Clinical Staff

Clinical Staff

Ann Allen, LPC, LMFT

Ann Allen, LPC, LMFTHi, my name is Ann Allen. I graduated from the University Of West Florida in Pensacola with a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology. I have over 17 years of experience working with children and adolescents. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Louisiana.

My focus is to help children and adolescents whom have anxiety, depression, grief, and divorce issues. I enjoy working with parents to help them understand and manage their child’s difficulties. My goal as a counselor is to teach the client skills to manage feelings, thoughts, and behaviors so that they can be happy and successful. I believe that counseling is about the relationship between the client and the therapist working together to find a path to recovery. That it is through this relationship, in a safe environment, the client is able to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behavior to find patterns and develop new skills to manage their life.

Tracie Armand, LPC

Tracie Armond, LPCMy focus is to help children overcome the difficulties that they are being faced with in their life. Teaching them the skills to change, cope, and/or how to redirect their lives into a happier easier one that they so deserve. All while doing so in a fun and acceptable language that they can comprehend and understand. Assisting family members towards an easier path, so that they too can teach their children these same skills in a way that is accepted and understood.

I utilize many types of therapy theories such as CBT,Play therapy, Person Centered, and Reality Therapy. I work to adjust thoughts and behaviors which will then adjust emotions providing a happy and successful life, even while being faced with the difficult things that the family or child may be dealing with currently.

Many things come our way that we feel are unjust or possibly too hard to face, counseling may be the answer to what you are looking for. Together, we can work to find happiness and peace for your life and to overcome anything you are facing right now that seems too difficult to face alone.

Katie Aucoin, PhD

Psychological TestingDr. Aucoin was born and raised in Louisiana, was trained in Louisiana, and is committed to providing exceptional psychological services to the people of Louisiana. She is easy to talk to and is as down to earth as she is experienced. Dr. Aucoin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola University with a bachelor’s in psychology, received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of New Orleans, and was later accepted into and completed a fellowship at Tulane Medical School. Dr Aucoin has been involved in years of research at the University level with her name on over thirty papers and presentations.

As a practicing developmental psychologist, Dr. Aucoin enjoys her role helping parents better understand their child’s difficulties and strengths. For Dr. Aucoin, formal psychological testing is as much of an art as it is a tool. Having the training, expertise, and a license to administer testing is only part of the equation. Delivering results that can make a difference is what really matters.
Many psychologists can provide testing services; however, Dr. Aucoin is also a seasoned play therapist with specialized training in helping children and parents overcome the challenges facing them. Dr. Aucoin can diagnose and treat the full range of psychiatric difficulties including learning problems.

We at Acadian Care are privileged to work such an amazing, experienced and dedicated clinician in Dr. Katie Aucoin.

Pamela Chrisman, APRN

Pam Chrisman, APRN

Pam Chrisman, APRN

Hi. My name is Pamela Chrisman and I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. I enjoy working with families to help children and adolescents ranging from two to twenty-one years of age. I have many years experience helping children and their parents solve the complex issues affecting their lives. One of the most rewarding times of my life was working as the head nurse at an inpatient psychiatric hospital helping children afflicted with the most severe forms of mental illness. It was during this time that I realized that no matter how severe the illness there is always hope and the most important medium to help a child is caring. I feel so fortunate to have found a group of caring and dedicated professionals at Acadian Care whom reflect my ideals and values.  I am comfortable and have extensive experience treating Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD, ADHD), Depression, and Anxiety. My goal as a clinician is to focus on improving the lives of my patients and their families so that they may lead happier, safer, and more enriched lives at home, school, and in society.

I am a native of California but I have been living in the South for over ten years now and I have to say, I love it! I love spending time with my family and my three dogs, exercising, reading, and traveling. I also love the music scene down here, it’s amazing!

