Meet the Team: Erin Rodgers, Patient Care Consultant
It’s been a minute since we’ve done one of these, but we’re back for “Meet the Team” with a Solevo OG, if you will. Erin Rodgers has been with Solevo Wellness since we first opened in February 2018. Known for her thorough and insightful consultations, Erin has used her extensive knowledge to help countless patients at our Squirrel Hill location. Her smile and quick wit also put a smile on their faces. Learn a little more about her below.
1. What brought you into this industry?
My degree in Integrative Health Studies from Chatham University focused on conventional or biomedical healthcare, as well as, Complimentary and Alternative modalities, including plant-based medicine. I went to school to help people, and the Medical Marijuana industry makes that goal possible everyday.
2. What excites you about coming to work everyday?
What excites me about coming to work everyday is the prospect of being able to help people improve the quality of their lives.
3. What has been the most rewarding part of being a PCC at Solevo Wellness?
It is truly an honor to be able to meet someone in their darkest hour, and provide a dose of hope and support. I feel privileged to share in patients’ struggles and victories. Solevo Wellness has put me in a position to use my degree and live my dream.
4. What is you favorite strain and what does it help with? (Bonus: What is your favorite form and why?)
I love Blue Dream and Lime Skunk for focus and depression, Blueberry CBD, Lemon G, and almost anything Kush for pain and anxiety, and Salmon River OG #3 for sleep.
Bonus: RSO or Rick Simpson Oil, is perhaps one of the most medicinally significant forms of Cannabis the world has ever seen, and it is the closest we can currently come to using this plant like we do other plants. For example, we ingest fruits and vegetables throughout our lifespan, thereby affecting every facet of our health and physiology. Since we have not been able to reap the medicinal benefits of the raw cannabis plant, the closest we can come is to consume a very concentrated form that retains more plant matter than any other method of extraction, like RSO.
5. What do you consider your MMJ expertise?
I completed a year-long senior research project on plant compounds called polyphenols, and their effects on human physiology. Polyphenols are plant defenses similar to terpenes in cannabis. Plant defenses translate to specific, health-protective physiological effects in the human body. This aspect – how plant defenses equal human defenses – is a fascinating subject upon which I have spent a great deal of time and focus.
6. What are you hoping to expand your knowledge on?
I would like to learn more about how specific ratios of CBD/THC affect specific symptoms.
7. What is something you want curious people to know about medical marijuana and the program in PA?
I want curious people in PA to know that we have an endocannabinoid system that has the ability to affect all other organs and systems to restore homeostasis. This system enables our body to reap the full benefits of this amazing plant. Marijuana is unique among medicine, in its ability to elicit a sense of well-being and yield happiness as a “side-effect”.
Want to pick her mind about her favorites on the menu? Pop in and see Erin today!