Founder & Executive Director
June 2012, Mieko Hester -Perez receives Certifcate of Special Congressional Recognition form Laura Richardson 37th District, Member of Congress for her support that has helped to provide transformative services to thousands of area residents for her participation support with the Califonria Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center.
June 2012, Mieko Hester receives the Evelyn DuPont Award from The California Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center at the 49th annual awards event, for her community service and dedication with children on the autism spectrum.
February 2012, Mieko Hester-Perez was placed on a list of 132 leading cannabis activists in the U.S and Canada. The list names 85 men and 47 woman, with seven top celebs and five politicians on this exclusive list.
In 2009, Mieko decided to go public with her son's success with medical cannabis and was invited on FOX Morning News, The Doctors Show, NBC syndicates, CBS, Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, and Inspiring parents on ABC’s 20/20 special cannabis & autism segment . Recently her story aired internationally on Australia’s number one morning show and in the United Kingdom. Mieko has become a source of inspiration for other mothers and families lending her voice for unconventional and holistic treatments within the autism spectrum.
A decade ago, I was an ambitious college student, and mother-to-be, working in law firms & attorney services companies. In the past years, having a sincere passion for the business of Law, I've mastered a vast spectrum of critical legal support procedures, and I've comfortably established many strong professional relationships along the way. In 2003, I became chief executive of California Corporate & Attorney Services, Inc., a corporate & legal research firm, serving clients worldwide. Throughout this period, I've been on a very inspirational, educational & loving journey with my 10 year old son Joey. Joey was diagnosed with "Autism" at the age of 16 months. At the age of 9 years, Joey experienced an intensification within his inability to focus. Further, Joey weighed 46 lbs & had begun to deteriorate at a rapid pace due to his unwillingness to intake food & his an apparent inability to properly digest food. His medical prognosis at that time was high probability of death within 6 months. I was devastated. Initially, all I could do was hold on to him tightly, and pray for a breakthrough. According to Joey's doctor, our best hope was the continued trials of new combinations and dosage variations of what had eventually mounted to an astounding 13 different prescription medications; commonly used in treating the various symptoms of Autism's spectrum of disorders. Ultimately, the Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana saved my son's life. Although Medical Marijuana is not known to be a cure for Autism, It has been proven to facilitate "Life" for my son; and has ushered him into his most progressive developmental period ever. Today, at age 13, Joey is flourishing with new communicative expressions, he's gained over 40 lbs, he's happier, healthier, better behaved & is more productive than ever before. Deep within my soul, I feel so blessed to have Joey as my son. Joey's condition has provided us with an opportunity to be a part of a noble cause far greater than ourselves. Email Joey's Mom Blog
H.R. Ted Cromwell III
Co-Founder & Legal Advisor thecromwellfirm.com
Dr. Rebecca Hedrick, MD Psychiatrist Beverly Hills, CA Healthcare Advisor
Jeremy Joseph Esq. Legal Counsel & Media
Jeremy M. Joseph acts as Legal Counsel for the Unconventional Foundation for Autism (www.uf4a.org), a 501(c) non-profit organization whose goals include raising awareness and support for families managing the mysterious and misunderstood condition known as autism, and a rescheduling of cannabis from Schedule 1 to a lower Schedule under the Controlled Substances Act in order to facilitate adequate research and access. Jeremy was born in Washington D.C. He graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2001 where he majored in Finance and Venture Management at Emory's Goizueta Business School, and served as the Vice President of the business schools leadership council. After college, Jeremy moved to New York City where he worked as an investment banker for Merrill Lynch, and traded stocks and foreign currencies for a hedge fund. Currently, Mr. Joseph practices law in California where he has represented many of the nation's largest financial institutions as well as international energy and insurance companies. More recently, Jeremy opened his own law firm and consultancy, and advises, among others, medical cannabis businesses and patients in California, Maine, Colorado, and Washington DC. Jeremy has served as a legal panelist at medical marijuana events including the Marijuana Conference as covered by CNBC in New York City, and educational seminars hosted by both the National Organization of the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nations largest medical cannabis advocacy group with over 45,000 members.
