Why St. Christopher's

Administrative Staff

Dwayne Beason

Chief Executive Officer

Brandy Price Klingman, LCSW-BACS

Chief Operations Officer

Angela Badeaux

Chief Financial Officer

Stephen Heard, RAC

Admissions Coordinator

Joel Salvaggio, RAC, CCS

Human Resources

Catrina Bonomolo

Utilization Review Coordinator

Aaron Domingue, RAC

Business Development Representative
Dwayne Beason, Chief Executive Officer

Dwayne Beason

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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, LCSW

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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.

Angela Badeaux

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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.

Stephen Heard, RAC

Stephen Heard, RAC

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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.

Joel Salvaggio, BA, RAC

Joel Salvaggio, RAC, CCS

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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

Catrina Bonomolo, LPN

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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.

Aaron Domingue, RAC

Aaron Domingue, RAC

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Aaron Domingue is a Business Development Representative at St. Christopher's Addiction Wellness Center. Aaron has been working in the addiction recovery field for 7 years, with six years of tenure with STC. He is located in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he is active in the community. He has been featured on A&E's Intervention while working with patients at St. Christopher's.

Clinical Staff

Christopher Belleau

Chief Medical Officer

Jose Artecona, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Adam Carney, PMHNP-C

Psychiatric Nurse Practioner

Travis Weisbrod

Wellness and Fitness Coordinator

Patrick Hammett, PLPC

Primary Program Manager

Adam Singer, CIT

Primary Program CIT

Trevor Flener, CIT

Primary Program CIT

Zach Knippenberg, RAC, CCGC, CCS-W

Extended Care Program Manager

Libby Knox, M.Ed., PLPC

Extended Care Clinical Staff Clinician

Jacob Peltier, CIT

Extended Care CIT

Patrick Mitchell, CIT

Extended Care CIT

Stephen Holland

Braveheart Program Manager

Sam Neal Anderson, CIT

Braveheart Recovery Coach

Tate O'Neal

Braveheart Resident Manager

Kyle Aaron, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

Director of IOP Services

Emily Hausladen, M.Ed., LPC

Family Program Counselor
Christopher Belleau, M.D.

Christopher Belleau, M.D.

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Dr. Belleau is the Medical Director of St. Christopher's Addiction Wellness Center.

Jose-Artecona, M.D.

Jose Artecona, M.D.

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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

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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

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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.

Adam Singer, CIT

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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.

Trevor Flener, CIT

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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.

Zach Knippenberg, CIT

Zach Knippenberg, RAC, CCS

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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.

Libby Knox, M.Ed., PLPC

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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.

Jacob Peltier

Jacob Peltier, CIT

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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.

Patrick Mitchell, CIT

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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.

Stephen Holland

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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.

Sam Neil Anderson, CIT

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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.

Kyle

Kyle Aaron, M.Ed, PLPC

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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 because a Licensed Practical Counselor and NationallyKyle 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.

Emily Hausladen, M.Ed., LPC

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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.