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GATOR HUNT

Alligator Hunting in the Sportsman’s Paradise PG. 32

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Stuff your stockings with these culinary creations from Renaissance Publishing The Essential New Orleans Cookbook Creole or Cajun? Pompano or trout? Red sauce or brown gravy? Pasta or rice? This book helps by offering recipes from the kitchen of Dale Curry, the city’s senior culinary writer, who has served as food editor for The TimesPicayune and then New Orleans Magazine. Adding spice to the mix is the splendid work of veteran photographer Eugenia Uhl, who captures the colors and textures of grand meals. Enjoy the experience with a book that is good for cookin’ and great for lookin’. The Essential Louisiana Seafood Cookbook A collection of 50 traditional and contemporary recipes where top-notch ingredients are paired with fresh seafood. The easy-to-follow recipes emphasize Louisiana seafood and quality, local ingredients. Inspired, innovative and delicious, the seafood dishes in this collection are sure to become favorites in your kitchen. Culinary Louisiana Calendar Savory stews, roasts and grilled dishes, fresh takes on garden harvests, and to-die-for desserts are just a taste of the delectable dishes you’ll find in the latest installment of Culinary Louisiana. From appetizers to the main course and dessert, this full-color, 15-month calendar — a Louisiana Life magazine publication — ensures that every month will kick off with a fresh, fabulous recipe.

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Gator Hunt Alligator Hunting in the Sportsman’s Paradise

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A Mandeville man's hard-won stroke recovery

797 Doctors in 59 Specialties

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Top Doctors


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DEPARTMENTS NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 VOLUME 41 NUMBER 6

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FROM THE EXECUTIVE EDITOR’S DESK

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Designer Arianne Bellizaire updates a Prairieville house for dad and daughter

HOME

Top Traiteurs

PELICAN BRIEFS

News and updates around the state

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KITCHEN GOURMET

Soup, turnovers and pies are easy with this versatile Louisiana staple 64

NATURAL STATE

Telling the complete story of the people and plantations on the Cane River National Heritage trail 68

TRAVELER

Create a weekend getaway and enjoy the best holiday shopping in Louisiana for everyone on your gift list this season

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LITERARY LOUISIANA

Books to buy this holiday season for the Louisiana literary lovers in your life 22

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MADE IN LOUISIANA

Lake Charles artist and maker Daneisha Davis creates little celebrations of Louisiana and life

Garven Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs Arkansas is magical all year, but especially during the holidays

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Covington artist Paulo Dufour explores the subconscious, myth and the human condition

A feathered friend enjoys respite in Lake Charles

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ne of our features in this issue is Top Doctors. Maybe one day there should be a companion piece called “Top Traiteurs.” Many cultures throughout history have their brand of folk healers. In Louisiana, the Creole culture created the “traiteur,” (feminine form, “traiteuse”), a Frenchified term for “treater.” These Louisiana French versions of faith healers still exist though they are low-profile. They don’t advertise, nor do they hang shingles announcing their office hours — indeed many don’t have an office. Their chief means of communication is word of mouth. That keeps the advertising bills low, which is fortunate because, by tradition, traiteurs do not accept payment for their help. The reasoning is that their healing power is a gift from God and it is wrong to profit from such an endowment. I recently talked to a traiteuse; we will call her Mary, who is an expert on the curative power of some plants. She listed a garden’s worth of herbs and greens and what they are good for. One item was mentioned several times — elderberries. Elderberries! That is what she thought when she first heard traiteurs talking about them. She wasn’t even sure if the berries existed in Louisiana. (Of course, most of us would not recognize one anyway.) Then she learned that, as she put it, “there are millions,” including along highways, not so much the heavily traveled interstates but the state roads. In their easiest-to-find stage the berries are embedded in flat creamy white-colored flowers. This is not necessarily an endorsement for elderberries. Truth is, I don’t know, I am just saying what the traiteuse says and that is that the berries are filled with vitamin C and zinc and are good for the immune system. They can even be made into an effective, and decent tasting, cough syrup. Besides plants, traiteurs also have faith in prayers, quite often as warmed hands are passed alongside troubled backs, limbs and joints. Although traiteurs are not supposed to take cash they are allowed to accept modest gifts. Long before urgent care traiteurs may have been all that a rural area had for AWARD WINNING doctoring. Mary recalls occasionally seeing lines of people outside her local traiteur’s home. Now there is less business, In October, Louisiana Life was no wait and presumably fewer gifts. recognized by the International and We can learn from folk medicine. I have discovered a place Regional Magazine Association for on a corner right in the heart of the city where I can accomthe following work: modate my elderberry needs. It is called a pharmacy and the Gold vitamin section now includes elderberry gummies. I take Overall Art Direction three each morning. I am not sure if they cure anything but at Sarah George least they taste good. I think of them as guilt-free jelly beans. Tie for Gold As primitive as folk medicine can be, there is plenty of Nature and Environment Feature information about elderberries on the internet, including “Drastic Measures” by Joan Meiners WebMd, which offers this advice: Award of Merit “Elderberry gets a lot of support as a healing agent through Profiles word of mouth and old wives’ tales, but its success in “Louisianians of the Year” by Fritz medical tests is less definite.” Esker, Chris Jay, Cheré Coen, and In other words, if you want to fight the flu, don’t forget John R. Kemp your flu shot. Award of Merit Still, in a state with so much culture worth preserving, if Portrait Series plants and prayers are a curative potion enabling traiteurs “Louisianians of the Year” by Danley to still exist, that alone makes me feel better. Romero Award of Merit Food Feature “Daybreak by Stanley Dry and Award of Merit Cover “Daybreak” ERROL LABORDE EXECUTIVE EDITOR

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On Top of the Hill Steve Roberts is an accomplished journalist who has written a nationally syndicated political column. He was the husband of the late Cokie Roberts, who reported for ABC News and National Public Radio and wrote several books, some specializing in women’s political history. His mother-in-law as the late Lindy Boggs, who was a member of congress from Louisiana and went on to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, and his father-in-law was Hale Boggs, a member of Congress who was on the path to become Speaker of the House before disappearing in an Alaskan plane crash in the ’70s. Guest: Journalist Steve Roberts

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Towns With Charm Which Louisiana town has Dolly Parton as part of its history? Which town was settled as part of a German religious sect? These and other questions are answered Guest: Travel writer Cheré Cohen

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Booze, Bordellos and Battles Europe was ablaze with the biggest war that the planet had experienced up to that time. In Louisiana, there were also lots of battles; including an end to the Red Light District, racial tensions and the coming of prohibition. And there were a few clear victories with the evolution of Jazz and women’s suffrage. Guest: Historian Brian Altobello



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Cheré Dastugue Coen

Stanley Dry

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Cheré Dastugue Coen is a food and travel writer, photographer and author and owner of the whimsical blog, “Weird, Wacky & Wild South.” Her fiction includes two series of Louisiana romances and the “Viola Valentine” paranormal mystery series under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Coen remains passionate about her home state of Louisiana, believing that gumbo, crawfish étouffée and chicory coffee makes all things right with the world.

Stanley Dry writes the “Kitchen Gourmet” column for Louisiana Life magazine and is author of The Essential Louisiana Cookbook and The Essential Louisiana Seafood Cookbook and co-author of Gulf South. Formerly senior editor of Food & Wine and founding editor of Louisiana Cookin’ magazine, his articles have appeared in Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Boston Magazine and Acadiana Profile, among others.

Haylei Smith

Eugenia Uhl

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When history, design, art and culture come together to create a home, that’s when Haylie Smith is most inspired. There are many stories to be told and so much life lived behind the the four walls of "that one house” we get a curious glimpse of when passing from the street. That’s why Smith says she loves getting to explore the homes she documents. The Texas native moved to Louisiana about 8 years ago. She is a graduate of the Art Institute and quickly realized her love for photographing interiors. Follow on Instagram @Haylei_Smith

Eugenia Uhl’s photographs have been featured in New Orleans Magazine, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, Southern Accents, Metropolitan Home, GQ Magazine, Essence, Travel & Leisure and Vegetarian Times. Her clients include Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, International House Hotel, Volunteers of America, Galatoire’s and Tulane University. She has completed multiple cookbooks, including Commander’s Kitchen for Commander’s Palace and New Orleans Home Cooking by Dale Curry, Pelican Publishing.

WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER

Kevin Rabalais Kevin Rabalais, an Avoyelles Parish native, writes and photographs the Natural State series for Louisiana Life. After living for more than a decade in Europe and the South Pacific, he is excited to be back home and to document diverse Louisiana stories. His work has appeared in 64 Parishes, The Australian, the New Zealand Listener, and the Argentine magazine Revista Ñ. He teaches in the Department of English at Loyola University New Orleans.

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PEL I C AN B RIE FS

Gourmands at Haunted Plantation St. Francisville Food and Wine Festival is a fall favorite BY LISA LEBLANC-BERRY

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SHOES WITH A MESSAGE Paris Lacour, an ambitious 10-yearold from Shreveport, has launched a shoe collection featuring high-top Italian leather shoes that she designed with LSU colors and hot pink shoelaces. Each custom shoe has a special message of encouragement stitched inside (priced at $194). Lacour’s designs were selected by Alive Shoes, which is custom making her collection in Italy. Lacour named her shoes Sirap, which is Paris spelled backwards (aliveshoes.com/ sirap-2).

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Au Revoir, Baby Burreaux Initial reports suggested that Burreaux, the adorable baby giraffe at the Baton Rouge Zoo, died recently due to COVID complications. But after extensive testing, the crew determined that Burreaux probably died from an allergic reaction to an insect bite. The beloved baby was named after former LSU Tiger quarterback, Joe Burrow (brzoo.org). LAFAYETTE

Bringing Back Big Freedia Most fall festivals have been canceled in Louisiana, but Downtown Rising returns to the Parc International stage Nov. 11 (it was canceled last year). The lineup includes Tank and the Bangas and Big Freedia. Organizers say that this year’s event is at a limited capacity, complete with all safety measures. Tickets purchased previously for 2020 will remain valid (socialentertainment.net). NEW ORLEANS

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elebrated Louisiana and Mississippi chefs are converging Nov. 13-14 at The Myrtles plantation and Restaurant 1796 for the third annual St. Francisville Food and Wine Festival. New for 2021 is a Saturday night four-course winemakers’ dinner for VIP ticket holders. All revelers can enjoy the chef tasting stations and demo stage, live music, art and more (stfrancisvillefoodandwine.com).

Of the 170 films selected for the 32nd annual New Orleans Film Festival, 64% are directed by women and gender nonconforming directors in 2021. NOFF kicks off October 20 with the feature-length documentary “City of a Million Dreams: The Untold Story of Funerals in New Orleans” by writer/director Jason Berry and co-producer/UPM/production designer Simonette Berry (Briefs writer Lisa Leblanc Berry’s daughter) at the Prytania Theatre. NOFF continues at various venues and virtually November 5-21 (neworleansfilmsociety.org).


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L IT ERARY LOUISIANA

The Gift of Books Books to buy this holiday season for the Louisiana literary lovers in your life BY ASHLEY MCLELLAN

FOR SAINTS FANS

Saints By The Numbers Author Sheldon Mickles has gathered the greatest Saints players, from #9 Drew Brees to #26 Deuce McAllister, and everyone in between and beyond, in one big, limited-edition book. With stats, stories, historic photos and more, “Saints by the Numbers: The Greatest Players in New Orleans Saints History” compiles years of sports writing and reporting from The Times Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate for a touchdown of a coffee table book for any Saints fanatic. Hardcover, 160 pages, $39.95.

LOUISIANA FLAVOR

Kevin Belton’s Cookin’ Louisiana: Flavors from the Parishes of the Pelican State Popular local TV cook and personality Chef Kevin Belton explores the rich menu of food and flavors from across the state in his latest cookbook, “Kevin Belton’s Cookin’ Louisiana: Flavors from the Parishes of the Pelican State.” With more than 78 recipes, plus Belton’s stories, humor, tips and tricks, all 64 parishes are highlighted featuring regional favorites, such as “Smoked Meat Loaf with Sweet Glaze,” “Crab Beignets,” “Cane Syrup Cake,” “Kolaches,” and more. Belton brings a table full of ideas and recipes to cook up throughout the year. Just be sure to bring your appetite. Hardcover, 208 pages, $28.

BABY ON BOARD

The Big Book of King Cake Whether you like yours plain or filled, sugar-dusted or iced, king cake lovers have strong opinions on their favorite flavors, bakeries and traditions surrounding that oval-shaped Carnival creation. Author Matt Haines has had his fill, and then some, eating his way through more than 80 varieties. In his new book “The Big Book of King Cakes,” Haines explores king cake history, culture and the bakers that make them, along with colorful photos from food photographer Randy Krause Schmidt. Unlike the king cake, this is one Carnival treat you don’t have to wait until Twelfth Night to enjoy. Hardcover, 368 pages, $39.95.

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LEADING BY EXAMPLE

Defiant: Growing Up in the Jim Crow South An award-winning author and book publisher with a passion for creating positive content for the Black community, Wade Hudson brings his own childhood to life in a new memoir, “Defiant: Growing Up in the Jim Crow South.” Hudson recounts his youth in Mansfield, Louisiana during the pivotal Civil Rights, women’s rights and immigrant rights eras, including schoolyard tussles and troubles, playing baseball and learning how to find his own voice through writing, the community and fighting for change and representation. Recommended for readers ages 10 to 17, “Defiant,” is a coming-of-age story that will entertain, inform and inspire a new generation of readers and leaders. Hardcover, 272 pages, $17.99.

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Sticker Shock Lake Charles artist and maker Daneisha Davis creates little celebrations of Louisiana and life BY JEFFREY ROEDEL PHOTOS BY ROMERO & ROMERO

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nfortunately, swinging the fridge door wide revealed only a cavernous abundance of empty space surrounding one edible item: a lonely bag of shredded cheese. Tired, stressed and real meal-deprived from days of last-minute arts market prep, Daneisha Davis grabbed the bag, sat quietly on her couch and picked at it in frustration. Her emergency dairy dinner. “I remember thinking ‘This isn’t what adults do. You are a terrible adult’,” Davis says. “Now, I realize no one has everything figured out — everyone has had their own ‘couch and cheese’ moment.” The Lake Charles-born graphic designer commemorated her stress-eating experience with a now-successful shirt boasting “Terrible Adult” in a cutesy but blunt black script. Its lines could have been lifted from her junior high Lisa Frank binder, but they are wholly original and specific to her original shredded cheese incident. But it was that era of wildly-colored and collaged Lisa Frank school supplies and wowing family at the end of the day with dinosaur and Looney Toons drawings she’d bring home that first sparked Davis’ love of illustration and design. Now, her pinpoint writing and whimsical drawing is at the heart of Pixel & Ink Creative, the local brand and line of wearable and hangable designs she launched at an arts market in south Louisiana in 2014. She’d graduated from SOWELA with a focus on graphic art that same year and began turning out vivid designs that sold well. Marked by eye-seducing sunset colors, there also lay hints of nostalgia buried in the bold curves and colorful silhouettes of her pelicans, magnolias and crawfish, lending a vintage familiarity to each piece without veering too far into dismissable kitsch. It’s midcentury modern meets Millennial, borne of her blend of hyperreal affirmations and playful celebrations of the unique quirks and qualities of Louisiana.

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“I don’t know if it’s a good thing or not, but I’ve always been hard on myself,” Davis says. “I have moments of clarity when I try to lift myself out of that so I created ‘Be Kind To Yourself,’ because I struggle with it.” One of her “note to self” stickers and art prints reminds the viewer “You’re not an imposter if you’re doing the work.” How we talk to ourselves is just as an important thread of Davis’ work as Louisiana views itself. Her seasoning can-inspired “Here for the Gumbo” design is popular, as is her ombre sun-soaked “The Chuck” sticker recasting Lake Charles as a groovy surf town. “I try not to take myself too seriously, which is maybe why I still love cartoons so much,” Davis admits. With her Louisiana-themed products, Davis dreams up digital illustrations that cast Louisiana in a light not always seen by the uninitiated. “Where I grew up, I didn’t see a lot of designs like this celebrating the little things that make Louisiana wonderful,” Davis says. “I wanted to make something that showed we are more than just Bourbon Street and deer hunting.” By the end of 2019, market sales accounted for 80% of Davis’ revenue, but she felt the deep, oncoming tinge of burnout. “I told a friend I needed a break, I was exhausted,” she says. “Six years straight of markets, if there was an event, I was there.” Just as she was ready to take a breather, the pandemic put a halt to in-person sales opportunities and forced her to upgrade her online shop and develop a more creative strategy on social media.

“It helped me to grow, ironically, accept that challenge and grapple with something new, the whole online side of the art business,” she says. “But I’m a lifelong learner, so studying how to do that really appealed to me.” Louisiana living appeals to her, too. Her joy shines through each piece with authentic affection. She says she could never leave for two reasons: Her mama’s cooking, and because she can’t even consider designing for a different state. “People will ask me to do other states, and to this date, I haven’t done any,” Davis says. “That’s not where my heart is, and if my heart isn’t in it, I don’t do it. For me, that’s the heart of creativity. Do what you want, and your audience, your people, will find you.” n

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When you’re not creating, what do you enjoy doing in south Louisiana? I love hiking and I love being out in nature. I have been known to plan entire vacations around hiking spots. Other than that: historical fiction books, true crime podcasts and TV. “The Office,” “Schitt's Creek,” “Arrested Development,” “New Girl,” “The I.T. Crowd” — I've seen them all countless times. Does your design “It’s OK if you like books more than people” mean that you are an introvert? Absolutely! I stumbled across the book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking” by Susan Cain, and it really changed the way I thought about myself. Reading that book made me realize that being introverted is not a bad thing. For 30 years of my life, it feels like I was always made to feel bad because I wasn't as talkative or outgoing as other people in my family. Not one person ever made me feel like being quiet was OK. I love them dearly and don’t fault them for it. I just think they didn't know what to do with the bookish weirdo they got because I was so different. It took this book to make me — a grown adult woman — realize that there was nothing wrong with me. I am exactly as I was created to be. Quiet. What is it about our culture that you find most fascinating? As with most things, I find the history really interesting. Especially since it went through so many countries (indigenous peoples included) before 1803.

