Compassionate Certification Centers is a unique company devoted to assisting those who desire access to medical marijuana in a way that respects the laws of each state. We make the process simple because most patients have been through enough. We also provide CBD consultations and appointments for all patients, regardless if they have a qualifying condition.
Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Melonie is a focus driven Entrepreneur and Executive with more than 20 years of success in the pharma, biotech, textiles, e-commerce, medical marijuana, and healthcare consulting industries. Leveraging high impact experience with import/export, patents, entrepreneurship, and international banking, she is a valuable asset to small startups willing to take a risk, healthcare, cannabis, and pharma companies seeking assistance with branding, strategic and customized marketing, and organizational development. Her key areas of expertise include medical marijuana health care consulting, startup capital finance, marketing, business development, process optimization, communications, staffing 100+ physicians on advisory panels, recruiting high performing sales and management personnel.
As Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Compassionate Certification Centers, the world’s first physician-owned medical marijuana or medical cannabis Certification Center Licensees for marketed to career seekers, investors, physicians, and health care practitioners. Her co-founded company is hosting the World Convention each year beginning in 2017 for medical marijuana in PA, alongside highly respected physicians.
Melonie received a B.S. In Biology – Pre-Medicine, a B.S. in Marketing, and pursued her M.B.A. in Health Care Administration and Medical Billing & Coding. She is on the advisory board for The American Society of Cannabis Pharmacists and has volunteered for a variety of organizations including the mitochondrial foundation and veterans organizations since 1995.
Chief Medical Officer & Co-Founder
Dr. Bryan Doner is the CEO and Co-Founder of Compassionate Certification Centers, a health care provider group that offers educational resources and assistance to patients by providing comprehensive medical cannabis certifications to those who qualify as well as a cannabis diagnostic tool and EMR system.
Dr. Doner received his undergraduate education at Denison University and completed a graduate program in Medical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He then completed his medical education at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, immediately followed by residency training in Emergency Medicine at Saint Vincent Health System (Erie, PA).
In addition to Emergency Medicine, Dr. Doner has undergone extensive, fellowship level training in both Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine, a Certified Hyperbaric & Wound Care Specialist (CHWS) by the American Board of Wound Healing, and a Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association (FAPWCA).
Dr. Doner also serves as the President/CEO of D&P Medical Group, as well as the Medical Co-Director of the Wound & Hyperbaric Center, Medical Director of the Primary Stroke Center, and attending Emergency Physician at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital outside of Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Doner currently has active medical licenses in PA and other states and is currently obtaining certification to attest for medical cannabis in Pennsylvania under the Department of Health. He has attended numerous symposiums and educational events regarding medical marijuana and research, oftentimes serving as a speaker or panel member. As an advocate for medical marijuana and as a clinical researcher, Dr. Doner is especially interested in future research within this industry.
Dr. Doner is a member of the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, American’s for Safe Access, and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. He is also featured on Marijuana Minutes each week between 8-9 PM on WJAS with The Cannabis Reporter.
Dr. Keyur Patel received his undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University and then completed his medical education at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Saint Vincent Health System (Erie, PA). In addition to Emergency Medicine, Dr. Patel has undergone extensive, fellowship level training in both Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and a Certified Hyperbaric & Wound Care Specialist (CHWS) by the American Board of Wound Healing. In addition to being the Vice-President/CMO of D&P Medical Group, Dr. Patel currently serves as Medical Co-Director of the Wound & Hyperbaric Center and attending Emergency Physician at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital outside of Pittsburgh, PA.
A minority nursery owner, Dr. Patel has attended Medical Marijuana webinars, seminars and cross functional educational meetings all over the USA. Dr. Patel is also licensed to practice medicine in the state of Ohio, and certified under the Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide medical cannabis certifications. He is a member of the following professional organizations: American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, MAPS, and United For Care. He is also a Medical Co-Director of Concussion Care at ACMH.
Chief Financial Advisor
A chartered financial analyst as well as a seasoned entrepreneur and investment professional. He is currently a founding partner at Shafa Invesco, a boutique family office and General Partner in eHealth Ventures. Mr. Fainbraun is also a venture partner and strategy consultant is several private equity owned businesses.
Print & Digital Marketing Team
Director of Website Development / Senior Compliance Manager
Steve Clark 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.
Executive Design Manager
Valerie Sherman 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.
Senior Executive Administrative Assistant, Human Resources Director, and Social Media Coordinator
Megan Sumner 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 resides. 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.
Brittney Eads 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 life long advocate for medical cannabis witnessing the effects and benefits with patients first hand. Brittney supports the Harvesting Hope foundation.
Cannabis PR, Sales & Media
As the Principal at Proven Media located in Carefree, Arizona, Kim Prince specializes in strategic media planning, public relations and marketing communications for mid to large size legal cannabis companies.
