Dr. Megan Thompson
Dr. Megan Thompson
DO, Genesis Administrative Medical Director
Dr. Thompson is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She earned her medical degree from The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. After learning about the disparity in the mental health system that was still present years after Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Thompson felt compelled to help bridge this gap so she moved to New Orleans to complete her General Psychiatry Residency at Tulane University. After falling in love with the people and culture in Southeastern Louisiana she then stayed at Tulane and completed a Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, where she served as Chief Resident from 2013-2014. Upon completion of her medical training Dr. Thompson moved to Baton Rouge in 2014 to practice near her mentor, Renee M. Bruno, MD.

Dr Megan Thompson is trained in the evaluation and management of all disorders within the DSM. She is particularly interested the following:
  • Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Life Transitions
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Early Childhood Mental Health
  • Autism

Midwestern University (2005 - 2009)
- Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Tulane University School of Medicine (2009 - 2012)
- Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
- General Psychiatry Residency

Tulane University School of Medicine (2012 - 2014)
- Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
Tanya Stuart
Tanya Stuart
LCSW-BACS, LAC
With more than two decades of counseling experience, Tanya Stuart is a highly effective and respected leader in the fields of mental health and substance abuse treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. Her proven holistic approach incorporates the mind, body, and spirit to establish a balanced life for those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues.

As the co-owner of multiple mental health facilities in Southeast Louisiana, Tanya is dedicating her career to ensure healthy and productive lives for adolescents with a proven approach that focuses on strengthening the family unit. “Family counseling is necessary to accomplish positive, sustainable outcomes for the adolescent's life,” states Tanya whose goal is to saturate Louisiana with adolescent services.

Tanya's passion for mentoring and teaching has led her to serve as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the LSU School of Medicine. Previously, she had served as an Adjunct Professor at LSU in the MSW Program. As co-owner of both The Maples and Genesis Behavioral Health Services, Tanya provides training sites for psychiatrists and master-level therapist internships to learn while gaining valuable experience. Tanya and her team of healthcare professionals practice the highest level of care with respect, integrity, and professionalism.

- Co-owner of Genesis/Holistic Solutions Center of Baton Rouge and Metairie
- Co-owner of The Maples of Baton Rouge and Hammond
- Clinical Assistant Professor at the LSU School of Medicine

- Bachelors in Business Administration from University of New Orleans in 1997
- Master of Social Work from Southern University at New Orleans in 2002
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
- Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC)
- Board Approved Clinical Supervisor (BACS)
- SMART Recovery Trained

Phone: (225) 771-9980

Email: tanya@genesisholisticbr.com

Natalie Bliss
Psychiatrist, MD
Dr. Natalie Bliss received her medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 2017 and completed her psychiatry residency at LSU in 2021. She is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She worked for the past two years at Ochsner Baptist hospital. She has experience teaching psychiatry residents. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She also wrote a monthly article on medical topics for Essex Fells magazine for six years.

Dr. Bliss enjoys helping individuals and families who are struggling to find balance in their home, work, or school life. She helps patients with trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts and compulsions, self-harm behaviors, cognitive dysfunction, and interpersonal issues. She has experience in helping women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. While she provides brief therapy during sessions, her primary focus is in diagnosis and medication management. She is trained in general psychiatry giving her the flexibility to diagnose patients with psychiatric disorders and give medication options. Her treatment plan considers the psychological, physical, and spiritual well-being of her patients. Her ultimate goal for each patient is to give him or her the tools for a purpose-driven and meaningful life.

Dr. Bliss provides medication management services at Genesis Behavioral Health services and also offers telehealth and accepts insurance. Her office is located at 433 Metairie Rd, Ste. 520, Metairie, LA 70005.

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Hannah Hopkins
LPC, NCC
Hannah Hopkins is the clinical director at Genesis Behavioral Health Services. Hannah uses a multidimensional approach in counseling to meet individual client needs that include Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Client-Centered Therapy. Her counseling philosophy is aimed at helping clients utilize their inner strengths to navigate through life struggles and find contentment in their daily living.

- Licensed Professional Counselor
- National Certified Counselor
- M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Social Work
- Member of Louisiana Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association

Phone: (225) 317-9419

Email: hannah@genesisholisticbr.com

Marissa Lass
Marissa Lass
M.Ed., PLPC
Marissa Lass is the lead counselor and program manager at Genesis Behavioral Health Services. She approaches counseling using an integrative perspective of evidence-based practices tailored to meet individual client needs. She utilizes a variety of techniques and skills drawn from modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). She strives to foster a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental atmosphere where clients can process their life experiences, gain insight and self-awareness, and take steps towards living a more fulfilling life.

- Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor
- Louisiana State University, M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Louisiana State University, B.S. in Psychology
- Member of the American Counseling Association and Louisiana Counseling Association

Phone: (225) 308-3658

Email: marissa@genesisholisticbr.com

Michelle Hogan
Michelle Hogan
PLPC
Michelle Hogan is a counselor in the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program. She utilizes evidenced- based techniques from therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI) to help clients build skills to improve their daily functioning. She aims to create a safe and welcoming environment for her clients in which they can explore and meet their treatment needs.

- Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor
- Louisiana State University, M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Louisiana State University, B.S. in Psychology
- Member of the American Counseling Association

Phone: (225) 366-9068

Email: michelle@genesisholisticbr.com

Lindsey Schexnayder
LMSW
Lindsey Schexnayder is a group counselor in the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program. She is dedicated to assisting clients in goal development using evidenced-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI) in the therapeutic process. Her goal is to make every client feel understood and heard while providing a safe space for positive change.

- Licensed Master of Social Work
- Louisiana State University, Master of Social Work, Specialization in Child & Youth Social Work
- Louisiana State University, B.S., Child and Family Studies

Phone: (225) 800-7781

Email: lindsey@genesisholisticbr.com

Ryan Martin
M.Ed., PLPC
Ryan Martin is a counselor in the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program. In addition to his IOP work, Ryan provides individual therapy to individual adults and children as well as couples and families. Ryan approaches counseling from a holistic, trans-theoretical approach that emphasizes evidence-based techniques drawn from a variety of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Adlerian theory. When working with clients, Ryan further focuses on developing a collaborative, non-judgmental, and supportive environment that allows clients the space to process life experiences and ultimately achieve their therapeutic goals.

- Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor
- Louisiana State University, M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- University of Virginia, B.A. in History, Minor in Sociology
- Member of the American Counseling Association and Louisiana Counseling Association

Phone: (504) 484-9927

Email: ryan@genesisholisticbr.com

Jessica Escoto
LCSW, PMH-C
Jessica Escoto is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a graduate of Tulane University. I specialize in all stages of pregnancy ranging from before, during, loss and grief, anxiety, depression, OCD, marital conflict, loss of identity, distress and parental burnout. I offer a warm, comfortable, and judgment free environment where you can comfortably discuss the challenges of motherhood and receive evidence based techniques to alleviate symptoms. As a mother myself, I understand the challenge of making time for yourself and balancing childcare while doing so. For that reason, I always welcome babies into sessions and support you in feeding and caring for babies throughout sessions. I am also certified to offer convenient online sessions.

- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Masters in Social Work and a Certificate in Disaster and Mental Health, Tulane University

Phone: (504) 407-5311

Email: jessica@genesisholisticbr.com

Thomas Cowan
PLPC
Tom Cowan is a counselor with a background in experiential education and a wide range of experience working with adolescents and adults in a variety of therapeutic settings. Tom currently practices individual talk therapy at Genesis Behavioral Health, as well as group therapy and other social services at River Oaks Hospital. Tom’s current work primarily focuses on dealing with addiction, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. Tom’s approach to therapy is down to earth and rational, yet open to all forms of self expression, including humor and anger. Tom’s inquisitive and non-judgmental approach is ideal for exploration and self reflection. Clients can also expect support developing concrete strategies for coping, acceptance, and achievement of goals. Tom’s approaches are flexible in response to each client, though closely aligned with evidence-based theories including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

- Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC)
- Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Loyola University, New Orleans LA
- Bachelor of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Journalism, Minor in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education, Brevard College, Brevard NC

Phone: (504) 300-9748

Email: thomas@genesisholisticbr.com

Jennifer Ramdass
Jennifer Ramdass
Billing and Utilization Review Manager
Hi! I’m Jen! I work in Genesis’ Billing and Insurance department. My main goal at Genesis is to make sure the Admission process related to Benefit Coordination and finances, is as smooth as possible for the families that we treat. I am passionate about helping, behind the scenes, the people of our community struggling with Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse.
Gabby Urso
Gabby Urso
Office Assistant
Hi, I'm Gabby! I am a junior at LSU pursuing a degree in psychology. I hope to pursue a career in mental health as a social worker and work with adolescents. I have had the opportunity to learn so much from the clinicians and administrators at Genesis. At Genesis, I do a lot of administrative work, but I try my best to alleviate some of the work for the clinicians so they can focus solely on their clients!

High School Diploma from Nazareth Academy in La Grange Park, IL in 2020
Pursuing a Bachelors in Psychology from LSU