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Nick
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Nick has been active in Michigan’s cannabis policy reform efforts since 2009 when he joined the University of Michigan’s chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP). Since 2011, Nick has been one of the chief organizers of the Ann Arbor Hash Bash along with several other integral Om employees. In 2015, Nick co-founded MI Legalize with dozens of other Michigan activists determined to bring cannabis legalization to Michigan. Once legalization was secured on the ballot, Nick worked as Michigan’s Field Manager for SSDP to focus on student involvement in GOTV activities. The Michigan Regulation & Taxation or Marihuana Act (MRTMA) passed in 2018. Since then, Nick has continued to advocate for advancing drug policies to further advance human rights and reverse the harms of the Drug War. An amateur guitarist in his free time, Nick can be found writing and performing music or otherwise drinking in as much live music as time will allow.

Kelsey
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Kelsey is a life long learner and a bit of a nerd. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication technology and is pursuing her master’s degree in Health Education. She is also a personal trainer, massage therapist, and yoga teacher. Kelsey has many interests and hobbies. She has many tattoos that each have a fun story. She loves the science and spirituality of cannabis and believes that it has the power to heal. Kelsey is passionate about educating and reducing stigma about the plant. Kelsey has a compassionate and gentle yogi soul and rides to work on a motorcycle. She has a dog with whom she loves paddle boarding, hiking, and biking. 

Rachel
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Rachel grew up in Monroe, Michigan and recently moved to Ann Arbor. She began using medical cannabis to improve her creativity, mental health, and quality of life. Drawn to people of all walks of life, she knew as soon as she began at Om that this is where she is meant to be in this moment. Rachel chose to enter the cannabis industry with the hope to help this incredible plant positively impact others’ lives in the same way that it has touched her own. In her free time, Rachel can typically be found with her nose in a novel, with some vegan munchies beside her, and enjoying the peace of the outdoors. 

Daniel
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Daniel is a midwesterner through and through who hails from the suburbs of Chicago and has now planted his roots in the northern suburbs of Detroit.  He traveled around the nation for higher learning and has earned degrees in Business Administration at Champlain College in Burlington, VT and Culinary Arts at Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona. Daniel found his way to Om of Medicine and the cannabis industry after working in the hospitality food & beverage business for the past 22 years.  He is a classically trained chef, and although he doesn’t cook professionally anymore, he is still a dedicated foodie and passionate artist at heart.  When he isn’t following Chicago sports teams or spending time with his young family, Daniel can be found noodling on one of four instruments or attending live shows and music festivals.  He hopes to continue bringing the positive and upbeat vibe to Om, emphasizing world class service to our patients and an amazing place for our staff to call Om.

Chad
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Chad was born and raised in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area, and recently graduated from Michigan State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Health Promotion. Chad has always been a strong believer in the healing properties of cannabis, but it was not until he experienced early on-set arthritis in his hip and began losing mobility that he became a true advocate for this amazing plant. Since being a patient, he has completely regulated his pain by pharmaceutical-free means, and wants to help his community of Ann Arbor to reap similarly amazing health benefits. As one of Om’s Patient Consultants, Chad values making all patients that come through our doors feel welcome, heard, and supported. Outside of Om Chad likes to spend his time traveling, enjoying good food with family, and taking his dog Ace though Ann Arbor’s nature trails.

jim salame at om of medicine
Jim Salame
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Jim Salame morphed with the Om of Medicine as the General Manager in 2012. Before joining, he was a musical performer at Om’s Comedy shows, as well as a volunteer, performer and organizer for Om’s political fundraisers.

Further back in time, Jim worked in several vastly different industries developing his customer service and managerial expertise. He worked in Hollywood for major studios like Paramount Pictures and Fox Studios, along with countless restaurants. Soon after, Jim found himself in the mountains of Aspen, working for the Aspen Ski Company where snowboarding and cannabis had him singing Rocky Mountain high. Corporate start-ups and more television gigs followed his stay in Colorado along with a brief stint working for the Department of Justice.

A family member’s illness brought Jim back to Michigan and into the medical aspects of cannabis for cancer treatment. Back in Ann Arbor, he worked for a few years at Apple Inc after the release of the first iPhone. It was the longest he had worked for one company until starting his greatest job of all in helping build the Om of Medicine. Today, in his free time, Jim enjoys music and traveling to Peru for the plant medicines and diverse ecosystems of the Amazon.

Ana at Om of Medicine
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Ana is passionate about raising awareness of cannabis through media because she wants everyone to have legal access to medicine. Her band, Honey Monsoon, has played at Om regularly over the past couple of years, and she joined the Om team in 2018. At Om, Ana focuses on marketing, with an aim to continue developing relationships between patients and provisioning centers. She is a multi-instrumentalist and multi-media artist who enjoys being creative, traveling, and spending time with her cat, Maude.

Brianna Worthing at Om of Medicine
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Bri is a proud product of Ann Arbor public schools and a recent graduate from the University of Michigan. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Movement Science at the School of Kinesiology, following her interests in human physiology and motor control development.

There were many factors that captured Bri’s love for cannabis including its natural holistic healing approach and its rich evolutionary and sociopolitical history. The relatively high-safety profile of cannabis as a medication in addition to its extensive therapeutic window further inspired her to learn as much as she can about this versatile plant.

Bri is passionate about researching and understanding the complexity of our endocannabinoid system and the vast properties of health benefits that come from introducing external cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis plant. As the Patient Care Coordinator at Om, she focuses on facilitating a comfortable & educational environment that prioritizes personalized assistance for each patient. On her days off, Bri loves exploring new nature trails with her dog, Charlie, and finds comfort in reading novels and listening to records.

Mark Passerini, Om of Medicine
Mark Passerini
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Mark Passerini is a graduate of the University of Michigan and co-founder of the Ann Arbor Medical Cannabis Guild which he served as president for its first two years. He currently serves on the board of directors for the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), serves as the Vice Chairman for the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association (MICIA) board of directors, as the government liaison for the Michigan chapter of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), board member of the Green Wolverine, and member of the Ann Arbor Wellness Coalition.  Mark is also an early member of the ArcView group, a private cannabis investment and market research firm.

Mark co-founded Om as a place to change hearts and minds about cannabis, to create an environment that is warm, inviting, and focused on the latest research illustrating the medical efficacy of the plant.  He has presented on the topic of responsible dispensary operations in a variety of venues including the NCIA’s first Midwest Cannabusiness Symposium.

Mark has had the honor of organizing and emceeing Hash Bash, since 2012, the nation’s longest running cannabis reform rally. This event has grown to over 10,000 attendees and boasts a robust line up of professional athletes, medical doctors, local & national politicians, advocates, entertainers, and patients all calling for sensible cannabis policy.

Mark has 20+ years of sales and executive management experience in a variety of industries including renewable and energy efficient technologies.  His interest in the cannabis sector stems from not only his love for the plant but also from his passion for the promise of a natural, holistic alternative.

In his spare time Mark volunteers at Open Heart Magic, a non-profit organization dedicated to using the therapeutic power of magic and laughter to energize and strengthen critically ill children at U of M’s Mott Children’s Hospital.

Timmy, Om of Medicine
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Tim is a Detroit Native who now resides in Ann Arbor. After 15 years in the culinary trade, Tim made the decision to shift his career focus from one passion to another, using his culinary skills to create his own line of edibles. Since joining the Om team in 2013, Tim brings a detail-oriented approach to everything he does. At his home away from Om Tim enjoys painting, spending time with his family and the outdoors with his dog Annabelle. You can even find some of his paintings on the walls of Om of Medicine.

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