Why St. Christopher's


Brandy Price Klingman, LCSW-BACS

Chief Executive Officer

Zach Knippenberg, MSW, RAC, CCS

Chief Operations Officer

Angela Badeaux

Chief Financial Officer

Stephen Heard, RAC

Director of Admissions

Greg Tiritilli, CAC

Program Director, Residential and Long Term Programs

Ashton Vidrine, BSN, RN, MSW, LMSW

Director of Nursing

Jose Artecona, M.D., Addictionologist


Travis Weisbrod, MS, EP-C, CSCS

Wellness Director

Crystal Loup, MEd, LPC

Long Term Counselor

Jacob Peltier, RAC

Long Term Counselor

Andy Plaisance

Long Term Counselor

Michael Ramos

Long Term Counselor

Wesley Brown, PLPC

Residential Counselor

Jessica Monsour, M.S., PLPC, NCC

Residential Counselor

Jamie Kushen

Recovery Advocate Supervisor - Long Term Program

Jessica Baham

Recovery Advocate Supervisor - Residential Program

Micha Matherne

Program Director, Intensive Outpatient and Family Programs

Patrick Buzbee, M.S., PLPC, NCC

Intensive Outpatient Counselor

Keith Bayard

Dietary Manager

Nick Trahan

Admissions Coordinator

Richard Whitehead

Admissions Coordinator

Patrick Chaney

Director of Referral Relations

Catherine Heard


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. 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, ext. 1302

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, ext. 1103

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.

Jose-Artecona, M.D.

Jose Artecona, M.D.

artecona@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611

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.

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

travisw@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 Director of St. Christopher's state-of-the-art Wellness Program. Travis holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a focus in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Louisiana State University. He also attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied Exercise Science and Fitness Instruction. Travis is an experienced exercise physiologist, fitness trainer, and behavior change specialist with certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and the American Council on Exercise. As director of the Wellness Program, Travis works hands on with patients to improve their physical fitness, mental health, and unlock their full potential. This process emphasizes the benefits of regular physical activity and recreation, healthy eating habits and sleep hygiene and proper self-care.

Crystal Loup, MEd, LPC

crystal@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611, ext. 1301

Crystal is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and internship coordinator/supervisor at St. Christopher's Addiction Wellness Center. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Louisiana State University. She uses an integrated approach in her work with clients and families, She frequently incorporates skill-building with humanistic, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, experiential, and interpersonal therapies. Crystal approaches both therapy and supervision with warmth, authenticity and transparency to meet people where they are in their recovery.

Wesley Brown, PLPC

wbrown@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611, ext. 1502

Wes is a counselor working in St. Christopher's Residential Program. A Baton Rouge native, he earned Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and in Kinesiology at Southeastern Louisiana University in 2018. He then pursued a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and graduated in 2021. He is certified in Brainspotting therapy and he likes to counsel using techniques such as cognitive behavioral and person-centered therapy.

Jessica Monsour, M.S., PLPC, NCC

jmonsour@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611, ext. 1201

Jessica is a counselor working in St. Christopher's Residential Program. She is originally from Slidell, Louisiana. She earned her Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Administrative Supervision in 2018 and her Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health in 2022 from Southeastern Louisiana University. She often utilizes techniques and approaches from cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and integrative theories. She is also an active member of the Louisiana Counseling Association (LCA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). Jessica is committed to approaching all her clients with compassion and respect while they navigate their recovery journeys.

Patrick Buzbee

pbuzbee@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611

Patrick is a counselor working in St. Christoper’s Intensive Outpatient Program and assisting with our Family Program. He is originally from Baton Rouge, LA. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Louisiana State University in 2016, followed by a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2023. Patrick was an intern with the University Counseling Center at Southeastern Louisiana University where he mostly worked with young adults from a wide range of backgrounds with a variety of presenting mental health concerns. He is an active member of the Louisiana Counseling Association (LCA), American Counseling Association (ACA), and the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE-L). Patrick approaches all clients with an open and compassionate presence and hopes his personal, professional, and educational experiences will help you and your loved ones live healthy lives.

Catherine Heard