Why St. Christopher's

Administrative Staff

Brandy Price Klingman, LCSW-BACS

Chief Executive Officer

Zach Knippenberg, MSW, RAC, CCS

Chief Operations Officer

Angela Badeaux

Chief Financial Officer

Emily Simcoe, BSN, RN

Chief Nursing Officer

Stephen Heard, RAC

Director of Admissions

Clarke Stiltner

Admissions Coordinator

Joel Salvaggio, RAC, CCS

Human Resources Coordinator

Dwayne Beason

CEO Emeritus, Business Development

Brandy Price Klingman, LCSW

brandy@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611

Brandy Price Klingman is the CEO of St. Christopher's Addiction Wellness Center and 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. Brandy 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.

Zach Knippenberg, MSW, RAC, CCS

zach@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611

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.

Angela Badeaux

angela@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611

Angela Badeaux 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.

Stephen Heard, RAC

stephen@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611

Stephen Heard is a Registered Addictions Counselor and the Director of Admissions at St. Christopher’s.  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.

Joel Salvaggio, RAC, CCS

joel@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611

Joel is a Registered Addictions Counselor and Certified Clinical Supervisor who serves as St. Christopher's Human Resources Coordinator. He has been dedicated to strengthening the clinical and administrative operation of the company for 13 years. He develops training and compliance programs for the St. Christopher's.

Dwayne Beason, Chief Executive Officer

Dwayne Beason

dwayne@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611

Dwayne Beason is the CEO Emeritus 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. He currently serves in a business development capacity for St. Christopher's.

Clinical Staff

Jose Artecona, M.D.


Adam Carney, PMHNP-C

Psychiatric Nurse Practioner

Travis Weisbrod, MS, EP-C, CPT, PES

Wellness and Fitness Coordinator

Melanie Roys, MS/CAGS

Psychology Consultant

Kyle Aaron, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

Director of Outpatient Services

Greg Tiritilli, RAC

Primary Program Director

Patrick Mitchell, CIT

Primary CIT

Daniel Freedman, CIT

Primary CIT

Mike Ramos

Primary RA Supervisor

Jacob Peltier, CIT

Extended Care Program Manager

Micha Scholes, LMSW

Extended Care Counselor

Trevor Flener, CIT

Extended Care CIT

Ryan Ellender, BS

Extended Care Case Manager

Tate O'Neal

Extended Care Resident Manager

Teague Rasmussen

Extended Care RA Supervisor
Jose-Artecona, M.D.

Jose Artecona, M.D.


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 Carney, PMHNP-C

adam@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611

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 Weisbrod

travis@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611

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.

Kyle Aaron, M.Ed, LPC

kyle@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611

Kyle is the Director of Outpatient Services 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 a Licensed Professional Counselor who is Nationally Certified. 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.

Patrick Mitchell, CIT

pmitchell@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611

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.

Micha Scholes, LMSW

micha@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611

Micha is a therapist at the STC long term program. She is a 2019 graduate of the LSU School of Social Work. She began working at STC as a clinical assistant in May of 2018 and spent time in the family program. Micha utilizes and working towards a full certification in DBT therapy.

Trevor Flener, CIT

tflener@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611

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.