Why St. Christopher's

Staff

Brandy Price Klingman, LCSW-BACS

Chief Executive Officer

Zach Knippenberg, MSW, RAC, CCS

Chief Operations Officer

Stephen Heard, RAC

Director of Admissions

Richard Whitehead

Admissions Coordinator

Angela Badeaux

Chief Financial Officer

Erik Thompson

Human Resources Coordinator

Patrick Chaney

Director of Referral Relations

Tiffany Davilla

UR Specialist

Jose Artecona, M.D., Addictionologist

Psychiatrist

Adam Carney, PMHNP-C

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Felisha Cummings

Director of Nursing

Travis Weisbrod, MS, EP-C, CSCS

Wellness Director

Trevor Flener, RAC

Residential Program Director

Jacob Peltier, RAC

Long Term Counselor

Greg Tiritilli, CAC

Long Term Program Director

Crystal Loup, MEd, LPC

Outpatient Program Director

Jessica Monsour, BS

Residential Mental Health Therapist

Ramon Lopez, LPCS

Residential Counselor

Wesley Brown, PLPC

Long Term Counselor

Luke Lowery, CIT

Outpatient Coordinator

Andy Plaisance

Residential RA Supervisor

Nick Trahan

Long Term RA Supervisor

David Heard

Property Manager

Keith Bayard

Dietary Manager

Brandy Price Klingman, LCSW

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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

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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.

Stephen Heard, RAC

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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.

Angela Badeaux

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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.

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, MS, EP-C, CPT, PES

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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 Director of St. Christopher's state of art Wellness Center. 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.

Trevor Flener, RAC

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Trevor is an alumni of our program and has been working in the substance abuse field for seven years. He is a highly dedicated staff member who enjoys helping new patients begin their own recovery process.

Crystal Loup, MEd, LPC

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Crystal is the Outpatient Program Director and a therapist at STC and Magnolia Springs. 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, incorporating techniques based in CBT, DBT, expressive art therapy, music therapy, interpersonal therapy and skill-building. Crystal approaches therapy with compassion, genuineness and positive regard to meet people where they are in their recovery.

Jessica Monsour, BS

jmonsour@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611

Jessica is a Mental Health Therapist at the STC Residential Treatment Center. 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 anticipates earning her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2022 from Southeastern Louisiana University. She often utilizes techniques and approaches from cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and integrative theories. She is also certified in CPR/First-Aid.

Ramon Lopez, LPCS

ramon@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611

Ramon Lopez is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor with over 12 years of experience providing mental health counseling services at each level of care. He believes in a balanced approach to mental, emotional, and physical change through the recovery process. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from LSU in 2003 and Master’s degree in Counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2007. He is an active member of the Louisiana Counseling Association since 2006 and owner of a private practice in Baton Rouge, Lopez Counseling and Consulting LLC.

Wesley Brown, PLPC

wbrown@addictionwellness.com | 225.387.1611

Wes is a Counselor at the STC Long Term program. He is from Baton Rouge and went to college At Southeastern Louisiana University. He earned his Bachelor degrees in Psychology and in Kinesiology in 2018. He then pursued a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and graduated in 2021. He is certified in Brainspotting and likes to counsel using techniques such as cognitive behavioral and person centered therapy.