Dr. Patricia Gail van Diepen, Internal Medicine, was aware of positive research in the efficacy and safety of medical marijuana when Florida issued the guidelines and rules for the certification of patients to be eligible to visit licensed dispensaries to purchase medical marijuana products. It was thus with full heart that she opened Florida Compassionate Care Centers.
“My first MMJ patients have been those for whom I’ve cared for 20 years”, she reports. “From Day One we have seen marvelous improvement in so many: reduction of pain, increased physical flexibility, fewer seizures, lessened anxiety, improved sleep, reduction or elimination of potentially harmful narcotics…and a better quality of life.”
Dr. van Diepen is convinced that any Florida resident or snowbird with a diagnosed condition has the RIGHT to TRY to achieve better health and a better life by beginning the use of medical marijuana. Her staff is expected to take the same point of view – and do.
She is equally convinced that anyone seeking to try that solution should visit a PRIMARY CARE physician given that so MANY conditions can qualify and where specialty physicians, who have gotten into the “medical marijuana card business”, have seen ONLY those conditions in which they have specialized in their prior careers. The need to match up the complex array of medical marijuana formulations and products with the almost unlimited variety of qualifying medical conditions is crucial to getting patients off to the best start and to helping them modify dosing and intake routes to reach the best long-term result.
With a specialty in Internal Medicine, Dr. Gail van Diepen has provided thousands of teen and adult patients with their primary healthcare for over 30 years. She has operated Ormond Internal Medicine, the premier independent primary care practice in eastern Volusia County, since 1999.