Practitioners at Caritas Center for Healing

Carla Vargas-Frank
Carla Vargas-Frank

Carla Vargas-Frank teaches and is in clinical practice in Tucson, Arizona and joined the Caritas team in July 2017. Trained in both the Energetic and Vitalist traditions of herbalism, her clinical practice is based strongly in harm-reduction and trauma informed care. Her focus is in the medicinal plants, traditional food-ways, and folklore of Sonoran Desert.

Carla graduated from the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine in Austin, Texas, where she received certification in Community Herbalism, and is certified in the practice of clinical and energetic herbalism by the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine in Fort Jones, CA.

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She has practiced, studied, and taught the use of plant medicines for nearly a decade, and incorporates botanicals, deep nutrition, flower essences, lifestyle choices and energetic practices with herb clients to help restore balance and facilitate long lasting, embodied healing from a wide variety of health conditions and lived trauma.

Carla views her work with the herbs as an extension of her activism towards environmental, social and health justice. She currently operates on a sliding scale in alignment with her goal to provide non-judgemental, personalized care for anyone who seeks it.


Sunday July 30th 9:30 am-11:30 am at The Tucson Herb Store
Medicine Making Series : Herbal Oils and Salves

*pre-registration required

Saturday August 19th at 11:00am -12:00pm at Tucson Herb Store

Third Saturday Community Herb Salon

Saturday August 27th in Joshua Tree, CA (time/location TBA)

Herbs For Soothing the Effects of Late Capitalism w/ Rachel Burgos from Snakeroot Apothecary

Saturday September 16th 11:00am – 12:00pm at Tucson Herb Store

Third Saturday Community Herb Salon

November 10th-12th at the Portland Plant Medicine Gathering in Portland, OR What the Desert Knows

(for more about these classes or to register online visit

Booking and more information can be found at

Britta Van Dun
Britta Van Dun

Britta Van Dun combines decades of formal education with transformative personal experience to assist clients in reclaiming optimal health and well-being.

Two Masters degrees in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University and a Masters from Tri-State College of Acupuncture are rounded out by certifications in gem and flower essence therapy, yoga instruction, Chinese Medical Massage, and Cranial Sacral therapy.

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Engaging multiple dimensions of awareness, Britta hones in and helps dissolve core physiological and emotional patterns often in only a few sessions. She is currently enrolled in a 3-year Homeopathy program in the UK.

Karen Olson
Karen Olson

Karen Olson, MA, is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and founder of Caritas. She utilizes a broad variety of techniques tailored to individual clients’ needs.

She is especially passionate about counseling couples through the Imago therapy model as outlined by Dr. Harville Hendrix.  A certified Imago therapist and workshop presenter, she has received advanced training in this method from Maya Kollman.

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The Imago model honors the relationship between two people as a vehicle for change and deep healing. In her sessions with couples, Karen seeks to empower the “team” of the couple. Using practical techniques to help couples improve their communication and facilitate deeper understanding and compassion, Karen guides couples towards conscious love and growth, healing old wounds in the process.

In her work with individuals, Karen uses an eclectic approach, and–if appropriate–utilizes EMDR therapy, a powerful and efficacious form of treatment that helps heal issues at the root source. She is trained as a level-2 EMDR therapist and is certified in this modality.

Karen’s life-long interest in natural healing was fueled by her upbringing (her mother served on the board of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR in the ’80s) and by her own health challenges. (She was hit by a truck in 1979 and sought alternative treatment to help her heal.)  Perhaps following in her mother’s footsteps, Karen served on the board of Arizona Integrative Wellness Coalition (AIWC) from 2009-2016.  She is a co-founding member of this organization dedicated to supporting and educating holistic health practitioners and those that share their philosophy.

Karen’s intention is to provide a safe, supportive environment so that clients can tapping into their own inner wisdom and create the change they want in their lives. She supports people in nurturing all aspects of their health–psychological, emotional, spiritual, and physical–and understands that these are delicately interwoven.  Part of that support includes operating Caritas and striving to offer a broad variety of complementary or adjunctive therapies/workshops/experiences at the center.

Contact Karen: (520) 940-0486 or e-mail here.

Nanie Carrillo
Nanie Carrillo

Nanie Carrillo is a cornerstone of Caritas, providing services to Tucson community members here at Caritas since 2007! She provides compassionate health care using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and massage therapy.

She also offers clients acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, massage, moxa, cupping, and counseling in nutrition and exercise.

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 A licensed acupuncturist and certified in Swedish massage, Reiki, CranioSacral and Shiatsu, Nanie graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. She is a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine certified by the NCCAOM, a member of AAAOM and the AZSOMA.

Begin to experience the healing presence of Nanie today by contacting her at  (520) 979-7078 or via her website at

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