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 EMMA

Emma is one of the main faces behind the delicious food at The Hawthorn Tree and the main inspiration and creator of our baked goods!  Shel’ll tell you that growing up she enjoyed watching the Food Network instead of the Cartoon Network.  Her mom was a major contributor to her love of baking and Emma is always trying new recipes for Vegan/Gluten Free pastries.

When she’s not baking goodies, Emma is a jack of all trades and hobbies such as portrait photography, arts and crafts, indi-rock concerts, and is even a makeup artist on Instagram.

Favorite Treat:  Cupcakes!

MEET ALLY

Ally is an aspiring writer and is nearing the end of her schooling to be a high school English teacher. During her free time, Ally likes to play video games with her kids, play Dungeons and Dragons with friends, or sip tea with a good book.

The Hawthorn Tree has heightened her love of herbs and local art, inspiring her to write about them.  Between taking care of family, juggling school and working, she is also helping us write many of our new blog posts.  She is welcome ray of sunshine and great at juggling drinks too!

Favorite drink: the Hawthorn Thai!

MEET KAIRA

Kaira does it all here at The Hawthorn Tree. She brews hand-crafted drinks in the cafe. She provides live harp music every Friday afternoon. And she shares her knowledge of herbs with our customers.

Herbs and music have been part of her life for as long as she can remember. 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 is one of our new faces here at the Hawthorn Tree.  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!