Meet Our Staff

Aloha and welcome to Maui Recovery! We know that meeting lots of new people can be overwhelming, so we made a little guide to help you out. Please note that this is only a reference, and if you are ever unsure of who to speak to about something, just grab any staff member and we will point you in the right direction! The intent of this guide is to help familiarize you with our staff, and to help you feel safe when you see new faces around the property.

Dr. Nicholas Kardaras

CEO | Co-Founder | Chief Clinical Officer | PH. D. | LCSW-R

  • About

    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 recovery techniques for 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 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.

  • Education

    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.

  • Appearances

    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.

  • Author

    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 recovery 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.

David Naylor

Founder

  • About

    David is a creative entrepreneur, CEO and creator of innovative and progressive ideas that become inspiring companies, products and work cultures that ultimately promote and create change. David lives in Austin, TX with his daughter Emily and their two golden retrievers Brewster & Lady, and enjoys being a father, reading mythology & novels, playing golf, boating, and helping others find their purpose, meaning and true path.  He is currently working on a documentary film and tv series that shines a light on this growing epidemic of the millennial age and ways we may just be able to overcome it. Additionally, David was chosen for the, Young Businessperson of the Year Award 2019 by Maui Chamber of Commerce.

  • Education

    In 2015 he left his career at Google to follow his calling in the field of addiction & mental health, a place close to home in his personal journey, going to his first treatment center at the age of 17. He has spent the rest of his life pursuing a life of healing, transformation and recovery and set out on a pursuit of finding his ultimate potential.  Today, he founded what is now Omega Healthcare, a transformational healthcare organization that provides leading programs around the country in the field of treating addiction and mental health. These Programs focus on addressing not only addiction, but also core trauma, shame, compulsive behaviors, and codependency  that treat the root causes. While most centers treat the primary symptoms, our programs focus on bridging the traditional Recovery 12 step approach along with treating the underlying issues and family of origins, focusing on a more whole-listic approach. 

David Naylor

Founder

  • About

    David is a creative entrepreneur, CEO and creator of innovative and progressive ideas that become inspiring companies, products and work cultures that ultimately promote and create change. David lives in Austin, TX with his daughter Emily and their two golden retrievers Brewster & Lady, and enjoys being a father, reading mythology & novels, playing golf, boating, and helping others find their purpose, meaning and true path.  He is currently working on a documentary film and tv series that shines a light on this growing epidemic of the millennial age and ways we may just be able to overcome it. Additionally, David was chosen for the, Young Businessperson of the Year Award 2019 by Maui Chamber of Commerce.

  • Education

    In 2015 he left his career at Google to follow his calling in the field of addiction & mental health, a place close to home in his personal journey, going to his first treatment center at the age of 17. He has spent the rest of his life pursuing a life of healing, transformation and recovery and set out on a pursuit of finding his ultimate potential.  Today, he founded what is now Omega Healthcare, a transformational healthcare organization that provides leading programs around the country in the field of treating addiction and mental health. These Programs focus on addressing not only addiction, but also core trauma, shame, compulsive behaviors, and codependency  that treat the root causes. While most centers treat the primary symptoms, our programs focus on bridging the traditional Recovery 12 step approach along with treating the underlying issues and family of origins, focusing on a more whole-listic approach. 

Thomas C. Graham

Executive Director | JD | Certified Recovery Residence Manager

  • About

    Thomas has an extensive background in working in human services, education, the legal community and recovery.  He was one of the first residents and house managers of Bridgeway Sober Living in Austin, Texas.  During his three years with Bridgeway he helped hundreds of men and women coming out of treatment to continue on their path of recovery.  He previously was Program Director of Maui Recovery before serving as Chief Operation Officer for our sister company Omega Recovery in Austin, Texas.  Thomas’ strong desire to work hand in hand with those in recovery led him to return to Maui Recovery as Executive Director.

  • Education

    Thomas earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center in 2002.   He is also one of only a few Certified Recovery Residence Managers in the United States.  He has an extensive background in the legal community working as both an attorney and administrative law judge. In addition to his legal career he has extensive knowledge of the recovery field having worked as a house manager, recovery coach, program director, Chief Operations Officer and Executive Director.

