Experienced, Well-Trained And Licensed Professionals
At Evoke Wellness Massachusetts, our entire team is dedicated to our patients and our primary mission is to evoke healing and wellness through proven therapy for you or your loved one going through the addiction recovery journey.
The Evoke team is centric to our licensed physicians and nurses, however, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Our team consists of a wide range of behavioral health professionals to pave the road to recovery. Psychiatrists, therapists, counselors and other medical professionals have come together to set the course for recovery. Many of our staff have gone through recovery themselves personally, and devoted themselves to helping you on your journey.
Ashley comes to Evoke Wellness with more than 13 years of experience in the Substance Use Disorder field. While wrapping up a degree in Exercise Science at Fitchburg State University, Ashley began working as a recovery specialist at the Men’s Addiction Treatment Center, where she fell in love with the work and never looked back.
From there Ashley worked as a clinician, aftercare coordinator, recovery specialist supervisor, operations manager, and program director before moving into the role of executive director. Ashley’s success in these multidimensional roles throughout the treatment field is where she gained the critical experience and skills needed to support the continued success and growth of Evoke Wellness.
Ashley believes strongly that a team approach between staff, patients, and families, when all working together, provides an informed and united treatment environment that sets our patients up for ongoing success. Ashley’s innate passion for this work comes from seeing firsthand what addiction does to families, and from witnessing thousands of patients recover and lead healthy, thriving, and successful lives over the years.
Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time with friends and family, CrossFit/weightlifting, hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, going to the beach, and puppies. Ashley is also a Women’s College Basketball Referee, staying connected to the game she grew up playing, and continuing to challenge herself competitively.
Dr. Jerry Felson
Dr. Felson brings more than 40 years of experience as a medical practitioner to Evoke Wellness. He began his career in emergency medicine, where he developed a passion for supporting patients with psychiatric needs and shifted his focus to psychiatric medicine.
Dr. Felson gained experience and expertise during his 20-year tenure at Pembroke Hospital focusing on the interconnection of addiction and mental health disorders, specifically how the presence of various aspects of mental health can exacerbate addiction and vice versa.
Dr. Felson’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University, a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Florida, and a residency at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY.
Dr. Felson believes that a collaborative, coordinated approach among treatment teams is the key to providing the best, most comprehensive care possible for his patients. His calm and approachable personality brings a human-centered approach to his work and allows him to build trusting relationships with his colleagues and patients so they can work together toward the same goal.
Outside of work, Dr. Felson enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, as well as curating a fashionable wardrobe of all the latest trends.
Director of Nursing
Jillian leads Evoke’s Nursing program, bringing 10 years of experience in human services from both clinical and medical disciplines to ensure high-quality, coordinated, best-practice care. From working with adults with disabilities to addiction medicine, she has always brought her passion for supporting people experiencing psychiatric and substance use disorders to her work.
Jillian began her career in nursing at Pembroke Hospital where her leadership and problem-solving skills were noticed and she was quickly promoted from floor nurse to nursing supervisor, responsible for the management of care for 120+ beds. Similarly, here at Evoke Wellness, Jillian joined the team as an overnight nurse and shortly after was promoted to nurse supervisor, and then to her current role, director of nursing.
Jillian’s success lies in her ability to lead by example, show compassion and empathy for patients, and her dedication to the entire team, always offering technical assistance whenever help is needed. If that wasn’t enough, her sense of humor builds trusting relationships with colleagues and patients alike, allowing her to deliver better outcomes.
Jillian’s educational background blends her passion for this work and includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Bridgewater State University, Associates Degree in Nursing from Laboure College, and her current pursuits toward a Master in Science Nursing, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN-PMHNP) from Chamberlain University.
Outside of work, Jillian enjoys gardening, tending to her chickens and ducks, spending time with her husband and children, and dedicating time to self-care so she can sustain a long and happy career in caring for others.
Director of Business Development
As a graduate from Northeastern University, Matthew began his career in addiction treatment in 2014 with Wicked Sober. Here, Matt served as a community outreach member, helping people and families suffering from addiction find the right treatment options for them. In 2016, Matt joined the Middlesex County Opioid Task Force, through his work with many community-based organizations and local police chiefs.
Working within the community that he grew up in, Matt is passionate about helping people with his similar background grapple with addiction-related issues. From here, Matthew moved into the role of business development officer at Recovery Centers of America until 2018, when he joined Granite Recovery Centers as a Massachusetts business development representative.
Matthew has maintained his vision of being a community advocate and a resource for anyone seeking help for addiction. With his role at Evoke Wellness, Matthew’s scope has grown from a single recovery organization in Arlington, MA to overseeing the development of the New England footprint of Evoke Wellness, a growing addiction treatment operation.
Outside of work, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, the many wonderful outdoor opportunities, and sporting activities the New England seasons have to offer.
Director of Admissions
Jordan Dupree has an unmatched eagerness for helping those seeking change. Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Jordan was exposed second-hand to substance abuse from a young age.
After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Delaware State University, he oversaw operations for the Student Wellness and Recreation Center. Jordan was soon thereafter recruited by Eagleville Hospital where he coordinated admissions for psychiatric, substance abuse and dual diagnosis patients.
Jordan’s passion stems from overseeing the transition of clients admitting while struggling and feeling defeated to graduating with a stronger sense of self and confidence. In Summer 2019, Jordan relocated to Massachusetts where he was then recruited by Spectrum Health Systems as an admissions coordinator. While at Spectrum, Jordan proved exceptional teamwork and leadership skills, being presented with Employee of the Quarter and leading to his promotion as lead admissions coordinator while spearheading Spectrum through the most successful year throughout their 50-year history.
Jordan is personable, compassionate and excels at building meaningful relationships. Jordan was quickly promoted from admissions coordinator to director of admissions just six months after joining the Evoke Wellness team in November 2020.
Director of Operations
Kevin Belodeau was born in Massachusetts and exposed to alcoholism and addiction at a very young age. Kevin comes to Evoke with 20 years as a high level certification specialist in the Pharmaceutical, Medical, and Biotech field, where he was responsible for testing and maintaining biosafety equipment and sterile compounding sites and facilities. After battling and overcoming his own substance abuse problems, Kevin decided to change careers, and be part of the solution for others.
Kevin adds a comprehensive knowledge of health and safety to Evoke Wellness, and is an immense asset to our staff and the patients we serve. Kevin brings to the team an unmatched willingness and ability to effect positive change in the lives of others by maintaining a safe and healthy environment of care, while also being able relate to the struggle and subsequent freedom of overcoming addiction. He loves being a part of the Evoke team and promoting the company culture, that is helping countless clients find a new way of life.
Vashawn Thurston, is an executive chef at Evoke Wellness LLC. She was born in Miami, FL and is a mother of three children. Vashawn has a love of cooking and helping others find success through food preparation. Prior to coming to Evoke Massachusetts, she was employed through Evoke Florida where she worked through various positions before becoming executive chef. Vashawn reports that she loves what she does and helping others. She is looking forward to great things to come.