She currently serves as a co-chair to the Phoenix/Scottsdale Chapter of Women Grow. She was formerly on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization, Career Connectors, the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, and the Foothills Community Foundation. She is the former membership chair of the Arizona Business Marketing Association.
Prince began her career when recruited directly from college to work as an Account Executive with New Times Newspaper/Village Voice Media. She went on to work as a media buyer for a major Japanese electronics manufacturing firm and moved up the ranks to become the Director of Marketing Communications. After leaving corporate, she successfully established and sold two successful businesses before establishing Proven Media in 2008.
Prince was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year and was the recipient of the Alliance All-Star Award from ASU West, Qwest and the Phoenix Business Journal. She has been panel moderator at cannabis conferences, and has been an invited speaker at marketing associations and colleges to teach marketing students how to maximize media exposure. She has a passion for helping clients to succeed.
Neko Catanzaro graduated with Honors from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and History. She has spent the past three years in the Public Relations industry specializing in customized communication plans for the legal cannabis industry.
Leveraging both traditional and online media, Neko develops strategic brand narratives and newsworthy content to increase client visibility across multiple channels as Vice President at Proven Media Services.
Neko excels at finding, writing, and pitching stories for the ever-changing media landscape. Passionate about the outdoors and always up for adventure, her extensive travels have taught her how to navigate tight deadlines, work independently, and take the lead on the fly.
National Sales Director
Ken Schultz 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.
Patient & Conference Manager
Blaise has previously been in the patient care industry for more than 5 years. He has worked in assisted living homes alongside people with special needs to help provide them with comfort and a healthy standard of living. He has also been in the Cannabis/CBD industry for more than 5 years, consulting customers and consumers on the properties of hemp-derived Cannabidiol.
He now combines his experience in patient care with his knowledge of the history of Cannabis, as well as the potential benefits of Cannabinoid therapy. Blaise is also a member of ASA (Americans for Safe Access) whose goal is to promote safe and legal access to Cannabis for therapeutic use.
Our team of medical professionals who schedule, assist patients, and conduct CBD consultations are amongst the highest trained staff in the world. Each month the Compassionate Certification Centers team holds meetings, has a robust employee portal for continued education and attends the latest seminars that are far and above minimal state requirements. We are proud of the highly educated and continual growth to be the best in the industry when it comes to standardizing and raising the level of cannabis health care.
Doctor of Chiropractic, Head Chiropractor for Pittsburgh Steelers
Dr. J. Matthew Burnett opened Burnett Family Chiropractic & Sports Performance in 2008, with the hopes of uniting the effectiveness of chiropractic care with benefits of traditional medicine and continues to expand this vision and philosophy.
Dr. Burnett has been in practice for 10 years, starting his career at Wheeling Jesuit University, where he received a bachelors degree in Nuclear Medicine, graduating summa cum laude. Following, he attended National University in Chicago where he earned an additional degree in Biology as well as his Doctorate of Chiropractic. Since then, Dr. Burnett has been busy creating and developing his special approach and high-end respect in the medical world, evolving his philosophy with an integrated and collaborative approach with patients as well as other doctors in the community. In addition, Dr. Burnett is always learning and implementing the best cutting edge care around, making it one of the best clinics in the area for chiropractic and integrated care. With this vision, he is now expanding his approach and philosophy by evolving Burnett Family Chiropractic & Sports Performance into an integrated clinic, Legacy Medical Centers.
Dr. Burnett treats a wide range of patients, but has an overall special niche in the athletic world treating local as well as professional athletes. His experience started as an athlete himself at Wheeling Jesuit University, where he was a four year varsity letter winner and NCAA Academic All-American with the Men’s soccer team. Dr. Burnett continued his soccer career as the assistant men’s and women’s soccer coach at Illinois Tech in Chicago while earning his doctorate degree. Upon graduation, Dr. Burnett stayed on with Illinois Tech as their Strength and Conditioning Coach until the 2010 season. After moving to Pittsburgh in 2004, Dr. Burnett quickly got involved in the soccer community. He started his local coaching career as the assistant coach for the girls Norwin varsity soccer team. After three years on staff, he transferred schools, serving as the assistant coach of the Peters Township High School girls varsity soccer team from 2010-2013. In 2010, 2011, and 2012 the team captured three consecutive PIAA state championships for the first time in WPIAL history. In addition to his successful coaching career, Dr. Burnett has earned the great privilege of working with over a hundred NFL athletes from 9 different teams. He continues to see athletes from MLB, NHL, LPGA, PGA, and professional boxers. All of this experience, in turn, has had an influential impact on his career, specialty, and respect in the medical and athletic world.
