Dr. Gina Berman
An Emergency Physician for over a decade, Dr. Gina Berman was frustrated by the pressure to administer highly addictive opioids, so she decided to switch gears when the opportunity to be a Medical Director of a Dispensary presented itself.
The mother of two (almost three at the time) ventured out to create a haven in which patients could access a variety of affordable alternative therapies and dispel the myths associated with them. Around the same time, Arizona residents voted to legalize medical cannabis, and the missing piece to Dr. Berman’s dream was in clear sight. She co-founded the Giving Tree in 2010, just days before giving birth to her third child, and opened the twin Phoenix and Mesa locations in 2013.
Now at age 41, Dr. Berman has served as the medical director of the Giving Tree for almost four years, where she treats patients in a setting far more welcoming and comfortable than the emergency room. Fueled by her passion for healing, Dr. Berman provides counseling to patients, guiding them toward the best medicine to help them achieve relief from their conditions that have not been relieved with traditional Western medicine.
Dr. Berman received a BS in Biopsychology in 1997 from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2001 with a Doctor of Medicine degree and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Maricopa Medical Center. She is also board certified in Addiction Medicine and has launched a clinic in Arizona called Blue Door Therapeutics, which is best described as “Cannabis-infused Opioid Treatment”, specializing in using cannabis as an exit strategy for opioid dependence.