Meet Our Team

Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc. treatment programs are medically directed by a team of Board Certified Addiction Medicine Physicians and Psychiatrists, who are members of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). They are trained in the latest therapeutic protocols for addiction including medication management and have experience in treating co-occuring diseases including depression, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. This training ensures that each patient’s unique medical problems are addressed while in treatment.

Our Doctors

A. Kenison Roy, III

MD, FASAM

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Georgette Somjen

MD

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Barbara Smith

MD

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Our Doctors have staff affiliations with other licensed psychiatric hospitals and treatment centers.

Janet Parrish Registered NurseJanet Parrish
Registered Nurse

Janet is a registered nurse with more than 35 years of practical and administrative experience in the clinic, hospital, and medical office settings, as well as an extensive background in Behavioral Health. During her career, she has facilitated therapeutic and educational groups in acute inpatient psychiatry units and outpatient programs. She has provided supervision to staff at Southeast Louisiana Hospital, Methodist Psychiatric Pavilion, and IMG Healthcare and has staffed clinics pre and post Katrina at Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority. After receiving her diploma in Nursing from Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans, Janet attended the University of New Orleans and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology.  She also earned a Biology degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Monica Hebert, LPNMonica Hebert, LPN

Monica is a LPN with 6 years of experience in Behavioral Health, having already completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New Orleans in 2003 and a Masters of Arts in Health Administration from University of Phoenix in 2008. Monica has assessment skills that she has honed in multiple facets of her career including Acadia Vermillion Hospital, Volunteers of America and Child Protective Services. Currently she has responsibility to facilitate groups and is the nursing team member for the ARR Intensive Outpatient Program. She is currently pursuing a degree in Nursing at Delgado Community College Charity School of Nursing.

Cynthia Cashman PsychotherapistCynthia Cashman, NCC, LPC, LAC, LPC-S
Psychotherapist

Cynthia is a nationally certified, licensed professional and licensed addiction counselor who is currently completing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education at UNO. She is a proud native New Orleanian who graduated from UNO before completing two masters’ degrees at Loyola, one in Education and one in Counseling. She has a private practice at River Oaks Hospital and is an independent contractor conducting DWI offender evaluations and DWI education groups for First Parish Court of Jefferson. She is also an approved provider for the Louisiana State Board of Nursing’s Recovering Nurse program. Cynthia has been the Application Director for Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc. and a program counselor for the Dual Diagnosis Unit at River Oaks Hospital. She is active in her professional organizations and presents at conferences. Most recently she presented, ” Ten Creative Techniques for Chemical Dependency Groups” at the Louisiana Counseling Convention in Baton Rouge. She strongly believes that mindfulness and creativity enrich addiction treatment and help prevent relapse by addressing unresolved core issues.

Stephen Kessler Director, Residential Treatment ProgramStephen Kessler, MHS, LPC, LAC, CRC
Director, Residential Treatment Program

Stephen has been working for Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc. since 2003. During that time, He has worked every program, including Intensive Outpatient, Continuing Care, and Residential Treatment. After Hurricane Katrina, Stephen was promoted to the position of Residential Coordinator. In addition to managing the residential program, Stephen maintains a caseload of individual patients and runs group therapy on a daily basis. Since February, 2013 Stephen is currently acting as interim clinical director and participating in the administrative strategic planning of the business. His particular interests in counseling include the cognitive therapies, especially rational emotive behavior therapy. Stephen received his Master’s degree from LSU in 2003.

Rachel Luria Intensive Outpatient Program Director – MetairieRachel Luria, MSW, LCSW
Intensive Outpatient Program Director – Metairie

Rachel received her Masters’ of Social Work from Tulane University. She is originally from New York City, but has been a resident of New Orleans for 13 years. She worked as the admissions coordinator at River Oaks Hospital for the trauma and eating disorder units before beginning her career in substance abuse treatment. Rachel worked as a program counselor at Grace House, a treatment center for women with chemical addictions before starting at Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc.. Rachel’s primary theoretical approaches to counseling include psychodynamic therapy and cognitive mindfulness therapy.

