Meet Our Team

Avenues Recovery- Townsend programs are led by our experienced, compassionate medical team and facility staff.
To help those struggling with the brain disease of addiction, we use a personalized treatment approach in a community atmosphere.

Farrar Tingle, MBA, Facility Director
Avenues Recovery Townsend Detox Center

Farrar Tingle, MBA, is the Facility Director at Avenues Recovery Center of New Orleans – Townsend. She received her Bachelors degree from Louisiana State University in 2000 and in 2002 she completed a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of New Orleans with a 4.0 GPA. Before coming to Townsend Recovery Center, Farrar worked for Avenues at our Metairie location as a Resident Manager and then as a Patient Access Coordinator. Farrar then transferred to Townsend where she excelled in Intake, Admissions, and ultimately in Operations becoming Operations Director and then Facility Director. She also has experience in the nonprofit industry, including managing a local parish trade organization for 7 years and working for both universities which awarded her degrees – LSU and UNO. On a personal note, Farrar entered recovery in 2016 and now works with many of the staff who helped her get sober at Addiction Recovery Resources. She believes that if it were not for treatment and AA, she would not be alive today. Thus, she is highly invested in helping patients get the help they desperately need.

Dr. Susan Julius, MD, DABPM, DABFM, FASAM, CMRO, Medical Director
Avenues Recovery Townsend Detox Center

Susan Julius, MD, ABAM, ABFM, AAMRO, Medical Director, is a clinician, speaker, and teacher. She is board certified in Family and Addiction Medicine, as well as Physical Therapy, and holds a special degree in urine drug testing analysis. Dr. Julius studied Physical Therapy at Cleveland State University and attended 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.

Dr. Julius incorporated her background in these areas, along with her understanding of the biology of addiction and her personal journey in recovery, to treat patients and families with this disease for over ten years. She worked 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 Medical Director at Townsend Recovery Center, in New Orleans.

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 and is active in AA and served on the Local Action Committee for International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous. She is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, 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 three dogs, and loves to swim, garden and operate her vacation rental.

Donna Doolen, LPC, Clinical Director
Avenues Recovery Townsend Detox Center

Donna Doolen, M.Ed., LPC, has been working in the addiction field for over 10 years and with Avenues Recovery Center for over 2 years. She started as a school intern with Addiction Recovery Resources and set her career roots with the company, finding gratitude and humility every day. She entered Recovery herself in 2005 and returned to graduate school at the University of New Orleans in 2007, earning her Masters of Education Degree in Counseling. Since then, Donna has served as Primary Program Counselor, Residential Clinical Manager, Intensive Outpatient Director, RTP Lead Counselor, and, ultimately, Clinical Director of Townsend Recovery & Detox Center in New Orleans.

Donna’s previous career was in hospitality. She earned a Bachelors degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism from the University of New Orleans. Donna evolved from managing boutique hotels to planning and hosting large scale events for thousands. Her catering and design skills led her to curate junkets for Caesars Palace and to travel extensively exploring culinary trends in other cities. Her decades of organizational skills and attention-to-detail enhance her management skills.

Donna has made it her ministry to serve the population and families that battle the disease of addiction. Many have called her God’s warrior on Earth. She volunteers in the community and started a Substance Abuse Ministry (SAM) in her church parish.

Steve Kessler, LPC, LAC, Addictions Counselor
Avenues Recovery Townsend Detox Center

Stephen Kessler, MHS, LPC, LAC, has been working in the addiction field since 2003. He began his career with Dr. Alphonse Kenison Roy at Addiction Recovery Resources where he worked in a variety of settings including as Primary Counselor in the programs of Intensive Outpatient, Residential Treatment, Continuing Care, and Intake and Assessments. After Hurricane Katrina, Stephen was promoted to the position of Residential Program Coordinator, a position he held for 12 years before being promoted to Clinical Director. In 2018, Stephen continued his work as Clinical Director with Avenues Recovery Center by overseeing both the Residential and IOP programs and supervising a staff of dedicated counselors. In 2019, Stephen began working in direct client care again due to missing direct interactions with patients. Stephen freely shares his experience and expertise by mentoring new counselors in the addiction field. Stephen uses a Cognitive Behavioral / REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy) counseling approach to help patients to become aware of their distorted thinking and how it plays into their addictive mind. Stephen received his master’s degree is 2003 from LSU Health Science Center. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addiction Counselor. Stephen lives in Metairie with his wife, Melissa, and their two young daughters, Lucy and Reagan.

George Molaison, MA, LPC, Addictions Counselor
Avenues Recovery Townsend Detox Center

George Molaison, MA, LPC, joined Avenues Recovery Center’s team in 2018. George has worked in a number of positions at Avenues including Intake Coordinator, Intensive Outpatient Therapist, and now as a Residential Treatment Program Counselor at Townsend Recovery Center. George has extensive experience in addiction counseling and has worked in the field since 2016. George utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as his primary approach in addiction therapy. ACT is an evidenced based model that teaches addicts to stop avoiding or denying emotions, and instead empowers them to move forward in a valued based direction. George developed his counseling skills and techniques while a student at the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans. He graduated from Holy Cross with his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016. In his free time, George can be found enjoying Louisiana’s “Sportsman’s Paradise” with his Border Collie, Dixie.