Our Team

Our doctors are smart – like, really smart. The owners of YUZU broad-spectrum CBD plus have a whopping 175+ years of combined experience in the medical field, with 25+ years combined experience in the medical marijuana industry. Their diverse medical background includes a whole lot of “ologies” such as: oncology, gynecology, urogynecology, pulmonology, polysomnography, and even zoology.

These remarkable curators are widely recognized throughout our local community and the world – in total, they have received over 45 awards and/or recognitions throughout their collective medical careers. Additionally, they have left their individual marks on the scientific community by being involved in over 175 publications and 546 clinical trials.

For those of you reading that are as detail oriented as we are, we’ve listed our founders’ abbreviated Curriculum Vitae so you can get a complete picture of the minds behind our products.

Nick Spirtos, M.D.

Education: B.A., Biology – University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
M.D., Medicine – Northwestern Medical School, Chicago, IL
Medical Expertise: OB-GYN; Oncology
Medical Experience (Yrs): 35
MMJ Experience (Yrs): 10
# Publications: 129
# Clinical Trials: 530
# Awards: 15

Dr. Spirtos is one of twenty-three physicians in his family – yes, you read that right (maybe there is something to that Mediterranean diet after all). Whether it’s through performing surgery, research, or lectures, everything Dr. Spirtos has done throughout his career has been to the benefit of the medical community and women around the globe.

Notable accomplishments:
  • Founder and Director of Women’s Cancer Center of Nevada since 1988
  • Active Staff Member at 11 hospitals in Southern Nevada
  • Peer Reviewer and/or on the editorial board of 7 medical journals
  • The first American Editor of Bonney’s Textbook of Gynecologic Surgery, which has been in continuous publication since 1911
  • Featured on 60 Minutes for providing pro bono medical services to patients who lost coverage at University Medical Center in Las Vegas
  • Previously a faculty member at Stanford University; University of Nevada Medical School; USC Medical School
  • Current faculty member at University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine; University of Southern California Women’s Hospital
  • Recognized as one of the Top Cancer Doctors in America by Castle Connolly in 2009
  • Received the Senatorial Award of Distinction in Healthcare from US Senator Dean Heller in 2013
  • Passionate handler and cuddler of champion Great Danes since 19XX

Ian Atkinson, Ph.D.

Education: B.S., Zoology – Miami University, Oxford, OH
M.S., Chemistry – Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
Ph.D., Clinical-Bioanalytical Chemistry (Molecular Medicine) – Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
Scientific Experience (Yrs): 20
MMJ Experience (Yrs): 5
# Publications: 4
# Awards: 4

Dr. Atkinson is the only member of our founding partners that doesn’t play “operation” for a living. Instead, he comes from a chemistry background that started with formulating powder coats for various automotive manufacturers. Now, he’s on our team putting together the formulas for products that are
going to drive away your pain.

Notable Accomplishments
  • Senior Chemist at the MM Lab in Las Vegas, NV where he managed all scientific projects and programs for the lab among many other duties
  • Chief Science Officer for The Apothecary Shoppe in Las Vegas, NV where he managed nearly every aspect of the business operation, production, logistics, and quality control as it relates to the cannabis industry
  • Chief Science Officer for Sunfest Herbs, LLC in Miami, FL where he developed research capabilities in addition to strategic plans for the company’s growth
  • Graduate assistant at Cleveland State University where he developed and implemented methodology for collection, preparation, and analysis of plant proteomic expression samples through various techniques
  • Two-time recipient of the Department of Labor Secretary’s Honor Award for exemplary performance in 2011 and 2013

Nicolas Thanos, M.D.

Education: B.S., Biology – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
M.D., Medicine – Loma Linda School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA
Medical Expertise: OB-GYN
Medical Experience (Yrs): 43
MMJ Experience (Yrs): 3
# Publications: 4
# Clinical Trials: 2
# Awards: 6

It’s a little-known fact that before Dr. Thanos set out on his quest to find the Infinity Stones, his first order of business was to help women with gynecological issues. After offering his clinical services to the world for over 40 years, Dr. Thanos realized how overlooked cannabis had been as a solution to so many patients. Now, he’s teamed up with YUZU broad-spectrum CBDplus to embark on a new quest to avenge all lifeforms that are plagued with pain.

Notable Accomplishments
  • CEO of the Center for Women’s Health for 35 years, overseeing the business operations of the organization while also providing medical care
  • CFO of The Apothecary Shoppe Dispensary in Las Vegas, NV ensuring the financial aspects of the cannabis business are kept within state and county compliance
  • Volunteers services to non-profits and government agencies such as H. Claude Hudson Clinic, Planned Parenthood, and Westside Women’s Clinic
  • Four-Time consecutive Physician of Excellence Award recipient by O.C.M.A. & Orange Coast Magazine
  • Received “Ten Years Recognition of America’s Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly
  • Recognized in 2013 as a Top Regional Doctor in Southern California by Castle Connolly
  • Active member of the Greek Community in Las Vegas volunteering time to the church and its youth groups

Dayanada Prabhu Rachakonda, M.D.

