Check out our team of experts! We brought on amazing folks with scientific backgrounds to assist us in helping you get the most out of our products.
Melissa Lee Clark
Melissa, owner of Hemp Magik, holds a Bachelors of Science in Education with a license in Early Childhood Development, and add-on teaching certificate for Middle School ages. She completed her course work leading to Master’s degree as an Intervention Specialist in Special Education. Obviously, Melissa has an ongoing passion for helping vulnerable populations.
When her dog came to brink of death after a ten year battle with Grand Mal seizures, she became unhappy with the CBD products on the market and started making her own. Using her high concentration formulas and methods she was able to reverse her dog’s condition down to zero seizures a month and no prescriptions. This adventure made her realize how much the market needed high quality, truly potent CBD products.
She has since become PCQI certified in CGMP manufacturing. She is currently working with experts in manufacturing, research and development in the bioengineering field and working with NC state legislators to adopt stringent manufacturing standards for CBD products. She is passionate about helping people reach optimum states of health.
Dr. Michelle Shine
Michelle Shine holds a PhD in Biomedical Science from the Medical University of South Carolina. She has worked on the cutting edge of biotechnology, has published peer-reviewed articles in the fields of microbiology, cell signaling, tissue engineering, stem cell therapy, and complementary and alternative medicine. She has also co-authored and served as Co-Investigator on several multi million dollar grants leading scientific and engineering teams towards research goals.
Michelle brings experience leading teams through a phase I clinical trial for the FDA approval of a medical device. She brings familiarity with FDA regulations, cGMP, cGLP and necessary procedures for QA/QC to us at Hemp Magik. Having worked closely with physicians, researchers, engineers and clinicians to design and implement in vitro studies and clinical trials, she is skilled at organizing scientific information, applying that information, and coordinating the results. She has much experience in designing and running biological experiments, analyzing data, and using that data to draw conclusions, managing technicians and engineers as the project manager, and guiding experimental research based on results. Michelle will be assisting as we move closer to pharma-grade manufacturing.
As a skilled writer, she is responsible for technical writing, including journal manuscripts, grant preparation, scientific reports and documentation, blogs and articles for Hemp Magik.
Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Andrew holds a BS in Microbiology with minors in Biotechnology and Genetics from NC State University. He brings over 15 years of laboratory, regulatory, quality management (ISO 17025), and training experience from his work in academic research and regulatory settings. Prior to joining Hemp Magik, Andrew served as Test Kitchen Coordinator and Industry Trainer for Food, Beverage & Natural Products for the NC Community Colleges’ BioNetwork. There he trained and worked with FDA and USDA FSIS regulated companies including the dietary supplement and pharmaceutical industries. He has also previously served as a Quality Assurance Specialist, Microbiology Supervisor, and Chief Microbiologist at the NC Department of Agriculture: Food and Drug Protection Division.
Davis Collins, MS
Davis, our extractor extraordinaire, joins us from Greensboro, NC. Davis received his Bachelor of Science at Wingate University with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. He received his Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where his research work focused on Natural Products and drug metabolism. His love of the hemp plant and creating quality extraction brought him to Hemp Magik in his search to work with a quality extractor.
Paige Lisa Carter
Shipping and Administrative Manager
Paige received her Bachelor’s of Art in Art History at the University of North Carolina Asheville. During her time there she refined her academic writing skills and recieved an Undergraduate Research Scholar Distinction. Her specialty of writing is in interdisciplinary perspectives of analysis. Combining science and human experience is her area of written expertise. Upon graduation she completed a Welding Certificate. After that experience she spent time learning farming techniques and observing ways to empower people to know what they eat and where it’s from.
With that experience in mind, she saw an opportunity to expand her knowledge and skills within the CBD and hemp industry. Her passion for creativity and learning has expanded within the ever changing nature of hemp. Every day is an opportunity to learn, allowing her to become a novice expert and student on the functions, potential, and market of hemp oil.
Assistant Lab Manager
Delaney holds a Bachelor’s degree in Soil and Water Conservation from Western Carolina University in 2014. After hiking 900 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2012, Delaney fell in love with rock climbing. Her adventures in the wilderness led her to learning about the body and how to care for it. She became an EMT in 2016. Delaney managed the EMS department of a privately-contracted medical and security team for three years. She now enjoys working for small businesses and companies led by women. Delaney uses her love of science, biology and great organizational skills to assist the lab at Hemp Magik. In her spare time Delaney is outside exploring or at home painting inspirational surreal pictures of the natural world.
Blair Wirkkala, RN
Marketing and Education
Blair is a wellness-oriented RN. Beyond her experience as a registered nurse, she has worked as a health and physical educator, an exercise physiologist, personal trainer, and nutrition consultant. Her education includes Bachelor’s degrees in Health Science, Physical Education, and Nursing as well as a Masters of Sport Science degree from the United States Sports Academy where she completed an internship at the Cooper Institute in Dallas. While living in Boulder, she studied Biochemistry at the University of Colorado. USAW Sports Performance Coach Level 1 is her most recent fitness related certification.
It is the combination of her experiences, education, and obsession with science as it relates to optimal health that drives her interests and work with Hemp Magik. Besides developing the Better Fat Burner program, she is the author of Menopause Happens—Own the Change: How to Bring on Vibrant Health During the Menopausal Transition.
Blair thoroughly enjoys sharing powerful health and wellness-related information and witnessing the game-changing impact on her clients’ health. She is an integral contributor to Hemp Magik’s success.