and began to feel dissatisfied. I was becoming disenchanted with the way I was participating in helping people with their chronic illnesses. I was witnessing firsthand how our modern medical system of healthcare was failing people over and over again. We were ignoring the root cause of illness and essentially promoting dependency on pharmaceuticals. I began exploring herbal medicines by making homemade skincare products. I quickly realized the potency of this “forgotten” medicine. I was thirsty for knowledge and quickly enrolled in school to learn the vast world of plant medicines. Naturally, as I finished school I started my own clinical herbalism practice and botanical product line. Nurse Nikki’s Plant Medicine was born!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I LOVE people. I do this work because I have a deep passion to help others heal and shine. One thing you would hear from every nurse I have worked with is that I have a gift of connection with people. People are fascinating, dynamic, and complex. As a nurse and an herbalist, I have the opportunity to drop into vulnerability and get to know someone on a deeper level. I’m not one for small talk. I typically get to a question about God or the meaning of life within a short time of meeting my patients and clients. I also deeply value science and research. Within this information age, we have knowledge at our fingertips at every moment, but you ‘gotta’ want it and understand how to sift through the plethora of information to find the truth. A decade ago I was introduced to the human microbiome and I have been absolutely captivated by the continuous research that is happening every day. I knew then, that this was BIG! We are just beginning to understand the importance of our microbiome and how it can affect EVERY part of our health and wellness. As a human being on this splendid planet, I am dedicated to expanding my knowledge in order to contribute to helping my fellow humans heal, and I’ll just ‘toot my horn’ and say that I am an awesome nurse and an even better clinical herbalist.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to Chautauqua Park and show them the grandness of the Flatiron peaks that soar over Boulder. These are the peaks that change with the lighting, with snowfall, or the green-covered fields during spring. They are peaks that I have looked at for 20 years as they have never lost their lure. After a good huffing and puffing up a mountain peak, I would take them to the Sothern Sun Brewery for a delicious IPA and vegan Reuben. There’s nothing better than a cold beer after hiking a big mountain. Boulder is surrounded by amazing mountain towns and not far from Denver which is truly growing into a really great city. I would encourage to rent some e-bikes and ride till you can’t ride anymore. I may be biased, but Boulder is just the best.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Rebecca, the owner of Rebecca’s Apothecary was instrumental in my decision to go back to school for clinical herbalism. I remember very distinctly going into her shop, surrounded by plant medicines and feeling at home like I have never felt before. At the end of our conversation during the check-out process, she said, “herbalism is our birthright.” I felt like every cell in my body was turned on. I knew at that moment I needed to acquire this knowledge.