Our Physicians

We’ve loved every minute of our journey


Gloriosa Antiporda,MD

Licensed in the state of Florida

University of the East College of Medicine,Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Philippines

Internship and Residency,Catholic Medical Centers of Brooklyn and Queens

Over twenty years of successful private practice.

Her journey as a physician has spanned many locations, and has exposed her to

every type of patient imaginable. After her residency , she

chose Jacksonville as her home. Her various duties as an internist have

provided her the privilege of treating a wide range of patients, from indigent

and inmates to the Mayor and Sheriff.

When people ask her what her specialty is, she says , ‘Compassion’.  Dr. Antiporda’s compassion is evident not only in her professional life, but also through her volunteer work.

She took a leave of absence from her medical career to sponsor an order of

Catholic nuns to get them established in Jacksonville, as well as volunteering

work at a clinic sponsored by St Luke’s Catholic Church and Jacksonville

Neighborhood Clinic some years ago.

She feels strongly about educating her patients on how lifestyle plays an

important role in preventing diseases. She counsels her patients on proper diet

and exercise, to eat anything in moderation, paying close attention to food

portions. She feels medical marijuana can play a significant role in overall patient health and wellness. 

Her philosophy of patient care? “I want to make people feel better, as well as

help them to feel good about themselves and the world around them”.

John "Jack" Crump, MD

Licensed in the state of Florida

University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine

Residency, University of Missouri-Columbia and

John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County

Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Founding member, North Florida Surgeons

Within over twenty five years of practice at Baptist Hospital, he served many roles, such as Chief of Staff, Chairman of Surgery, Director of Medical Records, and Director of Bloodless Medicine. Since retirement, he developed a program to educate patients and families undergoing major illnesses. This lead to an interest in the benefits of medical marijuana in people suffering from chronic illness. He is doing what he loves, seeing and treating patients. He says" Our patients don't want to get high, they want to get well."

Avis Chen, M.D.

Licensed in the state of Florida

Board certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist at Wolfson Children's Hospital/Nemours Children's Clinic for over 27 years until her retirement.She was also the Chair of Quality Assurance for Pediatric Anesthesia at Wolfson , and the Chair of the Operative and Invasive Review Committee at Baptist Medical Center. Practicing as an anesthesiologist, she always had an interest in pain management. This led to her current objective of alleviating suffering in others through the use of medical marijuana.   

William "Bill" Barton, M.D.

Licensed in the state of Florida

Board certified , American Board of Anesthesiology

UF medical school and residency 

35 year career in anesthesiology in the Jacksonville area, mostly at Baptist Medical Center.

"As an intern, I was able to watch an anesthesiology resident place a labor epidural in a young woman in labor. Her pain relief and gratitude is why I chose Anesthesiology for a career. Many of the patients we see are suffering, but running out of treatment options. Medical marijuana allows many of these patients to have a much improved quality of life, which I find very rewarding."   


Patricia Stephens, M.D.

Licensed in the state of Florida

LSU School of Medicine.

Internal Medicine Residency: Earl K. Long Memorial Hospital, Baton Rouge,La.

Anesthesiology Residency: Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans, La.

Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship: Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, Ca.

Board Certified in: Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology.

Retired from Nemours Children's Clinic.

After I retired from clinical practice, I found that I really missed seeing patients. As part of my duties at Nemours, I oversaw the Pain Service, and developed an intense interest in ways to help relieve pain. Also, I love teaching patients how to help themselves feel and function better. The success of the use of medical marijuana by a patient, to a great degree, is highly dependent on an understanding of the types of marijuana and forms they can use to help their pain or anxiety. In our practice we are able to spend the time to help patients understand these things. It is a privilege to be able to do this.