Mike Bayer CADC II, BRI II
CEO & Founder
Mike Bayer is an addiction specialist, crisis consultant and interventionist with over 10 years of experience working in the addiction and mental health field. He is well known for quickly responding to crisis situations and assisting clients in obtaining the appropriate levels of care. Mike assembles specialized teams to help clients who may not be suitable for inpatient treatment due to professional or personal commitments and/or privacy concerns. Mike excels in creating individualized care plans and caters to the specialized needs of executives, professionals, celebrities and other clients who require the highest level of personal attention. Mike and his team at CAST understand the personal and confidential needs required to support high profile clients at home or at work in order to minimize disruption to their careers.
Mike Bayer received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. He is a California Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC II) as well as a Board Registered Interventionist (BRI I). He did his residency at The Hazelden Foundation and Progress Valley treatment programs as a residential counselor and worked at The Retreat Center in Wayzata Minnesota and Twin Town Treatment Centers in Minneapolis. Prior to founding CAST Recovery, Mike was one of the leading interventionists for what was then one of the largest addiction consulting companies in the country. In addition, Mike has consulted for many of the top treatment programs in the U.S., including the Hazelden Foundation, and has founded several programs helping complex clients in need of crisis intervention, personal attention and specialized care. Today, as the President and CEO of CAST Recovery, Mike supervises other counselors working in an integrated program that includes top notch clinicians, therapists, consultants and staff.
Sharon Miller, MSC
Sharon holds an advisory role in CAST, responsible for both clinical guidance to the CAST program and management operations.
She is based in the UK where she has practised integrated psychotherapy for a number of years. She is a certified practitioner in a variety of modalities holding a Diploma in Integrated Emotional Therapy, is member of the National Council of Psychotherapists in the UK, an affiliate of the UK Association of Business Psychologists and is qualified to American Board level in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Hypnotherapy and Time Line Therapy. In addition she is qualified in a number of ‘energy’ healing techniques including Pranic Psychotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Metamorphic Technique.
She holds an Honours Degree in Biology and Geography from Bristol University and a Masters in Economics and Politics from the London School of Economics. Previous posts and awards include; assistant to two Members of the European Parliament, finalist laureate for the Women of Europe Award and for the Cosmopolitan Women of Achievement Award and Managing Director of an Environmental Health Consultancy. Whilst living in Russia she established two charitable foundations; one for Russian tiger and leopard conservation and one for veterinary support for environmental conservation projects and she still chairs the boards of these two foundations.
Sharon’s special area of interest is working with high achieving adults and has worked with a number of athletes, performers, business executives and medical professionals
Karen Rubenstein, LMFT
Karen Rubenstein, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 43747) with a specialization in co-occurring disorders. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge and her Masters of Arts degree in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute.
Prior to her work as a Therapist, Karen was a Vice President and Operations Department Head at one of the largest savings and loans nationwide.
Karen has held the position of Clinical Director for one the most prestigious adolescent dual-diagnosis treatment centers nationwide. She most recently was the Clinical Director for an adult treatment center in Hollywood, CA.
As the Clinical Director, Karen managed the clinical team providing adolescents, adults and their families` the necessary tools to effectively address mental health and substance abuse issues. Karen worked compassionately with staff, clients, and their families to foster a healing environment.
Karen`s work as a therapist also included working with youth and families in a vast range of populations: direct care for youth in Los Angeles Unified School District, Haven Hills, a non-profit women and families domestic violence shelter, Bridges gang intervention youth programs, Camp David Gonzales, a LA County juvenile detention probation camp and California Family Counseling Center. Karen also has a successful private practice in Sherman Oaks.
Stephanie Grayson, M.A., Ph.D.
Director of Operations
Stephanie Grayson, M.A., Ph.D., is CAST’s Director of Operations. She oversees CAST’s daily operations andprogram development. Stephanie comes to CAST with experience in psychological research, assessment, and practice as well as outreach, advocacy, and program evaluation. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Psychology and Art History from the University of Southern California, Stephanie completed her Master of Arts and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University. Stephanie received formal clinical training at Harbor UCLA TIES for Families, the United American Indian Involvement, and the Long Beach Child andAdolescent Program/CalWORKS. She has implemented and evaluated wellness programs and interventions promoting life skills, prosocial behavior, empathy, and compassionate stances towards self and others.She is also involved in social psychological research in the area of prejudice, and she publishes and presents research in this area. Stephanie believes that a life worth living is within reach for everyone, and she considers it an honor to be part of CAST’s efforts to help others in shaping such lives for themselves.
Alyson Barry, Ph.D.
Alyson Barry, Ph.D. is CAST’s Program Director, supporting clients and the clinical team by overseeing the day-to-day activities of the outpatient program. She also facilitates workshops and provides case management. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Washington, Alyson moved to Los Angeles and worked in the music industry for several years before returning to school to pursue a Master of Arts in Counseling at Loyola Marymount University. Her love of learning led her to continue on to earn Master of Arts and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. She completed clinical training at a university counseling center, a foster care agency, and an inpatient psychiatric facility. She gained further experience through work in an intensive outpatient program, private practice, and primary care mental health research. Alyson loves having the opportunity to help clients in their journeys of personal growth, and she is excited to be a part of the team at CAST.
