About Harm Reduction Center

Our goal as a provider is to empower and support your recovery

Harm Reduction Center is a private healthcare facility that provides highly individualized service to our clients, offering Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment and all outpatient levels of care. Our goal as a provider is to empower and support our client’s recovery. We recognize recovery looks different for everyone and we will stand by you as you or your loved one walks this journey.

Our Philosophy

It is our philosophy that separates us from many other programs. The fact is that recovery does and should look different for everyone. Our belief and experience has shown us that cultivating recovery requires exposure to many different paths. We will empower you to choose a path for yourself and, with collaboration from loved ones and our treatment team, support that choice.

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HARC Staff

Kevin Choi

CEO

Sam Wilcox

Vice President

Sheila Joe-Gaines

Director of Human Resources

Sheila has worked in the Human Resources field for three years. She has obtained a vast knowledge of recruitment, benefits, compensation, talent development, employee relations, compliance, auditing/preparation and payroll. She focuses on the implemented of upgrading from heavily paper-driven process to bring tools and resources to the desktop and mobile devices of the employees and managers.

Sheila has worked in the “people” business for over 20 years. Sheila’s strong desire for assisting in the Human Resources process is an everyday reward. She is a member of the national chapter of The Society for Human Resources Management. Sheila believes in hard work and dedication while delivering precise and ethical services to each client. She launched the Human Resources department for six private sector companies as a Human Resources department of one. Sheila received a score of 99% or higher on all audits regarding personnel, training, and all accreditations – resulting in industry licensing or accreditation.

Sheila’s Favorite Quote:

She said, “I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
-Maya Angelou

Arpana Shivdasani

Physician Assistant

Ms. Arpana Shivdasani has extensive experience in providing medical care to substance abuse and mental health patients. As a Physician Assistant in Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry, Ms. Shivdasani is responsible for conducting history and physicals, initial psychiatric evaluations, administering and prescribing appropriate courses of treatment, including pharmaceutical medications, monitoring patients’ condition and re-evaluating treatments as necessary. She is dedicated to provide the highest standard of care to her patients in a compassionate manner while yet empowering them with the knowledge and determination they need to succeed through their journey.

Ms. Shivdasani’s background spans over fourteen years providing services in healthcare clinics, urgent care centers, emergency rooms and internal medicine practices in locations ranging from New York, California to Florida. Upon completing her Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2006, Ms. Shivdasani started her career in Emergency Medicine at the Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York. Thereafter, she provided services at multiple Internal Medicine and Urgent Care Clinics in the New York, California and Florida regions.

Amanda L. Bennett

Clinical Director

Amanda L. Bennett is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida specializing in treating addictions, mental illness, co-occurring disorders, and trauma. Amanda attended Washington University in St. Louis for her undergraduate studies, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish in 2008. After returning to South Florida and working as a legal assistant, Amanda decided to return to her passion for studying the human brain, behavior, relationships, and psychotherapy. She next attended Palm Beach Atlantic University, where she earned a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology in 2014, with specific concentrations in Mental Health Counseling and Substance Abuse Counseling. Amanda holds a Level I & II certificate in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and is also a PREPARE/ENRICH Certified Facilitator.

Amanda joined the HARC family as Clinical Director in 2019, bringing with her over a decade of experience working with wide-ranging mental health issues, social and relational concerns, and substance use disorders. Her background helping individuals and families in diverse counseling and human health service environments gives her a unique understanding of HARC’s clients’ needs, which is well-paired with her caring, solution-focused treatment orientation.

Amanda has a passion for empowering people. Her philosophy of clinical treatment is based on a belief that all individuals have an innate ability to heal emotionally, which can be accessed via therapeutic treatments and supported by holistic practices and healthy community engagement. Amanda encourages her staff to always focus on supporting and encouraging the individuals they work with to set themselves up for success — both while engaging in services at HARC, as well as after successfully completing treatment. When it comes to the treatment of addictions as well as mental and behavioral health concerns, Amanda guides the clinical team of HARC in providing excellent and compassionate care, with the aim of stimulating clients’ personal growth and promoting long-term recovery, resiliency, and wellness self-management.

Jared DiCianno

Program Director

Jared grew up in Reno, Nevada before moving to Florida for his own recovery. His personal experience in this arena has made him exceptionally effective in communicating with our clients and is a valued part of our treatment team. Jared has been working in the addiction treatment field now for nearly 10 years. He is dedicated to helping others overcome their addiction and finding a new way to live.

