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About The Author


Lisa Gennosa is a dedicated Physician Assistant, wife and mother who grew up the third child of a liquor and narcotics agent. Her breadth of exposure to healthcare, the legal field and parenting an addict provided the foundation to reveal the things we least like to talk about, but most need to.


The words that came to be a book were originally nothing more than a therapeutic purge, however they ultimately sparked a resource guide for loved ones and a comprehensive plan for measurable legislative changes in the face of surging levels of substance use and mental health disorders.

Through the close relationship with her son and the many patients, inmates and professionals that collectively provided a breadth of perspective, she recognized the potential to help others struggling with the epidemic of addiction.


  • NCAPA Health Committee Elected Member

  • AAPA- American Academy of Physician Assistants

  • NCCPA-The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

  • ASAM-American Society of Addiction Medicine

  • NAMI-National alliance on Mental Illness

  • SHARP Sheriff’s Heroin Addiction Recovery Program- Volunteer Counselor- 2018- Current

  • United Way Tar River Region Board Member-2022-Current

  • CORE Coordinated Opiate Recovery Effort- Former President 2018-2023


  • NCAPA- Member Spotlight Honor-March 15, 2023


• Physician Assistant- Robersonville Physicians, Robersonville and Tarboro, NC- February 2014-Present 


• East Carolina University, Greenville, NC -Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies December 2013 

• University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC -Bachelor of Science, Biology with a

   Biomedical Emphasis- May 1997 

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