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Magical Mystery Covington artist Paulo Dufour explores the subconscious, myth and the human condition BY JOHN R. KEMP

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visit to Paulo Dufour’s studio on Narrow Road in a wooded countryside north of Covington in St. Tammany Parish is like a walk through Tennessee Williams’ “Glass Menagerie,” a dreamlike place filled “with pieces of colored glass ... like bits of a shattered rainbow.” These are not shards of shattered rainbows however, but elegantly sculptured layers of blown glass with stories to tell, stories about the artist himself. He describes his artwork as “amorphous and sensuous” and as an “allegorical metaphor” that “suggests the struggle of the human condition, where real conflict and myth evolve.” Dufour, son of the acclaimed artist and LSU professor Paul Dufour, is introspective when talking about his work. It is an intellectual and spiritual exercise that has taken him through the teachings of Buddhism and the writings of Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology. With that mindset, he describes his life in two parts. The first half was devoted to building a career, marriage and raising a family. The second half is now spent in a spiritual examination of his life and his art through daily “meditation and contemplation.” “When I say spiritual,” he says, “what I mean is your relationship between you and the world. When I retired from teaching [for] almost 30 years in the St. Tammany public school 30 and at LSU and a few other places, I wanted to live a more quiet and contemplative life. To me, contemplation is through my art.” In recent years, Dufour has concentrated on two themes that have taken him deep within himself. In his “Mental Universe” series of sculpted blown glass, Dufour has created elegantly shaped works with attached featureless human forms. They are metaphors for his brother who suffered a stroke and catastrophic aneurysm and sister who died from a stroke. They also are expressions about form and color. “In glass blowing you never know how it’s going to turn out,” he says. “But that’s OK because I want my work to be free-flowing and organic like forms and

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shapes in nature. In ‘Mental Universe’ I wanted the transparencies to be a kind of fluid-like dynamic so that it resembles blood flowing through the brain. I began to see synapses-like mental activity within the brain. All of these sculptured figures have an injured figure and the bleeding that happens.” The second series, “Shadow Work,” consists of dark paintings influenced by the writings of Carl Jung and Dufour’s sense of loneliness combined with his love of

(Above) “The Sorcerer” (Facing page, left) “Journey of Solitude” (Right) “Shadow Magic”

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trees and the natural landscape. The title is based on Jung’s philosophy of “the shadow” in the human psyche and subconscious. “Like the song ‘Me and My Shadow’,” he says, “my shadow was my companion. Exploring ‘the shadow’ is a four-step process in which you bring up images and memories and specifically dreams and bring them out into the open. I then create some type of artwork from exposing this idea and seeing what happens without a lot of planning. Sometimes imagery would come into the painting and I would see it and explore those images as they emerged. I was fully immersed in there.” In these paintings, Dufour includes shadowy human figures, landscapes and trees, which he says were an important sanctuary for him as a child. He again refers to Jung. Dufour says, “Jung said trees are marvelous because they dig down deep into the earth and express themselves above. I think that’s a deeper dive down into consciousness and then it’s going to come out in some form. In ‘Shadow Works,’ the shadows are projected on to a darker inner world and then the landscape is up above with trees and silhouettes. It’s an ongoing series of self-exploration.” The 66-year-old Dufour’s long journey of self-exploration has taken him down many paths since childhood when he found solace alone in the woods and collected small empty bottles that he filled with colored water. Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, his family moved to Baton Rouge in 1959 when his father joined LSU’s

art faculty. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from LSU and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Dufour moved to Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1981 to take a job designing glass lampshades and lamps at the Merry Go Round Glass Company. Two years later, the company transferred him to Covington, to consolidate the company’s three studios in that region. That same year he decided to quit the corporate world and open his own studio in Covington, featuring his glass art, paintings and original stained-glass creations and restorations. Dufour also decided to fulfill his long-time desire to teach. For about a year, he commuted to Baton Rouge to teach art at LSU and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and in 1989 he joined the St. Tammany school system, where he taught art for the next 27 years. Over the years, Dufour has had considerable success with his art. In addition to shows across the nation, his work can be found in major museum collections in Spain and the United States, including the prestigious Corning Museum of Glass in New York. Commercial success and sharing his work with others are important, but, as Dufour says, it has to have meaning, “If my work isn’t spiritual and magic, they’re just materials.”n

EXHIBITS CAJUN

Universe of the Mind: Master Shen-Long Features a contemporary master of classical Chinese poetry, painting, calligraphy and seal carving, through Jan. 22. Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette. hilliardmuseum.org CENTRAL

Connected Visions: Louisiana’s Artistic Lineage Alexandria Museum of Art. Explores development of Louisiana art through connections among artists, permanent. themuseum.org PLANTATION

Our Louisiana Artwork by Louisiana artists, through Jan. 14, 2024. Louisiana Art & Science Museum. lasm.org NOLA

Yesterday We Said Tomorrow Prospect.5 citywide international contemporary art show, through Jan. 23. prospectneworleans.org

Dawn DeDeaux: The Space Between Worlds NOMA’s first comprehensive show, featuring this pioneering multimedia artist, through Jan. 23. New Orleans Museum of Art. noma.org NORTH

Clyde Connell and Pat Sewell Artwork by acclaimed north Louisiana artists Clyde Connell and Pat Sewell, through December. Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, Shreveport. laexhibitmuseum.org *Check museums for COVID-19 schedules.

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Revision Designer Arianne Bellizaire updates a Prairieville house for dad and daughter BY LEE CUTRONE PHOTOS BY HAYLEI SMITH

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en years into its life, Dr. Larry Warner’s house in Prairieville, Louisiana was in need of an update. Warner wanted to replace its feminine floral touches and silk draperies with a more masculine aesthetic, but also wanted the house to be equally inviting to his 11-yearold daughter, Lara.

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Baton Rouge designer Arianne Bellizaire was hired for a walk-through consult where she subsequently discovered that both the formal living and dining rooms were unused square footage and that the client’s vision of a house that more accurately reflected his tastes was inspired by the warm pedigreed interiors of traditional gentlemen’s clubs. Bellizaire created a complete plan with furnishings, renderings, fabrics and paint colors. The revision called for turning the unused dining room into a billiards room and connecting the living room on the opposite side of the open space with the same added moldings, dark charcoal walls and rich mix of fabrications, while still keeping things streamlined and edited. “It allows you to feel it’s cozy, but the whole house is not a cave,” says Bellizaire. “The rooms flanking [the billiards and living area] are white and natural light comes through the uncovered windows.”

Bellizaire added architectural detail to the master bedroom with wooden slats. Wall color, Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams; upholstered bed, Bernhardt. On the opposite wall, Bellizaire placed an electric fireplace flanked by the same wooden slats.


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(Right) In the living room, Bellizaire used rich colors inspired by traditional gentlemen’s clubs, added classic moldings and painted the original fireplace seamlessly with walls and trim to “make the furniture sing.” (Top) A contemporary abstract is mixed with an antique table that belonged to the client. (Bottom) A decoinspired shagreen bar occupies a corner of the combined living, dining and billiard room.

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Billiard room where there was once a formal dining room, master bedroom’s feature wall with fireplace framed by wooden slats, movie room with candy concession.

She put a modern spin on the gentlemanly décor by turning to contemporary pieces that reference the past rather than strictly adhering to convention: a custom billiards table with clean lines rather than an ornate antique version, a tufted modernist leather chaise instead of a clichéd tufted chesterfield sofa, a flat screen TV over the mantel where a mirror might have been. The designer transformed the master bedroom’s yellow-gold walls and heavy drapery with the addition of an electric fireplace that became a focal point in the

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room and the installation of wooden slats, an architectural design treatment with lots of current traction. At the same time, she worked on a redesign of the daughter’s room that would be feminine, grow with her and incorporate her request for a swing, and an upstairs bonus space previously used as the client’s home-office. She used a restful, watered-down interpretation of Tiffany blue, a whimsical rattan swing, and a desk with charging ports for the former, and created a movie room with amenities for both father and daughter out of the

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latter. There is a fully-stocked candy concession on one end for her and a place for arcade games and Saints football memorabilia on the other for him. “We repeated the wooden slats on the ceiling; it breaks up all the white and connects it to the downstairs,” says Bellizaire, whose eye was on the big picture from beginning to end, whether choosing pet-friendly rugs with the client’s two dogs in mind or remembering that the house was a home for a both a dad and daughter who like spending time there. “They’re both homebodies,” she says. ■


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TIP Sweet potatoes and apples are available year round, but this is really their time of year. Use any variety of apple you prefer, but don’t peel them. The peel adds additional flavor and contains many nutrients. If desired, you can finish the soup with a bit of cream or sour cream.

SWEET POTATO AND APPLE SOUP 4 tablespoons butter 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cups chicken stock or broth 2 cups water 4 small or 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced 2 unpeeled apples, cored and sliced coarse salt COO K onion in butter

How Sweet It Is Soup, turnovers and pies are easy with this versatile Louisiana staple BY STANLEY DRY PHOTOS AND STYLING BY EUGENIA UHL

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t’s hard to imagine Thanksgiving and Christmas without sweet potatoes on the table. They appear in a variety of guises — candied, gussied up with marshmallows, turned into soups, casseroles, breads, puddings and pies. They marry happily with holiday dressings, turkey and ham. Sweet potatoes are native to Central and South America. Archaeological evidence found in a cave in Peru dates them from 2000 B.C.E., but domestication may have occurred as early as 8000 B.C.E. In 1492, Columbus found them in Haiti and took them to Europe, where they were an instant hit.

over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add stock, water, sweet potato and apple. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook until sweet potato is softened, about 10-15 minutes. PUR EE soup, in batches,

in a blender or use an immersion blender to puree soup in the cooking pot. Season to taste with salt. Makes 4-6 servings.

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In Louisiana, sweet potatoes also have a long history. They were grown by Native Americans, then European settlers. Today, Louisiana is a major producer, behind North Carolina, California and Mississippi, but China is the world’s largest producer, where it’s not unusual to come across street vendors selling baked sweet potatoes. It’s always interesting to peruse early Louisiana cookbooks for recipes from the period. “The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book,” published in 1900, has recipes for boiled, fried and baked sweet potatoes, preparations that are familiar to today’s cooks. There are also recipes for sweet potato pudding, sweet potato waffles and sweet potato pone. The most interesting one is for sweet potato fritters (Patates Douces en Beignets), a recipe I plan to try. Worldwide there are about 400 varieties of sweet potatoes, a number that increases, as new ones are developed. The LSU AgCenter has introduced numerous sweet potato varietals, such as Orleans, Bayou Belle and Evangeline, as well as Beauregard, which has become the industry’s staple variety since its release in 1987. In addition to the culinary appeal of sweet potatoes, they are also very nutritious. They are extremely high in beta carotene, as well as significant amounts of vitamin C and potassium and supply a variety of other vitamins and minerals, as well as soluble fiber. The recipes this month are for a soup, turnovers, waffles and pie, all made with sweet potatoes and all suitable for the holidays. The soup is a simple and quick recipe that combines the flavor of sweet potatoes and unpeeled apples. An immersion blender that allows you to puree the soup in the pot is a great time saver, but barring that, a regular blender will do the job. The little turnovers, fragrant with cinnamon and nutmeg, are a breeze to make when you use phyllo dough. The pancakes are perfect for a holiday morning. With syrup and bacon, they make a delicious breakfast. The sweet potato pie is unusual since the ingredients don’t include spices, but cane syrup provides both sweetness and spice, so the flavor of the sweet potato and the flavor of the cane syrup are highlighted. n

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SWEET POTATO PIE

2 medium sweet potatoes 1 large egg, beaten ½ cup light brown sugar ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg ¹/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 20 sheets phyllo dough ½ cup melted butter

2 cups baked, peeled, and mashed sweet potatoes 3 eggs ¹/3 cup heavy cream ½ cup cane syrup 2 pinches salt 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest 1 unbaked pie crust (recipe follows) whipped cream (recipe follows)

PR EHE AT oven to 350 F and

PL ACE an inverted, heavy-duty baking

butter a baking sheet.

PEEL and cube sweet potatoes.

Cover with water in a small pot and boil until a knife easily pierces them, about 10 minutes. Drain in colander and rinse under cold water. Cool before proceeding. TR A NS FER potatoes to a mixing

bowl and use an electric mixer to mash them. Measure 1½ cups of mashed sweet potatoes. Set aside remainder. Return sweet potatoes to bowl, add egg, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and lemon zest. Mix until smooth. B RUS H a sheet of phyllo

dough with butter and place 2 tablespoons of sweet potato filling about 2 inches from one short end of the dough. Fold the short end over the filling, then fold the long sides over filling. Roll dough and filling toward the other short until you have a cylinder. Place the turnover on the buttered baking sheet. Repeat with remainder of phyllo and filling. Brush tops of the turnovers with butter and bake in preheated oven until browned and crispy, about 15 minutes. Remove turnovers to a rack to cool. Makes 20 turnovers.

sheet on a shelf in the middle of oven and preheat oven to 450 F. (The baking sheet and high temperature help produce a brown crust.) IN A MIX ING B OW L , place mashed sweet

potatoes, eggs and cream. Mix until light and fluffy. Add syrup, salt, vanilla and lemon zest and mix until thoroughly combined. Turn mixture into unbaked pie shell and smooth surface with a rubber spatula. PL ACE pie on inverted baking sheet and

bake at 450 F for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 F and bake until pie is set in the middle, about 30 minutes. Serve with whipped cream. Serves 8. PIE CRUS T

1¼ cups all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ pound very cold unsalted butter 3 tablespoons ice-cold water IN THE B OW L of a food processor fitted

with a metal blade, combine flours and salt. Pulse 3 times to mix. Cut butter into 8 tablespoon-size pieces, then quarter each one. Add to bowl of food processor and pulse 2 or 3 times until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Add water and pulse just to combine. Turn dough out onto a lightly-floured surface and form into a ball. Place ball between 2 sheets of waxed paper and press into a disc about 5 inches in diameter. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or more. Roll out dough, position in pie plate, trim and crimp edges as desired. Makes 1 pie crust. W HIPPED CR E A M

½ pint very cold heavy cream 3 tablespoons powdered sugar ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract W HIP cream until it begins to thicken. Add

sugar and extract and whip until soft peaks form. Makes about 2½ cups whipped cream.

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B Y KEV IN R A BA LA IS

Alligator Hunting in the Sportsman’s Paradise

GATOR HUNT


ALONG THE ANTILL CANAL in Terrebonne

Parish, 10 miles southeast of Gibson, we drift for 15 minutes before the first sighting. “There,” says Rod Bonvillain Jr., a construction foreman from Houma. He moves toward the bow, finger pointing to a disturbance 20 yards ahead in the center of the canal. At the captain’s wheel, Aaron “Boo” Cantrelle, Bonvillain’s uncle, has already seen it. He tracks the slight movement — what looks like driftwood, with raised bark resembling brow and nostrils — on the otherwise smooth waterway. “That’s the one,” Cantrelle says. “I’ve been waiting for this one since last year.” The boat accelerates. No one speaks. Here in the Bayou Black area of Terrebonne Parish, with the boat’s motor muffling the raucous singsong of limpkins as they feast on apple snails, Cantrelle and Bonvillain continue their pursuit of that primordial predator, the American alligator. Three weeks into this year’s season, equipped with one unbaited 16-aught hook and a single .22 caliber rifle, they’re on a chase that began, for each of them, generations before. It started here, in this very waterway. Antill Canal is in their blood. Dug in the 1950s for an oil industry that peaked in the ’80s only to falter a decade later, the canal is named after Cantrelle’s grandfather, Earl Antill Sr., who would take his grandson, whom he called “Boo Boo,” on hunting and fishing trips. Ducks, fish, deer, alligators — if they could find it, they would catch or shoot it. “We’ve always eaten well around here,” Cantrelle says. “That’s never been a problem.” Cantrelle remained such a constant presence at Antill’s side that his grand-

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father named his shed — a man cave for hunting — the Boo Boo Inn. Now during Louisiana’s annual alligator season, which begins on the last Wednesday of August (east zone) and the first Wednesday of September (west zone), and remains open for 60 days, hunters from the region arrive to sell their catch to a refrigerator truck that parks in front of the floating camp that Cantrelle built 10 years ago. If Cantrelle returns with a boat full of alligators, he’ll be paid for his efforts, but

for him this isn’t about money. It’s about family. It’s about tradition. “I do this because I love it,” he says. Bonvillain, had a similar upbringing in Terrebonne and is on the water today for many of the same reasons. “It’s all family roots back here,” he says. “I grew up in the boat from before I could talk.” Their enthusiasm at the morning’s first sighting offers a portal into their former selves, giddy boys not much taller than the .22 caliber rifle that rests beside


them — the rifle that they will use to save this writer should an alligator resurrect itself after they haul it, seemingly lifeless, into the boat. I blame Bonvillain for this fixation. Five minutes on the water, he told a story — the kind that you wouldn’t believe unless you knew to believe in some of the implausibilities that Louisiana offers like sweets. Last year, Cantrelle and Bonvillain caught and shot a 12-foot alligator. That’s about as large a creature as most see in the wild

today, when female alligators rarely exceed nine feet and male alligators, 13. They shot it in the head. Then they shot it again, both times in the soft, quarter-size “kill spot” on the alligator’s skull. “Always double-tap for insurance,” Bonvillain says. Thirty minutes later, the 12-footer rolled over, stood on all fours, and started walking around the boat. Cantrelle and Bonvillain had nowhere to go. They had the rifle, sure, but Cantrelle worried that the bullet would ricochet off the alligator’s skull or pierce the

(LEFT) Aaron “Boo” Cantrelle and Rod Bonvillain Jr. grew up hunting and fishing on the Antill Canal in Terrebonne Parish. “It’s all family roots back here,” says Bonvillain. (TOP) The American alligator has five toes on its front feet. Its hind feet have four webbed toes to aid swimming. (BOTTOM) Cantrelle pulls a 10-foot alligator to the surface while Bonvillain readies the rifle.

