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Professor: Shari B. Kaplan, LCSW
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Shari B. Kaplan, LCSW is the creator of 283 organic whole plant CANNECTD® Boost formulations. She created integrative mental health and well-being programs designed to help individuals on their path of mind, body, soul healing and well-being. She is also the founder of the Can’t Tell Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization (www.canttellnetwork.com). Kaplan received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Musical Theater from Ithaca College, and a Master’s in Clinical Social Work (MSW) degree from Fordham University.
After the birth of her son in 2002, who has a central nervous system disorder, she became an avid researcher of neuroanatomy, neuroscience, plant, and cannabis medicine. Convinced there had to be ways to get her son’s body functioning, she collaborated with clinicians from all different venues of therapies, creating protocols of treatment as well as using plant extracts and specific strains of cannabis to regulate his movement disorder and seizures. From 2013 to 2017, Kaplan worked alongside one of California’s pioneering doctors in the field of cannabis medicine, learning dosing and how to create medicines that would best serve her son and her patients. Wanting to customize her own formulas, Kaplan included various organic whole-plant extracts in tandem with specific cannabinoids in cannabis. All have had excellent outcomes for the patients able to travel to California to procure medicine. In 2017 when medical cannabis became legal in Florida, Kaplan opened CANNECTD® Wellness and integrative wellness center which is the leading provider for medical cannabis and integrative health for Lynn Cancer Institute, Marcus Neuroscience Institute, and Baptist Hospital in Boca Raton Florida.
Since 1991, Kaplan has been working with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. Her career began in Manhattan with children and families who have HIV/AIDS, as well as children, adolescents, and individuals with cancer, neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, schizophrenia, and neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, etc.). Issues of death and dying, physical and sexual abuse, daily life skills, support groups and substance abuse were among the areas treated. Kaplan has created and conducted trainings for clinicians on the Strengths/Perspective, Resiliency Enhancement model. She is published on this modality of treatment in both books and journals. As the co-founder of Corporate Wellness Consultants: she developed and presented trainings for corporations and organizations in the areas of team building, conflict resolution, stress management and gender issues in the workplace. Additionally, Kaplan organized and developed an early intervention program for Incarnation Children’s Center, a group residence in NYC, for children who have HIV/AIDS. As the founder of CANNECTD® Wellness, Kaplan successfully treats people using the ‘Whole Life Plan© (WLP),’ her signature integrative approach to well-being. Organic whole plant formulations along with cannabis medicine have proven to be the perfect complementary medicine that supports individuals in their journey of optimal health.
In 2011, Kaplan was honored to be recognized by Congressman Alcee L. Hastings for her extraordinary efforts in abuse treatment for adults and children. She has worked tirelessly through her ‘Can’t Tell Foundation,’ to give hope to victims of domestic and sexual abuse and children who are plagued by bullying.