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!

Jessi Herr, BA, BSN, RN

Registered Nurse

Jessi grew up in middle Tennessee and came to North Carolina when she attended Warren Wilson College, where she studied Plant Biology and Horticulture.  After graduating, she worked in Asheville at Beanstreets, Salsa’s, and Lark Books.  In 1999, she took a road trip and landed in Seattle, where she lived for five years.  In that time, she got married, became a mom, and became certified as both a postpartum doula and a Pilates instructor.  She returned to North Carolina in 2004 and started a small Pilates studio in 2005.  In 2018, Jessi started the accelerated BSN program at Western Carolina University and graduated summa cum laude in 2019.
Jessi was drawn to the work at The Willows because of personal experiences with loved ones struggling with mental health issues and addiction.  She feels humbled and grateful to be a part of clients’ recovery and healing.
She loves gardening, hiking, dinner parties, and reading.  She lives with her husband, an acupuncturist, her son and daughter, a goofy golden retriever and a bossy cat, and they might have every yard game and board game ever created.

Hannah Lea

Medical Coordinator

Hannah Lea moved from Durham, North Carolina where she worked as an EMT for ten years with various health care agencies including Duke University Health System, UNC Health Care, and Laboratory Corporation of America. She moved to Asheville and started at The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® as a Clinical Technician in 2017. She took on the role of Shift Supervisor and gets the privilege of using her medical background to stay present on the campus with the women in her new role as Medical Coordinator.
She finds beauty in working with young adults and is grateful to be part of the women at The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® as they find their path in their recovery.

In her spare time, you will find Hannah soaking up the many activities that the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer. She takes her passion for the community and incorporates it with her love for animals by volunteering and fostering animals at the local animal shelter in Asheville.

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.

Suzanne Pazandak

Shiatsu Therapist

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.

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Jenny Paris, MS, LAC

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jenny is a licensed acupuncturist, certified by national and state agencies. She earned a BA from The Evergreen State College and a four-year Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts. She works in private practice in Asheville and enjoys collaboration with therapists and other health care professionals. Her specialties and fields of interest include sleep, anxiety and depression, digestion, and women’s health.

She was drawn to Asheville in 2011 to study traditional Appalachian herbal medicine at The Chestnut School. That experience led to a deep appreciation for holistic health care and exploration of its many forms. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in particular were instrumental in shifting her own chronic health issues, leading her to dedicate her life to sharing the benefits of this medical system with others.

Numerous controlled clinical trials have demonstrated acupuncture’s ability to assist the recovery process, specifically by reducing stress, insomnia, anxiety, and cravings. There is substantial evidence that the NADA (National Acupuncture Detox Association) protocol improves program retention, withdrawal symptoms, and the need for pharmaceuticals. These effects multiply; acupuncture helps regulate the nervous system as well as improving digestion, endocrine, and immune functions.

Jenny uses acupuncture needles and other non-invasive techniques such as acupressure, ear seeds, essential oils, stone medicine, and sound healing in her treatments. Her goal is to provide a sanctuary where clients can connect with the innate curative power of their own bodies and benefit from relaxed energy and body awareness. Her hope is that each client might carry these tools with her in her recovery to maintain mental and physical balance and wellness.

Jenny lives in Fairview with her husband, their two precious cats, and seven chickens. On a pleasant day you might find her tending to her garden, canoeing the French Broad river, enjoying a nearby mountain hike, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, listening to a podcast, or having a conversation with a friend over a cup of hot tea.

Medical and Holistic Services Monroe Spivey Primary Therapist

Monroe Spivey MA, TWG, LCMHCA

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 Willows at Red Oak Recovery®’s 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 at Red Oak Recovery®’s ecotherapy groups, Monroe guides clients in reacquainting themselves with the transformative and grounding power of the natural world.

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

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.