• Melonie, Founder of Compassionate Certification Centers

    Melonie Kotchey

    Founder
    Melonie, Founder of Compassionate Certification Centers

    Melonie Kotchey

    Founder
    • B.S. Pre-Medicine, B.S. Business Marketing
    • MBA Healthcare Administration
    • 20+ years in healthcare, management, government grants, sales and research
    • Serial entrepreneur and cannabis banking expert
  • Sebastian Fainbraun

    Sebastian Fainbraun

    Chief Financial Officer
    Sebastian Fainbraun

    Sebastian Fainbraun

    Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Fainbraun is an entrepreneur, active investor and financial advisor. He started his career as a hedge fund trader. More recently, he became a founding partner of eHealth Ventures, a leading health care fund who counts the likes of the Cleveland Clinic and Amgen as partners. He is also an active board member and financial/strategy advisor of several fast-growing consumer-oriented companies. Amongst these is Dolcezza Gelato, a multi-unit retailer and national wholesale gelato manufacturer. Mr. Fainbraun is in the process of helping the company with their next institutional capital raising round. Another is Zengo Fitness, a local DC fitness company in the middle of a soon to be announced national three-way merger which will make the new company one of the highest profile companies in the space. He has also helped found and manage one of DC’s largest window treatment contractors as well as other several local businesses. His biggest passion is using his skills and experience to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

  • Dr. Brad, Chief Medical Officer at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Dr. Brad

    Chief Medical Officer
    Dr. Brad, Chief Medical Officer at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Dr. Brad

    Chief Medical Officer

    Dr. Brad has been practicing emergency medicine at Westfield Memorial Hospital in Westfield, NY – where he also serves as the Director of the Emergency Department. Prior to Westfield, he practiced emergency medicine in Colorado Springs, CO and Erie, PA. Dr. Brad is board certified in both Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Brad received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and his medical education from Des Moines University in 1999. He then completed a five year dual-residency in Emergency Medicine and Family Practice in Pontiac, Michigan. Outside the ER, Dr. Brad enjoys many interests, just some of his favorites: annoying his two teenagers, and watching them participate in various sporting activities. Brad also enjoys playing with his dog, spending time with friends, sleeping, and not working in the ER. When his schedule permits, he enjoys traveling to visit family in Minnesota and Colorado.

  • Dr. Jennifer, Natropath & Director at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Dr. Jennifer

    Natropath & Director
    Dr. Jennifer, Natropath & Director at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Dr. Jennifer

    Natropath & Director

    Dr. Jennifer received her Bachelors in Biological Sciences from the University of Cincinnati. Experienced Massage Therapist, with training from the Cincinnati School of Medical Massage Botanical genetic research experience and co-author of “The Horticultural Role of Pyrus calleryana”, published in Biological Invasions, 2010 Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Health Sciences *Accredited four year medical program Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture training with clinical experience Board Certified to practice Acupuncture in Arizona*Clean needle technique certified Whole Health Integrative Clinic Internship in Lombard, IL Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor Licensed to practice Naturopathic Medicine by the State of Arizona Certified to Dispense Natural Substances Licensed to prescribe pharmaceutical medications.

  • Dr. Sandra Wittman

    Sandra

    Nutritionist & Naturopathic Medicine Specialist
    Dr. Sandra Wittman

    Sandra

    Nutritionist & Naturopathic Medicine Specialist

    Dr. Sandra is an in-house Nutrition, CBD, and Naturopathic Medicine Specialist for Compassionate Certification Centers and Compassionate Care Medical Professionals. Sandra utilizes her 20+ years of training and experience with nutrition, metabolic understanding, diet and genetics and pairs it with holistic treatment methods such as empathic listening, plant medicine, and mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. These all-natural alternative therapies allow her to create individualized diet-based solutions to help you not only get well…but stay well.