  • Recovery

    Thomas overcame his own battle with alcohol and addiction in 2014, after attending over a dozen treatment centers. He uses his vast knowledge and experience from his own recovery to help guide Maui Recovery, create programming and guide each client on the greatest adventure of their lives.

Dr. Reza Danesh

Medical Director | MD

  • About

    Dr. Reza Danesh is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician with extensive training in treating patients going through acute withdrawals from alcohol and drugs. Dr. Danesh completed his residency at UCLA and has worked at world class hospitals including Cedars-Sinai and Seattle’s UW Harbor View Medical Center. Dr. Danesh has experience working in level 1 trauma centers, medical intensive care units, and is the founder of MODO MD, the Mobile Doctor service that oversees the initial medical screening upon your arrival at Maui Recovery. Team MODO makes on site calls 24/7 for a variety of medical needs. These include symptom management, not only related to detoxing, but for a variety of other medical illnesses such as UTI, respiratory infections, or lacerations requiring stitches. MODO also offers IV hydration and IV vitamin administration to help fuel your recovery.

Dr. Reza Danesh

Medical Director | MD

  • About

    Dr. Reza Danesh is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician with extensive training in treating patients going through acute withdrawals from alcohol and drugs. Dr. Danesh completed his residency at UCLA and has worked at world class hospitals including Cedars-Sinai and Seattle’s UW Harbor View Medical Center. Dr. Danesh has experience working in level 1 trauma centers, medical intensive care units, and is the founder of MODO MD, the Mobile Doctor service that oversees the initial medical screening upon your arrival at Maui Recovery. Team MODO makes on site calls 24/7 for a variety of medical needs. These include symptom management, not only related to detoxing, but for a variety of other medical illnesses such as UTI, respiratory infections, or lacerations requiring stitches. MODO also offers IV hydration and IV vitamin administration to help fuel your recovery.

Dr. Bradley Kuo

DNP, M.Ed., FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP

Bradley is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  He has a Masters of Education in Counseling. He works with our patients to complete medication evaluation and on-going management.

Katelyn Jones

PMHNP-BC

Katelyn is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 5 years of experience working in mental health. She started her career as a Registered Nurse on an adult inpatient psychiatric unit where she cared for individuals in crisis. Her experience includes working with adults with acute and chronic depression, anxiety disorders, grief, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance use disorders, and PTSD. She currently works with adults to provide ongoing medication management.

Katelyn Jones

PMHNP-BC

Katelyn is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 5 years of experience working in mental health. She started her career as a Registered Nurse on an adult inpatient psychiatric unit where she cared for individuals in crisis. Her experience includes working with adults with acute and chronic depression, anxiety disorders, grief, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance use disorders, and PTSD. She currently works with adults to provide ongoing medication management.

Tania Lynch

MSN, MPH, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Tania is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  She started her nursing career working in Emergency Psychiatry and in Emergency Departments, where she recognized a high need for quality and accessible psychiatric care for many individuals.

Luke Xavier

MSN, APRN-RX, PMHNP-BC

Luke is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has recent experience working on an inpatient psychiatric unit. Previously he was a public health Registered Nurse at a community clinic in San Francisco, California, that specialized in care for the LGBT community as well as people experiencing homelessness. His psych-specific treatment populations include young adults with serious mental illness; adults with chronic depression and anxiety; and people living with residual symptoms of trauma.

Lisa Ganz

Clinical Director | LCSW | CSAC

  • About

    Lisa Ganz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Credentialed Substance Abuse Counselor and a Certified Peer Recovery Advocate. Before moving across the world to Maui to work as Maui Recovery’s Clinical Director, Lisa lived and worked in New York and dedicated her professional life to the field of addiction as a social worker, training provider, therapist, and advocate. Later in her career, Lisa became an emphatic leader in the movement to develop, build, and oversee peer-based recovery services across New York State. Lisa is also an artist and a musician and incorporates these modalities into her therapeutic approach.

