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Meet the Staff of Clean Recovery Centers

Shayne Sundholm

CEO, FMPG Board Member

About Shayne

Shayne Sundholm is the Chief Executive Officer of Clean Recovery Centers in Tampa, Florida. He brings almost 20 years of C-level executive experience in a wide range of business industries to his leadership role. His background includes healthcare, business-to-business, business-to-consumer, software-as-a-service, direct response, and consumer goods. These skills were acquired in business environments ranging from startups to mid and large-size multicultural, international organizations.

Shayne holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics, an Advanced Graduate Managerial Diploma, and a Masters degree in Business Administration. A compassionate leader, Shayne has a very strong desire to help those in need of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. He describes his role as CEO of Clean Recovery Centers as “an experience of a life time; I am truly blessed.”

Along with President, Nick Cuneo, Shayne has been a prominent advocate and spokesperson for Clean Recovery Centers as the program expands with innovative offerings that, Shayne says, “Meet the needs of those who want to get their lives back.”

Nick Cuneo

President and Founder, FMPG Board Member

About Nick

Nick Cuneo is the President and Founder of Clean Recovery Centers in Tampa, Florida. For over 18 years, he has helped countless people suffering from different substance abuse issues and also helped reduce the stigma around those issues. Nick attended Boston University and went on to become a highly successful executive on Wall Street for 16 years. He has also worked in the non-profit space and developed and consulted in several small businesses.

Nick’s passion is helping others, as he was, to recover from drug addiction and alcoholism. His top priority, aside from caring for his beloved son, is helping those in need. He saw an opportunity in the treatment industry to help more people – and Clean Recovery Centers was born. “It’s a natural extension of what I have been doing for the last 18 years in recovery,” he explained.” It’s an opportunity to help an ever-growing number of people.”

The primary purpose of Clean Recovery Centers is to help those suffering from drug addiction and alcoholism achieve permanent sobriety or, put a different way, to Get, Live and stay Clean.

Charles Robinson

Clinical Educator

About Charles

Charles Robinson is the Clinical Educator of Clean Recovery Centers in Tampa, Florida. An extremely gifted healer with over 40 years in the mental health field, he was trained classically as well as in Eastern philosophy and techniques. He calls the Clean Recovery Program the culmination of his life’s work.

As architect of Clean’s Three Phase Program, Charles utilizes techniques that are unique and very powerful. Through the Anchors Process, he allows people to identify the anchoring events around their addiction, to understand the core beliefs created around their addiction, and to help them change those beliefs. A strong supporter of Don Miguel Ruiz’s ‘The Four Agreements’, Charles teaches people to be impeccable with their word, to always do their best, and to stop making assumptions and taking things personally.

Through a technique called the Witness State, he allows people to watch themselves as they progress through each stage of their recovery. He is also an expert in meditation and the creator of Kai Chi Do, an aerobic treatment martial arts program similar to Tai Chi but with more movement and fun.

Dr. A.K. Vijapura, MD, PA

Medical Director

About Dr. V

Dr. A.K. Vijapura, MD, PA – ‘Dr. V’ – is the Medical Director of Clean Recovery Centers in Tampa, Florida. A highly respected opinion leader in the addiction treatment arena, he is board certified in Psychiatry, Neurology, Geriatric, and Addiction Psychiatry.

With his broad range of experience, Dr. Vijapura is much sought-after. In addition to his work as the Medical Director at Clean Recovery Centers, he has similar responsibilities at the Behavioral Unit at Tampa Community Hospital and the Transitions PHP Program of Memorial Hospital of Tampa. He is also a consulting psychiatrist for Kindred South Hospital of Tampa, Brandon Regional Hospital, and Tampa General Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Vijapura is a psychiatric consultant at the University of Tampa.

Philanthropy is very important to Dr. Vijapura. He has held numerous volunteer positions, including Instructor for Medical, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Physician students, and Supervisor for Mental Health Counselors and ARNPs. He loves to give back as well as teach and is the founder of the Vrujbhoomi International School at Mogar, Anand, and a major donor for Umiya School at Shidur, Jamnagar, India.

