We believe that access to treatment, evidence-based practice, healthcare equity, and defense of patient’s rights are vital to your health and well-being.
From a single assessment to ongoing support, we are ready to support you with all your cannabis questions as you investigate and become comfortable with this alternative care. We can also help you navigate the confusing and complex world of medical care—from understanding medical language around procedures to exploring long-term care options—through a range of available support levels.
Cannabis has been used globally as a medicinal and wellness substance since 2500 BC. We provide modern education and guidance on how to safely use cannabis as a supplement to enhance your health and wellness through:
Hi! My name is Rebecca Abraham and I am founder and President of Acute on Chronic. At Acute on Chronic, we believe in educated guidance to cannabis, alternative therapies, supplemental treatments, and support navigating a complex health system. We are here to provide clarity to cannabis and healthcare because we believe that access to treatment, evidence-based practice, healthcare equity, and defense of patient’s rights are vital to your health and well-being.
I am a registered nurse with 15 years of experience in emergency medicine, critical care, heart failure, surgical services, and case management. I am currently working on my Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Northern Illinois University, my research is focused on Cannabis science, nursing, and the integration of cannabis into traditional healthcare systems. I received my BSN, RN with a minor in Biology from Saint Xavier University and was also board certified in critical care (CCRN) from The American Association of Critical Care Nursing. I was awarded a continuing education scholarship from National Nurses United to Rutgers University’s Women’s Global Health Leadership Certificate program and am a recipient of the Illinois Nurses Association 40 under 40 Leaders in Nursing Award. I also possess a certificate in Cannabis Nursing through the American Cannabis Nurses Association.
From a single assessment to ongoing support, we are ready to support you with all your cannabis questions as you investigate and become comfortable with this alternative care. We can also help you navigate the confusing and complex world of medical care—from understanding medical language around procedures to exploring long term care options—we have a range of levels of support available.
Patrice Rosenberg BSN, RN has been a Registered Nurse in Chicago, IL since graduating from the University of Iowa College of Nursing in 2012 with honors. She has spent most of her nursing career working in critical care medicine, concluding her 10-year stint as an ICU nurse in 2021 after working on the front lines as a charge nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was raised in a household that allowed her exposure to functional and holistic medicine, as her father is a practicing chiropractor. It is through this lens that she has learned to care for herself and her patients. Naturally, her holistic approach towards medicine has helped her readily transition into medicinal cannabis.
Patrice has chronic ailments of her own and has found cannabis to be a game-changer with regards to her quality of life. She understands the frustration that can arise when dealing with a chronic illness in the traditional hospital system and iis passionate about helping patients take control of their own health and treatment. She is excited to be able to share her own personal and professional cannabis experiences with others in the hope of improving their well-being in the process.
Patrice lives with her significant other and 6-year-old pit-bull mix, Sky. She is a huge animal lover and eats a mostly plant-based diet. She enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and being around her friends and family.
Lauren Montalvo BSN, RN, CCRN, TNCC is a veteran and a Registered Nurse for 7 years who holds a certification in Cannabis Nursing through the American Cannabis Nurses’ Association, as well as a nursing degree from the George Washington University. She began her nursing career at a large level one trauma hospital where she mastered critical care. Her experience has bloomed over the years in a variety of clinical settings: critical and pre- and post-operative care, home health, telehealth, medical interpretation, and nursing education. She became passionate about cannabis care and holistic medicine after realizing that often cannabis care is a safer and more effective way to manage symptoms and conditions when compared to traditional pharmaceuticals.
Lauren is multilingual and enjoys using her language skills to advocate for patients in their personal health journeys. She is fluent in Spanish and Mandarin and possesses a certification in medical interpretation. In her free time, she enjoys singing, music, cooking, volunteering on medical missions, and advocating for veterans and those who can benefit from her language skills and traveling. She is dedicated to advocating for cannabis care and education and looks forward to assisting those who are interested in implementing cannabis medicine and education in their own lives in order to promote the best possible health outcomes.
Sofiya Cherbukhovsky, BSN, RN is a registered nurse of 11 years and holds a certification in Cannabis Nursing. She began her career at one of Chicago’s University Hospital Systems and has since amassed experiences in a variety of clinical settings, from oncology, trauma, surgery, critical care, ambulatory, as well as some non-traditional nursing roles covering quality and clinical affairs. She is an active member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association.
Alexandra Buck, RN, BSN has been a registered nurse for over 10 years. Her career has covered an array of different specialties, including organ transplant, surgical oncology, neurosurgery, cardiac care, and critical care nursing. She is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and the American Cannabis Nurses Association. She received her medicinal cannabis certification from the Pacific College of Health and Sciences in 2021. She is an active volunteer member on the education committee with ACNA. Most recently, she has completed a nursing certification in Functional Medicine through the Integrative Nurse Coach Academy. She truly values a holistic approach to patient care. She wants to guide patients toward more holistic wellness and help patients to be their own best advocate in their wellness.
Dr. Ryan Buck is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and the Research Director for Acute on Chronic. He is an internal medicine physician with more than 13 years of experience. He got a B.S. in Biology from Indiana University. He subsequently got his MD at Northwestern and completed his residency training in internal medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has been working in hospital medicine with a focus on oncology. He has published research on quality and safety, blood transfusion practices, and the endocannabinoid system.
Dr. Jessica Montalvo is a physician with training and certification in internal medicine, palliative medicine, and functional medicine. She grew up on the East Coast and will always be a Jersey girl at heart. She attended Harvard University for undergraduate education and the University of Rochester for medical school. She completed residency training at Northwestern University in Chicago. She now calls the Windy City home.
Jessica first developed an interest in cannabis when she was working in the hospital with seriously ill patients. She saw the benefits of cannabis for relieving suffering in both her professional and personal life. She currently sees patients in two private functional medicine practices where she focuses heavily on environmentally acquired health issues such as Lyme disease and mold illness. She believes in the mission of Acute on Chronic because she wants everyone to have access to knowledgeable cannabis providers and she believes that cannabis nurses are the ones to bring competent cannabis care to everyone.