Bakersfield Chemical Dependency Staff

Meet the treatment team at Aspire Counseling Services® in Bakersfield, CA

Jessica Cason

Executive Director (CADCII ICADC)

Jessica Cason is a Taft native who has been in the alcohol and drug counseling field since 2011. Due to struggling with alcoholism herself, Jessica has always had a passion for helping others in recovery, especially the young adult population. To this end, she completed the Drug and Alcohol Studies program at Cal State University Bakersfield in 2013 and currently holds the title of Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II) and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC). Jessica has worked with diverse populations in both individual and group settings at a residential and intensive outpatient treatment level before joining the Aspire team. In the past Jessica has held the titles of Detox Program Manager, Partial Hospitalization Program Director, Intensive Outpatient Program Director and currently is the Executive Director of Aspire Counseling Services for Bakersfield. In Jessica’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 5 children, participating in community recovery programs and sleeping in.

Evan Cason

Director of Patient Engagement (CADCII ICADC)

Evan Cason is a native of Los Angeles who moved to Bakersfield in 2013. He previously worked as a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service until an injury created an opportunity for a career change. Having struggled with addiction himself, Evan has always had a passion for helping others in recovery. To this end, he completed an associate’s degree in social and behavioral sciences at El Camino College before attending Cal State Bakersfield’s Drug and Alcohol Studies program and currently is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Level II (CADC-II) and International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC) under California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). Evan has worked with diverse populations in individual and group settings at both a residential and intensive outpatient treatment center before joining the Aspire team. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, which includes several pets, and watching sports.

Dr. Raul Y. Mendoza, M.D.

Medical Director, General Psychiatry

Since completing his four years of training at the renowned LAC-USC Medical Center, Dr. Raul Mendoza has been serving the local community for the past 25 years in private practice in general psychiatry with an emphasis in chemical dependency. He has served the community in numerous ways; most notably, Dr. Mendoza has provided consultation and liaison services at various local general hospitals and served as the medical director for the Charter Hospital Chemical Dependency Program and the Memorial Center Behavioral Health Chemical Dependency Program. Most recently, he served as the medical director for the Crestwood Psychiatric Health Facility/Mental Health Rehabilitation Center/Bridge Program from 2008-2013. Additionally, he continues to maintain active medical staff membership at Good Samaritan Hospital, a local psychiatric hospital.

Ben Page

Group Facilitator (RADT)

Ben Page is Kern County native who was born and raised in Bakersfield. Ben is an Aspire Counseling Services® alumnus who decided he wanted to give back by becoming a counselor and helping those still battling the disease of addiction. Ben completed Cal State Bakersfield’s Drug and Alcohol Studies program in 2017 and immediately began working as a counselor for another organization before coming “home” to Aspire where he had found his recovery. Ben also holds an AA degree in Business Administration from Bakersfield College. In his free time, he enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, yoga, and working out in general.

Lauren Kirk-Murry

Therapist (BA in Clinical Counseling/LPCCI/RADT)

Lauren Kirk Murry moved to Bakersfield at age 10 and has enjoyed living in the Bakersfield community ever since.  Lauren graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Bakersfield and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from California School of Professional Psychology.  She is a Register Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and utilizes this training, as well as meditation and essential oils, in her holistic work in substance abuse healing.  Lauren has worked with children and adolescents in traditional social skills groups and utilizes yoga for social and emotional skills groups. She currently holds a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician (RADT) credential. Lauren enjoys reading a good book, practicing yoga in the sunshine, spending time with her family at the beach, and doing her part to make the community more connected.

Jerome Piper

Substance Use Disorder Counselor (RADT)

Jerome Piper is a Bakersfield native who has been in the alcohol and drug counseling field since 2018. Having struggled with substance dependence himself, Jerome has always had a passion for helping others in recovery. To this end, he completed the Drug and Alcohol Studies program at Cal State University Bakersfield and currently holds the title of Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician (RADT I). Jerome also holds an Associates of Arts degree from College of the Sequoias (2001) with a emphasis on physical education. he will also receive his bachelors degree in liberal studies from CSUB Spring of 2020. Jerome did his internship at Clinica Sierra Vista Ebony counseling center, working with diverse populations in individual and group settings in a intensive outpatient treatment center before joining the Aspire team. In his free time, he enjoys Spending time with his two daughters and son.

Krysten Fielder

Substance Use Disorder Counselor (RADT)

Krysten Fielder is a Pismo Beach native who moved to Bakersfield in 2017. Krysten is an Aspire Counseling Services® alumnus who decided she wanted to give back by becoming a counselor and helping those still battling the disease of addiction. Krysten attends Cal State Bakersfield’s Drug and Alcohol Studies program. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and hanging out by the pool with her children.

Monique Cleveland

Substance Use Disorder Counselor (CRC/RADT/SUD RC/Masters in Psychology)

Monique L. Cleveland is a Bakersfield native who has been in the alcohol and drug counseling field for 4 ½ years. Having dealt with her husband struggling with substance abuse and him unfortunately passing away from his addiction, Monique has always had a passion for helping others in recovery and wanted to save others from losing loved ones to addiction. Monique completed her Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Phoenix in 2009 and completed her Master of Psychology from Walden University in 2013. She currently holds a Substance Abuse Disorder Registered Counselor credential (SUDRC); currently in process of obtaining the Substance Abuse Disorder Certified Counselor level Four credential (SUDCC-IV). Monique has worked with diverse populations since 2006 and has worked in individual and group settings at an intensive outpatient treatment center before joining the Aspire team. In her free time, she enjoys sleeping, watching reality TV, spending time with her family and friends, listening to all types of music and traveling.

Dmitri Martfeld

Substance Use Disorder Counselor (CRC/RADT)

Dmitri Martfeld is a native of Bakersfield, California. He previously worked with Monsignor Kraig at St Francis Church.  Having struggled with addiction himself, Dmitri has always had a passion for helping others in recovery. He was one of the first three clients in Aspire Counseling Services Adolescent Program.  He attended Aspire multiple times and got sober on July 1st, 2016. Due to encouragement from Aspire Dmitri ended up attending Cal State Bakersfield’s Drug and Alcohol Studies program and currently is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor RADT CDC.  He is also a Certified Recovery coach through CCAR training.  Dmitri has worked with diverse populations in individual and group settings at intensive outpatient treatment center ar aspire.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his friends, which includes several dogs, skating, watching anime, and working on import cars.

Gage Horn is a native to Bakersfield CA. Gage is an Aspire Counseling Services alumnus who decided he wanted to give back by becoming a counselor to help those still battling addiction. Gage attends CSUB Drug and Alcohol Studies program. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, listening to music, and playing games. 

Gage Horn

Substance Use Disorder Counselor (RADT)

Gage Horn is a native to Bakersfield CA. Gage is an Aspire Counseling Services alumnus who decided he wanted to give back by becoming a counselor to help those still battling addiction. Gage attends CSUB Drug and Alcohol Studies program. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, listening to music, and playing games. 

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