Dwayne Beason is the Owner, President, and CEO of St. Christopher’s Addiction Wellness Center. Involved in the behavioral health field for over twenty-five years, Dwayne sits on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). He has worked tirelessly in the industry to encourage long-term treatment, and continues to connect with men struggling with addiction and their families.
Brandy Price Klingman is the Clinical Administrator of St. Christopher's Addiction Wellness Center and the CEO of Legacy Behavioral Health in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. STC is an internationally renowned treatment facility that specializes in treating males with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Brandy has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Louisiana helping thousands of patients break the chains of addiction and overcome mental health issues for over 10 years. She has developed programs and organizations that focus on treating the whole person and allowing patients to grow and flourish in a distraught society. In addition to her clinical roles, she is also a coveted speaker in academia presenting on topics ranging from group psychotherapy to health care policy, a specialty of hers after working in Washington, DC on policy reform. She continues to pass the torch to future mental health and addiction treatment leaders by being a role model, mentor and supervisor for innumerable residents, masters-, and doctoral-level students.
Cy joined STC in 2015. He received a BS in Chemistry from Loyola University, New Orleans in 2001 and then attended Tulane University School of Medicine. After Medical School, he completed the Master in Health Administration program at Tulane. While obtaining his MHA , Cy completed his residency with Ochsner Health Systems. He continued to work with Ochsner and began consulting for private medical practices in 2010. In 2015 he joined the STC team and began working towards licensure as an addictions counselor. He currently is the Operations Administrator and is dedicated to Lean Six Sigma methodology to collaborate with team members to streamline and create efficient processes for St. Christopher’s and affirms and promotes the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Dr. Artecona is board certified in general and forensic psychiatry, and a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and director of the Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Tulane University's School of Medicine. Speaking fluent Spanish and English, he has worked in the field of addiction for more than 20 years.
Adam is a Board Certified family-psychiatric nurse practitioner who has worked in several capacities as a healthcare professional. Adam has over 15 years in the field of addictions treatment, and he enjoys collaborating with each member of the staff to provide the optimal treatment environment. He is committed to helping each patient foster a sense of self-worth, stability and maturity.
Travis completed St. Christopher's Long Term treatment program in 2011. He began working as a Recovery Advocate Supervisor in 2012 and is now the coordinator of St. Christopher's new state of art Wellness Center. Travis attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and holds a BA in Business with two Academic Minors in the fields of Exercise and Health Science, and Fitness Instruction with an Emphasis in Personal Training. He currently holds a certification in Personal Training from the American Counsel on Exercise. As coordinator of the Wellness Program Travis motivates patients to develop and achieve quality recovery and unlock their full potential. This process emphasizes the benefits of regular physical activity and recreation, healthy eating habits, strength and vitality as well as personal responsibility and proper self-care.
As our Director of Business Development, Felicia has been representing St. Christopher's locally and across the country since 2010. She loves working with families and professionals helping to find the right treatment, services, and support. Felicia is actively involved with alumni and our community, organizing and hosting community events, networking opportunities, and professional workshops. A graduate of Tulane and an Outreach volunteer for TPAS (Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services), she is passionate about collaborating with people and organizations.
Corey Bullock is a Business Development Representative at St. Christopher's Addiction Wellness Center. Corey has been working in the field of substance abuse and addiction for 3 years. He is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he is very involved in the recovery community. He is passionate about working with families who have been affected by addiction, to help place their loved ones in the right program to best fit their needs.
As the Operations Manager, Kelly brings her extensive Director of Nursing experience to her new role at St. Christopher's. She is a Licensed Practical Nurse, with over 4 years of chemical dependency and mental health experience, and a Certified CPR instructor. Kelly connects with our patients by showing tremendous care and concern, while being transparent in her direction regarding their commitment to recovery.
Stephen Heard is a Registered Addictions Counselor and the Admissions Coordinator at St. Christopher’s Addiction Wellness Center. Stephen has worked in the addictions field for the past 13 years both as an addictions counselor and as an admissions specialist. Stephen is a caring clinician dedicated to helping anyone calling St. Christopher’s to obtain the most appropriate treatment possible, whether at St. Christopher's or elsewhere.
Angela is the Financial Office Manager at St. Christopher's. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Louisiana State University in 2005. She has been employed with St. Christopher's since 2005.