  • Education

    Lisa has training in CBT, DBT, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as well as alternative healing modalities such as sound healing and Reiki. Lisa is also an NASM Certified Personal Trainer. As a therapist, Lisa specializes in working with people who struggle with process addictions such as sex addiction and technology/gaming addictions, substance use, trauma and PTSD, borderline personality disorder, as well as family and couples counseling.

Amory Mowrey

Program & Operations Director | CASAC-T | CRPA | CARC

  • About

    Amory was born and raised in San Francisco, where he was exposed to Buddhist philosophy at a young age. Amory utilizes a Buddhist informed practice of mindfulness in conjunction with Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Amory believes in a person-centered, strengths-focused treatment model that meets clients exactly where they are while also providing the tools to help them get where they want to be.

  • Education

    Amory is a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate, (CRPA) a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) and a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee (CASAC-T). Amory is credentialed and or certified through the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC;) for all three credentials or certifications. Amory completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service Management in January of 2020 from SUNY Empire.

  • Background

    Prior to joining Maui Recovery, Amory worked as a Peer Advocate in New York, where he helped to build and develop Long Island’s first Recovery Community Outreach Center, which came to be used as a best practice model in New York. Amory was later invited to join and implement a new program that provided rapid response peer services to individuals in emergency departments who were struggling with addiction. Amory took on the role of program manager shortly after joining, and the program went on to successfully serve hundreds of individuals as well as earn the Pinnacle Award in the hospital system that the program operated within.

Amory Mowrey

Program & Operations Director | CASAC-T | CRPA | CARC

  • About

    Amory was born and raised in San Francisco, where he was exposed to Buddhist philosophy at a young age. Amory utilizes a Buddhist informed practice of mindfulness in conjunction with Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Amory believes in a person-centered, strengths-focused treatment model that meets clients exactly where they are while also providing the tools to help them get where they want to be.

  • Education

    Amory is a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate, (CRPA) a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) and a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee (CASAC-T). Amory is credentialed and or certified through the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC;) for all three credentials or certifications. Amory completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service Management in January of 2020 from SUNY Empire.

  • Background

    Prior to joining Maui Recovery, Amory worked as a Peer Advocate in New York, where he helped to build and develop Long Island’s first Recovery Community Outreach Center, which came to be used as a best practice model in New York. Amory was later invited to join and implement a new program that provided rapid response peer services to individuals in emergency departments who were struggling with addiction. Amory took on the role of program manager shortly after joining, and the program went on to successfully serve hundreds of individuals as well as earn the Pinnacle Award in the hospital system that the program operated within.

Shantika Sophia Bernard

PhD | LMFT | Relational Somatic Psychotherapist

  • About

    Licensed  Marriage and Family Therapist,  Clinical Psychologist, trained in Relational Somatic Psychotherapy, (RSP) Somatic Psychology,  Birth Psychology, Hypnotherapy and Brain spotting for  Trauma Recovery.  She specializes in Trauma Therapy, Women’s Health, Stress Reduction and Brain Recovery through Somatic Therapy, Integrative Breathwork, and Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT) Family Constellation Facilitator.

Tricia Silva

Licensed Mental Health Counselor | Board Certified Member of the NBCC

  • About

    Tricia holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Mental Health from Chaminade University, Honolulu. Tricia is passionate about helping clients foster self-awareness and gain insight into their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors through an empathetic, person-centered, and cognitive behavioral approach to counseling. In addition, Tricia is certified in Equine Therapy through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA). With a passion for animal assisted therapies, Tricia is dedicated to bringing animals and humans together for mental wellness.

Tricia Silva

Licensed Mental Health Counselor | Board Certified Member of the NBCC

  • About

    Tricia holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Mental Health from Chaminade University, Honolulu. Tricia is passionate about helping clients foster self-awareness and gain insight into their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors through an empathetic, person-centered, and cognitive behavioral approach to counseling. In addition, Tricia is certified in Equine Therapy through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA). With a passion for animal assisted therapies, Tricia is dedicated to bringing animals and humans together for mental wellness.

