OUR TEAM


Our certified therapists, psychiatry professionals, medical staff, and compassionate counselors provide the necessary expertise, support and guidance essential in the early stages of recovery. The Hope Center has been awarded “The gold standard in clinical care” by the Joint Commission (JCAHO), and is built on the foundation of offering the highest level, most state-of-the-art treatment options for our clients.

We’re also proud to have esteemed alumni members as part of our team, who provide an unmatched connection to our clients through their experience, success and support. From the first call to our admissions counselors, to sustained communication with our alumni coordinators, there is not a moment when the Hope Center’s staff is not extending support and guidance both during and after the recovery process.

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James J. Durkin


Founder &CEO

James, originally from Lexington, KY., relocated to South Florida in 2001. By virtue of spirituality, family, and loyalty, James strives to achieve high levels of accomplishment not only for himself, but most importantly for those around him. With visions of the highest quality care available and the overall passion for helping people, his single family home transitional living facility has evolved into, what is today, The Hope Center for Rehabilitation.



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Dr. Edward Karban


Co-Founder &CFO

Dr. Karban is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and continues to practice on a part time basis. He is a co-founder of The Hope Center for Rehabilitation LLC and Relapse Prevention LLC. He is also a managing partner in Magnolia Place LLC, a real estate development company. He sits on the Board of Directors of several privately held companies in the biomechanical equipment and real estate development industry. He has extensive experience in real estate development having developed over 100 residential units and multiple commercial buildings. He is also a managing partner of a retail jewelry business



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Dr. Joan Martin, PhD, LCSW


Clinical Director

Joan is a FL and NY State licensed psychotherapist.  She is certified as a FL State Supervisor for MSW students pursuing licensure.  For the past five years, Dr. Martin has provided individual, family and group therapy within the continuum of Inpatient, PHP and IOP levels of care specializing in the treatment of substance abuse and dual diagnosis including Eating Disorders.  In addition to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Joan has incorporated her proficiency in the East/West Psychology of Change which was developed in Southeast Asia, where she lived for three years while working as the Director of EAP for a multinational corporation.  In this capacity, Joan provided psychological counseling services to a Buddhist, Islamic, Hindu and Christian population.



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Emily Pineyro, LMCH


Emily is a primary therapist for partial hospitalization level of care and has worked in the substance abuse field for eleven years. She received a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Lynn University with a focus on substance abuse treatment. Emily developed a strong sense of devotion for the treatment of addiction during her Master’s thesis research on drug overdoses and psychiatric comorbidity during graduate school. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how our treatment program seeks to improve the quality life and health of our clients.





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Andrew Mulford, CAC, ICADC


Director of Clinical Administration

Andrew is a Certified Addictions Counselor in the State of Florida. He has worked in the substance abuse/mental health field for the past six years and has experience at a variety of the levels of care offered including detox, inpatient, the acute care psychiatric crisis unit, outpatient, and the transitional living settings. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him. Andrew shows a true compassion for helping those who suffer from addiction and possesses the skill set to treat this condition. Andrew believes in focusing on the here and now to implement change effectively and immediately to bring about a better quality of life.



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Robert Meyer


Director of Business Development

A New Jersey native, Rob relocated to South Florida in 2011 to enter the recovery industry after working in the Utility field for over 13 years. He has now dedicated his personal and professional life to helping those with addictions. Rob joined The Hope Center for Rehabilitation after having held various positions in the recovery field, starting from the ground up as a Behavioral Health Tech, Alumni Coordinator, Alumni Director and Admissions Counselor. Rob currently holds a National Certified Recovery Coach Certificate, National Certified Recovery Coach Trainer of Trainer Certificate through CCAR, and a National Certified Interventionist Professional Certificate.



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Peter Dachille


Director of Clinical Outreach

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Nicholas Walters


Director of Admissions

Nicholas Walters joined The Hope Center in October 2015 as Director of Admissions. This New Jersey native has been working in the admissions field for over three years at some  of the top treatment centers in the Country.  He has compassion for recovery and is one of the first people our clients speak with on their journey at the Hope Center.





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Alex Alonso


Alumni Director

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Jaki Durkin


Director of Operations

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Josiah Lampersand


Intake Coordinator

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Julie Klauck


Behavioral Technician Lead

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Michael Copeland


Director of Community Housing

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The Hope Center

The Hope Center for Rehabilitation offers a full range of services both leading up to, during and following treatment, including professional interventions, a luxury, medically assisted detox program, inpatient rehabilitation (30-90 days), intensive out-patient rehabilitation and out-patient services. Each of our clients become a part of our alumni program at the completion of their treatment to help foster a continued community of recovery.

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