Our Treatment Team

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

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

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

Founder & Executive Director

An Air Force veteran with nearly 30 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, is Board Certified as an Advanced Practice Addictions Nurse, is Certified and Licensed as a Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, is Internationally Certified as a 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 over 75 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.

Brittany Badinger, MN, APRN, FNP

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.

Our Treatment Team

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

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

Susan Julius, MD,  DABPM, FASAM, CMRO

Medical Director

Susan Julius, MD, DABPM, DABFM, FASAM, CMRO, is a clinician, speaker, and teacher. She is board certified in Addiction and Family Medicine, as well as Physical Therapy, and holds specialty training in urine drug testing analysis. Dr. Julius studied Physical Therapy at Cleveland State University and graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, in Cleveland, Ohio. She trained for two years in General Surgery, at Tulane University School of Medicine, in New Orleans, Louisiana and completed a Family Practice residency at Ochsner Foundation Hospital, in Jefferson, Louisiana.

For over ten years, Dr. Julius has incorporated her background in these areas, along with her understanding of the biology of addiction and her personal journey in recovery, to treat patients with this disease and give insight to their families. She was a staff physician at Choices of Louisiana, a Methadone clinic, in La Place, Louisiana and was Medical Director for the City of New Orleans Homeless Clinic and Townsend Clinic, in Lake Charles and Baton Rouge. Currently, she is the Regional Medical Director overseeing 92 beds at Townsend Recovery Center, in New Orleans and Avenues Recovery Center, in Metairie. She collaborates with several nurse practitioners and is Medical Director of Pathways Addiction Resources and Jackson Hands of Change, two greater New Orleans outpatient addiction treatment centers.

Dr. Julius has been an expert consultant and keynote speaker for American Addiction Centers and was featured on NBC News, Fox News, Baton Rouge Business Report, and New Orleans Happy Hour Podcast. She worked with the New Orleans Re-entry Program, is active in AA, and served on the Local Action Committee for International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous. She is a member of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American Association of Medical Review Officers. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and two dogs and loves to swim, garden and operate her vacation rental.

Visit Us:


3801 Houma Blvd. STE 100

Metairie, Louisiana 70006


Phone: (504) 309-8135

Fax: (504) 309-8156

Twitter: @RecoveryNOLA



Mon - Thurs: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Friday: 9:00am to 1:00pm

Sat - Sun: Closed