“I hope my patients leave with a better understanding of their problem, how to feel better and maintain better mental and physical health.”
An integrated behaviorist, Dr. Fontenot collaborates with our obstetrician-gynecologists to treat patients who have behavioral health issues that are affecting their overall health.
Language(s) - English
After teaching for ten years, Dr. Fontenot realized she was ready for a change in her career. She went back to school, hungry to learn more. The more she learned about psychology and communication, the more she wanted to learn. She knew that psychology was the field for her.
As a psychologist, Dr. Fontenot enjoys being an integrated member of a patient’s healthcare team. She thrives on collaboration and appreciates communicating with a patient and their doctor to provide expanded care. She sees this as “being able to provide a wrap-around care experience for a patient.”
Dr. Fontenot appreciates meeting people who may not seek out therapy but could use short-term support for chronic pain, emotional eating, diabetes management, parenting concerns, marital challenges, life transitions, and more. Other concerns may include treatment of feelings of prolonged sadness or anxiety, obsessive thinking, or compulsive actions. She has a wide range of skills and diverse training, including trauma-informed treatment, diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders, and addiction recovery. Dr. Fontenot enjoys working with patients from all cultural backgrounds. Her work experience has been with all ages, from childhood to post-retirement age. Her experience includes working with veterans at a VA hospital. She supports the LGBTQIA+ community and the transition process. Working with patients transitioning from male to female or female to male has been a heart-warming experience and has been an honor for Dr. Fontenot.
Her approach to patient care is collaborative, working through the patient’s concerns together. She focuses on shorter-term therapy, addressing patient concerns and primary problems with strategies to feel better. At every appointment, she works with patients to develop a goal together that can be worked on between appointments. She incorporates education regarding how mental and physical health affect one another and how adjusting one’s behaviors or thinking can positively impact one’s health.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Dr. Fontenot stays true to her roots and loves to cook up a good Cajun meal for her family and friends. She enjoys doing activities with her family, such as going to the coast or watching a good detective show together. She also enjoys walking, swimming, and rollerblading.
Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, George Fox University, OR, 2019; Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Louisiana State University, LA, 1996