Dr. Junella Chin
For over a decade, Dr. Chin lived and practiced medicine in California, a state with legalized medical marijuana since 1996. In California, her integrative family practice clinic focused on children with intractable epilepsy, cancer, and autism. She has seen firsthand just how much medical marijuana can benefit patients. A Bronx native, who moved back to New York two years ago, Dr. Chin is now registered with the New York State Medical Marijuana Program. She is currently treating both children and adults in New York. Dr. Chin is a chronic pain survivor. As an athlete in college, she injured her back with multiple spinal disc herniations and a spondylolisthesis. Doctors suggested opiate pain medications, steroids, epidurals, and ultimately surgery to fuse the spine. As a result of her experience, Dr. Chin decided to dedicate her medical career to finding effective, integrative and holistic approaches to patient care. Many of the meritorious certiﬁcates listed on Dr. Chin’s resume reveal more than a skilled physician, but also one dedicated to thinking beyond the limitations of standard allopathic medicine. She assumed a research position at Columbia University, Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Women’s Research in New York. Dr. Chin’s determination to best serve her patients included several years studying the effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine on uterine ﬁbroids. Dr. Chin’s ability to forge caring relationships with her patients can be traced back to her early decision to treat children in impoverished areas. She has worked in under-served communities abroad: Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Korea and China. Dr. Chin served on the board of advisors for Hollywood HEART, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving at-risk teens with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Chin is a frequent keynote speaker on the science and medicine of cannabis and has spoken at hospitals, conferences, and events all over the world.