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(LEFT) This alligator has taken a baited hook. Bonvillain and Cantrelle work it to the surface. (TOP) Moments after hauling alligators into the boat, Cantrelle cuts into the tail to insert a Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheriesissued tag. (BOTTOM) Kyle Champagne measures alligators before loading them into a refrigerated truck.

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head and hide only to puncture the floor of his boat. He jumped on the seat behind the captain’s wheel, stood up and kept driving. Then came another tale. Earlier this year, while Bonvillain was out fishing, a four-foot alligator became “intrigued” with his bait. The alligator went for it. “The young ones are curious,” he says, rolling up his sleeve to reveal two scars on his forearm. “I just wanted my bait back.” The boat arrives within 15 yards of the one that outwitted them away last season. At once, stealthy as a submarine,


the alligator submerges. The casual descent seems more like a challenge than a retreat. After three seconds, the water above settles, and the first bubbles break the surface. Hundreds burst across the black canal, churning the water. Whatever is down there is vigorous and alert, and it’s also enormous. “He’s not that big,” Bonvillain says. “We’re going to find out how big he is,” says Cantrelle. With one hand, Cantrelle holds the captain’s wheel while his other grabs the

unbaited hook, which is attached to a 25-foot rope. He hangs over the starboard side and lowers the hook over the bubbles, now long dispersed. Slowly, we drift in the direction we last saw the alligator glide. Cantrelle drags the hook, feeling his way across the bed of the canal. “You want to hook him in the head,” Bonvillain says as he scans the banks in search of new bubbles. “That makes it easier to shoot once you get him up.” “I don’t know where he is,” Cantrelle says, “but we’re going to find him.” Another

minute passes before he draws the hook from the water. Just then, bubbles appear on the port side, five feet from the bank. The boat turns, and we head toward a tree that Hurricane Ida crippled three weeks prior, its destruction leaving the canal’s southeast passage unnavigable. Once again, Cantrelle lowers the hook into the bubbles. That’s when I see it, 10 yards off the bow, something that looks like driftwood with raised bark for brows and nostrils, but this time it’s unmistakable — alive and majestic, equal parts beautiful and terrifying.

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“There,” I say, pointing. Within several seconds, we’re on top of a new explosion of bubbles. Cantrelle lowers the hook. What happens next happens quickly. Cantrelle’s face clinches. Extreme tension enters his arms and torso. Bonvillain readies the rifle.

 BEHOLD THE AMERICAN ALLIGATOR.

Upon first sighting these predators — imagine their awe — the Spanish used the term el lagarto, “big lizard.” For more than 150-million years, they have lived in an environment that ranges from east Texas, through all of Louisiana, into parts of Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina and all of Florida. In “American Alligator: Ancient Predator in the Modern World,” Louisiana biologist Kelby Ouchley writes of documented alligator sightings as far away as California, Indiana, and New York. In Louisiana, they inhabit lakes, ponds, bayous, canals and swamps, mostly the coastal marshes of the south. They live, also, in our imaginations. We know they’re out there, even if we only recognize them through anecdote — the friend of the friend who returned home to find an alligator waiting on the doorstep — or at Christmastime as genial papier-mâché creatures hauling Santa’s sleigh. Due to management, research, and regulated hunting, in the past 50 years the alligator population in Louisiana has increased from 100,000 to more than two million. That’s about two of us for every wild alligator living — make that prospering — in our waterways, sometimes in our neighborhoods. Jeb Linscombe, biologist program manager at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, says that the agency gets, on average, 2,000 “nuisance calls” each year. Across the state, 55 nuisance hunters handle these calls to either harvest or relocate that alligator larger than four feet lurching near the monkey bars. “It’s an average of about 800, and in an extreme year, maybe 1,200, alligators that get harvested or relocated on these calls,” Lisncombe says. Those numbers, which range across all 64 parishes but which

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predominate in the south, have held steady for the past 20 years. See an alligator in a farm or a zoo and the recognition is immediate: these territorial predators move with patience and grace. See one in the wild, when it’s just been hooked and is fighting for survival, and witness the “wondrous power and velocity” that Melville used to describe the leviathan in “Moby Dick.” Pause, now, and consider the welterweight effort of a five-pound bass on the end of your line. Know that a 12-foot alligator can weigh nearly 500 pounds. The one on the end of Cantrelle’s line is a 10-footer, weighing more than 300 pounds. See him lean over the starboard side of the boat, tugging at the line. Watch, as instinct fuses with the handed-down knowledge he carries in his blood and bones.

One problem becomes immediately clear. Cantrelle has hooked the tail rather than the head. The tail breaks through the water like an angry and unconquerable dragon, while the head surfaces intermittently, one second beside the boat, a moment later, five feet away. With his rifle ready, Bonvillain has a split second to aim for that quarter-size target. I think about swinging my backpack around my chest for protection, but then the alligator’s head surfaces — one second, no more, enough time for Bonvillain to aim and pull the trigger once, a second time. “When you catch on with that hook, that’s raw, pure energy,” Bonvillain says as he and Cantrelle slide the alligator into the boat. It happens — seemingly, yet impossibly — with as little effort as Cantrelle exerted earlier to draw in his unbiated hook. With his knife, Cantrelle begins cutting into


the tail, six inches from the end. “You tag the tail immediately,” he says, sweating as his knife grinds into the hide. “This is what they mean when they say ‘tough as a gator’.” Once you receive a license to hunt alligators, there are several ways to obtain tags. One is through private land application. Another is through public land-and-lakes lottery. The allocation of tags depends on alligator nesting density. Terrebonne Parish, Cantrelle and Bonvillain’s backyard, has one of the highest nesting densities in Louisiana. After his knife punctures the hide, Cantrelle inserts and fastens the tag. “The big ones are slick, he says. “They know when it’s hunting season. That’s why I came up with the hook.” He’s been hunting this way for 10 years, combining it with hanging lines, the most popular way to harvest alligators in the wild.

Silence descends over the canal. For several minutes it persists, and then it happens. The alligator opens its eyes. She rises, shifts her gaze in my direction, and before I accept my limited options, Bonvillain steps around me to deliver a third shot to the kill spot, which I’m beginning to think needs a new name. Following the rifle’s report, we hear a motor hum in the distance. In the approaching boat are four passengers: Joshua Bridges and his wife, Kristy, along with Kristy’s son, Kason Hutcherson, and his best friend, Drake Rhodes. On the floor of the boat before the two 12-year-old boys slump three dead alligators, each between nine and 11 feet. The boys wear flip flops and Crocs. I glance down at my own footwear, heavy boots that I picked out this morning thinking they might provide extra

(LEFT) Lucky returns from a successful hunt along the bayous of Terrebonne Parish. (TOP) (left to right) Drake Rhodes and Kason Hutcherson hunt alligators with Kristy and Joshua Bridges.

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protection, and back again to the boys’ feet. Down their shins runs blood that belongs, I hope, to one of the alligators. “How many y’all got?” Joshua asks. “Just the one so far,” Bonvillain says. “She just opened her eyes,” I say, wanting someone to notice that she’s staring at me. “You want to use my Magnum?” Joshua asks. Cantrelle shakes his head. He and Joshua shrug. This season is not what either of them anticipated. Between COVID-19 and Hurricane Ida, both have lost business from the annual tours they count on during alligator season. “This season is done,” Cantrelle says as they discuss clients from Kansas, Idaho,

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South Dakota and Hawaii who have all cancelled. Conversation then turns to the market value of alligator hide, or more specifically, its plummeting value. In the past few years, alligator farms have flooded the market, supplying the majority of hide and meat. Many local buyers now purchase alligator meat but not hide. Price for hide has fallen so low that Kristy sometimes keeps sections for herself. “I’ve got a seven-foot skin in my closet that’s waiting to become a purse,” she says. She already makes earrings and shirts and wants to expand her skills. “This way, when people come down for hunts, I can offer them something else.”

Because of all this talk about alligators, or more likely because it’s Louisiana and between meals, the topic shifts to the best way to cook alligator meat. “I like them smothered in onions,” she says. Joshua grows animated. “We’re not talking about just a few onions,” he says. “You’ve got to get a five-pound sack. Cook it until it’s tender. It’s almost sweet, that meat. Add some garlic powder, cayenne, hot sauce.” He raises his forefinger and offers a pregnant pause to telegraph the significance of what comes next: “You can’t have any fat.” Cantrelle nods. “You got to get rid of all the fat before you cook,” he says.


(LEFT) Rhodes and Hutcherson, both age 12, are already alligator-hunting veterans.

The decisiveness of this culinary wisdom ends the need for further conversation, and the two boats separate, each moving in opposite directions along the canal to check lines. On a 12-aught hook, Cantrelle hangs chicken leg quarters, or “whatever’s on sale,” from a wood clothespin. “Let it ferment in a bucket for a day or two,” he says. Since the fresh marsh of Terrebonne Parish contains what Jeb Linscombe calls “some of the most phenomenal nesting areas in the state,” Cantrelle doesn’t have to travel far to find a good place to hang his line. Once he selects a spot, he dips the chicken meat in water, creating an oily surface to suffuse the scent, before hanging it above the water.

Hanging a line, in alligator hunting, is the equivalent of setting a yo-yo when fishing. Leave either behind and return later to see if anything has taken the bait. Cantrelle set these lines two days ago. There’s tension on the first one, a good sign, and Cantrelle begins to haul it in. Within moments, a 10-footer surfaces — this time head first — from turbulent water. The struggle takes 30 seconds. Bonvillain and his rifle are ready for one shot, then another. Together, he and Cantrelle haul it into the boat, where for the next 15 minutes, it rests, belly up and eyes open, near the bow. Then, much like in that tale about last year’s 12-footer, it rolls over and rises on all fours. I retreat to the stern while Cantrelle and Bonvillain discuss what to do. “I don’t want to put a hole in the boat,” Cantrelle says. Then he aims the rifle. This time, thinking about vital organs, I swing the backpack around and commend myself for the sensible choice in footwear. He delivers the third shot, and we move on to the next line. Besides hanging lines, another hunting method is to shoot the alligator in open water. Considering the small size of that (supposed) kill spot, this involves sniper-like precision. Joshua Bridges likes to get within 10 yards of the alligator but says that when the shot is open, he’s fired from as far away as 100 yards. Like Cantrelle, he also drags a hook. This season, he caught a 10-foot 7-inch alligator with a 6-aught hook. The alligator destroyed the hook. Back at the dock outside the Boo Boo Inn, a refrigerated truck has arrived from Pitre’s Fur in Galliano. More than a dozen hunters

from the region form a line, and from their boats and trailers rise the ridged hides of the day’s harvest. The hunters come from across generations and gender — some are septuagenarians, others not yet in their teens. Nancy Kelley of Houma has been hunting all morning with her three children. “After the storm and destruction, it’s nice to get out on the water,” she says. “It’s a whole other world.” Six children scurry around her, unloading alligators from a boat and carrying them to the truck, where a technician from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries records tag numbers and gender, the latter to make sure that females are not overharvested. Pitre’s, crew measures each alligator while hunters move from boat to boat, chatting and checking size. The arrival of boats, the unloading and recording of tags, the measuring and admiring — for an hour this procession continues beneath the warm September rain. Then the boats and trailers depart. The door of the refrigerated truck closes. Soon, it leaves the dock and the Boo Boo Inn behind. Meanwhile, in the Antill Canal, in the coastal marshes to the south, in bayous and swamps, in waterways across the state, it continues, with more alligators out there, some of them recently hatched after the April-to-May mating season, others as old as 70. They’re out there, visible for many, an imprint on the consciousness for others, wondrous and wise in the Louisiana landscape. n

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Struck Down A Mandeville man's hard-won stroke recovery by Fritz Esker portrait by Greg Miles

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n what seemed like an ordinary day in September 2020 (or what could pass as ordinary in the 2020s), Mandeville resident Larry Saar felt a little dizziness in the front of his forehead while working at his real estate office. It was nothing overwhelming. He thought it was something he ate. Before leaving work, he sat in his truck to collect himself and make sure he was OK to drive. The dizziness went away, and he drove home. But while he was driving home, he felt a marble-sized growth under his foot. Then he began to suspect something was wrong. Saar went to St. Tammany Parish Hospital. A CAT scan showed nothing, but he was told he might have had a mild stroke. The hospital kept him overnight for observation. At 2 a.m. that night, he had an extension of his stroke. When he first went to the hospital, Saar could still move all of his limbs. After the stroke’s extension, he could no longer move his right arm or leg. The first couple of days after his stroke, Saar thought to himself, “Is this what I’m going to be living for the rest of my life?” But he soon resolved to fight the best he could. At first, he went to in-patient therapy, working five hours a day for up to six days a week. This was followed by outpatient therapy. He made some progress in these sessions, regaining his ability to walk, albeit with assistance. But Saar wanted more. He wanted to walk without a cane or a walker. However, his outpatient therapists told him this was as far as he would go. “I thought to myself ‘I’m not giving up. I’m not going to sit down and say this it it,’” Saar said. Saar was referred to Dr. Rachel Wellons, an assistant professor of clinical physical therapy at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. When Saar went to Wellons, he told her his goals and she told him he made the right decision. However, her encouragement came with a warning.

“She told me, ‘When you come in here, you’re going to work and you’re going to work hard’,” Saar said. Wellons worked to retrain Saar’s brain so he could walk again without assistance. The therapy sessions involved a variety of exercises. Saar goes to therapy two days a week for an hour each, then does additional exercises at home. When asked to provide an example of one of his exercises, Saar said Wellons would attach a harness to him while he walked around LSU Health Sciences Center and then pull back on the harness to provide resistance. The resistance work was challenging, but that and the other exercises produced positive results for Saar. The walking became easier. With a laugh, Saar said that Wellons recently told him that she works up a sweat just trying to keep up with him as he walks around the LSUHSC building. The now-68-year-old Saar, a retired police officer from the Louisville, Kentucky Police Department, said he is now able to walk without a cane for approximately a mile. He felt so good about his mobility, he took a trip in September to Vermont where he planned to walk and sightsee. He is thankful to Wellons for her hard work and patience. “She’s been a blessing,” Saar said. “To be able to come as far as I’ve come … I’m shocked.” When asked what advice he would give to other stroke patients, Saar said they should believe in themselves and never give up. The therapy may not always be easy or pleasant, but it’s worth working through. He also recommended that stroke patients should consult with a neural therapist like Wellons before accepting that they can’t progress any further with their recovery. “When people have a stroke, they shouldn’t think that it’s the end of life,” Saar said. “Life’s not over … Don’t give up … You’ve really got to want to get your walking back.” n

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ADDICTION PSYCHIATRY Dean Hickman Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4025 ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY Gonzalo Alvarez del Real 1455 East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 108 Shreveport (318) 798-4544 Jibran E Atwi Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital 401 Youngsville Highway, Suite 100 Lafayette (337) 330-0031 Andrew Collins 320 Settlers Trace Boulevard Lafayette (337) 981-9495 William Edward Davis III Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-6742 Bernard C Fruge Jr Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital 320 Settlers Trace Boulevard Lafayette (337) 981-9495

Sandhya D Mani Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 8200 Constantin Boulevard, 3rd Floor Baton Rouge (225) 765-5500 Powlin V Manuel Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital 104 Genevieve Drive Lafayette (337) 984-0110 Reena Mehta Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2622 Jena Street New Orleans (504) 605-5351 Prem K Menon Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 10310 The Grove Boulevard Baton Rouge (866) 624-7637 Jennifer Olivier Slidell Memorial Hospital 1051 Gause Boulevard, Suite 400 Slidell (985) 280-5350 Kenneth Paris Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-9589 Joseph N Redhead Jr Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7373 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 769-4044

Margaret Huntwork Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 7th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-8600

David L Schneider East Jefferson General Hospital 3225 Danny Park, Suite 100 Metairie (504) 889-0550

Lori R Johnson CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center 1455 East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 106 Shreveport (318) 798-4573

Laurianne Wild Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue New Orleans (504) 988-8600

Bina E Joseph Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital 320 Settlers Trace Boulevard Lafayette (337) 981-9495 David A Kaufman Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport 463 Ashley Ridge Boulevard, Suite 100 Shreveport (318) 221-3584 James M Kidd III Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 8017 Picardy Avenue Baton Rouge (225) 769-4432

