Lynn is a Masters 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 Clinical Director at The Willows 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.”
Jackie O’Neil, MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS-A
A vital member of our treatment team, Jackie comes to The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® with a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver and is pursuing her licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. She is extremely passionate about helping individuals in recovery reconnect to their personal power and loves to utilize nature as a therapeutic tool.
Prior to joining The Willows, Jackie’s experience included working with adolescents and young adults in wilderness therapy, young adults in independent sober living, and families working towards reunification. She brings with her a deeply rooted sense of compassion and understanding for individuals in recovery and their families. She strives to create a safe, authentic, and accepting space for her clients to explore themselves and their vulnerabilities.
Originally from Florida, Jackie has been coming to Western North Carolina over the past ten years to explore the natural beauty this area has to offer. After living in Colorado for several years she decided to make Asheville her home and is excited to be a part of The Willows’ family. Jackie places high importance on doing her own personal growth work and can be found spending her free time camping, reading, doing yoga, and hiking with her dog Kaia.
Ellen Sizemore, MA, MDiv, LPC, LCAS, CSI
Ellen is excited to join The Willows’ treatment team as a Primary Therapist after earning a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Wake Forest University in 2012, then working as a therapist and supervisor in community mental health and substance abuse services for several years. She is fully licensed as a Professional Counselor in North Carolina as well as a Clinical Addictions Specialist. Ellen is passionate about women’s recovery and supporting women in experiencing and claiming their own power and wholeness.
Ellen is from rural east Tennessee and is grateful for the mountains from which she came and the mountains she calls home today. Ellen lives in Asheville with her husband, Joe. She loves running, yard work, singing, and eating at all the eclectic restaurants in Asheville.
Emily Wooldridge, MSW, LCSW, LCASA
Emily is a native of Western North Carolina and is delighted to be a part of The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® team. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is licensed in Clinical Social Work, and is pursuing her licensure as a Clinical Addictions Specialist. Her clinical background is firmly rooted in wilderness therapy, and she has experienced and believes in the capacity of nature to heal and empower. Emily has also worked with individuals in a variety of settings beyond wilderness including schools, leadership and educational programs, and community garden-based projects.
Emily is continually inspired by the collective power created by individuals who come together to heal, and is passionate about holding a supportive space for women as they find their unique ways to thrive. She brings compassion, warmth, and a strengths-based approach to her work with clients and families alike. When she’s not working, Emily enjoys playing outside, writing, growing food, and spending time with her family.
CAROLYN WOOD, MDiv, MSW, LCAS
Therapist Specializing in Disordered Eating
Carolyn McCarter Wood, a native of Western North Carolina, is dually licensed as a clinical social worker and an addictions specialist. She earned her Master of Divinity from SEBTS, and her MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her undergraduate degree was in education,
Carolyn has worked in public schools, community colleges, non-profits, and community mental health. For the past five years she has been in private practice, specializing in disordered eating, addictions, and trauma. Her passion for eating disorder work and her belief in full recovery is informed by her own family’s experience and ultimate triumph over these tenacious illnesses.
Carolyn uses the Reclaiming Beauty program to clients at the Willows in reconnecting with their beautiful spirits and their bodies . This program encourages women to redefine their worth by more “weighty” matters than a number on a scale or the shape of one’s body. She also leads a group for those who struggle with disordered eating, which is common among women who struggle with substance abuse or trauma.
Carolyn lives with her husband of 30 years and a beloved dog and cat. She enjoys kayaking, singing, camping, knitting, and dabbling in art, and learning new stuff. She and her husband are blessed to have one adult daughter who has taught them much about resilience and hope.
Rhianna Appel, MA
Family Support Specialist
Rhianna comes to The Willows at Red Oak Recovery with over a decade of professional experience in the mental health field. She holds a BS in Psychology from Ball State University and a MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. Valuing diversity of experience, Rhianna has worked in private practice, wilderness therapy, residential treatment, drug/alcohol education, domestic violence, and early childhood education. She approaches her work from a holistic and strengths based perspective, gently guiding others to uncover their innate strengths while also identifying obstacles to growth. Bringing a mindfulness component to therapy, she works with clients to cultivate mindful awareness which teaches them how to stay present in the moment. The place where change can occur. As a Family Support Specialist her work is driven by identifying the goals and needs of each family. Rhianna aims to help each family feel how integral and connected they really are to their loved one’s recovery. Beyond work Rhianna enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband and dogs, tapping in to her creative side, and all things local food!
SHEA MCGINNIS, CSAC-I, CRS
Shea McGinnis has been a part of the Red Oak Recovery treatment team for a little over two years, and been committed to creating whole hearted healing for our Women’s program. Shea has a passion for working in the field, and is currently in school pursuing a Master’s in Social Work. Shea was born on the coast of North Carolina, and moved to Asheville in 2009 to attend the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She received her Bachelor’s in Fine Art, and brings this in a unique way to the women’s program through group work. Shea is the Clinical Case Manager for The Willows, and is dedicated to the growth of our women’s program. As a case manager Shea has a lot of experience to bring to the table through her own recovery story, and the education she has received as a Certified Recovery Specialist, and as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Overall, her personal approach includes nourishing the clients through compassion, optimism, and the arts. It is her empathy, experience, strength, and hope that allows her to guide clients through their recovery process.
“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be, and embracing who we are.” – Brene Brown
Sarah Jenkins, LCAS-A, LCSC-WA
Sarah joins the Willows and Red Oak Recovery community after completing her Masters in Social Work at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts in August of 2017. She most recently worked at an outpatient clinic in Asheville for pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders, and is excited to return to the rich and powerful world of residential recovery programs. A native of Western North Carolina, Sarah has lived and worked all over the country, including most recently completing her graduate field work at a residential substance abuse recovery program in Houston, Texas and at a Harvard University-affiliated outpatient community health clinic in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has also lived in Maryland, Montana, and Ohio. With a strong background in wilderness therapy, Sarah is inspired to bring the experiential and the theoretical together in her clinical practice. Sarah is well-versed in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic ways of thinking, and brings a relational lens to individual, group, and family work. At the Willows, Sarah works as a primary therapist and loves being part of a team. Sarah enjoys being outdoors, making puns, cooking meals for friends, baking pies for herself, and reading as many books as she can get her hands on.
Julie Scroggs, MA, LPCA, LCASA, NCC
Julie comes to The Willows with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville, NC. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate with the state of North Carolina. Julie is working as a Primary Therapist providing trauma therapy, support, and education to the client’s and their families. She is also trained in EMDR. Julie believes that 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. Before obtaining her Master’s degree, Julie holds over twelve years of experience in the field of community mental health and working with individuals with mental health concerns along with those working through recovery from multiple types of addictions. Julie has lived in Western NC for over fourteen years after moving from her home state of Upstate New York. She is married and has two daughters, ages 19 and 15. In her free time, Julie loves to hike, going on travel adventures and spend time on the ocean.