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. 

Leon Melnitsky

Primary Therapist

Leon Melnitsky earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Florida Atlantic University and his Master of Social Work from Barry University. He graduated from Barry University with 4.0 GPA on the Dean’s Honor List. He is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers. He served as the social media chair for the NASW Palm Beach Unit from 2015 until 2018 and was awarded Social Work Student of the year in 2017. He provided workshops on topics ranging from “Enhancing Skills and Challenging Assumptions: Working with the LGBTQ Community” to “Integrating Social Media in the Social Work Profession.” Struggling with his own journey through addiction provided Leon with special knowledge and insights. He has worked in substance abuse treatment since 2013 in various positions ranging from Alumni Liaison to Lead Clinical Therapist hence truly understanding the full continuum of care the clients need. Some of his expertise includes: client assessment, individual/group addiction counseling, spiritual counseling, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and sober living community development. He believes that change happens when you get into the individual’s heart and spirit through creating an atmosphere of nurture, compassion, and support. 

Mario Stefan M.D.

Medical Doctor

Joel Wertheimer


Cheryl Emery


Cheryl earned her Master of Science Degree with Honors from Georgia State University. She additionally earned her credential as a Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) upon moving to Miami.  She specializes in complex addiction and developmental trauma. Cheryl excels in helping highly resistant clients including young adults and families affected by the disease, as well as its aftermath.

Cheryl believes that the disease of addiction is a family disease and affects the entire system. She feels that recovery needs to be fostered on a systematic level for it to be lasting. She has spent many years as a family therapist and multi-family group leader working to educate each family member on how the disease can affect each relationship in insidious ways. She is most passionate about inspiring and empowering each family member to become enthusiastic about working a program of recovery.

Fran Kranz, L.PN., CD

Staff Nurse

Fran Kranz started her career in 1977 as a hospital medical/surgical nurse. In the mid 1980’s she entered the field of addiction treatment working with methadone patients, first as a dispensing nurse and then as Clinic Coordinator. Fran has also worked as a nurse in a detox hospital as well as with two PHP/IOP programs.

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. 

Travis Gray


Daimi Cruz


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.

Michelle Goodwin


Michael Blum

Director of Admissions

Kellie Moon

Admissions Coordinator

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.

Adam Gilreath

Admissions Coordinator

Kristina Martinez

Case Manager

Kristina has years of experience in case management working with those who struggle from substance abuse and mental health. Her love and passion for the recovery community comes from her own personal testimony. As  Case Manager, Kristina is a welcoming face with a warm and compassionate smile attending to all patients needs. She is able to provide support during difficult time for not only the client’s but their loved ones. In addition to managing the client’s external issues, she also guides them with aftercare planning, and assist with applying for supplemental nutrition assistance program. Kristina works closely with the administrative, clinical, and medical departments to ensure all needs are met for each individual patient.

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.

Crystal Lopez

Human Resources

Krystal Fulti

Intake Coordinator

Elena Scotto

Director of Housing Fort Lauderdale

Jennifer Walls

Admissions Coordinator

Michelle Guedj


Nicole Portilla


Rick Kaplan

Behavioral Health Tech


 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.