Meet our Team at Maui Recovery
Maui Recovery Center’s Caring Team
Dr Nicholas Kardaras, Ph. D., LCSW-R
C0-CEO/ Chief Clinical Officer
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.
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.
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) .
He has been in the mental health field and an educator for over 26 years and provides Individual/Student/Couple/
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.
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.
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.
Recovery and Program Advocate
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.
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.
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/
Ohana Ranch of Maui
Aunti Toni runs the Ohana Ranch of Maui, which is the largest miniature horse ranch in in Maui, Hawaii.