Meet our renowned and successful medical providers as well as the founders of Bernard Cannabis Center!
Johnny Bernard, Jr., MD is a local board certified Radiation Oncologist, specializing in treating cancer with radiation, with specific interests in prostate and skin cancer. He attended medical school and internship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and completed residency training in radiation oncology at the internationally renowned Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, where he served as Chief Resident and attained the academic rank of Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Bernard has published numerous research articles on cancer detection and treatment. He served as a Radiation Oncologist for the Army and was honorably discharged at the rank of Major. Dr. Bernard is known in the community for his compassionate bedside manner, always doing his best to listen to the patient and their concerns and provide the best options for treatment. He went from a skeptic to a believer in cannabis after years of his cancer patients sharing with him their stories of how cannabis was working to help with numerous symptoms. His many patient requests for medical cannabis sparked his interest in researching medical cannabis and becoming a qualified provider for medical evaluations. Dr. Bernard is now a true believer in integrating medical cannabis for qualifying patients to provide the highest quality of care.
Dr. Bernard is a qualified physician under Florida Law to perform evaluations for low-THC and medical cannabis. All Medical Evaluations in Florida will be performed by him or Dr. Janes. Please click the Contact Us page to request an appointment. We look forward to working together with you to give you an option to an alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals, to try to place you on the path to a better quality of life.
Taralyn Bernard, OTR/L is a graduate of Tennessee State University, former owner of Pediatric Therapy Services, and co-owner of the Bernard Cannabis Center. She is a board certified and licensed Occupational Therapist who has over 20 years of experience, having rehabilitated patients suffering from strokes, traumatic brain injury, cancer, dementia, pain management, PTSD, etc. Taralyn also assisted patients in activities of daily living skills so that they can maximize their independence with life. Together with Dr. Johnny Bernard, clients will receive a holistic approach for optimal care.
Donald Janes, Jr., MD, PhD has been practicing Emergency Medicine since 2002. He attended the University of Florida and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 1987. He then went to the University of California, Riverside and in 1994, earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Biology for his field and lab work on Adélie penguins in Antarctica. After two postdoctoral fellowships and a stint as a Naturalist on board the ship World Discoverer in Antarctica, Dr. Janes switched careers and went to medical school at the University of California, Irvine. In 2005 as Chief Resident, he completed his training in Emergency Medicine at Loma Linda University, California.
As an Emergency Physician, Dr. Janes has witnessed first-hand the effects of the opioid epidemic and has recognized that cannabis, a plant used medicinally for thousands of years, has great potential to be a far safer alternative to opioids for chronic pain. Moreover, cannabis treats multiple other conditions including nausea, lack of appetite, anxiety, and inflammation. In order to make medical cannabis available to more patients, in 2018 he began medical evaluations for patients qualified under Florida law for medical cannabis, and that is his current passion and reason for joining the Bernard Cannabis Center.
I’sis, RMA is a Registered Medical Assistant, who has compassionately assisted patients with disabilities for over 15 years, ranging from extreme anxiety, bipolar disorders, to behavioral issues. Suffering from conditions of her own, I’sis has understanding and empathy for patients with debilitating medical conditions. She has firsthand knowledge of the benefits of medical cannabis as a patient of the Bernard Cannabis Center. She serves as a consultant on medical cannabis and Clinical Supervisor, with a firm belief in helping others to find a balance between pharmaceutical drugs and holistic alternatives.
Suzanne, CPhT is a PTCB Certified Senior Pharmacy Technician with an understanding of the metabolization of synthetic and holistic medications within the human body. She is educated on the endocannabinoid system and the many benefits of medical marijuana. Her patient focused experience includes educating others on the structure and balance of a medical marijuana regimen to treat a variety of qualifying conditions, including but not limited to, balancing THC and low-THC products, strains, terpenes, and the differences in delivery methods. She also serves as a consultant on medical cannabis and Administrative Supervisor, and has an unyielding drive to share her knowledge gained through years of multifaceted experiences in the industry. As a patient of the Bernard Cannabis Center, Suzanne is able to empathize and listen with understanding and compassion, giving feedback to help guide you on the path to wellness.
Michele, CMA, has over 10 years of healthcare experience ranging from Cardiology, geriatric care to chronic care management. She has a passion for helping patients achieve their healthcare goals and helping them to live more comfortable and fulfilling lives. She has witnessed the positive effects that cannabis brings to those suffering from chronic conditions. She is an advocate for natural remedies, such as cannabis, to help manage symptoms, in place of some prescription medications that can cause harmful side effects.
Tara, MS is a Psychology Master’s graduate keenly interested in the effects of natural medicine not only on the body but also on the mind. She has seen firsthand from caring for family, the beneficial effects of cannabis. And coming from a veteran family, she has an earnest desire to see veterans overcome physical and mental health issues by incorporating holistic healing options, even serving as an advocate for veterans at a local VA clinic. Seeing others healthy and happy gives her the utmost satisfaction.
For an assessment and booking appointments with our providers, click the Medical Services & Pricing page or call us at +1-866-737-9333 for all your inquiries and concerns about medical cannabis and the medical services we provide.