Steven Reichbach, MD – Board-Certified Anesthesiologist
President and Founder, Gulf Coast Ketamine Center
Dr. Reichbach is a graduate of the State University of New York at Syracuse Medical School. He t, rained at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in anesthesiology with specialty training in pain management and pediatrics during his residency.
Dr. Reichbach has been Board Certified in anesthesiology since 1994. He practiced in New York from 1997 to 2015 as a partner with North American Partners in Anesthesiology (NAPA), the largest private practice anesthesiology group in the United States. In 2015, Dr. Reichbach moved to Sarasota and served at Sarasota Ambulatory Surgery Center, providing anesthesia for patients undergoing various nerve-block procedures.
Dr. Reichbach has worked with ketamine for more than two decades in general anesthesiology. He became an advocate of intravenous (IV) ketamine infusions after observing the relief patients experienced with treatments and reviewing the growing body of research over the past decade supporting its efficiency. These ongoing studies and successful results have inspired Dr. Reichbach to utilize ketamine as a viable and effective treatment for severe depression and neuropathic pain disorders.
He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), the Florida Society of Anesthesiology (FSA) and the American Medical Association (AMA).
Lolita Reichbach, RN
Clinical Director, Gulf Coast Ketamine Center
Lolita has worked in nursing since 1982. She began her career as an LPN and earned her RN degree in 1988. Her profession has taken her through many disciplines in health care, predominantly in critical care.
Ms. Reichbach brings an extensive background with inpatient dialysis patients, both peritoneal as well as hemodialysis. She was a surgical ICU nurse and a charge nurse in an acute care PACU setting. She was both a procurement transplant coordinator as well as a clinical manager for the New York Organ Donor Network.
Relief You Can Rely On
Our products are designed to alleviate seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms, pain, nausea, loss of appetite, and other symptoms associated with serious medical conditions such as cancer. Our low-THC/CBD products are available for patients who need non-euphoric care. If have any of these symptoms you may qualify for our products.
Trulieve (Licensed Dispensary)
Renee Legere is the Senior Community Educator from Trulieve, Florida’s first licensed Medical Marijuana Treatment Center offering the largest line of CBD and THC products statewide. Products are designed to alleviate seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms, pain, nausea, loss of appetite, and other symptoms associated with serious medical conditions such as cancer. Headquartered in Quincy, Florida, plants are hand-grown in an environment specially designed to reduce unwanted chemicals and pests, keeping the process natural at every turn.
In her role, Renee is responsible for hands on education of Trulieve’s Medical Cannabis products as well as ensuring Physicians have the most up to date information to provide the best patient experience possible. After experiencing a serious motor vehicle accident Renee was prescribed a long list of medications for neck and spine damage as well as PTSD – medications that none of her doctors could agree on as being the best protocol for treatment. That all changed when medical marijuana became an option for Florida residents, and Renee was able to ditch the pills and find the mental and physical relief that she hadn’t had since prior to her accident. She knew it was time to leave the corporate marketing world and help others navigate this new option of taking charge of their health too.
INTERESTING BACKGROUND AND INFORMATION ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA
A BRIEF HISTORY OF CANNABIS
– Has been used for over 4000 years
– Used by many cultures and religions for medicinal purposes
– In the US in 1940’s called “Reefer Madness” and classified as Schedule 1
– Schedule 1 meant no medicinal value and highly addictive
– Difficult to conduct studies and research
– First medicinal use 1976 for treatment of Glaucoma
– January 2016, Amendment 2 passed in Florida allowing for treatment of illnesses
ISSUES/OBSTACLES TO CANNABIS USE
– Federally, Cannabis is still considered Schedule 1 despite many attempts to change it to Schedule 2
– Cannot travel outside of issuing State with it
– No reciprocity between States that allow for cannabis use
– Employment regulations still an issue regarding job site testing
– Pain practices who refuse to continue to treat patients using cannabis
– Not covered by any insurance
– Due to history, still taboo in public opinion
– Can be cost prohibitive to clients on fixed incomes
– Lack of information about benefits among the medical community
BENEFITS OF USING MEDICAL CANNABIS
– Can be very effective in treating a wide variety of conditions
– Natural alternative to many pharmaceutical medications
– Works with body’s own endocannabinoid system
– Less overall side effects
– Many different routes of administration
– Can be used daytime and nighttime in different forms to treat conditions and maintain alertness
– Allows for possibility of decreasing use of more harmful or addictive medications
– Has shown high success in treating insomnia and chronic pain
– Average age of patients is about 60 years old
WHO QUALIFIES FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS?
Conditions: Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, MS, Epilepsy, PTSD, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, Chronic nonmalignant Pain arising from one of above conditions, Any terminal condition with greater than 1 year survival, Any condition of similar type or class of conditions above
Additional Conditions: When deemed by the Qualifying physician and documented by relevant supporting studies, many of the following conditions also can be treated: Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Arthritic Pain, Chronic Post Surgical Pain, IBS, OCD, Back Pain, Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Autism, Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome, Auto Immune Diseases, Neuropathy, Alzheimer’s and many others
– Must be State resident or reside in State for more than 31 consecutive days
– Proof of Residency includes Driver’s License, or Utility Bill (water, gas , electric within last 60 days)
– Passport sized photo if not state resident
– Fee ($75 plus $2.75 fee) payable to the State by credit card
– Must have qualifying physician do initial evaluation with verifiable medical records stating condition
WHAT COMES NEXT?
– Once a patient has been deemed qualified to obtain a Medical cannabis card, a recommendation is
placed by the qualifying physician into the State database
– Once the application has been approved by the State, patients are directed to a dispensary to
purchase their cannabis products
– There are 13 different dispensary companies throughout the State operating 34 dispensaries
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Contact the Gulf Coast Ketamine Center to learn more about the assessment process and how to be approved for a medical marijuana card. Also, hear about the many ways medical marijuana can be used and how it is tailored to individual needs.
Dr. Reichbach will also share information about common conditions treated with medical marijuana such as MS, ALS, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, Anxiety, Crohn’s Disease, Chronic Pain Syndromes, Cancer, Glaucoma, Epilepsy, Chronic Muscle Spasms and other similar challenges such as Back Pain, Chronic Arthritis, Migraines, Lyme Disease, and Insomnia.
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