Christian Castaneda, LCSW
Christian is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapist who specializes in treating addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. In leading our clinical team, Christian utilizes his multi-modality clinical focus and certification in the Seeking Safety model of treating substance abuse and trauma.
Christian joined our team from Promises Treatment Center’s program director and prior to that dedicated three years as lead clinical specialist at Huntington Hospital.
His astute attention to client care and family focus is truly impactful on staff culture and the clients’ recovery experience at ASAP Rehab.
Heshan Wijegunaratne, MHS
Heshan comes from a medically-trained background in the fields of psychiatry and addiction. He also has a Masters in Health Science, and broad work experience in both inpatient psychiatric hospitals and in residential rehabilitation facilities.
In November 2016, Heshan joined our team as a program director, and after 1 year, he took over the position of compliance officer in order to enforce ASAP Rehab’s acclaimed JCAHO accreditation certification recognition. His attention to detail, knowledge of mental health, experience working in a variety of departments at ASAP Rehab, and a passion for helping individuals with addiction issues makes him a versatile and valuable member of our team.
Jessica Madrigal, LVN
Jessica Madrigal moved from central California to the Los Angeles area to pursue a career in nursing. She graduated from St. Francis Career College and has been a state certified Licensed Vocational Nurse since 2012.
She first started her career as a pediatric home health nurse. In November 2016, she became the lead nurse at Alcohol and Substance Program.
Jessica is currently furthering her education to become a Registered Nurse. Her great passion is to provide excellent individual care and help those who have been through traumatic/stressful situations.
Recovery Support Team
Leslie Ferrari moved from central California to the Los Angeles area to continue a career in Substance Abuse Counseling. She graduated from University of Phoenix with her Bachelors of Science in Human Services in 2009.
She first started her career as a substance abuse Counselor working for Phoenix House of California in the California Department of Corrections. She also continued in Substance Abuse working for a non profit with group home children.
In 2016 , she became residential Tech/Substance Abuse Counselor at Alcohol and Substance Program. She is certified under Registered Addiction Specialist-Masters. Her passion as a person in recovery is to provide quality services to those with addictions and co-occurring symptoms.
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Michael has dedicated himself for more than 15 years in the health care field. Following his passion and graduating from Le Cordon BleuCulinary Academy, he has graced ASAP Rehab with a menu that would satisfy any client’s taste.
Prior to following his passion he worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for 8 years. Michael has built a culinary team at ASAP that couples his culinary skill with his expertise in treatment and medical practice that supports the nutritional clinical restoration for clients at ASAP. Michael is current furthering his education by securing a degree in business.
He has also generously extended his talent to those struggling with addiction through the Salvation Army Treatment program supporting client care and the Project Open Hand meals with love organization to the sick and vulnerable.
Facility Maintenance Engineer
Gary’s skill and service to ASAP Rehab has gone beyond Facilities Maintenance over the past three years. Certainly our clients can be assured a facility that is well-appointed, well-kept and in solid working order.
Gary’s resolve to help those who choose a path of recovery lend him the opportunity to build rapport, mentor and support the clients at ASAP while he is on the properties daily. His knowledge in and about sobriety for over 13 years gives clients an example of the life-changing path they are currently building.
Prior to working at ASAP, Gary was the Electrical Engineer at Lowes Santa Monica Beach Hotel after serving ten years in the United States Army in engineering.