Steven Holland is a Sober Coach and our Supervisor for Recovery Advocates at the Primary Residential Phase. After several years maintaining his own sobriety, Steve was hired in January 2015 as an RA and was promoted within the year to Supervisor. Steve plays a major role in hiring and training staff, many of whom have risen to higher positions in the company.
Tate is committed to making every single detail in the patient’s treatment experience productive and integral to preparing the individual for recovery. Having several years of personal recovery under his belt, Tate remains very “hands on” in his style and this ensures full executive connection to the daily management of treatment operations. Tate’s great love for recovery and recognition of the need for specialized treatment allows him to foster a sense of home for each patient.
Kyle is the Primary Phase Director at St. Christopher's. He completed his Bachelor's in Psychology at LSU in 2007, received his Masters degree in Counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2013, and has been a member of the St. Christopher's clinical team since 2013. Kyle is deeply committed to helping patients and families understand addiction and the role they play in both their own and their loved one's healing.
As Director of Nursing, Catrina brings to St. Christopher's almost 10 years of experience in a variety of disciplines, including being a Utilization Review Specialist. After graduating at the top of her class, she began her career with St. Christopher's as a staff nurse in 2007. While it is the goal of the nursing department to assist all patients in all levels of care, Catrina's personal beliefs and philosophy gives her a unique approach to treating her patients that transcends that goal. Her unique blend of compassion and personal interest in her patients are much appreciated by all who come in contact with her. She is very committed to provide a safe and healthy environment for our patients to ensure their maximum chance of success in recovery.
Joel has been working at St. Christopher’s since 2006 and has served in various clinical capacities. He is currently the program administrator of the Long-term phase at STC. Joel has been a Registered Addiction Counselor since 2011. He is currently a Certified Clinical Supervisor overseeing the STC Training programs for Addiction Counselors
Zach completed St. Christopher's Long Term Program in 2010, began working as a Mental Health Tech in 2011 and has been a member of our Clinical Staff since 2012. In 2017, Zach became a Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor. He is currently pursuing a degree at Southeastern University School of Social Work. Zach brings his valuable experience as an STC alumni to our patients on a daily basis and believes that the most important connection is the bond between patient and clinician. Zach is the Clinical Manager for all programs to ensure that the values of St. Christopher's Addiction Wellness Center permeates all that we do.
While attaining a Master's of Education in Counseling, Libby gained experience working in an Intensive Outpatient facility. After completing internship she was hired on as a counselor, working with a multidisciplinary team, she acquired the skills necessary to facilitate effective group, individual and family sessions for patients with a variety of mental health and substance use concerns. She believes in focusing on the unique qualities, which each individual possesses to foster movement towards self-actualization. Libby utilizes Motivational Interviewing, DBT, and ACT interventions along with a family systems approach to promote the achievement of self-identified goals.
Sam graduated from the STC program in 2014 and immediately began working in the recovery field. He began his career at St Christopher's as a Recovery Advocate in 2015 and became a part of the clinical team in 2016. As a recovered addict, Sam sees the innate potential for recovery in all those who suffer from addiction. Through the use of mindfulness and unconditional positive regard, Sam is able to build a strong rapport with his patients, using trust to organically guide the addict to a state of self-actualization and recovery. Sam is a member of LASACT and was certified as a CIT by the Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority in 2016.
Jacob completed St. Christopher's Long Term Program in 2011, began working as a Mental Health Tech in 2012 and has been a member of our Clinical team since 2013. As the Phase 4 and Sober Living Coordinator, Jacob plays a valuable role in helping to bridge the gap of trust between patients and staff. He spends a lot of time connecting with patients at all levels of care and works to ensure a smooth integration back into the community for our patients.
Doug is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), trained by Dr. Patrick Carnes and the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). Doug earned the Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University as well as Master’s degrees in both Recreational Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Southern University. He utilizes a task- centered model treatment methodology approach to patients that struggle with trauma, sexual addiction and co-occurring addictions. Doug enjoys helping patients develop healthy attachments in all of their relationships and begin the healing process from past trauma’s in order to live a more productive life. Doug White is a near lifelong resident of Baton Rouge with over twenty years’ experience in the mental health field.
