Omie

These are for individual Omies off the meet the Omies page.

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
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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.

luke at om of medicine
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Luke is an artist born and raised in Metro Detroit who now resides in the wonderful city of Ann Arbor. He has a degree in Computer Graphics Technology from Schoolcraft College and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Graphic Design from Madonna University. Luke originally got into the cannabis industry in July of 2015 when offered a job at the Om of Medicine after being commissioned to design t-shirts for the company as a freelance venture. With an eclectic set of skills in design, photography, and digital media, Luke is in now in charge of all outgoing brand identity promotion for Om.

Jared, Om of Medicine
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Jared is Om’s Renaissance Man. Starting his studies in culinary arts at Schoolcraft Community College, Jared shifted gears once he discovered the wonderful world of cannabis as medicine. With over 6 years of industry experience, he specializes in all aspects of the provisioning center and focuses on perfecting the overall patient experience. Jared’s love of cannabis is only bested by his love of music and percussion. His band Ma Baker, has shared the stage with members of Parliament-Funkadelic and Rick James Band.

Madeline, Om of Medicine
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While attending Eastern Michigan University in 2013, Madeline decided she would like to utilize her education in the cannabis industry. After having such a unique and pleasant patient experience at Om, she decided to seek out a position here, and began in July of 2013. Madeline focuses on fostering relationships with caregivers and vendors at Om, and providing the highest-quality medicine and experience for our patients. She places emphasis on the “vibe” of caregivers and vendors, keeping in mind the artful science behind growing this miraculous medicine. In her free time, Madeline enjoys traveling and meeting people from different cultures and environments. She also loves gardening and finds nature to be extremely calming and therapeutic. Most of all, Madeline loves to spread love, laughter, and an appreciation for the “little things” in life.

Lindsey, Om of Medicine
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At Om, Lindsey strives to create a comfortable and safe atmosphere for our patients, as well as establish a positive perception of the cannabis movement. Graduating from Michigan State University in 2012, with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Communications, Lindsey began seeking out her ideal role in the industry. After an extensive job search throughout the health-care field, she felt something different when walking through the doors of Om. Lindsey sensed she needed to be here; interacting with and educating the patients she encounters on a daily basis. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys socializing with friends and family, cooking, exercising, and playing with her dog, Sammy.

dr. evan litinas, chief medical officer at om of medicine
Dr. Evan Litinas
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Dr. Evan Litinas is the Chief Medical Officer at Om of Medicine. He received his medical doctorate from Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine and his MBA with a focus in healthcare management from Quinlan School of Business. Dr. Litinas has done research and is a published author in the fields of Neuroscience, Hematology and most recently in collaboration with the University of Michigan in the field of Cannabis with an emphasis on pain and opiate use. As the CMO of Om, Dr. Litinas is a resource for our patients and their families. He has an active role in helping and educating patients on strategies for cannabis consumption aiming for best possible outcomes as well as educating healthcare professionals on the scientific evidence for cannabis and its use in the clinical practice.

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