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Licking Memorial Behavioral Health Services & Addiction Medicine
Shepherd Hill
200 Messimer Drive
Newark, Ohio 43055
Addiction Medicine
Phone: (220) 564-4877
Fax: (220) 564-4868
Outpatient Psychiatric Services
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (M - Th)
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (F)
Phone: (220) 564-4873
Fax: (220) 564-4871

Addiction Medicine – Inpatient detoxification and outpatient treatment including residential services.

We treat addiction as a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease. Differences in body chemistry can cause an inability to successfully metabolize mood-altering substances. Individuals whose body chemistry doesn't allow them to successfully metabolize substances must learn to live a life of total abstinence from mood-altering chemicals. Our treatment team members help patients to recover in a dignified manner using four primary treatment goals:
  • Education
  • Self-diagnosis
  • Self-responsibility
  • Self-treatment
Successful achievement of these goals culminates in relapse prevention.

Inpatient Psychiatric – Acute crisis intervention with the emphasis on strengthening the individual’s coping skills.
 
Psychiatric disorders treated include:
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety and stress-related conditions
  • Psychosis
  • Suicidal thought or behavior
The team of licensed professionals providing care is comprised of:
  • Psychiatrists
  • Licensed independent social workers
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • Occupational therapists
  • Certified occupational therapist assistants 
  • Registered nurses
Each patient has a complete medical examination at the onset of treatment. The patient’s treatment plan is individualized to meet the patient's specific needs. Family involvement is important. Social services and nursing services are available to meet with family members, treatment may include:
  • Individual and group therapies
  • Education in community resources
  • Communication skills
  • Stress management
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Social skills
  • Medication
Outpatient Psychiatric Services – Medication management and therapy services.  Services are provided to adults ages 18 and over.

Neuromodulation services also are available to patients with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as alternatives to taking medications.  These services include:
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)
    • Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation is an FDA-approved non-drug treatment used for the treatment of major depressive disorder in adult patients who have not benefitted from medication therapy.  TMS is a non-invasive procedure that involves gentle placement of a magnetic coil against the patient’s head. TMS therapy generates a highly concentrated, magnetic field reaching about two to three centimeters into the brain.  As TMS magnetic fields move into the brain, very small electrical currents are produced which stimulate areas of the brain involved in mood regulation. 
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Ketamine Infusion
  • Nitrous Oxide
Physician(s)
Addiction Medicine
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W. Andrew Highberger, M.D., received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He completed post-doctoral studies in general surgery, as well as a residency in anesthesia at The Ohio State University Hospitals in Columbus. Dr. Highberger completed his fellowship in addiction medicine in 2014.  He is board certified in anesthesiology and addiction medicine.
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Darren L. Burgin, APRN-CNP, received his Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. He is certified as a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner.
Outpatient Psychiatric
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Pavan K. Dontineni Venkata, M.D., FAPA, received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees at Gandhi Medical College in Secunderabad, India.  He completed a residency in psychiatry at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, Virginia.  Dr. Venkata is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine.
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Grant L. Yoder, D.O., received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. He completed a general psychiatry internship and residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Yoder is board certified in psychiatry.
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Elizabeth A. Yoder, D.O., received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. She completed a categorical psychiatry internship and a general psychiatry residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Virginia. Dr. Yoder is board certified in psychiatry.
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Betty Gebhart, L.I.S.W., provides clinical services to adults and families.  She is an independent social worker, and earned her master’s degree at the University of Chicago.
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