Lynn is a Master’s level clinician who is dually licensed in the state of North Carolina as a professional counselor and an addictions specialist.
Her personal journey, combined with her therapeutic training, has contributed to her deeply held belief in the extraordinary healing possibilities within a residential setting which often lead to life-long benefits.
Lynn has held a variety of leadership roles throughout her clinical career such as Case Management Supervisor in the field of HIV/AIDS, Program Manager in an intensive outpatient program, Director of Substance Abuse in 2 different residential programs, and Director of Family Services in several programs.
Lynn brings to this work a deep understanding and empathy for individuals and families in crisis. Lynn says her primary goal as Director of Clinical Services at Red Oak Recovery® Programs is “to support and guide our staff as we collectively create the best possible therapeutic relationship with all clients and families in order to create lasting healthy change in their lives.”
Corinne Brown, MMHC, LMHC, LCMHC, LCAS-A, NCC
Corinne was one of the developers of the women’s program at Red Oak Recovery® from its inception in August 2014 and has worked as a therapist for the past fourteen years and as an educator for 17 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (NY), Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist – Associate, Certified Trauma Therapist, and National Certified Counselor, with master’s degrees in mental health counseling and instructional technology and a bachelor’s degree in family studies. Originally from New York, Corinne’s passion for, and research of wilderness therapy brought her to Asheville in 2006 to work as a therapist in a young adult wilderness recovery treatment program. Corinne returned to New York briefly where she taught humanities and life skills classes and served as the Health and Wellness Coordinator at a private school while maintaining a private practice with young adults and adolescents. Corinne returned to the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2014 to continue her therapeutic work for Red Oak Recovery’s women’s program and then as The Willows’ Family Support Specialist, where she provided education and support for the families of our clients, including weekly family phone sessions, webinars, and co-facilitating monthly 3-day family workshops. As Red Oak began expanded its programming, Corinne accepted an instrumental role in assisting in the development of the clinical programming and operation of Foothills, our adolescent program for boys, as the Clinical Director. Corinne feels grateful to have another exciting opportunity to provide clinical leadership and assistance in the growth of the Red Oak Programs, as The Willows expands their young adult women’s program, a program where her heart truly lives and her journey with the Red Oak family began.
Corinne is grateful to be working with an impassioned team dedicated to supporting the lives of young people in their healing process and feels honored to bear witness to the stories of families in recovery.
JULIE SCROGGS, MA, LCMHC, LCAS, CTT-II
Julie comes to The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville, North Carolina. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist with North Carolina. Julie is working as a Primary Therapist providing trauma-informed therapy, support, and education to the clients and their families. She is also trained in EMDR. Julie believes that a strong collaboration of a person’s support system is key to an individual’s healing journey. She also facilitates therapeutic groups with the community at The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®. Before obtaining her Master’s degree, Julie holds over a decade of experience in community mental health while working with individuals with mental health concerns and those working through recovery from multiple types of addictions. Julie has lived in Western North Carolina since 2004 after moving from her home of Upstate New York.
She is married and has two young-adult daughters. In her free time, Julie loves to hike with her Golden Retrievers and spend time on the ocean.
Linda Sapp, LCMHC, LCAS-A
Primary Therapist and Eating Disorder Specialist
Linda is a native of northwest Indiana and is pleased to be a part of The Willows at Red Oak Recovery’s treatment team. She is a fully licensed clinician and holds a master’s degree from Adler University in Counseling with a specialization in Sports and Health Psychology. Most recently, Linda worked in Chicago in public schools, private practice, inpatient behavioral hospitals, and partial hospitalization programs with a multicultural population focusing on mood disorders, trauma, and disordered eating. She understands that struggling with constant thoughts about food and your body can be exhausting, and believes in creating alternative narratives in order to honor and respect our feelings related to food and body image.
She utilizes a strengths-based approach and values transparency, authenticity, compassion – and most importantly, resiliency. Linda believes in the power of reconnecting with ourselves and that recovery is possible. She feels that it is important to meet clients where they are at in their journey in order for them to develop self-awareness, so that our relationship with ourselves and others can flourish.
When not working, Linda loves camping, dancing, live music, acroyoga, taking care of her house plants, and exploring all the beauty that Western North Carolina has to offer.
Kallie Brown, MA, LCMHC-A, LCAS-A, NCC
Kallie has been a part of Red Oak Team in various capacities for over five years. Kallie began her work with The Willows in 2016 and has served as a Clinical Technician, Shift Supervisor, Senior Field Guide, Clinical Intern, and now, as a Primary Therapist. Before returning to graduate school, Kallie created and led The Willow’s Solo Rites of Passage ceremony for clients moving towards their graduation.
Kallie completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Appalachian State University with a certificate in Expressive Arts therapy. Kallie is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHC-A), a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate (LCAS-A). Prior to completing her Master’s work, Kallie worked in a wilderness therapy setting with adolescents from 2011- 2015. During her Master’s work, Kallie worked with underserved populations in rural Appalachia at a community mental health center.
Kallie is passionate about her work with women, guiding and supporting them as they move from a place of wounding and pain, to healing and recovery. Kallie works with clients and their families offering a trauma-informed approach and individualized treatment for each client she sees. Kallie believes that the choice to come to treatment is one that takes tremendous courage, and she is grateful to be a part of a dedicated team. Kallie facilitates both individual sessions and therapeutic groups, blending both expressive arts therapy and ecotherapy into her work.
Kallie is a native to Asheville, NC and in her free time enjoys hiking, camping, yoga, gardening, and connecting with friends and family.
Wendy West, MS, LCMHC-A, LCAS-A
Primary Therapist and Family Therapist
Wendy first became inspired to obtain her counseling degree while working at an orphanage for abused and neglected girls in Taulabe, Honduras. She completed her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University and has been working with men and women in addiction recovery at United Ministries in Greenville, S.C.
