President & Co-Founder
Tyler Knight is an Arizona native with strong ties to the Bay Area. He has a passion for helping the still-suffering alcoholic and addict achieve life-long sobriety. Having personally suffered from alcohol and drug addiction, he understands the hardship, challenges, and struggles that one faces while trying to achieve sobriety. He looks forward to sharing his experience, strength and hope with everyone at North Bay Recovery Center as they embark upon their life-changing journey.
Laura Bishop, MS
Laura Bishop has a decade of experience working with individuals and families in recovery. Laura earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Santa Barbara, and her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University. She completed her post-graduate training at a recognized co-ed adult facility, where she specialized in substance abuse and eating disorders. In addition, Laura has worked closely with adolescents struggling with addiction and other co-occurring disorders. She believes that treatment is the stepping stone for change, and finds the work immensely gratifying.
Dr. David E. Smith, MD, DFASAM, FAACT
Dr. Smith is recognized as a national leader in addiction medicine, the psychopharmacology of drugs, new research strategies in the management of drug abuse problems, and the treatment of adolescent substance abuse. He is the Founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics of San Francisco and has been honored as one of the "Best Doctors in America".
Dr. Smith is a Distinguished Fellow and Past President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Past President of the California Society of Addiction Medicine, Past Medical Director for the California State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, and Past Medical Director for the California Collaborative Center for Substance Abuse Policy Research. Current appointments include Chair of Addiction Medicine for Alta Mira Treatment Centers and Medical Director for Center Point. Dr. Smith is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Smith is the Founder and Publisher of The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs and co-editor of The International Addiction Infoline Newsletter. In addition, he has authored or co-authored 26 books, written over 340 journal articles, edited 28 journals, and has been the technical consultant for 28 drug abuse-related films.
As North Bay's Medical Director, Dr. Smith will oversee all medical staff and medical protocol for the center. Read more about Dr. Smith here.
Dr. Michael V. Genovese, MD, JD
Dr. Michael Genovese is a psychiatrist with extensive experience in outpatient, residential and hospital based practice. He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona, a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Genovese co-founded Long Island Mind and Body (LIMB), a medical practice that brought state-of-the-art integrative treatments to a growing patient-base in metropolitan New York. While establishing LIMB he also practiced as an attending physician at nearby Winthrop University Hospital. He was a fellow at the New York University/North Shore University Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program, and he completed his residency training at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
Before beginning his medical studies, Dr. Genovese earned a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is a member of the New York Bar and the American Bar Association, and he maintains a special counsel relationship with the law firm of Sullivan & Sullivan LLP, in Garden City, New York. He is an advocate for attorneys seeking treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders. Dr. Genovese writes, speaks, teaches and consults widely in the disciplines of pharmacology, neuromodulation and pharmacogenomics.
Lisa Sewell, RN
Lisa Sewell graduated from the College of Marin Nursing Program in 2010. Her nursing experience includes OR Nurse at San Francisco General Hospital, Health Services Director at Aegis Living, Assistant Director of Nursing and Charge Nurse in skilled nursing facilities in the North Bay. She has a passion for working with young adults in recovery and is dedicated to helping her clients achieve long-term sobriety. Lisa is thrilled to be working at North Bay Recovery Center with the exciting advances taking place in addiction medicine and genomics, dual diagnosis application and medication assisted treatment for those in early sobriety. In her leisure time, Lisa enjoys hiking, yoga and spending time with her family and animals.
Cassandra Gabriel, LPCC, ATR
Cassandra Gabriel is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Registered Art Therapist with a Masters degree in Art Therapy from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Cassandra has experience coast to coast counseling at-risk youth and adults with dual-diagnosis and past trauma. She approaches her work from a strengths-based, trauma-informed treatment perspective incorporating mindfulness and healthy identity formation. Cassandra therapeutically uses the creative process and artwork to explore emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behaviors and addictions, develop social skills, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.
Nancy G. Janko, LMFT
Nancy Janko is a California-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in addiction. She earned a Master’s degree from Dominican University in San Rafael, completing an internship at Marin Treatment Center. Her therapeutic orientation is; client centered, motivational and cognitive behavioral. She has been working in the field of addiction since 1983 when she was employed by the Marin County Juvenile Probation Department as a counselor at Juvenile Hall. Additional agencies where she has gained experience include; Marin Services for Women, Ohlhoff, both outpatient and residential and Buckelew Services for co-occurring conditions. Nancy brings personal experience and expertise in recovery from maladaptive behavior and chemical dependency.
Michael Skrodzki, LMFT
Michael has been working in the addiction field for over twenty years as clinical case manager, family therapist, and clinical supervisor. He was educated and trained in Germany and the U.S. His professional background ranges from work in traditional clinical settings to serving as a staff therapist and group facilitator at the Esalen Institute. Michael has worked in several residential and outpatient programs throughout California, and has maintained a private psychotherapy practice in San Rafael since 1993. He is especially interested in working with dual-diagnosed clients, and thinks of this work as challenging and immensely rewarding.
