Chemical Dependency Staff

Detox and Residential Treatment

Dr. Alok Krishna

Medical Director

Timothy Lyons, MS

Clinical Supervisor

Tim is a registered Master’s level Substance Use Disorder treatment counselor who is actively working on his Doctorate (PsyD) in psychology. His work with New Dawn Treatment Center’s Intensive Outpatient clients is informed by the use of evidenced based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). His clinical interest is in the field of substance use disorders and helping to heal those persons afflicted with this disorder. As a peer support specialist in the mental health field, Tim worked with the severely mentally ill and homeless populations in Amador County. As the County of Amador Patients Right’s Advocate Tim helped people with mental illness navigate the behavioral health arena as well as the Social Security Department’s Disability Claims Division. Before coming to New Dawn, Tim worked with county probation clients with substance use disorders and facilitated group therapy to help reduce recidivism in domestic violence perpetrator populations. Tim is a frequent psychology blogger and founded his website to assist others in learning more about psychology.

Emma Cathey, LVN

Detox Supervisor

Emma Cathey is a dedicated and highly motivated licensed vocational nurse with over 15 years of experience in a variety of medical fields, including emergency, trauma, case management, mental health, chemical dependency, Detox Supervision and long term care facilities.

As the Detox Supervisor at New Dawn, Emma oversees day-to-day patient care in Detox.  Her roles include helping clients manage withdrawal symptoms, provide education regarding substance abuse and mental health and support clients as they work on their recovery.  When most clients are scared and not feeling their best, Emma provides compassionate support and encouragement and is grateful for the opportunity to help clients get a second chance at life.

Prior to working at New Dawn, Emma worked in various fields including the Emergency Room at Rideout Hospital in Marysville and most recently as the Assistant Director of Nursing at another chemical dependency treatment facility.  Emma graduated valedictorian from Kaplan College and plans to continue her education, with the goal of becoming a registered nurse addictions specialist.  Emma spends her spare time with her 5 dogs and 7 cats.

Shelli Michael, RADT (CADC pending)

Primary Addiction Counselor

Shelli Michael joined New Dawn in 2017 as a registered substance abuse counselor with over 25 years in the recovery community, both personally and professionally. Shelli received a diploma in Alcohol and Drug Studies for the Recovery Practitioner through CCAPP in 2015. Her compassion for the suffering addict has fueled her desire to work one-on-one with clients, as well as group settings. Shelli enjoys sharing her experience, strength and hope with men and women who are struggling to see their way out of their addiction and encourages the move toward an abundant, more manageable life. Shelli’s passions include recovery from not only substances, but also from issues relating to codependency. She also enjoys facilitating groups regarding Relapse Prevention, Mindfulness, Art, and Healthy Relationships.

Dave Morton, RADT

Addiction Counselor

Dave Morton moved from Southern California to the greater Sacramento area in 1980. He has been married for over 37 years with 5 children and 3 grandkids. Dave studied sociology and economics at UCLA and received his B.A. in Sociology from UCLA in 1979. He proceeded to work in the mortgage banking business for almost 30 years before retiring from the industry in 2008. With encouragement from family and friends, Dave started working for New Dawn at the end of 2013 to share with clients his 31-year recovery experience. In his free time, Dave loves to exercise, spend time with his family and friends, and travel with his college sweetheart, best friend, and wife Patti. He is also active in his local church, does prison ministry, and is an avid reader of recovery material. Grateful for his life experiences, Dave makes sure to represent recovery to everyone he meets.

Martha Linn, LVN

Intake and Utilization Review Nurse

Martha started her successful career in the healthcare field by putting herself through nursing school while raising two small children as a single parent and working nights. After graduating in 1970, she went to work at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, and then was transferred to St Joseph Hospital, which is a sister hospital of Santa Rosa Memorial located in Humboldt County. She then moved to Sacramento and worked at several different facilities before finding New Dawn. She has been fighting for New Dawn clients to get as much time in treatment as insurances will allow for over a decade, and is very passionate about the important work that she does.

In her spare time, Marty enjoys spending time with her daughter and riding her lovely horses.

Diana Krause MHA, MA, RADT

Utilization Review Specialist

Diana has been with New Dawn since early 2016 supporting clients on their road to recovery. She fights for New Dawn clients to get as much time in treatment as insurances will allow. She does complete screenings, gathers information at time of intake, admission paperwork and participates in treatment planning. She also helps to verify medical clearance and rule out medical conditions that would exceed New Dawn’s treatment capabilities by contact physicians. She records information, maintains client records, obtains initial authorizations for treatment from insurance companies and provides concurrent reviews with insurance companies. She also provides support to the residential staff by informing them of certification status on client’s to prepare for scheduled reviews. She also helps with client education and discharge planning.

Donald Reid

Head Chef

Donald is a culinary arts trained chef with many years of experience working for care homes and assisted living centers. He has extensive knowledge of working with restricted diets, and enjoys the challenge of creating and executing delicious and nutritious meals that are catered to individuals with diabetes, or who are vegan, vegetarian or who require a gluten free diet. One of Donald’s signature habits is individually plating every dish so that the persons served all receive special attention at meal time.

Intensive Outpatient Services

Phil Hodson, RRW

Intensive Outpatient Primary Counselor & Neurobiology of Addiction Specialist

Phil is a Registered Recovery Worker with CAADAC and has worked as a counselor in the substance-abuse community since April of 2013. At present, Phil facilitates a two-group series on the Neurobiology of Addiction for New Dawn Treatment Centers (inpatient and outpatient). He is also a primary addiction counselor at the Intensive Outpatient program in Citrus Heights. In addition to his work at New Dawn, Phil has recently joined New Directions Counseling Associates, where he will work as a substance-abuse counselor in private practice.

