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 fellowshipin 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 Chief Medical Officer of
Longbranch Recovery, while also consulting with 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. In August 2017, she became the President of the
Louisiana Chapter of the Society of Addiction Medicine. At all of these venues and programs,
her main focus is access to holistic addiction and dependency treatment, and rational
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.
After opening Podesta Psychiatry LLC in 2012, Dr. Podesta has been voted into New Orleans
Magazine Best Doctors every year. The team at Podesta Psychiatry include 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.