Shelby Bertsch is a psychophysiological researcher and avid traveler. She lived in Peru to conduct psychophysiological research on the healing properties of entheogens. She focused upon the connection of cortisol homeostasis and cognitive stress before and after work with ayahuasca and plant medicine. The findings of her research speak to the connection between the body and mind. Her results showed improved cortisol reactivity to stress, which mirrored improved perception of self. Shelby is inspired to develop further research projects based upon the culture and practices she observed in Peru, she hopes to bring technical knowledge of psychophysiological response to shed more light toward the healing nature of plant medicine. Shelby’s motivation is to spread knowledge and encourage mindful practice of medicines, in hopes that personal responsibility will allow for deep change to be made in our current social structure. Her research discussions have led to travel. Shelby has lived in South America, Europe and has backpacked around the United States, she is incredibly grateful to have spent formative time of her life in the Amazon. Shelby is currently writing a travel guide to weave through the complications of international and domestic travel. Shelby hopes to bring research into a world of application – to demonstrate that concepts of physiology and psychology can be simply explained, and understood. She hopes by teaching and learning in an environment that is expansive and welcoming to all people that science can be viewed as a tool for maintaining health, creating art, and manifesting happiness.