Meet Our Team
MEET OUR TEAM
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.
Sharon Ploss, LCSW
Sharon obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Wheelock College and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker, LCSW. Prior to joining Evoke Wellness, Massachusetts as the Executive Director she was Program Director at Spring Hill Treatment Center and Program Director at Spectrum’s New England Recovery Center and The Charles J. Faris Recovery Center. In previous locations, Sharon provided an array of treatment for those in early recovery with both commercial insurance and Mass Health products.
Additionally, Sharon was Division Director with the Bridge of Central MA where she oversaw multiple programs that provided services to help adults struggling with mental health needs live within the community successfully. Preceding Sharon’s managerial roles, she has served extensively within the clinical field as an emergency mobile psychiatric clinician, behavioral and family engagement therapist, clinician who provided treatment with adults experiencing persistent mental illness.
Outside of work, Sharon enjoys cooking, exploring new places, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Jeanne Mase
Dr. Jeanne Mase, MD is the Medical Director for Evoke Wellness, Massachusetts. She has a private practice located in Falmouth, Massachusetts which serves families on the South Coast of Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard. Dr. Jeanne Mase Received her Doctorate of Medicine in 1990 from the University of Massachusetts Medical School as well her undergraduate in 1984 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA for Bachelor of Science, Zoology.
Dr. Jeanne Mase completed a residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester for Family medicine from 1992-1993. In 1993, Dr. Jeanne Mase completed Chief Resident in 1993 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA.
Dr. Jeanne Mase was also awarded the Massachusetts Medical Teacher of the year in 2000. Dr. Jeanne Mase reports she is excited to join and lead the Evoke Wellness team. In her spare time, she enjoys the great outdoors, swimming, and spending time with loved ones.
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, thru 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.
Helena Benoit, BSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Helena Benoit was born and raised in Massachusetts. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from MCPHS University in Boston. Helena has worked in the substance abuse field for five years. Helena has experience in multiple levels of care at non-profit and for-profit facilities.
She is the Director of Nursing at Evoke Wellness MA, and her focus is building a nursing team that provides well rounded patient-centered care. She believes in proving care with respect, dignity, and that is individualized for each patient.
Patricia Mainini, LADC-I
Director of Clinical
Patricia obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at Cambridge College and is a LADC I. Prior to joining Evoke Wellness, Patricia was the Clinical Director at Bay Cove Human Services/Andrew House, The Program Director for Crossroads Treatment Center in Plymouth MA. and the Clinical Director of WATC, New Bedford. Patricia started her career in Corrections while trying to become a Police Officer.
While working on the Substance Use Block, she took a detour from trying to become a police officer into Substance Use where she became passionate about helping individuals with SUD. At the start of her career in Substance Use, she was a counselor at MASAC at the Bridgewater Correctional Campus.
Patricia also does part-time Private Practice Counseling in Brockton MA. Outside of work Patricia loves doing craft projects, refinishing furniture, spending time with her family, her husband, 9-year-old daughter, and 2 dogs.
Director of Human Resources
Jason Gaffney, the Director of Human Resources, holds a Master’s of Arts in Management degree in Human Resources from Wayland Baptist University as well as a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia Southern University.
Jason has worked in Human Resources for 9 years for the US Forest Service and non-profit organizations. Prior to becoming a Human Resources professional, he spent 12 years in the medical field.
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 for helping others and guiding them to a sober life.
At Evoke Wellness, Florida Kurt exceeded expectations in the role of Senior Operations Manager and has recently been promoted to Corporate Operations Manager with now leading the way for operations in Florida and Massachusetts location.
Director of Admissions
Born and raised in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, Jesse’s strong desire for helping others began early on. As someone who loves helping those in need, Jesse finds working in the substance abuse industry particularly rewarding stating, “Working in this field makes a positive difference for those battling addiction as well as for society as a whole.” Jesse has been a part of the Evoke Wellness family since 2018.
Jesse began his employment at Evoke Wellness Florida, and more recently has transitioned to Evoke Wellness Massachusetts location. Through sheer hard work and dedication, he started out as a Behavioral Health Technician, earned the role of Director of Alumni Services, which has led to his position now as Director of Admissions in Massachusetts.
Jesse has been able to incorporate his personal experience with the disease of addiction as well as everything that he has learned working in the industry. The most rewarding part of his career is seeing a patient successfully complete treatment, and move onto a healthy mental, physical, and spiritual life of recovery. During his spare time, Jesse enjoys spending time with family and friends and riding his motorcycle.
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.