Dawn Ferrara, PsyD, LPC-S, LMFT

Dawn FerraraMy work with children, teens and their families is driven by a firm belief in the resiliency that lies within every person. As a solution-focused Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), I strive to provide every client and family with the tools they need to overcome life’s challenges and make positive changes that foster feelings of empowerment and accomplishment. Few things more rewarding than seeing the moment a person realizes that he or she CAN make that positive change. Sometimes they just need someone to show them the way. It is my privilege to take this journey with my clients.

I’ve been licensed as an LPC since 1998 and as an LMFT since 2002. I hold a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and a Doctorate in Psychology. My areas of focus include child and adolescent issues, parenting skills, family therapy, anxiety/stress management and trauma/disaster counseling. As the daughter of a career military dad, I also have a special interest in working with military families. My therapeutic approach is eclectic, drawing primarily on strategic, solution-focused and cognitive behavioral treatment modalities.

When I’m not working, I enjoy writing, traveling, and spending time with my family, especially when we’re watching the Saints! I’m a huge animal lover and one of my favorite things to do is walk with my silly black Lab, Riley, who aspires to be a therapy dog.

Craig Fredin, LPC, LMFT

Craig Fredin, LPC, LMFTCraig is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with 13 years experience working with children, adolescents, couples, and families. He provides counseling to individuals and families dealing with a wide range of issues including: Behavior, Anger, Anxiety (OCD and Generalized), Depression, Male Issues, Marital problems, Divorce, Grief, PTSD, Parenting Support, and other family issues. He also teaches Psychology courses and develops Service Learning projects (volunteer learning) at a local college. In his free time, Craig enjoys spending time with his wife and son, traveling, fishing and the occasional game of pick-up basketball.

His therapeutic approach is eclectic, depending on the type of problem being addressed; every child is unique and can benefit from choosing from a range of possible treatment options. While systemic in nature, he gravitates towards cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, family systems, and structural family therapy. His approach is rather straightforward and is a lot of weight is placed on the counselee’s requested goals.

Craig believes each person or family who seeks counseling comes with unique experiences and concerns. One will find that a relationship between the counselor and counselee will be characterized by professional dignity, expertise, understanding, and acceptance. Therapy is a learning process and a process of change for those involved, which aims to help them understand themselves and others as well as the interactions that occur between the participants and significant others. It is also essential to achieve enhanced functioning as an individual, couple, or family so that healthy interactions are established and greater satisfaction is attained.

Andrea Kliebert, LPC

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy name is Andrea Kliebert and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Louisiana.  In 2002, I earned a Master of Health Sciences in Rehabilitation Counseling from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. As an undergraduate I worked with individuals diagnosed with developmental, behavioral, and emotional disorders as a Personal Care Attendant and Job Coach.  I have over 10 years of post-graduate experience with children, adolescents, and their families who are struggling with a wide range of emotional and behavioral disorders.  My specialty is working with adolescents who are involved with the justice system or  who are struggling with school issues, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. I have worked as a Mental Health Provider for St. Tammany Parish Schools, Addictions Counselor, and as a Family Preservation Therapist for foster/adoptive families.

I enjoy working with the child and parent to help them improve their understanding of each other as well as to encourage open communication. I view counseling as a collaborative process, during which we will build rapport in order to facilitate trust and understanding. Together, we will search through the problem scenarios and develop goals that will facilitate improvement. My main focus is to provide positive problem solving and coping skills via solution focused therapy in a safe and neutral environment. I also utilize cognitive behavioral therapy and structured play to enhance the counseling experience.   I am very happy to help parents and children access school based accommodations.  You will find that I am patient, easy to work with, and here to support the child and parent throughout the therapeutic process.

Richard F. Kutner, MD 


Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr Kutner loves his work. When not working, however, he’s enjoying his three beautiful daughters, wife of 18 years and their devoted dog. Hobbies include taking walks, reading, and traveling. Dr Kutner thoroughly enjoyed his education and loves learning more every day on how to provide better care for all of the patients in the clinic.

