Arwen Podesta, MD, ABPN, FASAM, ABIHM

Arwen Podesta, MD is a board certified adult psychiatrist with sub-specializations in addiction medicine, forensic psychiatry, and integrative & holistic medicine. She has a background in biochemistry, complementary medicine and massage therapy. She was excited to successfully merge her intellectual and vocational interests by becoming a medical doctor. She graduated from University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, and then moved to New Orleans for a psychiatry residency at Louisiana State University. She then pursued a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Tulane University.

After Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Podesta was involved with psychiatric care for the most needy and disenfranchised. She was awarded the Gambit’s 40 Under 40 in 2009. She has been actively working in the public sector as Medical Director of ACER and also consults with Orleans Criminal Court Intervention (Drug Court), and Municipal Court Diversion Services. She was also chair and co-creator of the New Orleans Forensic Mental Health Coalition, which is now run by the New Orleans City Health Department. Additionally, she is a consulting Addiction Medicine specialist and holds privileges at Easy Jefferson Hospital. At all of these venues and programs, her main focus is access to holistic mental health and addiction treatment, and rational prescribing practices.

Dr. Podesta continues to teach and pursue academics, is Tulane Clinical Faculty, is on a dissertation committee at UTH Dallas, teaches at the NOPD Academy, and consults with several other organizations and institutions. She was also nominated President of the Louisiana chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 2017. She is a well renowned speaker, and travels to teach and speak on the subjects of Addiction Medicine and Integrative Psychiatry.

After opening Podesta Psychiatry LLC in 2012, Dr. Podesta has been voted into New Orleans Magazine Top Doctors every year. The team at Podesta Psychiatry includes some of the best treatment providers in the Gulf Coast. Podesta Psychiatry has grown toward the multi-disciplinary collaborative model that embodies Dr. Podesta’s wellness model for whole health.

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