During the certification process, your physician will discuss with you the benefits (along with the risks) of choosing medical marijuana as an alternative therapeutic treatment thus allowing you to make a well informed decision. In addition, your physician may recommend other pertinent treatments such as pain management and / or nutritional counseling.
Our evaluation center is staffed with experienced and compassionate doctors that are well trained in the areas of
health treatment options and other support personnel who will assist you throughout the entire certification process. In addition, your physician will provide you with follow up care for your qualifying condition. alternative
Dr. Elaine Burns, Medical Director
Dr. Elaine Burns, an Arizona-licensed and board-certified Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), has been instrumental in building an ethical, highly professional medical marijuana industry in Arizona since 2011. She is widely recognized as one of Arizona’s leading advocates for those patients who most benefit from Cannabis as a therapeutic medication. Her gentle, compassionate care has helped patients of all ages who suffer from a wide range of legally authorized conditions.
Dr. Burns is passionate about her profession and is committed to helping others achieve wellness and vitality in their lives. Educating both patients and physicians on the safety and efficacy of Cannabis as a therapeutic agent is, she feels, paramount to providing the best care. Thus, she has guided Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation in developing comprehensive cannabinoid education materials for patients to ensure a safe and effective medical treatment option.
Always dedicated to staying at the forefront of the industry on behalf of her patients, she also regularly works at continuing her education by obtaining post-graduate training in all aspects of medical Cannabis. That ongoing training has allowed her to identify challenges within the medical marijuana community. After noting a disparity between what physicians want for their patient and what is actually available to them, she was instrumental in creating DrBurns’ ReLeaf™, a physician-formulated line of cannabis-infused products that assures a consistent quality and bridges the gap she had seen.
Having actively supported the advancement of medical Cannabis since the inception of the industry in Arizona, Dr. Burns is considered to be one of the state’s most highly qualified experts in the field. Other physicians, patients and the news media often turn to her first for advice, education and collaboration. As the author of the upcoming book,
, she is also recognized as a leading authority on the use of medical Cannabis to combat the opioid epidemic that has grown exponentially in recent years. Weed Out Opioid Addiction
In 2012, Dr. Burns was the first in the state of Arizona to pass the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine's (AACM) physician certification test qualifying her as an expert in the clinical applications of cannabis medicine. The AACM provides the GOLD standard for medical cannabis recommendations and approval. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act Political Action Committee (AMMA PAC), a position that gives her a voice for medical marijuana patients at the legislative level.
As the founder and medical director of Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation, Dr. Burns has served the patients of Arizona since 2011. Under her leadership, Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation has earned a reputation as one of the state’s most ethical, respected medical marijuana education and referral clinics. They are widely recognized for their exceptional professionalism.
In addition to her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Burns also obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Pre-med from the University of Delaware and, a Master’s degree in Business from the University of Phoenix.
Dr. Erin Fitzgerald
Dr. Erin Fitzgerald is a licensed Naturopathic Physician who completed her four years of postgraduate medical education at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. She also completed a one-year residency program in General Family Medicine at Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center, where she completed more than 1500 hours of additional clinical training. She had spent the last 8 years running a private practice in addition to teaching for the Naturopathic school at a community wellness clinic.
Dr. Erin grew up north of Boston, MA, although Arizona has been her home since 1999. She has a 4 year old son, who is the light of her life. She enjoys spending time with her son ,friends and family. She also is passionate about organic gardening and self-sustainability, she currently has a large garden in her backyard. In her free time, she also enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and creating healthy meals.
Dr. Arianna Rodriguez
Dr. Rodriguez is a licensed naturopathic physician in Arizona. She is a graduate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She received her Bachelor’s of Science from Arizona State University in 2010. She is knowledgeable in the areas of dermatology, gastrointestinal health and general health and wellness. She has extensive experience treating patients with botanical medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture and nutrition. Dr. Rodriguez combines her background a social worker with her medical experience in order to provide her patients with quality care. Her patients are her priority and her focus is on practicing holistic medicine.
An Arizona native, Dr. Rodriguez likes to spend her free time outdoors, studying dermatology and cooking. She is passionate about healthy cooking and loves trying new, healthy recipes with her fiancé who is a classically trained chef.
I was in the culinary field and left that to pursue my belief that marijuana is a medicine. Working in this industry allows me to see firsthand that it is thus, confirming my belief. In addition, my culinary skills come in handy allowing me to make high quality edible medical marijuana products.
I love being a mom and having a family, and that need to nurture has brought me here. I am thrilled to be part of a process that provides people in need with a natural solution to their wellness needs.
I enjoy spending time at home with my family. Since I was a kid I have wanted to work in healthcare. I have done that now for the past 19 years.
I love home-brewing my own beer and playing my guitar. I wanted to work in the medical field since I left high school and it’s what I've done since, first in the Army as a medic and now here.