Dr. Francisco Alvarez Divo was born and raised in Venezuela, both his parents and grandfathers were Physicians as well, so since his early years he knew what his purpose in life was. He attended medical school at Universidad de Carabobo and obtained his Medical Doctor (M.D.) degree in 2009. After that he moved to the Caribbean to work with the rural and underserved population of Margarita Island, this is the place he likes to call home is a famous windsurfing and kitesurfing destination worldwide; it was here where his passion for this sports and lifestyle medicine started.
After finishing his community work in the Caribbean he moved to California in 2011 to obtain his M.D. certification in the USA through the Educational Commision for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) then he worked at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) as a postdoctoral research fellow in minimally surgery and Immediately after completed an internship in general surgery. Here he had the opportunity to work with patients using medical cannabis as part of their treatment regime for the first time; he saw amazing results and improvement of their overall well being which only increased his fascination and passion about the medicinal properties of the plant.
After November 2016, medicinal cannabis was legalized in a lot more states in the USA, he was invited to a course in Puerto Rico to get certified as a Medical Cannabis Doctor and Master Budtender. After this course, Dr. Alvarez Divo was not only completely convinced, but also had more scientific evidence and skills to treat and provide patients the necessary resources to get them started on their healing journey with medical cannabis. Here he also had the opportunity to work closely with Master growers from Oaksterdam University in a very large indoor medical cannabis growing facility increasing, even more, his expertise and knowledge in the area.
Since he first started his journey he hasn’t stopped researching, traveling, and working hard to offer his patients more information and high-quality recommendations on this amazing plant. If you were to ask him about his passions he will probably answer: “to promote and improve wellness through healthy lifestyle & cannabis medicine”. Outside of the office, he is unlike your average Physician, you can find him at the local surf, kiteboarding spot, yoga studio, gym or at a health foods store; as he definitely practices what he preaches because he believes it’s the secret of longevity and a healthy and happy life.
Through his work he has had the opportunity to live and experience many different cities where medicinal cannabis is legal like San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Amsterdam and Puerto Rico which has expanded his experience in the field exponentially allowing him to provide care to a huge spectrum of patients from all races, cultures, religion and socioeconomic status. Dr. Alvarez Divo speaks English and Spanish fluently and is able to provide medical advice in both languages and cross-culturally. If you like to learn more about medical cannabis do not hesitate to reach out to us or schedule a consultation with him.