Cheryl Grant MFT, CSAT
Cheryl Grant is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in addictions and trauma. She is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist and works with Sex and Love Addicts and also partners of Sex Addicts. She is also trained in Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing model and is a Level II EMDR practitioner. Both approaches are highly effective when working with the symptoms of trauma. She also uses the Pia Mellody model of Childhood Trauma to treat Co-Dependence in her practice.
Cheryl received her B.A. in Sociology from UCLA and graduated with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She has years of experience working with addicts in recovery and with a variety of psychological and mood disordered clients in both residential and outpatient settings. Cheryl is committed to reducing suffering and to teach clients tools for improved self regulation.
Jorja Davis, LMFT
Jorja Robin Davis has facilitated recovery with clients for the past 21 years. Initially beginning as a chemical dependency counselor and graduating from one of the first programs in the state to offer certification she continued her education and currently has a Masters in Psychology and licensure as an LMFT. Jorja is also a certified EMDR therapist. Jorja has worked in the fields of mental health as well as substance abuse and brings many areas of expertise to her practice. In 1995 Jorja won an award from the Department of Corrections for service to the community and brings with her, knowledge of criminal justice and legal issues. While researching new & relevant theories for those affected by addiction, she began studying neurochemistry and its relevance. She has developed an educational seminar for families that are affected by substance abuse and/or other addictions which was profiled by The Signal, with a focus on adolescents and impulse control. Jorja is also a Certified Hypnotherapist through the Southern California Society of Clinical Hypnotherapy and most recently became a Second level Reiki Healer.
Britney Elyse, MA, MFTI
Supervised by Karen Rubenstein Lic. #MFC43747
Britney is a registered marriage and family therapist working towards her credentials. She has several years experience working in addiction and eating disorders. Prior to working in recovery Britney started her career in the music industry. After becoming sober, Britney decided to pursue a career in addiction and mental health. She later went back to school and completed courses for her master’s degree in clinical psychology. Britney brings her enthusiasm, positive attitude and drive to CAST recovery.
Roxan Malloy, RRW
Case Manager and Recovery Companion Supervisor
Roxan Malloy is a Registered Recovery Worker with the California Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors. Roxan has been with CAST since 2009, beginning as a Recovery Companion. Her experience in the recovery field began in 2004. Prior to joining CAST, Roxan worked as a Director of Operations, Tech Manager and Psych assistant at Milestones Ranch Malibu, a premier Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center. Roxan has facilitated workshops on chemical dependency, relapse prevention, crisis management, and neuroscience in recovery. She has received training in Axis I and Axis II clients and psychopharmacology. Roxan is Lead Case Manager at CAST and supervises all Sober Companions.
Lee has a certificate from UCLA in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies. She is currently working on her California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor (CAADAC) certification. For the past 25 years, she has worked as an Interior Designer, servicing residential clients. Having had personal experience with mental illness and addiction within her family, she decided to embark on a career in the field of addiction and recovery. Lee has always been passionate about helping people. She is enthusiastic about working with CAST’s team so that she can be of support to individuals and their families who are struggling with addiction and assist them during their personal transformations so they may reach their fullest potential.
Brendon O’ Rourke
Manager of Operations
Brendon received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Columbia College. After graduating college he worked for many years in Television and Film production. Before moving into his current position of Manager of Operations for CAST, Brendon successfully ran and managed The Employment Program with Black Sheep Industries. Brendon is also an alumni of CAST and is excited to be a part of the CAST Recovery family.
Manager of Black Sheep Industries
Jonathan Alfi was born and raised in Los Angeles. He received a B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles and has over five years experience in nonprofit and art administration. In 2010, Jonathan went back to UCLA to pursue Creative Writing. He was named a 2011 UCLA Kirkwood Literary Prize Nominee and in 2012, PEN Center USA named him an Emerging Voices Fellow. Jonathan has had works published in various literary journals and has performed in prestigious literature readings around L.A. His strong background in the arts will serve BlackSheep Industries well as he is passionate about helping others find their creative voices and applying their natural talents for success in the professional world.
Roberto Cancel, MA, LMSW, TEP
Roberto J. Cancel, MA, LMSW, TEP, is a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner (TEP) in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. He has Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, a Masters in Drama Therapy and a Masters in Social Work from New York University.
Roberto studied psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy at the Sociometric Institute, the Psychodrama and Creative Arts Therapies Institute in New York City, and at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Washington DC.
For the past eighteen years, Roberto has worked in the field of mental health in the areas of assessment and treatment of mental illness in inpatient and outpatient units; facilitation of individual and group psychotherapy in related with sex and drug addiction; HIV related issues; interpersonal relationships; family issues, and emotional, physical and sexual trauma. Roberto is affiliated with the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.
