Making a Difference with
Medical Cannabis

OUR TEAM

Tony Verzura

Director & Chief Technical Officer

Tony Verzura created the A.C.T. Now Program and co-patented the process for Prana Medicinals. He oversees manufacturing, quality assurance, product development, product training, staffing, and brand awareness. Mr. Verzura works hand in hand with the affiliated partners to help coordinate on boarding patient programs, standard operating procedures, and ensures company goals are being met worldwide. Mr. Verzura has been apart of over 45 Awards worldwide with special guest appearances on CNBC Money Talk and Viceland.

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He has attended countless cannabis business conferences and events throughout the United States, Jamaica, Canada, Amsterdam, and Spain. He is a weekly panelist on the highly publicized educational YouTube show called Hash Church hosted by Bubbleman’s World. His publications include The Washington Post, High Times, VICE, Culture Magazine, DOPE Magazine, Skunk Magazine, Sensi Seeds, and Frank 151.

Brent A. Reynolds, Ph.D

Chief Medical Advisor

Brent A. Reynolds, Ph.D., attended the University of Calgary, where he received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in 1989 and 1994, respectively. While working on his Ph.D. thesis Reynolds co-discovered the existence of stem cells in the adult mammalian brain, a finding that overcame a century old dogma that the mature brain did not have the capacity to repair itself. After graduating, Reynolds co-founded the first neural stem cell company, NeuroSpheres, Ltd., where he was a director and vice president of research. Here he developed a strong patent portfolio in the neural stem cell field, developing and protecting protocols related to the application of stem cell technology in brain repair.

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Today, these patents and technology have been licensed to numerous biotechnology companies that are testing the efficacy in over half a dozen clinical trials for diseases such as spinal cord injury, stroke, ALS and pediatric disorders.
After a brief hiatus, where Reynolds studied and practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine, he returned to industry working with StemCell Technologies in Vancouver, Canada. In 2004, Reynolds returned to academic science as a professor at the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland in Australia where he continued refining the application of neural stem cells for repairing the damaged brain. In 2008, Reynolds was recruited to the department of Neurosurgery at the University of Florida and has focused his efforts on studying aggressive pediatric and adult brain cancer and developing novel translational approaches to combat this lethal disease. Working with a multidisciplinary group of scientists, the team is taking the unique approach that cancer can be managed as a chronic disease by applying the principles that have been used in ecology to manage wildlife and pest populations. Based on the lessons learned over the past 80 years by ecologists, the team is focused on using multimodal low toxicity therapeutics to enforce a stable tumor population that exists below a threshold that has any harmful effects.
Dr. Reynolds has more than 60 publications, including papers in Science, Cell and Nature, with several manuscripts receiving over 1,000 citations. In addition, he is an inventor on 18 granted US patents. Dr. Reynolds is currently a professor in the department of neurosurgery at UF; adjunct professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; an honorary professor at the Queensland Brain Institute, Australia; and program director for StepAhead, Australia. NIH, NHMRC and numerous foundations have funded his lab. Dr. Reynolds oversees the preclinical and human clinical trials for Prana Bio Nutrient Medicinals. Patients registered on the A.C.T Now program qualify for human observational trials to explore the efficacy of their program.

Barry Bialek MD.

Medical Advisor

Dr. Barry Bialek is a dual citizen of the USA and Canada. He received his BA Math & General Science, and his teaching certification for Secondary Education in 1974. He received his MD, Doctor of Medicine from George Washington University in 1985, and did his residency in family and community medicine at Wellesley Hospital, University of Toronto. Dr. Bialek did his fellowship in Obstetrics Mt. Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto.
He was a lecturer from 93’ – 96’, Division of Emergency Medicine Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto School of Medicine.

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He later went on from 1999 – 2007 as the Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, at the University of Arizona. Dr. Bialek has practiced family medicine and emergency medicine for the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona as a Lieutenant Commander in the Commissioned Corps Indian Health Services for US Public Health Services.
Academic Appointments include Engineering for Developing Communities in Israel, Nepal, and China.From 2005 – 2011, Dr. Balek was the Associate Adjunct Professor, Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. Today, Dr. Bialek holds medical licensure in Colorado, Ontario, and South Dakota. He has practices in family medicine specializing in Medicinal Cannabis throughout Colorado, and is a member of the Medical Cannabis Research Group at CU Boulder.
Dr. Bialek will be the medical director for the A.C.T Now Program, Native American Medical Liaison, and the assistant medical director for clinical human observational studies. Dr. Bialek's role on the A.C.T. Now team is focussed on educational outreach, community development, product use, and human observational trials for Prana Bio Nutrient Medicinals.

Amy B. Powell, RN, BSN.

Registered Nurse

Amy B. Powell brings forth 14 years of professional experience as a registered nurse in the State of Florida. With vast knowledge gained through varying nursing disciplines, Amy has experience in caring for patients in high adrenaline emergency rooms and cardiac intensive care settings. While Amy possess the professional knowledge to be a leader in her field, she also displays the compassion and selflessness to put the patient and their families at ease during times of great stress. As a team leader throughout her professional career Amy has earned and commanded the respect of her peers by exhibiting the diligence, attention to detail and genuine passion for nursing admired by colleagues within the medical field.

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Amy earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from one of the most prestigious academic universities in the southern United States, The University of Florida located in Gainesville, Florida.

Mrs. Powell has been working within the medical cannabis industry for 4 years as has been the lead Nurse Consultant for Prana Medical for the last 2 years. Through extensive experience and research Amy is able to provide product and dosage recommendations tailored to the patient’s individual medical needs. She has completed the core educational requirements for cannabis nursing and is an active member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association.

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