Sharon Normand Intensive Outpatient Program Director – DowntownSharon A. Normand, LPC, LAC, NCC
Intensive Outpatient Program Director – Downtown

Sharon graduated with a M.Ed. in Counseling Education from the University of New Orleans with a focus on Community Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addiction Counselor and has worked in Intensive Outpatient, Residential and Community Service treatment centers. Sharon is in recovery and applies personal experiential knowledge of addiction with Solution-focused, Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment. Sharon has worked with a range of clients including all adult ages, court-mandated, and with chronic mental illness. Sharon completed her internship at Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc. in the Residential facility working with clients in the Application stage of treatment. She strongly believes that mindfulness and creativity enrich addiction treatment and help prevent relapse by addressing unresolved core issues. Sharon enjoys working with clients with unresolved trauma.

Donna Doolen Program TherapistDonna Doolen, LPC, NCC, M.Ed.
Program Therapist

Donna graduated with a M.Ed. in Counseling Education. She pursued her graduate degree for one reason – to become a substance abuse counselor. Donna is in recovery and applies personal experiential knowledge of addiction with Reality Theory, Motivational Interviewing Therapy, and REBT. She previously practiced as a coordinator working with court-mandated clients and recipients of Access to Recovery I and II grant funding.

Marisa Vann Program TherapistMarisa Vann, M.Ed., NCC, CI
Program Therapist

Marisa received her Masters of Counselor Education at the University of New Orleans. Prior to working for Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc., she worked as a counselor at Addiction Counseling Educational Resources and as a counselor at Grace House, a treatment center for women with chemical addictions. Marisa’s theoretical approach to counseling includes existential therapy, with psychodynamic components. More recently, Marisa has been interested in psychosomatic expressions of trauma.

Whitney Coles, M.A., NCC

Whitney’s educational background includes a Master of Arts in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in 2011. She is currently in supervision for her Licensed Professional Counselor credentials. Before coming to ARR, Inc. Whitney worked at River Oaks Hospital on the Dual Diagnosis Unit for two years. Whitney’s professional background includes individuals, group, family and couple sessions. Her theoretical approach to counseling is an eclectic use of Strategic, Systems, CBT, and Narrative principles.

Kelsey Moore Program Therapist – DowntownKelsey Moore, MSW, CSW
Program Therapist – Downtown

Kelsey is a Certified Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Tulane University. She spent her yearlong, graduate-level internship at Eden House, the first organization in New Orleans to serve women who are recovering from sex trafficking and addiction. Kelsey also has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Schreiner University. While working on her Bachelor’s degree, Kelsey served a term with AmeriCorps and received President Obama’s “Drum Major for Service” award. Currently, Kelsey leads the night group of intensive outpatient therapy at Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc.’s downtown location.

Laura Gray Patient Needs CoordinatorLaura Gray, MHS, CRC
Patient Needs Coordinator

Laura received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University in 2011. She later received her Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in May 2013 and is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. Laura has an immense passion for substance abuse as well as working with families and children affected by this disease.

Regina Lancaster Patient Needs CoordinatorRegina Lancaster
Patient Needs Coordinator

Regina received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Southeaster Louisiana University. She is Chair of the Walk 4 Recovery committee. This is an annual, city-wide event that raises awareness and support for recovery in the Greater New Orleans area. Before starting her career at Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc., she completed an internship with Action Against Addiction. There she lead a youth leadership summit and participated in community events to help prevent substance abuse in our city.

Whitney Reichel Patient Needs Coordinator – DowntownWhitney Reichel
Patient Needs Coordinator – Downtown

Originally from Kentucky, Whitney moved to New Orleans to pursue her passion for helping improve the lives of the people and communities of New Orleans. She previously worked as a Residential Counselor at a facility in Louisville, Kentucky where she assisted abused and neglected children to receive the counseling and foster placement needed. For the past three years at Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc. Whitney has provided art/experiential therapy and intake/case management. She graduated from the University of Louisville in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently working toward her credentials as an MSW and LAC.

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