Annie grew up in central Wisconsin and St. Louis, MO. She has always had a passion for making her own way and approaching life with a creative, curious mind. Annie completed her undergraduate education at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, where she designed her own major to incorporate psychology, anthropology, and the humanities with the science prerequisites for graduate studies in healthcare. Her path then took her to the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, where she completed her Master of Nursing (MN) degree. Upon graduating and earning her RN license, she and her husband Jesse relocated to Jesse’s hometown of Portland, OR.
Annie worked as a bedside nurse in acute care settings, specializing in the care of adults and elders experiencing a broad range of health conditions. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Linfield College School of Nursing, working with first-year nursing students. During this time, she and her husband made a home and began a family. Shortly after transitioning to a care management role in elder care, Annie was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer. She put her care management skills to use for herself and began a year of intensive treatment that included chemo, radiation, surgery, more chemo, and more surgery.
As she navigated the transition from caregiver to patient, Annie found herself exploring cannabis as a tool to make it through treatment. With a passion for evidence-based practice and unafraid to ask challenging questions, she sought the expertise of cannabis professionals and the specialty pharmacists dosing her chemotherapy. Finding a dearth of accessible data and information on exactly what to use and how, she got to work!
Annie credits her fantastic treatment outcomes to a number of factors–her amazing family, an incredible medical team, a deep dive into her spirituality, and cannabis. Now, she is grateful to give back by providing others with the cannabis education that she needed as a patient. Passionate about lifelong learning, Annie continues to explore the world of therapeutic cannabis as she navigates life after cancer treatment.
Annie lives in a suburb of Portland, Oregon with her husband, daughter, dog, kitties, and succulents.