Empower Inc. is a growing network of physician-staffed health clinics focused on helping patients improve and protect their health. Our mission is centered around physician-guided treatment for the relief of chemo-therapy side-effects, seizures, PTSD, and a multitude of chronic pain conditions. We understand that each patient is unique, and we’re here to provide personalized guidance toward the optimal product for their individual need.
The Empower team of doctors and nurses have a unique breadth and depth in the field of chronic pain managment. Combined they represent over 115 years of medical experience with 40 years of combined medical cannabis experience. Our doctors have attended or served at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Brown, Baylor, USC, UCLA and Washington University. Our team is passionate about the space and has written over 12 books and published over 300 articles on medical cannabis.
We believe the tenure and experience our doctors possess in treating medical cannabis patients is unique and provides Empower patients the most informed perspective on cannabis education and allows patients to achieve the most impactful efficacy in their treatment.
We’re not here to ‘hand out’ medical marijuana cards. We’re here to have real conversations with real people and get them the appropriate help they need.
A graduate of Harvard University and Case Western Reserve University Schools of Medicine, Dr. McCue did his residency training at Johns Hopkins and Harvard in internal medicine and geriatrics. He has traveled the world and worked with patients and other medical professionals in a science-based blending of traditional medical treatment and appropriate use of cannabis. As a distinguished and award-winning physician, Dr. McCue has written 14 books and over 300 articles, in addition to speaking internationally at conferences on many topics including the informed use of medical cannabis.
Since 2014 Dr. McCue has listened to and learned from thousands of patients who have described their personal medical experiences with cannabis. “My typical patient is 50+ year old man with pain. More than 15% of my patients are over 70 years of age. Nearly every one of them is trying to avoid or stop opiates or sleeping pills, and many have serious illnesses that have not responded well to traditional medical therapy.” He believes in the evidence-based use of phytocannabinoids for palliation and in some cases disease treatment, and emphasizes the compatibility of cannabis with modern medical treatments for most symptoms and many illnesses.
Dr. Britvan is a board certified internal medicine physician. She studied medicine at University of Southern California Medical School and trained at Harbor- UCLA for internal medicine. Most of her professional career includes working as a Hospitalist in both California and Oregon for the past twenty years–caring for patients from admission in the emergency room to stay in hospital. She has been evaluating patients for medical cannabis treatment since 2015 and her passion is relieving chronic pain with out the use of narcotics.
Dr. Dodge is a retired pathologist and nuclear medicine doctor in Portland, Oregon. He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and served as staff pathologist at Providence Medical Center for more than 20 years. He has helped Oregon cannabis patients at Empower Clinics since 2003.
Dr. Dodge uses medical cannabis to treat his own advanced osteoarthritic pain.
Dr. Hedmann completed his medical training at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore MD, Baylor in Houston TX and Brown University in Providence RI and before accepting a position with Kaiser Permanente where he practiced Cardiology for 25 years. He has been involved with patients and their need for medical cannabis for nearly 6 years and appreciates the depth and breadth of debilitating conditions that impact their lives.
Individuals incapacitated by medical conditions or the excess of prescribed medications have their lives significantly improved by the judicious use of medical cannabis. He feels profoundly gratified to be able to assist medical cannabis patients to achieve their correct license and also offer insights and suggestions on options for cannabis preparations tailored to their specific medicinal needs.
Dr. David Lemmon is a Naturopathic Physician with expertise in natural, nutritional, and plant-based medicine. He received his Doctorate from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He has been studying the benefits and uses of medicinal plants including Cannabis for over 15 years. Dr. Lemmon lives Oregon and serves patients in both Oregon and Washington and encourages them to connect to the healing power of nature, and never give up hope in feeling better.
Evelyn has been a RN for 45 yrs. She worked in hospital, clinic and the private home settings, practicing home health, hospice, and post-op nursing. She also practiced as a Nurse Practioner in reproductive care and worked as a nurse in geriatric facilities.
She spent time with the indigenous population in migrant health clinics in the Northwest, Guatemala and Standing Rock reservation. The last 8 years she worked qualifying medical cannabis patients with Empower Clinic.
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