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Meet Our Staff

Novus Medical Detox Center

  • Experienced, well-trained & compassionate medical team.
  • Nutrition & vitamin protocols that reduce the pain from withdrawal.
  • Personalized care in a safe place.
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Dr. Brent Agin - Medical Director

Dr. 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.

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Angela Damianakis - Clinical Supervisor, MSW, LCSW

Angela 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.

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Judy Servidio - Director of Nursing, RN, MSN

Judy 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.

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Aaron Kapinsky - Director of Operations NPR

Aaron 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.

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Paul Weiss - Admissions Coordinator

Growing 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.

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Hayden Potter - Admissions Coordinator, CAP

Hayden 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.

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Kent Runyon - VP Community Relations

Kent 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.

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Andre Genao - VP Human Resources, MHRM

Andre 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 DIFFERENCE

We develop an individualized medical detox program specifically for each of our patients, which means no recovery will look the same. Our delicious food, nutritional IVs and supplements, and specialized detox protocols are all designed to quicken the healing process. We understand that various addictions present a number of issues for the human body, so we create our IVs and diets to fit the needs of specific withdrawal symptoms.

Our process is all about you, which is why we have private and shared rooms available for our residents. Each room is outfitted with a TV, telephone, and access to the internet. We also provide educational classes that will show you how the drug or alcohol of your choice affects your body. We believe that to effectively fight off your withdrawal symptoms, it is important to know what you are fighting against and what to be prepared for.

  • Personalized Detox Programs
  • Quality, Patient Focused Care
  • Medical & Personal Support with 24/ Accessibility
  • Enjoy a Therapeutic, Spa-Like Environment
  • Our Programs Combine the Best Medications & Holistic Supplements
  • We Offer Private or Comfortable-Shared Rooms

Success Stories

For a Sustainable Sobriety™
  • Vicodin Detox Successes - Telecommunications (Vicodin)

    The entire staff is extremely helpful and go out of their way to make sure I was as comfortable as possible. I believe it will help me to utilize the ...

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  • Oxycontin Detox Successes - Student (OxyContin, Hydrocodone)

    Everything was great at my visit here. I was doing 180-210 mg of OxyContin a day . It became ridiculous spending most of my money on pills and ...

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  • Methadone Detox Successes - Charter Captain (Methadone, Xanax, Paxil)

    The people are amazing!!! My 10 day stay at Novus was like no detox I could imagine. The food was great , amenities were amazing and again, the people ...

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