Our Staff

Hawaii Island Recovery has a treatment team comprised of licensed professionals who practice the most effective evidence based therapies to treat addiction, mental health disorders and chronic pain. These include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Brainspotting,  CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Neurofeedback, Experiential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Group processing and Life Skills groups. Our therapists and physicians provide personalized care and cutting edge interventions to ensure our clients have the tools and insight to maintain their sobriety.

Directors

Jimmy Kayihura

Admission Director

John Hibscher, Ph.D.

Clinical Director & Psychologist

Stephen H. Denzer, M.D., FACP

Medical Director | Board Certified in Addiction and Internal Medicine

Eliza Wille, MS

Program Director & Animal Assisted Psychotherapy Specialist

Gudrun Baumgaertl, Ph.D

Director of Finance

Admission Team

Kevin Deeds

Utilization Review and Patient Care Coordinator

Gudrun Baumgaertl, Ph.D

Director of Finance

Alyssa Kratz

Yoga Therapist & Intake Specialist

Therapists

Fernando Manon, MSEd., CSAC

Therapist

Marveline McDaniel, M.S.

Therapist

Zahava Zaidoff, M-RAS

Therapist

Dr.Daniel Caputo, N.D., L.AC

Naturopath and Acupuncturist

David Molletti, BS, NCACI, CFTP

Therapist

Loli Jane Heimberg, MS, RD, LD

Nutritionist

Alyssa Kratz

Yoga Therapist & Intake Specialist

Medical Department

Stephen H. Denzer, M.D., FACP

Medical Director | Board Certified in Addiction and Internal Medicine

Residential Managers

Michael Park

Residential Manager

Toby Broido

Residential Manager

Specialists

Sophie Higgins

Quality Assurance Specialist

Kirk Henry

CrossFit Coach

Jan Seifert

Marketing Director

Danielle Slattery

Chef

Craig Hawkins

Captain

Directors

First and foremost, directors need to ensure their programs and facility are compliant to the standards and regulations put forth by CARF, The Joint Commission, Legit Scipt and other organizations. 

Additionally, the director provides clinical supervision of treatment services professionals. Importantly, directors are on the front lines in providing community education and advocacy.

Admission Teams

In many ways, the admission team at Hawaii Island Recovery is the “face” of the facility. Our admissions staff is the first people that are seen when someone calls for services or comes through our doors to start treatment. Our experienced admission teams take the time to understand each patient’s unique needs and works with them to find the programs and services that will be of the greatest benefit.

This is accomplishment by the admissions team through details phone and in-person intakes or even meeting with prospective patients. The admissions team also performs risk assessments and processes insurance information. Above all else, the admissions team acts as a bridge between the patient and their families providing compassion and respect.

Therapists

Therapy is the foundation of any successful drug treatment program. At Hawaii Island Recovery, we feature experienced and compassionate therapists who specialize in a broad range of therapies that can be individualized to each client’s needs. To meet the broad and diverse needs of our clients, the experienced therapists of Hawaii Island Recovery offer a wide range of therapies.

Some of the therapies we offer include individual and group therapy, CBT, EMDR and Dual Diagnosis therapy for those also suffering from underlying mental health issues. We also offer neurofeedback and holistic therapies including yoga, reiki and acupuncture. Additionally, we offer effective the unique animal-based therapy such as dolphin therapy. No matter the therapy, our experienced team utilize therapy modalities that are effective, backed by research and proven to work.

Medical Department

The medical department at Hawaii Island Recovery plays a crucial role in a patient’s recovery. They provide medical management that helps each patient safely negotiate the discomfort and pain of withdrawals by medically supervised detox. The medical department also assists in creating the treatment plans that help each client get and stay in recovery for the long-term. Hawaii Island Recovery is blessed to have Dr. Steven H. Denzer as the head of the Medical Department.

With 25 years of experience, Dr. Denzer provides chemical dependency consultations and assists in the creation of customized treatment plans. Dr. Denzer is Board Certified in both Addiction Medicine as well as Internal Medicine. As patients are ready to discharge, Dr. Denzer helps therapists and others on the team to create discharge plans that gives each client the tools and support they need in sustaining their hard-earned recovery.

Residential Managers

The residential managers at Hawaii Island Recovery ensure that the needs of each client are being met with both compassion and respect. These valuable team members are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when residents need them. They also take clients to meetings and recreational activities. Most importantly, our residential managers are also in recovery and can be a source of inspiration and support for those new in recovery.

Specialists

Hawaii Island Recovery also features staff that provides specialized services that help Hawaii Island Recovery remain a pre-eminent drug treatment facility.  We are fortunate to have Jan Seifert that provides essential marketing services that highlight the great programs and services that Hawaii Island Recovery has to offer. We also have chef Danielle Slattery that provides healthy, balanced in nutritious meals for our patients.

We also are fortunate to have Craig Hawkins to provide our clients ocean activities that sets Hawaii Island Recovery apart from the rest. Additionally, Sophie Higgins provides Quality Assurance services to ensure Hawaii Island Recovery ensures that our programs and procedures meet the highest of standards. 

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