Evolutions Treatment Center offers multiple levels of rehabilitation care for alcohol, drug, and mental health difficulties. Our primary addiction treatment program revolves around a 30-day stay at our luxury addiction treatment center located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.




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Meet the Team

The Evolutions Senior Management and Clinical Teams:

Gedale Fenster

As both Founder and CEO of Evolutions Treatment , Gedale draws on more than 20 years of diversified leadership experience spanning multiple industries, from real estate  to business development.He has also established a network of  over 200 000+ active followers thanks to his series of daily and weekly online lectures. He counts it a great honor and privilege to serve the clients and families who come through our doors. That enthusiasm to serve our clients sets the tone for all that we do here at Evolutions Treatment Center.

Jennifer Tiech LMHC

Clinical Director

Jennifer Tiech is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She is also a Qualified Supervisor for the state of FL supervising interns to obtain their licensure. She has worked in the field of substance abuse and mental health disorders for 30 years. Jennifer have a passion for helping people and helping them to succeed in changing their lives. 

Joel Wertheimer MD MS

Chief Medical Officer

Medical Director / Psychiatrist

Joel Wertheimer is triple Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists.

Dr. Wertheimer has worked in the addiction industry for 10 years and has a passion for guiding and assisting patients on their road to recovery. His interests include the emotional and biological links between the mind and body, and a compassionate approach to treating patients needs. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Wertheimer carefully listens to the concerns and challenges of his patients. He believes in developing a comprehensive plan of treatment which is a collaborative effort between doctor/patient and treatment team. Through this deliberate process, each patient is provided a plan uniquely tailored to their specific needs and lifestyle.

Dr. Wertheimer earned his Medical Degree at Sackler School of Medicine, with a Master of Science Degree in Physiology and Neurobiology from New York University. He did his residency training at University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center. He has worked in many capacities in various institutions including NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, Long Island College Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center (New York City). 

Jackie Glass

LCSW Psychotherapist

Jackie Glass LCSW is a Licensed Psychotherapist, and Qualified Supervisor of Interns.  She has practiced for over 20 years as an Individual, Family and Group Psychotherapist in various psychiatric and dual diagnosis treatment programs.  She has also served as the Director of a Family Weekend Program for 15 years, educating and supporting family members of loved ones suffering from the pervasive effects of addiction and dual diagnosis issues.  Jackie is a Primary Therapist at Evolutions and continues to serve as a Clinical Supervisor of Masters and Doctoral Level Interns sitting for licensure in her private practice. 

Peter Young

LCSW Primary Therapist

Peter Young earned his Bachelor of Applied Behavioral Science from Ashford University and obtained his Master of Social Work from Barry University. He has worked in the substance abuse field as a group facilitator, Recovery coach, and primary therapist for the last four years. He is currently acquiring his Doctor of Social Work at Barry University. His passion for substance abuse is both professional and personal as he believes in second chances and the potential for growth. The disease of addiction is both the disease of choice and the disease of connection. Choice connection diminishes as addiction becomes active in the transverse is correct when recovery takes the forefront.

Leon Melnitsky, MSW

Primary Therapist

Aaron Kaplan

LCSW Primary Therapist

Aaron Kaplan received his dual Masters Degree  in Mental Health Counseling and Family Therapy from Bayer University and obtained his license in Marriage & Family Therapy in 2012. He has practiced in the field of addiction since 2006. He did his internship in Bayer University. Aaron is driven by his desire to help clients and see them improve their lives.

Michele has worked as a Clinical Therapist  in the field of substance abuse/ mental health for 22 years. She  has also worked in higher eduction teaching Psychology, Public Speaking and Freshmen studies for 10 years. 
Michele believe’s  that family is one the most essential pieces in treating individuals with addiction and promoting recovery for the entire family, working with various family programs over the years. She also endorses patients completing the full continuum of care to fully develop coping skills needed to maintain sobriety.
Michele supports  many non profits in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and West Virginia that promote finding resources for families and children who have been impacted by addiction.
Michele has also been working on her book “ Never in a Million Years” real stories about the lives of those who have  been impacted by addiction as well as breaking the stigma of addiction, and providing hope for those struggling with addiction, highlighting the personal stories of overcoming addiction .
Michele works as a therapist in the Detox Facility  as well as facilitating groups in the Intensive Outpatient Program at the Fort Lauderdale office.

Elizabeth Flores,


Elizabeth is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She provides clinical counseling to clients at all levels of care. Elizabeth is
a native Floridian who has worked as a Psychotherapist and Clinical Director
in Florida treatment and mental health centers for over 10 years. She received her Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Mental Health Counseling from NOVA Southeastern University. Her personal and clinical exposure has
provided her with the skills to guide clients to increase their awareness and debunk limiting beliefs that are constructed by their experiences.
Elizabeth is passionate about being in service to others. She wants clients to understand and embody the belief that they deserve to live their most fulfilled lives.

Paul Apanowicz

Housing Director

Paul Apanowicz graduated in 2010 from Wilmington University with a B.S. in General Studies and a concentration in Marketing.  Through his own personal experience and testimony, Paul was led to pursue a career in helping others receive the best care possible during early rehabilitation.  Paul started out in the treatment field in 2016 and has focused on growing in understanding and effectiveness with helping those afflicted with mental health and substance abuse disorders.  Paul focuses on ensuring patients experience a comfortable, safe, and stable living environment and strives to continue to keep patient care as a top priority.

Robert Keiser

Director of Business Development

Robert Keiser has been in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health field for about 10 years and is also in recovery.  His passion for helping people nationwide is unprecedented. He started as an admissions coordinator in 2009 and worked his way to Director of Admissions in 2013. After a couple of years he has moved on to Business Development. Being in recovery from substance abuse , he has exceeded and strives for individual patient clinical care.

Michelle Goodwin

Primary Therapist


 We look forward to helping you start your recovery journey.

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Do you need to contact a certified addictions counselor right away?

Call us 24/7 at 866-771-7091 or use our confidential contact form and we will contact you from our facility as soon as possible.

*Note that we are not a call center, but an actual treatment facility.