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An Integrative Approach to Mental Health: Where the Body Meets the Mind
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A common misconception is that health begins from the neck down. Too often, psychiatry and mental health are perceived to fall outside the scope of primary care, while physical and root causes are often overlooked in psychiatric practice.  We feel strongly that our professions of psychiatry and general medicine can do a better job of integrating our services to assist our patients. Drs.’ Mather and Podesta will detail integrative and collaborative methods, as well as discuss the common causes, workup and treatment of various mental health concerns. 

Arwen Podesta, MD

Arwen Podesta, MD, is board certified in psychiatry, addiction medicine, forensic psychiatry and holistic & integrative medicine, Arwen Podesta, MD works in Louisiana, with an office in New Orleans. She authored a book on addiction, HOOKED: A Concise Guide to the Underlying Mechanics of Addiction and Treatment for Patients, Families, and Providers. She was recently awarded the honor of distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatry Association, as well as the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and is the president-elect of the Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association. She is a national speaker, she teaches, consults and is an advocate for integrative best practices for those with addiction and psychiatric needs.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Arwen Podesta has employment relationships with Lake Wellness, Acer, Psychiatry Redefined, LA Department of Public Safety & Corrections, Podesta Psychiatry LLC, and Tulane University. She receives a speaking honorarium from Indivior, Pear Therapeutics, and Alkermes. Dr. Podesta receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Dr. Arwen Podesta is a member of NAACME, Medical Association of Southeast Louisiana, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and American Medical Association.


Joe Mather, MD, MPH

Joe Mather, MD, MPH, is a premier functional medicine expert, having treated patients around the world, published research, and spoken at national conferences. Due to his knowledge and practical approach, he is frequently sent cases by functional medicine leaders and practitioners across the country. He graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine and the Tulane University School of Public Health in 2011 and completed his residency in family practice in 2014. In his private practice, he is passionate about delivering cost-effective and effective care with a focus on GI health, environmental toxicity, and preventative medicine. He spends a lot of time helping patients suffering from complex and chronic diseases when other approaches have failed. When he is not working with patients you will find him playing with his three small children, exercising, meditating, or playing the drums.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Joe Mather receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Joe Mather serves on the advisory board for Hedberg Institute.




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