ADVOCACY & ENGAGEMENT
A Message from our Founder
Paula Kahn, MS, OTR/L
Founder. CEO. Consultant
I founded Elevate OTC to educate health care professionals and consumers about medical cannabis (aka medical marijuana). For nearly two decades, I've worked in the healthcare field, first as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in subacute rehabilitation and more recently, as an Occupational Therapist specializing in older adults.
My cannabis journey began seven years ago, when my family opened Takoma Wellness Center, one of the first medical cannabis dispensaries in Washington DC. Our background in healthcare (my mother-in-law was a nurse and hospital executive) helped Takoma Wellness stand out, earning Americans For Safe Access' coveted ‘Patient-Focused Certification’ and Washington City Paper's, DC's Best Dispensary Award, 4-years running! You can find our story covered extensively in news publications as diverse as Time Magazine, the Washington Post and National Geographic.
Over the last seven years I have seen cannabis work, time and again. I have witnessed desperate parents use CBD tinctures to successfully treat their child's intractable epilepsy and older adults replace strong opioids with a low-dose THC edible.
Unfortunately, years of failed drug policy have kept medical professionals in the dark about cannabis. Elevate OTC exists to shine a light. Engage us for 1-1 consultations, to host a professional workshop or as the keynote presenter at your next conference.
Cannabis does not come with an instruction manual and it is easy to feel overwhelmed! Elevate OTC is here to help. Contact us to learn more.