Meet Our Staff
Meet Our Staff
Dr Nicholas Kardaras, PH. D., LCSW-R
Co-Founder, 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.
David entered his first treatment center at the ripe young age of 17 for cocaine, alcohol, and pills. That was the first of many attempts to recover but unfortunately it took him another 10 years burning through relationships, jobs, money and countless opportunities before coming to the end of his rope and finally surrendering. On that day, he truly asked for help from a deep place within and was reborn into a new relationship with his Higher Power, which his faith is his cornerstone today.
Since 2010, David has been on a full blown mission for his healing, recovery and discovering his true authentic self while helping spread the message of recovery and redemption. He worked for Google for several years after treatment working on his recovery while managing a sober living house in California, a true testament that the promises of the program are real. He is a huge advocate and resource for helping individuals heal and address underlying issues, core trauma, shame, addiction, and codependency. He is the founder of Omega, Maui Recovery, and BridgeWay Sober Living and lives in Austin, Tx.
Dr. Rebecca Gladding, M.D.
Director of Operations
Kimberly Allen is a recognized expert and leader in the business of behavioral health. Her vast experience covers roles that include
demonstrated success as a Regional Director of Employee Assistance Program sales and account management for a large managed care organization, independent health claims advocate and insurance liaison, recognized leader and trainer in peer services in mental health and substance abuse, and administrator at a leading residential treatment facility in Texas.
Kimberly owned her own business for over a decade, using her insurance education as a fully licensed, independent insurance agent to provide expert consulting services designed for behavioral healthcare provider organizations in her areas of expertise, including risk management and quality processes and procedures.
Kimberly is now a Senior Consultant with Via Positiva consulting and currently serves as Lead Faculty and Facilitator of The Recovery Business Learning Collaborative, an intensive, interactive program that is designed to help recovery organizations maximize current funding and service opportunities inherent in healthcare reform and identify and address barriers to growth.
She is a Charter Member of the Addiction Professional Business Learning Collaborative sponsored by NAADAC. Kimberly is passionate about improving quality in the behavioral health care field, increasing access to care, and she is dedicated to improved outcomes and consumer-informed research. She collaboratively conducts research and co-authors scholarly papers. Results include her being selected by Harvard Medical School and
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Health Policy and Insurance Research division to serve as a member of the Patient and Stakeholder Advisory Panel Committee, where she currently
collaborates on a three-year insurance research study, analyzing the impact of high-deductible health plans on patients with bipolar disorder.
Kimberly is always advocating for mental health. Since
2014, she has served as Chair of the Depression and Bipolar Support Association Texas Grassroots Organization, and is active in Texas legislative advocacy. She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist through the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals, and is a Certified Peer in mental health through Via Hope Mental Health Resources in Texas, and was selected for a Peer Leadership year- long cohort for dedicated peers in Texas.
Kimberly holds a Master of Science in Family Studies. She is a past-award winning Swim Coach and competitive water-skier for the University of Texas, past exhibition water-skiing for many years and current recreational boxer, Kimberly’s philosophy is that with top-coaching, collaborative team play and fair rules, health risk can be managed and you can still be very cool and a top performer!
Dr. Bob Beare, Ph.D., LPC
Senior Therapist/Chief Clinical Consultant
Chris has extensive working knowledge in several disciplines. His broad experience makes Chris an effective manager with a well developed business acumen. His skill set and education intersect several functional areas of management; Finance, Human Resources, and Information Technology, which enables him to be flexible, as he has achieved success in large corporate environments and small businesses across a diverse range of industries.
Specialties: Process Optimization, Employee Resource Management, System Integration, Vendor and Service Provider Liaison, Network Design, Process Automation Design and Implementation.
Dr. Rodger Meinz, Ph.D
Chief Clinical Consultant
In addition, Dr. Meinz has been a student of mindfulness since 1971 and is now writing a book entitled Zen Mindfulness for Psychologists and Beyond. He has also taught “Mindfulness: East and West” at Antioch University in Seattle.
Fortunately, neuroscience has fairly recently discovered that adult brains have what is referred to as plasticity or the capacity for new brain cell growth. Unfortunately, most people in recovery suffer from anxiety and depression, which stresses the brain in ways that markedly truncates new cell growth and brain-mind recovery. This makes it all the more important for people in recovery to learn mindfulness skills that can give them relief from being absorbed in depressive, anxiety-ridden thoughts.
Julia C Thompson LMSW
frequently attends trainings with the founder, Dr. John Connelly, LCSW. Julia is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Association for Traumatic Stress Specialists and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
Loren Lapow, MSW
Transformation Therapist; Founder of 'The Hero Project"
Community Outreach Specialist
“The great illusion of mankind is that we are separate from each other”