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Medical Director, Dr. Brent AginDr. Agin, our medical director, is board certified in Family Medicine. He attended medical school at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Experienced in counseling and detoxification for both illicit drugs and prescription medications, Dr. Agin is one of a very select group of physicians certified in buprenorphine therapy. His research in nutrition and vitamin therapy supports an important component of our detox program.
Director New Port Richey Facility, Luis RojasLuis Rojas, the father of four, brings with him over 20 years of Operational/Production Management experience with a focus on process improvement in various different industries. Luis joined the United Sates Army at age 17. He served in the U.S. Army for over ten years as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the Infantry participating in combat operations in the Middle East. Shortly after his tour of duty ended, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Hawai’i Pacific University. Drug issues had impacted his family on several occasions and when the opportunity arose at Novus for Luis to take on the Center Operations Manager position, he felt it was the perfect time to seize the opportunity to help. With Luis’s skills in management, quality assurance, and process change, as well as an understanding of how drugs impact not just the individual but the family as well, he plans to support and forward the Novus goal of being the ideal detoxification center.
Clinical Supervisor, Angela Damianakis, MSW, LCSWAngela has spent her twenty-two year career helping those who need assistance. After graduating from Hoftstra University’s New College with honors, Angela entered the prestigious Adelphi University School of Social Work. Angela’s clinical skills are highly distinguished, having been cultivated through her varied work history to include: Licensed Psychotherapist in private clinical practice, Primary Therapist and Group Facilitator for a partial hospitalization program, Out Reach Counselor, Consumer Direct Care Provider, Senior Mental Health Practitioner for intensive on-site therapeutic services, and Independent Contract Therapist for group practice. Angela has worked as an activist for human rights internationally and has served on the Board of Directors for the Pasco Mental Health Foundation. She is a Sho Don (black belt) in Issinryu Karate and a three time marathon runner.
Director of Nursing, Judy Servidio, RN, MSNJudy Servidio, RN, MSN, has more than 20 years experience in the healthcare field, with a focus in healthcare leadership and strategic direction. Judy has a wealth of experience in critical care, neurology, pain management and training. She received her Bachelor’s degree from St. Francis University and her Master’s of Science degree in nursing from Loyola University and is a member of the National Association of Professional Women. Because Judy experienced first-hand the impact that addiction has on the family, she played a pivotal role in getting a family member to seek treatment. After a 16-year career in the pharmaceutical industry and providing hope to her addicted family member, she seized the opportunity to build a compassionate and caring team of nurses. Her strong business and leadership backgrounds provide the opportunity to add to the Novus mission and culture.
Detox Support Services Manager, Aaron KapinskyAaron brings with him a passion for helping people overcome the struggles of addiction. He knows through personal experience the barriers and fear associated with achieving sobriety. Since achieving sobriety, Aaron has committed his life to helping others. Aaron is a seasoned manager with executive experience, having worked in long- term rehabilitation before coming to Novus. Aaron has brought with him that same attention to patient needs by getting to know and help the patients at Novus. His goal is to provide support and assistance while the Tech team ensures patients get the attention they need throughout the detox process. When not at work, Aaron spends time with his family, niece and nephews, and can be found in the gym most evenings.
Admissions Coordinator, Paul WeissGrowing up in the drug culture, Paul spent many years enmeshed in all that involves. After recovering from his own drug addiction, Paul has worked for the last 8 years to help others escape the control of drugs in their lives. His personal understanding of what it takes to decide to change one’s life makes him invaluable for anyone needing a concerned and caring ear. Now happily married and a new father, Paul works every day to be a haven for those who want to be free of the influence of drugs.
Admissions Coordinator, Justin FraserJustin started out in admissions for a residential treatment center nearly 10 years ago. He handled admissions, interventions and worked with families from all over the United States and Canada. Since Novus’s beginning, Justin has used Novus as his choice detox, referring patients in from all over the country for medical drug detox. Justin then decided to join Novus full time in 2012. Justin understands both sides of addiction. After a sports injury in the late 90’s he was introduced to prescription drugs and struggled with getting off of them for multiple years. After his successful recovery over a decade ago, he has been helping people battling addictions since.
Referral Coordinator, Hayden Potter, CAPHayden struggled with addiction for over ten years before he went to rehab in 2004. At the beginning of his treatment, he found himself resistive to sobriety but, around the halfway point, he saw the light and totally turned things around. Upon completion of the program, he was offered a counseling job and started his career in the addiction field. Hayden now has twelve years experience of working directly with hundreds of clients at the inpatient detox level. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree of Human Services and became licensed as a Certified Addiction Professional (CAP). Hayden has now dedicated his life to helping others.
Chief Strategy & Compliance Officer, Kent RunyonKent has over 20 years of management experience and over 15 years of executive level experience developing and leading accredited social services programs addressing diverse human needs including addiction, homelessness, poverty, trauma, and family reunification. He came to Novus drawn by its mission and vision to help others and to pursue excellence in the field of recovery. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ball State University and later received his Masters Degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He also completed a two year certified Executive Leadership Program sponsored by the University of Notre Dame – Mendoza College of Business.
Human Resource Manager, Andre Genao, MHRMAndre has spent his entire Human Resources career in Healthcare and Human Services organizations, devoting himself to companies with a strong mission to give back to populations in need. After relocating from New York in 2012, Andre found himself in child welfare, partnering with leadership to address the needs of children in the Tampa Bay area before coming to the Substance Abuse treatment space at Novus. Holding both a Bachelors of Human Resources from State University of New York at Oswego and a Master’s of Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, Andre partners with Novus leadership to drive strategic initiatives and help create an environment that makes Novus a leader in the Tampa Bay workforce community. When not at Novus, Andre spends his time with his wife and two small children and is an avid Martial Artist specializing in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
THE NOVUS MEDICAL DETOX DIFFERENCEFortunately, drug abuse can be effectively treated, safely and comfortably with Novus Medical Detox proven procedures.
- We don’t treat you like an addict
- We understand drug abuse
- Our state of the art Florida Medical Detox facilities and competent medical staff have the highest success rate obtainable
NOVUS IS THE BEST WAY TO GET YOUR LIFE BACK AS PAINLESSLY AS POSSIBLE.
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