I am a Certified Clinical Herbalist practicing in Spokane, WA. I offer a wide variety of classes in plant identification and herbal medicine. I also maintain a small private practice and dispensary that provides individual herbal consultations and organic and wildcrafted medicine at a reasonable cost.
I have always found plants to be very stimulating company. Perhaps this is the result of growing up way out in the country with limited playdate opportunities. I prefer to think of it not as an adaptation to isolation, but rather a fondness of flora. I spent the better part of my childhood tromping through the underbrush seeking out tiny wild strawberries and buttercups. My work as an adult bears a striking resemblance to this, as I forage around in the wilderness hunting plants.
I completed my formal studies in ethnobotany, herbalism and agriculture at The Evergreen State College in 2003. Then I packed up and moved to the desert to study under the late and great Michael Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. I graduated in 2005 as a Certified Clinical Herbalist. Michael passed a few years ago, but he is considered the grandfather of herbal medicine in its current form, having taught nearly anyone who’s anyone in the herb world. Michael’s teaching focused on the use of native plants of the Western States and subsequently, so do I.
What is a Radicle?
No, I did not spell radical wrong. As is often the case with my deeply witty botanical references, almost no one gets it. A RadiCAL is a person who believes in addressing the root cause of social ills, often causing a ruckus with established authority. A RadiCLE is a botanical term describing the very first little sprout of a root that emerges when a seed begins to germinate.
It seems that the latter word is the original, as the root of both words is Radix, which is literally, a root. I chose the name to play on both meanings, of course, the revolutionary nature of botany, herbalism or anything for that matter if done in the right spirit, not because I am a terrible speller. And I like to think of The Radicle Review as being that brave little baby rootlet taking hold in the world.