CORE counselor hugging patientWho We Are

CORE (Center for Opioid Recovery and Engagement) provides comprehensive peer support for individuals struggling with opioid use, as well as their loved ones. Our mission is to support all pathways to recovery, remove barriers, and inspire hope.

Contact us to connect with a Certified Recovery Specialist

Our Services

Our services are free for all patients, regardless of insurance.

  1. Continuous peer support: We provide respectful support and guidance for individuals struggling with opioid use, as well as their loved ones. Each of our patients is connected to a certified recovery specialist to support them over the long-term. Our certified recovery specialists are peers, meaning they themselves are in recovery.
  2. Personalized recovery: We work with our patients to create a plan that meets their needs. We support all paths to recovery, including the use of medication. We work tirelessly to remove barriers to recovery whenever possible.

Contact us to connect with a Certified Recovery Specialist

Medication for Opioid Use

Also known as medication assisted treatment or MAT, medications for opioid use like buprenorphine (aka Suboxone), methadone, and naltrexone XR (aka Vivitrol) are twice as effective as other treatments, and are often the best tool to help people stop using heroin and other opioids. Buprenorphine controls withdrawal and cravings and is convenient to take at home.

Contact us to see if medication is right for you

CORE counselor with patient in train stationOur Team

  • Julie Dees, MA, LCP – Director of Behavioral Health Services, PPMC
  • Margaret Lowenstein, MD, MPhil – Fellow, National Clinician Scholars Program, Attending Physician, Department of Medicine
  • Jeanmarie Perrone, MD – Professor of Emergency Medicine Penn Health System
  • Nicole O’Donnell – Certified Recovery Specialist
  • Bryant Rivera – Certified Recovery Specialist
  • Kyle Kampman, MD – Medical Director, The Charles O'Brien Center for the Treatment of Addictions
  • Devin Yastro, MS, CAADC – Program Manager 
  • Lauren Carbone, MA – Care Coordinator
  • Jasmine Feagins, AA – Care Coordinator

Contact Us

Our services are free for all patients, regardless of insurance.

Talk to a Certified Recovery Specialist today! Call: (267) 809-5080

  • Email us: COREcares@pennmedicine.upenn.edu
  • Find us on social media: Facebook: @COREpenn, Twitter: Penn_CORE
  • Office Hours: M – F 8am – 4:30pm
  • Address: 3910 Powelton Avenue, 3910 Building
    5th Floor, Suite 510, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

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If you have symptoms of an urgent nature, please call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Information about CORE for Providers

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