Prior to pursuing a career as a substance-abuse counselor, Phil work for 13 years in the securities industry. Most recently he held the position of Regional Sales Director (Institutional Sales in the Western US) for the asset management firms Columbia Management (Bank of America) and MainStay Investments (New York Life).

Michael Feliciano, MFTi Registered Intern #IMF80927

Intensive Outpatient Primary Counselor

Michael is a Marriage & Family Therapist Intern registered with the California Board of Behavior Sciences. Michael received his MS degree in Counseling from Sac State, where he previously earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art. He joined the New Dawn team in October of 2016, (two days after getting married) though has been doing Chemical Dependency treatment for some time.

Michael has chosen substance abuse treatment as a sub-specialty, along with Men’s issues and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. He often incorporates Mind-Body Connection, choice-less awareness, and various forms of spirituality into his work with clients. One basic principle central to his treatment approach with clients is a deeper valuing of themselves as individuals with unlimited potential, and a holistic consideration of their lives as an unfolding adventure, in which painful and joyful pieces are equally valuable. Michael emphasizes radical acceptance, self-compassion, and self-awareness in his work with groups and individuals. He also presents the pursuit of life balance as fundamental to healing and recovery.

Michael has embraced many career paths and personal pursuits prior to becoming a therapist. Some of these include four years as a field medic in the U.S. military, five years as a power plant operator, several years as a professional activist, and several years self-employed as a handyman and freelance writer. In his free-time, Michael enjoys outdoor adventures with his wife and their German Shepherd, home-improvement projects, creating music and art, cycling, and tinkering with his collection of vintage stereo equipment.

Tina Goorabian

Admissions Director

Tina has been with New Dawn Treatment Centers since 2002 and has been instrumental in developing the intake process for many of our programs, including Intensive Outpatient, Residential, Detoxification and our Eating Disorders programs. She is the first contact most clients have with New Dawn, and her knowledge and compassion is essential in helping clients know what to expect from treatment. Prior to New Dawn, Tina trained to be a Certified Medical Assistant with Canterbury Career College and has found her medical training to be very useful in her position with New Dawn. Tina is instrumental in verifying insurance benefits promptly and accurate for our prospective program admits, and she is also very adept at acquiring single case agreements with insurance companies when necessary.  Her goal is to provide the most current information possible to program participants with regards to their financial out-of-pocket requirements, so that they can focus on their recovery once they admit into one of the programs.

Experiential and Holistic Group Facilitators

Shea Phinney, MFT 50023 & EAGALA-II certified

Equine Assisted Psychotherapist

Shea is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She graduated in 2001 from California State University Sacramento with a Masters in Marriage Family Children Counseling.

Shea is also dual certified Level II by EAGALA as a mental health professional and equine specialist. The EAGALA  (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) focuses on the relationship and experiential learning between horse and individual for emotional health and well-being. EAGALA is committed to setting the standard of professional excellence in how horses and humans work together to improve the quality of life and mental health of individuals, families and groups worldwide

Shea uses evidence-based therapy techniques, such as Mindfulness practices, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.  I also provide equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) options for my clients, where we include a horse as partner in the therapeutic treatment team.

Shea enjoys helping individuals work through a variety of challenges, such as women’s issues, relationship issues, children’s behavioral issues, life transitions, anxiety, depression, PTSD, child and sexual abuse as well eating disorders and self-harm behaviors.

Dawn Baran

Relaxation Yoga Instructor

Dawn is the instructor of the Relaxation Yoga group sessions. She has been practicing Hatha Yoga for 10 years and instructing for the last 5 years. Dawn specializes in breath awareness and relaxation as a pathway to transformation – as well as deep, lasting health and inner peace.

Yoshiko Kage

Acupuncturist Group Facilitator

I had my acupuncture/body work business in Tokyo about 12 years, and then moved to the US. I worked for a medical clinic in Stockton as a full time acupuncturist 7 years, and currently I’m running my acupuncture and herb clinic in Sacramento midtown. I’ve also offered acupuncture service to programs by Drug Court of San Joaquin and Sacramento County, serving for high school students, women in residential programs, and others on top of New Dawn recovery programs at different sites. Movement-Based Expressive Arts/Education is another passion I have. This involves dancing/movements, drawing, voicing, poetry making/reading. I had a teachers’ training for this healing modality at Tamalpa Institute in Marin County. It’s my joy to apply this method at New Dawns recovery program.

“I love being in nature, ocean and mountains, love hiking, cross country, and snow shoe. I love cooking especially Japanese dishes.”

Michael Shane

Tai Chi Instructor

Michael is a Shodan black belt in Shorin-Ji Ryu Karate and has studied Tai Chi and the Martial arts with Sensei Frank Gaviola at Folsom Lake College and the Martial Arts Way Dojo of Elk Grove since 2007. Prior to meeting Sensei Gaviola, he studied with Sensei Lee Ehrlich in self defense techniques and Kenpo Karate from 1998 to 2003. Michael currently assist teaches at the Folsom Lake College El Dorado Center Campus, the Martial Arts Way Dojo of Elk Grove, and has been teaching Tai Chi at the New Dawn Recovery Center’s Sacramento location for over the past year.

Sherry Remez

QiGong Instructor & Wellness Coach

My background includes over two and a half decades of energy healing work–initiating and developing the life force energy (CHI) for stress relief, gaining emotional and mental balance, integration with life, eliminating physical pain and inspiring conscious re-awakening. My joy is in sharing a transmission of CHI, demystifying ancient healing secrets for modern application, and creatively guiding medically proven practices for wellness and longevity. I teach with humor and compassion, which encourages relaxation of mind/body affecting an opening of the Heart, and ultimately unleashing the power behind all healing.