Meet the Duber Medical doctors who are standing by ready and able to assist you with your medical marijuana journey!
Dr. Alysia Ogburia
Dr. Alysia Ogburia is a board certified Family Medicine Physician who has been practicing medicine for 20 years. She graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, AL. She then completed her residency in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Ogburia has spent the majority of her career in urgent care, which has provided her with a broad depth of knowledge and the ability to treat almost any condition. Before the COVID pandemic, she began a new passion: telemedicine. Telemedicine offers a wonderful opportunity for patients to have access to care anytime and anywhere! She fell in love with telemedicine and hasn’t looked back!
Dr. Ogburia says: “Seeing patients from the comfort of my own home has also allowed me more time to spend with my family which has been immeasurable. I have also become very passionate about medical marijuana. It is amazing that essentially one plant can treat hundreds of conditions. There is no traditional medication that can do that! I have personally seen a positive change in the lives of hundreds of patients. I am a true believer that cannabis is real medicine and I will continue to recommend it for my patients.”
Dr. Gabrielle F. Morris, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Physician-Owner
With more than 30 years medical experience, Dr. Gabrielle Morris possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from West Virginia University and Doctorate of Medicine degree from Marshall University. She is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, and the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Morris is a first generation American, born to Hungarian immigrants who landed in West Virginia, where Dr. Morris first called home and began her medical training.
Dr. Morris’s career spans a myriad of specialties including Neurological Surgery, Trauma, Complex Orthopedic Spinal Surgery, and Emergency Medicine. She has also held management roles such as Medical Directorships for various entities. She has been a formal teacher and instructor throughout her career beginning with high school chemistry and continues today by teaching nurses and other doctors.
In her personal time, Dr. Morris is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys activities such as skiing, swimming, and rollerblading. She is passionate about large dog rescue, especially geriatric dogs. Currently our family includes three (very big!) puppies at home: Astro (Great Dane), Minnii (Staffordshire Terrier) and the newest member of the family, Maxi, a St. Bernard mix rescued from the 2022 flood in Kentucky.
Dr. Morris has been a long-time proponent of medical marijuana and was an early supporter of California’s Proposition 215, which first legalized medical marijuana treatment for patients in 1996 was during her time as the Senior Neurological Surgery Resident at a local trauma center. She believes that medical marijuana is a viable and beneficial treatment option for many patients who seek to improve their quality of life through cannabis.
Dr. Gail Kramer
Dr. Gail Kramer holds medical licenses in Maryland, Missouri and Pennsylvania, and is a boarded physician in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine for over 20 years. She was raised in a military family, as her father was career Navy. Through this experience, she has lived in many different locales while growing up, the most interesting being Okinawa. The majority of Dr. Kramer’s career has been spent in the Emergency Medicine realm, but she also has experience in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine.
Her recent work in Addiction Medicine broadened her horizons and understanding of the difficulties many patients experience with pain management, anxiety, insomnia and other such complaints. Regarding medical marijuana, Dr. Kramer says, “I am happy to see that medical cannabis is becoming a more accepted modality, as I have seen the benefits that many patients have found with this treatment. It has been very rewarding talking with patients and hearing their success stories.”
Dr. Lindsey McIlvena, MD
Lindsey McIlvena, MD, MPH is board certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. She did her medical training at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Phoenix, Arizona. Both her Preventive Medicine Residency and Masters in Public Health were completed at Loma Linda University in Southern California.
Dr. McIlvena has worn many hats in her career including private practice owner, startup cofounder, and medical director. Dr. McIlvena is passionate about improving access to affordable medical care, lifestyle medicine, and disease prevention.
Dr. Richard Brantz, DO
Dr. Richard Brantz, MD is a family medicine specialist in Philadelphia, PA and has over 45 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT FORT WORTH in 1977. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.
Dr. William McKay, MD
Dr. William McKay possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Kansas and a Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He completed an internship at US Public Health Service Hospital in New Orleans. Presently, when he is not seeing Duber Medical patients, Dr. McKay works in Emergency Medicine. He has also been a General Medical Officer with the Indian Health Service and an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health.
Dr. McKay enjoys hiking, camping, and stamp collecting in his free time. He is married and raising two grandchildren, ages 17 and 13. He believes cannabis should be a part of medical treatment due to his own extensive use of it in the past, the evidence of beneficial effects in several neuropsychiatric disorders, and the fact that it increases patient autonomy. He also believes in natural alternative treatment rather than pharmacological treatment.
Dr. James Arant, MD
With over 35 years of medical experience as a board certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Arant holds degrees from The University of Virginia (BA), The University of Michigan (MBA) and Temple University in Philadelphia, PA (MD).
In addition to practicing medicine, he and his wife have also owned and operated a local pub for the past 20 years. Dr. Arant is blessed with a large family and enjoys spending time with them and his many Old English Sheepdog companions.
When asked why he decided to work with medical marijuana patients, Dr. Arant said, “Prior to working as a medical marijuana physician, I had no idea the extent to which cannabis impacted peoples’ lives. After conducting hundreds of patient interviews, it became apparent to me the beneficial role cannabis plays in today’s society. As a result of these experiences, I have acquired an interest in alternative medicine and non-conventional therapies.”
Mari Micci Bramuchi Shannon
Mississippi State University- B.S. in Biological Sciences (2014)
University of Alabama at Birmingham- AMNP pathway/BSN equivalent (2016)
University of Alabama at Birmingham- Master of Science in Nursing (2019)
University of Texas at Arlington- Doctor of Nursing Practice (2022)
RN- 3 years as a CVOR circulator at Texas Heart Institute
FNP- neurology x 1 year
FNP- vascular x 2.5 years
Traveling with her husband, Daniel; playing tennis; cheering on the Mississippi State Bulldogs; and spending time with family and friends
Throughout my healthcare career, I have seen firsthand the negative effects of opioids in the chronically ill, as well as witnessing the increasing opioid crisis as a nurse practitioner. I am committed to making a difference in the opioid crisis our country is facing, as well as helping to provide pain and other symptom relief without the harsh side effects brought about by opioids.
W. Paige Simms
Maryland Physician Assistant
Received an Assoc of Science Degree in Biology (Pre Med) from Wesley College in Delaware in 1972, then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Salisbury University, Frank School of Business in 1974, then a Registry Degree from California College of Respiratory Therapy in 1978
Professional experience (with Specialty areas):
I have been a PA for over 28 yrs, since 1986 has 12 yrs experience in Emergency Dept and 8 yrs experience in Respiratory Therapy
Large aquarium hobbiest, Science Fiction and Military history reading, fishing interests/personal facts: Baltimore Orioles, my cat, my tobacco pipes, my wife, my books and Jesus Christ
I believe in Cannabis as an alternative to all medications because of it’s safety protocol, easily controlled dosages, expense and reliability
Graduated from Walden University 2018 with emphasis in Family Nurse Practitioner.
As an RN I have worked every area of nursing but enjoyed the ER the most. I have newly landed this NP job until I met Dr. Morris. Thank you for believing in me and giving me a chance.
My interest includes:
Knitting, crocheting, spending quality time with my 3 grandsons, 2 dogs -lab (Rocky) and a German shepherd (Cookie). I have been married for 39.7 years. 3 girls and 1 son.
Will help people live a more comfortable, enjoyable life and hopefully be able to help them do some of things that they have had to delay.