Founder & CEO
Mike Bayer, also known as Coach Mike, is Founder and CEO of CAST Centers and author of New York Times Best Seller, Best Self: Be You, Only Better. Coach Mike is on the advisory board of the Dr. Phil Show.
Mike Bayer is a personal development coach who has changed the lives of individuals and families by empowering them to break free of destructive patterns and cycles. With the belief that we all have the answers and power to change within ourselves, Mike guides his clients with a blend of exploration and problem-solving strategies, thereby challenging and encouraging them to live the lives they desire...
Clinical Program Director
Mike has worked in the substance use field since 2002. He previously worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center as the Manager of Addiction Recovery Services/Crystal Meth Recovery Services, and as the Program Director for Alternatives and Rainbow Bridge Community Services. Mike received his certification as a Drug & Alcohol Counselor from LA City College, and holds his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Salem State University.
Jorge E. Rodriguez M.D (“Dr. Jorge”), Medical Consultant for CAST Centers, is a medical doctor with a specialization in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterologist. He is the proud author of two best-selling books: The Acid Reflux Solution and The Diabetes Solution. Dr. Jorge can often be found as a medical expert on various media outlets including CNN, The Doctors, The View, The Today Show and many others.
Damien Gonsalves, LMFT, received his Master's degree from Antioch University and a BS from Emerson College in Boston, MA and also studied a West London University in the U.K.
Patrick O’Neil is CAST’s Group Facilitator. He previously worked in treatment as a primary residential drug and alcohol counselor in San Francisco. It was during this time that he realized that nurturing and cultivating one’s passion is an integral and essential part of recovery.
Manager of Lifestyle Coaching and Case Management
Jackie's role at CAST is multi-faceted. As a Case Manager she helps her client's build their road map back into a meaningful and productive life. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from University of Georgia and has recently completed her continued education for drug and alcohol counseling at Loyola Marymount University.
Samson Motavassel, MSW, CADTP is a group facilitator and coach at CAST Centers. He received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California Los Angeles and obtained his Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California with a concentration on substance use disorders and mental illness. He has worked in the field of mental health in a variety of capacities since 2009.
Amelia Harmon, ASW is a clinical therapist at CAST. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from USC with an emphasis on recovery from mental illness and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus on personality and psychopathology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Nicolle Walters is the Community Outreach Coordinator at CAST Centers. Her role consists of developing relationships with a variety of providers and clinicians, connecting clients with resources in the community, and facilitating Alumni events and activities.
Director of Admissions
Robert Lien has helped families and individuals seeking treatment services since 2003. While working as the Manager of Patient Access Services for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation he completed a Master of Sciences degree in Health Services Administration with a thesis on access to mental health services at hospital emergency departments.
Director of Operations
Mardet Homans, Director of Operations, is a recent graduate of Columbia University with a BA in psychology. In college, her focus was in abnormal psychology with a concentration in examining the neurological basis for clinical disorders. She plans to continue her education in addiction and psychology studies.
Erin received her BA in film at the University of Tampa. While working on TV shows that focused on nuanced portrayals of mental health, Erin discovered a greater desire to help people reclaim their own mental health and is now pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University.