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.

Meet Our Founders

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


  • 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. 

Meet Our Medical Team

Dr. Reza Danesh

Medical Director | MD

Dr Danesh is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician with extensive training in treating patients going through acute withdrawals from alcohol and drugs. Dr. Danesh 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.

Molly Palmer

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Molly has worked as the primary psychiatric prescriber at Mental Health Kokua for the past 5 ½ years serving the Maui community. Molly Palmer has extensive experience as a prescriber of psychiatric medications and, as needed, in helping clients who require medications to find the right medications and dosages to stabilize their mental health, in conjunction with the Maui Recovery clinical team.

Jeri Hutton


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.

Meet Our Therapists

Shantika Sophia Bernard

PhD | LMFT | Relational Somatic Psychotherapist

Trained in Clinical and Somatic Psychology,  Birth  Psychology and Hypno Therapy/ EMDR. She specializes in Trauma Therapy, Women's Health, Stress Reduction and Brain Recovery through Somatic Therapy, Integrative Breathwork, and Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT).

Tricia Silva

Licensed Mental Health Counselor | Board Certified Member of the NBCC

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.

Meet Our Management Team

Thomas C. Graham

Executive Director | JD | CRRM

Thomas has an extensive background in working in human services, education, the legal community and recovery. Thomas has been in recovery since 2014. He uses his vast knowledge and experience from his own recovery journey, which includes attending over a dozen treatment centers, to help guide Maui Recovery. Thomas has been working with Maui Recovery in several different capacities since 2017

Amory Mowrey

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

Amo is Maui Recovery’s go to person for most logistical and programming questions. Amory is guided by a Buddhist informed philosophy, mindfulness principles, and a passion for recovery. Amory has been in recovery since early 2016. His work in the field of recovery has focused on peer services, community advocacy, and individual coaching and counseling.

Lisa Ganz

Clinical Director

Lisa handles all questions regarding individual therapy, group classes, family therapy and oversees the clinical team. Lisa Ganz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Credentialed Substance Abuse Counselor and a Certified Peer Recovery Advocate. Lisa is trained in DBT, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as well as alternative healing modalities such as sound healing and Reiki.

Nick Terry

Admission Director

The first voice that most people hear when they call is Nick’s. He uses his own personal recovery to guide all new admissions. After a difficult journey through addiction, Nick found recovery in early 2014. Since then, he has been passionately involved in the recovery community on Hawaii. Nick finds purpose in spreading the message and joy of recovery to those who are still struggling.

Wayne Bellinger

Operations Manager

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.

Meet our Case Manager

Richard Hildebrand

Case Manager

With over 15 years in recovery, Rich has a wealth of information and knows of what he speaks. He oversees all special needs that client’s have in dealing with medical providers, legal issues and government assistance. Rich is a former EMT as well as a former attorney. His legal expertise in conjunction with his recovery experience make him an excellent advocate and case manager.

Meet our Support Team – The Techs

The techs are here to support you in your daily needs. They administer medicine, help remind you about upcoming groups, drive you to appointments etc. Any small questions that you might have about logistics and scheduling can be directed towards them.

Diamond Kovacic

Day Staff

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

Ipo Kong

Day Staff

She has been in recovery since early 2015. She was born and raised on Maui and has a love for CrossFit.

Jubee Bedoya

Overnight Staff

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

Justin Horton

Day and Night Staff

He began his career in the recovery field where he started as a client and eventually worked up into managing one of the largest sober living houses in Austin, Texas. He brings his sense of humor and dedication to those in recovery while insuring the client safety overnight.

Michelle Mafi

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.

Meet our Massage / Bodywork / Acupuncture Specialist

TJ Frank

Licensed Acupuncturist | Body Worker

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, teachs Qi Gong, and teaches Asian Bodywork Therapy at several massage schools on island.

Meet out Personal Caterer

Robyn Sarno


Her 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.

Meet our Cleaning Crew

Frank and Vivian

(pictured with their lovely daughter!)

Our Cleaners

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

And last, but not least…Meet our Service Dog, Blue


Trained Service and Therapy Dog

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

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