About Us

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

Compassion Clinic

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.
Dr Bob
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.

Dr Patrick Jean
Patrick Jean, MD

Patrick Jean, MD, is certified to assist those who have conditions which may be treated with medical marijuana.

Dr. Jean is a semiretired board-certified emergency physician with over forty years’ experience having practiced in Citrus County for most of his professional career.  He graduated from the University of Florida medical school in 1980 and has lived in rural Sumter County since 1986.

He enjoys cooking, music, his dogs, reading, old cars, and the grandchildren.  He  is passionate about up-to-date medical care that improves patients lives while maintaining that old time personal medicine.

He is here to fulfill his primary avocation of alleviating the suffering of his patients.  He believes medical marijuana is a useful modality to achieve that goal.  Let the doctor with the boots help you with your medical issues.

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.

Pam Spearman, Administrative Assistant

Pam Spearman, the cheerful voice you get when you call our main office number, can help you set a successful initial appointment and can link you to our other team members, if needed.

Born in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Pam fell in love with the natural world and animals at an early age. She has continued this love of rural life, now living on a small local farmstead. Pam and her husband owned the BARN DOOR, Feed and Supply Store and The Tape House video store while living Medical Lake, WA. She has held other administrative jobs over the years and enjoys helping people. She’s also a proud Mom and Grandma.

Pam believes in the successful medical application of cannabis, having seen it work for many people.

We are delighted to have Pam as another compassionate member of Dr Bob’s Clinic Family.

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. As a certified dose counselor, we are grateful to have her expertise in patient care. 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.

Ashley Toney, Patient Intake Specialist

Born and raised in Citrus County, Florida Ashley is a proud mom of two children. This year 2021 she has achieved her goal of becoming a home owner her ultimate goal is to complete college and further her skills and knowledge in the medical field. She has worked in the medical field for the last 9 years and has transformed from a receptionist to a medical assistant with lots of on the job hands on training. She has worked in a nursing home, orthopedics, and the last four years she has worked in a pediatric office doing reception, medical records, referrals, and medical assisting. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, camping, fishing, and hunting. Seeing early in life the positive effects cannabis has had for cancer patients in her family has kept her interest in promoting medical marijuana. Now becoming the patient intake specialist this has opened a new door and opportunity to expand her knowledge and become part of this helping process.

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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