He proudly trained at Tulane University School of Medicine where he continued to complete a Residency in Psychiatry and a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr Kutner enjoys passing along what he has learned, he was Chief Resident during his training program and it’s not uncommon to find professionals in training (including nurse practitioner students, doctors in training, and physician assistant students) shadowing Dr. Kutner through the clinic. He very proudly served in the US Air Force, and the United States Public Health Service Corps. Doctor Kutner loves to eat (especially his wife’s cooking) and is an avid Saint’s Fan. There are rumors that he once lived in Oklahoma but this was so long ago, records are scarce…

Dr Kutner feels very blessed to work with the amazing staff at Acadian Care. He describes the clinicians as being absolutely incredible and the support staff as being second to none. “Every person working at Acadian Care has three jobs: to care, care, and care.” To have such a concentration of hard working professionals all with the same mission is a very fortunate thing indeed. Dr Kutner and his staff work very, very hard to maintain and improve upon the services offered and enjoy the challenge of finding new and better ways to help out the community.

Clinically, Dr Kutner believes in: conservative care, working with parents to understand their wants and needs with regards to their child’s treatment, informing parents about treatment options and including children in the therapeutic decision making as their age allows. He believes in giving children as much hope as possible that things will get better and having the utmost belief in his patients and their families. For Doctor Kutner, treatment is built on a foundation of caring about one’s environment and the people who make up our lives. When Dr. Kutner treats his patient he pays attention to their medical needs, lifestyle needs such as sleep and exercise, a supportive family life and scholastic environment, and cultural values and morals. A foundation for care needs to be established and maintained to best provide for an optimal recovery. Dr. Kutner understands it takes an entire community working together  to help a child. Parents, grandparents, teachers, clergy, therapists, pediatricians, coaches, and many others all work together to help a child overcome the obstacles in their way.

Dr Kutner believes that good things are coming, that the children being raised now are the best kids ever; they are smart, they care, they are clever, understanding and forgiving. He’s very proud to be a member of the Northshore and New Orleans community and looks forward to doing the best he can, for as long as he can, to help make our world a better place than we found it.

Kathryn Lawing, PhD

©Studio Tran PhotographyDr. Kathryn Lawing is a licensed developmental psychologist in Louisiana. Dr. Lawing conducts assessment and psychotherapy for a broad range of clients, including children, adolescents, and adults. She has provided services in correctional, outpatient clinic, and private practice settings. She has worked with individuals experiencing a wide variety of psychological problems including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, issues with gender or sexuality, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, childhood behavioral issues, family conflict, grief, and trauma.

In addition, Dr. Lawing maintains active involvement in academia. She holds faculty positions at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and at the University of New Orleans, where she teaches a variety of psychology courses to undergraduate and nursing students.

Dr. Lawing holds a masters degree and Ph.D. in applied developmental psychology from the University of New Orleans. She completed a two-year post doctoral fellowship at a clinical, forensic, and neuropsychological based private practice in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Tara Lemon, LPC

Tara LemonI have lived all over the country, but since moving to Louisiana in 1998, I have called Mandeville home. I earned an MA of Counseling and Guidance from Louisiana Tech University in 2009. I am a registered Licensed Professional Counselor with the LPC Board of Examiners. I counsel a variety of clientele, from children ages 5-17, as well as young adults. I practice general counseling with individuals and families, with focus in the following areas, ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, substance abuse, stress, self esteem problems, relationship problems, transitioning problems, parenting, trauma related issues, self harm, and oppositional defiance disorder. I also have significant experience working with defiant teenagers and their families.

As a therapist, I promote self-exploration and improved problem solving, through reality, cognitive behavioral approaches and play therapy. I believe the counseling relationship is developed through shared respect and trust  for the purpose of identifying and fulfilling personal goals of the client so as to improve his/her quality of life.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing with my three dogs, walking the Mandeville lakefront, DIY projects, going to festivals in New Orleans, and most of all, going to watch my Saints play…WHO DAT!!!