Nick Terry

Director of Admissions | Certified Recovery Addiction Coach

  • About

    Nick has lived on Maui for most of his adult life. He grew up in the North West, Seattle Washington and Eugene Oregon. He moved to Maui when he was 19 to get away from substance abuse, toxic family dynamics, and the lifestyle that follows drug addiction and alcoholism.

  • Background

    Unfortunately you can’t run from yourself, the disease of addiction and alcoholism follow you everywhere you go, even to paradise. Nick struggled with substance abuse throughout his adolescence and young adult life never feeling he fit in, no matter the situation or circumstances. He lost several promising jobs and relationships due to poor choices around drugs and alcohol. In 2007 he had his daughter Nikole and hoped fatherhood would temper his addictions but even the birth of a beautiful little baby girl couldn’t combat the power of addiction. Ultimately Nick lost all things that mattered the most to him, his daughters, careers, vehicles, friends, relationships, and self-respect. In January 25th 2014 he checked into his 4th residential inpatient recovery program and this time he was homeless, unemployable, broken physically, spiritually, emotionally, financially, and mentally.

  • Recovery

    That date is his sobriety date 01-25-2014 the most important date in his life. Something shifted in his last recovery and sober-living. He finally surrendered his self-will and completely abandoned himself to the program of recovery. At that time in 2014 he didn’t have a job, bank account, drivers license, visitation of his daughters, but what he did have for the 1st time in his life was hope and faith. After recovery and sober living Nick started working in the center he had graduated from. He became extremely passionate and involved in the recovery community on Hawaii. In late 2015 he moved back to Maui to be closer to his daughters and help open Maui Recovery. Today Nick has full custody of his 10 year old daughter Nikole and is very involved in his Hanai daughter Steishas life. He recently purchased a condo for himself and his daughter in Kihei, Maui. Nick went back to school on Maui and studied Human Services at UH Maui campus. He is the Director of Admissions with Maui Recovery. He has dedicated his life to staying clean and sober and carrying a message of recovery to those who are still suffering. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness

Richard Hildebrand

Director of Professional Outreach | Case Manager | J.D

  • About

    Rich has a diverse background which makes him a good fit in our program. He is a former EMT and also a former attorney. He managed the 12 Step program’s Maui office for nine years before coming to Maui Recovery. He has also been in recovery himself for over 15 years and has chosen to pass that recovery on to others as his primary purpose in life.

  • Background

    He leads meetings of SMART Recovery here and takes clients to 12 Step meetings. He is also the Alumni Coordinator and tries to keep in contact with all former clients of Maui Recovery. He is Maui Recovery’s contact for Professionals who want to refer their patients/clients to treatment. This includes Lawyers, Doctors, Therapists, Nurses or any other Professionals who need help for themselves or their clients. Rich also works with each client on their discharge planning and any case management needs they might have while in treatment.

Richard Hildebrand

Director of Professional Outreach | Case Manager | J.D

  • About

    Rich has a diverse background which makes him a good fit in our program. He is a former EMT and also a former attorney. He managed the 12 Step program’s Maui office for nine years before coming to Maui Recovery. He has also been in recovery himself for over 15 years and has chosen to pass that recovery on to others as his primary purpose in life.

  • Background

    He leads meetings of SMART Recovery here and takes clients to 12 Step meetings. He is also the Alumni Coordinator and tries to keep in contact with all former clients of Maui Recovery. He is Maui Recovery’s contact for Professionals who want to refer their patients/clients to treatment. This includes Lawyers, Doctors, Therapists, Nurses or any other Professionals who need help for themselves or their clients. Rich also works with each client on their discharge planning and any case management needs they might have while in treatment.

Wayne Bellinger

Operations Manager

  • About

    Wayne brings years of experience in the human services field to guide the operations at Maui Recovery. Wayne has been in recovery for a long time and uses his own personal experiences in helping the clients. He carries himself with ease and compassion and is a living embodiment of what it means to be in recovery.

Jeri Hutton

Nurse

  • About

    Jeri oversees medications and helps answer non-urgent medical questions. Jeri currently works as an emergency department nurse at Maui Memorial Hospital, and has 24 years of experience in the medical field.

