Medical Director & Sponsor
Adeyemi Fatoki, M.D., MPH.
Dr. Fatoki received his MD from the University of Illinois and completed his Residency Training in Family Medicine at Cook County Hospital. He received a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Addiction Studies from Governors State University. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, Obesity Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Fatoki has extensive experience treating patients with methadone, buprenorphine (suboxone) and vivitrol in the hospital, outpatient and jail settings. In addition to working at Great Heights Family Medicine, Dr. Fatoki is a Regional Medical Director for Correct Care Solutions where he oversees and provides care for jail inmates. His substance abuse interests and experience include the treatment of opioid (prescription pills and heroin) dependence, benzodiazepine (e.g. Xanax, Klonopin) dependence, alcohol misuse/dependence, substance misuse in pregnancy and co-occurring disorders including depression and mood disorders.
Dee joined the staff of GHFM in December 2012. She graduated with a degree in computer science from Xavier University, New Orleans and a Masters degree in Computer, Information and Network security from DePaul University. Dee became the program director in 2014. She is responsible for the daily operations of the program. Under Dee’s leadership, the program received a 3-year accreditation from CARF in June 2015. She is currently overseeing efforts to expand our services in Ottawa, Illinois. Her interests include updating our computer network and using computers to improve patient access and quality of care. Dee’s infectious positive attitude is evident to all who come in contact with her. She believes in encouraging and rewarding patients for positive changes but is also be firm with those who violate program rules or are not participating actively in their treatment. Since family is very important to Dee, she takes great pride and joy in the success of our patients as well as their harmony with loved ones.
Laconyer Davis, LPC, CADC.
Ms. Davis joined the staff of Great Heights Family Medicine in November 2015. Ms. Davis’ experience includes working with pregnant addicted women, abused women, LGBT, people living with HIV/AIDS and clients with co-occurring disorders. She became certified as an addictions counselor in 2002 and received her Masters degree with a concentration in Community Counseling in 2012. In addition to her work at GHFM, Laconyer is an Adjunct Professor at ST. Augustine College, Chicago and a Doctoral candidate at Argosy University, Chicago.
We provide counseling and therapy for a variety of conditions including opioid dependence, alcohol misuse, DUI services and relationship problems.
Approach to counseling:
Under Ms. Davis, our counseling department has been restructured to improve the quality of our care. Ms. Davis and her team base their treatment on the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/ Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy model. This model believes that “People have the ability to condition themselves to feel disturbed, rather than being conditioned by external sources.” In addition, people have the biological and cultural tendency to think illogically and to needlessly disturb themselves cognitively. Therefore, people behave the way they feel. Following this model of care, our Therapeutic Goals for client treatment is to minimize client’s emotional disturbances and self-defeating behaviors by acquiring a more realistic/positive philosophy of life. In addition, the goal of our therapy at GHFM is to reduce client’s tendency for blaming self and others for what goes wrong in life and learning new ways to cope more effectively with future problems.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/ Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy requires clients to examine and challenge some of their most basic core values and beliefs that may be the origin of their cognitive disturbance. Following this model, the function of the GHFM therapist is to develop therapeutic relationships that challenge the clients’ self–defeating thinking. The goal of intervention is to reveal the client’s pattern of irrational thoughts and beliefs as the origin and cause of their disturbance. Once this has been established, the therapists help clients to modify their thinking and replace illogical thinking with new rational thoughts. Our treatment plans are developed and individualized for each client based on their specific circumstances and treatment goals.