Jack has more than 30 years of experience in dealing with mental health, substance abuse disorders, trauma, and the array of co-occurring mental health issues that go along with it. He also has extensive training in depression, bipolar disorder, gender identity issues, family issues, grief and trauma, conduct disorder, and developmental issues pertaining to adolescents and young adults. Jack holds a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling as well as the following six clinical licenses and certifications:
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
- Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist
- Certified Clinical Supervisor
- Certified Trauma Therapist – 2 Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Jack has specialized training in the following areas:
- Substance abuse
- Addiction/recovery issues
- 12-Step facilitation
- Advanced relapse prevention therapy
- Attachment disorders including Reactive Attachment Disorder
- Sexual abuse
- Marriage and family therapy
- Adventure based counseling
- Systemic family interventions
- Clinical supervision
He has designed and helped open six other highly regarded programs in the field of adventure therapy substance abuse field focusing in the substance abuse field, mental health, and addiction treatment. He has provided care in both private-practice settings and the public sector. He presents nationally at various conferences on cutting-edge treatment for young adults and adolescents. The needs of the clients that he sees continually change, and so he believes our treatment team and program offerings must continually evolve.
Jack believes in an integrative approach that deals with the underlying emotional issues that are simultaneously present with substance use disorders. Consequently, he uses a holistic, strengths-based orientation that empowers client to develop their inherent talents, skills, and resources.
Additionally, as a Black Belt in American Kenpo, Jack instructs Red Oak Recovery® clients in self-defense, personal empowerment, character development, and the underlying principles of self-respect, respect for others, and self-discipline.
Mick Masterson, CSAC
Vice President of Operations
Mick brings over 10 years of experience in mental health and substance abuse treatment. He has served in positions as direct care, admissions, transitional living management, program development and management, and operations. Currently, in his role as Vice President of Operations, Mick works to ensure Red Oak Recovery® programs continue to offer quality and effective programming to our clients, with the highest standards of safety and accountability. Through effective recruitment, training and mentorship Mick ensures that Red Oak Recovery® employs the most qualified and compassionate staff to deliver impactful and effective clinical and holistic treatment services.
Mick draws upon his own experience in recovery to connect with our clients and share his experience strength and hope. He is a firm believer that anyone and everyone can recover and works tirelessly to ensure that our clients are given the love, support, and tools they need to achieve the changes they seek in their lives.
Mick is a dedicated and grateful father of three girls. He spends his time away from work with his partner Carrie, their daughters, dogs, cats, chickens, and bees enjoying the beauty of Western North Carolina and the gifts that his life of recovery has provided.
Meg Nygren, CAI-II, CTP-I
Vice President of Marketing
Meg Nygren rejoins the team as the Vice President of Marketing for The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® programs. Her vast experience includes working in the marketing and business development arena, strategic planning, leadership development, and working with families, clients, and referral sources during the admissions process and throughout their treatment stay. She also has experience with regards to operations, regulation, and compliance in a prior role with Red Oak Recovery®.
Meg delivers a high standard of excellence and offers a collaborative team spirit with those she works with. She enjoys working with families and professionals to help deliver solutions for customized treatment and long-lasting, sustainable recovery for those struggling with substance use, trauma, and mental health issues. Meg is a Certified ARISE Interventionist, Level II and a Certified Trauma Professional, Level I.
On her downtime, you can find Meg exploring the many things to do in beautiful Western North Carolina with her husband, Eric and miniature pinscher, Romeo.
Director of Admissions
A New England native, Torry now calls Wester North Carolina his home. He has lived in Asheville since 2001. With a degree in Adventure Education from Prescott College, he has been involved in traditional and therapeutic guiding roles. Regardless of who he works with he understands the transformative power that adventure experiences can offer to clients. As a member of the Admissions team, he offers hope and support to young adults suffering from the disease of addiction. Torry lives with his wife Hillary, and his two girls Autumn and Sophie. Yep, they’re awesome. He finds serenity through a morning coffee, a trail ride in Pisgah, an awesome meal, or chilling with his wife binging on Netflix episodes. As a diehard Pats, Sox, and Celtics fan he’ll be sure to remind you how wicked awesome his teams are, should you have forgotten.
Lynn Wadsworth, MS, LPC, LCAS, CTT-1
Lynn is a Masters level clinician who is dually licensed in the state of North Carolina as a professional counselor and an addictions specialist.
Her personal journey, combined with her therapeutic training, has contributed to her deeply held belief in the extraordinary healing possibilities within a residential setting which often lead to life-long benefits.
Lynn has held a variety of leadership roles throughout her clinical career such as Case Management Supervisor in the field of HIV/AIDS, Program Manager in an intensive outpatient program, Director of Substance Abuse in 2 different residential programs, and Director of Family Services in several programs.
Lynn brings to this work a deep understanding and empathy for individuals and families in crisis. Lynn says her primary goal as Clinical Director at The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® is “to support and guide our staff as we collectively create the best possible therapeutic relationship with all clients and families in order to create lasting healthy change in their lives.”
Becca received a Bachelor’s of Science in Recreation Management from Appalachian State University. She comes to The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® with over 10 years of experience in the wilderness and adventure therapy industry. Becca has spent most of her time serving in leadership and teaching roles and was also a field instructor for two years. She is a WFR and certified QPR instructor.
Becca is dedicated to serving others and believes in the healing power of nature and exercise. Becca enjoys working with young women and helping them find their voice and self-confidence. She was drawn to the Willows because of the holistic approach used with the clients as well as the diverse outdoor activities. Becca enjoys working with a team that is collaborative and passionate about the service they provide.
Becca grew up in Connecticut and moved to North Carolina for college. Her love of backpacking started when she went on an Outward Bound course in Montana. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her husband and three dogs, traveling, and running marathons.
Brady Schroer, DO
Dr. Brady Schroer obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology with an emphasis in Chemistry. He attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. After medical school, he completed his general psychiatry residency at an internationally known psychiatric clinic. Dr. Schroer later worked in a large hospital setting for five years as a psychiatric hospitalist taking care of geriatric patients, caring for patients with psychiatric issues on the medical floors and ICU (intensive care units), detoxifying clients from alcohol and benzodiazepines, ECT treatment for depression, and served as Medical Director and Chief of Psychiatry.
Dr. Schroer moved to Western North Carolina in 2007 to become the Medical Director of the inpatient psychiatric unit and the detoxification unit at one of the areas top hospitals and served for seven years in that capacity. Most recently, he has been seeing clients ages 15 and over in sober living environments, residential treatments, and other outpatient settings.
He has vast experience from all different perspectives of addiction treatment and knows what it is like to be a family member of someone struggling with addiction. Dr. Schroer views addiction as a poor coping mechanism for past emotional pain and believes that the emotional pain that breeds hatred, anger, and resentment is what keeps us sick and looking for substances and behaviors to “numb it.” He is extremely compassionate and prefers to educate clients about their illness. He has learned a lot from the clients he has treated and uses that knowledge to help others move into a peaceful life.
Dr. Schroer is a Christian, loves car racing, golf, photography, and being out in the great outdoors. He feels especially fortunate to call Asheville his home!