Emily Hausladen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and currently serves as Family Program Counselor. As the family counselor at STC, her role is to educate, support, and empower families throughout the recovery process. Originally, a native of Wisconsin, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout and where she received bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Human Development and Family Studies and Human Resources. After graduation, Emily moved to South Louisiana where she attended Southeastern Louisiana University. In 2013, she completed her masters level internship at STC Addiction Wellness Center and earned her Master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling. Emily has a wealth and variety of post-graduate experience working with adults, adolescents, and children with substance use and mental health disorders. In addition to clinical experience and knowledge, Emily brings a warmth and compassion into her interactions with client's and families. Emily utilizes an eclectic approach to best fit each client and family and draws from family systems models, mindfulness, cognitive, and solution-oriented therapies.
Meredith is a Licensed Master Social Worker with a history of extensive study in the field of substance abuse and mental health. She is currently practicing as a clinician in the Residential phase of treatment at St. Christopher Addiction Wellness Center. She is dedicated to working with her patients to instill a sense of hope and empowerment in the face of life's obstacles. With a non-judgmental attitude, she meets her patients where they are in order to collaborate with the client to achieve their desired goals. By displaying genuineness and empathy to her patients, she is a trusted and valued member of our team.
Tanya Stuart joined STC as an Adjunct Clinician in 2016 and provides group facilitation services to patients and families. She received a BA in Business from the University of New Orleans and her Master of Social Work from Southern University, New Orleans. Upon graduation, she went on to work for New Orleans Adolescent Hospital and was employed by substance abuse outpatient facilities, SAMHSA, and school systems working as a substance abuse and mental health counselor and administrator. She obtained her Licensed Addiction Counselor and her Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2006. Tanya was certified as a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor in 2009 and Certified Clinical Supervisor in 2015. She provides supervision for psychiatric residents, LMSW's and CIT's, serves as a liaison for LSU master level students, while maintaining a full time private practice. Tanya Stuart is also owner of Genesis Behavioral Health Services that offer specialty groups. Her areas of experience include mental health and substance abuse issues involving children, adolescents, and adults.
Christopher D. Garner, Psy.D, MSCP, CGP received his doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology (GSPP), a private professional school in Atlanta, GA. He also holds relevant clinical master's degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi (Counseling Psychology), GSPP (Clinical Psychology), and the California School of Professional Psychology (Clinical Psychopharmacology). Dr. Garner completed his formal clinical training with the Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium (LSU and the forensic hospital in Jackson, LA), an APA-accredited doctoral-level internship program that he went on to directly a few years after graduation. Dr. Garner is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Certified Group Psychotherapist.
At St. Christopher’s, Dr. Garner leads an interpersonal psychotherapy process group in which members explore their feelings, empathize with each other but also challenge each other to move forward in their recovery. Dr. Garner is more of a conductor or facilitator than a leader in this group; the members must rise to the occasion. Dr. Garner will give you the frame and the canvas but you, the clients, will bring the paints and color and brushes, and whatever you bring, Dr. Garner will help you turn it into something therapeutic.
Dr. Garner will also be offering specialized psychological testing.
Dr. Garner has a full-time private practice in which he sees a wide variety of patients, consults with the Roman Catholic Church and the Louisiana Board of Examiners of Psychologists, and is a Professor of Psychiatry with the LSUHSC-Our Lady of the Lake Psychiatry Residency Program, where he teaches Residents the theory and practice of individual and group psychotherapy as well as supervises their therapy patients. Previously he worked for many years as a Clinical Psychologist/Associate Director/Training Director for the LSU Student Health Center's Mental Health Service. He loves training and mentoring.
Patrick joined the clinical team in 2016 as the IOP coordinator. He is currently pursuing a degree at Southeastern for psychology. Patrick began with St Christopher's as a residential tech in 2014 then became a Sober Coach in 2015.
Trevor is an alumni of our program and has been working in the substance abuse field for two years. He is a highly dedicated staff member who enjoys helping new patients begin their own recovery process.
Adam Singer completed the long term program at St. Christopher's in 2015. Adam began working as a Recovery Advocate later that year. Adam later became a Sober Coach and is currently working in the Intensive Outpatient Program on the Clinical Staff.
Aaron Petrikin graduated from the STC Program in 2015. He joined the Support staff as a Recovery Advocate in 2015 and has become a Sober Coach and Case Manager for the Extended Phase at our Caddo Campus. He joined the Clinical Staff in 2017 as a Counselor in Training.