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New Orleans Magazine August 2023

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Editor’s Note

The dog days are here, and with them summer storms and summer stresses. Many of us are still reeling from Hurricane Ida and watch the weather religiously for any signs of storms reaching the Gulf. If you are a storm-watcher, like I am, you are not alone.  While I was lucky to not have been […]

Managing Hurricane Stress and Anxiety

It took Lolet Boutté four years to come home from Houston after Katrina. Like so many New Orleanians, she’d underwent serious trauma and lost her home. While the folks in Houston were kind, she wanted to make her way back. “When I did come back to visit, nobody looked right,” recalled the eldest of 10 […]

Small Steps Can Lead to Major Life Changes

We have all been told not to sweat the small stuff, but as it turns out, it is in fact the small stuff that matters. Rather than focusing on large, grand gestures and using your energy for climbing mountains, real change comes from pausing to pick up a single stone or flower with every step.  […]

The Earnest Provider

“Imagine we’re talking just like we are right now, and I have a heart attack.” Don’t worry. Dr. Denrick Kimathi Cooper, Director of International Emergency Medicine at Ochsner Health, is in no real danger. As he assures me, this is just an example—one that, if I follow along, will not just illustrate the components of […]

The Best Doctors in New Orleans

With over 30 years’ experience researching, reviewing, and selecting Top Doctors, Castle Connolly is a trusted and credible healthcare research and information company. Our mission is to help people find the best healthcare by connecting patients with best-in-class healthcare providers. Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors […]

Out of This World

From an early age, chef Trey Rintala always knew he wanted to cook. “I’d gone to Emeril’s book signings at Tower Records when I was 12 years old. Watching ‘Yan Can Cook’ and the chefs on PBS, those were my sports heroes,” said the Slidell native. But his road from wide-eyed child fascinated with the […]

Rocket City

In 2021, U.S. News & World Report named Huntsville, Alabama one of the best places to live in the country, surpassed only by Green Bay. And let’s face it, Wisconsin’s cold in the winter. In addition to the north Alabama town being the home to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Earth’s largest space flight museum, […]

Summer Menus

Through Aug. 27, Ruby Slipper is offering a special summer menu at all of its locations throughout the city. Highlights include seasonal beignets, shrimp Cortez (griddled corn cakes with poached eggs and topped with a sauce made with Gulf shrimp, artichokes, tasso, corn and peppers), “Very Berry Stuffed French Toast” and pineapple upside-down pancakes. Pair […]

Crickett Lapeyre

August is back-to-school time. In preparation for the return to school schedules and homework demands, we asked Crickett Lapeyre, co-owner (with Jennifer Atkins) of Peony, for advice on creating kid-friendly workspaces at home.  Lapeyre, who raised twins, suggests young children have access to several different zones for homework and artwork/crafts. Because adult supervision and support […]

Dolphins on the Move

If you are a dolphin and the word gets out that you are “out-of-habitat,” you might want to surrender to the authorities, or at least hope for luck. Such luck happened this past June 17 when a dolphin relocation maneuver took place in a pond system near Grand Isle, Louisiana. As boat engines whirred, the […]

Recipe: Okra with Harissa & Roasted Peanut

This unusual pairing of unexpected flavors and textures works due to the bright minerality of the okra against the heat and smoke from the harissa, overlayed by the cumin crunch and faint citrus notes from the sumac. The harissa and the crunch can, and really should, be made up to three days in advance. The […]


Lafayette Square, as seen in this circa 1905 photograph by the Detroit Publishing Company, was to the Central Business District what Jackson Square was to the French Quarter in colonial days. It was an outdoor park where local residents strolled, celebrated holidays, attended festivals, or protested government actions. By the mid 1800s, the square stood […]

News + Notes: August

Fidelity Bank White Linen Night New Orleans’ summers can be brutal. Cool off with a cocktail and admire art at some of the Warehouse District’s finest galleries on Fidelity Bank White Linen Night on Aug. 5. ArtsDistrictNewOrleans.com Satchmo Summerfest Celebrate the birthday of New Orleans’ favorite son Louis Armstrong with live music and food at […]

Safari Summer

A modern cut slide in an easy-to-pair tan is the perfect summer shoe. It works with almost any outfit and is easy to slip on and go. The Regina by Chinese Laundry has a flattering flat base and fit and will wear well with age. Available at Indigo Boutique, shopindigoboutique.com. BENE’s founder, Ellie Schwing, partners […]

The Bird is the Word

Hey J & P, Since Louisiana is the Pelican State, we should all be aware of that great poem about the bird. I would recite it, but I don’t remember it. Do you recall it? And who was the author? Drake Manuel, Westwego, LA   Even Poydras, who does not take kindly to references about […]

