Staff

Our Staff

Robert Raab

Robert Raab, MS, MCAP, ICADC

Robert Raab is the Program Director for the Nextep. Robert has been working diligently to meet the growing needs for quality transitional living in SWFL. Robert has a passion to help the people whose lives are being destroyed by the disease of addiction.

Robert has been dedicated in his efforts to learn, live and teach the principles of recovery to the newly recovering addict. He combines both life experience and education to empathize and teach the residents how to live a happy and contented life without using substances. Robert works with the residents to restore their family relationships, which are so important to sustain recovery for the individual. Robert is a MCAP (Masters Certified Addiction Professional) and an ICADC (Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor). Robert is also a member of NAADAC (National Association for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors), a board member for the Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR), and an Associate Member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Education and qualifications:
  • MS Addictions Counseling Grand Canyon University, Phoenix AZ
  • Bachelor of Science Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee FL
Andrea Raab

Andrea Raab

Andrea Raab is the Program Supervisor of Nextep. Andrea helps to provide the women of SWFL with a quality environment to learn, heal, and grow. Andrea teaches the women to be independent and empowers them to break the cycle of addiction and co-dependency. Andrea works with the women and their families to foster and rebuild their relationships with their families and children. 

Andrea is an exceptional example for women in recovery. She lives and breathes the principles of integrity, independence, honesty, hope, and commitment. Andrea is the liaison of Nextep and works with the residents of Lee County Jail in hopes of lowering rates of recidivism by providing a structured environment for the new person on their road to recovery.
Joe Galiardo

Joe Gagliardo, MS, MCAP, CRRA

In my capacity as an addictions counselor, I have been blessed with an opportunity to help those that are suffering through and fighting the disease of addiction.

One of the most rewarding aspects of working with these individuals is to see the process of change that occurs. To be able to help these individuals who are just beginning to rebuild their lives through the process of recovery is a gift. As a counselor, I have a unique opportunity to be of service in the lives of those that seek a new way of life through recovery. To be able to have a small role in planting the seed that grows into one's recovery is a blessing, one that I truly cherish. I have a strong sense of empathy for those that are trying to change their lives, and I work to help them do so.
Education and qualifications:
  • B.A. Communication, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  • MS Addictions Counseling, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix AZ
Ronald Saberton

Ronald Saberton, LMHC

Ronald Saberton is the Clinical Director of Nextep. Ronald has been helping people to recover from addictions for several decades.

Ronald has a desire to help empower individuals whose lives and families have been destroyed by the disease of addiction. Addiction is treatable but not curable. Ronald feels that new skills, values and knowledge make for a happier and more productive life. 

The true reward from this work comes from the feeling of being helpful and useful. I would like to help people achieve recovery for themselves because it can be learned.

Education and qualifications:
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, Mediation - Health and Mental Health Care Law and Finance
  • Wright State University - MS, Personnel Counseling, Substance Abuse
  • University of Dayton - BA, Psychology, Special Education
Joshua Hersh, M.D.

Joshua Hersh, M.D.

Josh received his medical degree from Ohio State University. He finished his residency at Ohio State in 2004. He joined our staff in February, 2017, and has over ten years of experience in the field of Addiction Psychiatry and is Board Certified in Psychiatry. He is very interested in the integration of medication and psychotherapy. He is Suboxone certified and is licensed in Florida and Ohio.
Our licensed and certified addiction therapists have a combined 120 years of clinical experience and a shared passion for helping you achieve and maintain your recovery.
All counselors must abide by the relevant Code of Ethics for their own profession, i.e. Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor to include but not be limited to the NAADAC Code of Ethics.

Several staff, including a fully licensed medical director, carry out duties designed to support your treatment, make your visits comfortable and convenient while meeting professional and regulatory requirements. You will be asked questions about the nature of your problem including duration, frequency and severity of symptoms, and an assessment is made based on a professional evaluation.

Visit Nextep today at our convenient location: 6313 Corporate Court #130
Fort Myers, FL 33919.
"I wish I could go back there! Lol! It was by far the cleanest and friendliest sober living house I have been to! Andrea is the most wonderful caring woman ever!!!! I recommend this place if you really want to change your life."
 - Corrine L.
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