About Us!

Medical Marijuana Specialists is Western Pennsylvania’s premier medical marijuana certification center. We passionately believe in the healing power of cannabis and we want to guide you through the medical marijuana certification process. Our Medical Director, Dr. John Metcalf, is the leading expert in the history, science, and benefits of medical marijuana in treating the 23 approved chronic medical conditions. Nurse Shelly, owner, has been a registered nurse for 28 years. She educates the community, patients, and healthcare professionals on all aspects of the medical marijuana certification process. With a dedicated group of world class physicians and nurses we will do more than help you get a certification. We will help guide and support you through your entire journey with medical cannabis. Patient education and customer satisfaction is our number one priority. Our knowledgeable team members will answer all of your questions and guide you through the entire process with the care and respect you just won’t find anywhere else.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please feel free to call, email or click here to send us a message.

SHELLY HUTCHISON

SHELLY HUTCHISON

”Nurse Shelly” OWNER

”Nurse Shelly” OWNER

Shelly Hutchison has been a registered nurse since 1991, the first 17 years of which she spent in the neonatal intensive care unit. She then went on to prove herself to be an outstanding manager and marketer for a pediatric home care company. In this role she came to the realization of how medical marijuana was treating pediatric seizures and other chronic illnesses. With her own mom suffering from such severe chronic pain, she knew she had to be involved in this up and coming new generation of medicine. This is when she embarked on her own journey to educate herself on medical marijuana, the endocannabinoid system and the science behind this wonderful plant. After being a consultant to a few not-so-compassionate start-ups, she decided to start her own company, Medical Marijuana Specialists in 2018. She prides herself on taking the hands of the patients and navigating them through their entire journey! Shelly has a deep passion to educate the community and the healthcare industry on medical marijuana, the science and its amazing benefits. She wishes to thank Dr. John Metcalf, Medical Director and Kayla Povazan, Patient Care Expert for all of their hard work and endless dedication! In her free time Shelly loves to travel and continue educating herself on medical marijuana. She is an active member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association.

Shelly Hutchison has been a registered nurse since 1991, the first 17 years of which she spent in the neonatal intensive care unit. She then went on to prove herself to be an outstanding manager and marketer for a pediatric home care company. In this role she came to the realization of how medical marijuana was treating pediatric seizures and other chronic illnesses. With her own mom suffering from such severe chronic pain, she knew she had to be involved in this up and coming new generation of medicine. This is when she embarked on her own journey to educate herself on medical marijuana, the endocannabinoid system and the science behind this wonderful plant. After being a consultant to a few not-so-compassionate start-ups, she decided to start her own company, Medical Marijuana Specialists in 2018. She prides herself on taking the hands of the patients and navigating them through their entire journey! Shelly has a deep passion to educate the community and the healthcare industry on medical marijuana, the science and its amazing benefits. She wishes to thank Dr. John Metcalf, Medical Director and Kayla Povazan, Patient Care Expert for all of their hard work and endless dedication! In her free time Shelly loves to travel and continue educating herself on medical marijuana. She is an active member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association.

DR. METCALF

DR. METCALF

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Dr. John Metcalf is our Medical Director and a certifying physician.  After completing his Bachelors of Science from University of Utah, he did graduate work in medical sociology.  He then went to Brigham Young University where he received a PhD in Clinical Psychology. A desire to be more involved in medicine led him to attend  Medical School at the Autonomous University in Juarez, Mexico and he finished an Internal Medicine residency at St Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh in 1989.

After finishing his academic studies, he worked in various clinics and emergency rooms.  After retiring from Occupational Medicine in 2017, his professional interests turned towards to medical cannabis. After much research he was convinced of the power of this plant to help people.  This led to his acceptance as the Medical Director of Medical Marijuana Specialists. He also is an in demand speaker. Frequently lecturing on the advanced mechanics of the endocannabinoid system.

Dr. John Metcalf is our Medical Director and a certifying physician.  After completing his Bachelors of Science from University of Utah, he did graduate work in medical sociology.  He then went to Brigham Young University where he received a PhD in Clinical Psychology. A desire to be more involved in medicine led him to attend  Medical School at the Autonomous University in Juarez, Mexico and he finished an Internal Medicine residency at St Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh in 1989.

After finishing his academic studies, he worked in various clinics and emergency rooms.  After retiring from Occupational Medicine in 2017, his professional interests turned towards to medical cannabis. After much research he was convinced of the power of this plant to help people.  This led to his acceptance as the Medical Director of Medical Marijuana Specialists. He also is an in demand speaker. Frequently lecturing on the advanced mechanics of the endocannabinoid system.

Kayla Povazan

Kayla Povazan

PATIENT CARE MANAGER

PATIENT CARE MANAGER

Meet Kayla, our Patient Care Specialist. Kayla is here to guide you through the entire certification process. She is here to answer any questions you may have, and help lead your way to a better healthier you. She started at the groundbreaking level when medical marijuana first became legal in Pennsylvania, and has been an asset to our team. Our patients review her as kind, knowledgeable and always available for assistance. Her dream of being in the healthcare field has made her the perfect addition to our team. The love and dedication she has for our practice shines through as she assists patients through their journey to better health.

Kayla’s mission is to raise the level of knowledge that patients receive while also trying to instill a peace of mind for our patients, and what to expect after they receive their card. She provides trust and compassion. Kayla instills the qualitative difference that patients need to feel safe and heard.

Being a patient herself, she has a deep appreciation of the product, and all of the incredible benefits it has. Kayla is highly appreciated by our patients, our staff and has an astounding reputation in the medical marijuana community.

Meet Kayla, our Patient Care Specialist. Kayla is here to guide you through the entire certification process. She is here to answer any questions you may have, and help lead your way to a better healthier you. She started at the groundbreaking level when medical marijuana first became legal in Pennsylvania, and has been an asset to our team. Our patients review her as kind, knowledgeable and always available for assistance. Her dream of being in the healthcare field has made her the perfect addition to our team. The love and dedication she has for our practice shines through as she assists patients through their journey to better health.

Kayla’s mission is to raise the level of knowledge that patients receive while also trying to instill a peace of mind for our patients, and what to expect after they receive their card. She provides trust and compassion. Kayla instills the qualitative difference that patients need to feel safe and heard.

Being a patient herself, she has a deep appreciation of the product, and all of the incredible benefits it has. Kayla is highly appreciated by our patients, our staff and has an astounding reputation in the medical marijuana community.