Meet Our Staff
The professional staff at New Day Rehab Center is more than a team. Every staff member works together in a respectful and caring manner to provide the best programs and services for our residents. Through mutual love, trust and faith, we help our residents get their lives back while also showing them how to create a better quality of life.
Our staff is made up of counselors, nurses and physicians with only one priority: the residents and their recovery. Instead of focusing on insurance policies and payments, we put our energy into helping every resident overcome addiction. Once the residents receive a personalized plan that focuses on their recovery and individual needs, our staff helps that resident in any way possible. We ensure that they’re not only staying on top of their therapy programs and counseling sessions, but that they’re taking their prescribed medications, as well.
Come join our family today at New Day Rehab Center.
Founder, CEO and Medical Assistant: Basem “Sam” Moussa
Basem has two years of experience working with quadriplegic patients and has spent the last four years following a calling to help battered women, homeless individuals, and those who struggle with substance abuse. Additionally, he has worked as a counselor trainer for adults with mental disabilities for two years.
With previous experience as an executive director and administrator for three different residential drug, alcohol and homeless housing programs, Basem was also responsible for opening, accrediting and licensing those programs.
He has seen firsthand how drugs and alcohol abuse have impacted the lives of so many homeless individuals. His passion and heart for helping others led him to open New Day Rehab Center’s detox facility and residential program.
Program Director: Tony Farag, MSW, CNAPS
Ever since he was in high school, Tony Farag knew he wanted to help people. He received his certificate as a Substance Abuse Counselor California State University, Dominguez Hills. While Tony was working to complete his substance abuse counseling certification, he began working in the field of drug and alcohol addiction treatment with teenagers and their families. He worked as a drug and alcohol counselor with dually diagnosed ex-convicts, and he also became a certified relapse prevention counselor through CENAPS. In 2002, Tony Finished his Bachelor’s in Psychology with emphasis on addictive disorders. Later in 2007, he completed his master’s degree in clinical social work at California State University, Los Angeles.
For many years, Tony worked to develop treatment plans for dually diagnosed homeless addicts in Los Angeles. He collaborated with other members of the community, including job developers, job preparation instructions, counselors, doctors, and case managers, to help clients recover their emotional stability while also enabling them to achieve financial independence. He also worked extensively with addicts and families struggling with grief and loss. Tony has conducted individual and group grief counseling sessions, and has practiced in a variety of in-patient and out-patient settings since 1998 where he worked primarily with adults and adolescents.
When his friend, Basem, asked him to join New Day Rehab Center, he brought over 24 years of experience working in the addiction and mental health fields. Though Tony started as a consultant for New Day Rehab Center, he quickly became the program director.
Dr. Roger Girion
Dr. Roger Girion is a clinical psychologist in the state of California, and is president and CEO of Antelope Valley Mental Health Professionals in Lancaster, CA. He is currently on the medical staff at the Antelope Valley Hospital where he serves as the executive director of Mental Health Services.
He is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Western University for the Health Sciences Department in Pomona, CA. He has received the Congressional Award, as well as a California State Assembly Resolution in his honor for his work in the mental health field.
Dr. Girion served as a Navy Corpsman during the Vietnam War and was a reserve police officer with the Pomona Police Department. As a captain of the Montebello Fire Department,he took a fire and rescue crew to the Twin Towers after 9/11. Dr. Girion has over 40 years’ experience in mental health with a strong clinical interest in neuropsychological assessment and treating PTSD, military, first responders, substance abuse and dual diagnosis patients.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker: Sara Morgan
Sarah Morgan is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience working in a variety of settings, including the healthcare field. She earned her B.A. in psychology from San Francisco State University and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. She is an accredited case manager.
Sarah has worked with children, adolescents and adults suffering from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, conduct disorders, multiple medical conditions, parenting challenges, relationship conflicts, grief and loss issues, low self-esteem and communication disabilities. She utilizes cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, solution-focused, strengths-based and psychodynamic therapies to treat her patients.
With unconditional positive regard and open communication, she hopes to help patients improve their quality of life.
Medical Technician: Mayra Bermudez
Mayra Bermudez has been an emergency medical technician (MET) for seven years. She has gained experience and knowledge in ambulance, hospital and in-home settings, and she has provided medical care for private and public events, concerts and sporting events. Mayra spent three years working in acute-detox, helping clients start their recovery paths and assisting them during their detoxification process.
Substance Abuse Counselor: Jeffrey Jones
Jeffrey Jones is a residential counselor who has acquired extensive experience working and volunteering as a personal recovery mentor and peer counselor. Jeff co-founded a non-profit that advocates for homeless individuals assimilating back into society. He has a passion for helping others achieve their goals.
His personal experience combined with his academic knowledge makes Jeff an energizing spirit that encourages strength and hope in everyone he meets. Jeff has an infectious joy for life.
Patricia Rodriguez, MA, AMFT
Patricia graduated from Chapman University in Orange, California with a master’s degree in psychology. She brings more than fifteen years of experience in mental health and addiction treatment, program managing and social work to New Day Rehab. Patricia has worked with many diverse populations throughout the years. Additionally, she adds over thirty five years of experience with the Twelve Step Program to her credit. While in graduate school, she taught HIV/AIDS courses in various juvenile detention facilities in and around Antelope Valley.
Patricia strongly believes that there is hope for everyone when it comes to recovering from addiction as long as they are given the right treatment and educated with the appropriate information.
Patricia is an Oblate of the Order of St. Benedict and has volunteered at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Valyermo, California for the past few years.
Arlen graduated from the University of Perpetual Health in Manila, Philippines. She passionately seeks to improve herself in the field of medical assisting. Client health and service are her top priorities. She attributes her work ethic to a quote from Florence Nightingale: “I never gave or took any excuses”. Her unrelenting drive makes her an individual who takes initiative, appreciates her coworkers, and compliments her work environment by going above and beyond the call of duty for her clients.
Amy has seen her fair share of addiction in her own family. She earned her MA degree from High Desert Medical College and since then, she has strived to be the beacon of light for those who seek recovery and hope to turn their life around. She is a valuable asset to New Day Rehab Center and she continually grows her knowledge with us. Quality client recovery is important to Amy, so she is determined to see each client succeed.
David’s experience in the area of customer service makes him a great addition to the outreach services of New Day Rehab Center, and his passion to serve others is what makes him a valuable asset as a community liaison. He wants to eventually create an international outreach program to share the truth about addiction and recovery.
Lawrence has overcome many obstacles in order to become a medical assistant. Nevertheless, he knows that helping people is the most rewarding job one can have. He is grateful to New Day Rehab Center for being a place that helps people achieve their goals and accomplish whatever they set their minds to.
Robert graduated from the University of Antelope Valley in 2012 and has worked in many different fields and with people from all walks of life. He prides himself on being able to give his all to his patients, and to ensure that they have the best experience possible. Robert believes that who you were doesn’t define who you can be. He lost his best friend to a drug overdose and has since decided to dedicate his life to helping people overcome addiction. He believes that nothing is too big to overcome and that everyone should “dream big and do bigger”.
Elwyn’s vision to help the facility run smoothly and efficiently makes him a valuable asset as New Day Rehab’s administrative assistant. He believes in the work New Day Rehab Center does and strives to be a reliable addition to the treatment team. One of his goals is to eventually run his own non-profit center to help those in desperate need of hope and love.