Thea Summer Deer, Ph.D. is a medical herbalist and intuitive, educator, licensed minister, singer-songwriter and published author. She began practicing midwifery and teaching Holistic Childbirth Preparation in 1978 and was a founding mother of the South Florida School of Midwifery. Her involvement in Alternative Medicine spans 35 years as owner of Mindbody and Evolutionary Press, and as the Executive Director of Resources for World Health. She is a graduate of the Botanologos School for Herbal Studies and received her doctorate from Venus Rising University in Philosophy/Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies.
Born in Miami, Florida, Thea grew up barefoot among the Seminole Indians along the banks of the Miami River and spent all of her childhood summers in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. As a child she learned how to shoot a bow, canoe, weave and gather medicinal herbs. She later went on to grow and use herbs as an important part of her midwifery practice. Thea has worked and studied with various practitioners for over thirty years including: Susun Weed, Pam Hyde Nakai, Beverly Laughing Eagle, Willie Whitefeather, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D., and Patricia Kyritsi Howell. An ongoing student of herbal medicine with a special interest in Chinese Five Element Theory and the use of herbs during pregnancy and in Wise Woman care, Thea teaches online at Wise Woman University. She also offers workshops in Earth-Spirit Medicine and Herbal Medicine, and Healing Herbal Retreats. Thea is in private practice in Asheville, NC.
Fortunate to spend a great deal of time in nature since childhood, Thea’s natural gift of clairvoyance and clairaudience has facilitated her ability to contact the realms of spirit. Specifically, the plant spirits, or “devas” who appear in her book, Wisdom of the Plant Devas: Herbal Medicine for a New Earth, Inner Traditions/Bear & Co publisher.