With over fifty years of experience in the health and wellness space, the HARP staff is dedicated to providing the support and guidance our clients need during their stay with us. The HARP team consists of highly skilled psychiatrists, doctors, clinicians, and certified counselors – each of whom will lend their knowledge to contribute to a successful, sustainable recovery.
Each team member is a specialist in their respective field, allowing us to match each client with the staff member that can best meet their treatment needs. We understand that each patient arrives at HARP under unique circumstances and therefore, requires a unique treatment plan. Our team will work closely with each patient to ensure that their stay with us is as comfortable and rewarding as possible. When you or a loved one walks through our doors, you can trust that you are in good hands.
Gino Cicerchia is a Palm Beach Group Graduate. He attributes his fourteen years of sobriety to this experience. Gino had struggled with addiction from the age of fifteen to twenty-seven. During these twelve years he had a maze of legal problems, went to a number of inpatient treatment centers, halfway houses, and outpatient programs. Gino could not stay sober. Then his girlfriend, Krissy, introduced him to an alternative way of working toward sobriety: a process known as The Palm Beach Group lead by Nina DeGerome. This approach worked for Gino.
From his own experience and years of addiction, Gino knew how difficult it was to get sober, and moreover stay sober… he also knew how high the failure rate was with sustainable sobriety, and he knew there was a better way from his own experience. As a result of getting sober through the Palm Beach Group and having first hand knowledge of the lifestyle it offered in sobriety, Gino felt that more people should be made aware of this innovative type of treatment. He, Krissy, and Nina brainstormed about developing an inpatient program that would incorporate this eclectic approach of cognitive restructuring… in a gentler version for those more fragile.
Gino had also met Michael Walsh during this time period and consulted with him about his vision. The result of their combined efforts was HARP, a whole new style of addiction treatment, and the offering of a recovery lifestyle that would ultimately appeal to everyone. Gino was also extremely fortunate to have Charles Smith join the HARP vision and team. Charles is a prominent and well- respected masters level clinician, and serves as the clinical supervisor. Charles has been sober for over 30 years using the 12-step program.
His twenty-five year tenure in the detox, and residential treatment arena, combined with Nina’s twenty-seven years leading the Palm Beach Group, as well as Michael’s knowledge of drug and alcohol treatment treatment providers nationally was the perfect trio to create what is now the most personalized and innovative approach to addiction treatment possible.
Today, Gino is happily married to his beautiful wife Krissy, and they have three beautiful children, Sophia, Seneca and Micah. He has made a career of devoting his life to helping those that suffer from addiction and alcoholism.
Kristin has her own outpatient practice, and she is also a group facilitator at HARP Treatment Center in Palm Beach, Florida. She is a respected expert in the Alcoholism and Addiction arena, with over a decade of experience as a CBT group facilitator. Kristin received a Master’s in Mental Health from Palm Beach Atlantic College and is a licensed mental health counselor. In her free time Krissy enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, and volunteering to “give back” to what was so freely given to her.
Charles is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University and has spent 25 years in the field of Alcoholism and Drug Addictions. He is currently a registered intern and has received his master’s in clinical psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic College. For ten years Charles was in the non-profit arena, and the last 13 years in the private treatment sector. Some of his specialties include treating airline personnel as well as doctors and employees in the medical field.
He has spent numerous years working with the drug court as a court liaison for the Florida Marchman Act. Another facet of his experience is with the prison system, working with the public defenders and prosecutors to provide substance abuse placement for felony convicted inmates. His strengths are didactic presentations on the brain functions of addiction and relapse prevention.
He is a Florida Board Certified Addictions Professional (CAP), holds the ICADC certification (International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor through the National Association Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling -NAADAC) and is a nationally Certified Anger Management Professional. Charles is the brainchild behind the H.A.R.P. Branded curriculum. This curriculum is comprised of exercises that specifically address every letter within the HARP name, honesty, assertiveness, responsibility, and peace. Charles believes that a client must be able to practice every one of these principles daily in order to be successful in their recovery. Furthermore, these exercises give HARP cleints an accurate gauge to see for themselves the amount of progress they have made throughout their treatment stay.
Shelby is a Florida native and graduate of the University of Central Florida. She has been with HARP since its inception and has been involved in every phase of the business and its amazing growth. Shelby serves as the director of Administrative Services, and acts as the liaison between the CEO and the HARP clinical and administrative staff. Shelby brings HARP a myriad of expertise through both her educational and previous career experience.
Her background in administration and the hospitality industry has proven to be a perfect combination to compliment the HARP business model. Shelby assists in every aspect of the HARP program including admissions, accounting, administration, and all client and clinical services. Shelby also serves as the assistant to the CEO.
George is originally from Boston and brought his family to Florida 20 years ago. It was here he realized he needed treatment and sobriety. He began his recovery in 2008 and moved back to Boston, where he attended University of Massachusetts to become a Licensed & Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
He worked as a primary counselor and night manager for the Gavin Foundation in their Residential Adolescent Rehabilitation Center in South Boston for five years before returning to Florida where he worked as Lead Counselor Assistant for Hanley Center.
He is trained in several areas in substance abuse treatment, including the recent Intervention 911 with Ken Seeley and at HARP worked in positions such as lead tech, admissions coordinator, and is now a primary therapist. George is an extremely big hearted, passionate man that has devoted his career to helping others recover from addiction with empathy and total commitment.
Greg Gibson has been heavily involved in the recovery community since 2008. In 2009, he started in the field as a behavioral health tech, and by 2010, he was working in admissions for a local treatment agency. His extensive experience includes business development, case management, insurance verification, utilization review, and client relations and placement.
Greg always makes his clients his first priority. His work and life experiences allow him to connect with those seeking help and assist families and loved ones through the intervention and admissions process. As Director of Admissions, he manages team building, hiring, and recruiting systems as well as overseeing all representatives of the admissions and business development team.
Greg enjoys a variety of different activities outside of work. He is an avid golfer, cigar aficionado, and world traveler. He enjoys spending time with his wife and their two bulldogs, engaging in outdoor sports and activities, and enjoying the company of their many friends and family.0