At Melrose Heights Magazine, we are excited to introduce to you a truly amazing person that prides most in life, the ways of gentle healing that have not been so popular and neglected at a present time.
JoAnna LaForce is a Health Naturalist, Herbalist and Pharmacist. She will also be the source of the new educational column of MELROSE HEIGHTS MAGAZINE — JoAnna’s Corner.
She got her influence from her father, a contractor that has always pushed her boundaries, acknowledging no limits. JoAnna’s father was a strict man and would expect no excuses for getting a grade less than an A in her school record.
Being one of the best in school and having a very strong interest in Biology and Science, JoAnna considered studying in a medical field as a pharmacist, a nurse or a doctor.
She very soon found out that being a nurse or a doctor wasn’t going to be able to satisfy every aspect of her very versatile and avant-garde personality. But there was another family member that helped JoAnna find herself in her life, which is JoAnnas grandmother, that had this very big and beautiful garden, filled with various plants and herbs, that JoAnna enjoyed very much observing and learning.
JoAnna graduated from USC as a pharmacist, but later in her practice, she discovered new things that excited and intrigued her curiosity. JoAnna wanted to counsel patients, listen to their complaints about their health issues, and be the fairy that found non-chemical solutions for her patients. Idaho was the state where JoAnna met her future mentor herbalist to bring her closer to fulfilling her career ambitions and morals.
Cooperating with medical doctors, she has been very successful cutting down the number of chemical medications that the elderly patients she works with use.