Overlooking a beautiful waterfront location in Miramar, Florida, the Evoke Wellness facility spans over 17,000 sq. ft. of space. The facility, containing 40 inpatient beds, isstructured to support those taking their first steps in recovery.
Located close to both Fort Lauderdale International and Miami International airports,clients flying in for treatment will be greeted by an Evoke Wellness reception teammember and escorted to the facility.
THE EVOKE WELLNESS TEAM
EXPERIENCED, WELL-TRAINED AND LICENSED PROFESSIONALS
At Evoke Wellness, 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 detox.
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 as a result, they have devoted themselves to helping you on your journey.
CEO and Co-Founder
Neil McKinnell, co-founder and CEO of Evoke Wellness, has over 25 years of experience creating and leading successful businesses in e-commerce, real estate, manufacturing and distribution, and healthcare. As a seasoned executive, Neil’s ability to balance strategic decisions, financial discipline and a hands on approach to leadership has markedly helped Evoke Wellness establish a concrete foundation needed for its earned success.
Jennifer Reckley, LMHC
Chief Clinical Officer
Jennifer Reckley is a licensed mental health counselor with over a decade of experience in the behavioral health arena. She has an extensive background in working with individuals struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders. She has worked in substance abuse inpatient settings in addition to PHP and IOP. She has served populations to include adults, children, and families. Jennifer believes in a client centered approach to treatment believing in ensuring that the clients needs are continuously met in order to foster growth. Jennifer is a team player and always willing to jump in and assist her team through clinical interventions and individual support.
Based on her personal experiences, Jennifer found the desire to go into the helping profession at a young age. She obtained a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida and furthered her education by earning a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Florida International University. To expand her knowledge and professional development she worked in the fields of community mental health, inpatient substance abuse, inpatient behavioral health and social services. In addition to serving those struggling with mental illness and substance abuse she also finds it important that behavioral health professionals receive ongoing support, supervision, and education; therefore, she became a qualified supervisor where she would be able to ensure the continuing education and support for other counseling professionals. Jennifer is a compassionate leader who believes in the success of each individual she serves.
Dr. Richard B. Seely, M.D
Richard B. Seely, M.D. has been practicing psychiatry since 1980 and addiction medicine since 1989. Educated at Princeton University, Jefferson Medical College, and University of Miami residency in psychiatry, Dr. Seely is board certified in Psychiatry and in Addiction Psychiatry, ASAM-certified in Addiction Medicine, board certified in Forensic Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He serves as a consultant to all of Florida’s Impaired Professionals Programs and to professional sports teams.
In long-term recovery from addiction himself, Dr. Seely’s greatest asset perhaps is his ability to empathize with his patients and provide clear, consistent, and compassionate guidance in their early recovery efforts. A brilliant and humorous educator, Dr. Seely is able to impart his knowledge in a manner consistent with humility and dedication to spreading the message of recovery and rehabilitation.
National Director of Business Development
Evan Prager was born and raised in New York. Finding himself in the throws of addiction, Evan came down to Florida seeking sobriety. While developing his own sobriety, Evan became involved in detox and rehabilitation. As he saw the light, so did his passion for helping others grow. Starting out at a simple position in a rehabilitation program, he began to develop relationships and network. Through his passion and hard work he has become the National Director of Business Development. As his own sobriety grew, he made himself available to those in need and assisted in placing them in detoxification and rehabilitation programs. Evan is also responsible for reaching out to others in the industry and maintaining relationships to achieve the highest quality service in the business, helping develop and establish the Evoke Wellness brand.
Trudy-Ann Powell, MSW, MCAP, ICADC
Trudy-Ann Powell has over 10 years’ experience in the Mental Health and Addiction field with varying levels of care. She has studied at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan where she completed her Master’s degree in Social Work and a proud inductee in the Phi Alpha Honors Society. She also holds her Certified Masters Addiction Professional (MCAP) in the state of Florida. She also holds Certification from the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium( ICADC) Additionally Trudy loves her work of helping persons to recover and refocus their lives and in this regards she attended numerous supervisory skill training workshops and seminars, all aimed at sharpening her therapy skills. She is also trained in various modalities in treating co-occurring disorders in which she specializes in DBT, CBT, 12 Steps, solution focused and motivational interviewing. She has served at different capacities in treatment to include Therapist, Interventionist, Crisis/AMA blocking, Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Coordinator. She strongly believes that recovery can only be truly attained when there is acceptance, honesty and forgiveness of one’s self and family support. Trudy is also a LCSW registered intern who will be sitting her state board exam soon.
