THE HAWTHORN TREE TEAM

MEET SUSAN

Owner of The Hawthorn Tree!

Susan is a Certified Herbalist with over 30 years’ experience working in the field of horticulture.  Her horticultural education began early, when at the age of six she began offering weeding services to experienced gardeners in her community, and they in turn introduced her to the world of plants. After graduating from University of Colorado (CU Boulder) she ran her family’s business, McIntyre’s Garden Center, here in Cheyenne for 16 years. She then went on to own and operate a produce farm in Windsor, Colorado, for 2 years. 

In 2014, Susan was diagnosed with West Nile Virus, which quickly turned into Epstein-Barr. She was forced to close her produce farm and focus on her own healing.  Susan took her healing into her own hands and turned to herbs and meditation. This subsequently led her to the Equinox Center of Herbal Studies in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she completed a 400-hour certification program to become a Certified Herbalist.

She is past-president of Garden Centers of Colorado, developed training curriculum for garden center employees, authored articles for the Denver Post, done spots for Cheyenne radio stations, had a television program on CBS, and served on the Windsor Tree Board.

A heart for her community and a desire to share her knowledge with others is how The Hawthorn Tree was born. When it came time to name her business, it was only natural that the hawthorn tree, which is associated with the heart, love, and protection, be its namesake and emblem. 

MEET REBECCA

Rebecca is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Massage Therapist, and Certified Herbalist.

She wields her magic from behind the apothecary counter at The Hawthorn Tree, conducting individual customer consultations and creating custom blends for their specific needs.  She brings over twenty years’ experience in the healing arts to our community, including massage and yoga therapy, Ayurvedic medicine, and herbalism.

In 2017, Rebecca graduated from the Ayurvedic College for Wellbeing in Rincon, PR, and in 2018, she completed an Internship and Apprenticeship at Apothecary Tinctura in Denver. In 2019, she completed an additional 400+ hour program in Foundations of Herbalism at the Equinox Center for Herbal Studies.  She is also a musician specializing in the healing arts of singing, songwriting, and recording. She has performed at numerous spirit conferences and festivals.

MEET KARISSA

You have probably seen Karissa’s smiling face in the mornings at The Hawthorn Tree.  Karissa is instrumental in creating many of our new drink recipes and is always looking for ways to incorporate our herbs, teas and spices into the next favorite drink .  She loves seeing our regular customers and catching up.

Karissa spends her free time quietly knitting or reading at home or hanging out with her teenage son. Although not a Cheyenne native, she has called this place home for the last seventeen years and plans to remain in our beautiful state. She has completed our thirty-hour herb certification and is always happy to talk herbs or tea.

Favorite drink: The Hawthorn Golden Milk!

MEET DAVE

Born and raised in Sinclair, WY Dave is a native Wyomingite. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with his Bachelor’s, then went on to earn his MBA through the University of Phoenix. Dave spent two years on a Rotary Youth Exchange in France and speaks fluent French.

Dave is known as the genius mind behind the amazing soups and other delicious flavors from the kitchen. He was one of the original group of folks who helped formulate the signature teas at the Hawthorn Tree before we opened.

When Dave isn’t wielding his magic in the kitchen, he can be found enjoying the wonders of the Wyoming wilderness.  If you hang out in Lion’s Park, you may catch him fishing with his son and dutiful Akita named “Chips.”

Favorite Spice: Cumin

MEET ANNIE

Annie is a small town girl with a big heart.  Growing up on a cattle ranch outside of Walden, Colorado, Annie spent much of her formative years around animals and livestock which are a huge part of her life.  Naturally present in the great outdoors, Annie got to explore many of our amazing medicinal plants that grow wild on the mountains and plains and learned about different uses from self-study before coming to the Hawthorn Tree.

Annie graduated from the University of Wyoming with her Bachelors and double Master’s degrees in Special Education and Creative Writing; reading and writing are some of her favorite pastimes.

She plays a huge part in helping The Hawthorn Tree grow by keeping track of all of the herbs, teas and inventory while helping our customers with her huge infectious grin.

When she isn’t at the Hawthorn Tree, you can find Annie enjoying music and art (she also has an amazing singing voice!)

Favorite herb: Licorice Root

MEET KAIRA

Kaira is most at home with either a musical instrument or a book in her hands.  She occasionally brings her harp to the Hawthorn Tree and serenades both customers and employees alike with her heavenly melodies.

Herbs and music have been part of her life for as long as she can remember and she also enjoys studying literature.  She grew up helping her dad brew tinctures and learning natural medicine and aromatherapy from her mom.

Kaira has a degree in harp and is working on a degree in piano as well. She teaches piano and harp through Kaira Anne Music.

MEET CHLOE

Chloe jokes that she is our youngest face here at the Hawthorn Tree, but we think she holds wisdom well beyond her years.  When she isn’t working you can find her out and about thrifting, one of her favorite pastimes, or spending time with her family. A recent grad from Central High School, Chloe intends to attain her EMT certification before continuing her education to become a pediatric nurse.

She spent most of her childhood around herbs, essential oils, and crystals (her favorite is Angel Aura Quartz) and so she feels right at home here at The Hawthorn Tree.

Favorite drink: the Hawthorn Chai!

MEET SAMANTHA

Sam is one of our newer faces around the Hawthorn Tree, and her personality is almost as sweet as the baked goods she makes. When Sam isn’t in the kitchen baking decadent sweets, she can be found enjoying the great outdoors hiking, or hitting the gym. Health, both mental and physical, is one of Sam’s passions and she is an amazing young woman who is on a journey to better herself and the world around her.

Sam jumped right into her new role as lead baker here at the Hawthorn Tree and we are excited to have her onboard.  Her fresh, funny sense of humor brings a breath of fresh air to our team.  Sam is also an accomplished photographer and caught our attention with some of her unique, artistic social media posts she created highlighting The Hawthorn Tree.

When Sam isn’t at the Hawthorn Tree she spends much of her time with her husband and raising her four year old daughter.

Favorite Baked Item:  Gluten Free Brownie