Diane Dickinson, M.D.
I am a family practice physician and opened a new primary care practice 9/18, seeing adults, ages 18 and older, for their health care and general well being. This is a micro practice, designed so that I am able to spend time with each patient. My goal is to have you leave my office at the end of each visit with no questions left unanswered. “Slow medicine” at it’s best!
What I offer is an allopathic (traditional medical school training) perspective with a focus on preventative care. The difference I offer is an open mind towards all other therapeutic modalities. We are so fortunate to live in an area with so many skilled healers. We are truly blessed.
I sincerely do not believe bodies can be healed without nurturing one’s soul/spirit.
My inspiration is Pamela Wible, M.D. She is practicing medicine in Oregon and has had a micro, low overhead medical office there for over a decade. Her passion is promoting a sane way to provide medical care that nurtures both patients and physicians. The training to become a physician is truly abusive and has resulted in an epidemic of suicides. Once through training, providers of all types are encouraged to work as quickly as possible to “keep up production”. Practicing physicians also are experiencing an epidemic of death by suicide. This has to stop. Pamela’s passion and mission is provide an example of an alternative way to provide care. I attended a 4 day conference with Pamela in May 2018 and was moved to pursue this way of healing. An excellent TedxSalem talk by Pamela is available: “How to Get Naked with Your Doctor”.
In addition, since 2008 I have been a Cannabis Clinician. Prior to 2008, I had a private family practice office and then worked at a community clinic, at a public health clinic and as a hospitalist caring for hospitalized patients.
I am a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and I love the continuous learning involved with ongoing and extensive worldwide cannabis research. My favorite part of working with patients and cannabis is the teaching I do. Each new patient receives lots of education about why this plant works so well (we all have receptors for cannabinoids), the resources available (I show everyone reliable websites for further study), and leaves with helpful handouts.
It is illegal in the state of California for me to “prescribe” any particular product or route of administration, but I do write down my specific suggestions based on working daily with this medicine for 9 years now.
I see a huge range of patients pursuing cannabis advice. My patients’ age range as I write this is from age 2 to age 95 years.
I see patients with a wide range of problems, but the most prevalent condition is chronic pain. I have had folks able to gradually decrease and sometimes discontinue their narcotics pain medications. Using cannabs with narcotics for pain multiplies the pain relief. There is so much benefit for everyone from this plant.
The most common request I hear from new patients is, “I don’t want to smoke and I don’t want to feel high.” These requests are easy to accomplish with the products available at reliable dispensaries.
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