Manager of CAST transitional living for women
Lisa comes to CAST with 15 years of experience as an Executive Secretary to one of the entertainment industry’s busiest professionals. She earned a solid reputation as a gifted problem solver willing to handle any task, no matter the size.
At CAST Recovery, Lisa works with clients at our aftercare residence and understands the delicate process of early sobriety and building new healthy lifestyles.She treats each client with care and respect.
Lisa Bagleyhas been clean and sober since January 1985.
Manager of C WEST Transitional Living
Matthew has worked in recovery at various sober living and treatment centers over the last several years. He is dedicated to recovery and very passionate about helping others, he has a lot of experience with client care and is very focused on helping them succeed in any way that he can. He is very motivated on encouraging clients in a positive way so they can feel good about making healthy decisions so they can continue to grow and change. Recovery for him has been a lifestyle change being able to handle his responsibilities show up for his commitments and utilize the tools he has obtained and transmit them to others.
Hanna worked in the customer-service industry for six years before she became sober in 2009, and received a “Pathways to Independence” scholarship, which supports struggling women who come from abusive backgrounds. This gave her the opportunity to pursue her education, and follow her dream of contributing to society, in a field of her choice. She received her AA in Human Services, as well as a certificate in Human Services with an emphasis in drug and alcohol counseling, from Long Beach City College. She most recently worked at Disabled Student Services at Long Beach City College, where she further developed her skills, and where her compassion and patience grew. She is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches free classes in Long Beach that emphasize spiritual growth and breakthroughs both physically and mentally. She is currently continuing her education by working toward a major in Social Work and a double minor in Business and Creative Writing. Through the ample gifts she has been given, she is thrilled to receive the opportunity to pay it forward by helping other woman at Cast.
Stephanie graduated Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut in May 2013 earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, with minors in Psychology and Sociology. In addition to being on the women’s rugby and rowing teams, Stephanie volunteered at a New London preschool reading to children. Stephanie’s desire to help others was fueled through her education about treatment for addiction. Stephanie plans to attend graduate school to earn a Masters in Social Work.
Jayne is excited to be part of the team at CAST Recovery. Her passion has always been around helping others and is looking to pursue her higher education and career in Occupational Therapy.
Peter has years of experience volunteering in recovery and is excited to be a part of CAST Recovery. After years of performing in NYC and Europe he made the move to Los Angeles where recovery is said to be the best in the world. He is a dance and yoga blend instructor and is furthering his education in ancient spiritual studies. Namaste!
Damon Raskin, M.D
Dr. Damon Raskin, M.D has been doing what he loves for the past 16 years. As a board certified internist, he has dedicated his career to helping his patients through both minor and major medical interventions. For 10 years Dr. Raskin has specialized in working in addiction detoxification.
His interest in addiction medicine was fueled by helping people change their lives for the better and seeing their success. His greatest satisfaction as a doctor is seeing his patients make it through the hard times and transition into sobriety.
Dr. Raskin grew up in Los Angeles before moving up north to attend Stanford University for his undergraduate degree. After graduating with honors, he went to medical school at George Washington University, where again, he graduated with “distinction.” He then moved back to Los Angeles to finish his internship and residency at UCLA.
Dr. Raskin first became involved with addiction medicine when he was hired as a consultant at a rehab center in Southern California before moving on to Cliffside Malibu as one of their medical specialists. At Cliffside Malibu he works closely with patients who are going through detoxification. Dr. Raskin believes that the detox process can be very dangerous and he stresses it is important that the addict doesn’t stop using suddenly as it can be as harmful as their actual addiction. Dr. Raskin recognizes that it is beneficial for the addicted patient to slowly and calmly re-train their bodies to function without drugs for optimal treatment
There is a fine line between treating underlying legitimate cognitive issues with medicine and actual substance abuse, and that is where Dr. Raskin is most skilled. After the initial detox period, Dr. Raskin understands that sobriety is an on-going process and he feels gratified that he can help so many people achieve this goal. He strategizes with his patients on how to stay sober and if needed with the use of medication, as many times there are mental or psychological issues that need pharmaceutical assistance.
Dr. Raskin knows that addiction and sobriety is an on-going process and he feels gratified that he can help so many people achieve this goal.
Dr. Raskin is married and has two young children and two dogs. And, while he is too busy to have a major hobby, the family, dogs included, enjoy long beach days in Malibu or hiking on the Pacific Palisades trails.
Jeffrey S. Gandin, M.D.
Dr. Gandin received his Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley. He subsequently completed a Masters of Science in Physiological Psychology from California State University. After completing medical school at Sackler School of Medicine, Dr. Gandin performed his Internship and Residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. In addition, he has received psychoanalytic training at the New Center for Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Gandin is licensed as a Physician and Surgeon by the Medical Board of California and is board certified in Psychiatry as a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and has supervised trainees within the UCLA Memory Disorders Clinic. Dr. Gandin is a member of and remains active in various organizations including the American Medical Association, New Center for Psychoanalysis, the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.