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Meet our Team at Maui Recovery

Maui Recovery Center’s Caring Team

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David Naylor


David is the Founder and Co-CEO of Maui Recovery. For the first 28 years of his life, David lived in the prisons of his own shame, fears and addictions. Starting by the age of 10, his family system began to fall apart and he began having issues in school, team activities, and was taken to Psychiatrists which led to a diagnose of ADHD. This sent the early messages that something was ‘wrong with him’ and the toxic shame began its origin.  He began to act out and all the pain within spilled out sideways both at home and in school, which only increased the messages that ‘he was bad, a trouble maker, doesn’t fit in, and unworthy’.  This led to early drug addiction by 15, rehab by 17 and over 10 years of chronic relapse. After hitting a true bottom in 2009, he found a relationship with his higher power, and devoted himself to healing and recovery work. He learned that the root of his problems was the carried toxic SHAME,  pain, anger and grief that had been buried, repressed and denied for all those years, and through a devotion into his recovery, he had to trace, face and begin to erase all the underlying lies/messages that were never true to begin with.
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Today, David knows deeply he is good, that he belongs, is loved and worthy of all the goodness this life offers. Through the last 12 years of relentlessly pursuing his healing, recovery and seeking truth, he lives with a full and rich heart, and in his wholeness. He was truly lost and has been found, was blind and now can see. Today, he’s learned who “God” is for himself, and has developed a deep relationship with that connection, which has in turn helped him to love and have compassion for himself, giving the space to truly have compassion and love others. This is was makes him so relateable to others and why he has helped thousands of individuals through their confusion, pain, addictions and carried shame.  One must travel through the treacherous desert in search for the Holy Grail, sit in the darkness like the caterpillar, fall apart, and discover the process of becoming is very real… Today, David gets to work in his True Calling, and be a real example of how the process, progress and promises can happen for anyone.  David lives in Maui with his partner Erika, Daughter Emie, and dog Brewster, where he gets the privilege of personally walking with and helping others escape the very prisons he was once in himself, so that they too can have experience and gain the freedom, truth and love that is available for anyone who has a true desire to go within and do their inner work. He is also the founder and Co-CEO of BridgeWay Sober Living with 11 Sober Living & Extended Care Homes in downtown Austin, Tx that focuses on this work of personal transformation and recovery.

Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., LCSW-R

Dr Nicholas Kardaras, Ph. D., LCSW-R

C0-CEO/ Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Kardaras is an Ivy-League educated psychologist, an internationally renowned speaker, and one of the country’s foremost addiction experts. A former Clinical Professor at Stony Brook Medicine where he specialized in teaching the neurophysiology and treatmnet of addiction, he has also taught neuropsychology at the doctoral-level and has worked closely in developing clinical protocols with Dr. Howard Shaffer, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Director of their Division of Addiction.

He has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, FOX & Friends, NPR, Good Day New York and has written about addiction for TIME Magazine, Scientific American, Psychology Today, Salon, The NY Daily News, and FOX News, and has been featured in Esquire, New York Magazine, VICE, and Vanity Fair
Considered a leading expert on young people and digital addiction, he is the author of “Glow Kids” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), the seminal book on the clinical, neurological and sociological aspects of Technology Addiction (Smart Phones, Video Games, Social Media, etc.) and has clinically worked with over 1,000 teens and young people during the last 15 years. He has been active in advocating that screen addiction be recognized as a clinical disorder akin to substance addiction and has developed the most comprehensive treatmnet protocols to treat this emerging global problem. 

Dr. Kardaras is also the creator of Seahab, an intensive experiential form of nature immersion therapy. Based on the very successful evidence-based principles of Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH), Seahab has proven to be very effective as an intensive intervention to help addicts shift out of self-destructive and toxic lifestyle patterns. 