CARDIAC ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY Freddy M Abi-Samra Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans Cardiac Electrophysiology Department 10310 The Grove Boulevard Baton Rouge (225) 761-5200 Kenneth C Civello Jr Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard Medical Plaza II, Suite 1000 Baton Rouge (225) 767-3900 Colleen J Johnson Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-6113

Sammy Khatib Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 3rd Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4145

Bart G Denys Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 1320 Martin Luther King Drive Thibodaux (985) 446-2021

Edmund K Kerut West Jefferson Medical Center 1111 Medical Center Boulevard, Suite N613 Marrero (504) 349-6810

Paul A Lelorier University Medical Center New Orleans 3700 St. Charles Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 412-1520

Sapna V Desai Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 3rd Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4721

Hector O Ventura Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 3rd Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4721

Stephen LaGuardia West Jefferson Medical Center 1111 Medical Center Boulevard, Suite N613 Marrero (504) 349-6800

Christopher J White Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 3rd Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3724

Daniel P Morin Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (866) 624-7637 Glenn Polin Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 3rd Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4145 C Andrew Smith Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard Medical Plaza II, Suite 1000 Baton Rouge (225) 767-3900 Paul Stahls III St. Tammany Parish Hospital 1006 South Harrison Street Covington (985) 871-4140 Wenjie Xu Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard Medical Plaza II, Suite 1000 Baton Rouge (225) 767-3900 CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE Jameel Ahmed University Medical Center New Orleans 1111 Medical Center Boulevard, Suite 340 Marrero (504) 412-1390 Ali M. Amkieh Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1000 Ochsner Boulevard Covington (985) 875-2828 Robert M Bober Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 3rd Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4135 Roland J Bourgeois Jr Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 2005 Veterans Memorial Boulevard Metairie (504) 842-4168

N. Joseph Deumite Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard Medical Plaza II, Suite 1000 Baton Rouge (225) 767-3900 Michael Z Dibbs Heart Hospital of Lafayette, The 121 Rue Louis XIV Building 4, Suite B Lafayette (337) 984-9355 Clement C Eiswirth Jr Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 3rd Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4721 Daniel T Fontenot Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 5231 Brittany Drive Baton Rouge (225) 769-0933 Robert W Greer East Jefferson General Hospital 4200 Houma Boulevard 2nd Floor Metairie (504) 454-4102 Steven T Gremillion Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard Medical Plaza II, Suite 1000 Baton Rouge (225) 767-3900 Robert C Hendel Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-6113 Keith G Hickey St Bernard Parish Hospital 8050 West Judge Perez Drive, Suite 2500 Chalmette (504) 277-0886 Babu R Jasti Lane Regional Medical Center 6550 Main Street, Suite 1000 Zachary (225) 654-1559 Ravi Kanagala Lakeview Regional Medical Center 101 Judge Tanner Boulevard, Suite 300 Covington (985) 867-2100

Carl J Lavie Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 3rd Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4135 Robert T Martin Willis-Knighton Pierremont Health Center 1811 East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 210 Shreveport (318) 212-3858 Nakia A Newsome Baton Rouge GeneralBluebonnet 8888 Summa Avenue Baton Rouge (225) 769-0933 Stephen R Ramee Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 3rd Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3727 Fernando J Ruiz Lafayette General Medical Center 441 Heymann Boulevard Lafayette (337) 289-8429 Jay R Silverstein Lakeview Regional Medical Center 101 Judge Tanner Boulevard, Suite 300 Covington (985) 867-2100 Iqbal Singh Willis-Knighton Pierremont Health Center 1811 East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 210 Shreveport (318) 212-3858 Frank W Smart University Medical Center New Orleans 3700 St. Charles Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 412-1520 Christopher S Thompson Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Heart and Vascular Surgery Center 1717 Oak Park Boulevard, 2nd Floor Lake Charles (337) 494-3278

John M Winterton Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Heart and Vascular Surgery Center 1717 Oak Park Boulevard, 2nd Floor Lake Charles (337) 494-3278 Kenneth Wong Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 102 Twin Oaks Drive Raceland (985) 837-4000 Kevin R Young Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Heart and Vascular Surgery Center 1717 Oak Park Boulevard, 2nd Floor Lake Charles (337) 494-3278 Royce Dean Yount Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2820 Napoleon Avenue Suite 400 New Orleans (504) 894-2608 CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY Martin J Drell Children’s Hospital New Orleans 478 South Johnson Street, 7th Floor New Orleans (504) 412-1580 Ashley Weiss, DO Tulane Medical Center 4000 Bienville Street Suite G New Orleans (504) 988-0301 Charles H Zeanah Jr Tulane Medical Center 131 South Robertson Street New Orleans (504) 988-5405 CHILD NEUROLOGY Allison H Conravey Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1319 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-3900

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Kenneth R Habetz Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital Kids Specialty Center 4704 Ambassador Caffery Parkway Lafayette (337) 470-5920 Stephen Lewis Nelson Jr Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1315 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-3900 Ann Tilton Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-2888 Maria B Weimer Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue Suite 3040 New Orleans (504) 896-9319 CLINICAL GENETICS Hans C Andersson Tulane Medical Center 1430 Tulane Avenue New Orleans (504) 988-5101 Duane W Superneau Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 8415 Goodwood Boulevard, Suite 202A Baton Rouge (225) 765-8988 COLON & RECTAL SURGERY Louis R Barfield Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard, Suite 206 Baton Rouge (225) 767-1156

Joshua D Parks Ochsner Medical CenterNorth Shore 1000 Ochsner Boulevard Covington (985) 875-2828

Patricia Farris Tulane Medical Center 701 Metairie Road, Suite 2A-205 Metairie (504) 836-2050

Jennifer D Silinsky East Jefferson General Hospital 3100 Galleria Drive, Suite 303 Metairie (504) 456-5108

Eric M Finley Suite 240 New Orleans (504) 896-2255

H. David Vargas Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4060 Andrew M Werner Willis-Knighton Medical Center 1811 East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 430 Shreveport (318) 424-8373 Charles B Whitlow Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4060 DERMATOLOGY Robert W Benson 180 North 5th Street Ponchatoula (985) 370-7546 Erin E Boh/PhD Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-1700 Elizabeth F Bucher East Jefferson General Hospital 1615 Metairie Road, Suite 101 Metairie (504) 644-4226

Richard L Byrd Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard, Suite 206 Baton Rouge (225) 767-1156

Tamela L Charbonnet Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 327 Bayou Gardens Boulevard Houma (985) 876-5000

Brian R Kann Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4060

David J Clemons CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center 9007 Ellerbe Road Shreveport (318) 222-3278

Sean G Mayfield East Jefferson General Hospital 3100 Galleria Drive, Suite 303 Metairie (504) 456-5108 Yasheka Nicholson Riverside Medical Center 809 Riverside Drive Franklinton (985) 795-4208

William P Coleman III Tulane Medical Center 4425 Conlin Street Metairie (504) 455-3180 Mary C Dickerson 10154 Jefferson Highway Baton Rouge (225) 927-5663 Adrian Dobrescu 6042 Magazine Street New Orleans (504) 899-6652

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Lee H Grafton Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 327 Bayou Gardens Boulevard Houma (985) 876-5000 Lindsey K. Hall 5326 O’Donovan Drive Baton Rouge (225) 372-1659 Nicole Mathis Harrell Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 5326 O’Donovan Drive Baton Rouge (225) 416-5109 Laurie H Harrington Lane Regional Medical Center 20474 Old Scenic Highway Zachary (225) 654-1124 Mara Alena Haseltine Children’s Hospital New Orleans 3100 Galleria Drive, Suite 203 Metairie (504) 226-7873 Patricia R Hickham 4141 Bienville Street, Suite 108 New Orleans (504) 224-6040 Deirdre O Hooper 3525 Prytania Street Suite 501 New Orleans (504) 895-3376 Leah G Jacob Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-1700 Kathryn G Kerisit Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 4100 Canal Street New Orleans (504) 703-2750 Keith G LeBlanc East Jefferson General Hospital 1615 Metairie Road, Suite 101 Metairie (504) 644-4226 Alan T Lewis Tulane Medical Center 4421 Chastant Street Metairie (504) 570-6370 Mary P Lupo 145 Robert E. Lee Boulevard, Suite 302 New Orleans (504) 288-2381

Christel C Malinski St. Tammany Parish Hospital 64040 Highway 434 Suite 103 Lacombe (985) 202-3376

Katy L Wiltz Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2633 Napoleon Avenue, Suite 1020 New Orleans (504) 891-8004

Lane Frey Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 726 North Acadia Road, Suite 3300 Thibodaux (985) 493-3080

W. Trent Massengale 163 Burgin Avenue Baton Rouge (225) 313-4560

Ann C Zedlitz 5305 Flanders Drive Baton Rouge (225) 778-7540 DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY

Robert Galagan Tulane Medical Center 4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 101 Metairie (504) 988-8050

Christopher M Arcement Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-9566

Robin E Kilpatrick Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 5428 O’Donovan Drive Baton Rouge (225) 300-1076

Raman Danrad University Medical Center New Orleans 2000 Canal Street New Orleans (504) 568-4647

Dragana Lovre Tulane Lakeside Hospital 4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 101 Metairie (504) 988-8050

Anthony L Modica Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-3470

Joseph E Murray Jr East Jefferson General Hospital 3901 Houma Boulevard, Suite 103 Metairie (504) 455-1300

Julie Mermilliod Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 11th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3940 Andrea T. Murina Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-1700 Jeffrey C Poole 111 Veterans Boulevard, Suite 406 Metairie (504) 838-8225 Marilyn C Ray Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 2005 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, 5th Floor Metairie (504) 842-3940 Ashley Coreil Record 4727 West Park Drive, Suite B Zachary (225) 246-9240 Nicole Elaine Rogers East Jefferson General Hospital 3100 Galleria Drive, Suite 201 Metairie (504) 315-4247 Richard N Sherman 3627 Magazine Street New Orleans (504) 899-7159 Erik J Soine 1441 Ochsner Boulevard Covington (985) 400-5551 Martha E Stewart 4060 Lonesome Road, Highway 190 Mandeville (985) 727-7701 Suneeta S Walia Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1516 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-3940

Brett T Roberts Ochsner Medical Center West Bank 1516 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-6406 Daniel Rupley Touro Infirmary Touro Imaging Center 2929 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 897-8600 Bradley S. Shore 4241 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Suite 100 Metairie (504) 883-5999 Bradley Spieler University Medical Center New Orleans 2000 Canal Street New Orleans (504) 568-4647 William Tiemann Terrebonne General Medical Center 8166 West Main Street Houma (985) 873-4115 ENDOCRINOLOGY, DIABETES & METABOLISM Sandra E Dempsey Endocrinology Center 1727 Imperial Boulevard Lake Charles (337) 310-3670

Jordan Whatley 5326 O’Donovan Drive Baton Rouge (225) 372-1659

Gary H Field 7373 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 246-9240

Laura C Williams Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-1700

Vivian A Fonseca Tulane Lakeside Hospital 4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 101 Metairie (504) 988-8050

Brandy Panunti Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4023 Marideli C Scanlan West Jefferson Medical Center 1111 Medical Center Boulevard, South Tower Suite 850 Marrero (504) 349-6824 Joel D Silverberg Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7373 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 769-4044 Gabriel I Uwaifo Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 2750 East Gause Boulevard Slidell (985) 875-2828 FAMILY MEDICINE Ariel Aguillard Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner 200 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 210 Kenner (504) 464-8588 Danielle D Angeron Terrebonne General Medical Center 181 Corporate Drive Houma (985) 262-1639 Luis Arencibia East Jefferson General Hospital Metairie (504) 602-9975


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Gayle Beyl North Oaks Medical Center 17199 Spring Ranch Road, Suite 200 Livingston (844) 277-8669

Kenneth T Johnson CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital 2812 Highway 28 East Pineville (318) 528-3355

Gary J Birdsall Cut Off (985) 632-5222

Vernilyn N Juan Touro Infirmary 3525 Prytania Street Suite 301 New Orleans (504) 897-8118

Joseph L Breault Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1401 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4747 Donald V Brignac Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 5428 O’Donovan Drive, Suite B Baton Rouge (225) 330-0480 Rebekah Byrne Tulane Medical Center 200 Broadway Street, Suite 230 New Orleans (504) 988-9000 Kelly T Cahill Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette 3220 Kaliste Saloom Road Lafayette (337) 470-3370 Andree B Caillet Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette 3220 Kaliste Saloom Road Lafayette (337) 470-3370 Indira Gautam Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette 502 Lafayette Street Youngsville (337) 857-3512 R. Paul Guilbault III Lakeview Regional Medical Center 521 Asbury Drive Mandeville (985) 630-9618 Clarissa J Hoff Tulane Medical Center 2800 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Suite 140 Metairie (504) 988-0501 Ted J Hudspeth Ochsner Medical CenterNorth Shore 41676 Veterans Avenue Hammond (985) 543-3600 Mark L James Sr. 82525 Highway 25 Folsom (985) 898-4001 Daniel K Jens Ochsner Medical CenterNorth Shore 3235 East Causeway Approach Mandeville (985) 875-2828

Karrie V Kilgore Acadia General Hospital 345 Odd Fellows Road Crowley (337) 783-7004 Oladapo Lapite Glenwood Regional Medical Center 306 Stone Avenue Monroe (318) 323-1040 Sunshine Little Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette 3824 Northeast Evangeline Thruway, Suite B Carencro (337) 470-3280 Azikiwe K Lombard Ochsner Medical Center West Bank 3401 Behrman Place New Orleans (504) 371-9355 Nathalie MascherpaKerkow St. Tammany Parish Hospital 201 St. Ann Drive, Suite B Mandeville (985) 898-4001 Kevin M McGann 7607 Fern Avenue, Suite 204 Shreveport (318) 393-5980 Elizabeth W McLain Lafayette General Medical Center Family Medicine Department 1211 Coolidge Street, Suite 404 Lafayette (337) 289-8478 Darrin D Menard 202 Westgate Road Lafayette (337) 232-1802

Cassandra Pillette Lafayette General Medical Center 4906 Ambassador Caffery Parkway Building M, Suite 1302 Lafayette (337) 534-8964 Radha Raman 8708 Oak Street New Orleans (504) 865-0805 Timothy L Riddell Ochsner Medical CenterNorth Shore 1000 Ochsner Boulevard Covington (985) 875-2828 Kiernan Adams Smith Tulane Medical Center 200 Broadway Street, Suite 230 New Orleans (504) 988-9000 Paul B Stringfellow Acadia General Hospital 345 Odd Fellows Road Crowley (337) 783-7004 Rachana Sus Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 101 Metairie (504) 988-8050 James T Tebbe Jr. Tulane Medical Center 3525 Prytania Street New Orleans (504) 865-5700 Ryan M Truxillo St Bernard Parish Hospital 8050 West Judge Perez Drive, Suite 3100 Chalmette (504) 304-2800 Priya P Velu Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 5300 Tchoupitoulas Street Suite C2 New Orleans (504) 703-3070 GASTROENTEROLOGY Stephen G Abshire Lafayette General Medical Center 1211 Coolidge Boulevard, Suite 303 Lafayette (337) 232-6697

Joseph E Orgeron Ochsner Medical CenterNorth Shore 1000 Ochsner Boulevard Covington (985) 898-7150

John P Affronti Tulane Lakeside Hospital 1415 Tulane Avenue, 6th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5110

Rade N Pejic Tulane Medical Center 200 Broadway Street, Suite 230 New Orleans (504) 988-9000

Humberto Aguilar Willis-Knighton Medical Center 3217 Mabel Street Shreveport (318) 631-9121

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Irfan R Alam Lafayette General Southwest 4212 West Congress Street, Suite 2400E Lafayette (337) 984-4350 Thomas D Amankonah Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 6th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5344 James Carter Balart 7373 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 246-9240 Charles C Berggreen Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 9103 Jefferson Highway Baton Rouge (225) 927-1190 Richard K Broussard Lafayette General Medical Center 439 Heymann Boulevard Lafayette (337) 269-0963 Natalie H Bzowej/PhD Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans New Orleans (504) 842-3925 Vernon J Carriere East Jefferson General Hospital 4228 Houma Boulevard Metairie (504) 456-8020 George E Catinis East Jefferson General Hospital 4228 Houma Boulevard Suite 520 Metairie (504) 456-8020 Sean E Connolly Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4015 Bryan DiBuono Ochsner Medical CenterNorth Shore 1850 Gause Boulevard East, Suite 301 Slidell (985) 639-3777 Abdul El Chafic Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4015 Virendra Joshi University Medical Center New Orleans 2000 Canal Street New Orleans (504) 702-3882 Rebekah H Lemann Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2820 Napoleon Avenue Suite 720 New Orleans (504) 896-8670

Martin W Moehlen Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 6th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5344

Anthony C Evans/PhD Woman’s Hospital 500 Rue de la Vie, Suite 410 Baton Rouge (225) 216-3006

David C Pellegrin Terrebonne General Medical Center 8120 Main Street, Suite 200 Houma (985) 851-5206

Chad A Hamilton Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2820 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 842-4165

Daniel Raines Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner 180 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 200 Kenner (504) 464-8500 Nathaniel R Ranney St. Tammany Parish Hospital 131-B Cherokee Rose Lane Covington (985) 871-1721 Fredric G Regenstein Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 6th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5344 Jason B Reina North Oaks Medical Center 16061 Doctors Boulevard, Suite B Hammond (985) 542-1334 Janak N Shah Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4015 Shamita Bhupendra Shah Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4015 James William Smith Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4015 Douglas C Walsh Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 9103 Jefferson Highway Baton Rouge (225) 927-1190 GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY Destin Black Willis-Knighton Medical Center 2600 Kings Highway, Suite 420 Shreveport (318) 212-8727 Pui C Cheng Touro Infirmary 3434 Prytania Street Suite 320 New Orleans (504) 897-7142

