Pay It Forward:
So of course as counselors giving back is our nature. From professionally counseling clients in the office to smiling at strangers in the grocery store, it is woven into every part of who we are. In fact, counseling as a profession grew out of advocacy movements with altruism at its core. Not only do The Wellness Studio counselors enjoy helping people for a living, we want to give back in any way we are able. When you visit this page, we ask that you pay this spirit forward by giving back in some way, to someone or someones, no matter how big or small.
Dr. Mary Kathryn Rodrigue and Katie Fetzer consider volunteerism and giving back as being at the core of the Wellness Studio’s mission. Some of their giving back efforts include:
Volunteering for the Bella Bowman Foundation (2013 to present): TWS team members have volunteered on the pediatric oncology unit at Our Lady of the Lake children’s hospital since 2013. Their volunteer activities include visiting inpatient pediatric patients during holiday times and providing therapeutic resources and emotional support.
Local School Communities (2014 to present): Rodrigue and Fetzer provide educational workshops to local school communities such as mental health and grief educational workshops in Baton Rouge and Covington. These educational workshops have been given at the student and faculty level.
New Orleans Sports Foundation (December of 2014): Rodrigue and Fetzer organized and facilitated an empowerment workshop for youth athletes in the New Orleans Superdome in partnership with The New Orleans Sports Foundation for the purpose of mental health advocacy and education. Katie and Dr. Rodrigue assimilated a team of panelists for the workshop which included ESPN’s Avery Johnson, NFL Star Michael Lewis, and motivational speaker Eric Searcey.
The Wellness Studio Local Art Show: In December of 2013, Rodrigue and Fetzer hosted an art show showcasing local artists in order to destigmatize mental health.
In addition to these efforts, the co-owners of The Wellness Studio also often engage in independent volunteer work that align with both their core business mission to give back and help others, but also with their individual, personal passions.
Katie Fetzer’s passions include addressing issues related to inequity and social justice, and the globalization of mental health. Katie has engaged in advocacy efforts to combat issues related to inequity in our local community. Katie has guest lectured at Southern University Law School in efforts to train law school students in multiculturalism to increase multicultural competency and awareness in legal work. Katie has also co-taught internationally at the University of Malta to transcultural counseling students preparing to work with refugee populations from Africa.
Dr. Mary Kathryn Rodrigue founded two cancer-related nonprofit organizations in her husband’s memory, who passed away of lymphoma. Rodrigue is also the founder of Young Adults Taking a Stand (Y.A.T.S.) Against Cancer and the Drew Rodrigue Foundation (DRF). In addition to the joint volunteer efforts with her partner, Katie Fetzer, Mary Kathryn has volunteered with various organizations, including the ROAR Project, Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, Dr. Matthew Matherne Foundation, the Eric Searcy Foundation, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, You Nite Cancer Survivorship Program, and the LSU Pre-Dental Society.