Kevin Gormley

Vice President, Clinical & Medical Operations

About Kevin

Kevin Gormley is the Vice President – Clinical & Medical Operations at Clean Recovery Centers in Tampa, Florida. A dynamic leader, he is skilled at supporting those suffering from addiction as well as veterans and their families. This top level Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner has more than 17 years experience in military medical and combat settings. Over a 24-year military career, he has been an extremely focused, results-oriented leader throughout varied Behavioral Health Care settings, including two tours of duty in Iraq and combat support in military operations.

Kevin has a proven track record of supervising behavioral health treatment for inpatient and outpatient care teams. Throughout his career, he has held a number of prestigious positions including Chief of Behavioral Health, Commander, and Executive Assistant Head Nurse at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Eisenhower Presidential Suite in Washington D.C. In this role, he provided high security nursing care to the President and other top officials.

Kevin holds a Master of Science in Nursing (Psychiatric ARNP), a Master of Arts in Human Resources with a focus on Organization Development, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with honors, and is Board Certified in Psychiatry.

Kari Mackneer

Clinical Director

About Kari

Kari Mackneer is the Clinical Director at Clean Recovery Centers in Tampa, Florida. With over 20 years of mental health and addiction treatment experience, she is responsible for the coordination of all clinical care needs at Clean Recovery Centers, and also facilitates client-focused group, family and one-on-one sessions.

As a Clinical Director, Kari has been an innovator from early on. The CTT team she started in Pittsburgh was the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, and it was where she received extensive training in borderline personality disorders. Her team also started a group home for borderline women, which ran entirely on the DBT model.

Kari received her Bachelors of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University and her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. She has held numerous positions throughout her 20 + year career, including Home Healthcare Coordinator, Community Outreach Specialist, Medical Social Worker, Community Treatment Leader and Clinical Director. These experiences have given Kari an unmatched ability to effectively communicate with clients and families on many levels.

Paul Tzatzimakis

Chief Operations Officer

About Paul

Paul Tzatzimakis is the Chief Operations Officer of Clean Recovery Centers in Tampa, Florida. He has been with the organization since Day One. At a young age and before Clean Recovery Centers, Paul held supervisory roles with large businesses where he was half the age of his subordinates. These vocational and life experiences taught him a tremendous amount about organization, human interaction and recovery.

Through the years, he has experienced both sides of addiction and these skills, along with his own strong recovery, make Paul uniquely qualified to be responsible for all operations at Clean Recovery Centers.

He has dedicated his life to helping those suffering with addiction. He has become an aficionado of recovery literature, constantly studying recovery techniques and sharing what he has learned to help others. Paul continuously looks out for the clients and their needs and ensures that his staff is doing so at all times. Paul is best described as hardworking, caring, and compassionate, a person who will always go that extra mile for someone in need.

David Dominguez

Operations/Client Care Coordinator

About David

David Dominguez is the Operations/Client Care Coordinator at Clean Recovery Centers in Tampa, Florida where he works one-on-one with clients to facilitate treatment scheduling with staff as well as doctors, therapists and psychiatrists as needed.

In recovery himself, David joined Clean from White Sands Treatment Center in Plant City, Florida where he was Discharge Coordinator. At White Sands, he was heavily involved in finding recovery resources for clients who were leaving treatment. For this vital function, he arranged entry into sober living facilities and Intensive Outpatient Programs using a network of contacts in the therapeutic community.

During this time, he was also the lead Certified Behavioral Health Technician at White Sands, creating and implementing individual treatment plans and recording patient behavior. In addition, he helped provide a safe and supportive environment for patients. Prior to these posts, David worked at Tranquil Shores, LLC in Redington Shores, Florida as a Certified Behavioral Health Technician (CBHT).

In addition to his CBHT certification, he earned a Medication Administration Assistance certificate. David attended Hillsborough Community College in 2009 and continued on to their Fire Academy.

Sarah Jenkins

Primary Therapist/Activities Director

About Sarah

Sarah designs and implements the therapeutic activities program by utilizing the latest evidenced based practices. Through this role, Sarah collaborates with the team to build partnerships at all levels of care to ensure the whole person is treated in their recovery journey.

