Master Center to Host Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at Newly Opened Hampton, Virginia, Location

Master Center to Host Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at Newly Opened Hampton, Virginia, Location

Master Center for Addiction Medicine, a growing outpatient addiction treatment center with headquarters in Glen Allen in Greater Richmond, announced that it will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 15, 2021, at 5 pm at its newly opened office in Hampton. The Hampton ribbon-cutting event is part of a series of statewide celebrations planned by Master Center as part of National Recovery Month, a national observance held every September to promote evidence-based treatment and recovery practices and the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community.

Anna McKean, CEO of Master Center, and Dr. James Thompson, co-founder of Master Center and chief medical officer, will welcome leaders in the addiction medicine community, elected officials, and others in the community wishing to send a message of hope to those working toward long-term recovery in Hampton Roads. 

“Our goal is to provide hope to everyone in Virginia, no matter where they live, by offering comprehensive addiction treatment that is accessible, understandable, and affordable. We want patients and family members to know that it is possible to treat the disease of addiction and to achieve lifelong recovery with the help of medical and clinical professionals,” said McKean. “Our new location in Hampton, Virginia, provides an opportunity to impact more patients through office-based, outpatient addiction medicine that is evidenced-based and physician-led.”

Following remarks by McKean, Dr. Thompson, who was recently appointed by Governor Northam to the Opioid Abatement Authority and serves as the president of Virginia Society of Addiction Medicine, will share Master Center’s evidence-based, organized, system-wide response to the disease of addiction. 

Master Center was originally known as Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine when it was co-founded by Dr. Thompson, one of Richmond’s first board-certified addiction medicine physicians to be named a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and Dr. Sherman Master, a renowned pioneer in addiction psychiatry and one of the most trusted and respected physicians in the region. It is the first physician-led practice to hire and fully utilize recovery coaches as personal patient helpers, guides, teachers, and care navigators.

Since 2016, Master Center has earned a reputation as the premier outpatient addiction treatment center setting a new standard of care for patients suffering from the disease of addiction. As the program has grown, it has attracted other medical leaders committed to the center’s evidence-based approach to healing and added new locations throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia – including its new Hampton location serving Hampton Roads and a new Gloucester location serving the Middle Peninsula area.

In Hampton, Master Center for Addiction Medicine’s office is located at 2208 Executive Drive, Suite E. In addition to the new Hampton location, Master Center has hired Kevin O’Connor, PA-C, MPH, to meet the needs of patients and family members in the Hampton Roads area. O’Connor completed his training through the U.S. military joint services program and received his master’s in PA Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He retired from the Coast Guard after 20 years of service. In 2017, he completed a second master’s degree in public health and joined the staff at The Farley Center in 2018 with a focus on addiction medicine. At Master Center, O’Connor will continue his dedication to treating those suffering from addiction by providing personalized comprehensive outpatient care. 

The Hampton location for Master Center will also partner with Genesis Counseling Center. “Genesis Counseling Center is thrilled to partner with Master Center in Hampton Roads. Master Center’s comprehensive treatment model for addiction pairs exceptionally well with Genesis’ service offerings and commitment to clinical excellence,” said Cameron S. Ashworth, vice president of operations at Genesis Counseling Center. “Master Center’s evidence-based approach brings lasting results that we have experienced first-hand and Genesis is honored to serve the Hampton Roads community together.”

Master Center encourages individuals and families in the Hampton Roads area to contact the Master Center in Hampton to learn more about its integrated care model, which includes intensive outpatient programming, group and individual therapy, alcohol and detox programs, medication-assisted treatment, addiction psychiatry, sustained recovery programs, treatment matching and referral, care coordination, family programs, and more. Patients can schedule an appointment at the addiction treatment center’s Hampton Roads location by calling 757.280.3578. Requests for appointments can also be submitted at For more information, email [email protected].