THORNVILLE — “The legal stuff is all up to date, we’re just waiting for patients.” That was the first comment Dennis Eagleeye, owner of Eagle HealthWorks, shared prior to the ceremonial ribbon cutting for the newest business in Perry County. The new clinic designed to help substance abusers is located at 14882 state Route 13 in Thornville.
Eagleeye said the plan for now is to concentrate on individual treatment before starting the move into group therapy. Explaining that he isn’t interested in “revolving door treatment,” Eagleeye said a slower approach will provide the kind of service he prefers for new patients.
The staff at Eagle HealthWorks includes Dennis’ wife Tracey Eagleeye who is a certified peer recovery supporter. Her role will be talking to patients about personal issues as well as serving as an advocate for them. This may involve being a liaison between the patient and physician, or even family members.
The third full-time staff member is Toscha Manahan, a certified nurse practitioner (CNP). She has been a CNP since 2019. To gain certification, Manahan earned a master’s degree in nursing with a focus on becoming a nurse practitioner. A national board certification exam must be successfully completed before a CNP license is issued. Manahan said she is certified to practice medicine following the nurse’s model to do so.
One feature that Dennis said will set his clinic apart from others is that primary care for patients will be provided. He said a good example would be a patient coming for their substance abuse problem who tests positive for hepatitis C. That patient can receive the medication needed for their secondary issue instead of making a separate appointment at a doctor’s office.
Dennis says this advantage is particularly important for patients with transportation issues. “Many of our patients fall into a cycle of bad health with substance abuse at the core,” he explained. The primary care aspect of Eagle HealthWorks is aimed directly at breaking this destructive cycle.
Dennis’ role at Eagle HealthWorks will be as a certified drug counselor, a license he has held for five years. Originally from Bay Village, Ohio, Dennis and Tracey now reside in Kimbolton, Ohio, which lies a few miles north of Cambridge. Dennis’s background is grounded in what he describes as “decades in the counseling field,” including a stint at the Cambridge Developmental Center.
Every type of substance abuse will be addressed at Eagle HealthWorks. If you, a family member, or a friend needs help fighting substance abuse, consider this new clinic located in northern Perry County. Eagle HealthWorks is prepared to be a beacon of hope and treatment for individuals trapped in the despairs of substance abuse.
You can find more information about Eagle HealthWorks at (740) 242-2300 and at www.eaglehealthworks.com. The clinic is located off Blackbird Lane in the shopping center that runs parallel to state Route 13.