After owning grocery stores in the Dominican Republic, Geovanny came to the United States in 1993 to receive treatment for drug addiction. He started working as a tech at the treatment center he attended, and the people who helped him in recovery suggested he go to school to become a therapist, an opportunity he could not pass up.
After working a full time job as a drug court teacher and going to school, Geovanny graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree. He eventually became the residential director at Better Way of Miami, Inc., a non-profit treatment center, and then was the program director at the Recovery Institute of South Florida. After being in administration for so many years, Geo wanted to get back to basics and treat clients instead of dealing with the management side of recovery. He came to Cornerstone because he knew the people and knew it was a good place for treatment.
Geovanny has been married for 25 years. In his free time, he plays chess and basketball, and he considers himself blessed because he was a “one-time wonder” – he only went through treatment once and has stayed sober ever since.