Chief Medical Officer 

Dr. Jennifer Velander became OHL’s CMO in August 2019. Dr. Velander received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 2007. She completed a psychiatry residency at New YorkPresbyterian Hospital Cornell (2007-2011) and an addiction psychiatry fellowship at Beth Israel MedicalCenter (2011-2012). She is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at LSU. She is board certified in general and addiction psychiatry. Dr Velander has particular expertise in treating opioid use disorder and has lectured widely and published on Medication Assisted Treatment. Prior to joining OHCHC, she served as the Director of Addiction Services for the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. 


Family Nurse Practitioner 

Johnathan Smith graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University School of Nursing, in Hammond, LA. He is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner offering 7+ years of successful nursing experience providing the highest quality of patient care within dynamic health care settings. He possesses extensive experience providing care for patients with a broad range of acute and chronic medical conditions. He is skilled in managing addiction treatment services including MAT using Vivitrol, Suboxone, and Sublocade. Adept at counseling and educating clients and their family in the areas of health promotion, maintenance, and disease prevention. Currently a Member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners. Honored to receive the DAISY Award and Master of Science in Nursing Distinguished Scholar award. 

Family Nurse Practitioner 

Alice Roque graduated from Loyola University New Orleans’ School of Nursing. She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is proud to serve the communities of New Orleans and surrounding areas. She has 8+ years of nursing experience and is passionate about providing patient-centered care in a manner that leads to individuals and families feeling empowered to achieve and maintain health goals.   


Family Nurse Practitioner 

Tamira has been in the healthcare industry for over 20 years and a Family Nurse Practitioner for approximately 2 years. She studied nursing in New Orleans at Dillard University for undergraduate studies; Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge for her graduate degree. She has enjoyed working in various facets, specialities of Nursing from Family Practice to Infectious Disease, Endocrinology, Podiatry and now Addiction Medicine. She enjoys working with all patient populations and educating them as well. She finds working in healthcare to be extremely rewarding and enlightening.  

...and many more staff members are ready to serve you, including MAs, PCC, NPs, MDs, Psych, and administrative!

Clinic Practice Manager
Helena leads various initatives centered on addressing and alleviating health issues impacting our most marginalized communities. She had led the expansion of OHL's HIV and Hep C Testing and Treatment efforts, Syringe Acces Program, Naloxone Access Program, developed a robust outreach department, and ensure our departments are providing quality nonjudemental care to our communities.  Helena is an Albanian refugee dedicated to empowering, equipping, and educating communities when it comes to healthcare. Ms. Likaj received her Masters in Public Health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and has years of experience developing unique programs designed to increase access to quality health care and prevention of illnesses. Helena’s experience includes working with Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Tulane University, and APEX Youth Center.


Email us or call us at (504) 383-8559

It is the mission of the Odyssey House Community Clinic to provide comprehensive primary care services to low-income, high-risk, and underserved individuals regardless of ability to pay. With a focus on integrated physical, behavioral, and dietary healthcare, including wraparound substance use treatment and STI prevention and treatment including PrEP, HIV, and Hep C services, the Odyssey House Community Clinic offers compassionate care in efforts to improve quality healthcare within the communities we serve.


The Odyssey House Community Health Center is just one of many programs operated by Odyssey House Louisiana, Inc. For more information about other Odyssey House Louisiana services, visit us at www.ohlinc.org

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