The New Orelans Musicians’ Clinic is a patient-centered medical home housed within the LSU Healthcare Network. Our patients see a family nurse practitioner for primary health care that can refer patients to more than 16 specialty departments within the LSU network, as well as to numerous additional outside healthcare providers and partners. See below for a list of our medical staff and collaborative health partners.
Dr. Cathi Fontenot – NOMC Medical Director
Dr. Fontenot is an associate professor of clinical medicine at the LSU School of Medicine and the volunteer Medical Director of the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic. Dr. Fontenot served as medical director of the Medical Center of Louisiana (Charity and University Hospitals) from May 2003 to November 2008 as well as the interim chief executive officer from July 2008 to January 2009. She, along with other staff, remained at University Hospital through Hurricane Katrina in 2005, finally evacuating with patients after five days without power or water. Dr. Fontenot was instrumental and intimately involved with reestablishing medical services in New Orleans following the storm, initially in tents in parking lots and ultimately in the renovated and repaired interim LSU Hospital. She has a long history of providing care to underserved and vulnerable populations experiencing healthcare disparities. Dr. Fontenot is board certified internal medicine and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in geriatric medicine. She has been involved with the NOMC since it’s founding in 1998.
Catherine Lasperches – Family Nurse Practitioner
Catherine has been the Family Nurse Practitioner for NOMC since 2004. She had been a nurse in France and Tahiti for 10 years, before getting her NP degree in Mobile, Alabama in 1998. Catherine’s affinity for Jazz and her love of New Orleans music brought her to the city. She is delighted to be able to care for the musicians, artists and tradition bearers that make New Orleans so special. Catherine believes in health care for all and feels privileged to work for a non-profit clinic such as the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.
Marguerite Clark – LPN
Marguerite Clark is a licensed practical nurse and longstanding member of the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic family.
Megan graduated with a Masters from the Tulane School of Social Work in December of 2008 and has worked at the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic since February 2009. Prior to her career in New Orleans, she completed a bachelor’s degree in Human Services at Gwynedd Mercy University right outside of her hometown of Philadelphia, PA. Megan was introduced to New Orleans by her college professor, a New Orleans native and TSSW graduate who relocated to the Philadelphia area but continued to embrace and share his deep rooted appreciation and knowledge of New Orleans by offering his “History and Culture of New Orleans” class to a small group of students each year. Megan describes the following in her own words: ” This class expanded my opportunities, personally as well as professionally, and embedded in me a passion for New Orleans music, history and culture. I am extremely grateful for my position at the Musicians Clinic and continue to be amazed by the talent and resiliency of our patients, which I witness on a daily basis. I have an extensive background in case management and hope to continue my education in the field of Social work to better serve New Orleans’ cultural bearers. I am interested in the Healthcare reform and hope to contribute to limiting health disparities and the many barriers individuals face in regards to access to healthcare.”
Dr. Hutchings assumed the role of the director of psychiatric services for the NOMC in 2010. As the “medical home” for more than 2,500 local musicians and tradition bearers, the NOMC’s Culture of Caring Model provides cost-efficient access to high-quality healthcare and wellness programs for our patients, regardless of their ability to pay. Dr. Hutchings has been instrumental in establishing and managing effective pathways for psychological counseling as well as establishing collaboration with Odyssey House Louisiana for substance detoxification/rehabilitation and addiction treatment.
Collaborative Health Partners
Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans– Dental and Optometry
The Daughters of Charity have provided compassionate health care in New Orleans for 180 years. They currently operate out of nine health centers in the New Orleans community. Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans partners with the NOMC to provide full service Dental Care and Eye Care for NOMC patients.
Cardiac Rehab Services– Exercise Therapy
Cardiac Rehab Services is a program of prevention and lifestyle improvement designed to assist one in positive health enhancement. The program provides medically directed exercise therapy and lifestyle modification programs for individuals who have or may be at risk for cardiovascular related diseases.
New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center– Speech and Hearing
New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center (NOSHC) was founded in 1930 and continues to be the forerunner of speech and hearing centers in the New Orleans area. They provide full audiology and speech language pathology services. Services are offered in both Spanish and English.
Magnolia Physical Therapy– Physical Therapy
Since 2005, Magnolia Physical Therapy has provided physical therapy and wellness services through their several locations in the New Orleans area. Magnola PT specialists take a hands-on approach to rehabilitative health care. Therapists bring years of extensive education and experience when working with patients, using individualized strategies for healing.
Pain Relief PT– Myofascial Release Physical Therapy
PainReliefPT is the PT practice of Ulrike “Ulli” Naresh. Treatment is tailored specifically to each patient’s condition, using the scientifically proven technique- Myofascial Release (MFR).
NAMI New Orleans – Mental Health and Counseling Services
NAMI New Orleans offers an array of behavioral health services for adults living with mental illness in the Greater New Orleans area. NAMI specializes in group and individual counseling services, as well as education and support.
Quest Diagnostics– Lab Testing
Quest Diagnostics has multiple locations in the New Orleans area that provide diagnostic testing services ranging from routine blood tests to to complex, gene-based and molecular testing. Quest performs medical tests that aid in the diagnosis or detection of diseases, measure the progress or recovery from a disease or confirm that an individual is free from disease.
Corey Walsh: Real Life Nutritional Counseling– Nutritional Counseling
Corey Walsh draws upon 22 years of Dietetic experience, both in medical and psychiatric hospitals. Individual nutrition counseling, groups, and public speaking are the areas she has focused on since 2006. Corey is an expert in helping individuals create a bridge between their nutritional health and their emotional health.
Alliance Surgery Center– Gastroenterology and Colonoscopy
Alliance Surgery Center is a freestanding outpatient surgery center, which includes gastroenterologists, colo-rectal surgeons and pain management physicians. A wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopies and pain procedures are performed at the center.
Lamberts Orthotics and Prosthetics– Orthotics, Prosthetics and Patient Aids
Lambert’s Orthotics, Prosthetics and Patient Aids is a family owned and operated business that has been serving the Greater New Orleans area since 1965. To provide a custom fit, Lamberts fabricates both orthotics and prosthetics in-house in their own laboratory. In addition, they also order quality products from manufacturers to be fitted on patients.