Empath Physicians

Empath Physicians strongly believes legal access to medical marijuana can help people have improved lives, especially those suffering from chronic illness or serious medical conditions.

Empath Physicians is a full-service resource. We guide you through the Florida State certification process. We establish a solid doctor-patient relationship from the first contact and continue to provide guidance after certification.

Venice Beach

Meet our team

Peggy Benzing, D.O.

Peggy Benzing, D.O.

Certified Medical Marijuana Physician

Dr. Benzing is board certified in Emergency Medicine and has served the Venice and Englewood area for 20 years. She believes that optimal health and function requires attention to the patient as an individual, adhering to the basic principles of empathy and knowledge.

She is a long-time medical marijuana advocate and has recently dedicated her full-time practice to the study and treatment of patients who could benefit from medical cannabis.


Julie Collins

Office Manager

Julie is a lifelong Venetian. She is married with three grown sons, a dog and a cat. She attended State College of Florida. She worked in banking and insurance before moving to health care, working for 13 years specializing in mental health.

In 2018, a family member became MMJ certified, and she was impressed with the positive effects that cannabis offered. She changed her career path, is excited to spread the word about medical marijuana and to help others get legal.


Kim Bojonny

Educational Consultant

Kim and her husband relocated from Arizona to Florida in 2014. Her love of the beach is what brought her and her family to this beautiful town. Kim worked in the chiropractic field for several years. She is also a licensed massage therapist and licensed esthetician.

Kim found her passion for MMJ in 2010 when it became legal in Arizona. She began working for a MMJ doctor and became a patient herself. After experiencing firsthand the benefits of marijuana, Kim knew this was the industry she wanted to be in.

Empath Physicians

Serving Venice, North Port, Englewood, Sarasota and surrounding areas.

We are located just north of the 776 and 41 intersection, inside the Taylor Chiropractic building, next to Bank of America

We take the stress out of getting your medical marijuana card.


Qualified Patients in Florida *


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* As of February 07, 2020. source: https://knowthefactsmmj.com/about/weekly-updates