Corporate Director of Admissions
Jacob Forrest was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. After struggling with addiction for many years, Jacob sought help and moved to South Florida where he has maintained his sobriety since July 2014. He soon found his calling working in the recovery field. Dedicating his time and effort to help people overcome the disease of addiction just as he did.
As Corporate Director of Admissions at Evoke Wellness, Jacob oversees the Admissions Department to guarantee that clients receive the warmest welcome.
Michelle Mitchelle, MBA
Director of Administration and Procurement
Meet Michelle Mitchelle, formally the Director of Human Resources and now the Director of Administration & Procurement. She holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration and Finance from Brooklyn College N.Y., and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University in FL. Michelle has worked in a managerial capacity for the following United Nations entities: UNDP, BDP, OIST and UNFCU. As the Director of Administration & Procurement her duties are inclusive of the implementation of strategies, policies, procedures compliant; moreover, all administration, procurement and financial record keeping aspects to Evoke Wellness.
Director of Operations
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Kurt served four years in the armed forces. He relocated to South Florida to start a career within the recovery community. He found his calling and passion in helping others and guiding them to a sober life.
As Director of Operations at Evoke Wellness, Kurt oversees the day to day operations, making sure that every person that walks through the door is getting the support they need. He is dedicated to encouraging and supporting those taking their first steps in recovery. His dedication, drive and organizational skills combined with his leadership skills ensure the high standards of client care at Evoke Wellness.
Bethsaida Cesar, ARNP
Director of Nursing
Bethsaida Cesar, ARNP, AGPCNP-BC, a Miami native, earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami and her Bachelor’s degree from Florida International University. She has an extensive nursing history dating from 2008. Her experiences include multiple hospital departments (Hematology/Oncology, Medical-Surgical, Telemetry, Trauma, Transplant, Orthro-Neuro and Bariatric), Pediatrics, nursing homes, rehabs, substance abuse center, hospice and correctional nursing. She believes EVERYONE is deserving of great care and is dedicated to helping her patients sustain sobriety and begin their journey of recovery with greatness.
Peter Oberg was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. After serving four years in the Marine Corps, he worked with the Department of Corrections in Connecticut for 13 years. Thereafter, he relocated to Florida in 2009 to get sober. Once he completed treatment, Peter decided to remain in Florida to work in the field of addition. He held numerous positions in the field; even owning a Treatment Program in Delray Beach, Florida. In the years of addition, the two things that he upheld and took seriously was having empathy toward clients, and always meeting the client where they were. With the position of Case Manager & Discharger Coordinator, Peter can meet all clients and watch them come in with despair to discharge with a purpose. This is his calling here at Evoke Wellness. Peter can confidently say that, “he is successful at his position because of the great team that he is part of.”
Paula Driouiche, Director of Human Resources, holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Florida International University. She also holds certification in Human Resources from Florida Atlantic University. A SHRM member for 6 years, Paula has worked in a managerial capacity for several different industries. Finding purpose in every human interaction is her life goal and impacting human lives through the expertise of the art of Human Resources.
Our Chef Hector Rivera is originally from Paterson, New Jersey. He moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2005. Hector is a navy veteran who cooked in the Navy for over 2 years. He has since been cooking for approximately 23 years, and has a passion for helping people in recovery. Hector is certified in cuisines from across the world and is currently enrolled in a Certified Dietary Management (CDM) course.
Throughout Hector’s 23-year cooking journey, he has held top positions at hospitals and assisted living facilities, but he found his niche in recovery. He has volunteered in Soup Kitchen to teach the homeless to find alternatives to fast foods. Hector taught them how to cook and use different techniques such as how to be resourceful, how to survive without the basics and how to make better life choices when it comes to healthier eating.
His passion for helping people and connecting with them is driven by the many close losses caused by drugs and alcohol. Witnessing someone eat your food after loss of appetite caused by addiction is the biggest compliment a chef can hope for. It feels good to heal.