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Dr. Mara Bilibajkich
Founder

Mara graduated from Queen's University in Ontario, Canada and has been practicing family medicine for over 20 years. Over the years, she noted an increase in patients requesting access to cannabis medicine. This led Mara to in depth research and the discovery that cannabis was the most versatile medicine we have access to.  Unfortunately, prohibition has suppressed this information. Mara's goal in developing RxLeaf was to return the power to the people, to educate the media, and to provide the public with reliable and vetted science-based information about the benefits of medical cannabis. The team at RxLeaf is working very hard to create an online community and a safe place where questions can be asked and support can be given. Cannabis has restored both hope and health to so many suffering , especially in instances where traditional therapeutic interventions have failed them.

 

CONTACT: [email protected]

Jennifer Grant
Editor in Chief

Jennifer graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honors Biological Science degree, majoring in the biomedical field. She has been employed as a professional writer for almost two decades, previously working with Get Leashed Magazine and ARC Institute. Jennifer has also been a science and math teacher with the SCCDSB and TDSB.

 

Contact: [email protected]

Emily Dennis
Director of Marketing & Sales
Emily has a law background and has worked as marketing director & social media manger for multiple e-commerce stores. Her niche and expertise is in the cannabis industry, with a special focus on medical cannabis. Emily is also a freelance graphic designer and a translator. 
 
Douglas Dennis
VP of Marketing and Sales

Douglas has been specializing in internet marketing for over five years. He has been a serial entrepreneur for over a decade and a martial artist for twenty-five years. Douglas graduated with honors in psychology with a minor in philosophy. Although he prides himself on his health and work ethic, he sometimes finds time to cook, practice martial arts, and make music.

 

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Randy Robinson
Contributor

As someone who wanted to know everything but couldn’t decide on anything, Randy studied English and world history before returning to school to complete a third degree in molecular biology under cannabinoid scientist Dr. Robert Melamede. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Emily Robertson
Editor and Contributor

Emily Robertson has been writing freelance and contract work since 2011. She has written on a variety of topics, including travel writing for North America and the growing legalized cannabis industry in Canada. Robertson has a master’s degree in literature and gender studies, and brings this through in her writing by always trying to explore different perspectives. Born and raised in southwestern Ontario, Robertson moved to Glasgow, Scotland in 2016 to undergo her doctorate in Scottish Literature. She lives in the West End with her dog, Henley.

Christine Kielhorn PhD
Contributor

Christine Kielhorn is a biomedical engineer with a PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University and a Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a freelance technical writer and researcher specializing in the medical field, particularly in pharmaceutical applications and medical devices.

Matt Weeks
Contributor

Matt Weeks is a writer living and working in Athens, GA. His work has appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, websites and professional journals. When he’s not in front of a computer, Matt plays in bands, hosts bar trivia, and drinks too much coffee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in public administration.

Dragana Komnenov PhD

I am an assistant professor at Wayne State Medical School in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology. I obtained my doctoral degree from the University of Windsor in the area of thrombosis, fibrinolysis and hemostasis. After that, I completed postdoctoral fellowship at Wayne State Medical School in the area of sleep medicine, with the focus on sleep apnea. My areas of current research interest are central nervous system control of blood pressure and renal regulation. In particular, I am interested in delineating processes that are affected in hypertension and how these processes relate to the activity of renal nerve and renal function in the context of both systemic and renal hemodynamics.

Branna Zagorac
Contributor

Branna was born in Eastern Europe, graduated Daytona State College in Florida, Associate in Arts and Science .Also been on the Dean’s list in college for the academic achievement (very high GPA). Worked as a science tutor on campus. Then, moved to Windsor, Canada (for the boyfriend, later husband), graduated from University of Windsor, with Honors in Biology and Biotechnology. Also did Clinical Research Associate certificate. Then had a little baby boy and started working in the cardiovascular research for 4 years on various projects. Then had twins (boy and a girl), and switched gears in research, working in neuroscience on TBI (traumatic brain injury) , drugs of abuse, microbiome projects. Love being in nature, all outdoor activities and great cup of coffee. Enjoy cooking, especially food from the back home-cevapi, cabbage rolls, soups and stews (getting kids to eat it is a little bit of a different story). Workout crazy (got it from the fitness fanatic sister). Don’t like being perfectionist and workaholic.

Jessica McKiel
Contributor

Jessica McKeil is a cannabis writer focused on the medical cannabis industry, from production methods to medicinal applications. She is passionate about presenting the science and technology behind cannabis to society at large.

Lydia Kariuki
Contributor

Lydia is a registered nurse living and working in Kenya, Africa. She has also been a freelance writer for the last five years, specializing in health and healthy living. Lydia says, "Cannabis is an exciting world for me, and I can't wait to see how the landscape will take shape around the globe in the coming few years as the potential for growth is massive. I believe that people just need to be educated in order to tear down the walls of stigmatization and myths surrounding the herb. I want to be part of the sensitization team doing this, and that is why I do what I do. I'm loving it every step of the way."

Craig Conkel
Grower

Born and raised in Arizona, Craig worked in construction, as an EMT, then a medic on fishing boats traveling from US to Siberia, Kamchatka, and Sea of Okhotsk in the former Soviet Union. Craig graduated from the University of Alaska with an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts before working as head chef on oil rigs in the Arctic Ocean. Today, Craig lives happily in Oregon, growing CBD medical grade cannabis. He has an Oregon Grower’s Cannabis Permit, Medical Patient Card, and OLCC permit to carry cannabis across state lines. Craig is a consultant grower for RxLeaf and ready to answer any of your grow questions.

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