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Nick Padlo

CEO

Nick Padlo is a small business leader, entrepreneur, and native of Jacksonville Florida. He received his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy (West Point), where he served as the Chairman of the Honor Committee. After West Point, Nick served for 5 years in the United States Army. Where he spent 27 months in combat operations between Afghanistan and Iraq, earning the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. He attended Stanford University for business school, and later went on to become CEO of an Inc1000 growth company. His move into substance abuse treatment is a result of his personal battle with depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder. After getting treatment himself, Nick defined his personal mission as helping others through similarly dark times. He believes that everyone can find their way back, regain their lives, and live a life free of suffering. Sophros was designed to be just that place, where clients across North Florida can develop a set of tools that can help them establish their own personal road to recovery.

Katie Padlo

Co-Founder

Katie Padlo is a native of Jacksonville Florida and attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. She received her undergraduate degree from University of North Florida in elementary education. Following graduation, she taught in Duval County public schools. After five years, she moved to Lincoln Nebraska, where she had the opportunity to work alongside school counselors and serve children with special needs in the area. When she moved back to Jacksonville, Katie spent time raising her two boys. She has a passion for serving others and is excited to be able to support clients at Sophros Recovery on their road to recovery.

Erin Moran, LMHC

Clinical Director

Erin Moran is a licensed mental health counselor and certified group practitioner who originates from Orange County, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science from SUNY New Paltz and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida (UNF). She began her career as a therapist working at the UNF Counseling Center where her passion for group psychotherapy originated. She has since gained additional experience working as a therapist and clinical manager at a dual-diagnosis residential substance abuse treatment facility and is a therapist at an outpatient eating disorder facility. She opened her part-time private practice in 2016 and sees adults and older adolescents who are actively seeking overall health and wellness in their lives.

Erin has been fortunate to work with people from diverse backgrounds; experiencing a variety of concerns, including various forms of addiction, trauma, anxiety, depression, identity conflicts, histories of abuse, and relationship/family stress.

Erin’s therapy style incorporates client-centered, cognitive-behavioral therapy, emotion-focused, and psycho-dynamic approaches. She believes in treating the whole person and working towards healing the mind, body, and spirit.

Outside her time working as a therapist and clinical director, Erin enjoys snuggling with her dog and cat, practicing yoga, watching Marvel shows/movies, and taking trips to the mountains

Dr. John Kemerer

Medical Director

Dr. Kemerer is originally from Michigan. He went to college at Michigan State University and majored in chemistry. He earned his medical degree from A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed post graduate training at Michigan State University Bay Medical Center. Dr. Kemerer has an interest in family medicine, emergency medicine and medical treatment of substance abuse.

Dr. Kemerer has thirty years experience in family medicine, with special interest in emergency medicine and urgent care. He has experience with substance abuse treatment utilizing medically assisted treatment in private practice as well as with Ohio Valley Physicians. He has been an assistant professor of family medicine at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the medical director of Ohio University Student Health Center.

Dr. Kemerer served in the United States Army Reserve. He resides in St. Augustine, Florida and lives with his wife, and enjoys life with his children. He likes biking, fishing and boating.

Elaine Simpson, MBA

Director of Customer Relations/Business Development

Elaine Simpson is a seasoned professional, with over 30+ years in the Healthcare industry. She spent part of her career as an Assisted Living Administrator, working for Hospice and Marketing in the Jacksonville market. Her background and expertise consist of: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Sales, Marketing, Admission’s, Administrative, Management, Team Building and Customer Service just to name a few. She works actively with Physicians, Psych, LMHC and patients.

Elaine has a MBA degree in Business administration and a BS degree in Healthcare Administration.

She was born in Portland, Oregon, moved to Cuba when she was 6 months old. Moved to Jacksonville, FL when she was 3 years old where she has lived all but 3 years of her life.

She has 1 son who is 21 years old. His name is Garret. They love to watch sports together. She is an animal lover and her hobbies include being a season ticket holder for the Jacksonville Jaguars since the very beginning. Her favorite things are sea turtles and travel.

Stephanie Bosh, MCAP

Senior Therapist, Clinician, Clinical Supervisor, and Clinical Program Director

Stephanie Bosh is a highly experienced senior therapist, clinician, clinical supervisor, and clinical program director. She brings nearly 20 years of experience working with individuals facing addiction, substance use, and mental health issues across all portions of the continuum of care, ranging from detox/residential to outpatient services. She was awarded her Master’s degree from Michigan State University, focused in Community Services and Counseling. She is proud owner of a pack of pups ranging in size from miniature up to a great dane.

Linsey Mizic, MS RMHCI

Therapist and Registered Nurse

Linsey Mizic is a registered clinical mental health intern, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Science from The Pennsylvania State University and her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lock Haven University. She began her career as a mobile crisis counselor and transitioning into a Family Based Therapist. She relocated to Florida in 2019 where she began her career in the substance abuse field working as a detox therapist and primary therapist at a dual-diagnosis residential substance abuse treatment facility.

Linsey’s therapy styles incorporate cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness therapy. She feels connected to creating a safe space for her clients to provide support and guidance in promoting good mental, emotional, and physical health. She utilizes varying tools in her therapies related to the mind, body, and soul connection to gain a better understanding of not only ourselves, but the world around us.

Outside of her work, Linsey enjoys to spend time with her animals, family, playing sports, and learning how to cook and grill new meals.

Carrie Hastings, RN

Registered Nurse

Carrie has been a registered nurse for 23 years and received her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from University of Florida. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings from labor and delivery, to outpatient surgery, to working in treatment for addiction and recovery centers. She has worked at Shands Hospital, Mayo clinic, St. Luke’s Hospital and Lakeview Treatment Center. She is passionate about helping people with addiction and recovery and raising her three teenage boys. When Carrie is not at work, you can find her enjoying yoga, reading, practicing Reiki, paddle boarding, kayaking, biking and mostly anything outdoors.

Lisa Vassallo, RN

Registered Nurse

Lisa is a registered nurse and business administrator who has lived in the St. Augustine area for over thirty years. Originally form St. Louis, MO, she holds degrees in both Human Services and Nursing, and has completed coursework at Florida Coastal School of Law.

Lisa has held many leadership positions during her thirty-three years as an RN. In the area of mental health, she has significant experience with dual diagnosis, anxiety and depression in adults and seniors, eating disorders, sexual trauma, and chemical dependency detox and rehab. As a staunch advocate for veterans’ mental health services, she has worked with Jacksonville veterans for many years in Behavioral Health. Her father and husband are both veterans. She believes mental health should be promoted and protected the same as physical health yet understands that often it is often not addressed fully in the veteran community. At Sophros, we are helping to change that. When she is not working as a nurse, Lisa enjoys travel, the arts, and having fun with her children and grandchildren.