Clinicians in the Community

CLINICIANS IN THE COMMUNITY: Alan Brast, PhD, Volunteers Expertise and Shares Love of Music

By Clinicians in the Community, Health & Wellness

Dr. Alan Brast, an emotional trauma specialist at Comprehensive Wellness, is a long-time resident and volunteer in our local community.

Dr. Brast regularly offers free community lectures through the John Muir Health system, providing valuable knowledge and sharing information that may otherwise be inaccessible. Attendees often approach him following his lectures to share that they are feeling more informed and at ease.

In addition to his lectures, Dr. Brast also plays guitar and sings for ill patients in the hospital—offering them both comfort and relaxation in what is a very difficult time. On one occasion, he tells the story of entering the room of an older woman, who was clearly in pain. As he began to play, he recalls, “I looked up and noticed tears pouring from her eyes. I immediately stopped and apologized… she said, “oh, no, please don’t stop, this is the first relief from this terrible pain I have had in over two weeks.”The immense sense of satisfaction—knowing that he is giving back and bringing joy to his community—is what drives him to continue his great work.

If you love to sing or play an instrument and would like to join Dr. Brast in his efforts, please email him at

CLINICIANS IN THE COMMUNITY: Allyson Mayo, DBH, Presenting at Annual Substance Use Disorder Symposium

By Clinicians in the Community, Health & Wellness

Allyson Mayo, DBH, is faculty and a key presenter at the UCSF Smith Family Foundation’s 8th Annual Substance Use Disorder Symposium on Friday June 28th.  This is a full day event held at UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center. The event is open to the pubic and features speakers addressing the new resurgence in legitimate psychedelic therapies and research, updates on medication-assisted treatment, neuromusicology and recovery, technological advances in the treatment of addiction, expert perspectives on trauma and conscious recovery, updates on approaches to substance use disorder education in the medical system, and the emerging workforce of dedicated addiction professionals.

Learn more about the UCSF Smith Family Foundation’s Annual Substance Use Disorder Symposium

CLINICIANS IN THE COMMUNITY: Emotional Wellness: Strategies and Tools for Your Family

By Clinicians in the Community, Health & Wellness

Is your child exhibiting behaviors that have you concerned about their emotional well-being? Are they experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, emotional difficulties, or stress that feels unmanageable?

Comprehensive Wellness, a John Muir Health Community Connect Practice, is hosting a one-of-a-kind workshop.  Dr. Mayo will discuss the new thinking around emotional and behavioral health. We are committed to providing families access to the skills and knowledge they need to promote health and wellness in their families and community.   

Dr. Mayo will answer your individual questions, ensuring that your concerns are heard and you leave with the tools you need to help your family today. 

May 16, 2019
6:00pm – 8:00pm 

John Muir Health Outpatient
1450 Treat Blvd – Thompson Conference Room
Walnut Creek CA  94597

Allyson Mayo, DBH
Behavioral Health Practitioner/Educator

Dr. Allyson Mayo is a Doctor of Behavioral Health and an industry expert educating on how to prescribe Lifestyle Medicine to the root causes of maladaptive behaviors. Through a revolutionary approach of Behavioral Fitness, Dr. Mayo brings us all a much needed new approach to mental health. A professor at USF and county mental health representative, she is helping our communities become behaviorally fit.  

For more information, contact Dr. Mayo at or call 925.464.3916.

CLINICIANS IN THE COMMUNITY: Rebecca Berke, BCH, at Oakwood’s Commit to Get Fit Event

By Behavioral Health, Clinicians in the Community, Health & Wellness

Rebecca Berke, BCH, will be presenting “Mindfulness into Total Body Alignment” at Oakwood Athletic Club’s 2019 Commit to Get Fit Event.  Using the Powerful Mind/Body connection Improves health, well-being, energy and creativity. We all have the resources within us to tap into a sense of calm confidence to release the negative cycles. A very doable and practical daily practice will be explained to use inner resources to achieve a more fully present and happier life.

Monday, May 13

Oakwood Athletic Club
4000 Mt. Diablo Boulevard
Lafayette, CA

Rebecca Berke, BCH, is a board certified hypnotherapist and mindfulness teacher/coach who facilitates self-leadership in positive ways. Her talent lies in the ability to help clients create clear and confident visions for their lives. She aligns them through the mind/body connection with cohesive and confident engagement with their natural gifts and strengths.