Meet Your Doctor

Dr. Landon Roussel MD, MBE

Dr. Landon Roussel is the owner and chief medical officer of Communitas Primary Care. He trained as an intern and resident in Internal Medicine specializing in Primary Care through Harvard Medical School at the Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 2013 to 2016. There, he was a Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He earned his M.D. from Cornell Medical College in New York City, a master’s degree in bioethics summa cum laude through the Erasmus Mundus program in the Universities of Leuven (Belgium), Radboud (Netherlands) and Padova (Italy) and bachelors’ degrees magna cum laude in biochemistry and Hispanic studies from Rice University in Houston.

Dr Landon Roussel is very passionate about service through excellent and ethical patient care. While an undergraduate at Rice, he spearheaded donation drives and multiple medical mission trips to Mexico and Guatemala. In 2010, he was a member of the inaugural medical cohort for Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) through the Museum of Jewish Heritage. There he studied medical ethics through the lenses of the Holocaust. At Cornell Medical College, he was the co-founder of a bioethics support group and medical humanities course. In 2013, he was awarded the international Fein fellowship at Cornell where he was a medical exchange student in London, England in a NHS clinic. From 2014 to 2016, he was a fellow of the Paul Ramsey Institute for Center for Bioethics and Culture.

During residency to present day, Dr. Roussel's mentors are the two leading national figures in the Direct Primary Care (DPC) movement - Dr Josh Umbehr of AtlasMD and Dr Garrison Bliss of Bliss MD.

Most recently, he has advocated to congressmen and senators for more transparent pricing for patients in Washington, D.C and Louisiana. In 2016 he was speaker and presenter European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics (EACME) conference in Leuven, Belgium. Additionally, he was presenter and speaker at the 2017 Direct Primary Care Summit in Washington, DC. 

With his strong ties to the Louisiana Community, Roussel returned home after completing his studies and opened his own practice. In addition to helping his patients, his professional interests include geriatric medicine, preventative cardiovascular medicine, diabetes management, sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment, and cancer screening and prevention.

Dr Roussel serves as Adjunct Professor at Franciscan University in Baton Rouge, where he teaches graduate-level bioethics. He produces and hosts The Direct Primary Care podcast, the go-to podcast for information and updates on the DPC model. He is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian and is the author of the book, On the Primitive Way, a religious travel memoir. When he is not practicing medicine, Dr. Roussel enjoys his involvement as a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus, writing and hiking. He is married to his college sweetheart Amanda and has two young children.

 

Dr. Charles Sasser MD

Dr. Charles Sasser grew up in Livingston parish and graduated from LSU in 1993. After graduation, he began a career in the military, initially serving in the United States Marine Corps and later transferring to the Air Force. He trained in multiple aircraft, primarily the AH-1W Cobra and F-15 Eagle, earning advanced designations and serving as a tactical instructor. Over his military career, he served in multiple command and staff assignments around the world. After 14 years of active duty, he decided to pursue a new career in medicine. He graduated from LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans, where he also completed his internal medicine residency.  He practiced for several years in traditional inpatient and outpatient settings, where he first met Dr. Roussel as a colleague and learned about Direct Primary Care. He was fascinated by the concept and is excited to finally have the opportunity to join this model. He is looking forward to building relationships with new patients and practicing medicine the way it should be.  

Outside of his practice, he is a parishioner at St. Aloysius Church, a member of Knights of Columbus and active in an annual Manresa group. He is married to Leigh Bonfanti Sasser and has two beautiful daughters, Charley and Cecilia. In his free time he enjoys outdoor sports, tennis and LSU football.

Nicole Chenevert, Office Manager

Nicole Chenevert is the practice manager at Communitas Primary Care. She is the go to person when it comes to scheduling, referrals, pricing, and clinic operations. She works closely with the doctor to ensure all patients get the time they need with the doctor, questions answered about bills and paperwork and appointments needed for referrals. As a certified nutrition counselor, Nicole understands the importance of healthy living and preventative care, and she works closely with the doctor to provide patients with knowledge and care they need to live a healthier and more vibrant lifestyle.

Nicole joined Communitas in November of 2017. Prior to joining Communitas Nicole worked with Dr Kathleen Freeman at an integrative medicine clinic. In Nicole's down time she enjoys cooking and creating healthy meals, watching movies ,and spending time with her husband Mark and their 4 adult children.