With practices in both Peters Township and North Huntingdon, Dr. Burnett currently resides locally, with his wife Tina, and daughters Bria and Keely. With the expansion of his practice, Dr. Burnett is both excited and proud to open the doors of Legacy Medical Centers, with the focus being on an integrated approach to better serve the needs of the Pittsburgh community.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist
Dr. Anu Anand is a board certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (“PM&R”). Dr. Anand practices in Pittsburgh and eastern Ohio managing patients in skilled inpatient rehab hospitals as well as acute inpatient rehab. Prior to her move, Dr. Anand was part of a PM&R medical practice in Queens, New York.
Dr. Anand’s experience comprises various specialties of PM&R, including EMGs, spasticity control with Botox injections and Baclofen pump refills, and pain management with joint and trigger point injections. Dr. Anand is also proficient with prosthetics and orthotics as well as ultrasound for diagnosis and injections.
Dr. Anand completed her residency in PM&R at Nassau University Medical Center in New York as well as a one year general surgery internship at Montefoire Medical Center in New York. Dr. Anand is a graduate of AUC Medical School, and received degrees in Biology and Economics from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Anand has been a contributing author to multiple PM&R books and publications. She has certification in migraine management with Botox, and has a certification from the American Academy of Brain Injury Specialist. Her practice focuses on helping patients achieve their best possible physical function and obtaining the best quality of life.
Board Certified Emergency Room Medicine Physician
Dr. Mike Hoffer has been an emergency medicine physician at ACMH hospital in Kittanning for almost 15 years. He is board certified in emergency medicine and he is the Assistant Medical Director, Quality Director and Prehospital EMS Director.
Mike completed his undergraduate degree at Grove City College. He graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA in 1999. He did a rotating internship at Meadville Medical Center in Meadville PA and then completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at York Hospital and Hershey Medical Center. He is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians.
Outside the ED, Mike enjoys hanging out with his wife and 4 kids. He keeps busy with all the kid’s activities as well as enjoying time spent hunting, fishing, camping and working on his farm.
Executive Center Manager
Elizabeth Murphy has over 25 years of experience working with customers and public relations. Going by Liz and A mother of 2 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.
Registered Nurse, Cannabis Consultant
Aimee Faiella is a native of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where she received her ASN in nursing and a AS in biology. During her 10 plus years in nursing, she has worked in telemetry, trauma, burn, and emergency nursing. Aimee’s primary focus in nursing has been emergency nursing in hospitals throughout Pittsburgh PA. and surrounding areas. She has worked as a resource RN for emergency departments, development nursing policies, procedure and education for emergency, and SANE nursing. Aimee has focused on policies and procedure development that advocate for patient focused care.
Throughout Aimee’s nursing career, she has experienced first-hand the rise in the opioid epidemic that has destroyed people’s lives, marriages, children, and homes. With heart filled compassion to help end this epidemic, Aimee educated herself on a healthier alternative to treatment and healing by becoming an advocate for “Cannabis for patients.” She concluded, patients need more effective tools to combat illnesses, addictions, and disease without the interactions and serious multiple side effects. Aimee is well versed in providing care to patients of all ages. Her passion is educating nurses and other health care professionals, but most importantly patients in the new era of cannabis medicine.
Aimee is a member of the American Cannabis Nursing Association and Emergency Nursing Association. She is a proud and devoted wife and mother of twins. She is a lifetime animal advocate who loves and cares for a variety of animals providing them a forever home on her farm North of Pittsburgh, PA.
Registered Nurse, Cannabis Consultant
Andrea has been in the medical field for over 20 years. She started her career as an Emergency Medical Technician and worked her way through nursing school not only as an EMT, but also as a direct care aid and residential service worker taking care of elderly and persons with mental disabilities. She earned her diploma in practical nursing from the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center and continued working full time while obtaining her Associate degree in nursing from Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA.
In her nursing career Andrea has worked in home health, schools, nursing homes, and hospitals. Her focus and the majority of her nursing career has been in emergency medicine and specialized in pediatric emergency medicine in which she worked as a pediatric emergency room nurse for Children’s Hospital of UPMC and held her CPEN.
Andrea was a volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for 15 years prior to starting her family. She is a wife and mother to 3 young and very active children in which she is involved in their activities and volunteers her time to the organizations they are involved in.
Andrea’ s love and devotion for helping those in need, especially children with chronic and terminall illnesses has led her to cannabis nursing. She is a member of the ACNA and is now an advocate for patients looking for an alternative to help alleviate their symptoms to devastating and debilitating diseases.
Patient Care Manager
Brielle Ryan received her Diploma in Medical Billing and Coding from Ultimate Medical Academy and her A.A. in Early Childhood Education. She was born in Massachusetts and currently resides in Florida with her Husband and Daughter. She has experience working with medical claims in a busy billing corporate office. Brielle has years of experience in “getting the job done”. She is dedicated to assuring a positive patient experience at CCC and is a valuable member of our patient coordination and finance team. Brielle is currently a member of the professional organization: Parents for Pot.