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!

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Carmon Donnellan, RN, BSN

A Michigan native, Carmon and her two children relocated to the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2007 to embrace the diverse cultures that Asheville has to offer. With a bachelor’s degree in business management already in hand, she enrolled in Western North Carolina University in 2014 to pursue a new career in nursing. After two years, she graduated with a B.S. in Nursing, while working multiple jobs to support her family. Some of her strongest memories were working with underprivileged and neglected adolescents at a homeless shelter in Asheville. Her time there sparked an interest in psychiatric studies, a field she then earned a certification as a QMHP (Qualified Mental Health Professional) for adults and adolescence.

In 2016, Carmon began working with ACTT (Assertive Community Treatment Team), immersing herself into the community of clients with severe and persistent mental illness, extreme trauma, and most often – substance abuse. She worked relentlessly, seeking to help anyone she could and even spent time working at a child crisis center to better her understanding of adolescent mental health.

As an avid mountain biker and outdoor adventure seeker, Carmon spends most of her free time mountain biking or trail running in the mountains. Surrounded by the oldest National Forest in the eastern United States, she has developed an intimate relationship with the outdoors and enjoys sharing her love for nature with others. Her love for cooking and healthy living has also led her into a plant-based lifestyle, one that has helped fuel her countless adventures across the country. While Asheville is home, she’s traveled to top mountain bike destinations throughout Appalachia, as well as top destinations throughout Colorado, Arizona, and her favorite – New Mexico.

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.

Carson Evans, WFR

Medical Services Coordinator

Carson joined the Red Oak Recovery team in August of 2017 as a Clinical Technician. After years of working and recreating in a wilderness setting, Carson wanted to combine her passion for the outdoors with helping others.

Carson is now supporting the program through a new role. Her work ensures the highest level of care for our community. Carson is responsible for maintaining the smooth functioning of the medical department, as well as helping with any minor physical ailments that may occur on base or while in the field. Additionally, Carson enjoys interacting with our community, and providing care for Red Oak Recovery as a whole.

When not at work, you will find Carson mountain biking, rock climbing, or hiking with her dog.

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.

Forrest Smock

Medical Coordinator

Forest grew up on a family farm in Southern Indiana before heading to college in Boston, MA. While in college he studied Environmental Science, concentrating in Biology and Chemistry, and completed the Pre-Health track. He also became a Wilderness EMT while in school and worked for the college EMS service during the year. During the summers he mentored at risk youth in his community. Forest moved to Western North Carolina in the fall of 2017 to work for the National Park Service as a conservation biologist. When his contract ended, he was feeling drawn to return to helping people and transitioned into working as direct care staff within the mental health field. Forest worked for a wilderness based program as a guide for adults with co-occurring disorders and fell in love with his work. Forest’s move to Foothills at Red Oak Recovery enables him to bring together his passion for working with people, his love of medicine and a profound understanding of the importance of patient advocacy in mental health.

Forest loves hiking and backpacking in the mountains, cooking heavenly vegetarian food, playing old time music and is beginning to dip his toes into the world mountain biking.

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 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!

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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.

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.