While completing her masters degree Wendy worked as a mental health therapist at Brevard College’s Stamey Wellness Center and at WCU’s Center for Career and Professional Development as a Career Counselor. She co-created a curriculum for and has facilitated multiple Women’s Resilience Groups, spoken about leadership and mentoring at several university conferences, and published research in academic journals. Wendy is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHC-A) with advanced training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. She is currently pursuing her Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate (LCAS-A) certification.
As an educator, counselor and mother of five, Wendy is passionate about working with young women who are trying to make healthy, powerful, and enduring changes in their lives. She understands the transformational value of supportive family and community in the development of emerging adults. In her free time Wendy loves hiking, hygge, and exploring unusual and interesting places.
Katherine Mierek, LCMHC-A, LCAS
Katherine is originally from upstate South Carolina and moved to North Carolina to pursue a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Addictions Counseling. Prior to completing her Master’s degree, Katherine completed a 200-hour intensive yoga instructor training program which deepened her interest in the mind-body connection. Since completing her degree and becoming a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate, Katherine has been serving people on their path to recovery from trauma, substance use and mental health disorders through her experience in residential and intensive outpatient treatment programs, including in women’s specific dual-diagnosis treatment.
Katherine believes that compassion and empowerment are key to healing. She supports people in their recovery process through an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach, which includes assisting clients in building resilience and empowering them to take actions that move them in the direction of their values. Katherine sees present-moment, nonjudgmental awareness as a powerful tool for cultivating the mind-body relationship, cultivating healing and creating long-term change. Katherine is also a trained Brainspotting practitioner and assists clients in processing and healing from trauma with this technique.
Katherine is an avid rock climber and hiker, and an occasional cyclist and trail runner. She enjoys sharing meals with friends and spending time with her cats and a good book.
Jennifer Brady, LCMHC, LCAS, CCS
Jennifer started her career as a high school math teacher, but later returned to school to pursue her passion for serving individuals and families by earning her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University in 2011. She has worked as a therapist and supervisor within community mental health and substance use services in Western North Carolina. She is fully licensed as a Professional Counselor, Clinical Addictions Specialist, and Certified Clinical Addictions Supervisor.
Jennifer is passionate about her role on The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® team as a Family Therapist because she can aid in the healing journey of individuals and families. With specialty training in working with people recovering from trauma and addiction, she brings a perspective of hope that recovery is possible for all. She enjoys walking side by side with folks taking courageous steps toward whole health and wellness. Coming from a family of six, she also understands the tremendous value of family to aid in this journey.
Jennifer was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, but moved to Wilmington, North Carolina just before high school and considers North Carolina her home. She presently resides in Asheville with her husband, Patrick. She loves to be outdoors, going hiking with friends, practicing her novice fly fishing skills, or spending time with her dog, Petey. She also is a geeky fan of HGTV and enjoys home improvement projects.
Denise Marsters, CADAC, CSAT
Certified Sex, Love, and Relationship Addiction Therapist
Denise is a native of Ireland and moved to the United States in 1984. She has worked in the addiction recovery field for over 25 years. Denise is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Consultant for Sex Addiction Treatment. She is also trained in Equine Therapy (EAGALA), Relapse Prevention Therapy (Gorski), certified in Adventure Therapy (ROPES), and has training in Psychodrama
Denise has worked with different populations and treatment settings at both inpatient and outpatient programs Denise has a private practice and facilitates intensive workshops, offers retreats and presents at conferences and symposiums throughout the country.
In 2008, she founded a non-profit (501c3) organization for sober living, which is a transitional living facility for women who have successfully completed inpatient treatment for addiction, trauma and substance use.
Denise is a member of MAAP (Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals), NCASPPB (North Carolina Addictions Specialists Professional Practice Board), SASH (Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health), EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) and IITAP (International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals).
SHEA MCGINNIS, MSW, LCSWA, LCAS
NATALIE ASTORNIO, CADC-I
Clinical Case Manager
Natalie grew up in Connecticut and moved to North Carolina in February of 2017 to pursue her own treatment for substance abuse. She was a former client at The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® and is excited to have been able to return as a Clinical Technician. She is delighted to apply her experience in the role of Clinical Case Manager.
Natalie is able to use her experience as a former client as well as her own struggles with addiction to support women who want to better their lives. She strongly values family connection and consistently tends to her flourishing relationships with her two sisters and parents. She takes advantage of the mountains she now calls home by going on hikes and exploring all that Asheville has to offer. Natalie models what a fulfilling life of recovery can look like and has a passion for helping others achieve the same.
Maggie Head, CADC-I
Clinical Case Manager
Maggie received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from DePauw University in 2016. She focused her studies on Marketing and Consumer Psychology, however after volunteering at a local women’s shelter, mental health, women’s recovery, and social work started to weave their way into her life.
Not quite ready to sit still, Maggie spent a year working odd jobs and traveling abroad until the Blue Ridge Mountains called her home. She moved to Asheville, NC in 2017 to enjoy the beautiful mountains and with the intent to pursue a career in marketing and graphic design. Soon after, a family member sought out residential treatment for substance abuse, and Maggie became inspired to explore her own path in the recovery field.
In August 2019, she joined The Willows at Red Oak Recovery team as a Clinical Technician and in December 2019, she became a Clinical Case Manager. She utilizes her passion for the arts, compassion for others, and her own trauma and mental health recovery in her work.
Fully ready to embrace her calling to facilitate the overall wellbeing, health, and creativity of women, Maggie will be pursuing her Masters in Social Work in the Fall and plans to become an Art Therapist specializing in Substance and Alcohol Abuse Counseling.