MEDICAL TEAM

Member of the willows staff and team

Brady Schroer, DO

Psychiatrist/Addictionologist

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!

Sarah Garrard, RN, BSN

Medical Services Manager

Sarah comes to us at Red Oak Recovery with a colorful past filled with exploration, self-discovery, and passion. Being raised overseas in both Europe and Asia by a British family, Sarah quickly learned the importance of cultural diversity. As an early adult, she continued her love of travel and headed up north to attend Art School in Toronto, Canada focusing on Glass Art. Once finished, she traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii to explore her career in glassblowing. Over the years she focused on her art as well as teaching adolescents and adults the craft of glass work. It was during her time in Hawaii that Sarah found a passion for hiking and nature. It was also during this transformative time that she discovered her love of helping and serving others.

With a new passion burning in her soul, she returned to academia and completed her EMS training and obtained her EMT-Intermediate. She went on to work in EMS which brought her back full circle to her hometown of Houston, Texas where she pursued her RN license and went on to complete her BSN from The University of Texas Health Science Center. Sarah continued to focus on Emergency Medicine in the hospital setting as an RN where she cultivated her craft of critical thinking for the comprehensive care of others.

In 2017 Sarah and her family relocated to Asheville to lay down some roots and raise a family. Moved by the beauty of the area and cultural diversity of Asheville, she has found her forever home. Bringing a strong clinical experience in healthcare and a passion for the outdoors she is excited to join the amazing team here at Red Oak to serve as a source of medical training, education, care and support.

Sarah is married with two young boys and their family dog Charlie. She can be found enjoying her free time cooking, practicing yoga, enjoying live music or just hanging with her tribe.

Cat Coker the willows staff and team

KAT COKER, WEMT

Logistical Support

A native originally from South Carolina, Kat was drawn to Western North Carolina by her love of the mountains. It was here in Asheville she attended Warren Wilson College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Leadership. Her focus while at Warren Wilson included valuable topics such as group dynamics and processing, experiential education for disabled populations, developmental psychology, and program planning. After graduation, Kat worked in the outdoor industry for a few years as a lead guide for a zip line company before eventually finding Red Oak and calling it her home.

In the two and a half years Kat has been with the Red Oak team, she has worked her way from a Clinical Technician to Assistant Medical Coordinator, and now proudly resides as the Medical Operations Manager for The Willows’ treatment programs. Her passion for wilderness medicine and love for organization makes her a vital teammate for this role. From medication management for clients, to organizing logistics for medical appointments, Kat is the glue that helps keep the medical and operations teams running smoothly.

Currently a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT-B), Kat enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, and exploring the mountains of WNC. If not wandering outdoors on her day off, you can find Kat anywhere from the local community yoga studio, to baking up a storm in the kitchen.

HOLISTIC SERVICES TEAM

Catherine Beck, MS, RD, LDN

Nutritionist

Catherine is a licensed and registered dietitian specializing in substance abuse nutrition and eating disorder treatment. Catherine holds a BS in food and nutrition and an MS in exercise physiology from the University of Georgia. She has completed over 1200 hours of supervised practice in various settings including outpatient eating disorder treatment, inpatient hospitals, community nutrition programs, and collegiate athletics.

Catherine works alongside clients to provide activities and skills for a sustained successful recovery. She emphasizes the importance of building a positive relationship with food and movement, and aims to balance science and education to help individuals learn to love and listen to their body. In addition to ensuring that those in treatment are receiving adequate nourishment, Catherine aims to help clients tune in to their inner wisdom and make peace with food. Catherine strongly believes in the importance of collaboration among the care team during treatment. She provides individual nutrition consults as needed as well as group nutrition education.

Catherine’s passion for rich culture and the outdoors drew her to the mountains of western North Carolina. When not working, Catherine enjoys exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains and supporting the local community. Her passions include hiking, traveling, and engaging in quality time with friends and family.

Medical and Holistic Services Monroe Spivey Primary Therapist

Monroe Spivey MA, TWG, LPCA

Ecotherapist

Guided by an embodied belief in each individual’s basic goodness and inherent wholeness, Monroe began her practice in Asheville by way of Boulder, CO, where she received a MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, as well as a nature-based coaching certification from the Earth-Based Institute. After a clinical internship at a wilderness-based rehabilitation facility, she fell in love with the beauty of the NC mountains, the rich Asheville culture, and boundless opportunities for growth WNC has to offer. Monroe’s work is strongly rooted in a client-centered approach, informed by her experience that it is in relationship in which we are wounded, and therefore within healthy relationship that we are healed.