Ju + Chan

In 2020, TikTok took off in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic. It was an outlet for creators and for the general public to feel like they were connected to the outside world while confined to their homes. It was also a big year for New Orleans Saints player Juwan Johnson and his wife Chanen Johnson. […]

Road Tripping

Some people never learn. And by that, I mean me.   Last year me and the entire Gunch family took a trip to Tennessee and would you believe, I got caught with my pants down by a big black bear who tiptoes around in the woods just hoping to sneak up on a lady relieving […]

Sign of the Times Cocktail

When Lydia Salter creates a new drink at Gianna, it’s likely to be as Italian inspired as the rest of the menu. “I taste a lot of Italian liqueurs and aperitifs to research and see what goes well together.” She has increased her knowledge of Italian spirits considerably, amaros in particular.   “I really like amaro,” […]

Cocktail Classes

The Sazerac House has launched a new tasting schedule with three tastings per day, seven days per week. At noon, join for the tropical cocktails tasting ($30, approximately 60 minutes), which includes two luxury rums and two tropical cocktails. After the class, visitors will be familiar with the production of sugar, how rum is made, […]

Pound Foolish

Born in 1980, I never know if I’m a baby Gen Xer or a – thank you, pop culture, for coining this phrase – geriatric millennial. On the one hand, I definitely grew up under the more relaxed Gen X model of parenting – biking around the neighborhood, playing in the sprinkler, coming home when […]

Specialty Medicine

Regular visits to your primary care physician are an important part of ensuring your healthcare goals are met, immunizations are up to date, and that screenings are completed on time. But when it’s time for a more in-depth diagnosis or procedure, specialists can provide that additional expertise for your precise need. From treating your back […]


Perhaps it’s time to start looking at downsizing and bringing in additional support, or perhaps making wellness a priority has you looking for ways to improve your health. Resources across the metro area make living well possible in a variety of ways, whether you’re looking to transition into a new supportive home setting, schedule needed […]

Medical Profiles

Discover the region's most accomplished medical professionals and practices.

Tulane Dermatology

Tulane Dermatology’s outstanding group of board certified dermatologists are national leaders in dermatology and educators of the specialty’s next generation of professionals. The department is led by Erin Boh, MD, PhD, and delivers excellent patient care in areas regarding the treatment of psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, CTCL, skin cancer and cosmetic dermatology. Additionally, Tulane offers numerous […]

Lakeview Endodontics

Lakeview Endodontics is dedicated to preserving teeth and relieving pain quickly by providing the highest quality endodontics and root canal therapy. With a state-of-the-art facility, board-certified endodontist Dr. Quinton Miner and his specially trained staff combine gentleness and proven techniques to deliver treatment in a comfortable, relaxed environment. Dr. Miner, with his experience in both […]

Joshua LeBlanc, MD, FAAP

With South Louisiana roots, Dr. LeBlanc prioritizes quality outcomes for area children whether at his practice, LeBlanc Pediatrics, or through support for local schools and organizations. Awarded the Frist Humanitarian Award from Lakeview Hospital, Dr. Leblanc’s vision is to provide an environment where pediatric care is delivered by pediatricians devoted to providing the optimal patient […]

Elizabeth Blanton, MD, MHA, FACOG, FABPM-CI

At The Women’s Medical Center, located in Gretna, Dr. Elizabeth Blanton serves as Medical Director and leads a group of care providers who are experts in women’s health and who truly care about their patients’ journeys through life, whether in adolescence, motherhood, menopause or between. Enriched by diversity, this group is proud to accept new […]

Suma Maddox, MD

Dr. Suma Maddox understands the overwhelming number of options patients face when it comes to aesthetic services. She offers a nurturing and feminine approach to plastic surgery, which distinguishes her from her peers.  Following four years as a General and Breast surgeon at Ochsner, Dr. Maddox transitioned to Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in 2018. Dr. Maddox’s […]

Diagnostic Imaging Services

Dr. Bradley Shore leads the radiology team at Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS). A board-certified radiologist, Dr. Shore completed a fellowship in MRI at Tulane University School of Medicine. This specialization in advanced imaging allows Dr. Shore to assist health care providers in assessing patients’ conditions and determining the best course of action. Prior to completing […]

Tufton Family Dentistry

The family-run practice of Tufton Family Dentistry has offered a full range of dental services to patients of all ages for over 45 years. A father-and-son team, Drs. Peter Tufton and Michael Tufton are attuned to the needs of patients, equipping the practice with advanced technologies to provide outstanding care and comfort. From a Trios […]

Podesta Wellness

Arwen Podesta, MD, is a psychiatrist with sub-specialization in addiction medicine, holistic and integrative medicine, and forensic psychiatry. She is a nationally known speaker and teacher. Dr. Podesta frequently works in a Forensic Psychiatry capacity, consulting with judges and specialty courts, and also as an expert witness. She is past president of the Louisiana Chapter […]