  • Dr. Bernard, Physician at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Dr. Bernard

    Physician
    Dr. Bernard, Physician at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Dr. Bernard

    Physician

    Dr. Bernard is board certified in Family Practice with a 32-year history of ER work, clinical medicine for the Army all over the United States and various worldwide positions, and a 12-year history of Urgicare. Dr. Bernard has an extensive military background, he was ranked as Colonel in the US Reserves and is currently retired. Dr. Bernard military awards include: Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal x2, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, NATO ISAF Medal, Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Reserve Component Overseas Training Medal Afghan Campaign Medal with one Combat Star, Army Achievement Award. Dr. Bernard is a member of Ame Assoc of Family Practice, Reserve Officers Assoc and Association of Military Surgeons, Society of Cannabis Clinicians, American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association and American College of CBD and Cannabis.

  • Dr. Cheryle, Physician at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Dr. Cheryle

    Physician
    Dr. Cheryle, Physician at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Dr. Cheryle

    Physician

    Dr. Cheryle Hart is a Mayo Clinic-trained medical doctor and surgeon who has over 30 years of experience. Now practicing integrative medicine, she focuses on the interactions of hormones, nutrition and stress and how to improve them to optimize health and well-being.

  • Dr. Paul

    Dr. Paul

    Physician
    Dr. Paul

    Dr. Paul

    Physician

    Dr. Paul is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He went to Duquesne University and graduated in 1981 with a degree in Music Education. He then went to Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri and graduated in 1988. Finished residency in Internal Medicine at Shadyside Hospital in 1992. He has practiced as an Emergency Department physician for 26 years at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Armstrong County Memorial Hospital and more recently Ellwood City Hospital. Dr. Paul has been a great addition to the CCC team!

  • Megan, Director of Corporate Operations at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Megan

    Director of Corporate Operations
    Megan, Director of Corporate Operations at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Megan

    Director of Corporate Operations

    Megan received her A.S. in Medical Billing and Coding from Herzing University and has a gift for working with patients. She was born and raised in Florida, where she and her family currently reside. She has experience working with a national pharmacy and working with a wide variety of patients in a busy internal medicine practice. Megan has years of experience being passionate and patient-focused. She has excelled in the healthcare field, offering her expertise in providing excellent customer service and patient care. She is dedicated to assuring a positive patient experience. Megan is currently a member of the following professional organizations: UnitedForCare and NORML.

  • Valerie, Marketing & Design Director at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Valerie

    Marketing & Design Director
    Valerie, Marketing & Design Director at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Valerie

    Marketing & Design Director

    Valerie received her Associates degree in Applied Science, Communication Arts/Graphic Design. She is a true professional with more than 13 years of experience working in a multinational corporate environment as well as in the cannabis industry. A passion for creating concepts within the medical marijuana space, she excels in design, advertising, interactive marketing deployment all in a fast-paced environment. Corporate Communications, Human Resources, Marketing, Business Development, Legal and Compliance Training, Finance, and Product Development are just some of her skill sets.

  • Brittney, Director of Medical Operations & Training at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Brittney

    Director of Medical Operations & Training
    Brittney, Director of Medical Operations & Training at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Brittney

    Director of Medical Operations & Training

    Brittney is passionate about patient advocacy and she firmly believes “The opiate epidemic in this country is a truly devastating problem that can be eliminated with a more organic option”. With over 10 years of experience as director of operations in medical facilities she excels at managing and coordinating high volume centers of excellence. Dedicated to her patients experience and a focus on it being exceptional, Brittney thrives in a learning environment while pursuing her B.S. Business Administration. She currently resides in Florida with her husband and children and is a lifelong advocate for medical cannabis witnessing the effects and benefits with patients first hand. Brittney supports the Harvesting Hope foundation.

  • Steve Clark

    Steve

    Director of Website Development / Senior Compliance Manager
    Steve Clark

    Steve

    Director of Website Development / Senior Compliance Manager

    Steve is the owner of Agency Replacement, an integrated marketing company in Pittsburgh that provides affordable print and digital marketing solutions to a variety of different clients throughout the United States. He is a highly motivated, organized, and performance-driven marketing professional with a strong capacity to manage a wide range of print and digitally-based projects for your Medical Marijuana dispensary, practice, or delivery service. Steve has strong expertise in graphic design, website design/development, digital marketing, and email marketing solutions.