Education: M.B.B.S. – R.G. KAR Medical College, Calcutta, India
P.U.C.S.C. – Scottish Church College, Calcutta, India
Medical Expertise: Pulmonology, Internal Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Medical Experience (Yrs): 47
MMJ Experience (Yrs): 3
# Publications: 1
# Clinical Trials: 14
# Awards: 8

Dr. Prabhu came to Las Vegas in 1980 where he established two of the largest independent multispecialty groups in Nevada. His career has been recognized by medical boards and politicians alike for his outstanding service to the community. Not only that, Dr. Prabhu was also a principal involved in
the formation and operation of various successful natural disaster relief funds around the globe. Now, his mission is to take on the natural disaster that is your aching joints.

Notable Accomplishments
  • Pioneered the Sleep Center of Nevada, one of the first comprehensive sleep centers in Southern Nevada
  • Appointed to the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners where he works with the governor’s office and the Division of Human Health Services
  • Has served as the President of the Indian American Forum for Political Education, a group representing over 1.8 million Indian Americans
  • Invited to two state dinners to be recognized by President Clinton and President Obama
  • Director of the ICU/Critical Car Services at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas
  • Knighted by his Imperial Royal Highness, Prince Henri Constantine into The Grand Sovereign Dynastic Order of Knights of St. George
  • Received Honorary Key to the City of Las Vegas
  • Founder and Chairman of the Can-Do Organization, a Clark County based umbrella organization representing over 90,000 members of the Asian-American and Asian Indian communities
  • Currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, where they raise scholarship funds for deserving students

Geoffrey C. Hsieh, MD

Education: B.S., Biology/Psychology – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
M.D., Medicine – University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
Medical Expertise: OB-GYN, Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Medical Experience (Yrs): 27
MMJ Experience (Yrs): 3
# Publications: 8
# Clinical Trials: n/a
# Awards: 4

Dr. Hsieh has seen firsthand the frustrations and struggles that individuals dealing with cancer treatment must endure. These experiences led him (along with many others) to seek out alternative solutions to provide relief for his patients. No matter the perils you may face, Dr. Hsieh is on our team to make sure your pains stay away.

Notable Accomplishments
  • Co-Owner of the Women’s Cancer Center of Nevada
  • Co-Owner of The Apothecary Shoppe in Las Vegas, NV
  • Helped establish the “Owareness” Program which campaigns to heighten public awareness of lethal gynecologic malignancies
  • Has engaged in international teaching and training programs throughout various provinces in China and Panama City, Panama
  • Provided consulting for Pfizer and Astellas Pharmaceuticals
  • Recruited as a principal investigator by American Medical Systems to participate in Food and Drug Administration premarket studies

Vicki Mazzorana, M.D.

Education: B.S., Biology – University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
M.D., Medicine – Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois
M.B.A. Candidate – Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA
Medical Expertise: Emergency Medicine & Athletic Physician
Medical Experience (Yrs): 29
MMJ Experience (Yrs): 3
# Publications: 30
# Clinical Trials: n/a
# Awards: 11

Dr. Mazzorana specialty lies in the Emergency Room handling patients that are in need of the most immediate care. She is also the only female ringside physician part of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. You can be sure that when pain comes knocking, Dr. Mazzorana’s expertise is there to make sure you stay in the fight.

Notable Accomplishments
  • Licensed in 6 different states, including Nevada, California, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, and Washington
  • Appointed to be Medical Team Manager for both the Urban Search and Rescue and Disaster Medical Assistant Teams.
  • Previously Chairman of the Disaster Committee for the Wilderness Medical Society
  • Has held the “Director” Position 11 times throughout her career spanning from correctional facilities to national parks to surgical centers
  • Currently an ER Physician in multiple facilities spanning six different states
  • Founder of the Southern Nevada Wilderness Medical Society, providing survival education to those within austere environments
  • Chief Medical Officer for the The Apothecary Shoppe in Las Vegas and its affiliates
  • Active member of the Great Dane Club of Las Vegas and committed to their rescue efforts

Jean-Marie Auboine, Master Chocolatier

Did you know there was such a thing as the World Chocolate Masters Competition? Are you also wondering why you weren’t invited? The world finals take place every year in Paris, France, but you won’t have to fly across the pond to get Masterful Chocolate straight to your face. YUZU has teamed up with former World Chocolate Masters Finalist Jean-Marie Auboine to guarantee our customers the best tasting edibles on the market.

Notable Accomplishments
  • Started his own gourmet chocolate factory in 2012 which now supplies the most distinguished hotels, casinos, and resorts across the country with premium confections
  • Graduate of the prestigious Lycee Technique Hotelier Quercy-Perigold at age 18
  • Former Executive Pastry Chef at the 5-Star Fontainbleau in Miami Beach, FL; Presidente Intercontintal Hotel in Mexico City, Mexico; and The Bellagio Resort/Casino in Las Vegas, NV
  • Recognized as one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers & Pastry Chefs in North America by Dessert Professional
  • Finalist in 2007 and 2011 at the Concours “Un Des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France,” a prestigious competition where skilled craftsmen come together to showcase their trade
  • Recognized in The New York Times for one of the Top 10 Chocolate Sea Salted Caramels