Dan Merrill

Director of Operations: Behavioral Health

Dan is originally from Massachusetts. He came to Florida to pursue his own recovery. Dan has been working in the treatment field for many years and finds purpose in guiding others down the path of recovery. Dan is a valued member of the treatment team at Harm Reduction Center.

Justin Carvalho

Director of Business Development

Josh Gruszewski

Facilities Manager

A 3rd generation carpenter who has 10+ years of experience in commercial and residential construction/maintenance, Josh is an asset to maintaining smooth operation throughout HARC. His attention to detail and strong work ethic ensures that any problems are handled correctly and promptly.

Ashley Sullivan

RN

Ashley is the director of nursing here at HARC. She has been with the company for over one year, but an RN for over 9 years. Prior to HARC, she has worked as a nurse in the field of addiction, and as a psychiatric nurse working with the geriatric population. Ashley has an interdisciplinary Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology and Community Health, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She is a proud member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
Ashley enjoys spending time with her two daughters when she is not working. She aspires to go back to school in the future to become an PMHNP

Richard Warren

Primary Therapist, LCSW, CCTP-II, EMDR Trained, Qualified Supervisor

Briana DellaMura

Primary Therapist

Briana has extensive and diverse experience in Substance Abuse and Harm Reduction, beginning with 3 different internships working with Infectious Disease with Yale University. Briana earned her Bachelors degree Cum Laude in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Nichols College, and continued to graduate school at Nova Southeastern University where she specialized in Addiction and Trauma studies. Briana has served populations ranging from maximum security inmates, parolee’s, juveniles, sex-trafficked victims, couples, first responders and veterans, and MSM. Briana utilizes solution focused, and client centered modalities with clients during individualized counseling sessions. Briana aims to motivate clients through the stages of change while facilitating the reconstruction of self-esteem and rebuilding strained relationships. Briana’s working theory is “Depression, anxiety and stress is
not a malfunction, it is a signal.”

Kyle Short

Primary Therapist

Kyle is a primary therapist at Harm Reduction Center. His experience in the field includes working with adults and adolescents with co-occurring disorders including primary issues of both substance abuse and mental health. Kyle is a registered mental health counselor intern working towards licensure. Kyle has worked in a plethora of settings including outpatient, residential, and inpatient levels of care providing individual and group therapeutic services. Kyle has worked extensively with clients in community mental health as well as the for profit sector. Kyle’s approach to working with clients include utilizing emotion focused and cognitive behavioral therapies while integrating and encouraging client-directed change.

Andrea Muchmore

Primary Therapist, Master's in Social Work Intern

Andrea is a recent graduate from the University of Memphis. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work with a focus on substance abuse. She has experience in mental health agencies working with dual diagnosis and processed addictions. She is passionate about working with addictions and how it relates to co-dependent behaviors.

Carly Washor

Psychotherapist

Carly works with an array of people struggling with “dis”-ease, ranging from a variety of addictions, with a specific focus on underlying factors. Her areas of expertise include working with the following: attachment wounds, life transitions, trauma, grief/loss/bereavement, relational issues, developmental stagnation’s, self-esteem, stress patterns, cultural/spiritual confusion, and emotional dysregulation.

Carly is a Licensed Clinical Social worker who holds a Certified Masters Level Addiction Professional accreditation (MCAP), International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium accreditation (ICADC). She has also completed training to assist with the healing of trauma through EMDRIA’s EMDR course. Carly’s compassionate support, and authentic nature, nurture a safe environment for any client who is seeking aid in their lifelong journey of healing from early childhood traumas or from life transitions. Carly is committed to walk with her clients each step of the way along their personal journey, by enhancing life skills, confidence, dignity, awareness, insight, and self compassion.

Carly’s highly attuned intuitive self complements the approaches and theoretical frameworks that she utilizes. She creates unique and individualized treatment plans utilizing logotherapy, mindfulness based psychotherapies, contemplative practices, creative expressions, a Jungian framework, Buddhism underpinnings, body oriented trauma based modalities, dialectical behavioral skills, EMDR, Somatic experiencing, and internal family systems.

Timothy Fitzpatrick

Case Manager

Amanda Dagradi

Admissions/Intake

Amanda has been working in the substance abuse field for seven years. During this time she has worked a variety of positions giving her the innate skills and ability to connect with clients and families struggling with addiction. She’s also held a number of supervisory positions including IOP/PHP Housing Director, Medical department supervisor, Admissions Director, Admissions supervisor for detox level of care, and Resident Director for sober living. In addition she was privately contracted running group therapy for numerous substance abuse treatment centers across South Florida. She has worked in all levels of care from detox, residential, to PHP, IOP, and sober living. This has allowed her to understand and meet clients where they are at in terms of the care they need.

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