  • Melissa

    Melissa

    Executive Project Manager & Marketing Specialist
    Melissa

    Melissa

    Executive Project Manager & Marketing Specialist

    Melissa has a heavy background in marketing and social media. After attaining a bachelor’s degree in Communications and an MBA from Point Park University, she has spent the last six years promoting local nightlife and building her own social media presence. With prior experience in both the pharmaceutical industry, and advocating for organizations such as Pittsburgh NORML, Melissa has found her way here at CCC working with various aspects of social media, content, and marketing.

  • Jess, Executive Recruiting Coordinator at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Jess

    Executive Recruiting Coordinator
    Jess, Executive Recruiting Coordinator at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Jess

    Executive Recruiting Coordinator

    Jess comes to CCC with a broad business background including an associate degree in Business/Merchandise Management from Bradford School of Business. Having previously worked as a Branch Manager for Carol Harris Staffing, and as a Youth Case Manager for Career TRACK, Jess devoted her time to working with low-income youth – assisting them in overcoming the obstacles potentially preventing them from seeking and maintaining employment. These opportunities have provided her with extensive experience in counseling and managing. She’s backed with solid experience in management, staff development, supervision, and client relations, Jess also possesses a thorough understanding of client behaviors, program guidelines, and methods of intervention. Past projects and assignments have allowed her to network with an array of media contacts, gain social media experience, and introduced her to elements of Public Relations. Jess is a perfect fit for the CCC team, with a passionate stance towards helping others improve and maintain their overall quality of life.

  • Reva, Patient Specialist at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Reva

    Patient Specialist
    Reva, Patient Specialist at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Reva

    Patient Specialist

    Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Reva currently resides in Butler with her family and three cats. After many years in the food and beverage industry which she greatly loved due to the personal connections with people, she chose to move into the healthcare field completing data entry and as a scheduling coordinator. After becoming very interested in fitness and her own health journey she’s come to truly appreciate more natural approaches to a healthy happy way of life and looks forward to educating the general public about the medical benefits cannabis and CBD can have on their lives.

  • Collin, Marketing & Social Media Specialist at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Collin

    Marketing & Social Media Specialist
    Collin, Marketing & Social Media Specialist at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Collin

    Marketing & Social Media Specialist

    Collin is a 2021 graduate of Westminster College with bachelor’s degrees in both Marketing & Professional Sales and Sports Management. Prior to working at CCC/CCMP, he completed internships with the President’s Athletic Conference, Westminster College’s Sports Information Department, and the Pittsburgh Pirates through their Student Sales Ambassador Program. As a former college tennis player and student-athlete, his goal within the cannabis industry is to blend the benefits of medical cannabis with his love of sports and athletics. His current duties include writing website content and articles, assisting with marketing campaigns, and social media management.

  • Ken Schultz

    Ken

    National Sales Director
    Ken Schultz

    Ken

    National Sales Director

    Ken is a product & nutrition expert with over 10 years of experience in personal nutrition, training, and coaching. He also has extensive experience in hemp-derived CBD and national conference sales development. Ken has a B.S. in Marketing and Communications from Robert Morris University. He was the founder of Advocare in Pittsburgh and transitioned his coaching and personal training motivational skills into the cannabis industry. He was the sales development lead for the 2017 World Medical Cannabis Convention & Expo, which sold out and brought an overwhelming amount of awareness to the Pittsburgh, PA market. Ken also works to assist Compassionate Certification Centers in all sales and logistics for our centers located in Pennsylvania to help our marijuana doctors prescribe patients with medical marijuana cards. He services all states in the USA.

