By: Susan Erler | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: April 2013
Barbara Benson of The Herbal Lady.
Many know by now that Dr. Wanda Harris, beloved friend, physician and healer, recently passed away. Known by most as “The Herbal Lady,” Dr. Harris was devoted to her craft and was extremely proud to have earned her distinction as a certified herbalist and natural consultant, certified iridologist, and reflexologist, just to name a few of her accomplishments.
Dr. Wanda was known for her intense caring and compassion for all who crossed her path, and she took great pride in helping heal many patients. Barbara Benson and many others witnessed this love for all human beings firsthand. She worked with Dr. Wanda for 17 years and has spent the past few alongside her in the Owasso office. Barbara, who received her training through Trinity College and was mentored by Dr. Wanda, summed up the feelings that many have expressed: “She was loved by so many people. I think the toughest part for everyone to understand is how someone who took such great care of herself and always utilized natural healing products could have succumbed to death so young,” explains Barbara. “I remind them that Dr. Wanda was human, and sometimes things happen.”
Since the loss of her friend and mentor, Barbara has devoted herself to caring for Wanda’s patients. Barbara is committed to exceeding the expectations of those who walk through her door. “I want them to know that they can still receive the same quality of care they had been receiving before. I offer the same services and testing, and because I was already a part of her team, my knowledge of our patients’ medical histories is firsthand.”
The biggest challenge Barbara and other staff members in the Owasso office have faced so far has been getting the word out that the office is still open. Since “The Herbal Lady” was synonymous with Dr. Wanda, many thought that without her, the practice would have to shut down. But Barbara says that the doctor made sure that even in her absence, her legacy of healing would continue on.
“Many don’t know that her Owasso location was simply her ‘home base,” explains Barbara. “She taught her craft to hundreds of others. Her legacy is that she spent much of her time educating, empowering and teaching her healing knowledge. She wanted people to know that the human body is amazing and is fully capable of healing itself. Sometimes it just needs to be put back into balance, and natural herbal remedies can do that.”
The Herbal Lady is located at 9220 N. Garnett Rd., Ste. E in Owasso. Please note that the office hours have changed slightly. They are open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and are closed Tuesday and Sunday. To schedule an appointment, call (918) 274-4114.