Chanda Macias, MBA, Ph.D., is the Owner and General Manager of the National Holistic Healing Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary (NHHC) in Washington D.C. NHHC is a patient advocated company dedicated to providing individuals with debilitating medical conditions, and specific illnesses with alternative allopathic medicine. NHHC provides patient education and support, medical marijuana, and medical marijuana-infused products to qualifying patients or designated caregivers in compliance with the DC Department of Health. Dr. Macias earned her Ph.D. from Howard University in 2001 with a concentration in Cell Biology. She was extensively trained at the Howard University Cancer Center studying, breast cancer and evolved her studies to focus developing a model to understand how prostate cancer metastasizes to bone (Macias et al., 2002). She was recruited directly from graduate school to a Fortune 500 Company, Colgate Palmolive Company, to research oral diseases and possible treatment options. Contributing to the launch of several billion-dollar brands including Total® toothpaste and Simply White®, Dr. Macias innovation resulted in three (3) U.S. Patents, and eleven (11) Global Patients (World Intellectual Property Organization). Due to her love of the District of Columbia and metropolitan area, Dr. Macias returned and engaged her passion to innovate through evaluating patients at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Assigned to the Cancer Immunology Art Unit, Dr. Macias examined innovations from a myriad of inventors including Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies and pro se inventors from academic institutions. Dr. Macias derived from an interesting skill set, the ability to innovate in conjunction with the ability to critique innovations.
In acknowledgment of Dr. Macias accomplishments, Dr. Winston Anderson of Howard University, the recipient of President’s Obama Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (2011), employed her to serve as a Program Site Manager in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The National Institutes of Health, Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program sponsored the research activities that investigated infectious diseases including Malaria and Schistosomiasis. Dr. Macias trained six (6) cohorts of advanced undergraduates, master, and doctoral students, and medical students, which resulted in five (5) health-related publications, and five (5) journal articles in the review.
During Dr. Macias’ tenure in Ethiopia, she encountered unbelievable realities with the healthcare challenges for the country. The population did not have access to generic antibiotics, which could have saved numerous lives. Instead, she witnessed as the communities perish because of healthcare disparities. It became Dr. Macias mission to be a transformer of change, through further education and experience.
Dr. Macias was accepted into the third (3rd) top program for Supply Chain Management MBA program in the U.S. and matriculated at Rutgers University. At Rutgers University, Dr. Macias was trained extensively on supply chain management, which is defined by APICS as, “the movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption. It is the design, planning, execution, control, and monitoring of supply chain activities with the objective of creating net value, building a competitive infrastructure, leveraging worldwide logistics, synchronizing supply with demand and measuring performance globally.”
Dr. Macias’ education, experience and skill set have prepared her for the venture in the medical marijuana industry. She is dedicated to the healthcare industry and continues to find innovative ways to meet the population’s needs with healthcare solutions. Dr. Macias has the scientific insight to assist with dosages, and medical marijuana strain alignment according to specific ailments. Dr. Macias genuinely wants to assist patients with their healthcare needs, and she is qualified and has the passion to do so.