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
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 converted what was a 1 car garage on Main Street into a medicine dispensary and called it our NATURAL GOODS store.
Here is a photo of Dr Stansbury's daughter's lemonade stand in front of the garage that is now the apothecary.
The NATURAL GOODS Store was a huge success and brought in patients to our practice and people curious to learn more about alternative medicine.
Dr Stansbury also Chaired the Botanical Medicine Department at the National Universtiy of Naturopathic Medicine for many decades starting in 1989.
Dr Jill Stansbury mentored many students and novice herbalists in the clinic and in the Battle Ground apothecary. She continued to teach natural products chemistry and research herbal medicine around the world.
Our apprentices learned how Dr Stansbury made her alternative 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.
One of our volunteers was contracted to run our Natural Goods Store while Dr Stansbury traveled extensively.
One of our staff purchased our herb shop inventory to run our store for her own profit and renamed the shop B.A.N.G - Battle Ground Apothecary and Natural Goods based on our patient referrals and well established platform of support.
Dr Stansbury continued to study with a number of indigenous communities of the amazon for at least 6 months per year.
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.
This was the start of 2 difficult years for our apothecary.
Dr Stansbury realized that she was traveling too much and working too hard on outside projects, and that communication from afar was too ineffectual to be successful with the current arrangement. She decided to stick closer to the Battle Ground apothecary and build out our natural remedies and alternative medicine offerings.
Less than 3 years after attempting to have an apothecary partner, we had to terminate the arrangement.
We smudged, we painted, and we started up the apothecary again in the fall of 2015.
We started afresh and sought contractors to help expand the property.
We began running our apothecary for ourselves again and Happy Days Returned!!
Because our former partner used the name B.A.N.G - Battle Ground Apothecary and Natural Goods, Dr Stansbury decided not to return to calling our medicinary the Natural Goods Store.
Instead, we chose
Healing Arts Apothecary
befitting of our federal trademark
Battle Ground Healing Arts
and BG Healing Arts.
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 accomodate 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!
We worked to enforce our trademark and maintain our distinct brand of
Battle Ground Healing Arts,
BG Healing Arts
Healing Arts Apothecary
Dr Stansbury's 3rd textbook in the series of 5 was published and received rave reviews!
Dr Stansbury also recieved an AWARD-
from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR for her textbooks, her ethnobotany research and for mentoring students for 30 years.
3OTH YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
This summer we celebrated 30 years in business with a
every Saturday throughout the summer.
Another wonderful year!!!
Thanks to all for your business and support.
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. And we attempted to share our strength with other offering expert medical care, free services for some populations, and gave away essential medicines and goods to those in need.
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 to make our 2nd annual Farmer's Market a big success.
The 3rd and 4th Volumes of Dr Stansbury's Textbooks were 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.
The volume series is also available on Amazon.
2021 dawned with joy and optimism as as we offered our thanks to the community who helped us to thrive through 2020.
We welcomed Dr Kirsten Wilson to the practice, a physician specializing in pain and physical medicine.
We launched our own small line of drinks and snacks -
Our maiden product was
a vegan sugar spicy and medicinal hot chocolate that we offer free to all customers through the winter months.
Join us this summer for another Farmer's Market, held every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm on Main St.
We will be offering Herb Courses, Canning and Nutrition Classes, and Garden Yoga Fun.