Respect Wellness, women-owned and based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, design premium, artisanal, botanical and CBD-infused wellness products for women. Our exclusive blends contain organic, regionally sourced CBD, pure and potent herbal extracts and ethically sourced, wild harvested plant therapeutics.
These blends are meticulously developed by experts with deep knowledge of naturopathic and traditional medicine and a strong commitment to safety and efficacy. Our product line addresses sleep issues, occasional body aches and inflammation, and skin revitalization, with a special focus on symptoms connected to menopause.
Francine Sommer, CEO
Francine is a long-time venture capitalist specializing in early-stage new media companies focused on emerging hardware and software technologies. She was previously co-founder and general partner of Gabelli Multimedia Partners and Special General Partner of Village Ventures. She invested in IntelliCyt, co-founded Descartes Labs.
Francine is also an avid spa-goer and developed Respect Wellness out of a desire to have products that addressed her own experience. She was surprised and frustrated to discover not much, if anything, was offered to women experiencing peri/menopause in spas, specialty stores, or over-the-counter – that was effective. After years of working with experts in CBD and Botanicals, and an extensive survey of women 45+, she released the first Respect Wellness product line.
Dr. Steve Jenison MD
is a nationally recognized infectious disease, internal medicine specialist with extensive experience in the area of medical cannabis. He was the first Director of the NM Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana program.
has an extensive career as chemist and regulatory expert in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and nutritional products industries. In her scientific capacity, she conducted research and developed methodologies for developing an array of new products. As a regulatory executive, she has worked extensively with the FDA and other regulatory bodies on complex issues ranging from new drug applications to directing clinical studies. In her capacity as a regulatory expert for the cannabis industry, she has advised several state regulatory bodies and was appointed to the State of Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission. Deborah has a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Iowa State University.
Dr. Frederic Breton
Herbal Medicine Doctor, has been a practitioner and instructor of Chinese medicine for more than two decades. He obtained a degree in Chinese medicine from the University of Shanghai and has a well-known and highly respected practice based in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition to diagnosing and treating an array of complex medical conditions, Dr. Breton has established the Liang Shen Institute of Chinese medicine, also based in Geneva.
has nearly two decades of experience as an educator in natural healing methods, a cultivator of organic crops for medicinal purposes, and a retail expert for natural health products. She is also a highly sought public speaker for medical and health professionals throughout the Southwest.
is an experienced operating and marketing executive in the consumer space. She most recently was VP of Global Operations, Peyote Bird Designs. She is currently owner of Dashing Delivery. Prior experience includes International Marketing Director Asia Pacific, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. and Marketing Manager, AmBev.
is an experienced food industry professional. Founder & CEO of The Kitchen Network, a comprehensive resource for all types of food businesses, conducting R&D projects in multiple product categories. Ian conceives, develops, scales, and launches retail food products for clients ranging from Fortune 500 CPGs to locally based startups.