Dr. Kardaras has also, admittedly, lived a colorful life: he’s a former AAU National Karate champion, a recovering NYC nightclub owner and a coma survivor. Having once owned high-profile NY nightclubs where he had mingled with the likes of JFK, Jr., Uma Thurman and Tom Cruise, Dr. Kardaras emerged from that glamorous-yet-self-destructive world and discovered a healing path to his own recovery from addiction. Dr. Kardaras is also the author of “How Plato and Pythagoras Can Save Your Life” (Conari, 2011) and devotes his life to helping others find their path to recovery, healing and a life of meaning and purpose. 

He lives with his wife and twin sons between Austin, TX and Sag Harbor NY and is a frequent presenter and lecturer on the subjects of mental health, philosophy, and both substance and screen addictions.


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Jackie Kapua Tyler

Clinical Director – LCSW – EMDR/Trauma Therapist 

Stress and Trauma affects our health and relationships. We begin to lose sight and perspective, our past stories and adaptive mechanisms take the front seat. With support we can sort this out. Jackie’s specialty work is informed by Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing (Advance training ). We work with understanding the nature of where we become ‘disrupted’ and re organizing the body & mind to resource our innate natural states. Individual, family, and couples  therapist at Somatic Psychotherapies (Trauma Integration). Accumulated stress are traumatic events that disrupts our essence and flow of life, whether is be physical, emotional, spiritual. I offer supported evidence based psychotherapies (EMDR) , Somatic based therapies , experiential movement and imaginal therapies (Sand Tray) .

Rachel Davies

Lead Therapist

Ms. Davies brings a wealth of creative and embodied experience to her work as a hypnotherapist, along with a gentle, warm energy and sense of humor.  She studied hypnotherapy at the Ashland School, which specializes in a mindfulness-based, holistic approach. Further, she’s studied and practiced non-violent communication for several years, and has extensive experience in therapies that support the healing of trauma, including two years studying gestalt, reiki, shiatsu, meditation and creative practice at the cutting-edge Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. She’s done a lot of her own personal recovery work, and offers a multi-faceted approach to support clients to find their own authentic path to recovery.
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Anthony Rogers

Lead Therapist

Anthony Rogers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Holistic Life Coach and Business Consultant that practiced in the Santa Monica area who relocated to Maui 2 years ago.
He has been in the mental health field and an educator for over 26 years and provides Individual/Student/Couple/Family/Group/Psychotherapy, Holistic Personal and Professional Life Coaching and Industrial Organization Consultation. His services have been utilized in diverse public and private child/family and adult educational, recreational and mental health facilities in the community.
In addition to his counseling practice, Mr. Rogers also has expertise and experience conducting the following Groups, Workshops and Classes: Value Clarification, Stress Management, Domestic Violence, Crisis Debriefing, Self-Esteem, Assertiveness, Race Relations, Parenting, Divorce Adjustment, Co- Dependency, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Anger Management and Dispute Resolution.  He was a part-time Psychology Professor for 5 years at Santa Monica College, during his tenure there he developed and taught courses specifically designed for minority students that were on academic probation.
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Caroline Kleindienst

Therapist/ Counselor

Caroline Kleindienst is a registered somatic movement therapist, expressive arts practitioner, and artist. Caroline’s approach is grounded in the belief that the language of the soul speaks through movement, the body, the imaginal world, and creative expression.

Caroline works with individuals and groups and has been engaged in the expressive healing arts for 20 years. She holds a masters degree from the Academy of Arts in Vienna, Austria and is a practitioner of the Tamalpa Work, a world-renowned movement- based expressive arts therapy approach.

In her somatic movement therapy practice Caroline specializes in working with trauma, depression and anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions, and generational trauma.

An Austrian native, Caroline has been living and working in various cultures and traditions, including Europe, Southern Africa, Northern America, and Hawaii. She has facilitated and witnessed the healing power of the moving body and artistic expression in many different settings, such as shelters, psychiatric hospitals, retreat centers, and with diverse populations including the homeless and at-risk youth. Caroline feels passionate about guiding her clients to discover and manifest their authentic self.

