Our Team

Jodi Chapin RN

President of GNP

Jodi has been a Registered Nurse for nearly 30 years. She has an extensive background in women’s health as a labor and delivery nurse, and has also worked in oncology.  She resides in Framingham with her husband of 25 years. Together, they have 3 children ranging from middle school age to college, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a bunny named Kiwi.

 

Jodi firmly believes that vulnerability is to be met with compassion, respect, and active listening to ensure that her patients have the very best outcomes. She credits her extensive nursing career and healer background with these virtues and skills. Jodi is also a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Practitioner. Through this healing art, Jodi may be able to help people who are struggling with a wide range of health conditions such as headaches, insomnia, back pain, cancer, heart disease, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and may even be used to help in the recovery from injuries and surgery.

Jodi was recently elected President of GNP as she helps advocate for people who choose to use cannabis as a complementary or alternative treatment, providing education, insight, guidance, and support in the process.

Jullie A Battel CNM MPH

J​ulie Battel is a compassionate and seasoned healthcare professional. Focusing on the unique background and needs of each individual, she is dedicated to educating patients about medical cannabis. She is a graduate of Brown University and earned a Masters in Public Health and a degree in Midwifery at Boston University. She was an Americorps volunteer for Project Recovery on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and was instrumental in the creation of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Julie was a Certified Nurse Midwife at Massachusetts General Hospital for 13 years. In addition to serving as a community health organizer for Braintree Healthy People, she has worked in various positions at Planned Parenthood. Most recently, she worked with homeless pregnant and parenting mothers throughout the greater Boston area in the Bridges to Moms program.

Nurse Practitioner - Certified Nurse MidWife - Cannabis Nurse Consultant

Caitlin Bernhard MSN FNP

Caitlin has long had an interest in wellness and the healing arts. In 1999, she earned a bachelor’s degree with Individual Concentration in Pre-Naturopathic medicine—an academic track she developed herself—from UMass Amherst. Feeling frustrated with the lack of access to Naturopathic medicine on the east coast and within the medical establishment, Caitlin switched gears: she studied native plant horticulture, Hatha Yoga, and Usui Reiki; completed an herbalism apprenticeship, labor and post-partum doula training; and completed integrative massage and bodywork training at the Green Mountain Institute of Integrative Bodywork and the New York College of Health Professions.

Seeing limitations with working strictly within bodywork modalities, she started studying nursing in 2010. Throughout this time, she hoped to be able to work with medical cannabis when it became legal and was optimistic about its therapeutic applications. She earned her bachelor’s in nursing in 2011 and her master’s in nursing with a specialty in family practice in 2013 from Pace University in New York City, NY. Soon after graduating, she returned to western Massachusetts in 2014 to begin work as a family nurse practitioner at MinuteClinic—a retail health clinic run by CVS—in Amherst, MA. There she was met with the brutal reality of modern health care: a broken system driven by pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, overpriced insurance premiums with high deductibles, overpriced services, and fear of litigation—a healthcare system that profits from illness and ignorance of preventative health and wellness.

In late-2017, Caitlin finally entered into the cannabis medicine field when she joined the team at Canna Care Docs (CCD), a chain of medical cannabis evaluation clinics. She worked for them in locations throughout Massachusetts, not only recommending but also researching, creating, and presenting material at informational events and workshops throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. While working at CCD, she completed training in Holistic Wellness Coaching at the Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy, while continuing her studies in herbalism through Sage Mountain’s correspondence program. With a renewed sense of purpose and focus, during this time she founded Azalla Health and Wellness, LLC, a cannabis and wellness coaching, consultation, and education venture. Since starting with CCD, Caitlin has worked with several other cannabis clinics in Massachusetts while launching Azalla Health and Wellness and planning a new CBD/Wellness store, Azalla Wellness, which will be located at The Local Yoga Joint in Turners Falls, MA.

Caitlin approaches patient care from a place of deep listening and patient autonomy. As a Holistic Wellness Coach, she knows that the most positive and lasting changes come when people are intrinsically motivated and empowered to shift patterns that no longer serve them. One of the reasons she loves working with Cannabis medicine is that the very process of learning to medicate with this plant is empowering to patients. Working with cannabis allows patients to take their health into their own hands. Furthermore, her approach aims to motivate patients to make other changes in their lives, such as including other daily wellness activities, making nutritional changes, or finding joy in physical activity. Caitlin sees people holistically and looks for patterns and connections with all parts of health and wellness, from sleep disturbances, to food and drink intake, to overmedication and beyond. She looks for ways to make change fun and easy, which streamlines the process and allows for deep and lasting transformations.

 

Caitlin lives in Northampton, MA. She enjoys kitchen witchery and making plant-based medicines, cooking with seasonal whole foods, watching for hawks and owls, travel, research, and relaxing by the fire with her partner and cat.

CEO & Founder Azalla Health & Wellness, Nurse Herbalist Massage Therapist

Michele Morris RN, BSN

Michele is a Boston College graduate (GO Eagles!) and has over two decades of bedside nursing experience in specialty areas including surgery, perianesthesia and pain management.  She enjoys breaking down the stigma of cannabis as medicine by sharing research and patient testimonials as well as her own personal story of overcoming chronic pain without the use of pharmaceutical therapy. Michele educates patients on the form and function of the endocannabinoid system as well as safe and effective use of cannabis. Common issues she has helped patients manage include pain, sleep and mood.  

She is passionate about helping others heal with plant based modalities including cannabis and essential oils. With a strong focus on education, Michele enjoys guiding and supporting patients on their wellness journeys by incorporating the mind, body and spirit in the healing process. Michele is an intuitive healer and incorporates yoga, reiki and breathwork into her daily life and encourages those that are willing to do the same.

Michele lives near Cape Cod, MA and is an avid outdoorswoman who enjoys hunting, hiking and boating with her partner and their bird dogs. With over 15 years experience in animal rescue work, Michele has become known as the “go to girl” for CBD use within the pet population and LOVES working with her canine and feline clients and their owners.   Michele is a member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association and the Cannabis Nurses Network and the Green Network Providers!



 

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Perianesthesia and Surgical Nurse Cannabis Nurse Consultant

Tonya Sanders RN

Nurse, patient, advocate and activist, Tonya educates patients and covers reporting from Ohio. 

Tonya has been a Registered Nurse for over 17 years. She attended Aultman Hospital School of Nursing and Mount Union in Ohio. She has been a registered nurse in multiple departments within the hospital and home health before she got sick in 2008. Tonya lost 8 years of her life to chronic  disease, infections, surgeries, medication and was sent home to go to hospice care in 2016.  Cannabis saved her life and now she is living her best life. Tonya now has a passion with a purpose to show the world that there is a safer, healthier, natural alternative to manage symptoms of chronic illness.

Tonya and her husband DJ have been married for 17 years and have two daughters Zoë and Brooklyn, and a golden retriever Grace! 

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