About Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center

Our Services

  • Medical Marijuana Evaluations
  • We convert your physician certification form into a PDF (electronic) file (required for State's on-line application process)
  • 24 hour Verification 
  • Pain Management Treatment Options: acupuncture, non-steroidal & trigger point injections, prolotherapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Full array of Naturopathic Medical Care

The primary goal of THE EVALUATION CENTER is to provide the certification necessary for qualified people to obtain medical marijuana under the State of Arizona medical marijuana laws and to achieve the quality of life desired.

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 alternative 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.

Our Staff

Tim Burns

Tim - Patient Coordinator


Brian - N. Phoenix


Melissa - Medical Assistant


Nicole - Scottsdale


Monique - Medical Assistant



Dr. Elaine Burns, Medical Director
Dr Elaine Burns

Dr. Burns is an Arizona-licensed and board-certified Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD). In addition to her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, she 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. Burns is passionate about her profession and is committed to helping others achieve wellness and vitality in their lives. Her areas of interest include anti-aging and, the medical uses of Cannabis. She has worked at continuing her education by obtaining post-graduate training in these specific areas.

Dr. Burns is the founder and medical director of the Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation and Cannabis Pain Management Centers. In addition, Dr. Burns is 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.

Dr. Burns is a member of the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association (AzNMA), the Naturopathic Board of Aesthetic Medicine (NpBAM) , the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and, American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine.

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Prequalifying Conditions

- Cancer
- Glaucoma
- Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus
- Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Crohn's disease
- Agitation of Alzheimer's disease
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Severe and chronic pain
- Severe nausea
- Seizures (including those characteristic of epilepsy)
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms