Our experienced and dedicated Medical and Clinical staff provide exceptional, one of a kind treatment for the mind and body.
Provisional Medical Director
Dr. James Meredith is a graduate of the University of South Florida, for both his Bachelor and Medical degrees, graduating with honors. His residency was also conducted at the University of South Florida. He has practiced General Practice Medicine, Addiction Medicine, and Interventional Pain Management for the last 6 years. He is happily married with 2 children, and resides in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Dr. Meredith has worked in many settings over his time practicing, including the FL State prison system, Private Practice, as well as with multiple Interventional pain facilities. He has written numerous papers and conducted research regarding Opiate Dependency and treatment. He enjoys cooking gourmet meals and spending time with his children and loved ones. His philosophy of addiction treatment is that no two patients are alike and that treatment should be all encompassing including traditional western medicine, alternative treatments, behavioral therapy, and 12-step principles.
Certified Physician’s Assistant
Ellis is a Certified Physician Assistant, and has practiced for 6 years in General Practice Medicine. He has specialized in Addiction Medicine and Interventional Pain Management for the last 3 years. He has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, graduating with honors. He continued with courses in Pre-Med to later complete his education at Nova Southeastern University with a Masters in Medical Science, Physician Assistant Studies. He is happily married and lives with his wife and children in the New Smyrna Beach area. He is also a professional wakesurfer, spending most weekends on the water with his friends and family. He has a strong belief that people must be treated as a whole, mind, body, spirit. Recovery from addiction includes the recovery from the physical self as well as the emotional/psychological and spiritual self.
Dr. Casanova, a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, provides psychiatric services for all clients and conducts weekly treatment team meetings. Dr. Casanova grew up in Puerto Rico and earned a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from the University of Puerto Rico in 1968. She went on to earn her Doctorate in Medicine from the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in 1980.In 1983, she completed her residency in psychiatry at Bergen Pines County Hospital in NJ and her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in 1985. Since 1988 she has actively been practicing medicine in a variety of settings including; New York, Virginia and Florida.
Dr. DeSilva is a Senior Attending Staff Member and Chairman in the Department of Integrative medicine at Raritan Bay Medical Center in New Jersey. He is also a member of the teaching faculty at JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ. Dr. DeSilva is Chairman of the Age of Management Medicine Group and Past President of the American Nutraceutical Association. He was the recipient of the Alan Mintz Award for Excellence in Clinical Age Management Medicine in November 2010, received the Best Doctor Award by Castle Connolly for the past 15 consecutive years. Derrick is a published author, host of the “Ask the Doctor” on WCTC Radio, and Medical correspondent for Cablevision (News 12 NJ) and Host of “12 to Your Health.”
Dr. Humiston is a board-certified family physician with extensive education in effective alternative medicine. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1995, then entered naval service where he completed his residency at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, California. He began work at the William Hitt Center under the mentorship of Dr. William Hitt and then joined the Center for Health and Wellbeing staff in San Diego in 2010. He has lectured nationally on addiction treatment and Candida overgrowth, and has served as a consultant training other physicians on the effective treatment of addictions with intravenous amino acids. Information on NeuroRecover(TM), a new approach to drug and alcohol dependence and addiction, can be found at www.NeuroRecover.com.
Laurie received both her B.S.W. and M.S.W. from the University of New Hampshire. She has experience providing direct clinical work with both individuals and families through her own private practice and her work at previous drug and alcohol treatment centers. A believer in the efficacy of the twelve-step program of recovery, Laurie utilizes this alongside other methods such as behavioral management techniques and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. In Laurie’s own words, she says, “I approach my clinical role from a relationship and strengths-based perspective- heart and person centered, meeting an individual where they are at. I utilize evidenced-based modalities, mindfulness, relaxation and psychoeducation.” Among Laurie’s many strengths as a therapist include her ability to provide stabilization of clients with trauma and substance abuse disorder so that they may find inner peace and hope in recovery.
Matt is originally from Long Island, New York and, growing up, aspired to have a career in business advertising. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. After college, Matt initially worked in advertising but did not find the sense of fulfillment that he was expecting. While struggling to find himself in the field of business, Matt turned to substances to fill the internal void he was experiencing. Matt came to Serenity Springs as a client after feeling broken and defeated, having tried treatment a number of times and failing to remain sober. Matt says that he left Serenity Springs with the tools, knowledge, and experience to finally live a life beyond anything he could have imagined. With a natural ability to help others, and a patient attitude he developed while growing up with two siblings diagnosed with autism, Matt was the perfect fit to start working at Serenity Springs.