  • Scott, Office Manager/Patient Liaison at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Scott

    Office Manager/Patient Liaison
    Scott, Office Manager/Patient Liaison at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Scott

    Office Manager/Patient Liaison

    Scott brings to the CCC team over 27 years of business, sales, and management experience. Scott had grown up in the Erie, PA community, and after high school, attended Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and graduated from the Kelly School of Business in 1992 with a degree in Operations Management and a Minor in Marketing. After college, he has had positions in sales and sales management in Clarion, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Cleveland, and back to Erie, mostly within the Industrial and Manufacturing fields, with some territories being well over $2 million in sales. He brings his enthusiasm to CCC to educate patients and doctors on the benefits and the rewards of using our CBD products. He currently resides with his wife, Dana and step children Jonathan and Katelyn in Fairview, PA. He is a die-hard college football and basketball fan and likes to spend his spare time with his family and friends and visiting his brother and sister and their families in Chicago.

  • Maggie

    Maggie

    Clinical Cannabis Consultant/Office Manager
    Maggie

    Maggie

    Clinical Cannabis Consultant/Office Manager

    Maggie is a Pittsburgh native who joins Compassionate Certification Centers with eight and a half years of experience in patient care working with intellectually and developmentally disabled adults in the Pittsburgh area. She received her Bachelors in Science of Nursing from West Virginia University. She is an advocate of the medical benefits of cannabis and hopes to use her position with CCC to help others improve their quality of life.

  • Elizabeth, Executive Center Manager at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Elizabeth

    Executive Center Manager
    Elizabeth, Executive Center Manager at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Elizabeth

    Executive Center Manager

    Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience working with customers and public relations. Going by Liz and a mother of two she is an active medical cannabis advocate. Liz enjoys time with her granddaughter and family who live in Boulder Colorado where she spent time educating herself and her children on medical marijuana. Selfless and commanding, Liz joined CCC to be an active manager for one of our locations helping patients and families daily. She is also a member of Common Sense Drug Policy. (CSDP) is an organization from the US dedicated to reforming drug laws that are unfair and slighted against marijuana. Both causes Liz actively supports. CSDP takes the War on Drugs wider than solely marijuana prohibition.

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    Kara

    Clinical Manager
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    Kara

    Clinical Manager

    Kara resides in Erie, Pa with her family. She enjoys spending much of her time with her children, grand baby as well as her numerous pets. She loves sports, baking and crafting, and curling up in a big comfy chair to read a good book. Kara brings a uniquely diverse background to CCC. She worked in the criminal justice field, for over 8 years, helping young female offenders find inner strength and a positive life path. She spent the next 13 years as a rehabilitation coordinator in the behavioral health setting for the seriously mentally ill, helping her patients better manage their illnesses and symptoms with a nonjudgmental approach. Kara then changed career paths obtaining her certification in Medical billing and coding. She worked with the elderly population managing the privacy of their personal health information and providing a compassionate ear whenever needed. Kara has spent over half her life caring for others and feels that is her special gift. She is dedicated to making sure everyone is provided the opportunity for a safe, healthy, and happy life.

  • Joe, Executive Manager of Training & Development at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Joe

    Executive Manager of Training & Development
    Joe, Executive Manager of Training & Development at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Joe

    Executive Manager of Training & Development

    Joe is a Pittsburgh Native who found his place in patient care after spending four plus years working in an assisted living facility. Always being a Cannabis activist Joe has combined his 10 years of customer service and hospitality along with his patient care background to educate and help patients reap the benefits of medical cannabis.

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    Lindsey

    Patient Care Specialist
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    Lindsey

    Patient Care Specialist

    Lindsey has over 9 years experience in patient care. She believes that medical cannabis will provide a better quality of life for patients. She is very passionate about educating people on the alternatives of opioids and other non-pharmaceutical treatment options. She looks forward to the continued progression of this industry. Lindsey currently lives in Florida with her son.

