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.
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
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.
Michael Wurth, LPC, LCDC
My name is Michael Wurth. I am both a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. I teach overwhelmed people how to rewrite the stories in their heads that are holding them back. This often requires challenging the longest-held of assumptions we carry about ourselves about addiction, mental health, and what we mean when we say we ‘just want to be happy.’
I started in the mental health field 31 years ago as a psychiatric medic in the Air Force, and have held every job from an overnight tech at a State Hospital, to a mindfulness and meditation trainer, to the Clinical Director of a 54 bed residential treatment facility.
Along the way I earned a Master Degree in Comparative Literature, and spent some time traveling the world trading stocks and teaching English. I have won awards at several film festivals for my two feature films and three short works. I’ve directed and written over 40 commercials.
These experiences provide a foundation of storytelling and training that allows me to understand almost any issue you trust me with.
I help clients identify their thinking patterns in active addiction with a film director’s clarity, a writer’s sense of language, and a recovered addict’s instincts. The language we choose reveals that our thoughts, not our feelings, play the largest role in where our addictions begin and end. The stories we tell ourselves dictate our paths.
It’s an honor to be able to serve you at Omega Recovery, and I’m grateful to learn from each of you.
Texas LPC #73182
Texas LCDC #12744
Samuel Robinson, LMSW
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, LMSW
Sam is a Licenced Masters Social Worker and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor intern. He was born and raised in Great Britain where he completed my Bachelors in Sociology and his Masters in Social Work. Sam has over ten years of experience working with a range of vulnerable groups in the United Kingdom, Australia, and the USA.
Sam has spent time facilitating SMART recovery groups in UK prisons, providing crisis management to vulnerable families in the child welfare system and providing psychotherapy to individuals with a range of social and emotional challenges. He incorporate an attachment-focused, relationship-based approach to his work and thrives in supporting people to feel connected and in-tune with their creative self 🙂
Sam’s work has continued to thrive alongside his love of all things music; He’s been playing drums at a professional level for many years. Music has played an important role in his own self-care for as long as he can remember (and has been a reason he fell in love with Austin!) and serves as his own reminder to support you in finding what makes you fulfilled.
Dr. Bob Beare, Ph.D., LPC
Senior Therapist/Chief Clinical Consultant
Lucy Rojas Kardaras
Yoga Instructor and 12-Step Coach
Lucy is a certified yoga instructor who was trained by Rodney Yee and his wife Colleen SaidmanYee at Yoga Shanti in New York. She earned her B.A. in English from Syracuse University and an M.S. in Education from Hunter College. Her love for yoga inculcated a deep appreciation of the physical, mental and spiritual benefits that yoga can provide in the modern age. In her classes, she combines the principles and ideas of 12 step programs with the benefits of yoga. Yoga helps alleviate some of the modern afflictions many of us suffer from: overworked, poor posture, text-neck, anxiety, addiction and over-stressed bodies, minds and spirits. She combines many aspects of Hatha Yoga and the deeply calming and relaxing benefits of Restorative Yoga in her classes. Her deepest desire is to impart a life-long love of yoga, foster a joie de vivre–that zest for life–and to inspire hope in people’s lasting journey of recovery. Lucy has experienced the gifts of the 12 Steps over the last 18 years of her sobriety. She is forever grateful to 12 Step fellowships as well as to her amazing yoga teachers, Rodney and Colleen, whose expertise continually guide her. Some of the wisest words ever uttered by Rodney continue to echo in her mind today, “Don’t get weird” he once said…except… if you’re in Austin!
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.