Trenton Healthcare Clinic team
Regional Executive Director
Benjamin-John has over 17 years of experience serving in various leadership positions which incorporate the entire continuum of care in the behavioral healthcare field and 5 years experience working in the medical technology laboratory field. He is currently Regional Executive Director of Recovery Centers of America (RCA) of the Trenton and Woodbridge Healthcare Clinics. He has a strong initiative and passionate commitment for excellence towards high ethical and professional standards to increase efficiency coordination and integration of a person-centered mental health and addiction prevention and treatment with the delivery of collaborative primary healthcare services. He applies evidenced-based practices and data driven approach to empower our patients, families, and others in need, through a comprehensive array of services anchored in exceptional service and deliberate expectations for the very best clinical outcomes.
Benjamin-John has served in other leadership positions on State and County Levels as former Secretary of Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Professional Advisory Committee, former Chairperson of Burlington County’s Providers Advisory Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and a former member of the DMHAS and Administrative Office of the Courts Sub-Committee of Drug Court. He has been serving as a member of the DMHAS PAC’s committee since being appointed in 2010. He will be representing RCA by joining as a new member on the Mercer County Overdose Fatality Review Team (OFRT) that was established by Governor Murphy.
Benjamin-John has also served as a consultant for New Jersey’s DMHAS and other behavioral healthcare organizations in both the public and private sectors to ensure regulatory standards and accreditation guidelines meet the rigors of a rapidly changing integrated behavioral healthcare environment in New Jersey and other states. He is a Trainer of Trainers (TOT) for “Client Centered Stage-Wise Treatment Planning” and “Treatment of Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders”. He has provided various trainings such as Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for law enforcement and Crisis Awareness Trainings for other professionals. He has successfully implemented a mental health program that includes both traditional outpatient and one of the first Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Support Services (IOTSS) Programs which was evaluated by DMHAS and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care Technical Assistance Center by utilizing the Dual Diagnosis Capability (DDC) in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT) assessment that scored in the top 9% as DDC from a study in 2013. He has a strong passion to be involved in humanitarian efforts and was a former delegate in bilateral exchanges with their professional counterparts in South Africa under the auspices of People of People Ambassador Programs founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. He was also involved in New Jersey’s Hope and Healing program to provide services for individuals, families, children, healthcare workers and other groups affected by COVID-19 in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, and Passaic counties in NJ.
Benjamin-John is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC), and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) in New Jersey. He received a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Psychology with an Addictions Specialization and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Director of Nursing
Marina Yani graduated from Jersey College of Nursing in 2014 and was a licensed practical nurse. She worked in the Department of Corrections as an LPN for about 5 years, while working in corrections she went back to school. Marina Yani graduated from Chamberlin School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2019. She served as a nurse educator to staff at a skilled nursing facility. She served in the Emergency Department as a Registered Nurse where she is currently still working. In addition, Marina is currently the Director of Nursing at Trenton Healthcare. Marina’s experiences as a bedside nurse, critical care nurse, correctional nurse and nurse educator have all shaped her practice to work with families and teach them about maximizing their health. Marina also has experience with substance abuse. Her future practice will expand to provide patient and family-centered advanced practice care. She is beginning a new journey as a family nurse practitioner. She will graduate in April 2024 with a Post-Masters Degree from Chamberlain School of Nursing.
Joanne Tobiasz, APN-BC has been a Family Nurse Practitioner for 12 years and sees patients at Recovery Centers of America in NJ. “As a Family Nurse Practitioner, I have been trained to treat the whole person. As a FNP, I can assess, diagnose and treat Opioid Dependence on a one-to-one basis as I know there is not a one size fits all model”. She earned her XDEA just prior to starting with RCA.
Joanne began her nursing career in 1996 as an ER RN at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton, NJ. She served as clinical coordinator in the ER for several years and also assisted the education department teaching Medical Assistants and staff RN’s on many topics. She earned her degrees at the prestigious Drexel University and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She practiced in family medicine and then worked with patients of all ages with allergies and asthma. She then took a passion to use her skills with those suffering from opioid dependence. She cared for patients in many settings such as corrections and now RCA. She was also an integral part of the Covid-19 Response Team in NYC at the height of the pandemic.
Joanne is married with two children and loves to spend time with them. She is known to be “the go-to person”. “I believe teamwork is essential in any setting. I practice as if all my patients are my family”. Ihe enjoys the beach, boating, and in the winter months skiing. Joanne enjoys working out and read up to date journals on Opioid Dependence.
Substance Abuse Counselor
As a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Methadone Counselor and Suboxone Coordinator, Christopher brings both experience and knowledge to Bravo Medical.
His background in law enforcement and as a CADC counselor helps him not only connect with patients but also handle crisis situations.
Dr. Michael DeShields
Dr. Michael S. DeShields, MD, is a graduate of the Temple University School of Medicine. An Internist, Dr. DeShields has specialized in addiction medicine for more than 36 years and holds his Board Certification in Addiction Medicine. Dr. Deshields has a practice in Blackwood, NJ, and is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
He has served as the Medical Director for Delaware Valley Medical, Camden County Health Services, Camden County Department of Health & Human Services, Kennedy Health Systems Methadone Clinic, Turning Point Drug and Alcohol Treatment, as well as Recovery Services of NJ.
The current Medical Director and Executive Director of RecoveryCare Medical Associates and an adjunct faculty member of UMDNJ-SOM, Dr. DeShields lectures both nationally and locally on the topics of alcohol and opioid dependence.