About Us

We are a physician service for patients with chronic illnesses and debilitating conditions.

Compassion Clinic Team

Vision Statement

Improving the quality of patients’ lives by empowering them to control their own healthcare by promoting cannabis as a legitimate alternative to traditional medicine and reducing the use of pharmaceuticals. 

Mission Statement

  • We will provide medical cannabis certification to qualified patients in a manner that is both affordable and compassionate.
  • We will educate, advise, and support our patients and the community on the benefits of medical cannabis.
  • We will deliver superior service to our patients by pursuing new growth opportunities while continually improving our profitability, social responsibility, and efficiency.
Lorraine Taft, Reception/ Educator

Lorraine grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, returning to the United States for college in the mid ’60s, majoring in sociology and community development. After a short stint in the Peace Corps, she and her husband joined the “Back to the Land” movement, developing a homestead on 40 acres of cow pasture in northern NH. During those years, she became interested in medicinal plants, raising and selling organic herbs. The ensuing years included time as a teacher and administrator both in the high school system, University and in Emergency Medicine for community First Responders. A serious incident of environmental poisoning lead her back to her organic and herbal medicine roots. Focused study of the benefits of medical marijuana has lead to a keen interest in assisting others to access this important medicine.

Lacey Brown, Practice Manager

Originally from North Tonawanda, NY, Lacey made it to Florida in 2008 as quick as she could! She developed a love of medicine and went to nursing school, but decided against it, to work full time at a doctor’s office, a hospital OR and a surgery center, specializing in scheduling, billing and medical coding for 10 years. We are grateful to have her expertise in patient care and she has become Dr. Bob’s right hand woman! Lacey has an interest in cannabis as a healing plant and a passion for helping patients find an alternative to opiate usage after seeing so many lives ruined.

As a busy wife and mother, her free time is currently spent at the baseball field cheering for her son.

Bev Goethe, Administrator

As a native Floridian, raised in Vero Beach and Lake City, she was interested in science and design from an early age. After Radiologic Technology college, Bev met Bob working in the VAMC- Gainesville in 1984. He was a 4th year medical student at the University of Florida. Living through 10 moves in 3 states, over 34 years, with 2 children and innumerable pets has developed an appreciation for organization, health and a desire to live life to its fullest. She has served on the boards of Citrus Newcomers Club, The Community Food Bank and Main Street Crystal River. She has a passion for education and helping others. Now a devoted grandmother, she likes to spend her free time at the beach with them.

Robert C. Goethe, MD

Dr. Robert Goethe is certified to assist those who meet eligibility requirements with obtaining their medical marijuana/medical cannabis ID cards for use at a state authorized dispensary. As an MMJ doctor, he serves chronically ill patients in Citrus, Marion and Sumter counties who are 21 years of age and older. 

Dr. Goethe is a board certified anesthesiologist of 30 years with extensive experience in patient care. He is semi-retired and has become certified as a MMJ doctor because of the frustration he sees with patients in their current state of medical care. Dr. Goethe is passionate about listening to patients and affording them an opportunity to take control of their medications and themselves.

Anita Tuggle, Reception

Anita was raised in Xenia, OH. She entered the Air Force and became a sheet metal welder stationed at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington DC. Married for 25 years to an active duty AF, she’s lived in Las Vegas, Germany and England. She’s been in Florida since 2003 and became a Medical Administration Assistant. She has worked in hospice and assisted living facilities until she found her home with us at the Compassion Clinic. Oh, and she makes really good fudge.

Why I Started Better Health Compassion Clinic - Robert Goethe, MD

I have been involved in medicine for 45 years. After high school in 1973, I joined the Navy and became a Hospital Corpsman, working mostly at Balboa Navy hospital in San Diego. After that, I pursued medical school at the University of Florida and received my MD in 1984. I went on to specialize in anesthesia and practiced cardiovascular and trauma anesthesia in Fort Myers, Florida for many years. Eventually my wife and I moved to Crystal River where I worked at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center until semi-retiring in the summer of 2017. Although I thoroughly enjoyed my traditional medical career, there are some things I have seen that bothered me.

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