Our Expert Staff

Your recovery starts with us

Helping You Find Your Sobriety 

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.

Executive

  • Gino Cicerchia
    Gino Cicerchia
    CEO/Founder
  • Kristin Kay Cicerchia
    Kristin Kay Cicerchia
    LMHC - Chief Clinical Officer and Clinical Director
  • Michael Walsh
    Michael Walsh
    MS, CAP, CIP, National Advocate
  • Charles Smith
    Charles Smith
    Clinical Supervisor, Lead Therapist
  • Shelby Guerra
    Shelby Guerra
    Director of Administrative Services
  • George Hannan
    George Hannan
    CAC, ICADC, LADCII, Program Director
  • Greg Gibson
    Greg Gibson
    Admissions Director
  • Linda Broncatello
    Linda Broncatello
    Controller
  • Stefanie Burandt
    Stefanie Burandt
    Billing Manager
Gino Cicerchia
CEO/Founder

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 Kay Cicerchia
LMHC - Chief Clinical Officer and Clinical Director

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.

Michael Walsh
MS, CAP, CIP, National Advocate

Michael Walsh is the former President/CEO of The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). He holds a master’s degree in Substance Abuse Counseling, is a Certified Intervention Professional and a Certified Addiction Professional with extensive knowledge, experience and understanding of the treatment industry from the pre-admission through the intervention, admissions process, case management, referent relations, and client services and after care coordination for patients.

Charles Smith
Clinical Supervisor, Lead Therapist

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 Guerra
Director of Administrative Services

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 Hannan
CAC, ICADC, LADCII, Program Director

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
Admissions Director

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

Linda Broncatello
Controller

As the Controller for Harp, Linda has found pleasure being part of what has now become a highly respected and well known addiction treamtment program. Linda has worked in the treatment industry for 16 years, 10 years of which she had the honor of working alongside Don Mullaney at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches and a short period at Boca House, as well at the state funded facility and Carp. Linda draws compassion in assisting those involved with the healing process of addiction. Linda is well versed and educated in many aspects of accounting, including bookkeeping, human resources, and engineering. Linda also owned her own accounting business for 20 years.

Stefanie Burandt
Billing Manager

Stefanie was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. She has tremendous experience in the billing/collections industry, having been working in the field since 2012. Stefanie is also a registered pharmacy technician and has been in the medical field for many years, she carries an associate’s degree of science for sonography. Stefanie also used to work at a local hospital doing echocardiograms.

Medical

  • Dr. Raju Mangrola
    Dr. Raju Mangrola
    Medical Director
  • Dr. Rupesh Dharia
    Dr. Rupesh Dharia
    Consulting Medical Director
  • Dr. Lynn Hankes
    Dr. Lynn Hankes
    MD - Consulting Addictionologist
  • Lisa A. Stern
    Lisa A. Stern
    Licensed Practical Nurse
Dr. Raju Mangrola
Medical Director

Dr. Mangrola is a highly respected and accomplished psychiatrist who has been helping individuals with addiction and other psychiatric issues for over 25 years. He graduated from Baroda Medical College and completed his internship and residency at Oregon State Hospital.

Dr. Mangrola is a highly accomplished Five Board Certified Psychiatrist. He has certifications from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for Addiction Psychiatry, American Board of Addiction Medicine, Board Certified Addiction Psychiatry, Board Certified Forensic Psychiatry, and Board Certified Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Mangrola is currently the Medical Director of Detox at Jupiter Medical Center.

Dr. Rupesh Dharia
Consulting Medical Director

Dr. Rupesh Dharia, is a native of London, England. He trained at the top medical schools and traveled abroad to increase his exposure and experience to multi-ethnic illness in the Caribbean. Dr Dharia completed his training in New York City, where a vast majority of his patients were suffering from drug addiction, and alcoholism. Many of his patients were also as part of substance abuse programs. Dr Dharia has been in private practice for 11 years, and he has his own office located in Palm Beach Gardens Florida.

Dr. Lynn Hankes
MD - Consulting Addictionologist

Dr. Lynn Hankes is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Hankes is a pioneer in medicine. He was among the first 100 physicians first certified in Addiction Medicine.

He is an honored Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a Clinical Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

He served 13 years as the Director of the Washington Physicians Health Program. He also served as the President of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs.

Dr. Hankes is on the advisory boards of the Air Line Pilots Association and Medical Center Detox Unit in Jupiter, Florida. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Professionals Resource Network, a program that facilitates the rehabilitation of health professionals with substance use and mental disorders.

Lisa A. Stern
Licensed Practical Nurse

Lisa is a native of Florida. She began her career in health care almost seventeen years ago. Since that time, she has accumulated many years of experience in various areas of patient care (home health care, hospice care, surgical nursing, professional care management, wound care, geriatrics, lab technician, charge nurse, IV therapy). Over the past three years, Lisa has specialized in behavioral health and substance abuse nursing. After the tragic loss of a family member due to a drug overdose, she has now found her niche and true passion to help patients and their families.

Lisa is currently enrolled at Palm Beach State College to pursue a RN degree. In her free time, she enjoys to read, cook, garden, and play tennis. But, most of all spend time with her three children Brittany, Charlie, Paris Rose and her very spoiled dog, Foxy.

Palm Beach

  • Ginger Scharkopf
    Ginger Scharkopf
    CAP - Case Manager
  • Carol Martz
    Carol Martz
    EMDR & Trauma Specialist
Ginger Scharkopf
CAP - Case Manager

Ginger is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and brings with her several years of crisis intervention and client advocacy experience. Currently, at HARP Treatment Center of Palm Beach, Ginger is a Case Manager whose main focus is on client advocacy.

She facilitates client care coordination and serves as a single point of contact for all parties involved in the clients’ well-being and care. Ginger is in the process of pursuing her certification as an Addiction Professional through the Florida certification board.

Carol Martz
EMDR & Trauma Specialist

Carol Martz earned her BS from Purdue University and her Masters from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Addictions Professional.

She is also a trained EMDR therapist and specializes in treating patients diagnosed with histories of Trauma and PTSD as well as those suffering from Grief and Loss issues.

Carol’s trauma therapies also aid clients with drug and alcohol dependencies in resolving issues that can be triggers for relapse and continued chemical abuse. With Carol’s help, resolving past issues allow clients the opportunity to go forward with a higher rate of recovery success.

Carol also works with families in groups and individually, focusing on communications skills and styles.

Patient Services

  • Alton Davis
    Alton Davis
    Client Transportation Coordinator
  • Phillip Lemieux
    Phillip Lemieux
    Client Transportation Coordinator
Alton Davis
Client Transportation Coordinator

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