Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

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

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 Naylor

David Naylor

Founder

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.

Thomas C. Graham, JD

Thomas C. Graham, JD

Chief Operating Officer

Thomas is 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.

Julia C Thompson LMSW

Julia C Thompson LMSW

Clinical Director

Julia received her Master of Clinical Social Work degree from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2014. Julia has worked in the fields of both inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment and community mental health. It was early in her career that it became evident to her that addiction typically indicates an underlying distress and most often trauma. Julia has devoted much of her time to working in the field of recovery from addiction and trauma both in her employment and in volunteer roles in the SW Florida community that she recently
relocated from.
Julia was initially trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and now in Rapid Resolution Therapy®. Rapid Resolution Therapy® or RRT is a gentle and brief therapeutic modality, that can effectively treat symptoms of trauma/stress related disorders, anxiety, panic attacks, sleep disturbance, frozen grief, guilt, resentment and even aid in successful recovery from addiction. RRT integrates multiple approaches such as hypnotic communication, cognitive techniques, humor and lightness allowing for optimal and deep healing.
In addition to being trained in Rapid Resolution Therapy, Julia also utilizes mindfulness, solution-focused and expressive art approaches.. Julia is an artist herself and enjoys assisting others in discovering and deepening their creativity. Julia is a practitioner with the Institute of Rapid Resolution Therapy and
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.
Julia moved recently to the Austin area with her family and enjoys outdoor adventure, live music and learning about the local culture. Julia enjoys art, film, exercise, cooking and goofing around with family. Julia believes that optimal functioning occurs when one’s attention is outward, enjoying nature, animals or other people for example. Julia’s goal is always to assist clients in achieving overall wellness, joy and true connection with their best selves.
Dr. Rebecca Gladding, M.D.

Dr. Rebecca Gladding, M.D.

Consulting Psychiatrist

Rebecca L. Gladding, M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist. She completed her psychiatry residency at UCLA and served as Clinical Instructor and Attending Psychiatrist at the UCLA Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She is co-author of the mindfulness-based wellness book You Are Not Your Brain.  She has been honored with several teaching awards and was featured in the A&E Television Network’s critically acclaimed series Obsessed.  She has also appeared on The Today Show, as well as several print and radio outlets.
Dr. Gladding studied extensively at UCLA with world-renowned brain researcher and neuroplasticity expert Dr. Jeffrey M Schwartz, where she learned how the mind can change the brain. She is an expert in deceptive brain messages, mindfulness, depression, anxiety, addiction and the Four Steps and regularly teaches people how to apply the Four Steps to their lives and relationships
Dr. Bob Beare, Ph.D., LPC

Dr. Bob Beare, Ph.D., LPC

Senior Therapist/Chief Clinical Consultant

Dr. Beare is an organizational psychologist, clinical psychotherapist, addiction specialist, psychodramatist, and executive coach with over 20 years experience working with individuals, couples, families, leaders, and organizations. He was a long-time instructor at the C. G. Jung Center in Houston, a certified leader with the ManKind Project International, Clinical Director and current Senior Clinical Consultant at The Last Resort Treatment Center for Men, and Senior Clinical Consultant to Maui Recovery in Hawaii.
A professional actor, director, and composer, Bob is the founder of Houston Playback Theatre (a personal story-based theatre troupe) and is the author of The Creative Fire – 10 Weeks to Emotional and Creative Fitness. He is a trained expressive arts therapist using art, poetry, music, movement, and theatre in all of his therapeutic and coaching work.
Dr. Beare is the founder of The Authentic Leadership Program, helping leadership teams to become more effective and profitable through dynamic emotional intelligence training. He is also the founder of The Brave Heart Experience, an intensive 2 day workshop for men, women, leaders, and people in recovery who are ready to dive deeply into self-empowerment.
Dr. Beare has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition, a Master’s in Clinical Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. His doctoral research and published dissertation was on the topic of “Senior Leader’s Experience’s with Vulnerability.” Bob is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas, and is a certified Birkman Method Consultant.
Chris Felder

Chris Felder

CFO

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.

Loren Lapow, MSW

Loren Lapow, MSW

Transformation Therapist; Founder of 'The Hero Project"

Loren Lapow has a master’s degree in Social Work and founded The Hero Project in 1996, which has since gone on to become a national best practice program.  Loren He has been counseling adults, youth and families, as well as consulting with communities, tribes and school districts across the country ever since.  Using the power of Myth, Archetype and the transformative natural beauty and power of nature, Loren has a unique capacity to guide people through life crises and has helped thousands to transform their lives and go from victim/villain to hero.  He is also a Red Cross volunteer and a certified lifeguard. He enjoys hiking, kayaking, yoga and cultural activities.
Gabriella Jeffords

Gabriella Jeffords

Admissions Director

Gabi has worked in the recovery field since 2012. She was previously the Assistant Director of sober living at Hickory Wind Ranch and has a strong background in addiction and eating disorders. Gabi has a bachelor’s in English from Colorado College and graduate level coursework in counseling at St. Edward’s University. Orignally from New York but a Texan transplant for almost 20 years, she brings her heart, intelligence and passion to ensure individualized care for every Omega Recovery client. 
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