Business Development Director
Karen Chrapek, BSBM, RRT, NCRC-1, NCFAC-1, Interventionist, began her career in the public relations arena in 1989 as the Executive Assistant to the General Manager/VP of Operations of Universal Studios. During her career at the studios, she focused mainly on project management, special events, crisis communications, and community relations. Karen received three employee awards during her 12-year tenure at Universal Studios. In 2002, Karen went to Narcotics Anonymous World Services to coordinate projects, marketing and special events. While there she launched a major Public Relations effort by implementing historic PR Roundtable meetings with a variety of professionals and collaborated with governmental agencies to develop public relations strategies designed to improve the organization’s public image. Karen left Los Angeles in 2003 to move to Ormond Beach, Florida. At Mobility Products Unlimited, LLC, as their special projects manager, she implemented Community Relations/Employee Relations programs and managed Government Relations efforts. In 2006 Karen became the Director of Donor Relations for Neighbor To Family, a foster care agency that keeps siblings together. Her career in the addiction field flourished while working at the Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center. Now as the Business Development Director for Serenity Springs Recovery Center, Karen provides value-driven public relations, marketing and admissions as well as education about addiction. Being in long term recovery herself, her passion is in helping individuals struggling with the self-destructive cycle of using and abusing drugs to find recovery. Karen has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, Woodland Hills, CA. Her favorite pastime is creating artwork based on Florida’s lush landscape.
A Long Island, New York native, Thomas graduated from Ward Melville High School in 2009 and attended trade school for automotive engineering. Unfortunately, soon after beginning his career he was involved in an accident that almost ended his life, and eventually led to the use of prescription painkillers. After many unsuccessful visits to prominent treatment facilities from Los Angeles, California to Long Island, New York, Thomas found Serenity Springs Recovery Center. Since receiving treatment, he has maintained his sobriety and experiences a life that he did not think was imaginable. Thomas feels honored and joyous that he now gets to help clients, the same way that he was helped while in treatment. He says that the most rewarding thing that he has experienced while working at Serenity Springs Recovery Center, is seeing client’s eyes light up because they finally feel hope.
Hayley was born and raised in central Florida. She overcame personal struggle with addiction in 2008. Hayley began a successful career in marketing in 2009. She has participated in local community outreach in her free time for a few years, cultivating a passion for helping provide addicts with a foundation to make positive changes in their lives. This experience motivated her decision to obtain an education so that she may use her passion professionally. After completing her degree in Psychology, Hayley became the lead administrator of a mental health and substance abuse agency in Volusia County. Hayley would continue as a behavioral health administrative professional, providing clients with information and tools to receive the best care possible with appropriate providers and community resources. Her experience as a behavioral health administrator is that she is at her best when assisting in recovery from substance abuse. The most rewarding interactions Hayley has had in both her professional and personal endeavors is participating in the ground work of an addict’s recovery process, being able to witness the changes that occur for that person as they become open to the recovery process, and their self-realization that they have the courage to change. In her free time, Hayley enjoys free diving or paddle boarding in springs throughout the state of Florida, making art, and enjoying the company of family and friends.
Board Member, Owner
Joe has had tremendous compassion and understanding with those suffering from the disease of addiction, after overcoming cocaine addiction himself over 20 years ago. Prior to opening Serenity Springs, Joe had an extremely successful career on wall street, becoming the vice-president for the company ICE on the NYSE. Joe became a pastor in the year 2000, and started Grace Church in New Jersey, which has had tremendous growth in the last 20 years. Joe retired from Wall Street in 2009, and now makes helping others his full time job. Joe recently became a published author after writing, A Reason to Live, which chronicles the story of his life.
Board Member, Owner
James created the Serenity Springs Recovery Program and acted as Chief Operating Officer for the first three years. He grew up in New Jersey, and after studying accounting at Monmouth University from 2001-2006, developed and managed a number of businesses. In 2011, he moved to Florida to create his vision of an exclusive treatment center that offers individualized treatment that combines a 12 step experience with clinical therapy. James stays involved with Serenity Springs’ day to day operations, and is dedicated to seeing those afflicted with addiction get well.
Board Member, Owner
Jim brings a unique perspective to Serenity Springs’ Program. As an undercover narcotics detective, for more than two decades, Jim dealt with the world of addiction on a daily basis. After years of treating drug addiction as a crime, Jim came to realize that addiction is a disease and must be treated as such. After being exposed to the solution of recovery, Jim realized that there are numerous families that he and his son could help. With decades of experience seeing how addiction affects the family, Jim is able to empathize and help families going through their struggles.