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© 2016 Dependency Pain Treatment Centers | 1441 Canal St, Suite 324 New Orleans, LA 70112

Arwen Podesta, MD, ABPN, FASAM, ABIHM

Arwen Podesta, MD is the Medical Director of Dependency Pain Treatment Centers. She is a board certified adult psychiatrist with sub-specializations in addiction medicine, forensic psychiatry, and integrative & holistic medicine. Dr. Podesta 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. Dr. Podesta 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 Chief Medical Officer of Odyssey House Louisiana, Medical Director of ACER, and consulting Orleans Criminal Court Intervention (Drug Court), and Municipal Court Diversion Services. She is also chair and co-creator of the New Orleans Forensic Mental Health Coalition. She recently helped create, and is Medical Director of Dependency Pain Treatment Center. At all of these venues and programs, her main focus is access to holistic addiction and dependency 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 is a well renowned speaker, and travels to teach and speak on the subjects of Addiction Medicine and Integrative Psychiatry.

Please call (504) 535-7212 to schedule an appointment with a DPTC doctor today.