About Us

Our mission is to provide guidance, assistance, and advocacy to the medical cannabis community.

At our core, we aim to uncover the latest medicinal applications and pioneering research in the dynamic field of cannabis. By promoting greater awareness and understanding, we strive to empower medical professionals to feel informed and at ease in this rapidly evolving area of healthcare.

Charlie Piermarini, PA-C, MSPAS, MS, MPH, CHC


Charlie Piermarini, PA-C, MSPAS, MS, MPH, CHC Since he was young, Charlie Piermarini has had a passion for medicine and people. During the summers, while an undergrad at The University of Arizona, he would work as an EMT at a summer camp serving both children and adults with special needs. Through these life-changing experiences, he knew he had to pursue his passion for medicine. After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in Physiology he then also pursued his Master’s degree in Physiology from The University of Arizona. He was able to publish his Master’s thesis paper in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology, which can be read here. He then attended the Touro University of California, where he completed a dual Master of Science in Physician Assistant Science (MSPAS) and Public Health (MPH) and graduated in 2015. He moved back to Arizona, where he practices family medicine, pain management, and urgent care. He realized he had a different view of medicine and found his passion in combining Eastern and Western medicine to help give his patients the best results. Like most medical professionals he had very little exposure to Cannabis in school and was introduced to the benefits by his patients. He noticed multiple patients returning to the clinic and describing needing less of their pain medications and some of them ultimately getting off their pain medications entirely. It was not until he had a life-changing encounter with a patient, that he started to take the potential benefits of Cannabis seriously. He went home and did a PubMed search of published research on Cannabis and was surprised to see thousands of peer-reviewed articles regarding Cannabis and its effects on the human body. He proceeded to read as many published articles as possible to better gain an understanding of Cannabis and the Endocannabinoid System. To further his education he became certified through Medical Marijuana 411 in their Medical Professional Cannabis Certification along with gaining his The Healer Certification for Medical Professionals through Healer, Inc. In order to better serve his clients and patients, he became a Certified Health Coach (CHC) through the National Society of Health Coaches (NSHC). For his work in promoting Cannabis and alternative healing methods, he was featured on the cover of Top Doctor Magazine with a corresponding multiple-page interview, the interview can be read here. In creating MedCanna Today (MCT), he wants to provide a central resource that combines information regarding the medical, research, legislative policy, and community around Cannabis to promote the safe usage of this extremely complex plant. He also wants to further the education of fellow medical professionals, so they at least feel comfortable and have a working knowledge of Cannabis and CBD. He is a co-author of a publication regarding how the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) has implications for the recognition and control of pain, it can be found here. He also was a co-author in a letter to the editor of Pain and Therapy describing how CBD could be a new tool for pain management providers, the paper can be found here.

Stephanie Ochoa, PA-C, MSPAS, CHC


Stephanie Ochoa, PA-C, MSPAS, CHC

Stephanie Ochoa is a Women’s Health Physician Associate who completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Florida International University in her hometown Miami, FL. Shortly after, she enrolled at the South University Tampa Physician Assistant program and graduated as her class student representative.

Stephanie started her career as an OB/GYN Physician Associate, working in various hospitals and clinics. As a Hispanic woman, she is particularly attuned to the unique health needs and concerns of her community and has worked hard to break down cultural and language barriers that can prevent individuals from accessing quality medical care. During her years of practice, she witnessed the remarkable benefits that medical cannabis had on her patients, particularly those struggling with chronic pain and other debilitating conditions. This sparked her interest in the emerging field of cannabis medicine and she decided to pursue additional training and certification.

In her quest to expand her knowledge, Stephanie traveled to various states and countries, attending conferences and workshops on cannabis medicine. She is trained and certified by the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, Healer, and Medical Marijuana 411 where she learned about the endocannabinoid system and its role in human health and wellness.

With her passion and ambition, Stephanie decided to continue training with the National Society of Health Coaches and completed her certification. She blended her health coaching skills with her newfound knowledge of the healing properties of cannabis to help countless patients overcome their medical conditions. She is dedicated to providing her patients with safe and effective treatment plans that are tailored to their individual needs.

Stephanie is the Founder and President of the National Association of PAs in Cannabis where her focus is to empower and educate Physician Associates, healthcare professionals, and patients regarding the therapeutic benefits offered by this botanical gift. She is an avid advocate committed to raising awareness to eliminate the negative stigma of cannabis through increased education and heightened consciousness. Stephanie is poised to make a significant impact in the field of cannabis medicine and remains at the forefront of the field, constantly researching and discovering new ways to use cannabis to improve the lives of those she serves.

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