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
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.
Chief Operating Officer, Co-Founder & Volunteer
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 advocating, problem solving, growth, business development, process optimization, communications, staffing and recruiting, and team building.
Melonie Kotchey has extensive training in almost every business and patient-related field of Medical Cannabis. A chronic pain patient and cancer survivor, she is a partial owner of one of six licensed nurseries in Florida and has attended and spoken at many Medical Marijuana seminars throughout the country.
Melonie is COO 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. She was a Regional Business Director at NeurogesX, Inc., where she was responsible for hiring, training and managing the #1 Sales Team and Area Account Manager in the U.S. She was also received the “Successful Women in Business Award” and the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” for the Women’s Executive’s Board in 2015.
Melonie volunteers for the Veterans organization “Any Soldier” and the Children’s Pennsylvania E-Mentor Program. She is a member of the following professional organizations: Americans for Safe Access, European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies, and a junior member of the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine. She also is a Medical Co-Director of Concussion Care at ACMH.
Chief Medical Officer
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.
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.
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.
Gina Vensel is an Events Professional and Marketing Consultant. As the Founder and CEO of Easy Street Promotions, she produces special events for national organizations and companies, and manages digital marketing and social media programs for a wide array of clients. She believes in designing memorable experiences for brands and organizations by taking a creative and integrated approach to marketing.
Gina is the Founder of LiveMusicPGH.com, a website dedicated to supporting and connecting local musicians with the community. She sits on the Board of Directors for IdeasPGH, a nonprofit dedicated to sharing innovative ideas and projects with the community. She also serves as the Marketing Lead for TEDxPittsburgh. Gina enjoys collaborating with partners that promote inclusiveness, social responsibility and eco-consciousness.
WHIRL Magazine selected Gina as a featured “Women in Business” awardee in 2016, and the same year she was nominated as “Entreprenuer of the Year” by Style Week Pittsburgh. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, she has a BA from the University of Pittsburgh in English Writing and Poetry.
Gina is the Events Producer for the 2018 World Medical Cannabis Conference and is eager to begin her journey in the cannabis industry.
Rick Schettino is a professional, full-time cannabis industry journalist. He’s also the owner of R&D Cannabis Marketing, and Publisher of Cannabiz News, as well as cannabiz industry resource, Groway.com. Rick has been a communications and marketing consultant for decades with a penchant for working with startups. In his spare time he enjoys writing and producing original music and island hopping.
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.
Registered Nurse, Cannabis Consultant
Aimee Faiella received her ASN in nursing and her AS in biology. In her 10 plus years nursing career she has worked in telemetry, trauma, burn and emergency nursing. With the major concentration being emergency nursing in hospitals of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Aimee has worked as a resource Rn for emergency department, development nursing policies, procedures and education for emergency medicine and SANE nursing. Aimee has focused on polices and procedure development that advocate for patient focused care. “In watching the opioid epidemic develop over the years in the ER first hand.” Aimee has become and advocate for cannabis for patients. “Patients need more tools to combat illness, addiction and disease without the interactions and side effects.” Aimee is versed in providing care to patients of all ages. Aimee’s passion is educating nursing and other health care professionals, most importantly patients in the new and ever changing cannabis medicine. Aimee is a member of the American Cannabis Nursing Association and Emergency Nursing Association.
Aimee is a wife and mother devoted mother of twins. Aimee is also an animal advocate. Aimee loves and cares for a variety animals providing a forever home on her farmers north of Pittsburgh.
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.