The Heal World - S1:E3

"Everything you ever learned about marijuana was wrong." Meet Patient Care Team pharmacists Alina Teplitskaya and Jennifer Krasnicki, who manage The Healing Center. They chat about their transitions from traditional pharmacy careers to medical cannabis treatment for PA patients.


  • Opening Quote: 
"The most common first time patient is someone in their 50s, 60s or 40s."

"It's not the 20 to 30-year-old college kid? You know? We all kinda have that image in mind."

"We do. We do. It's like something I said before, 'Everything you ever learned about marijuana was wrong.'"
  • "Welcome to Healing Hearts, a podcast created by The Healing Center, voted 'Pittsburgh's Best Dispensary.'"
  • Host Mike Flick introduces the episode and starts the conversation.


Host Mike Flick, The Healing Center Pharmacists Alina Teplitskaya and Jennifer Krasnicki, and General Manager Michael Butler talk about the healing powers of medical marijuana and how each of them started their journey into the medical cannabis field.

Segment 1 - Mike Flick, Alina Teplitskaya and Jennifer Krasnicki
  • Alina Teplitskaya shares her journey from Kiev, Ukraine to the U.S. and how she ended up in the Pittsburgh area.
  • She continues to talk about her transition from traditional pharmaceuticals and how she felt like she was part of the problem.
  • Mike turns to Jennifer for some background on her early life and career up until the Healing Center.
  • Both pharmacists discuss their early perspectives on cannabis and how things have changed after seeing how well it works.
Segment 2 - Mike Flick, Michael Butler, Alina Teplitskaya and Jennifer Krasnicki
  • Michael Butler shares his change in perspective on medical cannabis and how past stigmas initially clouded his judgement.
  • His love of chemistry at an early age helps fight through those inaccuracies and now he can explain how cannabis works on a molecular level.
  • Michael explains the endocannabinoid system and how it plays a large role in cannabis as medication, working similarly to normal pills, with less drawback.
  • However, he tells the group that it is slightly different in the sense that it can target synaptic processes directly and has been used to stop seizures by calming the rapid firing of the nerve.
  • Alina, Jennifer and Michael then share their healing stories of how medical marijuana has helped improve chronic problems significantly.
  • The neurological disorders especially see vast improvement because of that manipulation of the endocannabinoid system.
Segment 3 - Mike Flick, Michael Butler, Alina Teplitskaya and Jennifer Krasnicki
  • Mike Flick asks Michael Butler what the typical first-time patients are at The Healing Center, disproving some of the medical marijuana stereotypes.
  • The group discusses the process of entering a store for the first time and finding the right medication for each patient.
  • Michael Butler further elaborates on how dosage and THC-CBD balance works.
  • Butler mentions how much uncharted territory there is with the endocannabinoid system and how the medical marijuana industry is learning and improving every day.
  • The group tells their "Cannabis Coming Out Stories." Alina, Jennifer and Michael share their loved one's reactions to when they announced they would be entering the medical cannabis field.
  • Everyone shares their answer to the question: "If you were a strain, what would you be?"


  • Host Mike Flick summarizes the episode and tosses to the outro, thanking the listeners for joining them.
  • "Healing Hearts is presented by The Healing Center, voted 'Pittsburgh's Best Dispensary.' Healing Hearts is recorded at the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University. More information is available at"


Host: Mike Flick, The Healing Center
Guests: Alina Teplitskaya and Jennifer Krasnicki, Pharmacists - The Healing Center; Michael Butler, General Manager - The Healing Center
Executive Producer: Lisa Craig, Marketing Director - The Healing Center
Editor: Nicholas Ruffolo, Center for Media Innovation

Intro Song:
Antidepresseur by Patchworker f.k.a. [friendzoned] |
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Outro Song:
Bittersweet by | e s c p |
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