Rob Bowman, MS, MFT-I
Rob received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Simpson University in 2010, after choosing to transition from his former career as a youth pastor in 2008. He then went on to Dominican University, in San Rafael, to earn his Master of Science in Counseling Psychology in May of 2014. Rob spent time training as an individual therapist at Marin Treatment Center and Bay Area Community Resources prior to joining the North Bay Clinical Team. Rob interned at North Bay from June 2014 to May 2015, prior to being hired on as a primary therapist, providing group, individual, and family therapy services. He has a passion for helping people through their addictions and various life issues.
Mary Arnold, LAC
Mary received her Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2001. With a thriving practice in Mill Valley for the last 14 years, Mary looks forward to working with the clients at North Bay Recovery Center and assisting in detoxification with acupuncture. This treatment triggers the release of natural body chemicals, including endorphins, which help reduce cravings for drugs, ease withdrawal symptoms, and increases relaxation.
North Bay Recovery Center partners with the Mearas Group, whose mission is to develop individuals, teams, and organizations by unlocking the untapped potential that exists in each one of us, by partnering with horses as guides. We teach leaders, individuals, and groups how to establish trusted relationships, inspire collaboration, effectively lead and motivate teams, acting in alignment with passion, purpose and meaning. Their workshops provide an accelerated learning environment that ignites new insights, strengthens social and emotional intelligence skills, opens new pathways to learning and deepens one’s connection to their true passion and purpose.
Ally Molina, BA
Director of Admissions
Allyson Molina earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach. Ally joined the North Bay Recovery Center team in May of 2013 and has been working in addiction treatment since 2010. As Director of Admissions, Ally strives to develop and maintain trusting, professional relationships within the mental health and treatment community. As addiction has touched her life through family and friends, she is very passionate about bringing education of the disease and transitional recovery to the community. Ally brings dedication, hard work, and a compassionate heart to all that she does. Prior to her current position, Ally was Director of Outreach at Hired Power. Her hands-on training, experience and professionalism make her highly skilled at assessing clients' history and needs, making treatment recommendations and guiding clients and their families through the admissions process.
Ally also has a strong passion for yoga. She completed her 200-hour Teacher Training at Purple Yoga in 2012 as a scholarship recipient. Ally specializes in teaching yoga to clients in recovery.
Maura Sangster, BS
Maura Sangster was born and raised in Sonoma Valley in the North Bay. At 22, Maura earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She spent over a decade professionally working in various areas of sales and marketing before entering recovery in 2014 and joining the North Bay Recovery Team in December 2016 as an Admissions Counselor. In this position she works closely with those who are suffering from alcoholism and addiction to help them take their first strides into treatment and a life of recovery. Maura feels very fortunate to have landed at North Bay Recovery Center as she is extremely passionate about helping others become the best version of themselves through living a healthy, balanced, sober, lifestyle.
Katie Barry, BA
Director of Business Development
Katie Barry is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area where she graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a BA in Communications. Katie started her career in the addiction treatment industry working as a Business Development Representative for Foundations Recovery Network at their Intensive Outpatient facility in San Francisco. She then moved on to become the Regional Outreach Coordinator for Elements Behavioral Health specializing in treatment placement for facilities across the United States. Katie serves as our Director of Business Development and looks forward to reconnecting with all of her colleagues, working with professionals in the community and proudly representing North Bay!
Mariah Miller joined the team in December of 2015, as Administrative Assistant to the Director of Finance. She works with those who are suffering from alcoholism and addiction to utilize their insurance to cover the costs of treatment at North Bay Recovery Center. Through her own history with addiction and the obstacles of becoming a clean and sober woman in recovery she learned that using her customer service, verbal and interpersonal skills was where many of her strengths lie and therefore a perfect fit for her passions, interests, skills and work at North Bay Recovery Center. She continues to learn and grow in her new career and hopes to be of maximum service to those who decide to seek recovery at North Bay.
Kelli Azevedo is a native of Sonoma County. She brings her vibrant and enthusiastic personality to her role here at North Bay as Office Manager. Through her own recovery, Kelli has learned to depend on a team and use her talents to help others. She has come to have a passion for working in treatment, and has experience with various recovery related entities, including sober living environments. Kelli has been sober since July of 2012, and is active in the local 12-Step community. It is her mission to be a support and a resource to those who are new to recovery, and are wanting to move forward in developing a new life.
Shem Klein, CAADAC
Extended Care Manager
Shem started his work in addiction treatment in 2006 as a Case Manager at the Henry Ohlhoff House in San Francisco. He then moved to the Mayflower Center and initially worked as a Case Manager and transitioned to being the Director of Extended Care. Shem then joined the North Bay Recovery Team as a Primary Therapist. He has a Master’s Degree in Fine Art and prior to 2006 worked as a college professor teaching painting and art history. Shem is a husband and father of two. He has been sober for more than 18 years, and is passionate about working with young adults involved in the recovery process. He is also interested in family dynamics, non-violent communication and community involvement.