Prior to joining the The Willows’ team, Monroe worked at Living Well Transitions, where she assisted young adults in independent living in developing the intrapersonal and life skills necessary to thrive. Previously, she also worked with at-risk adolescents within the realm of equine-assisted psychotherapy, facilitating the transformative relationship possible between human and horse.

Informed by an eclectic and intuitive approach, Monroe’s work is largely somatic, mindfulness-informed and nature-based. Within her role as facilitator of The Willows’ ecotherapy groups, Monroe guides clients in reacquainting themselves with the transformative and grounding power of the natural world.

Outside of her work at The Willows, Monroe is also an avid writer, traveler, dancer, hiker, and foodie!

Medical and Holistic Services Kathie Miller Licensed Acupuncturist

KATHIE MILLER, MS, LAC

Licensed Acupuncturist

Kathie holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and earned a Master’s of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA. She has been working, studying, and training within the holistic services field since 2001. Currently, in private practice in Asheville, Kathie is board certified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and holds licensure in North Carolina by the Acupuncture Licensing Board.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the efficacy of acupuncture in assisting the recovery process. Specifically, research shows acupuncture’s ability to decrease anxiety, stress, and insomnia. The therapeutic method is also known to reduce cravings during the withdrawal process. Kathie’s treatments focus on improving the body/mind/spirit connection within an individual, and she is passionate about assisting clients in their deepest discovery of compassion and harmony within their self, and expanding that to others. She lives with her husband and two sons, and enjoys spending lots of time with them exploring trails, sitting on mountaintops, creating music, and taking in the beauty of Asheville.

Suzanne Pazandak Shiatsu Therapist

Suzanne Pazandak

Shiatsu Therapist

Suzanne offers shiatsu therapy to the women at the Willows. Originally from Vermont, Suzanne left home to study social work in North Carolina.  After graduating, she set out to live overseas where she spent many years exploring and learning more about what she really wants in life. It wasn’t until she became very committed to her own healing journey that she found shiatsu. Very quickly she learned how much it helped her and years later went on to study over 2,000 hours at the Shiatsu School of Canada.  Suzanne is honored and passionate to offer her support and continues to be amazed every day about how healing touch can be on so many levels. 

CULINARY TEAM

Medical and Holistic Services Christy Jeter Kitchen Assistant

CHRISTY JETER

Kitchen Manager

Born in St. Louis and raised in the smokey mountains of North Carolina, Christy Jeter has grown accustomed to providing fine dinning meals to WNC locals and vacationers. Her experience includes the catering of the “Flat Rock Playhouse,” Local community Church, two of the most elite country clubs and personal caterings for private parties. Cooking just came second nature to her early in life. She was intrigued by the aromas, flavors and functions of different herbs and spices. With 25 years of fine dining experience she has developed her creativity, spirit and passion in the culinary Arts. She has been privileged to work along side of some of the top Executive Chefs in the Carolina’s. Combining classic technique with the freshest local ingredients, and constantly changing menus. Christy’s Philosophy of cooking is: “With fantastic food, wonderful people, and the demystification of cooking, it is enjoyable when you open your kitchen and your heart and allow people to come in.”

Hiking, Camping and biking in WNC’s beautiful mountains are a few things Christy enjoys doing with her family in her spare time.

Yasmin Rebecca Mansukhani

Kitchen Assistant

Cooking is in Yasmin’s blood. She grew up in the restaurant business where her dad owned Indian restaurants in Japan. She has had the privilege of eating the best food around the world when she was growing up. After a short stint as an Art Major in college, she decided to move to Germany and then to London, where she received her Grand Diploma in Cuisine and Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute. Since finishing culinary school, Yasmin has worked in some of the world’s best hotels, restaurants, bakeries, exclusive country clubs, gourmet grocery stores, and even your neighborhood Co-Op. She has tried other paths in her career, but she is always led back to her passion for cooking and food. She loves the pure joy she gets when she witnesses people’s faces when they eat something that she has made. Outside of The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®, she is a single mother to two beautiful kids where they spend their time cooking and baking together, hiking, camping, gardening, anything to keep them in the beautiful outdoors.