Michael Hart, MD
Dr. Michael Hart has made a name for himself in the world of medicine by treating patients with a simple yet profound philosophy – create the life you deserve. He is the founder of Readytogo Clinic in London, Ontario, where he acts as Medical Director and Head Physician. Across Ontario, he helps people to gain control of their health by helping them to understand their mental and physical conditions so that they can make plans to improve them.
Dr. Hart was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and from early beginnings, he participated in various athletic activities, including competitive ice hockey. At age 14, he was introduced to weight training and quickly developed a passion for not only the sport but also an affinity for helping people to feel better about themselves through the promotion of health and well-being.
Readytogo Clinic has a strong focus on cannabinoid medicine, but also offers specialized hormone testing and family medicine services. Dr. Hart has a passion for pursuing emerging medical treatments that actually work for patients. From philosophy to ketogenic diets, he keeps away from traditional approaches and stays up to date on all the latest medical treatment options to ensure that his patients get the best possible care.
He is particularly passionate and vocal about the use of cannabis in medicine, and this advocacy has made him a recognized speaker on the topic. He has spoken on platforms like CBC National Radio, CTV News, Rodgers TV, and the Toronto Star, and has even attended the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids in Toronto.
In addition, he has spoken at CME (Continuing Medical Education) events all throughout Ontario, as well as multiple cannabis conferences, and he has been featured on numerous cannabis websites.
In September 2002 Dr. Hart started studying nutritional biochemistry at Memorial University. He completed his degree in 2006. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he went on to obtain his medical degree at Saba School of Medicine in the Netherlands Antilles, where he studied between 2006 to 2010.
In 2010, Dr. Hart started his family medicine residency at the University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine. He completed the program in 2012.
In addition to his grueling academic training, Mike has persistently sought out all the latest breakthroughs in fitness and nutrition literature and applied it to his practice and knowledge base. He is continuously in pursuit of becoming the healthiest and fittest person that he can possibly be. Ultimately, he feels that his passion can translate into better care of his patients.
When he isn’t in the clinic, you will find him playing ice hockey, lifting weights at the gym, or kickboxing. He’s known to be a die-hard UFC fan.
Skills and Interests
Dr. Hart’s primary focus has moved to correcting the medical cannabis educational gap, which exists within the medical community. He was the first physician that opened a “cannabis clinic” in London, Ontario. Building on the success that he had with treating patients by means of medical marijuana, he founded and opened the Readytogo Clinic in 2016.
He is also a member of PMC (Practitioners for Medicinal Marijuana), whose mission statement is written as follows: ““PMC is a network of affiliated specialists and general practitioners committed to best possible patient care, including the informed use of cannabis and cannabis-derived medicines.”
Dr. Hart has substantial experience working exclusively with veterans. He uses cannabis primarily to treat PTSD, together with other alternative health care solutions. Many veterans report incredible relief with cannabis. In fact, a recent investigation that was done by Veterans Affairs found that veterans who started using cannabis experienced a 17% reduction in opioid use, along with a 30% reduction in Benzodiazepine use.
Dr. Hart believes that cannabis can be particularly effective for veterans who are suffering from PTSD. However, he does state that it will only work if the veteran is also willing to work. The message that Dr. Hart conveys to his patients is: “Cannabis works, but only if you do, too.”
Dr. Hart has stated that one trend that excites in the most in the health and wellness spectrum is that people are becoming a lot more aware of what they are putting in their body, and are more conscious of that. He believes that this is the kind of action that is needed to create a healthier population.
He believes that in many ways people are becoming frustrated with the current medical system and the treatment options that are available, and have experienced better results by doing things on their own, outside of the medical system, by using alternative treatments. Ultimately, he’s excited about the times we are living in, where people are becoming more self-aware and open-minded about alternative treatments. Dr. Hart likes the idea that people are becoming more responsible about taking care of their health and not putting all of the responsibility on the treating physician or whatever health practitioners they may be seeing.
Dr. Hart is a firm believer that cannabis can lead to a healthier lifestyle. In past years, people used to associate cannabis use with people who are lazy. But, in reality, when people start medicating with cannabis and begin seeing benefits, it opens up their frame of mind. Not too long ago, people put all of their faith in traditional western medicine and didn’t have a very open mind to alternative treatment options. Often, only when patients experience the beneficial effects of cannabis for themselves, do they understand that alternative treatment options are a real possibility.
In February 2018 Dr. Hart released a book titled “Friendly Fire: Why Vets Are Lighting Up and Ditching Pills to Treat PTSD,” with Jeremy Kossen as his co-author. He has also co-authored two free books which are available to download on his website.
Dr. Hart’s medical practice has a strong emphasis on lifestyle changes, and he himself follows a low-carbohydrate diet. He actively trains MMA at the Adrenaline Training Center and follows a comprehensive strength and conditioning program.