Jeri Hutton

Nurse

  • About

    Jeri oversees medications and helps answer non-urgent medical questions. Jeri currently works as an emergency department nurse at Maui Memorial Hospital, and has 24 years of experience in the medical field.

TJ Frank

Licensed Acupuncturist | Body Worker

  • About

    TJ is certified in detox work through the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association in 2004 and has been in practice on Maui since 2008. TJ offers Zen Shiatsu style massage, Chinese style acupuncture including 5NP Auricular Acupuncture, teaches Qi Gong, and teaches Asian Bodywork Therapy at several massage schools on island.

Robyn Sarno

Caterer

  • About

    Robyn’s career as a chef and caterer has led to a lifetime of showing love through food. Robyn prepares every meal for my clients as if she were hosting family & friends in my own home. She takes great care in preparing meals to meet all dietary needs and restrictions.

Robyn Sarno

Caterer

  • About

    Robyn’s career as a chef and caterer has led to a lifetime of showing love through food. Robyn prepares every meal for my clients as if she were hosting family & friends in my own home. She takes great care in preparing meals to meet all dietary needs and restrictions.

Diamond Kovacic

Program Assistant

  • About

    Diamond was born and raised on Maui and is a mother to two lovely children. Diamond has been in recovery since early 2016.

Jubee Bedoya

Program Assistant

  • About

    Jubee was born and raised in Lahaina, Maui. He is heavily involved in 12 step fellowship and has a passion for Recovery.

Jubee Bedoya

Program Assistant

  • About

    Jubee was born and raised in Lahaina, Maui. He is heavily involved in 12 step fellowship and has a passion for Recovery.

Michelle Mafi

Program Assistant

  • About

    Michelle was born and raised in Hawai’i, and is very aware and proud of Hawaiin culture. Michelle has 3 grown daughters and a fur baby. When Michelle isn’t working at Maui Recovery, she is working with Special Needs children through the department of education during the day, and at MRC part time.

Nerissa Kittleson

Program Assistant

  • About

    Nerissa was born and raised on Maui. Nerissa says that “Recovery is ALWAYS possible”

Chris Parker

Program Assistant

  • About

    Christopher has lived on the Island of Maui for many years and due to his experience working as a tour guide, is deeply knowledgeable about many of the most breathtaking parts of Maui.

Jamie Gruen-Baldwin

Program Assistant

Angela Cockett

Program Assistant

Frank and Vivian

(pictured with their lovely daughter!)

Cleaning Crew

Frank and Vivian have lived on Maui for over 20 years and have over 10 years of experience in the cleaning world.

Frank and Vivian

(pictured with their lovely daughter!)

Cleaning Crew

Frank and Vivian have lived on Maui for over 20 years and have over 10 years of experience in the cleaning world.

Shane Cunningham

Marketing Director

Shane was born in Anaheim, California and spent 6 years of his life in Germany. His family settled in Arizona where Shane attended high school. Freshmen year he suffered a sports injury which required multiple surgeries and multiple prescriptions for painkillers. Shane was only 17 when he graduated from high school and obtained the rank of Eagle Scout within the Boy Scouts of America. While his potential looked endless, Shane was battling an addiction to black tar heroin. With multiple failed attempts trying his own way, Shane finally moved to Austin, TX for drug treatment. That was back in 2012 and has remained sober since.

Christina Graham

Social Media Manager

Christina brings solid experience in creative writing, communications, project management and digital media from her work at Studio Brand Collective and the National Diversity Council. She is uniquely gifted with the ability to understand the inspiration, motivation and information that those needing treatment and their families are in need of. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of Houston where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

Christina Graham

Social Media Manager

Christina brings solid experience in creative writing, communications, project management and digital media from her work at Studio Brand Collective and the National Diversity Council. She is uniquely gifted with the ability to understand the inspiration, motivation and information that those needing treatment and their families are in need of. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of Houston where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

Blue

Trained Service and Therapy Dog

And he’s really cute. What more can we say?

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