The daughter of indigenous curanderos (both parents were healers), doña Othelia never had a set initiation, for she grew up in the environment of plant spirit medicine from birth, and thus knew the science her entire life. Her childhood was an initiation. Othelia’s specialty is reading cigarettes, a form of divination similar to reading tea leaves or tarot cards. She maintains an intimate connection with the spiritual dimensions through dieting and drinking ayahuasca and has a fine intuition due to this connection. She is a powerful vegetalista and ayahuasquera.