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BOBBY AND DAISY Eisenberg now manage Cool Consultations, left, owned by Dr. Beverly Mikuriya, right. Democrat photo by Rebecca Murphy

From page A3 | March 03, 2014 |

After more than five years of managing the Cool Medical Clinic for Dr. Cristal Speller, Bobby and Daisy Eisenberg have severed those ties. The Eisenbergs are now managing a new cannabis practice, Cool Consultations Inc., on Highway 49, which just opened on Feb. 17 in Cool.

Dr. Beverly A. Mikuriya, who also has a practice in El Cerrito, is the owner. Mikuriya is the sister of the late Dr. Tod Mikuriya, who is considered the “grandfather” of the medical marijuana movement in the United States and was one of the architects of Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act. Passed by California voters in 1996, the initiative made it legal for California doctors to recommend marijuana (cannabis) to their patients for medical conditions. For Bobby Eisenberg, “Tod was my friend and mentor.” Tod passed away in 2007 and Beverly has been continuing the El Cerrito practice since then.

Bobby and his wife, Daisy, have extensive experience in the management of cannabis practices. They managed the office of Dr. Mollie Fry before and after she and her husband, attorney Dale Shafer, were indicted by the federal government for upholding the law in California. When Fry sold her practice to Dr. Cristal Speller, the Eisenbergs continued to manage the practice to maintain continuity of care for the patients.

“Bobby called me last November and said he was in this situation, which he explained to me in detail,” said Mikuriya. “I told him he and the patients were at great risk medically, ethically and legally. We decided to open this clinic and provide patients with a legitimate option.”

A public complaint against Speller was filed by the executive director of the Medical Board of California, Department of Consumer Affairs, in August 2012, for unethical practice in offices Speller owns in Chico and Redding. The accusation includes charges of gross negligence, dishonesty and two cases of prescribing without a medical examination, as well as aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine, but Speller continues to practice medicine and is the doctor of record for the Cool Medical Clinic. From 2008, when Speller purchased the practice from Fry, up through November 2013, all of the patient examinations were performed by a physician assistant.

“In 2008, a medical board investigator met with me and the physician’s assistant,” said Bobby. “They reviewed the process and initially everything was okay”.

It was the lack of supervision at Speller’s Chico and Redding locations in 2011 that caught the Medical Board’s attention.

“I contacted several attorneys who specialize in cannabis law and they all agreed that the patients should all be seen this year by an M.D. Since Dr. Speller was unwilling to proceed under these terms, we felt it was time to move on,” Bobby added.

After informing Mikuriya of the situation, the Eisenbergs agreed to begin working with her to create a new practice with appropriate evaluations.

Working with Dr. Leif Rasmussen, Mikuriya’s associate, the Eisenbergs had their first official “office hours” for Cool Consultations on Feb. 17 and plan to have additional office hours on March 3 with expanded hours afterwards. During the visits, patients will have their records reviewed, receive basic observations with vital signs checked and, of course, a complete evaluation of the patients’ needs. Rasmussen will be the main attending physician for the facility.

For more information, call Cool Consultations at 530-888-9020. The office and Medical Cannabis Education Center is located at 2968 Highway 49, Suite C, in Cool.



Rebecca Murphy



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