Dara Wellness

Specializing in Integrative Medicine and Psychiatry, Dr. Holly MacKenna is a dual board-certified physician with over 20 years of traditional healthcare experience. She holds additional certifications in Helms auricular acupuncture and Reiki. She embraces a patient- and provider-centered approach at her membership-based integrative psychiatry private practice. Dr. MacKenna is a renowned speaker and is currently […]

Kyle V. Acosta, MD, FACS

Dr. Kyle V. Acosta is board certified in Ophthalmology receiving his training at Tulane University before being accepted as a fellow in Eyelid Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Miami. Dr. Acosta is specially trained in the surgical technique of the eyelids and surrounding tissue and understands both the functional and aesthetic aspects of this delicate […]

Alan Sheen, MD

Dr. Sheen received his medical degree from LSU Medical School in N.O. He completed his internship at Ochsner Foundation Hospital, residency in pediatrics at Charity Hospital of LA, Tulane Division and post doctoral Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Charity Hospital of LA, LSU Division and Children’s Hospital National Medical Center, Washington DC. Dr. Sheen […]

Dr. Mark M Allen, MD, FACOG

As Partner at The Women’s Medical Center, the Westbank’s oldest and largest OB/GYN specialty group, Dr. Mark Allen and his team provide a variety of women’s health services with an emphasis on discretion, personal care, and well-being. Beyond its traditional obstetric and gynecological services, the practice offers in-house imaging and labs, ultrasound technology, bone densitometry, […]

Gary Birdsall, MD

Despite being a small, rural clinic and operating in a temporary office following Hurricane Ida’s destruction, the Family Medicine practice of Dr. Gary Birdsall continues to make a big name for itself in Southeast Louisiana. Consistently recognized by health insurance companies, accountable care organizations, and fellow physicians, Dr. Birdsall achieves the highest quality ratings (5 […]

DiMarco Dental

Your smile is one of your most important features; it’s unique to you. Everyone’s oral health, overall health, and financial position is different, so at DiMarco Dental, Drs. Damon DiMarco and Joanne Hoppe provide individualized care and solutions that fit your specific needs. From routine cleanings and comprehensive dentistry to custom snore guards, whitening, implants […]

Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers

Relieving pain, restoring life.  Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers is leading the way in providing pain relief without pain pills. Dr. Eric Lonseth is a specialist known nationwide for excellence in interventional pain management. He helps patients overcome their low back pain, neck pain and headaches in order to regain their strength and improve their function […]

LA Healthcare Associates Urology Division

Dr. Sunil Purohit, at LHA Urology, brings together more than two decades of experience and advanced technology to offer exceptional urological care to patients in the Northshore region. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Dr. Purohit pursued his medical degree at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans before completing his urological training at Tulane School […]

Stalder Plastic Surgery

Located in a restored Uptown Victorian house on Magazine Street, the practice of Dr. Mark Stalder specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery procedures of the face, breast, and body.  “Our practice is designed to offer a warm, inviting, and personalized experience,” says Dr. Stalder. “We want patients to feel at ease and at home. We […]

Dr. Kamran Khoobehi, MD, FACS

Named to Newsweek’s Top 50 Plastic Surgeons in the United States for Breast Augmentation, Facelift, Eyelid Surgery, Liposuction & Rhinoplasty and recognized as a Castle Connolly “Top Doctor,” Dr. Kamran Khoobehi is an experienced and trusted surgeon with over 25 years in practice. Dr. Khoobehi shows immense dedication to both his patients and profession. At his plastic […]

Dr. Suneil “Neil” Jolly

At Louisiana Pain Specialists, Dr. Suneil “Neil” Jolly and his colleagues operate on the principle that all patients should be treated like family. As Louisiana’s largest interventional pain practice, the physicians believe an accurate diagnosis is crucial to optimize pain relief and truly understand the significance of how chronic pain impacts their patients’ lives.   […]

Jansen, Tandon, & Guste Plastic Surgery

Drs. David Jansen, Ravi Tandon, and John Guste are highly recognized plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast and body. Patients travel from across the country to experience not only the practice’s impeccable surgical skill, but to be cared for by a compassionate, approachable team of doctors and staff. Drs. […]

Bridget Brahney, DDS

Dr. Bridget Brahney and her team are dedicated to helping patients achieve and maintain long-term dental health and a beautiful smile. Always expanding, the practice offers a comprehensive list of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to meet the needs of the whole family, from Velscope oral cancer screening to fillings, crowns, and tooth whitening. […]

The Fertility Institute

With three convenient locations serving patients on the Southshore, Northshore, and Baton Rouge, Fertility Institute of New Orleans offers advanced fertility medicine with a compassionate, personal touch. This esteemed group of physicians value the intimate trust placed in them by couples, women, men, and the LGBTQ+ individuals who need help having children. With competitive costs […]