Licensed in the state of Florida | University of the East College of Medicine | Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Philippines | Internship & Residency, Catholic Medical Centers of Brooklyn and Queens
Over 20 years in private practice. After her residency , she chose Jacksonville as her home. Her various duties as an internist have provided her the privilege of treating a wide range of patients, from indigent and inmates to the Mayor and Sheriff. When people ask her what her specialty is, she says , ‘Compassion’.
She took a leave of absence from her medical career to sponsor an order of Catholic nuns to get them established in Jacksonville, as well as volunteering work at a clinic sponsored by St Luke’s Catholic Church and Jacksonville
Neighborhood Clinic some years ago. She educates her patients on how lifestyle plays an important role in preventing diseases. She counsels her patients on proper diet and exercise, to eat anything in moderation, paying close attention to food portions. She feels medical marijuana can play a significant role in overall patient health and wellness. Her philosophy of patient care? “I want to make people feel better, as well as help them to feel good about themselves and the world around them”.
William "Bill" Barton, M.D.
Licensed in the state of Florida | Board certified , American Board of Anesthesiology | UF medical school and residency
35 year career in anesthesiology in the Jacksonville area, mostly at Baptist Medical Center. "As an intern, I was able to watch an anesthesiology resident place a labor epidural in a young woman in labor. Her pain relief and gratitude is why I chose Anesthesiology for a career. Many of the patients we see are suffering, but running out of treatment options. Medical marijuana allows many of these patients to have a much improved quality of life, which I find very rewarding."
Avis Chen, M.D.
Licensed in the state of Florida | Board certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist at Wolfson Children's Hospital/Nemours
She was at the Children's Clinic for over 27 years. She was also the Chair of Quality Assurance for Pediatric Anesthesia at Wolfson , and the Chair of the Operative and Invasive Review Committee at Baptist Medical Center. Practicing as an anesthesiologist, she always had an interest in pain management. This led to her current objective of alleviating suffering in others through the use of medical marijuana.
Patricia Stephens, M.D.
Licensed in the state of Florida | LSU School of Medicine. Internal Medicine Residency: | Earl K. Long Memorial Hospital, Baton Rouge, La. Anesthesiology Residency: | Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans, | La. Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship: | Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, Ca. Board Certified in: | Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology. | Retired from Nemours Children's Clinic.
After I retired from clinical practice, I found that I really missed seeing patients. As part of my duties at Nemours, I oversaw the Pain Service, and developed an intense interest in ways to help relieve pain. Also, I love teaching patients how to help themselves feel and function better. The success of the use of medical marijuana by a patient, to a great degree, is highly dependent on an understanding of the types of marijuana and forms they can use to help their pain or anxiety. In our practice we are able to spend the time to help patients understand these things. It is a privilege to be able to do this.
John "Jack" Crump, MD
Licensed in the state of Florida | University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine | Residency, University of Missouri-Columbia and John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County | Fellow, American College of Surgeons | Founding member, North Florida Surgeons
Within over twenty five years of practice at Baptist Hospital, he served many roles, such as Chief of Staff, Chairman of Surgery, Director of Medical Records, and Director of Bloodless Medicine. Since retirement, he developed a program to educate patients and families undergoing major illnesses. This lead to an interest in the benefits of medical marijuana in people suffering from chronic illness. He is doing what he loves, seeing and treating patients. He says" Our patients don't want to get high, they want to get well."