Richard C Kline Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4165 Jessica J Shank Tulane Medical Center 150 South Liberty Street New Orleans (504) 988-7135 HAND SURGERY Kelly L Babineaux East Jefferson General Hospital 3601 Houma Boulevard, Suite 300 Metairie (504) 412-1240 John C Hildenbrand IV Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 726 North Acadia Road, Suite 1000 Thibodaux (985) 625-2200 Claude S. Williams IV East Jefferson General Hospital 2731 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 897-6351 HEMATOLOGY Chancellor Donald Tulane Medical Center 1430 Tulane Avenue New Orleans (504) 988-5435 Maissaa Janbain Tulane Lakeside Hospital 4720 South I-10 Service Road Metairie (504) 988-5433 Nakhle Saba Tulane Lakeside Hospital 150 South Liberty Street New Orleans (504) 988-6300 Hana F Safah Tulane Medical Center 150 South Liberty Street New Orleans (504) 988-6300 HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE MEDICINE Sonia Malhotra University Medical Center New Orleans 2001 Tulane Avenue New Orleans (504) 702-3669


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INFECTIOUS DISEASE Katherine Baumgarten Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4005 Sandra A Kemmerly Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4005 David Mushatt Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5030 Obinna Nnedu Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4005 John S Schieffelin Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5030 INTERNAL MEDICINE Michael S Alexander Lafayette General Medical Center 461 Heymann Boulevard Lafayette (337) 289-8717 Jennifer M Bertsch Touro Infirmary 3700 St. Charles Avenue, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 897-7007 Leo P Blaize III Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard, Suite 7000 Baton Rouge (225) 765-8829 David M Borne University Medical Center New Orleans 3700 St. Charles Avenue, 2nd Floor New Orleans (504) 412-1366 Chester G Boudreaux Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 142 Rue Marguerite Thibodaux (985) 446-2131

Brian D Clements Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Clinic of Lake Charles 4345 Nelson Road, Suite 201 Lake Charles (337) 494-6800 Jan Cooper New Orleans East Hospital 5646 Read Boulevard, Suite 200 New Orleans (504) 592-6760 Samuel Colby Danna Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2820 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 897-4250 Steven J Granier Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1401 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4747 Jonathan Gugel University Medical Center New Orleans 2001 Tulane Avenue, 2nd Floor New Orleans (504) 962-6330 C. Ray Halliburton Jr Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard, Suite 7000 Baton Rouge (225) 765-8829 Robert C Hernandez Willis-Knighton Medical Center 8001 Youree Drive, Suite 400 Shreveport (318) 212-3456 Susan B Ieyoub Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Clinic of Lake Charles 4345 Nelson Road, Suite 201 Lake Charles (337) 494-6800 James M Jackson Willis-Knighton Medical Center 2551 Greenwood Road, Suite 410 Shreveport (318) 621-2929

S. Germain Cassiere Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Shreveport (318) 626-0100

Mark D LaFuria Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Clinic of Lake Charles 2770 3rd Avenue Lake Charles (337) 494-6800

Pedro Cazabon Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1401 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4747

Gloria M Leary/PhD Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1401 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4747

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Bryan A LeBean Sr Lafayette General Medical Center 2930 Moss Street, Suite B Lafayette (337) 261-0559 Christopher J Lege Touro Infirmary 3434 Prytania Street Suite 460 New Orleans (504) 897-7999 Bradley L Meek Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Internal Medicine at Picardy 8119 Picardy Avenue Baton Rouge (225) 214-3638 Timothy A Nicholls Willis-Knighton Medical Center 2551 Greenwood Road, Suite 410 Shreveport (318) 621-2929 Susan F Ovella Lakeview Regional Medical Center 130 Lakeview Circle Covington (985) 892-6858 Katherine F Pearce Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Primary Care for Women 5131 O’Donovan Drive, Suite 201 Baton Rouge (225) 374-0220 Karen R Smith Lafayette (337) 504-7979 James T Soignet Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 142 Rue Marguerite Thibodaux (985) 446-2131

Chad M Dugas Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 1320 Martin Luther King Drive Thibodaux (985) 446-2021 Peter S Fail Terrebonne General Medical Center 225 Dunn Street Houma (985) 876-0300 Anand M Irimpen Tulane Lakeside Hospital 4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 101 Metairie (504) 988-6113

Brian Lewis Tulane Medical Center 150 South Liberty Street New Orleans (504) 988-6300

Gabriella C Pridjian Tulane Lakeside Hospital 4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 302 Metairie (504) 988-8070

David N Oubre North Oaks Medical Center 15799 Professional Plaza Drive Hammond (985) 419-0025

MEDICAL ONCOLOGY

Nihar Patel Willis-Knighton Medical Center Hematology Oncology Associates 2600 Kings Highway, Suite 340 Shreveport (318) 212-8620

J. Stephen Jenkins Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 3rd Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3724

Bryan J Bienvenu Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 4950 Essen Lane, Suite 500 Baton Rouge (225) 767-1311

Pramod Menon Lakeview Regional Medical Center 39 Starbrush Circle Covington (985) 871-4155 Pradeep K Nair Terrebonne General Medical Center 225 Dunn Street Houma (985) 876-0300 Christopher L Paris 107 Maryland Drive Luling (985) 308-1604

David D Tran Lakeview Regional Medical Center Suite A Covington (985) 400-5483

Frank E Wilklow Touro Infirmary 3715 Prytania Street, Suite 400 New Orleans (504) 897-8276

Murtuza J Ali Touro Infirmary 3700 St. Charles Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 412-1520

Robert C Moore Woman’s Hospital 100 Woman’s Way Baton Rouge (225) 924-8338

Bassam Abi-Rached Rapides Regional Medical Center 605 B Medical Center Drive Alexandria (318) 442-2232

Andrew P Rees Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard Medical Plaza II, Suite 1000 Baton Rouge (225) 767-3900

Farhad X Aduli Lakeview Regional Medical Center 20 Starbrush Circle, Suite A Covington (985) 777-7000

David S Hanson Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 4950 Essen Lane, Suite 500 Baton Rouge (225) 767-1311

George F Isa Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1000 Ochsner Boulevard Covington (985) 875-2828

Erica V Tate University Medical Center New Orleans 2001 Tulane Avenue, 2nd Floor New Orleans (504) 962-6330

INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY

Cecilia Gambala Tulane Medical Center 4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 302 Metairie (504) 988-8070

MATERNAL & FETAL MEDICINE Paul K Dibbs Lafayette General Medical Center 105 Corporate Boulevard Lafayette (337) 593-9099 Chi P Dola Tulane Lakeside Hospital 4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 302 Metairie (504) 988-8070

Brian Boulmay University Medical Center New Orleans 2000 Canal Street New Orleans (504) 702-5700 B.J. Jay Brooks Jr Ochsner Medical CenterBaton Rouge Medical Oncology Department 10310 The Grove Boulevard Baton Rouge (225) 761-5200 Vince D Cataldo Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Baton Rouge (225) 757-0343 John T Cole Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 3rd Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3910 Bridgette Collins-Burow/ PhD Tulane Medical Center 150 South Liberty Street New Orleans (504) 988-6300

Prakash Peddi Willis-Knighton Medical Center 2600 Kings Highway, Suite 404 Shreveport (318) 212-8620 Steven J Saccaro Lafayette General Medical Center Cancer Center of Acadiana 1211 Coolidge Street Lafayette (337) 289-8400 A. Oliver Sartor Tulane Medical Center 150 South Liberty Street New Orleans (504) 988-6300 Francisco Socola Tulane Medical Center 150 South Liberty Street New Orleans (504) 988-6300 Scott A Sonnier Touro Infirmary 1401 Foucher Street 1st Floor New Orleans (504) 897-8970 Derrick W Spell Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 4950 Essen Lane, Suite 500 Baton Rouge (225) 767-1311

Manish Dhawan Willis-Knighton Medical Center 850 Olive Street, Suite 8 Shreveport (800) 222-4107

Srikanth Tamma Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner 200 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 313 Kenner (504) 842-7690

James K Ellis West Jefferson Medical Center 4513 Westbank Expressway Marrero (504) 349-6360

Christos Theodossiou Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 3rd Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3910


Ashish Udhrain Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 290 Bowie Road Thibodaux (985) 493-4346

Daniel P Tveit Ochsner Medical CenterNorth Shore 664 Robert Boulevard Slidell (985) 646-0360

Christopher M Maulucci Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5561

Gary Von Burton Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport 1405 Kings Highway, Box 33932 Shreveport (318) 675-7737

Allen W Vander Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 604 North Acadia Road Thibodaux (985) 446-0871

John C Steck West Jefferson Medical Center 1111 Medical Center Boulevard, Suite S-750 Marrero (504) 340-6976

NEPHROLOGY A. Brent Alper Jr Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5344 Adrian J Baudy IV Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-1001 Raynold J Corona Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 5131 O’Donovan Drive, Suite 100 Baton Rouge (225) 767-4893 Sixto Giusti-Torres Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 6th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5344 Mitchell J Hebert Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 5131 O’Donovan Drive, Suite 100 Baton Rouge (225) 767-4893 Marwan O Kaskas Willis-Knighton Medical Center 2501 Greenwood Road Shreveport (318) 631-1584 Richard M O’Donovan St. Francis Medical Center 711 Wood Street, Suite A Monroe (318) 323-8847 Michael W Roppolo Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 5131 O’Donovan Drive, Suite 100 Baton Rouge (225) 767-4893 Catherine Staffeld-Coit Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans Multi-Organ Transplant Institute 1514 Jefferson Highway, 1st Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3925 Federico J Teran Tulane Lakeside Hospital 1415 Tulane Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-1001

James E Yegge Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 5131 O’Donovan Drive, Suite 100 Baton Rouge (225) 767-4893 Sousan L. Zadeh, DO North Oaks Medical Center 42388 Pelican Professional Park Hammond (985) 318-1549 NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY Mohammad A Almubaslat St. Tammany Parish Hospital 100 Mariners Boulevard, Suite 1 Mandeville (985) 400-3210 Peter S. Amenta Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5561 Alan Appley Lafayette General Medical Center Lafayette (337) 235-7743 Charles R Bowie NeuroMedical Center Surgical Hospital, The 10101 Park Rowe Avenue, Suite 200 Baton Rouge (225) 769-2200 Jason L Cormier Lafayette General Medical Center 1200 Camellia Boulevard, Suite 400 Lafayette (337) 534-8680 Frank Culicchia West Jefferson Medical Center 1111 Medical Center Boulevard, Suite S-750 Marrero (504) 340-6976 Robert Dallapiazza Tulane Medical Center 101 Judge Tanner Boulevard, Suite 402 Covington (985) 951-3222 Aaron Dumont Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5561

Lori Summers St. Tammany Parish Hospital 15739 Professional Plaza Hammond (985) 419-7767 Marcus L Ware/PhD Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4033 NEUROLOGY Rana Abusoufeh Tulane Medical Center 101 Judge Tanner Boulevard, Suite 402 Covington (985) 951-3222 Bridget A Bagert Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 7th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3980 Kevin J Callerame Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 5247 Didesse Drive Baton Rouge (225) 215-2193 Elizabeth C. Crabtree Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5561 Gerard R Dynes Jr Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7373 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 769-4044 Ramy El Khoury Lakeview Regional Medical Center 648 Crestwood Boulevard Covington (985) 205-1744 John D England 478 South Johnson Street, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 412-1517 Thomas H. Gann Jr. Ochsner Medical CenterNorth Shore 1341 Ochsner Boulevard Covington (985) 875-2828 Neda Hidarilak Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5561

Jamie B Huddleston Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital 141 Twin Oaks Drive Raceland (985) 537-2666 Vijayakumar Javalkar Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center 1541 Kings Highway Shreveport (318) 626-4300 Jessica B Kraker Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5561 Thomas Krefft 64301 Highway 434 Lacombe (985) 882-4500 Michele Theresa Longo Tulane Medical Center 101 Judge Tanner Boulevard, Suite 402 Covington (985) 951-3222 Jesus F Lovera Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport 478 South Johnson Street, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 412-1517 Demetrius M Maraganore Tulane Medical Center 101 Judge Tanner Boulevard Covington (985) 951-3222 Archibald L Melcher II East Jefferson General Hospital 3800 Houma Boulevard, Suite 325 Metairie (504) 885-7337 Uma Menon Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-3980 Piotr W Olejniczak/PhD University Medical Center New Orleans 478 South Johnson Street, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 412-1517 Morteza Shamsnia Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5561 Richard M Zweifler Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 7th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3980

OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY Gary M Agena St. Tammany Parish Hospital Suite 525 Madisonville (985) 845-7121 Rodney Allen Armand Willis-Knighton Medical Center WK Bossier Health Center 2400 Hospital Drive, Suite 240 Bossier City (318) 212-7931 James Barrow CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital 4150 Nelson Road Lake Charles (337) 656-7876 William F Beacham North Oaks Medical Center 15748 Medical Arts Plaza Hammond (985) 542-0663 Rebecca Boudreaux Woman’s Hospital 500 Rue de la Vie, Suite 100 Baton Rouge (225) 201-2000 Randall L Brown Woman’s Hospital 500 Rue de la Vie, Suite 100 Baton Rouge (225) 201-2000 Francis J Cardinale Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital 4640 Ambassador Caffery Parkway Lafayette (337) 984-1050 John Richard Carter Willis-Knighton Medical Center WK Bossier Health Center 2400 Hospital Drive, Suite 240 Bossier City (318) 212-7931 Robert V Cazayoux Terrebonne General Medical Center 852 Belanger Street Houma (985) 851-6800 Nicole Chauvin Woman’s Hospital 500 Rue de la Vie, Suite 100 Baton Rouge (225) 201-2000

Richard J Clement Terrebonne General Medical Center 852 Belanger Street Houma (985) 851-6800 Leslie Coffman Glenwood Regional Medical Center 401 McMillan Road West Monroe (318) 387-3113 David P Darbonne Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Lake Charles (337) 474-3883 K. Leslie Dean Willis-Knighton Medical Center 2600 Kings Highway, Suite 420 Shreveport (318) 212-8727 Ryan Dickerson Woman’s Hospital 500 Rue de la Vie, Suite 100 Baton Rouge (225) 201-2000 Louis P DuTriel Touro Infirmary 3434 Prytania Street Suite 130 New Orleans (504) 897-7580 Bradley K Forsyth Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology 1890 West Gauthier Road, Suite 140 Lake Charles (337) 480-5570 Jill Gibson St. Tammany Parish Hospital Covington (985) 898-5990 Veronica Gillispie Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner 200 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 501 Kenner (504) 464-8506 Gina Gomez Willis-Knighton Medical Center WK Bossier Health Center 2400 Hospital Drive, Suite 240 Bossier City (318) 212-7931 Amy N Grace Tulane Lakeside Hospital 4720 South I-10 Service Road, Suite 205 Metairie (504) 779-8282

Rachel Chua CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital Lake Charles (337) 419-0900

J. William Groves Jr Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Lake Charles (337) 480-5530

Diana L Clavin Slidell Memorial Hospital 1150 Robert Boulevard, Suite 360 Slidell (985) 781-4848

Eduardo A Herrera Tulane Lakeside Hospital 4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 302 Metairie (504) 988-8070


Ellen R Kruger Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2700 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 842-4155

Michelle R Stutes Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital Lafayette (337) 769-3489

Ann Marie Lafranca Woman’s Hospital Baton Rouge (225) 928-5951

A Collins Thibodeaux Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital 4630 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Suite 208 Lafayette (337) 981-6100

Elizabeth Lapeyre Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2700 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 842-4155 Opal LeBlanc Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital Lafayette (337) 769-3444 George B Morris IV Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2700 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 842-4155 Amber Naresh Tulane Lakeside Hospital 200 Broadway Street, Suite 230 New Orleans (504) 988-9000 Charles E Padgett Lafayette General Medical Center Lafayette (337) 233-7524 Angela M Parise Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2700 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 842-4155 Rebecca U Perret Touro Infirmary 3434 Prytania Street Suite 130 New Orleans (504) 897-7580 Benny M Popwell CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center 1455 East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 306 Shreveport (318) 798-4400 Margaret Roberie Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2700 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 842-4155 Janet Ross Touro Infirmary 3525 Prytania Street Suite 206 New Orleans (504) 897-8281 William T Sargent Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2700 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 842-4155

Nancy N. Thomas Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 71380 Highway 21 Covington (985) 875-2828 Amy Truitt Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner 200 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 501 Kenner (504) 464-8506 Kerry W Tynes CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center 1455 East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 306 Shreveport (318) 798-4400 Vu Anh Vuong Ochsner Medical Center West Bank 120 Ochsner Boulevard, Suite 360 Gretna (504) 391-8896 Donna S Waters Touro Infirmary 3434 Prytania Street Suite 320 New Orleans (504) 897-7142 Anna White Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2700 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 842-4155 Michael Wiedemann Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner 200 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 501 Kenner (504) 464-8506 Felton L Winfield Jr Touro Infirmary 3700 St. Charles Avenue, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 412-1520 OPHTHALMOLOGY Kyle V Acosta St. Tammany Parish Hospital 185 Greenbriar Boulevard Covington (985) 898-2001 Frank J Culotta Jr Lafayette General Medical Center 1101 South College Road, Suite 304 Lafayette (337) 232-2710

