The First Family of Cannabinoid Medicine – The Knox Docs are a family of physicians with backgrounds in Emergency Medicine, Anesthesia, Family Medicine, Integrative Medicine, and Preventive Medicine. They have expanded their expertise to include Integrative Cannabinology, Functional Endocannabinology and Cannabinoid Medicine, and are internationally recognized as thought leaders in the care of the endocannabinoid system and cannabis therapeutics. From cannabinoid science and patient care, to cannabis regulation, the Knox Docs boast a wide range of interests, involvement, and experience.
Dr. Andrea Brandt
Dr. Andrea Brandt is a marriage and family therapist located in Santa Monica California. Andrea brings over 40 years of clinical experience to the role of individual family therapist, couples counseling, group therapy and anger management classes. Dr. Brandt is a recognized expert in treating a full range of emotional issues, including anger & aggression, anxiety & trauma, aging, relationships, work-life balance, workplace, and women’s issues.
Dr. Ellen Vora
Ellen Vora, MD graduated from Columbia University medical school, received her B.A. in English from Yale University, and she’s a board-certified psychiatrist, medical acupuncturist, and yoga teacher. Dr. Vora takes a functional medicine approach to mental health; considering the whole person and addressing imbalance at the root, rather than reflexively prescribing medication. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Vora is also a writer, speaker, and a consultant for healthcare startups.
Dr. Emeran Mayer
Emeran Mayer is a gastroenterologist, lecturer, author, editor, neuroscientist, documentary filmmaker and a professor in the Departments of Medicine, Physiology and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is a pioneer of medical research into brain gut interactions.
Dr. Jorge Castellanos
Dr. Jorge M. Castellanos received his Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University in 2001 and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 2007. He then completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of California, San Francisco in 2010, followed by a General Cardiology fellowship, and an Interventional Cardiology fellowship with a focus in advanced minimally invasive structural heart disease at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles in 2014. Dr. Castellanos is currently practicing at Newport Heart Medical Group in Newport Beach, CA.
Dr. Nicole Reilly
Nicole Marie Reilly, MD, MA, AMFT completed her undergraduate training at the University of San Diego, medical school at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine outside of Chicago, Illinois, and Anesthesiology residency at Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Reilly completed the Integrative Medicine Fellowship through the University of Arizona with Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. She is an avid yogi and a certified 500-hour yoga instructor through YogaWorks. Dr. Reilly has undergone Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and other senior faculty of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Most recently, she has completed her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and has transitioned her career into the mental health field, joining her colleagues in a private practice group in Newport Beach. She offers individual, couple and family therapy with an emphasis on mindfulness interventions.
Dr. Payam Farjoodi
Dr. Farjoodi is a board certified orthopaedic spine surgeon who attended the prestigious Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Farjoodi has completed a spine fellowship, training in the most advanced techniques available, including minimally invasive and revision surgery.
Dr. Pearl Zimmerman
I became a Functional Medicine doctor because I personally experienced having cancer twice then an immune system breakdown with severe chemical sensitivities that lasted 7 years. During those years, multiple conventional and integrative doctors either gave me treatments that made me worse or kept telling me that all I needed was Prozac. When I finally found a Functional Medicine doctor who helped me get my life back, I was inspired to learn all I could about this field. My heart goes out to the complex mystery patients who experience the seemingly hopeless search to get well, struggling with so many symptoms that doctors either don’t believe you or haven’t been able to help you. I’ve been there. Now I love being able to give you answers, validate you, and empower you to find healing. My patients can expect a tenacious detective who listens, genuinely cares, and doesn’t give up.
Dr. Rami Batniji
As the son of an Otolaryngologist, Dr. Rami K. Batniji was exposed to a career in medicine at a very young age. While at Williams College, Dr. Batniji completed his premedical courses but also used his time in college to major in History and study other areas of interest, such as Art History, and play baseball at the collegiate level. During medical school and Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery residency, Dr. Batniji was drawn to facial plastic surgery because it is such meticulous work and requires careful attention to detail. It’s the perfect blend of his childhood passions for science and art. In terms of a career choice, facial plastic surgery enables him to help individuals ‘reconstruct’ areas of their face that have been affected by trauma or serious illness as well as provide options for people who would like to make aesthetic changes for more personal reasons (e.g. corrective surgery, youthful look).
Dr. Robert Lustig
Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L. is Professor emeritus of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He specializes in the field of neuroendocrinology, with an emphasis on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system. His research and clinical practice has focused on childhood obesity and diabetes. Dr. Lustig holds a Bachelor’s in Science from MIT, a Doctorate in Medicine from Cornell University. Medical College, and a Master’s of Studies in Law from U.C. Hastings College of the Law.
Dr. Sejal Patel
Dr. Patel is an Ivy League medical school graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. After medical school he completed eight years of residency becoming board certified in both General and Plastic Surgery. Dr. Patel is co-author of a textbook on gluteal surgery. He has also published his research in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and presented his original research at the national meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He started private practice immediately upon completion of his training and has achieved international recognition for the quality of his results in cosmetic surgery.