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 finally surrendering and truly asked for help from a deep place within. For 7 years, David has been on a full blown mission for his healing, recovery and discovering his true authentic self. He worked for Google for several years after treatment, a true testament that the promises of the program are real. He now owns BridgeWay Sober Living, working in his calling to help others heal and recover.
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
Anthony Marengo

Anthony Marengo

Executive Director

Anthony is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the mental and behavioral healthcare industry. He is skilled in admissions, business development, staff development, crisis management, direct client care, crisis intervention, strategic planning and family support. 
Anthony entered treatment in 2004 after his family intervened. To this day Anthony expresses gratitude to his family for the difficult changes they made in order to create the necessary boundaries for his recovery to begin. 
In 2005 Anthony felt a calling and passion to help others struggling with substance-use and co-occurring mental health disorders.  He joined the staff at a leading addiction treatment center for young adults (17-25) in his home state of Arizona.  During his time there, Anthony advanced in experience as a direct client care technician, case manager, Director of Family Communications, Admissions Director, Sober Living Director and Program Director of the 52 bed residential program. 
In 2012 Anthony made the decision to move to Texas accepting a role with a newly established program in Austin Texas, The Arbor, now one of Texas’s premier programs.  Serving as Admissions and Business Development Director, Anthony helped The Arbor develop a comprehensive continuum of care treating adults of all ages from Residential Care, through transitional living programs down to outpatient services.  
Living a life of recovery and service has been a rewarding; in 2015 Anthony and his wife welcomed their first son Louis to the family. And today Anthony is excited to be a part of the Omega Recovery team.  Anthony has always believed that an EXPERIENCE in treatment is a necessary component for real change to occur.  Joining Dr Kardaras and the Omega Recovery team was an opportunity to help create that life changing experience that so many people with substance-use and co-occurring disorders are in need of.  
Kimberly Allen

Kimberly Allen

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. Rodger Meinz, Ph.D

Dr. Rodger Meinz, Ph.D

Chief Clinical Consultant

Dr. Meinz hails from Washington State, specializing in a broad range of disorders including addiction and co-morbid disorders like anxiety and depression. During his career, he has worked with over 12,000 clients and became widely known in the Pacific Northwest as an expert in personality disorders.
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.
While he has found Zen training and commentary personally valuable, Dr. Meinz has long focused on the neuropsychological underpinnings of mindfulness that can be taught experientially as an aid to releasing the mind from the grip of thought. This is of particular importance to those in recovery where the brain has been compromised and thus the mind’s ability to cope with moment-to-moment internal and external stress.
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.
Dr. Meinz is a senior clinical consultant for Omega Recovery where he makes his expertise and healing skills available to our staff and clients.
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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