Vickie grew up in remote ranch country in Arizona, riding her pony through the
desert, happily immersed in wild nature. Naturally inquisitive, she chose to study
biology, receiving her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Arizona. As a
research professor at the University of New Mexico Biology department, she
studied the molecular genetics of aging and she taught courses ranging from
freshman to graduate levels. In 2000, she founded Bio-Logic LLC, a consulting
company focused on building biosensors for detecting infectious diseases.
After many years in a fast-paced career, she felt a need to return to wild nature
and to go inward. In 2007, she took a deep dive into a remote village in the
Amazon. She lived as her Indigenous hosts did. She had no electronics, no
plumbing and no contact outside the village. She ate what her hosts ate. When she
returned home, she felt healthier than she could remember. A truly remarkable
She also began to study indigenous healing practices with a teacher from Mexico,
a journey that continues today. She is co-writing a book with her teacher,
suggesting that contemporary science is not the first to discover deep principles of
health, medicine and the cosmos.
Vickie lives in an orchard in the Village of Placitas with her husband, some
chickens and many wild creatures. She is currently leading an experimental farm
project to explore place-based approaches for growing food while conserving
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