Meet the Doctors
Dr. Maureen E. Mays, MD, MS, FACC
Dr. Mays is the Director of Medicine at Preventive Primary Care, and Director of Research at Portland Preventive Cardiology LLC. Dr. Mays is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a distinction given only to those physicians who devote their career to the treatment and/or prevention of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Mays has been board-certified in Clinical Lipidology.
Dr. Mays earned her Master’s degree in Human Performance Physiology from the University of Utah, and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She completed her internship, residency, and Preventive Cardiology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.
During her NIH-funded fellowship, Dr. Mays investigated the relationship between pre-diabetes and increased risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. She was the first person in the world to present data showing this important relationship. She currently continues clinical research in PCSK9-inhibitors, anti-inflammation, and novel risk factors.
Dr. Mays has delivered over 100 professional and public lectures in the past 20 years on topics of metabolic disorders, lipid science and treatment, heart disease prevention, hypertension, anticoagulation and diabetes.
Thoughts on CBD
CBD oil has been used around the world to treat and manage pain. It is also used as an aid for the regulation of sleep, appetite, and it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Currently, research is underway to determine the extent to which CBD can help with conditions such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Research is also underway studying CBD oil and its benefits for brain health, including dementia, traumatic brain injury and seizures. In fact, there is already one pure CBD product approved by the FDA for pediatric seizures!
CBD appears to have powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. It may also lower blood pressure in those with hypertension, allowing patients to rely on fewer meds. The anti anxiety properties are also being studied, as anxiety often increases blood pressure. Studies are also underway using CBD as an adjunct to therapy for PTSD, anorexia, insomnia, side effects of cancer (including nausea and weight loss), and markers of inflammation. Even very high dose CBD is well tolerated, making the risk/benefit ratio of adding CBD to promote good health a very safe option.
Dr. Michael Wanless, PHARM. D.
Dr. Michael Wanless has worked as pharmacist for almost 18 years. He has dedicated his career to serving people in need. He has practiced in a variety of different settings including retail, hospital and correctional health. He began his career as a pharmacist and quickly became a pharmacist in charge for Safeway. He later moved into a district manager position, helping other pharmacists serve their communities. Currently, he is working as a pharmacist in charge of the underserved community of correctional health. He continues to broaden his knowledge by exploring many treatments and therapies in functional/alternative medicine.
Dr. Michael Wanless graduated in 1998 from the University of California, San Diego and received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry/Cell biology. He furthered his education at University of the Pacific. In 2002, he received his doctorate’s degree in Pharmacy. He began his career, exploring the many different fields in pharmacy. While working as a pharmacist in charge for Safeway, he explores the many other settings in pharmacy and continues to study alternative and functional medicine. He trained in many different settings including retail, compounding, inpatient, long-term care, hospice and correctional healthcare.
Thoughts on CBD
“Several studies have shown benefits of CBD could reduce pain, anxiety and depression. Recent research has also linked CBD with several benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure. Research has shown many discoveries when it comes to its effectiveness and bio identical compounds such as CBG and CBN, which has shown usefulness in cancer and seizures as well as other diseases.”
Dr. Mourine Gwandiku, PHARM. D.
Dr. Mourine Gwandiku is a registered pharmacist who graduated from the University of the Pacific, Stockton California in 2005. After graduation, she went to work for Walgreens as a graveyard pharmacist for one year. While at Walgreens, her excellent leadership and customer service skills were noticed by the Walgreens District manager earning Dr. Gwandiku a floating position to go train pharmacists in other stores.
Two years after (June 2007), Dr. Gwandiku joined the State of California prison system in Ione California. Once again, her devotion, passion and attention to detail earned her a Pharmacist-in-Charge position.
As a Pharmacist, she is always part of a team that is committed to providing direct patient care and wellness services. She plays a valuable role in disease state management, optimizing medication therapy, delivering outstanding patient-centered care, and assisting in managing acute and chronic conditions.
She is a visionary healthcare leader with a proven track record of transforming failing systems into successful profitable entities. She demonstrates continuous growth, achievements, and impressive leadership in the management of complex activities within the pharmacy healthcare. She has solid business insight with the ability to ascertain and analyze needs, forecast goals, streamline operations, and envision new program concepts.
Thoughts on CBD
“Personally, I find CBD helps with my anxiety when taken on a daily regiment and with my headaches when taken at the onset of one. The cannabidiol (CBD) industry is changing the way consumers deal with wellness and self-care. Today, a significant number of people are choosing a more holistic approach to these outlets.“