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...
Jorge E. Rodriguez M.D (“Dr. Jorge”), Medical Director at 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.
Brad Meier, PhD, is CAST Centers’ Clinical Director. He is licensed psychologist in the state of California. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia and his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Alicia Racine received her Master's degree from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis and a BFA undergraduate degree from Boston University. Alicia worked as an individual and group psychotherapist with Wild Acres in Massachusetts, The May Institute, Monte Nido in MA, and the Center for Discovery in California.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trevor began his career in the addiction field through public speaking, sharing his own experience with high schools, university medical students, employee assistance programs, and treatment centers throughout Canada.
Michael incorporates his enthusiasm and dedication to recovery into his work at CAST. As a CAST alumnus himself, he strongly believes that everyone is capable of being an active participant in their own recovery and works closely with clients to share his experience and breadth of knowledge to assist them in forging their own unique path in sobriety.
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.
Transitional Living Staff
Director of Residences
Charles Thomas, Director of Residences, is dedicated to helping others recognize their potential while on the path to recovery. Charles comes to CAST after years of working in both residential treatment and various transitional living facilities.
Sean Morris moved to Los Angeles from San Diego to achieve sobriety. After becoming sober Sean discovered a passion for helping other addicts and alcoholics achieve sobriety and watching them blossom into productive members of society.
Julia utilizes her dedication and motivation for helping other create their own recovery. Since beginning work in treatment in 2016, she is currently in the process of completing education for CADC-1.
After discovering his passion for recovery and for helping other addicts and alcoholics, Nicholas decided to stay in Los Angeles and build a life for himself pursuing his dreams in music and staying involved in recovery.
Laura is a Resident Advisor for the CAST Wellness Apartments. While in treatment, Laura rediscovered her passion for helping others on their path to recovery, and decided she wanted to build a career doing so. In order to pursue further work in recovery, she plans on completing education for CADAC-1.