Jeffrey C. Raber, Ph. D. The Werc Shop Dr. Jeffrey C. Raber received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California with a focus on developing new synthetic organic methodologies. Dr. Raber is a serial entrepreneur with a thirst for knowledge and an ability to envision new technologies and the brighter future they can help build. Dr. Raber was also an early mover in the internet service provider market when he helped found a local provider in 1995 while working towards his B.S. in Biochemistry from Lebanon Valley College. Dr. Raber studied plant phylogenetics of the RuBisCO enzyme while at LVC and was named to the USA Today 1997 All-USA College Academic Team for his research accomplishments in this area. Dr. Raber graduated from LVC and decided to move from his hometown in Pennsylvania and expand his opportunities by attending graduate school in Los Angeles, CA at USC. Dr. Raber completed his degree at USC in less than 5 years and was awarded the Harold and Lillian Moulton Fellowship. Upon receipt of his degree from USC Dr. Raber was asked to join a start-up company as the Director of Product Development where he created new molecular scaffolds for use as starting points in the investigation of new pharmaceuticals by medicinal chemists and successfully transferred proprietary reaction methodology and know-how to a production partner. Having been recognized for his various skills and abilities, Dr. Raber was subsequently approached to join another start-up company focusing on development and commercialization of a novel chemical reactor technology. Dr. Raber initially joined the company as the Chief Chemist and quickly became the Vice President and eventually President and was appointed as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Dr. Raber frequently works with local educational institutions assisting MBA students in deriving their business plans and evaluating their technologies while continuing to develop and create new technologies of his own. Dr. Raber is an accomplished scientist, patented inventor and seasoned executive with all of the skills necessary to direct The Werc Shop’s efforts.
Aury Lor Holtzman, M.D. Family Practice Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Addiction Medicine Physician, Adult Medicine in Huntington Beach, CA Aury Lor Holtzman, M.D. was licensed to practice medicine in 1987 and opened his own office in Huntington Beach as a general practitioner soon after. He developed a special interest and sensitivity toward patients suffering from depression and substance abuse. Dr. Holtzman applied for and received a special license from the DEA allowing him to treat/detox patients addicted to prescription and various illicit drugs. Dr. Holtzman expanded and enhanced his training in this field by accepting positions all over California, where because of his bilingual ability he was able to treat poor, underprivileged and nearly forgotten patients. Years of probing research, evaluations and his goal of selecting the correct drug therapy for each individual has been a challenge, resulting in his expertise. Dr. Holtzman is one of the few physicians that is well-known as a medical marijuana expert. For that reason, his advice has been sought by attorneys in court cases regarding the use of medical marijuana. He has been asked to train over a dozen other physicians interested in treating their patients with cannabis. Dr. Holtzman’s knowledge and desire to help has enabled him to effectively evaluate over 20,000 patients for medical marijuana. After hundreds of hours of research and experience, Dr. Holtzman has been able to comfortably and effectively incorporate Medical Marijuana into his Medical Practice, which has made him the number one recommended medical marijuana doctor in southern California.
Robert J. Melamede, Ph.D., President of Cannabis Science, Inc. World-renowned Medical Cannabis Research expert Dr. Robert Melamede has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the City University of New York. Dr. Melamede is a retired Chairman of the Biology Department at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2005, where he continues to teach and research cannabinoids, cancer, and DNA repair. Dr. Melamede is recognized as a leading authority on the therapeutic uses of cannabis, and has authored or co-authored dozens of papers on a wide variety of scientific subjects. Dr. Melamede’s current focus is on integrating far from equilibrium thermodynamic physics with the biology of life and health and the unique evolutionary role played by the endocannabinoid system in these processes. Dr. Melamede also serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of the International Association for Cannabis as Medicine, the Scientific Advisory Board of Americans for Safe Access, Sensible Colorado, Scientific Advisor for Cannabis Therapeutics as well as a variety other of state dispensaries and marijuana patient advocacy groups. Dr. Melamede frequently serves as an expert witness in cannabis-related trials. Dr. Melamede’s testimony was critical in the recent trial of growers for the Vancouver Island Compassion Society that resulted Canadian Court’s ruling that their current medical marijuana laws were unconstitutional. Please visit www.phytiva.com and www.youtube.com to view speeches by Dr. Robert Melamede speaking on the effectiveness of Medical Cannabinoids on for a number of different medical applications. Dr. Melamede, is currently the President & CEO of Cannabis Science Inc., (OTCBB:CBIS), a pioneering U.S. biotech company that is focused on developing pharmaceutical cannabis products.
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