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Empathic Practice: A Business Profile

Mar 05, 2019 05:40PM

801 E Cervantes St, Ste C Pensacola • 850-777-3334

EmpathicPractice.usOrganized in 2018, Empathic Practice helps people achieve healthy lifestyles through a multidisciplinary, holistic approach that includes wellness, meditation, mindfulness and massage—combined, when appropriate, with medical marijuana recommendations. 

“All the staff members at Empathic Practice have faced medical and psychological challenges for which we have used nontraditional resources for best results,” says Medical Director William Hass, M.D. “From these experiences, we feel that traditional pharmaceuticals are not the answer and, in reality, may be the problem for many patients. We think that any medication should comprise no more than 25 percent of the treatment of any chronic problem. From their first days with Empathic Practice, our patients will see our focus on mindfulness and use of practices to enhance mental clarity and wellness. This is our difference.”

Every staff member has training and practical experience in his or her area of specialization. For example, Hass is a board certified anesthesiologist with more than 40 years of experience. There is a licensed massage therapist on staff and a wellness coach to focus on patients’ diet and exercise needs. Director Felipe Munoz is well known in the community for his work with mindfulness and meditation. 

“We believe that medical marijuana has unmeasured potential, but the pathway to its actual realization has just started,” Munoz says. “Those who tell you that it will treat everything just might be trying to sell you anything. Medical marijuana has all the problems of any herbal medicine. Basic questions about production, processing, packaging and labeling need to be answered and continuously reevaluated. Without our understanding and addressing the complexities of these issues, medical marijuana might become as big a problem as traditional medicines.” 

Hass says he and his staff have made every effort to make Empathic Practice welcoming to patients, from the information desk to the aesthetic of the offices and meditation area. 

“At Empathic Practice, we want to be the critical difference,” he says. “We plan to do this by listening to and learning from our patients. Our vision is not to produce the most medical marijuana cards and then turn patients out into the wilderness of the dispensaries for expensive and confusing trial-and-error dosing. Our vision is to provide them with the mindset, setting and education, as well as the expertise, to get the maximum response to the time and money they spend on their journey. They are pioneers, not guinea pigs. Their journey with Empathic Practice will be the reward.”​

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