We pride ourselves on providing a personalized and compassionate healthcare experience. We are a small intimate practice and enjoy getting to know each and every one of our patients. We are deeply committed to providing healthcare that reflects personal attention, empathy, integrity, and trust. We've had the privilege of certifying well over a thousand patients into Florida's program. We serve as experts for navigating the Florida system and guiding medical cannabis patient care.
One of the things we enjoy most about cannabis as medicine is the empowering impact it often has on patient’s lives. Chronic illness takes away so much, and medical cannabis can bring back not only relief, but a sense of control. As cannabis patients start to feel better they are often able to reengage with the things that matter most to them. This inspires us.
It also reminds us why it’s so important to make sure our patients receive the proper education, support, and medical care to get the most out of their cannabis journey. In our clinic clients meet with and have the continued support from both our licensed physician and certified health & wellness coach to identify and achieve their wellness goals.
Who We Are
Dr. Scott Gebhardt, d.O., A.C.O.I.
Formally trained at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and a proud alum of Arizona State University, Dr. Scott Gebhardt is board certified in Internal Medicine. He draws from 20+ years experience in primary care, geriatric, anti-aging, functional, and sports medicine along with a passion for natural health. He’s completed the State requirements and is a qualified Florida Medical Marijuana certifying physician. Easy going and attentive, patients often comment on his compassionate bedside manner and fun stories. He enjoys (pretending how to) golf and spending time with his family.
Dr. Scott’s Cannabis Story
Dr. Scott wasn’t always a believer of cannabis as medicine. As a physician, he was naturally wary of anything with large claims and a panacea attitude. He carried that skepticism towards cannabis. While working in a nursing home a few years ago, he was caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s Disease who was having a lot of difficulty with agitation, sleeping, and appetite. Dr. Scott started the patient on a trial of Marinol, the synthetic form of THC. The patient had remarkable results - waking up the next morning cheerful and asking for breakfast! Dr. Scott’s curiosity was ignited and he was on a mission to learn more about cannabis as a potential treatment option. Dr. Scott began to delve into the research and couldn’t deny what he was finding - cannabis is an effective medicine with incredible potential. The side effects were minor and the patient stories were unbelievable. Dr. Scott quickly decided to take the required courses in order to become a qualifying medical cannabis ordering physician and Florida Medical Cannabis Clinic was born.
Kristina risola, mA, crc, chwc
director of Operations/cannabis health coach
A double graduate from the University of South Florida, Kristina holds a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. With 15+ years experience in the medical, mental heath, rehabilitation, and coaching fields she has an in depth understanding of chronic illness and disability. She's also a legal cannabis patient who knows that it's like to live with debilitating conditions and chronic pain. Drawing from both her personal and professional experience, Kristina is able to partner with patients to provide an added level of education and guidance along their medical cannabis journey. Kristina enjoys playing and watching hockey, writing, and Vibram Fivefingers (toe shoes).
Kristina is a Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and Certified Primal Health Coach.
Kristina's Cannabis Story
Kristina is a cannabis success story of her own. Dealing with chronic pain from Fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and autoimmune disease as well as gastrointestinal disease and PTSD with anxiety, Kristina more than understands the experience of chronic illness. With the help of medical cannabis and Dr. Scott, Kristina has been able to discontinue the use of pharmaceutical medications. After starting on nightly indica cannabis capsules, she is sleeping soundly, without the endometriosis pain and spasms that used to wake her up screaming multiple nights a week. Kristina also lost nearly 20lbs - an unintended but welcomed bonus of her new found sleep and overall better health. This personal success empowered her to assist patients in navigating their own cannabis health journeys.
You can learn more about Kristina at www.KristinaRisola.com.
Florida medical marijuana Qualifying Conditions
Other debilitating medical conditions including:
Anxiety & depression
Endometriosis & PMS
Post-traumtic stress disorder (PTSD)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)