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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.