Extended Care Case Manager
Quinn's gregarious personality and dedication to the recovery community is the epitome of attraction rather than promotion. In recovery himself for almost 4 years and nearly losing his life to drugs and alcohol, Quinn has firsthand experience with recovery as well as the challenges and struggles in taking the first step to a better life. He offers a unique understanding and knowledge to the still suffering alcoholic and addict. Today, Quinn is committed to helping men and women in recovery. He has worked at recognized treatment centers over the last 2 years, aiding over 500 men in their journey. His dedication and tenacity has also been demonstrated through managing a sober living environment and carrying lots of men through the steps of recovery. Quinn’s primary purpose is to help others experience the mental shift that can happen when one alcoholic or addict helps another.
Michael Connolly, CATC II
Michael Connolly has been working in the recovery field for more than 3 years, has recently graduated from Contra Costa College, and is certified by the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators as a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor II. Michael has received 5 certificates from the Health and Human Services program in the following areas: Human Services, Dual Diagnosis Specialization, Dual Diagnosis Screening, Substance Abuse Case Management and Psyco-Social Rehabilitation. Michael been clean for 6 years and has a clear and working knowledge of the 12 step model of addiction and its use in the treatment setting. Michael brings to North Bay Recovery Center a strong passion and desire to help the still suffering addict.
Bert Henry, BS
Bert Henry is an Atlanta native who moved to the Bay Area in 2007. Bert graduated from Elon University with a B.S. in International Business. Before taking the position as Director of Extended Care, Bert worked as a Chemical Dependency Recovery Technician for North Bay Recovery for two and a half years. Previously, Bert worked as sales manager of a web company, store manager for an automotive business and practiced as a real estate agent with three real estate firms. Bert has a passion for working with people; his greatest passion is working with men struggling with addiction. He enjoys helping men turn their life around so that they can live successful and happy lives in recovery.
Kevin Smith, CADC
Behavioral Health Technician
Kevin smith is a native to Marin Bay Area. He has a passion for helping the still-suffering alcoholic and addict achieve life-long sobriety. Having personally suffered from alcohol and drug addiction he understands the hardship, challenges, and struggles that one faces while trying to achieve sobriety. He was inspired to continue his schooling to become an alcohol and addiction specialist. Kevin been clean for 4 1/2 years and has a clear and working knowledge of the 12 steps model of addiction and its use in treatment settings. Kevin brings to North Bay Recovery center a strong passion and desires to help the still suffering addict.
Behavioral Health Technician
Greg Holmes is a native of Contra Costa county. He brings his own personal experience as a former client at North Bay to help our current clients. He has a passion for working in treatment, and has experience with various recovery related entities, including sober living environments. Greg recently graduated from the University of the Pacific with a certificate in substance abuse counseling, and is working towards earning his CADAC-1. Greg has been sober since September of 2015, and is active in the local 12-Step community. It is his mission to be a support and a resource to those who want a better life and are new to recovery.
Jim brings more than twenty years of culinary and management experience to North Bay’s clients. Jim began cooking professionally while earning his Bachelor’s Degree at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Throughout his career Jim has passionately cooked professionally while managing a career in management and executive recruiting. In 2013, Jim put away his white collar in favor of his chef’s jacket, electing to engage his passion to cook full time. Jim brings restaurant, catering, BBQ and private chef experience to our team. “There is no question that food, the warmth and sustenance that it brings, is an integral and enjoyable part of the recovery experience. Our culinary team strives to make meal time the most enjoyable part of each client’s day”, says Jim.
Chef Ian began catering from his home after winning a prize in a gumbo cook-off in 1984. From 1985 to 1990 he worked in various Bay Area restaurants including Oliveto in Oakland and Casa Madrona in Sausalito. From 1990 to 2005 he was the Executive Chef at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon. From 2005 to 2012 he was Executive Chef for Taste Nutrition Services, a company providing organic and healthy food service to private schools in the Bay Area. He personally managed the Schools of the Sacred Heart account in San Francisco.
Ian has been a member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the Chefs Association of the Pacific Coast (CAPC) since 1993. He became an ACF Certified Executive Chef in 1996. In 1998 he was awarded the CAPC Chef of the Year award. In 2002 he received the prestigious Antonin Careme Medal. He served as CAPC President in 2005 and 2006. He has worked as a Master Taster on tasting panels for American Culinary Chefs Best rating retail food products.
From 2006 to 2010 Ian filled in at Mayflower Treatment Center when his friend, the chef, went on vacation. He found it enjoyable to support the treatment process and personally cook for an appreciative group. Since October 2012 he has been cooking at North Bay Recovery providing healthy meals for recovering substance abusers.
Ian is a graduate of New Trier HS in Winnetka, Illinois, and the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.
Joe Simpson has been cooking professionally in Marin County for 25 years. Joe has worked as a sous chef at Fork and Wildfox. He has also worked at The Caprice, Two Bird, Ted’s, Four Points Sheraton, and Sage Catering. He has been featured in the Marin Independent Journal as a "Star Chef". Joe has spent three years in Chile as chef for a fly fishing resort. He currently lives in Fairfax with his wife.