Jaime Loebner, APRN, PMHNP

Acadian Web PageJaime Loebner calls being a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner a real dream come true.  “It’s a pleasure and an honor to help parents and children overcome obstacles needed to more fully enjoy their lives together.”  After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Rutgers University and later went on to graduate from Vanderbilt University’s nurse practitioner program.  “Vanderbilt resonated well with my belief that being a part of a family’s life during the time of healing is a trust that should be held very dearly.”  It was while at Vanderbilt that Ms. Loebner was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. Jaime recently moved to southern Louisiana from Nashville, Tennessee.  “I love it down here…the people, the food, the music, everyone is making me feel very much at home”.  Jaime’s rescue tortoise, George, seems to have especially loved the move near the wetlands with the warmer Louisiana climate.  When Jaime is not at the clinic, she’s riding her bike on the Tammany Trace, walking her two dogs on the lakefront, kayaking around the bayous, and just trying to find out who has the best bowl of gumbo around.

Acadian Care feels very fortunate to have such an incredible person helping the local community overcome the behavioral health issues affecting our children.

Katie Richaud, M. Ed., LPC, NCC

Katie-RichaudKatie received her Master’s Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in Counseling Education. She has experience working with individuals dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues. Katie enjoys working with children, adolescents and families. Her work experience has been in the school, judicial, and private practice settings.

Katie believes that most important part of the counseling experience is the trust built between the counselor and the patient. She works with each of her patients to establish a sense of safety and respect. Through her positive attitude and genuine empathy she helps to form this relationship. This creates a relationship that enables patients to face their challenges and achieve their goals.

Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. She enjoys reading, cooking, and photography.

Katie is excited to be a team member of Acadian Care. She believes that it is a positive environment with a staff that is committed to helping individuals and their families.

Katy Zahn, APRN, PMHNP

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Katy Zahn is a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is excited to be joining the Acadian Care team. Originally from Louisiana, Katy earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, where she graduated with honors. Her career began with one of the country’s largest managed healthcare organizations providing services to uninsured families. She soon realized a desire to be on the patient-side of healthcare where she could more directly impact the lives of others in a positive way.

Katy then went on to pursue nursing at Duke University. While studying at Duke, she had the unique privilege of traveling to Tanzania, Africa where she conducted local healthcare initiatives and provided direct patient care to children in various settings. This enriching experience reinforced her desire to work with children and prepared her to better care for a diverse patient population.

Prior to earning her master’s degree in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University, she gained experience caring for critically ill patients in an acute care setting. Now raising a young family of her own, Katy is very excited to be a part of the southern Louisiana community serving it’s young children and families.

Cari Zansler, MD

New - CariZansler (2)Dr. Zansler is a Psychiatrist who has over 15 years of experience. She enjoys working with children and adolescents that have difficulties with attention, hyperactivity, mood and anxiety. At Acadian Care her practice focuses on medication management in collaboration with a team of professionals that are available for individual and family therapy. She believes that a combination of medication management and therapy offers each patient the best chance of improvement. She also believes that each patient has an important and special role in their own care.

Dr. Zansler began her training at the University of New Orleans where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. While at UNO she co-authored a number of research papers. Dr. Zansler graduated with Honors and was named “Distinguished Undergraduate of the Year in Psychology.”

Dr. Zansler went on to earn her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Her Psychiatry Residency was at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Zansler was named “Psychiatry Resident of the Year” for two years in a row and also was appointed “Chief Resident”.

After the completion of residency, Dr. Zansler became a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at LSUMC. In addition to seeing patients, she was a Clinical Trial Sub-Investigator. When the position was offered to her she decided to move on to working on an inpatient unit, the Developmental Neuropsychiatric Program (DNP). While there she participated in the development of individual behavior programs based on Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy.

Dr. Zansler has lived in the New Orleans and the Slidell area her entire life. She has a large, diverse, multicultural family which helps her have an understanding of the difficulties children face in relation to the culture they are raised in. Dr. Zansler has been married for 13 years and is a parent to 2 children and a step-parent to 4 children, giving her direct experience with the difficulties children and young adults can face. It has also allowed her the opportunity to more fully understand the perspective of a parent when they are deciding on treatment for their child.