BROCKTON – Dr. Charles Walker wants his colleagues to know that patients can find medical marijuana treatment in a secure and supportive place.

“We want people to feel comfortable sending their patients to a place that is legitimate, that is credible, and to a doctor that has experience in chronic pain and chronic conditions,” Walker said. “We want to focus on follow-up, make sure the patient is doing well.”

Walker opened MedWell Health and Wellness on Pearl Street in Brockton on June 1.

A former family physician from Lakeville and longtime rehabilitation doctor, Walker is one of dozens of physicians statewide registered with the state Department of Public Health to certify patients for the use and possession of medical marijuana.

While voters in 2012 passed a ballot measure authorizing medical marijuana in Massachusetts, the state in February revamped the program and launched a mandatory patient and caregiver registration system.

Patients previously only needed a written certification from their physicians to possess medical marijuana. Now, they must obtain an electronic certificate and be registered for the state program.

As of July 28, there were 20,362 patients certified through a doctor. Of those, 10,675 had been reviewed and approved for registration, according to data from the DPH.

Scott Zoback, a DPH spokesman, said on Monday there were 88 physicians registered to certify patients for medical marijuana. That is up from 78 about six weeks ago.

MedWell Health and Wellness opened last month just down the street from In Good Health, a medical marijuana dispensary planning to open later this summer on West Chestnut Street in Brockton.

In addition to medical marijuana certification, Walker’s office also offers a laser treatment to relieve pain called THOR Low level Laser Treatment.

The LED light therapy improves tissue repair and reduces inflammation, Walker said, and is part of an overall strategy to give patients access to alternative forms of pain relief.

Walker, who also directs a rehabilitation facility in Bourne, grew up outside Boston as well as on Cape Cod. He began practicing medicine in 1996.

He earned degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine. After post-graduate training at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Walker began practicing family medicine in Taunton before switching to orthopedic rehabilitation.

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