Prior to Clean Recovery Centers, Sarah worked as an Activities Therapist before being promoted to Behavioral Health Therapist at St. Anthony’s inpatient Behavioral Health Unit, part of the BayCare Health System. Sarah was able to create and streamline the activities program by integrating evidence based therapies with the creative and expressive arts, including art, music, and dance therapies. The activities program is still utilized by St. Anthony’s behavioral health unit today. Prior to working as an Activities Therapist, she worked in the outpatient field with BayCare as a Peer Support Specialist where she worked individually with clients to provide peer support and assist clients in finding their own road to recovery.

Sarah graduated with high honors from University of South Florida with her Master’s degree in social work. Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from USF Honors College where she designed, analyzed, and published her research in the field of recovery and peer support. Sarah also holds an AA degree with Magna Cum Laude honors in psychology from St. Petersburg College.

Joyce Diaz

Behavioral Health Tech Supervisor

About Joyce

Joyce Diaz is the Behavioral Health Tech Supervisor at Clean Recovery Centers in Tampa, Florida. In this role she acts as a representative of the treatment staff and observes all patient activity. With Clean since its beginning, Joyce has four years in recovery, is effective as a recovery mentor and also closely involved with Alcoholics Anonymous.

At Clean, this mother of seven is a highly visible presence at the treatment center, in community housing and for outside activities. On a daily basis, she observes client behavior, identifies possible safety hazards and collects random drug testing specimens as well as Breathalyzer tests. She is also the driver of the company vehicle, thus ensuring that clients arrive safely and on time for activities.

For three years, Joyce honed her supervisory and observation skills as a Floor Monitor and Overseer for the Seminole Hardrock Casino, including accurate accounting of approximately $20,000 during each shift.

In 2017, Joyce officially became a Recovery Family Mentor and also a Certified Recovery Coach through Recovery All, Inc. In addition, she completed training for her Florida Certification as a Board Certified Recovery Support Specialist.

Heather Eckert

Case Manager

About Heather

Heather Eckert is a Case Manager at Clean Recovery Centers in Tampa, Florida where her customer service and organizational skills are impacting clients and staff on a daily basis. 

Prior to Clean, Heather was Wellness Group Coordinator at White Sands Treatment Center, a 100 bed substance abuse facility in Plant City, Florida. Her responsibilities included maintaining provider schedules, administering biofeedback therapy and produced weekly and monthly productivity and billing reports.

Before White Sands, she was a Mental Health Tech at Baycare in Winter Haven, Florida where she assisted patients in the psychiatric unit. Heather also worked as a Family-based Clinician at New Life Cognitive Behavioral Health in Reading, Pennsylvania.

On the educational side, she earned an Education A.A. in Social Work at Polk Community College in Lakeland, Florida and is currently studying Business Administration via an online program at Western Governor’s University in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Josie Thompson, RN

Nurse Manager

About Josie

Josie Thompson, RN, is a Nurse Manager at Clean Recovery Centers in Tampa, Florida. Prior to Clean, she spent six years as a Registered Nurse in regional health and treatment facilities in Florida. Most recently she was the Charge Nurse in Detox/Psych Nursing at the White Sands Treatment Center in Plant City, Florida. In this role, she was responsible for patient care, patient advocacy and addressing the needs of detox and residential patients. Before White Sands, she worked in Detox/Psych Nursing at Riverside Recovery in Tampa. 

Josie graduated in 2015 from Hillsborough Community College in Plant City, Florida with an Associate of Nursing degree, which included 600 clinical hours. Her strong skill set includes critical thinking that she applies to all aspects of nursing. In addition, she continually demonstrates superb judgment and decision-making as well as a passion for delivering quality patient care.

Veronica Zubia-DeJong

Mental Health Counselor, Registered Intern

About Veronica

Veronica Zubia-DeJong is a Registered Intern (Mental Health Counselor) at Clean Recovery Centers in Tampa, Florida after spending a year at Clean as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor intern. She was also instrumental in helping Clean Recovery Centers become certified through the Joint Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) by conducting research and adhering to certification guidelines and compliance. A dedicated and compassionate mental health counseling professional, Veronica recently earned a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College. She is well-known in mental health circles for her versatile human services skills and for providing quality services to at-risk adult populations.

Before Clean Recovery Centers, Veronica spent several years with Information Technology companies. From 1989 to 2009 she was the Information Assurance Manager for the U.S. Air Force, eventually becoming a Section Chief with experience leading teams of up to 22 personnel. This was followed by three years as IT Ops Manager with Special Operations Command Central.

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