Our Treatment Team

"Dedicated to helping overcome addiction one person at a time."

M. Ahmer Siddiqui, MD

Physician, Co-founder & Medical Director

A dedicated physician with over 15 years of healthcare experience, Dr. Siddiqui is the co-founder and Medical Director of Pathways Addiction Recovery. He completed is undergraduate studies at Rutgers University – New Jersey and received his medical degree from Baqai Medical University - Pakistan. He completed a Residency in Family Medicine at Hoboken University Medical Center and subsequently completed Rushford’s Fellowship in Addiction Medicine at Hartford Hospital. He is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.


Dr. Siddiqui’s particular areas of interest are in opioid and alcohol use disorders, taking special care and appreciation in having the opportunity to work with patients and their families part of their treatment team. Healthy and sober living is his focus when working with patients of all ages with complex medical problems in relation to their addiction.


Having traveled extensively, both nationally and internationally, has not only contributed to Dr. Siddiqui’s reputation as a world traveler, but has also enabled him to understand the psyche of people belonging to different cultures and backgrounds. This knowledge and experience have given Dr. Siddiqui the ability to facilitate multi-ethnic group of patients and their families. He believes it is imperative for an Addictionologist to not just treat patients through medication alone, but rather to include emotional and psychosocial support on the path to recovery.

Ricky Phillips, DNP, APRN, FNP, CARN-AP, FMNM,

Nurse Practitioner, Founder & Executive Director

An Air Force veteran with over 25 years of health care experience, Dr. Phillips is the founder and Executive Director of Pathways Addiction Recovery. He is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified as a Advanced Practice Addictions Registered Nurse, Certified as a Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners), a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, and is also trained as a SMART Recovery Facilitator.


Dr. Phillips received his Associate of Science in Registered Nursing from Pensacola Community College, both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing from Loyola University New Orleans, his Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chatham University Pittsburgh, and additionally completed a Fellowship in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine through the Metabolic Medical Institute. He is an active member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the International Nurses Society on Addictions, and the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.


With an interest in academics and research, Dr. Phillips has held faculty appointments in the graduate nursing programs at both Loyola University New Orleans and Vanderbilt University, and has been actively involved in clinical research as an investigator for nearly 50 clinical drug research trials.


Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Phillips was Board Certified as a Emergency Nurse and Flight Registered Nurse, with extensive experience in both areas as well as serving in the role of Clinical Manager for the Emergency Department at West Jefferson Medical Center.


Having been certified as Fitness Trainer by the International Sports Sciences Association, Dr. Phillips has written several articles for and been interviewed by local magazines as well as appeared on the local news, sharing his knowledge on wellness and nutrition.


Before entering the healthcare field, he received FAA licensure and worked as an air traffic controller (radar approach control) and subsequently as a commercial pilot & flight instructor with single/ multi-engine and instrument ratings.

Brittany Badinger, MN, APRN, FNP

Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Director

A compassionate Nurse Practitioner with 10 years of healthcare experience, Ms. Badinger is the Clinical Director of Pathways Addiction Recovery. She is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner having worked in primary care, orthopedics, alternative & holistic medicine, addiction medicine, and aesthetics.


With a passion for caring for patients individually, addressing their physical, mental and emotional healthcare needs; Ms. Badinger thrives on taking the time to get to know each patient individually while making sure that all of their  healthcare needs are addressed. She values the relationships she develops with each and every patient, understanding that providing quality healthcare entails far much more than simply providing a prescription.


Ms. Badinger completed both her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Nursing at Louisiana State University, she is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is also a SMART Recovery Facilitator.


Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a registered nurse in a variety of settings ranging from intensive care to home health, with each providing valuable experience in providing the best possible care for others.

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