MEDICAL 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!

Rose Cowles, LPN, WFR

Medical Operations Manager

Rose has lived in the Asheville area for 22 years. Born in Jackson, WY and lived in boulder CO as a child, her love of mountains are deep. She raised her two children here and Southern Appalachia feels like home.

Recovery work has been a passion for some time. Rose was the medical coordinator at a wilderness therapy program working with adolescents. Most recently she has been working with her husband in their family business. They own two rock climbing facilities and a climbing guide service. Working in the healing environment of nature is important to Rose.

Her passions include rock climbing, biking, and spending time in water whether it be kayaking, SUP or snorkeling in turquoise water – this is her happy place.

She is very excited to be working with young adult women in recovery and to be part of The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® 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

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: Aoife Clancy, Cook

AOIFE CLANCY

Cook

Aoife Clancy (pronounced Efa!) comes from Co Tipperary, Ireland originally and has been living in the States for over 25 years. She moved from Massachusetts to the Asheville area in January of 2016.

Aoife grew up in a household that loved to entertain so there was always something cooking on the stove! When she was a teenager Aoife’s parents purchased a guest house along with a restaurant which was run by her mother. She loved the kitchen environment and observed her mother cooking and enjoyed the creative aspect of cooking, from the preparation to presentation. It didn’t take long for cooking to become one of Aoife’s passions. She enjoyed the process of planning a meal, and learning more about the nutritional value of food and how to prepare healthy dishes that are not only good for you but taste great.

In 1996, Aoife moved to Massachusetts where she eventually ran events out of her home, serving up delicious meals as well as hosting workshops on the benefits of healthy eating. She soon got requests from friends and acquaintances to cater events and eventually started working with a friend who ran a catering company that organized music events, private parties, and receptions for local businesses.

Music & Cooking are Aoife’s passions and there is nothing she enjoys more than sharing her love of cooking and music with friends and family.

Aoife is also a Certified Reflexologist & Yoga Instructor.

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.