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March 2020

Mae
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Mae is an Ann Arbor townie. She grew up understanding that plants are medicine and how important it is to be conscious of and care for others. She built her skills in customer service and knew she wanted to work in a more mindful and community oriented field. Mae herself uses cannabis and sees the way it betters her and others’ quality of life. In her free time, she enjoys cartoons, cooking and chilling. After finding Om as a patient, she’s excited to join the team in working towards our goals! 

Kyle
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Hello, my name is Kyle Tanner. I grew up in rural Michigan surrounded by bean fields, connected by dirt roads. I knew, even when I was young, that I destined to move away from my rural upbringing. I was sick on and off during most of my youth, which led me to believe that there was something wrong with me, along with very little growth, compared to my peers. At the age of 16, I was finally diagnosed with what was responsible for my compromised immune system and lack of growth, Fanconi Anemia. Fanconi Anemia, a rare genetic disorder, would come to attach itself to my identity and lead me to strive to live a more purposeful life.

After High school, I jumped around colleges and finally landed at Central Michigan university to pursue my passion in Meteorology. I quickly learned that math was not my strong suit and switched my major to Broadcasting and Cinematic arts, my second-choice for a major, but a field that allowed me to express myself creatively. I continued to live the life of an average college student, until my senior year, when the need for a bone marrow transplant became evident. I underwent the procedure and long-road to recovery on February 7th, 2017, the day of my transplant. Unfortunately, the first transplant was not enough, and I needed a 2nd transplant of February 17th, 2017. The road to recovery was not easy, and due to my compromised immune system I was and still to this day, have to take many prescription drugs to compensate for this.

Cannabis has been a part of my life since I was 18 years old and my relationship with the plant has evolved over time. Originally, I used cannabis to cope with the stress of just purely existing; After my bone marrow transplant, my relationship with the plant would expand and its use for chronic pain, due to avascular necrosis and neuropathy in my hands and feet would be forged as an alternative treatment option as opposed to opioids. Cannabis, on top of helping to control my pain, has also served as a great teacher in my life, allowing me to view my life from an alternative angle.

Aside from engaging in discussion about cannabis; I enjoy taking photos, listening to music, mountain biking and observing the weather.

Alec
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Alec is local to Ann Arbor, and returned to the area in 2015 after living abroad in Thailand. In addition to being a cannabis enthusiast, he loves coffee and comes to Om after spending 13 years in the specialty coffee industry. On days when he is not at Om he teaches literature and writing at Washtenaw Community College. His creative passion is for writing poetry, and he has published two volumes of work: The Egg Goes Under (Seven Kitchens Press, 2017) and Permanent and Wonderful Storage (Seven Kitchens Press, 2019). His favorite strain is Super Sour Diesel. 

Ave
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Ave moved to Ann Arbor a few years ago to attend Eastern Michigan University and fell in love with the city and people. Om of Medicine was one of the first places she walked into. The immediate positive reception, care, and overall kindness made me realize that this is somewhere built for growth, and welcoming atmosphere like no other. Om’s respect for art, self expression and good nature is so prominent, she knew it was a place where everyone could be themselves. Away from Om she loves to paint, film and edit, and spends every moment possible with her puppy Sammy.