Department Spotlight January Medical Services

Medical Services

Medical Services was formed in 2010. Initially restricted to medication-assisted treatment, the department grew in 2018 when OneEighty added a medical director, Dr. Nicole T. Labor, and a full-time staff. Medical Assisted Treatment, which is still offered at OneEighty, is a well-documented evidence-based option that may be offered to individuals suffering from opioid and alcohol dependence. OneEighty follows the chronic care model, using the 6 dimensions of ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine), clients are assessed for severity of each dimension and then a treatment plan is initiated accordingly.

Through the services offered by Dr. Labor, Medical Director, OneEighty can provide the following services for their clients: complete physical exams, evaluate some medical conditions, and offer prescription coverage for medical illness when a client is unable to see their primary care doctor. The medical department oversees the medication policies, procedures, assist with the peer recovery services, and training for the residential houses. The medical staff also offers services within the agency for non-medical clinicians, including training the residential staff in “medication self-administration” procedures, education about addiction, and medication-assisted treatment, training in Narcan use, training in oral swab drug testing, and participation in team meetings to offer medical support and suggestions.

Meet the Staff

Dr. Nicole T. Labor, DO, BCFP, BCABAM, FASAM | Medical Director

Dr. Labor has worked with OneEighty for 8 or 9 years but has been full-time for two years. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biobehavioral Health. She earned her medical degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a residency in Family Practice at the State University of New York in Buffalo, New York, followed by a fellowship in addiction medicine through Geisinger in Northeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to her role at OneEighty, Dr. Labor is also the Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship for Summa Health, Medical Director for Interval Brotherhood Home, a residential treatment facility in Akron, OH, as well as the Esper Treatment Center in Erie, PA.
Dr. Labor likes the autonomy in her current position. When she is not working, she is hanging out with family, working out, starting a new hobby, and then getting bored with it. 
Dr. Labor published her first book in the fall of 2019 entitled The Addictoholic Deconstructed (available on Amazon). The book looks at addiction from multiple perspectives.
 
Melinda Kauffman, LPN, LCDC II | Nursing Care Coordinator
Melinda has been employed at OneEighty for 2 years. She graduated from the University of Akron-Wayne College with an Associate of Applied Science in Social Service Technology. Melinda has been in nursing for 25 years and 10 years working with substance use disorder. 
Melinda likes that each client she meets with has an opportunity to change and better their life. She truly enjoys helping clients enter treatment and secure a plan for sobriety. She will be brutally honest with a side of compassion. She enjoys combining nursing and counseling education to help the client obtain the best treatment.
When Melinda is not working, she loves spending time with her Boxer, husband, 3 children, and 1 grandson. Melinda discovered early in her recovery a connection to Boxers. It comes as no surprise when she is not at work, she spends every free minute with her Boxer.
Melinda has 13.5 years of sobriety. Too often she sees people judge others who are experiencing addiction. “This disease is very ugly, if we miss one opportunity to help, the outcome can be fatal”. Melinda feels strongly that until we talk about addiction and are willing to have open conversations (especially with our youth), the stigma will never go away. Most importantly, she would like the public to know that addiction can be treated.  
 
Andrew Peters, LPN | Nursing Care Coordinator
Graduated top of his class from Brown Mackie College. Completed a 6-month internship at Alliance Community Hospital ER. 
 
Sylvester Ginn | Registered Medical Assistant and Medical Service Coordinator
Sylvester has been employed with OneEighty for almost two years. He graduated from Ross Medical and Education Center in Mansfield, OH. 
Sylvester enjoys working with OneEighty clients and being able to be part of their support on their road to recovery. He also enjoys making sure that Dr. Labor and the nursing staff have all the tools needed to assist each client.
When Sylvester is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and extended family. He also enjoys going to church, reading, and catching a good movie. Sylvester has been married for 25 years and has 3 biological children, one adopted son, and a grandson. Sylvester and his wife are also foster parents.
 
Samuel Frisone, Peer Recovery Coordinator
Learn more about Sam and the Peer Recovery Team herehttps://www.one-eighty.org/news-events/department-spotlight-september-re...