Heidi I. Martell, MA, BSN, BA, RNOctober 8, 2018 - Dosing Experts
Heidi Martell’s diverse life experiences led her to CannaKids and her true calling as a Cannabis Nurse. Heidi began this journey following a car accident when she was 18. The next 5 years were filled with surgeries followed by periods of recovery and rehabilitation. During this time, Heidi was completing her accelerated 3-year BA from Harvard, as well as discovering photography as a therapeutic means of exploring her physical pain. She continued these explorations while pursuing her MA in photography from NY University. After caring for her grandmother dying from bone cancer, Heidi expanded her exploration of grief and healing to include the study of psychology, as well as the alternative healing methods of Mindfulness Meditation, Kundalini Yoga & Meditation, and Pilates—which Heidi teaches to both adults and children. She began working at Memorial Sloan Kettering as a clinical research assistant on an art therapy study with pediatric bone marrow transplant patients. She also became the Project Coordinator of a yoga study with breast cancer patients at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Thereafter, Heidi received a grant to travel to India for a year to deepen her study of healing through mentorship with masters of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda.
Upon returning to the U.S., she gave birth at home to her 3 biological children and adopted her beloved daughter Luna who was battling liver cancer. As Luna’s cancer persisted, Heidi began studying nursing in order to be able to better care for Luna. She completed her Registered Nursing education at UC San Francisco, where she primarily cared for adult & pediatric stem cell transplant patients. After moving to Texas, Heidi began working at Baylor, Scott, & White over the next 2 years as a Medical-Surgical/Pediatric nurse while she completed her BS in Nursing. She then took a hiatus to care for Luna at home and to grieve with her family upon Luna’s passing. Thereafter, Heidi returned to nursing as both a bone marrow transplant and recovery room nurse. Then, in 2017, one of her sons, Simran, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. At this point, Heidi had already been thoroughly researching cannabis as medicine for both physical and psychological/behavioral challenges. She incorporated cannabis into Simran’s therapy regimen, and his tumor has remained stable for the last 16 months. After relocating to AZ, Heidi became a multi-specialty, pediatric nurse navigator at Banner Health while simultaneously solidifying her cannabis research and knowledge. She holds certifications in Cannabis Nursing through the American Cannabis Nurses Association and through Radicle Health, led by cannabis nursing pioneer, Eloise Thiesen. Heidi has been the recipient of nursing awards for extraordinary patient care; scholarships for outstanding academics, leadership, and dedication; and inducted into the International Honor Society of Nursing. She is a member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association, the AZ Cannabis Nurses Association, the International Cannabinoid Research Society, and the Oncology Nursing Society. Heidi has worked with pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations and has particular interests in cannabis dosing for cancer, chronic pain, behavioral challenges, as well as common geriatric concerns. She feels extremely privileged to be able to serve CannaKids’ patients and their families through sharing her experience and knowledge of the balancing and healing properties of cannabis.