KEYSER - A family physician currently practicing in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, is looking to open an addictions recovery practice in the Keyser area.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - A family physician currently practicing in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, is looking to open an addictions recovery practice in the Keyser area.
Dr. Heather Rosen of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has already met with Del. Gary Howell to discuss the possibilities of bringing the practice to the area, and is now actively seeking a location to establish her office.
Dr. Rosen said she chose to come to the Keyser area because she already has several patients who travel the four-hour round trip between here and her current office near Greensburg, Pennsylvania, for treatment.
In addition, she has family ties to Mineral County, with her husband being originally from Fort Ashby.
Rosen says her method of treatment is to not only treat the addiction but also any underlying ailments resulting from the disease.
She says she has found that successful treatment often involves managing the whole person, including their physical, mental, and spiritual health which all contribute to the addiction.
Her treatment is both medication-based and therapy-based.
“I offer addiction medications like Suboxone and Vivitrol, as well as counseling,” she told the News Tribune.
She can also serve as the patient’s primary care physician, and will see other patients, as well.
“My approach is an integrated behavioral and mental health approach, as well as medical,” she said.
“By addressing the physical, mental and spiritual components of an individual, I gain insight into the factors that play into their addiction in order to better understand how to treat them so they can lead drug-free lives.”
Howell says the practice is especially needed in this area.
“Our area has lost, and continues to lose, far too many people to opiate addiction,” he said.
As part of her program, Rosen says she works with local pharmacies to make sure they will be offering the medications that her patients need. Many of them, she explains, do not carry Suboxone or Vivitrol.
She also works with area health departments, and other health care providers.
“I really want this to be a collaborative effort,” she said.
With hopes of having her practice open by the end of August, Rosen is activity seeking a suitable location and invites anyone who might have a building to rent or sell to contact her at 855-502-2273.
Rosen has spent the past several years working in addictions, but has also worked in the areas of urgent care and family medicine.