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George S Ellis Jr Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue Suite 3104 New Orleans (504) 896-2888 H. Sprague Eustis Jr Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 10th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3995 Donald C Falgoust CHRISTUS St Patrick Hospital 1980 Tybee Lane Lake Charles (337) 477-0963 Scott T Gauthreaux Lafayette General Medical Center 1101 South College Road, Suite 304 Lafayette (337) 232-2710 Joshua Groetsch Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 2800 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Suite 125 Metairie (504) 833-5573 Thomas J Heigle Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard, Suite 4000 Baton Rouge (225) 766-7441 David M Hinkle Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5831 John D Hinrichsen CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center 1400 East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop 1st Floor, Suite 103 Shreveport (318) 222-8402 Keith E Kellum Physicians Medical Center 446 Corporate Drive Houma (985) 872-5577 Ronald A Landry East Jefferson General Hospital 4324 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Suite 102 Metairie (504) 455-9825

Rebecca C Metzinger Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5831

Paul Celestre Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (866) 624-7637

Marilu O’Byrne 1580 West Causeway Approach, Suite 3 Mandeville (985) 624-5573

Christopher E Cenac Terrebonne General Medical Center 1001 School Street Houma (985) 868-1540

Patrick S O’Sullivan University Medical Center New Orleans 2800 Veterans Memorial Boulevard Metairie (504) 264-9428 Jane Olson Baton Rouge (225) 766-0005 Allen R Pearce Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard, Suite 4000 Baton Rouge (225) 766-7441 Robert B Wallace III CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital 4110 Parliament Drive Alexandria (318) 448-4488 Nano Karen Zeringue 900 Canal Boulevard, Suite 3 Thibodaux (985) 448-3353 ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY William K Accousti Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-9569 Rasheed I Ahmad Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 8080 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Suite 1000 Baton Rouge (225) 924-2424 Jeffrey E Balazsy Lake Charles Memorial Hospital 1717 Oak Park Boulevard, 3rd Floor Lake Charles (337) 494-4900 Robert D Bostick III AVALA Hospital 3001 Division Street, Suite 204 Metairie (504) 541-5800

Kirk S LeBlanc Lafayette General Medical Center Lafayette (337) 234-8533

Joseph E Broyles Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7301 Hennessy Boulevard, Suite 200 Baton Rouge (225) 766-0050

Charles Lyon Willis-Knighton Medical Center 836 Olive Street Shreveport (318) 222-8421

Scott A Buhler East Jefferson General Hospital 3600 Houma Boulevard Metairie (504) 233-0986

George F Chimento Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 1514 Jefferson Highway, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3970 David B Clause Opelousas General Health System-Main Campus 4015 I-49 South Service Road Opelousas (337) 942-6503 Geoffrey J Collins West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital 1625 Wolf Circle Lake Charles (337) 905-7100 Nicola S. Corbett Ochsner Medical CenterNorth Shore 1000 Ochsner Boulevard Covington (985) 898-7051 Kevin F Darr Lakeview Regional Medical Center 19343 Sunshine Avenue Covington (985) 892-5117 Vinod Dasa Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner 200 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 701 Kenner (504) 412-1705 Gabriel L Dersam Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic 4704 Ambassador Caffery Parkway Lafayette (337) 470-5920 Frank DiFazio St Bernard Parish Hospital 8050 West Judge Perez Drive, Suite 3200 Chalmette (866) 624-7637 Robert W Easton Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 8080 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Suite 1000 Baton Rouge (225) 924-2424 Henry L Eiserloh III Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 8080 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Suite 1000 Baton Rouge (225) 924-2424

Patrick R Ellender Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 726 North Acadia Road, Suite 1000 Thibodaux (985) 625-2200 Paul B Gladden Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-2177 Joseph A Gonzales Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-2888 Harold J Granger Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette 4809 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Suite 200 Lafayette (337) 988-8855 Craig C Greene Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 8080 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Suite 1000 Baton Rouge (225) 924-2424 R. Bryan Griffith Jr Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 8080 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Suite 1000 Baton Rouge (225) 924-2424 Matthew R Grimm West Jefferson Medical Center 920 Avenue B Marrero (504) 349-6804 Lawrence Lee Haber Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 1514 Jefferson Highway, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3970 Richard M Harrell Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport 950 Olive Street Shreveport (318) 813-7100 Michael W Hartman Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner 200 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 701 Kenner (504) 412-1705 Wendell M. R. Heard Tulane Lakeside Hospital 202 Janet Yulman Way New Orleans (504) 988-8476 Stephen D Heinrich Tulane Lakeside Hospital 2121 Ridgelake Drive Metairie (504) 832-4033


Michael Alan Hinton Lake Charles Memorial Hospital 230 West Sale Road Lake Charles (337) 477-5252 Gregor J Hoffman Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2731 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 897-6351 Jeremy James AVALA Hospital 76 Starbrush Circle Covington (985) 400-5778 R. William Junius III East Jefferson General Hospital 3600 Houma Boulevard Metairie (504) 233-0986 Peter C Krause Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner 2000 Canal Street New Orleans (504) 702-4400 John B Logan 29301 North Dixie Ranch Road Lacombe (985) 871-4114 Christopher Marrero University Medical Center New Orleans 2000 Canal Street New Orleans (504) 702-4400 James F Mautner Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 1514 Jefferson Highway, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3970 McCall McDaniel St. Tammany Parish Hospital 71211 Highway 21 Covington (985) 893-9922 Gleb Medvedev Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-2177 Mark S Meyer Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3970 Chad W Millet Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2731 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 897-6351 Thomas J Montgomery Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette 1301 Camellia Boulevard, Suite 102 Lafayette (337) 235-2264

Edward L Morgan Willis-Knighton Medical Center 7925 Youree Drive, Suite 200 Shreveport (318) 212-3610 Mary K Mulcahey Tulane Medical Center 202 Janet Yulman Way New Orleans (504) 988-8476 David S Muldowny Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette 1103 Kaliste Saloom Road Lafayette (337) 234-5234 John W Noble Jr CHRISTUS St Patrick Hospital 1747 Imperial Boulevard Lake Charles (337) 721-7236 Michael J O’Brien Tulane Lakeside Hospital 4720 South I-10 Service Road West Metairie (504) 988-8476 R. Field Ogden Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2731 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 897-6351 H. Reiss Plauche St. Tammany Parish Hospital 19343 Sunshine Avenue Covington (985) 892-5117 David M Pope Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7301 Hennessy Boulevard, Suite 200 Baton Rouge (225) 766-0050 Catherine J Riche Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 8080 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Suite 1000 Baton Rouge (225) 924-2424 Michael Robichaux Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 8080 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Suite 1000 Baton Rouge (225) 924-2424

Fernando L Sanchez Tulane Lakeside Hospital 4720 South I-10 Service Road West Metairie (504) 988-8476 Cambize Shahrdar Jr Willis-Knighton Medical Center 7925 Youree Drive, Suite 200 Shreveport (318) 212-3610 William F Sherman Jr Tulane Medical Center 4921 Airline Drive Metairie (504) 889-2663 Leslie Elaine Sisco Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 1514 Jefferson Highway, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3970 Craig R Springmeyer CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center 1455 East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 210 Shreveport (318) 798-4623 Malcolm J Stubbs Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette 1103 Kaliste Saloom Road Lafayette (337) 234-5234 Andrew G Todd Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2731 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 897-6351 Robert J Treuting Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3970 Scott A Tucker West Jefferson Medical Center 920 Avenue B Marrero (504) 349-6804

Robert D Zura University Medical Center New Orleans 2000 Canal Street New Orleans (504) 702-4400 OTOLARYNGOLOGY John W Alldredge Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette 225 Bendel Road Lafayette (337) 232-2330 Ronald G Amedee Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4080 Moises A Arriaga Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Hearing and Balance Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard, Suite 709 Baton Rouge (225) 765-7735 John C Beatrous St. Tammany Parish Hospital 350 Lakeview Court, Suite A Covington (985) 845-2677 James V Broussard Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 604 North Acadia Road, Suite 101 Thibodaux (985) 446-5079 Kathy L. Chauvin St. Tammany Parish Hospital 350 Lakeview Court, Suite A Covington (985) 845-2677 James L Connolly St. Tammany Parish Hospital 1420 North Causeway Boulevard Mandeville (985) 327-5905

Meredith Warner 9373 Baringer Foreman Road Baton Rouge (225) 754-8888

Lisa B David Lafayette General Medical Center 109 Rue Fontaine Lafayette (337) 266-9820

Jason L Rolling St. Tammany Parish Hospital 19343 Sunshine Avenue Covington (985) 892-5117

Matthew D Williams Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette 108 Rue Louis XIV Lafayette (337) 235-8007

Maria M Doucet 4630 Ambassador Caffery Parkway Building A, Suite 402 Lafayette (337) 989-4453

Seth D Rosenzweig Iberia Medical Center 500 North Lewis Street, Suite 280 New Iberia (337) 235-8007

Jeffrey B Witty North Oaks Medical Center 15813 Paul Vega Drive, Suite 100 Hammond (985) 230-2663

Ramon F. Rodriguez Tulane Medical Center 7030 Canal Boulevard New Orleans (504) 988-0100

Jason J Durel Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette 225 Bendel Road Lafayette (337) 232-2330

Brytton B Eldredge Lafayette General Medical Center 109 Rue Fontaine Lafayette (337) 266-9820 Paul L Friedlander Tulane Medical Center 150 South Liberty Street New Orleans (504) 988-6300 Gerard J Gianoli 1401 Ochsner Boulevard, Suite A Covington (985) 809-1111 John L Guarisco Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4080 Christian P Hasney Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4080 Jeffrey P Marino Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4080 Kevin E McLaughlin St. Tammany Parish Hospital 350 Lakeview Court, Suite A Covington (985) 845-2677 Nancy R. Mellin North Oaks Medical Center 42401 Pelican Professional Park Hammond (985) 542-9155 Timothy B Molony Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4080 Brian A Moore Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4080 Cherie-Ann O Nathan Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Department of Otolaryngology 1501 Kings Highway, Box 33932 Shreveport (318) 675-6262 Phillip E Noel Abbeville General Hospital 100 Phoenix Drive Abbeville (337) 898-3700

Daniel W Nuss Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Head & Neck Center 4950 Essen Lane, Suite 400 Baton Rouge (225) 765-1765 Jacques C Peltier North Oaks Medical Center 15813 Paul Vega, Drive, Suite 301 Hammond (985) 230-2778 Gerard F Pena Ochsner Medical CenterNorth Shore 2050 Gause Boulevard East, Suite 200 Slidell (985) 646-4400 Elisabeth H Rareshide Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2820 Napoleon Avenue Suite 820 New Orleans (504) 897-4455 Justin M Tenney Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 604 North Acadia Road, Suite 101 Thibodaux (985) 446-5079 Guy P Zeringue III Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 604 North Acadia Road, Suite 101 Thibodaux (985) 446-5079 OTOLARYNGOLOGY/FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY R. Graham Boyce Lakeview Regional Medical Center 350 Lakeview Court, Suite A Covington (985) 845-2677 J. Kevin Duplechain Lafayette General Medical Center Lafayette (337) 456-3282 H. Devon Graham III Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4080 Jason Guillot St. Tammany Parish Hospital 1420 North Causeway Boulevard Mandeville (985) 327-5905 Jeffrey J Joseph Lafayette General Medical Center 1000 West Pinhook Road, Suite 201A Lafayette (337) 237-0650 Thomas Moulthrop Tulane Medical Center 2427 Saint Charles Avenue New Orleans (504) 895-7642

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Sean R Weiss Touro Infirmary Suite 408 Metairie (504) 814-3223

Cathryn C Hassett Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-6742

Victor W Lucas Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1319 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-5200

Chantal S Lutfallah Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital 8200 Constantin Boulevard Baton Rouge (225) 765-5500

Samir S El-Dahr Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-2888

PAIN MEDICINE

Theron G McCormick Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Pediatric Specialty Clinic 8200 Constantin Boulevard, 3rd Floor Baton Rouge (225) 765-6834

Scott Macicek Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-9751

PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY

Ihor V Yosypiv Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-2888

Joseph T Crapanzano Jr East Jefferson General Hospital 6th Floor Metairie (504) 503-4109 Hazem E Eissa Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2820 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 842-5300 Mohamed Elkersh North Oaks Medical Center 42131 Veterans Avenue Hammond (985) 345-7246 Eric D Lonseth East Jefferson General Hospital 4213 Teuton Street Metairie (504) 327-5857 Kevin R Martinez Touro Infirmary 3798 Veterans Boulevard, Suite 200 Metairie (504) 454-0141 Ross B Nelson III Specialists Hospital Shreveport 1534 Elizabeth Avenue, Suite 201 Shreveport (318) 629-5505 Jimmy N Ponder Jr 123 Frontage Road-A Gray (985) 580-1200 Patrick H Waring East Jefferson General Hospital 701 Metairie Road Unit 2A310 Metairie (504) 455-2225 PATHOLOGY Shams K Halat Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue New Orleans (504) 988-5224

Lawrence Edward Montelibano Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-6742 PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY Tamara T. Bradford Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-9751 Michael R Brumund Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-9751 Michael S Crapanzano Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 8200 Constantin Road, Suite 200 Baton Rouge (225) 767-6700 Ivory Crittendon III Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1319 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-5200 Kelly Gajewski Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-9751 Rufus L Hixon III Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 8200 Constantin Road, Suite 200 Baton Rouge (225) 767-6700 Mudar M Kattash Lake Charles Memorial Hospital 2005 Southwood Drive Lake Charles (337) 562-2293

Hans Mulder Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1319 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-5200 Stefani M. Samples Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-9751 Steffan Sernich Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-2888 Patricia E Thomas Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1319 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-5200 Michael G White Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1319 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-5200 Song-Gui Yang/PhD Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-2888 Thomas W Young Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1319 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-5200 PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY Stuart Chalew Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-2888

PEDIATRIC ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY

James S Krulisky Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-2888

Janna Flint Wilson Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic 4704 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, 2nd Floor Lafayette (337) 470-5920

John C Carlson/PhD Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway Jefferson (504) 842-3000

Katherine Lindle Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics 1016 Coolidge Street Lafayette (337) 443-6100

Ricardo Gomez Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-2888

Matthew W Stark Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-9817

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Patricio A Arias Valencia Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue Suite 3030 New Orleans (504) 896-2888 Ilana Fortgang Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1315 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (866) 624-7637 Brent Keith Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-2888 Brian G Morris Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1315 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-3900 PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY-ONCOLOGY Tammuella E Chrisentery-Singleton Ochsner Medical CenterNorth Shore 2053 Gause Boulevard East, Suite 200 Slidell (985) 259-8045 Craig D Lotterman Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1315 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 703-2218 Lolie Yu Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-9740 PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE Michael T. Bolton Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 8200 Constantin Boulevard, 4th Floor Baton Rouge (225) 765-5500 Margarita Silio Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-2888 PEDIATRIC NEPHROLOGY Diego H Aviles Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-9238

PEDIATRIC OTOLARYNGOLOGY John Carter Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4080 Adele K Evans Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-9832 Belinda A Mantle Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-9832 Kimsey H Rodriguez Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4111 PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY Scott H Davis Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-2888 Adrienne P Savant Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-9436 Kristin N Van Hook Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1315 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-3900 PEDIATRIC SURGERY Vincent R Adolph Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-3907 Mary L Brandt Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue 1st Floor New Orleans (504) 896-9756 Mark F Brown Willis-Knighton South & The Center for Women’s Health 2508 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 310 Shreveport (318) 212-5880

Deiadra J Garrett/PhD Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital Pediatric General Surgery Clinic 4704 Ambassador Caffery Parkway Lafayette (337) 470-5920 Rodney B Steiner Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-3907 David C Yu Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-2888 PEDIATRIC UROLOGY Frank R Cerniglia Jr Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4083 Aaron D Martin Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue Suite 3030 New Orleans (504) 896-9233 Joseph Ortenberg Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue Suite 3020 New Orleans (504) 896-2888 Christopher C Roth Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue Suite 2309 New Orleans (504) 896-2888 PEDIATRICS Mamatha Ananth Touro Infirmary 3001 Division Street, Suite 206 Metairie (504) 267-9001 Brian D Bailey Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital 5000 Ambassador Caffery Parkway Building 12 Lafayette (337) 989-5061 John Barbara III Children’s Hospital New Orleans 2201 Veterans Memorial Boulevard Suite 300 Metairie (504) 833-7374 Anne T Boudreaux Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 142 Rue Marguerite Thibodaux (985) 449-7529


Jennifer A Boustany Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital 4630 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Suite 102 Lafayette (337) 989-2322 William Brian Britton St. Tammany Parish Hospital 7020 North Highway 190, Suite C Covington (985) 871-7337 Danielle M Calix 13100 River Road Destrehan (985) 764-6036 Terry L Cummings Tulane Medical Center 200 Broadway Street, Suite 230 New Orleans (504) 988-9000 Diane M deFrance East Jefferson General Hospital 3116 6th Street, Suite 101 Metairie (504) 837-9000 Theresa L Dise Children’s Hospital New Orleans 2633 Napoleon Avenue, Suite 707 New Orleans (504) 269-3955 Robert E Drumm Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7373 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 769-4044 Patrice Evers Tulane Medical Center 4740 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 200 Metairie (504) 988-6253

Jennifer V Hogan Ochsner Medical CenterBaton Rouge Pediatrics Department 10310 The Grove Boulevard Baton Rouge (225) 761-5200 Lynne F Holladay Willis-Knighton Medical Center 1717 East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop Shreveport (318) 212-2920 Michael K Judice Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital 4630 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Suite 102 Lafayette (337) 989-2322 Linda Keefer/PhD St. Tammany Parish Hospital 71338 Highway 21 Suite 102 Covington (985) 773-1600 Reita Lawrence Children’s Hospital New Orleans 3100 Kingman Street Metairie (504) 887-6355 Joshua B LeBlanc St. Tammany Parish Hospital 1305 West Causeway Approach Mandeville (985) 674-2227 Sharon Lilly St. Tammany Parish Hospital 7020 North Highway 190, Suite C Covington (985) 871-7337 Janine T Lissard 9605 Jefferson Highway, Suite J River Ridge (504) 703-3270