  • Kory, Patient Care Specialist at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Kory

    Patient Care Specialist
    Kory, Patient Care Specialist at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Kory

    Patient Care Specialist

    Kory graduated from Trinity High School and received her Associates degree in Business Administration. She was born and raised in little Washington County PA where she still resides with her husband, son and 3 fur kids. For the past 6 years Kory has worked in the trucking industry. She has always felt passionate about the benefits of cannabis. She has witnessed first hands the opioid problem in this town and am ecstatic to be able help others find and understand the all-natural healing properties cannabis has.

  • Mark

    Mark

    Patient Liaison
    Mark

    Mark

    Patient Liaison

    Mark graduated from Gannon University, with a degree in Business Marketing, where he also played basketball. Mark has spent most of his professional life in the service industry, working with the public and being able to handle any situation has made this a smooth transition for him. As someone that believes in using CBD products, Mark enjoys educating patients on the benefits and helping them improve their quality of life.

  • Amanda

    Amanda

    Patient Liaison
    Amanda

    Amanda

    Patient Liaison

    Amanda comes to CCC with 18 years’ experience as a therapist and case manager with clients in the criminal justice system, primarily those struggling with substance abuse issues. She has experience with helping adults and juveniles; providing them and their families hope that things can get better and teaching them that they are capable of so much more. Her graduate degree in Criminology has opened her eyes that there needs to be better solutions to our county’s drug and alcohol issues and that we need to do more to find the root of the cause to find long term solutions. Amanda is excited to be with patients as well as in the community educating others on the benefits of CCC products and teaching how they too can benefit. Amanda was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania but she’s called Pittsburgh home for almost a decade. She resides there with her husband, son, and their dog, Hamilton.

  • Loretta

    Loretta

    Assistant Scheduling Manager
    Loretta

    Loretta

    Assistant Scheduling Manager

    Loretta started her healthcare career in 2001 as an Admission Coordinator at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She realized how much she loved to help people, so she went to school to be a Surgical Technologist. Loretta graduated in 2004 and has worked in the main Operating room doing general surgeries, Labor and delivery and in Reproductive Medicine where she assisted families who struggle to have children. Loretta then moved on to be the office manager for a construction company. She loves spending time with her family, going to the beach, hunting and fishing and most of all being a MiMi to her granddaughter. She encourages people to reach out for help and educate themselves on the benefits of Medical Marijuana. Loretta is very excited to be a part of Compassionate Certification Centers.

  • Dakota, Director of Medical Records/Clinical & IT at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Dakota

    Director of Medical Records/Clinical & IT
    Dakota, Director of Medical Records/Clinical & IT at Compassionate Certification Centers

    Dakota

    Director of Medical Records/Clinical & IT

    Dakota has worked in healthcare for the last 7 years as a certified nursing/medical assistant. The majority of his experience is in long term rehabilitation facilities. Due to this hands on experience, he has seen first hand how medical marijuana truly helps people. Dakota is currently enrolled in college and is focusing on Health Care Administration. After graduation, he plans to work for the government. He also enjoys traveling around the world to explore different counties.

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    Justin

    Internal Audit & Security Manager
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    Justin

    Internal Audit & Security Manager
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    Rebecca

    Cannabis Care Consultant/Office Manager
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    Rebecca

    Cannabis Care Consultant/Office Manager

    Rebecca has experience working in the healthcare industry for 10 plus years. She first started out as an aide then moved forward with pursuing her clinical medical assistant degree. She has worked in different office settings such as oncology and gynecology. She has now found her place here at Compassionate Certification Centers and loves every aspect of patient care, including the one on one time with patients and knowing that they are able to walk out of our door happy and relieved.

  • Mary

    Mary

    Traveling Clinical Representative
    Mary

    Mary

    Traveling Clinical Representative

    Mary has a background in management and became a CNA, this has been her passion for the past 11 years, with the joy of working in hospice care she found that to be her specialty. With being a part of Compassionate Certification Centers, she is looking forward to growing with the team and its opening up a whole new insight of compassion for patients who truly need help in their care.

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