Estuary Herbs is owned and operated by Chef Kelly McCormick and Chinese Medicine Practitioner Hayley Gardner. They’ve each brought their own unique expertise and experience to this endeavor, and in collaboration have crafted a system of herbal and food-based medicine that makes an overwhelming task simple and enjoyable. For them, the challenge at hand has always been finding sustainable ways to support healthy, optimally functional bodies in a world intent on pulling people toward dysfunction and discomfort.
“It is our mission to inspire people to connect their bodily experience with what they consume and help them use this connection to support meaningful health and vibrancy in their lives. We bring the effectiveness of Classical Chinese Medicine into your home and provide the tools you need to create healthful meals and nourish your experience.”
With love, Hayley & Kelly
Hayley Gardner LAc, MSOM
Chinese Medicine has been a driving passion for Hayley for over 15 years. She has been privileged to work and study with master physicians of Chinese medicine and has gathered invaluable knowledge along the way. She owned and practiced at Rain and Shine Holistic Healthcare in Portland, Oregon for the past 8 years, and during that time conceived the beginnings of what is now Estuary Herbs. Having explored both the clinical and scholarly aspects of Chinese Medicine, Hayley has chosen to make her contribution to this field one of accessibility, without compromising it’s integrity or efficacy.
As a clinical herbalist and Chinese medicine practitioner, Hayley is a guide to her patients. When symptoms arise, she teaches her patients to understand the purpose these symptoms play in their bodies, then how to ease and prevent them. Hayley is now using her experience to provide customers with relief from common conditions using the widely applicable Classical Chinese herbal formulas that have served her patients for years.
Hayley has spent her career studying the powerful Han dynasty source texts, Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage Disorders) and Jin Gui Yao Lue (Essential Prescriptions from the Golden Cabinet) and understanding her medicine through their lens. In applying their wisdom to Estuary Herbs, Hayley is able to highlight the elements of Classical Chinese herbal medicine that are most relevant to folks in the western world. With this, she brings a superior line of Chinese herbal products to her customers and fellow practitioners that can be easily utilized for great results.
Kelly McCormick, Culinary Medicine Coach
Chef Kelly McCormick has enjoyed a successful career as an executive chef and restaurateur. As someone who’s had a singular focus on ingredients since he was a small child, he’s always had a need to know how his food is grown or made. Eventually, he attended Seattle Culinary Academy and ultimately opened his own restaurant. After facing a sudden health crisis and implementing a strict elimination diet for nearly a year, Chef Kelly began experimenting on himself and got serious about a systematic way of eating for health. He gained a new perspective through this experience, and discovered that when mindful eating is combined with targeted herbal support, incredible change is possible within the body. Additionally, as he learned more about the food industry he became acutely aware of the fact that most things sold as “food” aren’t food at all, and that to “just eat real food” isn’t as simple as it sounds. Through dedicated research and years of trial and error, he’s found ways to make eating healthfully not only possible but enjoyable.
Chef Kelly recently sold his plant-based sushi restaurant in Portland, OR in order to concentrate on healing with food. It had been his mission to provide nourishing food for his customers without sacrificing taste or satisfaction. Now he’s made it his mission to help others learn to provide this for themselves. Kelly is excited to offer a way to integrate food and medicine to unlock new levels of healing. He’s now creating nutrient-dense, symptom-inspired spice blends and accompaniments that pair with easily re-created, delicious recipes that will make you feel as good as they taste!