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.

Elizabeth Wachacha, RN

Registered Nurse

Elizabeth has been a resident of Western North Carolina since 1999.  She has spent the majority of her career working with individuals suffering from severe persistent mental illnesses and addiction. Those experiences made for a great foundation for the work Elizabeth does at Red Oak Recovery®.

Throughout her career, Elizabeth has practiced mainly psychiatric and addiction nursing. Therapeutic communication and rapport building are two of her strongest skills and as an Assertive Community Treatment Team Nurse she has learned to treat her patients with holistic care. To Elizabeth, holistic care involves all aspects of the person as well as their environment and family.

Working with persons throughout the various stages of addiction, from precontemplation to recovery and maintenance, gives Elizabeth the ability to meet people where they are at in their journey. Elizabeth shares that she feels lucky to work in a professional environment where the employees are genuinely invested in the critical roles they share with their clients. She is grateful for the incredibly supportive community that Red Oak Recovery® has to offer.

Elizabeth is the parent of a teenager and enjoys working with young adults tremendously. An avid animal lover, she raises silkie chickens and has five dogs and one cat. Her past times include anything from spa days and shopping to hiking and floating down the river.

HOLISTIC SERVICES TEAM

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.

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.