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Thomas Graham

Extended Care Program Manager

Thomas C. Graham in one of only 31 Certified Recovery Residence Managers in the United States.  Thomas moved to Maui in 2017 to change careers and to follow his true calling of working in recovery. For the past 15 years he has been licensed attorney in Texas and mostly recently was an Administrative Law Judge for the Texas Workforce Commission.   As a professional in long-term recovery he is passionate about improving the health and well-being of lives and communities via recovery support, awareness and community building.    He has a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Houston, a BA from Salem University in Salem, West Virginia and advanced studies while in Maastrict, the Netherlands.

In 2015 Thomas became one of the first members of BridgeWay Sober Living in the heart of Austin, Texas.  Thomas worked with BridgeWay as a house champion, house manager, peer recovery advocate and recovery coach.   As a member of BridgeWay’s staff he was one of the team members overseeing the operations management and the administration of BridgeWay’s 10 sober living homes and the 120 members residing in high structured, structed and graduate residences.  He was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the house manager training program to ensure the mission of BridgeWay was consistently followed in all residences.    Thomas leads with his heart, yet has the ability to meet people where they are in their journey, helping them develop and grow to the next levels of their growth.  He follows the approach that recovery plays an instrumental part in all aspects of your life and used the 12 step principles to help him lose over 160 pounds in the last year.

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John Garvey

Recovery and Program Advocate

Originally from Connecticut, John has a passion for helping individuals struggling with addictions of any kind. He has a BA in psychology from Western Connecticut State University, and he enjoys integrating Buddhist and Taoist philosophy and practice into his work. Always eager to share with others in experiencing beautiful Maui, John leads the clients in adventure therapy outings, including hiking volcanoes, jumping into waterfalls, and stand up paddle boarding over dazzling coral reefs. Since beginning his recovery journey at the age of seventeen, John has worked in sober houses, in-patient rehabs, and the IOP setting. Through a variety of approaches ranging from Refuge Recovery to extensive solitary meditation retreats, he has found true joy in the human experience and feels blessed to be able to help others live with clarity, wisdom, compassion, and simplicity.
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Jessica Brazil, LCSW

Director of Mindfulness Based Therapies

Ms. Brazil earned her BSW in 2003 and MSW in 2006 with an emphasis on Clinical and Rural Social Work Practice. Her practice specializes in treatment of anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, attachment problems, and relationship issues. Ms. Brazil is passionate about psycho-spirituality development, holistic health, multiculturalism, and the ocean. In addition to traditional treatment models and specialization in trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy, she integrates mindfulness, yoga, meditation, breath-work, and existentialism into therapy. Ms. Brazil currently works as a Practicum Instructor for the University of Hawaii Masters of Social Work program, serves as the Maui Branch Representative for the National Association of Social Workers, provides workshops, and is a mindfulness instructor for international yoga retreats. Jessica has worked with all ages in many non-profits and state agencies engaged as a research assistant with Eastern Washington University; and is a former Instructor at Northwest Nazarene University. Her vision as a professional is to inspire healing and growth towards realizing and living one’s dreams.

Geraldine Urquidez

Program Assistant Lead

Ms. Urquidez earned her degree in Human Services/Substance Abuse Counseling from University of Hawaii, Maui College and is currently working toward her BA in Social Sciences- Applied Track and Certificate in Substance Abuse&Addiction Studies through  The University of Hawaii, West Oahu College. Before coming to Maui Recovery, she has worked in the substance abuse field as a Program Assistant and Case Manager. Her personal experiences have led her to wanting to help others overcome a variety of difficult life challenges. She is always passionate about what she does and wants to be an inspiration to others.

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Amar Deepa

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Amar Deepa specializes in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. EAP sessions are interactive: the therapeutic exchange between the client, horse(s), and facilitators unfolds in real time.  This hands-on approach facilitates deep transformation by combining embodied, somatic experience with a cognitive understanding of one’s own process.  To learn more about EAP and it’s benefits please visit http://www.amardeepatherapy.com/equine/

Aunti Toni

Ohana Ranch of Maui

Aunti Toni runs the Ohana Ranch of Maui, which is the largest miniature horse ranch in in Maui, Hawaii.