meet the novus tampa bay staff

  • Aaron Kapinsky

    Director of Operations NPR, Novus New Port Richey

    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.

  • Patricia Knight Mezzapelle, EN CEN

    Nurse Manager, Novus New Port Richey

    Having overcome her own struggles, Patricia joined Novus in 2015 in search of assisting those that struggled with addiction. After an earlier career in Sales and Marketing, it was after her own sister's life was saved that she changed her career direction to healthcare. That experience took her to emergency and trauma nursing, leadership and training. Having witnessed first hand the lack of quality care and resources for those seeking a future free of substance abuse, Patricia decided addiction nursing was an area in which she could make a difference. She shares Novus’s belief that the holistic approach has a place in treating addiction and detoxification and has a passion for naturals, oriental medicine and aromatherapy and particularly enjoys educating clients on the benefits of alternative treatments. As a member of the International Society of Addiction Nursing, she is an activist and passionate advocate for the treatment of addiction. When she isn’t attending her beloved Tampa Bay Bucs games as a season ticket holder or attending various sporting events, you can find Trish enjoying a camping trip with her husband, children and furr-kids; after all, her goal is to visit all 59 National Parks!

  • Megan Barnett

    Lead Case Manager, Novus New Port Richey

    Having witnessed the consequences of addiction in her own family, Megan comes to Novus with a true passion for contributing to the success of clients embracing a better future. She has lived and worked in the Tampa Bay area her entire life, and sought out a way to give back in her own hometown. Megan joined Novus in 2015 as a medical secretary and worked her way up to her present position as Lead Case Manager. She has found passion in every aspect of the industry and having a 13 year healthcare background has afforded her numerous opportunities at Novus. Megan specifically enjoys assisting clients in taking the next important steps in building a positive future and has built solid relationships with care partners across the state and nation. When not on the job, Megan enjoys being a mom, travel and paddle boarding the waters of Tampa Bay. When asked what the future holds for her, Megan is quick to say “Anything I can do to make a difference!”

  • Angela Damianakis

    Clinical Supervisor, MSW, LCSW, Novus New Port Richey

    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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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.

To learn more about how we can help you,
call (855) 464-8550 today!

  • 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

Read Our Patients' Stories

  • “I was truly amazed at how quickly my time here passed. I was extremely comfortable at all times. Each and every one of the staff members were overly a ...”

    F.S.

  • “I can only say I cannot imagine a more caring and compassionate team of professionals! They made what could have been a terrible experience not only ...”

    R.S.

  • “Amazed at the friendliness and attention to patient care. Pleased with 1 on 1 with staff.”

    R.M.

  • “My mind and body has felt like a million dollars. I haven’t felt like this in 12 years. Thank you so much for taking care of me. If I know somebody ...”

    S.B.

  • “[At Novus, I discovered] there is real help out there and you don’t have to suffer alone.”

    K.B.

  • “I was thrilled with the compassion and kindness by the entire staff – the encouragement as well!”

    J.S.

  • “Complete absence of judgment. Encouragement and genuine compassion!”

    M.F.

  • “Detox made easy. I didn’t want to have to come here for a second time, but there was nowhere else I would go. Flew across the U.S. to be at the best ...”

    J.F.

  • “Everyone was caring and knowledgeable. Everyone could not have been nicer or more caring. Better than many resorts I have visited.”

    R.P.

  • “Detox is a very scary thing and Novus takes it very seriously. They will do everything they can to keep you comfortable. Detoxing at Novus is a walk ...”

    F.D.

  • “Your low pressure and sincere approach to your patient’s progress and well being was truly the difference between Facility and any other treatment ...”

    N.P.

  • “Everyone on the staff was great and compassionate throughout my stay.”

    C.N.

  • “All personnel were top notch dedicated to my success in this program.”

    D.G.

  • “You guys truly made my experience at Novus as comfortable and helpful as possible. Thank you so much, I cannot emphasize that enough.”

    C.D.

  • “Some professions you expect or demand super human qualities from those who work there. While that expectation may seem unrealistic, every single staff ...”

    M.P.

Success Stories

For a Sustainable Sobriety™
  • Fergie: Drugs Are Great at First But Then Your Life Spirals Down

    (Novus writes inspirational stories of people in the news who have overcome addiction. This is not to imply that these people are connected to Novus ...

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  • 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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