Gregory L. Smith, MD, MPH, Keynote
Dr. Gregory Smith earned his medical degree from Rush Medical School in Chicago, and a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University. He completed residency training in Preventive Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Since leaving the US Army with the rank of Major, Doctor Smith has been in primary care practice in California, Georgia and Florida for the past 25 years. He first trained on use of medical cannabis in California in 2000, and has made medical cannabis and CBD oil part of his practice since that time.
Dr. Smith is an avid writer, having published two medical textbooks, a novel called Malpractice, and articles with many magazines and over a dozen peer reviewed medical publications.
Dr. Smith has been working with medical cannabis-related issues full-time for the past 2½ years. He is Director of Medical Affairs for First Harvest Financial, Inc. (a cannabis business investment firm), and for CBC Biotechnologies, Inc. (a manufacturer of biosynthesized cannabinoids and terpenes). He is also Director of Medical Affairs, with Cognition Life Sciences Inc., a company currently involved with research trials of Cognizol, a THC-based nasal spray for Alzheimer’s disease.
Juan Sanchez-Ramos, PhD, MD
Serves as Medical Director of the PRF Center of Excellence. He directs Tampa Bay Parkinson’s Disease Chapter. With the support from the PRF, Dr. Sanchez-Ramos has expanded clinical services. The increased activity includes experimental clinical trials and basic research in Parkinson’s disease. In addition, the PRF supports a PRF Chapter serving the Tampa Bay region. The primary goal of the PRF Chapter is to deliver the best care and information about Parkinson’s disease. Services of the PRF Tampa Chapter include the presentation of patient conferences focusing on medical management and therapeutic interventions that improve the daily lives of patients. These include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, exercise, nutrition, etc.
The Parkinson Research Foundation will also establish a post-doctoral fellowship to train future generations of experts in Parkinson’s disease. Training will include the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of movement disorders, with emphasis on Parkinson’s disease. The candidate will have the chance to work with Dr. Sanchez-Ramos and to collaborate with neurosurgery in treating patients who require deep brain stimulation. In addition, the candidate will have the opportunity to work at least 2 days a week in basic research in the laboratory of Dr. Sanchez-Ramos, with a focus on stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. The training program will be tailored to the unique goals of the candidate; however, those individuals who want to publish both basic and clinical research papers are most likely to benefit from this program. The Parkinson Research Foundation Fellowship is geared for the individual who plans an academic career.
Angela Ardolino, CannaCure Florida and Parenting with Angela
is an entrepreneur, publisher, and nationally recognized parenting and family expert, perhaps best recognized for Parenting with Angela. Recently Angela grew frustrated seeing countless families facing major health problems, for which no traditional medical treatment or pharmacological remedy was proving effective, affordable, and safe—all while knowing that cannabis products provided relief and oftentimes recovery, but were not yet legal in Florida. With a constitutional amendment providing for medical marijuana on Florida’s 2016 ballot, Ardolino sold her ownership of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine to partner with Avid Growing Systems in launching CannaCure in the US, a company dedicated to cultivating and processing the purest medical cannabis products, with the lowest environmental impact. One of her first accomplishments as CEO of the newly founded CannaCure Florida was to establish Canna Conferences, to develop, support and promote educational programming for medical professionals, business leaders and patients about the effective use of medical marijuana to treat a host of debilitating patient illnesses. Ardolino is active in Women Grow and United for Care, and is currently pursuing a professional certification in cannabis for therapeutic use from the University of Vermont College of Medicine.
David DeGraff, The Grow School
is currently the CEO of The Grow School, Denver Colorado and the lead instructor for the ComfyTree Grow School. He has been with The Grow School since it’s formation in 2009. David holds certification in “Cannabis (Marijauana) for Medical Use” that is accepted by the Board of Nursing in all 50 states and all US territories. He is an honorably discharged Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and holds both letters of Commendation and Appreciation for his military service.
David has over 27 years of experience growing cannabis, including 7 years while living in Holland and France, as well as 7 years of experience growing as a Licensed Colorado Medical Marijuana patient and caregiver. He is also head of Instructor Training at The Grow School, and in his off time serves as President of the Board of Directors of newly forming Colorado Museum of Cannabis and Hemp History in Denver. David got his official start in the Colorado Cannabis Industry in 2008 as the founder of “The Colorado Kindness Association” (CKA). Addressing the fact that there were no licensed dispensaries at this time in Colorado, he and the CKA solicited and donated free cannabis to terminally ill Colorado Medical Marijuana patients.
Joseph Rosado, MD
Dr. Rosado was born and raised in New York City (the Bronx). His healthcare career spans over 35 years with positions as an orderly, an EMT, a paramedic, a Heart Catheterization Lab Technicians, a chiropractor, a medical doctor, a clinical researcher, and a medical executive/administrator. Presently, he is a practicing in Orange City, Florida providing optimal and affordable primary care services, together with peripheral nerve blocks, trigger point injections, joint injections, prolotherapy, spinal manipulations, Suboxone Therapy, Therapeutic Cannabis Treatment, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Medical Weight Loss (HCG) in a high volume Primary/Urgent Care clinic in both English and Spanish.