Robert Faucheux St. Tammany Parish Hospital 71338 Highway 21 Suite 102 Covington (985) 773-1600

Betty P Lo-Blais University Medical Center New Orleans 3700 St. Charles Avenue, 2nd Floor New Orleans (504) 412-1366

Bernard F Ferrer 569 Enterprise Drive Houma (985) 872-6405

Jamar A Melton Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7373 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 246-6000

Jill Fitzpatrick Ochsner Medical CenterNorth Shore 3235 East Causeway Approach Mandeville (985) 875-2828 Emily R Hobson, DO Willis-Knighton Medical Center 2225 Line Avenue Shreveport (318) 221-2225

Tara E Mitchell Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 2370 Gause Boulevard East Slidell (985) 639-3755 Nancy Mula St. Tammany Parish Hospital 7020 North Highway 190, Suite C Covington (985) 871-7337

M. Nora Oates Children’s Hospital New Orleans 3525 Prytania Street Suite 602 New Orleans (504) 897-0744 F. Douglas Patterson 169 Del Norte Avenue Denham Springs (225) 791-7337 Henry M Peltier Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 604 North Acadia Road, Suite 200 Thibodaux (985) 448-3700 Kathryn Quarls St. Tammany Parish Hospital 7020 North Highway 190, Suite C Covington (985) 871-7337 Keren E. Ray 169 Del Norte Avenue Denham Springs (225) 791-7337 Pamela E Richard Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 3235 East Causeway Approach Mandeville (985) 875-2828 Edward D Sledge Jr Ochsner Medical CenterBaton Rouge 10310 The Grove Boulevard Baton Rouge (225) 761-5200 Catherine Spiller Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 5000 O’Donovan Boulevard, Suite 404 Walker (225) 369-8100 Jenny M Thomas Lake Charles Memorial Hospital 600 Cypress Street Sulphur (337) 527-6371 Wanda Thomas Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center 1541 Kings Highway Shreveport (318) 626-0050 Quynh-Anh Tran 8250 West Judge Perez Drive Chalmette (504) 279-5547

Stephen M. Weimer Tulane Lakeside Hospital 4740 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 200 Metairie (504) 988-6253

Michael Thomas Friel Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1315 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-5338

PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION Mary Nell Anderson 18161 East Petroleum Drive Baton Rouge (225) 754-8888

John P. Guste Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 3900 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Suite 200 Metairie (504) 475-1248

D’Wan Carpenter, DO North Oaks Rehabilitation Center 2101 Robin Avenue Hammond (985) 230-1860

Michael S Hanemann Jr Baton Rouge General Medical Center 5233 Dijon Drive Baton Rouge (225) 766-2166

Jacques Courseault Tulane Medical Center 202 Janet Yulman Way New Orleans (504) 988-8476

M’liss Hogan St. Tammany Parish Hospital 4212 Bluebonnet Boulevard Suite A Baton Rouge (225) 399-0001

Jenness D Courtney III Minden Medical Center 9045 Ellerbe Road, Suite 107 Shreveport (318) 424-4224 Aaron M Karlin Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1000 Ochsner Boulevard Covington (985) 875-2828 Craig G Morton CHRISTUS St Patrick Hospital 1747 Imperial Boulevard Lake Charles (337) 721-7236 Gregory W Stewart Tulane Lakeside Hospital 202 Janet Yulman Way New Orleans (504) 988-8476 PLASTIC SURGERY Stephen Antrobus Baton Rouge (225) 763-9611 Benjamin J Boudreaux 3401 East Causeway Approach Mandeville (985) 214-2162 Abigail E Chaffin Tulane Medical Center 4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 100 Metairie (504) 988-8100 Jeffrey Claiborne 3401 East Causeway Approach Mandeville (985) 238-4241

Deepa Vasireddy Woman’s Hospital 7053 Johnston Street Lafayette (337) 210-5043

Stephen J Delatte Jr Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette 100 Drury Lane Lafayette (337) 269-4949

Mark J Waggenspack Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7373 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 769-4044

Frank DellaCroce St. Charles Surgical Hospital 1717 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans (504) 899-2800

David A Jansen Tulane Medical Center 3900 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Suite 200 Metairie (504) 455-1000 Kamran Khoobehi 3901 Veterans Boulevard Metairie (504) 779-5538 John T Lindsey East Jefferson General Hospital 4228 Houma Boulevard Suite 500 Metairie (504) 885-4508

Hugo St. Hilaire/DDS Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 3601 Houma Boulevard, Suite 300 Metairie (504) 412-1240 Scott K Sullivan Jr St. Charles Surgical Hospital 1717 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans (504) 899-2800 Ravi Tandon Tulane Medical Center 3900 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Suite 200 Metairie (504) 455-1000 Taylor B Theunissen Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 5233 Dijon Drive Baton Rouge (225) 218-6108 Christopher G Trahan St. Charles Surgical Hospital 1717 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans (504) 899-2800 Simeon Wall Jr CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center 8600 Fern Avenue Shreveport (318) 795-0801 Matthew W Wise St. Charles Surgical Hospital 1717 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans (504) 899-2800

Stephen E Metzinger East Jefferson General Hospital 3223 8th Street, Suite 200 Metairie (504) 309-7061

PSYCHIATRY

Timothy J Mickel St. Francis Medical Center 903 North 2nd Street Monroe (318) 388-2050

Degan J Dansereau New Orleans (504) 897-0201

Michael H Moses Children’s Hospital New Orleans New Orleans (504) 895-7200 Barron J O’Neal CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center 2210 Line Avenue, Suite 204 Shreveport (318) 221-9671 Kenneth L Odinet Jr Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette Lafayette (337) 234-8648 Ernest Clyde Smoot III CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital 4150 Nelson Road, Building A-2 Lake Charles (337) 478-5577

Renee M Bruno Woman’s Hospital Baton Rouge (225) 615-8102

Morgan B. Feibelman 400 Poydras Street Suite 1950 New Orleans (504) 322-3837 Jennifer Greco 400 Poydras Street Suite 1950 New Orleans (504) 322-3837 Nicholas G Pejic 1301 Antonine Street New Orleans (504) 899-1682 Larry W Warner Jr 10517 Kentshire Court Baton Rouge (225) 456-2884 PULMONARY DISEASE Ramsy A Abdelghani Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 7th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-8600


Christine Bojanowski Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 7th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-8600 Warren C Botnick Natchitoches Regional Medical Center 601 Keyser Avenue Natchitoches (318) 214-5770 Bennett deBoisblanc University Medical Center New Orleans Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic 2001 Tulane Avenue New Orleans (504) 702-5057 Glenn M Gomes Ochsner Medical CenterBaton Rouge Pulmonary Disease Department 9001 Summa Avenue Baton Rouge (225) 761-5200 G. Gary Guidry Lafayette General Medical Center 155 Hospital Drive, Suite 101 Lafayette (337) 234-3204 Ronald F Hammett Glenwood Regional Medical Center 102 Thomas Road, Suite 107 West Monroe (318) 329-8479 Mark K Hodges Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7373 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 769-4044 Stephen P Kantrow Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-4055 Ross C Klingsberg Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 7th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-8600 Gary J Kohler Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Pulmonary Associates 2770 3rd Avenue, Suite 350 Lake Charles (337) 494-2750 Joseph A Lasky Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue New Orleans (504) 988-8600 Carol Mason Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 200 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 701 Kenner (504) 412-1705

Michael P McCarthy 7373 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 246-9240 Nereida A Parada Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue New Orleans (504) 988-8600 Kevin D Reed Baton Rouge General Medical Center Baton Rouge (225) 381-2755 Shigeki Saito University Medical Center New Orleans Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic 2000 Canal Street New Orleans (504) 702-5057 Judd E Shellito Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner 200 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 701 Kenner (504) 412-1705 Robert E Walter Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport 1501 Kings Highway Shreveport (318) 212-9440 RADIATION ONCOLOGY Kendra Harris Tulane Medical Center 150 South Liberty Street New Orleans (504) 988-1070 Julian J Krawczyk Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center 4809 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Suite 100 Lafayette (337) 769-8660 Andrew D Lauve Baton Rouge General Medical Center 6180 Main Street, Suite B Zachary (225) 570-1212 James G Maze Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Radiation Oncology 1701 Oak Park Boulevard Lake Charles (337) 494-2121 Paul D Monsour East Jefferson General Hospital Department of Radiation Oncology 4204 Houma Boulevard, Suite 100 Metairie (504) 454-1727

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Perri B Prellop Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center 4809 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Suite 100 Lafayette (337) 769-8660 Stephen R Wilt/PhD Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center 4809 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Suite 100 Lafayette (337) 769-8660 Charles G Wood Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 4950 Essen Lane Baton Rouge (225) 271-5269 Ellen L Zakris Touro Infirmary Radiation Oncology 1401 Foucher Street New Orleans (504) 897-8387 REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY/ INFERTILITY P. Ronald Clisham Tulane Medical Center 4770 South I-10 Service Road West Suite 201 Metairie (504) 454-2165 Susan C Conway 206 East Farrel Road Lafayette (337) 989-8795 Peter Lu Tulane Lakeside Hospital 800 North Causeway Boulevard, Suite 2C Mandeville (985) 892-7621 Belinda M Sartor Tulane Lakeside Hospital 4770 South I-10 Service Road West Metairie (504) 454-2165 John M Storment 206 East Farrel Road Lafayette (337) 989-8795 David T Vandermolen Willis-Knighton Medical Center 2401 Greenwood Road Shreveport (318) 841-5800 Lindsay M Wells Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 4321 Magnolia Street New Orleans (504) 891-1390

Ronald P Ceruti Jr 7373 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 246-9240 William E Davis Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3920 Madelaine Feldman Touro Infirmary 2633 Napoleon Avenue, Suite 530 New Orleans (504) 899-1120 Chandana Keshavamurthy Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3920 James M Lipstate Lafayette General Medical Center 4212 West Congress Street, Suite 2300A Lafayette (337) 237-7801 Jennifer K Malin Lafayette General Medical Center 4212 West Congress Street, Suite 2300A Lafayette (337) 237-7801 Robert Quinet Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3920 Sean E Shannon Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard, Suite 501 Baton Rouge (225) 765-6505 Karen A Toribio Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3920 Tamika A Webb-Detiege Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3920 SLEEP MEDICINE

RHEUMATOLOGY

Matthew M Abraham Lake Charles Memorial Hospital 1701 Oak Park Boulevard Lake Charles (866) 337-2536

Angele D Bourg 7373 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 246-9240

Phillip S Conner 4820 Lake Street Lake Charles (337) 310-7378

Dwayne D Henry Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard, Suite 501B Baton Rouge (225) 765-3456 SPORTS MEDICINE Timothy P Finney Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2731 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 897-6351 Deryk G Jones Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner 1221 South Clearview Parkway, Building B New Orleans (504) 736-4800 Christine M Keating Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2820 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 842-2000 Michael McNulty IV Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2731 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 897-6351 Scott C Montgomery Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner 1221 South Clearview Parkway, Building B New Orleans (504) 736-4800 Felix H Savoie III Tulane Lakeside Hospital 202 Janet Yulman Way New Orleans (504) 988-8476 SURGERY Kofi Atiemo Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 6th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5344 William B. Bisland Jr. Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital 604 North Acadia Road, Suite 207 Thibodaux (985) 446-1763 John S Bolton Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 3rd Floor, Suite T-8 New Orleans (504) 842-4070

Ari J Cohen Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans Multi-Organ Transplant Institute 1514 Jefferson Highway, 1st Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3925 Jacob B Daigle St. Tammany Parish Hospital 606 West 11th Avenue Covington (985) 892-3766 Matthew S French Southern Surgical Hospital 7015 Highway 190 East Service Road, Suite 200 Covington (877) 691-3001 George M Fuhrman Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4070 Michael W Hailey Woman’s Hospital 500 Rue de la Vie, Suite 201 Baton Rouge (225) 751-2778 Mark Hausmann Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard, Suite 612 Baton Rouge (225) 769-5656 Mark F Hebert Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 604 North Acadia Road, Suite 207 Thibodaux (985) 446-1763 Hoonbae Jeon Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 6th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5344 Emad Kandil Tulane Lakeside Hospital 1415 Tulane Avenue, 6th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5110 Richard M Karlin East Jefferson General Hospital Suite 425 Metairie (504) 454-1100

Jason A Breaux Lafayette General Medical Center 1211 Coolidge Boulevard, Suite 404 Lafayette (337) 703-6390

Henry J Kaufman IV Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette 457 Heymann Boulevard Lafayette (337) 237-5774

Quyen D Chu Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport 1501 Kings Highway Shreveport (318) 626-0806

Mary Killackey Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 6th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5344


Shauna M Levy Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 6th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5110 Shawn A McKinney University Medical Center New Orleans 2000 Canal Street New Orleans (504) 702-5700 William C Moss CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital 4150 Nelson Road Building G, Suite 3 Lake Charles (337) 656-7873

THORACIC & CARDIAC SURGERY Charles J DiCorte Ochsner Medical CenterNorth Shore 1000 Ochsner Boulevard Covington (985) 875-2828 Harry Donias Glenwood Regional Medical Center West Monroe (318) 329-3475 Eugene L Kukuy Touro Infirmary 3715 Prytania Street, Suite 400 New Orleans (504) 897-8276

Anil S Paramesh Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 6th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5344

Jose Mena Ochsner Medical CenterNorth Shore 1000 Ochsner Boulevard Covington (985) 875-2828

James G Redmann Southern Surgical Hospital 7015 Highway 190 East Service Road, Suite 200 Covington (877) 691-3001

P. Eugene Parrino Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor New Orleans (504) 842-3966

William S Richardson Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4070

Amit N Patel Baton Rouge General Medical Center 8401 Picardy Avenue Baton Rouge (225) 308-0247

Philip R Schauer Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 6400 Perkins Road, Building D Baton Rouge (225) 330-0497 Richard T Shimer Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Surgical Associates 2770 3rd Avenue, Suite 120 Lake Charles (337) 494-4868 Kevin M Sittig Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport 1606 Kings Highway Shreveport (318) 212-9440 Jonathan P Taylor 7373 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 246-9240 Michael Townsend Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1516 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4070 Gazi Zibari Willis-Knighton Medical Center 2751 Albert Bicknell Drive, Suite 2B Shreveport (318) 212-8350

Benjamin B Peeler Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans Cardiology Clinic 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-5200 Timothy W Pettitt Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-3928 Frank Pigula Children’s Hospital New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Avenue New Orleans (504) 896-9868 Vyas R Rao Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport 1501 Kings Highway Shreveport (318) 626-0614 C. Swayze Rigby Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Cardiothoracic Surgery 7777 Hennessy Boulevard, Suite 8001 Baton Rouge (225) 490-7224 UROGYNECOLOGY/ FEMALE PELVIC MEDICINE & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY Phillip A Barksdale Woman’s Hospital Baton Rouge (225) 752-3000

Margie Kahn Tulane Lakeside Hospital 4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 302 Metairie (504) 988-8070 Leise R Knoepp Ochsner Baptist Medical Center 2700 Napoleon Avenue New Orleans (504) 842-4155 William S Kubricht III Baton Rouge General Medical Center 8080 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Suite 3000 Baton Rouge (225) 766-8100 Antonio R. Pizarro Willis-Knighton Pierremont Health Center 8001 Youree Drive, Suite 370 Shreveport (318) 212-3680 UROLOGY Angelo Annaloro Jr Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard, Suite 2004 Baton Rouge (225) 769-2500 Stephen F Bardot Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4083 Kenneth M Blue III Baton Rouge General Medical Center 8080 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Suite 3000 Baton Rouge (225) 766-8100 Thad A Bourque Lafayette General Medical Center 120 Rue Louis XIV Lafayette (337) 988-1803 Donald Elmajian Willis-Knighton Pierremont Health Center 8001 Youree Drive, Suite 350 Shreveport (318) 212-3369 Christopher P Fontenot Lafayette General Medical Center 120 Rue Louis XIV Lafayette (337) 233-6665 Jon Ryan Glass West Jefferson Medical Center 1111 Medical Center Boulevard, North Tower Suite 703 Marrero (504) 934-8100 Wayne J Hellstrom Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 3rd Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5271

L. Spencer Krane Tulane Medical Center New Orleans (504) 988-5271 Stephen M LaCour East Jefferson General Hospital Suite 302 Metairie (504) 412-1600 Robert D Marx Glenwood Regional Medical Center West Monroe (318) 329-8464 Melissa M Montgomery Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4083 Harold R Neitzschman III Slidell Memorial Hospital 1150 Robert Boulevard, Suite 350 Slidell (985) 641-3742 Scott M Neusetzer Lafayette General Medical Center 120 Rue Louis XIV Lafayette (337) 233-6665 Sunil Purohit St. Tammany Parish Hospital 71207 Highway 21 Covington (985) 892-6811 William B Roth Lafayette General Medical Center 120 Rue Louis XIV, Building 2 Lafayette (337) 233-6665 Ayme V Schmeeckle 7373 Perkins Road Baton Rouge (225) 246-9240 Farjaad M Siddiq Lake Charles Memorial Hospital 1715 Wolf Circle Lake Charles (337) 480-7499 Walter J Simoneaux Jr Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 504 North Acadia Road Thibodaux (985) 447-5667 Jeremy S Speeg Lafayette General Medical Center 120 Rue Louis XIV Lafayette (337) 233-6665

Howard H Woo Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 4th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4083

Andrew J Olinde Baton Rouge General Medical Center 8888 Summa Avenue, 3rd Floor Baton Rouge (225) 769-4493

VASCULAR & INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY

Steven Lee Pike Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette 129 Rue Louis XIV Lafayette (337) 289-9700

Dennis Kay Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans (504) 842-3470 Dee Malkerneker Ochsner Medical Center West Bank 2500 Belle Chasse Highway Gretna (504) 391-5177 Richard H Marshall University Medical Center New Orleans 2000 Canal Street New Orleans (504) 702-3309 VASCULAR SURGERY Hernan Bazan Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4070 Clayton J Brinster Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 5th Floor New Orleans (866) 624-7637 Michael S Conners III Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard, Suite 1008 Baton Rouge (225) 766-0416 P. Michael Davis Jr Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 7777 Hennessy Boulevard, Suite 1008 Baton Rouge (225) 766-0416 Racheed J Ghanami Lafayette General Medical Center 5000 Ambassador Caffery Parkway Building 1, Suite 100 Lafayette (337) 534-4444

Raju Thomas Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 3rd Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5271

Christopher E LaGraize Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Lafayette 129 Rue Louis XIV Lafayette (337) 289-9700

Richard Vanlangendonck Jr Touro Infirmary 3434 Prytania Street Suite 450 New Orleans (504) 897-7196

John B Luke III Lafayette General Medical Center 129 Rue Louis XIV Lafayette (337) 289-9700

Malachi Sheahan West Jefferson Medical Center 4500 10th Street Suite B Marrero (504) 412-1960 W. Charles Sternbergh III Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway, 5th Floor New Orleans (504) 842-4070 Stephen C White CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center 1455 East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 202 Shreveport (318) 798-4484 Nicolas Zea Tulane Medical Center 1415 Tulane Avenue, 6th Floor New Orleans (504) 988-5110


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(Left) Light display in Ruston/Lincoln Parish (Right) Noël Acadien Au Village in Lafayette

T Travel Louisiana for the Holidays Fall has arrived across Louisiana, and the holiday season has hitched a ride on the cool breezes blowing across the state. Louisiana parishes and cities are excited to offer residents and visitors opportunities to enjoy the festive season with events, lights, shopping, and more.

