Dr. Evelyn Kagan
Director of Admissions
Director of Administration
Shane serves as a group facilitator at The Villa Treatment Center and The Villa Outpatient Services, where he focuses on clients struggling with dual diagnoses and trauma. Shane also serves as an EAGALA-trained equine therapist focusing on dual diagnosis challenges. Prior to joining The Villa, Shane worked as the director of community outreach, at a Los Angeles based facility that helped young adults overcome substance abuse and as a counselor at an adult treatment center in West L.A. Shane is a graduate of Pierce College and is a certified counselor under the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators, or CAADE. He is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology with a special focus on trauma and addiction.
DaMarcus is a co-facilitator at The Villa Treatment Center and The Villa Outpatient Services, where he brings an in-depth knowledge of addiction and recovery. In addition to his work at The Villa, DaMarcus is a life coach. During his time in Washington state, DaMarcus served on the Training Advisory Board for Law & Ethics for Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals and in the Department of Social and Health Services. He is a graduate of the University of Akron in Ohio, where he studied Sociology, and was trained in addiction studies in Los Angeles.
Marco Pardo, MA, is an addictions counselor whose areas of specialty are Spirituality and Grief Counseling for people in recovery. Marco first got involved with the work of recovery in 1978 as part of his studies for his Masters Degree in Counseling and Guidance from CSUN. In the 1980’s and 90’s, Marco pursued his interest in spiritual practice and studies by doing pastoral work and acquiring his Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology. In 1997, Marco was invited to start a group at a local treatment center to help the clients resolve concerns in spirituality that were obstacles to their recovery. A couple of years later he was asked to take over their Grief Group. He has done this work continuously from 2000 until the present. Marco has also done staff training sessions for several agencies on issues of Cultural Sensitivity, Professional Ethics, Spirituality in Recovery, and Grief in Recovery. He teaches in the Addiction Studies Program at Pierce College. Marco currently facilitates weekly groups at four local treatment facilities. He started facilitating groups and conducting individual counseling sessions at the Villa in 2014.
AMFT & Facilitator
Mercedes Cusick is a registered MFT Intern with the Board of Behavioral Sciences and an CATC IV from California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators. She obtained her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena specializing in Trauma. She has nearly a decade of addiction and mental health experience working in various capacities in residential treatment centers, outpatient treatment centers, transitional livings, sober livings, homeless shelters and counseling centers. She works from an eclectic theoretical perspective with a focus on psychodynamic psychotherapy. When emotional injuries are unable to heal on their own, they predispose us to the development of depression, anxiety, and addictive disorders. This is particularly true of emotional injuries resulting from traumatic events or chronic stressful experiences from our childhood. The goal of psychodynamic psychotherapy is to heal these types of emotional injuries and gain insight into the way they affect our current patterns of thinking, feeling, and behavior. Some of the other approaches she works with closely with includes: Attachment-Based, Cognitive Behavior, Mindfulness, and Trauma-Focused. Most importantly, she comes from a humanistic point of view, perceiving and respecting you as a unique individual. In addition to being a therapist and group facilitator at The Villa Treatment Center, she maintains a private practice as an IMFT in Encino helping people who suffer from addiction, trauma or any areas that are blocking them from living a fulfilled life.
LMFT & Facilitator