OUR APOTHECARY IN BATTLE GROUND IS RUN BY PHYSICIANS. EXPERTS IN NATURAL MEDICINE!
OUR APOTHECARY IN BATTLE GROUND IS RUN BY PHYSICIANS. EXPERTS IN NATURAL MEDICINE!
OVER 30 YEARS IN BUSINESS IS ENOUGH TIME TO GENERATE A STORY. HERE'S OURS.
The wild, winding and wonderful history of our
Battle Ground Healing Arts Apothecary
Dr Henry Skinner built what is now Battle Ground Healing Arts as a home side by side with his medical clinic in 1930 and served as a primary care physician for all of North Clark County, WA
Dr Stansbury had a wonderful friendship with the elderly Dr Skinner and she is currently only the 2nd owner of the property in nearly a century.
Dr Stansbury completed a medical assisting program with an internship at Stanford Hospital, went on to graduate from San Jose State University with honors and was accepted to the naturopathic medical school in Portland, OR.
She moved to Hockinson and commuted to the med school, and also served on several Clark County health and environmental boards.
Dr Stansbury graduated from medical school and established Battle Ground Healing Arts, renting the clinic on Main Street from Dr Henry Skinner.
In this hard-working decade, Dr Stansbury wore many hats: mother, physician, business owner, professor, author, gardener and cheif bottle washer.
Dr Stansbury purchased the BG Healing Arts property from Dr Skinner using the advance she received from her first herb book as a down payment.
Dr Stansbury grew the business into a thriving multidisciplinary facility with acupuncturists, massage therapists, and aestheticians.
Dr Stansbury began to convert what was a 1 car garage on Main Street into a medicinal apothecary to be called our NATURAL GOODS store or "apothecary".
Here is a photo of Dr Stansbury's daughter's lemonade stand in front of the garage that is now the Apothecary in BG.
The Reflector, Battle Ground's weekly paper announced the opening of the Natural Goods apothecary, the town's first such business.
We stocked natural medicines, bulk herbs, teas, & nutritional supplements and began filling our patient's medicines in this new apothecary space.
As Dr Stansbury built out the apothecary, the affiliated "Family Practice" was rebranded as "BG Healing Arts" in 2002 to better reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the clinicians practicing alongside the NATURAL GOODS apothecary.
This Jan 2002 Photo features the new signage.
The NATURAL GOODS apothecary, also known as the HEALING ARTS APOTHECARY was a huge success and brought in patients to our practice and people curious to learn more about alternative medicine.
Our NATURAL GOODS apothecary continued to flourish and required hiring additional staff as the supplements, teas, and natural medicines were well received by the community.
This photo features one of our most popular teas, the HEART CHAKRA blend, formulated by Dr Stansbury and employs flavonoid-rich hawthorn for its vasoprotective properties.
Dr Jill Stansbury continued to teach natural products chemistry and research herbal medicine around the world.
Our apprentices learned how Dr Stansbury made her medicines, obtained her goods, ran her alternative medicine apothecary, and other skills unique to the BG apothecary biz.
Dr Jill Stansbury was awarded an ethnobotany research grant and traveled to South America frequently, plus taught at 6-10 conferences per year, adding up to being away from Battle Ground over half of the year for a decade.
Dr Stansbury built a humble home in Cuzco, Peru that still serves as her basecamp.
The Healing Arts Apothecary served as community resource hub, offered herb classes, mentored doctoral students, and filled the natural medicine prescriptions of our own and area physicians.
Our line of medicinal teas was very popular.
Dr Stansbury published another herbal medicine book, the
PCOS Health and Nutrition Guide, and in these years published dozens of scholarly articles for medical journals and gave over 100 lectures at professional conferences.
Dr Stansbury prepared for the next phase of growth of the business and thoughtfully assessed what was working and what was not.
We had several stressful years as we implemented necessary changes with apothecary management.
Dr Stansbury continued to teach natural products chemistry around the country.
She led ethnobotany field courses in Peru but cut one trip short this summer to fly home and address an emergency and implement staffing changes.
Upon addressing dysfunctional apothecary operations, the Happy Days Returned!!
We made plans to expand the
Healing Arts Apothecary and worked with an architect to consider options.
We held classes on site, in the beautiful gardens in the summer, and in front of the fire in the winter,
With the several challenging years now solidly behind us, the business flourished and grew.
We installed a new roof and added a new solarium on to our apothecary to give us more space to accommodate the growing business.
A life long plant lover, Dr Stansbury started propagating house plants and exotic medicinals in the solarium.
Dr Stansbury's Reasearch Grants were renewed!
Dr Stansbury also received a 5 book contract to codify her life's work in the study of Herbal Medicine into a textbook series entitled
Herbal Formularies for
Dr Stansbury illustrated the series herself using her rusty undergraduate degree in scientific illustration.
2018 was another stellar year!
We invested in a solar roof, installed a rain catchment system and became a GREEN BUSINESS!
Dr Stansbury recieved an academic award!
Dr Stansbury was honored with The Order of the University from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR for her textbooks, her ethnobotany research and for mentoring doctoral students for 30 years.
This was a difficult year for much of the planet as the COVID virus hit, businesses shut down, forest fires raged, and social issues became urgent and sometimes violent.
We felt very fortunate that our apothecary was able to thrive and allowed to stay open as an essential business. We were able to share our strength with others offering expert medical care, free services for some populations, and gave away essential medicines to those in need.
The 4th Volume of Dr. Stansbury's Textbooks was published and received rave reviews.
Link here to the publisher's site - Chelsea Green, to purchase the scholarly, in-depth texts that showcase both folkloric and modern molecular research on herbal medicine.
Our affiliated medical clinic welcomed New Doctors:
Dr Sorenson & Dr Frieze!
See Our Physicians Page for more info.
The plants and gardens did not seem fazed by the strife in the world and we were blessed with a wonderful year for fruits and flowers.
We offered online classes instead of our usual in-person gatherings due to the restrictions on social gatherings.
We joined forces with Yacolt Mountain Farms again to make our 2nd annual Farmer's Market a big success, even wearing masks.
We launched our own small line of drinks and snacks -
Our maiden product was
a vegan sugar-free, spicy and medicinal hot chocolate that we offer free to all customers through the winter months.
As our new physicians run day to day clinic operations, Dr Stansbury is able to focus on the BG Healing Arts Apothecary and on her ethnobotany research and writing.
Our Apothecary on Main St is Clark County's only Professional, Medical, Apothecary filling the natural medical prescriptions of area physicians
Our many updates to the real estate and the addition of our new physicians ushered in a wonderful summer for the Farmer's Market despite the pandemic.
Our yoga classes in the back yard garden made for some lovely Saturday mornings throughout the summer.
We were thrilled to host actress Judy Greer at the Healing Arts Apothecary after she and Dr Stansbury worked on a project together in April.
We had such fun and it finally put a fire under us to touch up the paint on the dingy door jamb - because there was a Movie Star visiting and all.
2022 IS GOING REALLY WELL SO FAR!
Dr Stansbury's 5 Volume textbook series was selected for an Excellence in Botanical Literature Award by the American Botanical Council at their 2022 awards banquet held at the Natural Products Expo.
Dr Stansbury's textbooks have become recommended or required reading at a number of medical schools throughout the United States.
We celebrated 20 year anniversary of opening the Apothecary on Main St. Started in corner of the medicals clinic's laboratory in 1989, our apothecary has grown to a thriving hub of natural medicine for the entire county.
Originally known as the Natural Goods apothecary, we have evolved in the vital hub BG Healing Arts Apothecary on Main St to avoid confusion.
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