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This time of year welcomes us to reflect on our love and gratitude for one another, so it’s the perfect time to join loved ones and enjoy the gifts and bounty of what this diverse state has to offer. From the tall pines of North Louisiana down to the bayous of Cajun country, the following destinations welcome guests from near and far to relish the magic of the season and experience the different ways of celebrating that make each area unique. As the holidays near, Ruston and Lincoln Parish offers Louisiana families and visitors festive celebrations that highlight the creativity and charm of the region. From shopping opportunities to drive-through displays, November and December are full of events. The holiday shopping season kicks off November 4 with Downtown Ruston’s Holiday Open House. Following Thanksgiving, Christmas spirit goes into high gear with the Kickoff to Christmas on November 27 in Downtown Ruston’s Railroad Park—with the flip of a switch, all of downtown will be aglow for the holidays. December 2-4, Lincoln Parish Park will host Lincoln Lights Up the Pines, a drivethrough light display perfect for all ages. On December 4 you can also experience the Holiday Arts Market in downtown Ruston, featuring makers and artisans selling unique items and artwork perfect for gifting. The Ruston Christmas parade rolls through on December 11, bringing fun for the whole family. Finally, on December 18, families are invited to indulge in cookies with Santa at Esma’s Alley from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. For more information on these attractions and events, visit experienceruston.com. Fall is in the air in Avoyelles as the parish awaits Thanksgiving and the Christmas season. November brings a cornucopia of events. Avoyelles Arts Council presents Art in the Rafters 10, an annual membership drive,


on November 4 at 5 p.m. at Avoyelles Courthouse Square in Marksville. Christmas shopping opportunities abound with Christmas on the Island and the Christmas Craft Show both on November 13 and the Christmas Extravaganza on November 20. Also on November 20, Paragon’s Fall BBQ Throwdown and Southern Style Cruisers Car Show adds tasty food and thrilling sights. On December 2, Christmas on the Square takes place in downtown Marksville at the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse with a variety of activities for the young and young at Heart beginning at 5:30 p.m. Visit travelavoyelles.com for additional information or email tourism@kricket.net with your inquiries. Happy holidays to you and yours from Avoyelles Parish Tourism. Lafayette is worth a visit any time of year. Plan your stay around the holidays to see Lafayette transform into a winter

wonderland for Cajun and Creole Christmas. New this year is 12 Nights of Christmas at Moncus Park. The park will be open December 16-29 (except Christmas Eve and Day) from 5 - 10 p.m. and feature music, local food and drinks, kids’ activities, and photo opportunities with Santa. A Christmas Market featuring over 30 Acadiana vendors will also be available. What a great way to get into the holiday spirit and get a sneak peek of the park before it opens in January. Downtown Lafayette’s Merry & Bright is returning this year with even more things to do. The month-long celebration includes window displays, a Christmas tree extravaganza, holiday decorations, photo opportunities, and much more. Looking for more things to do this holiday season? Visit LafayetteTravel.com/Christmas for a complete schedule of events.

Holiday Events Ruston and Lincoln Parish NOV 4 Downtown Ruston’s Holiday Open House NOV 27 Kickoff to Christmas DEC 2-4 Lincoln Lights Up the Pines DEC 4 Holiday Arts Market DEC 11 Ruston Christmas parade DEC 18 Cookies with Santa

Avoyelles Parish NOV 4 Art in the Rafters 10 NOV 13 Christmas on the Island NOV 13 Christmas Craft Show NOV 20 Christmas Extravaganza NOV 20 Paragon’s Fall BBQ Throwdown and Southern Style Cruisers Car Show DEC 2 Christmas on the Square

Lafayette NOV 28 Breaux Bridge Christmas Parade NOV 28 Million Dollar Orchestra Christmas DEC 3- 23 Noël Acadien Au Village DEC 4 Noël à Broussard DEC 11-12 The Nutcracker. DEC 16-29 12 Nights of Christmas at Moncus Park

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Cultural Preservation Telling the complete story of the people and plantations on the Cane River National Heritage trail STORY AND PHOTOS BY KEVIN RABALAIS

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wenty miles south of Natchitoches, the future — and past — threatens to slide into the river that has sustained this region for centuries. Magnolia Plantation, southern entry to the Cane River National Heritage Trail, looms above an embankment failure 65 feet below the surface of LA Hwy 119. The National Park Service (NPS) maintains the plantation. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) manages the road. The riverside land belongs to descendants of Magnolia’s original owners. A $4.7 million estimate to fix the location has forced a standstill. The LaDOTD closed the road with temporary fencing in 2018 and, out of continuing safety concerns, erected a permanent barrier the following year. The NPS won its petition to have that barrier established

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on Magnolia’s north side, thereby allowing entry to the plantation from the south. Type in GPS coordinates for Magnolia from anywhere today, however, and you will likely receive the following message: “Directions are not available at this time because of current road conditions.” When Ron Bolton began working for the NPS in 1998, he could run a 15-foot bush hog on the bank across from Magnolia. Over the years, the land contracted. Then came the 2016 Cane River flood. Uprooted trees slid down the bank. Now, Bolton says, “There are parts that you stand on and feel like you will slide into the river.” Near the permanent closure, wearing hiking boots and his NPS uniform, Dustin Fuqua balances on a thin precipice. “You can’t get along the historic trail from here,” he says. “This is a matter of tourism and history, sure, but people live on this road.” Fuqua is chief of

(Below) Since 2018, access to the Cane River National Heritage Trail has been blocked due to an embankment failure on Hwy 119.

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resource management at the Cane River Creole National Historical Park (CRCNHP), a role in which his duties shift — hourly, it seems — from archaeologist to archivist, botanist, conservationist and historian. He speaks with the ease and authority of someone with advanced degrees in each. Growing up in Avoyelles Parish, Fuqua would ride his bicycle to explore the Marksville Prehistoric Indian Site and take his findings — arrowheads, pottery, and glass — to the museum workers to learn about what he had discovered. “That fostered all of this,” he says of his work to preserve the material culture of Magnolia and Oakland, the two plantations that comprise the CRCNHP. Fuqua now has the opportunity to see kids search for their own artifacts. “There’s a spirit,” he says. “You see their excitement.” You witness his own, too. Walking along the former fence line of the workers’ quarters at Magnolia, Fuqua

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grows animated at the sight of a lone rain lily. “Enslaved people planted these to mark the boundaries,” he says, bending for a closer inspection. “They planted it, and it’s still here. You can touch it. It gives you a frisson factor.” Elvin L. Shields knows that factor well. He spent his childhood in a sharecropper’s cabin at Oakland Plantation, 10 miles north of Magnolia. History, for Shields, throbs in the present. He embodies the memories of his immediate ancestors, all of whom were born on plantations within a 10-mile radius of Oakland. “People visit plantations, and they want to see the big house. I call that the 'Gone with the Wind' version of the South,” he says. Along with the road closure and increased storm frequency and intensity, CRCNHP Superintendent Carrie Mardorf deems this another of the park’s problems: “Making sure we are telling the complete story of all people (Left) This brick water of Cane River.” cistern, handmade at To do so, Shields and Fuqua visited antique and Magnolia Plantation, junk shops throughout the region to furnish one dates from the late 19th of Oakland’s two remaining sharecroppers’ cabins. century. (Above) Elvin “Momma had a chair just like that,” Shields would L. Shields walks near say, or, “There was a table like that in the entrance,” his alma mater, the and Fuqua loaded the item into his truck. now-abandoned Saint Shields’s mission to preserve the memory and Matthew High School, character of Oakland includes wanting to establish built in 1954 to educate a historic district with uniform Creole-style archiAfrican American and tecture to combat another of the park’s challenges: Creole students. (Right) uncontrolled urban development. Gazing at the In order to tell the full large brick houses that line Cane River where story of the plantation, workers’ cabins once stood, he says, “People can’t the CRCNHP coordinates imagine how many Black people lived on Cane River. entry near the workers’ Now there’s no evidence that we were ever here quarters rather than the because we didn’t own any land. But this place is big house. my home.” n

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Facts and Figures • Constructed in the 1830s, burned by the Union Army in 1864, and rebuilt in the 1890s, Magnolia includes the largest plantation house on the Cane River National Heritage Trail. • Oakland Plantation owner Jean Pierre Emmanuel Prud’homme (17621845) became the first person to grow cotton on a largescale west of the Mississippi River. • The Cane River National Heritage Area includes Melrose, a plantation established in 1796 by free people of color and later home to the nationally celebrated folk artist Clementine Hunter (1887-1988).

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Shopping the State Create a weekend getaway and enjoy the best holiday shopping in Louisiana for everyone on your gift list this season BY CHERÉ COEN

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hopping for the holidays in Louisiana is as unique as the state itself. Louisiana offers antique hotspots, galleries featuring local artists and artisans, and items from authentic craftspeople that range from Cajun and Creole culture to Native Americans. Take a weekend away and enjoy a shopping experience your recipients will appreciate — and so will the Louisiana residents who produced them. Numerous antique shops are centered in the heart of Denham Springs outside Baton Rouge, the quaint village of Ponchatoula northwest of New Orleans and Acadiana’s Breaux Bridge, a stone’s throw from Lafayette. Growing in the last few years in West Monroe’s Cotton Port Historic District is “Antique Alley,” numerous blocks of antique shops, boutiques, specialty shops and restaurants. There are several individual antique dealers, such as Memory Lane, which visits New England regularly for specialty items and deals in rare books, said Karen Laban, director of the West Monroe Antique Alley Merchants Association. On the other hand, Traditions on Trenton focuses on European fine antiques. “Commerce Street Antiques sells a variety, from midcentury Modern to English antiques,” she added. “But many are antique malls, such as Cotton Port Antiques witm its 40-plus vendors.” Visitors will want to make a weekend out of it, laying their heads at the Hamilton House Inn with its elegant guest rooms inside a historical building and enjoying a variety of restaurants within walking distance. In addition to antiques, the district features specialty shops, such as Laban’s The Spice & Tea Exchange of West Monroe, which sells 180 different spices and herbs, among many culinary items. “We have everything for the kitchen,” Laban said. Jennifer Casanova represents more than 300 Louisiana artists and artisans at her Louisiana Marketshops at the 115. The shop’s easy to spot off Interstate 10 at Henderson/Cecilia exit No. 115, its colorful façade and flags beckoning visitors. Inside the historic shotgun house is a lots of fun, from Louisiana culinary delights to alligator heads. Cajun and zydeco

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Louisiana is an antique shoppers wonderland, so if you are one or have one on your list, options abound in every corner of the state — and the middle, too.

music are always playing and each room features something new and distinctive. “Antiques and vintage items are used to make the displays more fun,” said Casanova, adding that visitors should carve out an hour or so to wander through the shop. Casanova ships items worldwide for those needing a dose of Louisiana, a demand which appears to be growing. “We are seeing a huge appreciation for locally made items,” she said. “People are choosing to invest in local items instead of buying art from a big box store or chain. The buyers are more aware and are making a conscious choice to shop local.” The Louisiana Crafts Guild assembles artists and artisans for workshops, communication and promotion. They also sell their members’ wares at two galleries, the Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery in Lafayette, voted one of the best places to shop in the South by Southern Living Magazine, and La Guild in New Orleans, on the second floor of Canal Place. Both feature a variety of works from the Guild’s 250 members, everything from textiles to jewelry. Another gallery that promotes and sells Louisiana artists is the Agora Borealis in Shreveport, housed in a 1927 building. In addition to the shop’s handmade items, many of which are upcycled, the Agora Borealis offers special events throughout the year. Be sure to drop by artspace while in Shreveport, one of the state’s finest contemporary art galleries (even though it doesn’t like to be called one) and an art workshop venue. There’s always something rich happening here, so plan time to explore, but don’t miss artspace’s gift shop, filled with unique art pieces from local creators. Other great spots to find authentic Louisiana items, many of which are handcrafted, plus Louisiana music and books include the gift shops of Vermilionville and Acadian Village in Lafayette. Several of the state’s world-class museums contain unique gift shops as well, such as the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Hilliard Art Museum in Lafayette and the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge. n

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hen self-taught gardener Verna Cook Garvan created a private garden on her property facing Lake Hamilton outside Hot Springs, Arkansas, she chose every plant, picked the locations and designed each pathway throughout her oasis. During her lifetime, Garvan planted thousands of flowers, rare trees and shrubs, including more than 160 different azaleas. In spring, hundreds of daffodils, tulips and azaleas cover the hills with vibrant colors and year-round the garden’s water elements provide dramatic backdrops to special events. Garvan had no heirs so she left her earthly masterpiece to the University of Arkansas’s Department of Landscape Architecture. In 2002, Garvan Woodland Gardens opened to the public. “We’re still pretty young compared to other botanical gardens but we’re considered a real gem,” said Kristin Mangham, membership and special events director at Garvan. Because Garvan Woodland Gardens contains forests as well as flowering plants and shrubs, it’s an ideal spot for fall foliage. But flowers are still in abundance, as well. Garvan’s trails beckon for those who desire fresh air, fall hues or holiday adventures.

Natural Element Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs Arkansas is magical all year, but especially during the holidays BY CHERÉ COEN PHOTOS BY SARAH GEORGE

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Drive the short distance from downtown Hot Springs to Garvan Woodland Gardens and enjoy the display of mums that begin blooming in mid- to late October, depending on when temperatures cool down, Mangham said. Summer annuals — such as hostas, begonias and coleus, to name a few — will bloom until the mums show up, so visitors can always expect constant color. By November, the Japanese maples turn vibrant oranges and deep reds.

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“It’s beautiful all year,” Mangham said of the gardens. “But it’s super beautiful in the fall because of the Japanese maples.” “Celebrate Fall” events for kids are Saturdays in October and November. For the holidays, Garvan hosts special “Winter Wonderland” events during daytime hours, to continue safety precautions by social distancing. Holiday workshops, concerts and reindeer parties with live reindeer are on the calendar, but be sure to call ahead for updates. TAKE THE WATERS

Caddo and Quapaw tribes, then European settlers, came to Hot Springs for the rich mineral waters. Those waters flow throughout the Arkansas town, which is why Hot Springs National Park and the town coexist. This year, the nation’s second smallest national park, and the country’s only federally controlled hot springs managed for public health and consumptive use, celebrates its centennial. Visitors may “take the waters” at any of the bathhouses located on Bathhouse Row, the buildings also designated a National Historic Landmark District. The bathhouses date back to the turn of the 20th century, when people flocked to Hot Springs for its allegedly healing attributes. The Quapaw Baths & Spa, for instance, offers several pools filled with the mineral waters that have taken hundreds of years to reach the surface.

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Downtown Hot Springs has several hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts to choose from, with a price point for every budget. The Arlington Hotel Resort & Spa is like a trip back in time, with a thermal bathhouse that utilizes spring water the same way they did at the turn of the 20th century. New to town is Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, which opened in May, adding its hotel, spa and event center to the thoroughbred racetrack that dates to 1904. The region surrounding the town, which includes Lake Hamilton, offers cabins, cottages, campsites and resorts. For more back-to-nature, Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa offers elegant accommodations on nearby Lake Ouachita, along with its relaxing Turtle Cove Spa. n

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