We built this clinic on rock and roll

Explore the legacy of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics founder, Dr David E Smith, and discover the ongoing impact of his work in shaping a more inclusive and effective healthcare landscape. Join us in celebrating a legacy committed to accessible and evidence-based healthcare for all.

Providing Accessible Healthcare Since '67

We are dedicated to making high-quality care available to everyone. We focus on innovative medical care, education, and community outreach, breaking down barriers so that all individuals receive the compassionate and comprehensive treatment they deserve. Join us in our mission to create a healthier, more inclusive world, one patient at a time.

Dr. George “Skip” Gay & Dr. David E. Smith

Changing Lives Through Addiction Recovery

Dr. Smith's unwavering commitment to accessible, compassionate care has revolutionized addiction medicine, transforming countless lives. His pioneering approach emphasizes empowerment and community support, leaving a lasting legacy. His work continues to inspire, demonstrating the profound impact of compassion and a supportive environment on overcoming addiction and achieving lasting well-being.

Meet our dedicated team

We are fueled by a passion for positive change. Our goal is to make a lasting impact on the lives of those in need and create a better world for everyone. With dedication, compassion, and the support of our generous community, especially the Smith Family and Richard and Beth Frank, we are working hard to achieve our goals and make the world a better place.

When we work together, we can achieve remarkable things & bring about the positive changes we all want to see in our society.

David E Smith MD, FASAM


Dr. Smith is recognized as a national leader in the treatment of substance abuse and dependency, the psychopharmacology of drugs, new research strategies in the management of drug abuse problems, and appropriate prescribing practices for physicians. He is the founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics of San Francisco & has received the Annual Award of the American Society of Addiction Medicine & the UCSF Alumnus of the Year.

Dr. Smith is the founder and publisher of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs and co-author of Unchain Your Brain, with Dr. Daniel Amen. He has also authored or co-authored 26 books, written over 340 journal articles, edited 28 journals, and been the technical consultant for 28 drug abuse-related films. He maintains an active speaking and lecture schedule.
Dr David E Smith, MD. Founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics.

Richard Frank


Richard A. Frank was CEO of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics in the early 1970s and is CEO of the Smith Family Foundation. He is the co-founder of Plaza House, and a realtor in Sonoma County.
Richard Frank, CEO

Millicent Buxton Smith

Board Member

Millicent Buxton-Smith, Dr Smith's wife, developed early programs for treating impaired nurses and other clinicians, and served on the California Board of Medical Quality Assurance.
Millicent Buxton Smith

Pam Frank

Board Member

Pam is a passionate volunteer with over 20 years of experience. She has served on the PALS board since 2022 and has volunteered for various organizations including animal shelters, hospitals, and therapy programs. Pam is also a dog trainer and works with her dogs to bring comfort to others.
Pam Frank

Maya Frank-Hayes

Board Member

Maya holds her MPH from UC Berkeley and currently works in the field of mental health support and advocacy. She has volunteered for various animal rescue organizations and is passionate both about the mission of public health and animal welfare throughout the US and beyond.
Maya Frank Hayes

Our Commitment to Addiction Recovery

Early Years

A California native born and raised in Bakersfield, Dr. Smith received his education through the California public education system, at Bakersfield Community College, UC Berkeley, and UCSF.


When Haight Ashbury Free Clinic opened its doors on June 7, 1967, the business on the lease was “David E Smith, MD.” Richard Frank saw an opportunity to help, and secured public funding for the clinic, setting the foundation for a long association with Dr Dave’s humanitarian work.


Dr. Smith edited the first issue of the newsletter of the California Society of Addiction Medicine, published in 1974.


Well into his 80’s, Dr Dave continues his good works, recognized as a pioneer in socialized medicine, psychedelic research, and addiction medicine. The David E. Smith Family Foundation is crucial to carrying on his legacy.

A patient being treated at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic in the 1960's
Hippies in the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic in the 1960's
Dr David E Smith, MD reviews notes at The Haight Ashbury Free Clinic in the 1960's
A patient being treated at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic in the 1960's
The Haight Ashbury Free Clinic front door
A patient being treated at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic in the 1960's
Young men travel to San Francisco during the Summer of Love