Lynn Wadsworth, MS, LCMHC, LCAS, CCS, CTT-1
Director of Clinical Services – Red Oak Recovery® Programs
Lynn is a dually-licensed clinician in the state of North Carolina as a Mental Health Counselor and an Addictions Specialist. She has over 25 years of experience working with adolescents, young adults, and their families. Lynn came to ROR seven years ago and created the family program and has since served as Clinical Director, Executive Director, and now, Director of Clinical Services for all Red Oak Recovery® programs. She is also a licensed Substance Abuse and Mental Health supervisor.
Prior to her work at Red Oak, Lynn held a variety of leadership roles throughout her clinical career in various fields and settings, including HIV/AIDS, therapeutic boarding school, adolescent intensive outpatient program, wilderness programs, and hospital inpatient unit.
Lynn’s areas of clinical experience include:
- Addiction Therapy
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
- Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
- Polyvagal Therapy
- Attachment-focused Therapy
- Family Systems Therapy
Lynn brings to this work a deep understanding and empathy for individuals and families in crisis. Lynn says her primary goal in this role is “to support the ongoing growth, development, and clinical expertise across all Red Oak Recovery® programs.” Lynn has a lifelong commitment to creating the best possible therapeutic relationship with all clients and families in order to create lasting healthy change in their lives.
Corinne Brown, LMHC, LCMHC, LCAS, 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 fifteen years and as an educator for 17 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (NY), Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, 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, CSI, CTT-II
Clinical Team Lead
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.
Bess Perlstein, LCSWA, LCASA
Bess grew up in Connecticut and has been in Asheville since 2012. For her undergraduate studies, Bess attended Warren Wilson College where she focused on Environmental Studies and Experiential Education. She then completed her Master’s in Social Work with a specialization in addictions at East Tennessee State University. For the past several years, Bess has worked in residential mental health and continues to be inspired by the ability to heal through community, safety, and connection.
When working with clients and families, Bess embraces a person-centered, strengths-based and holistic approach that honors where each individual is at in their journey. She strongly believes in supporting clients holistically, considering emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of each person. Bess creates and offers a safe space for clients to explore, grow and heal. She brings empathy, hope, experience, and dedication to The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® team. Bess supports clients in cultivating authenticity, connection, passion, and empowerment.
Bess enjoys spending time outside, hiking with her dog, mountain biking, yoga, reading, and live music. While she loves her time in the mountains, she also loves spending time on the coast at the beaches.
Christen Taylor, LCMHC, LCAS, CCS
Christen is originally from Durham, North Carolina and while she has lived in several other places in the state, the mountains of Western North Carolina have called to her. While she never thought it was possible, she loves the mountains equally, if not more, than the beach!
Christen comes to The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® with a wide range and depth of experience, most recently from the Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) world, working in the opioid epidemic with individuals needing addiction and mental health services. Some of Christen’s other professional experience includes work in the following fields: pediatric neuropsychiatry, end of life stages for those with dementia, intensive outpatient addiction services, and reintegrating veterans back into society post addiction. She deeply and personally understands the impact of addiction on the family system.
Christen obtained a Masters in Substance Abuse and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from East Carolina University and is licensed in both the mental health and addiction fields as well as providing supervision to counselors working in addictions. Her therapeutic style is grounded in Motivational Interviewing as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Christen is passionate about helping others discover not only how to help themselves for the here and now but utilizing evidenced-based practices to build a foundation that can sustain them for a future. She prides herself in seeing an individual as entire entity, not just their diagnosis or needs. A diagnosis should never serve as a label or as someone’s sole identity, it is a part of who you are; not who you are. Christen shares that one of her favorite sayings is: “it is okay to not be okay as long as you tell someone you are not okay!”
Christen is a big Clemson fan (Go Tigers!) and she loves going to Clemson football games, concerts, and the lake.
Ellen Pallme, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Ellen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. Her primary interest and area of expertise is working with co-occurring disorders, in particular trauma. Ellen has extensive training for trauma, including Attachment-Focused-EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), forward-facing trauma therapy, Brainspotting, polyvagal theory, and yoga for trauma and resiliency.
Ellen utilizes motivational interviewing to enhance the inherent desire of the people she works with to create the changes they want to see in their lives. She is also a registered yoga instructor with 230-hours of training. Her focus is meeting her clients where they are at and finding which therapeutic intervention works best for them. Ellen has a holistic approach and integrate movement, diet, and sleep hygiene into the therapeutic milieu.
Shawna Ohle, LCMHCA, LCASA
Shawna holds a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate. Prior to completing her masters level education Shawna worked in various roles in the community to support individuals who had experienced trauma. During this time, she worked with people who experienced intimate partner violence and provided crisis counseling and safety planning for several years. Additionally, Shawna spent several years working with individuals who were incarcerated and provided trauma informed supportive services and trauma specific group programming within the local jail. She has over ten years of involvement working with individuals in the community, and she is grateful for the experiences she has had and all the incredible people that she has met.
Shawna believes that people are resilient. She is honored to witness the ways in which people are able to adapt and create meaning in their lives especially in the midst of challenges and suffering. She believes in the value of connection, a felt sense of belonging and compassion and she works to bring these themes into her work with people as much as possible. Shawna offers person-centered, strengths-based counseling that is trauma-informed.
Shawna has lived in Asheville for 11 years. She loves being with her friends, family, and her cats.
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.
Erika Swiger, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A
Erika was born and raised in Asheville. She is returning to the Blue Ridge mountains after eight years in New England where she graduated with an MSW from Boston College School of Social Work in 2017. For the past four years Erika has lived in Vermont and gained experience working in schools with adolescents and their families struggling with mental health and environmental challenges. Erika also has experience as a mental health crisis clinician working with clients of all ages in acute distress to mitigate risk, maintain safety, and move towards resolution.
Erika is passionate about supporting families in healing and reconnecting with each other. She is excited to collaborate with families and clients as they engage meaningfully in their recovery centered family work and create new patterns of interaction grounded in love, mutual respect, attunement, and joy. Erika brings a trauma responsive and client centered approach to her work; she believes in the inherent worth of every person and maintains unconditional positive regard for her clients.
Outside of work you can find Erika enjoying the outdoors with her husband and dog, curled up on the couch reading with her cat, or anywhere with live music. She enjoys yoga, contra dancing, spending quality time with friends and family, and gardening.
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, LCSWA, LCAS, CSI
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.