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Meet The Maples Administrative Team

At The Maples, we have a team of licensed clinical social workers, professional counselors, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners who will support teenage girls and their families during the healing process. 

Tanya Stuart, LCSW-BACS, LAC Co-Owner

With more than two decades of counseling experience, Tanya Stuart is a highly effective and respected leader in the fields of mental health and substance abuse treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. Her proven holistic approach incorporates the mind, body, and spirit to establish a balanced life for those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues.

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

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

Career Highlights:

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

Academic Achievements:
Bachelor’s in Business Administration from University of New Orleans in 1997
Master of Social Work from Southern University at New Orleans in 2002
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC)
Board Approved Clinical Supervisor (BACS)
SMART Recovery Trained

Joshua Bourgeois, M.Ed., LPC-S Clinical Director

Joshua Bourgeois is the Clinical Director of The Maples. Before becoming a member of The Maples team, Joshua worked at the Plaquemines Community C.A.R.E. Centers Foundation, Inc., located in Plaquemines Parish, LA, serving various clients within that parish. Having started at the C.A.R.E. Centers in 2015, he filled several roles over the intervening years, with his final role serving as Clinical Supervisor from 2018-2023. Prior to C.A.R.E., he worked in the community, school, and home settings with children and families across the greater New Orleans area.

Joshua holds the Licensed Professional Counsel Supervisor (LPC-S) credential from the Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2010) and Master of Education in Counselor Education (2013) from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA.

  • Southeastern Louisiana University, B.A. in Psychology
  • Southeastern Louisiana University, M.Ed. in Counselor Education

Dr. Megan Thompson D.O., Medical Director

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

Dr. Megan Thompson is trained in the evaluation and management of all disorders within the DSM. She is particularly interested the following:

  • Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Life Transitions
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Early Childhood Mental Health
  • Autism

Midwestern University (2005 – 2009)
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Tulane University School of Medicine (2009 – 2012)
Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
General Psychiatry Residency
Tulane University School of Medicine (2012 – 2014)
Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Tessa Bankston, LPN
Assistant Director of Nursing/ Operations

Tessa is a Licensed Practical Nurse with over 25 years of nursing experience in the medical field, with the last 9 years in mental health and addiction.

She has been with The Maples in Baton Rouge since the beginning stages and was very instrumental in helping launch our Hammond location. Tessa believes we write our own story, the past doesn’t define who we are, and nobody is too broken. Her purpose is to help them be a better version of themselves through encouragement, self love, and confidence.

  • CPR Instructor
  • CPI Instructor
  • EMR Certified

Dr. Melissa Roy, M.D.
Primary Care Provider

Melissa Roy, M.D. is a native of Metairie, Louisiana. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Dr. Roy completed her pediatric residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans where she also served as Chief Resident. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Hospital Medicine. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Roy serves as the Program Director of the Our Lady of the Lake Pediatric Residency Program.

  • Louisiana State University, B.S. in Biological Sciences
  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, M.D.
  • American Board of Pediatrics, certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hospital Medicine
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow
  • Our Lady of the Lake Pediatric Residency Program Director

Jana Hamilton
National Marketing Liaison

Jana is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in Education.  Her background has always been in teaching.  She was an instructor, an administrator, a teacher trainer, and a marketing representative for over 30 years all the while being a wife and a mother.

Jana started a charter school in Colorado and lead its staff and families into exemplary status within 3 years of opening.  Because of her passion for educating children and their families, she made a shift into mental health and substance abuse marketing three years ago.  Mental, physical, and spiritual well-being is her focus when talking about The Maples. These pillars of strength lead her in all her efforts to help families find the best care for their child needing support.

  • Texas Tech University, Degree in Education

Lori Harper, B.S. Education Director of Education

Lori Harper is the Director of Education for The Maples. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education. Before coming to The Maples, Lori was a classroom teacher for 37 years. She started tutoring at the Baton Rouge facility and realized how important it is for adolescents to have an advocate to help them navigate school while in treatment. Lori gradually developed a process for monitoring and encouraging residents while continuing their schoolwork. 

Lori works with each resident’s school or district to establish the best plan of action for academic success and a smooth transition after discharge.

  • Louisiana State University, B.S. in Secondary Education

Allowing individuals and families to address their needs in a safe, nurturing environment, providing an increased level of self-esteem, self-worth and emotional regulation.

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