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Kratom Movement Gains Recovery and Addiction Medicine Experts as a New Board Members

John Shilholser and Dr. Huge Hanson Botanical Education Alliance Board Members



John Shinholser and Dr. Hugo Hanson join the Botanical Education Alliance’s team to provide guidance and education on the recovery and health benefits of kratom.


ATLANTA, GA – April 24, 2018 – The Botanical Education Alliance (BEA), a kratom organization that aims to educate, advocate and take action for kratom legality has recently brought on two bona-fide experts in their field of recovery and addiction medicine. John Shinholser and Dr. Hugo Hanson have joined the movement to add yet another well of knowledge and guidance to assist the goal of educating legislators and decision makers about the benefits of kratom.


Angela Watson, co-founder and current board member of the BEA, spoke about the exciting new additions to the team: “we’ve chosen carefully, and are proud to bring on John and Dr. Hanson. It is safe to say that much the BEA’s accomplishments over the years can be attributed our core group of industry and community experts that we’ve gathered over the years. They add another layer of expertise and perspective to our multi-pronged educational approach. John and Dr. Hanson are both very well-established in their field of recovery and addiction medicine. They are precisely what we need to take this movement to the next level.”


John Shinholser is the co-founder and President of The McShin Foundation, a recovery resource foundation founded in 2004 by John and his wife Carol McDaid. Shinholser and his wife have dedicated their lives to helping individuals and families in seeking recovery from the disease of addiction.


John Shinholser Botanical Education Alliance Board Member


John is also a United States Marine Corps veteran and has owned and managed a successful contracting business for over 30 years. He continuous to stay passionate about the cause of recovery and helping others as he is himself has had to overcome personal addiction battles. John has been clean and in successful long-term recovery since August 10th 1982.


Dr. Hugo Hanson D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine), is a full time emergency physician practicing in Kingston NY. Dr. Hanson has particular interest in clinical toxicology and addiction medicine. He has written multiple articles on the opioid epidemic in the US, including the emergence of Kratom and the limited access of medication assisted therapies for opioid abuse disorder.


Dr. Hugo Hanson Physician and Botanical Education Alliance kratom board member


Hugo graduated from NY College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in emergency medicine from Albany Medical Center. Currently he is focused on improving access to medication assisted therapies and studying alternative treatments for opioid addiction.