Meet the Team


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David G. Balter M.D. is the Medical Director at GCN Bonita Springs.  Dr. Balter is originally from Los Angeles and received his undergraduate, medical and post-graduate training at U.C.L.A.  After retiring from a 30+ year career in dermatology in Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley, he founded Central Coast Medical Recommendations (Cannabis Cards) in Arroyo Grande, California.  He comes to Florida with 5 years of experience in treating patients with medical marijuana, with over 10,000 patient visits.  He regularly attends cutting edge cannabis conferences , such as Patients Out of Time and Cannamed.  He is excited by the opportunities the State of Florida has given its citizens to improve their well-being by the medicinal use of cannabis.

Green Compassion Network of Bonita Springs is pleased to have maybe the most experienced Medical Cannabis physician in the State of Florida to offer our patients his experience and expert MMJ treatment and care.

Dr. Balter may be reached at:


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Lauren Saigh is the Director of Operations at Green Compassion Network of Bonita Springs.  She is originally from Sterling Heights, Michigan where she attended Saginaw Valley State University.  In 2009, Lauren made the move to Florida and earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology at Nova Southeastern University.  Lauren was a four year collegiate soccer player and has continued to stay actively involved in the coaching of youth in the community.

Lauren pursued a career in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA therapy) working with special needs individuals.  ABA therapy uses positive reinforcement to improve behaviors like social skills, reading, academics, and communication as well as learned skills like grooming, hygiene, fine motor dexterity, and job proficiency.

Lauren's passion for helping those in need has continued to expand with the birth of GCN Bonita.  She brings years of knowledge and experience in Cannabis.  She assists patients with education on the medicinal benefits of Cannabis and building protocols to promote natural healing.  She will help you navigate the process of Florida's Medical Marijuana Use Registry system and answer any questions you may have on your Cannabis journey.  Lauren's commitment to positive patient outcomes and medical expertise ensures that GCN Bonita patients always get the very best care and support.

Lauren may be reached at:


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Founder and Managing Partner

Julia Appleby is a board certified (NCC-National Certified Counselor) Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision designation (LPCC-S) and TeleBehavioral Health practitioner (TBHI).  She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Ohio Counseling Association, and the Ohio Mental Health Counselors Association.  Julia earned her Masters Degree from the University of Akron and Walsh University.  Since 1992, she has been providing clinical counseling services to individuals, children and adolescents, couples, families, and groups.  She has practiced in a variety of settings including community mental health, schools, hospitals, and her private practice.  Julia holds over 25 years of clinical experience in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders in mood, behavior, personality, and addiction.

As a behavioral health clinician, she has had the privilege of helping individuals to find meaning, restore balance, and to achieve a greater sense of well-being.  In her opinion, this is best accomplished by considering the whole person; their unique set of circumstances including the physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect their health.  Clearly, one size does not fit all.  Rather, a personalized approach that makes use of all available and appropriate therapies seems to achieve the greatest results.  As a proponent of the accessibility of medical cannabis, Julia recognizes that it may not be for everyone, yet it has been successful for so many.  When used as an alternative or as a complement to conventional medicine, the health benefits of medical cannabis are astounding.  Empowering individuals to manage their own health promotes a sense of control which is key to one's overall wellness and quality of life.  Therefore, having the option of medical cannabis treatment makes good health sense.  Julia is grateful that she has been guided to facilitate this endeavor.

Julia may be reached at:


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A 1980 graduate of Elyria High School, Elyria, Ohio, Michael was a 3 sport athlete playing football, basketball and baseball.  Voted first team All-Ohio in Football, lead his high school football team to a perfect season in 1979 as their quarterback.  This team was inducted into the Elyria Sports Hall of Fame in May 2019.  Michael went onto to play college football at the University of Louisville and University of Akron.

Since 1986, Michael has worked as a self-employed entrepreneur in the life insurance industry.  Starting his career off as a perennial top sales person, he has always led by example.  He is naturally competitive and ambitious, achieving many top awards over his career!  He has extensive experience in a various aspects of the life insurance industry, including recruiting, agency building and management, and the development of life insurance products, systems, processes and marketing strategies.

In 2016, Michael was introduced to the Medical Cannabis industry by his wife and decided to join Julia in this venture of facilitating people to have access to this alternative and profound medicine.

Michael may be reached at:

GCN Bonita, LLC

24551 Production Circle, Suite 6
Bonita Springs, Florida 34135

(833) 426-7935 Toll Free
(239) 221-6367 Local
(844) 289-1965 Fax

Clinic Hours

Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM