Born in 1969 as the son of a 16 year old mother struggling with drug addiction and an absentee unidentified father, Michael Stoney was forced between the foster care system and the harsh streets of New York City. After surviving a traumatic childhood, Stoney, as his friends would call him, escaped from the hood through joining the New York Police Department as an undercover narcotics detective in 1992. However, this “escape plan” would end up nearly costing his life. After being shot in the line of duty in the arm and chest while saving the life of his partner Rodney Harrison, Stoney began his full disability retirement with a bullet forever lodged in his spleen at the tender age of 27. Although his health and PTSD gave him many life threatening trips to the hospital and a life-long struggle to find peace and happiness despite coping with chronic pain, Stoney was able to raise 4 beautiful children, build a clothing brand, own and operate a club in New York, open a successful restaurant in Virginia Beach, and teach some of the best young tennis players in the Hampton Roads area.
Michael attributes his success and survival to his hunger for life, humility, and authenticity. Despite dealing with a bullet wound, degenerative spine disease, rheumatoid arthritis, a tumor in his chest, and most recently, prostate cancer, Stoney was able to discover the medical benefits of marijuana for himself. Not only has he developed a lifestyle that ameliorates his ailments, but he has also developed a strong passion to share this way of life and this transformative herb with people who are suffering. This is how PROH (“Progressive Restoration of Health”) Wellness Center was born. Stoney’s wellness center consults many suffering patients by educating them about the benefits of cannabis and helping them obtain their medical marijuana card. Having seen the miracles of his lifestyle change him for the better, Stoney hopes that PROH Wellness can do the same for the millions of people struggling with various mental and physical illnesses in his community.