Therapists

Red Oak Recovery offers the best in clinical care. Our large staff of qualified therapists, family counselors, and clinical directors work hard to ensure accurate mental illness and co occurring disorder diagnosis, and the proper combination of individualized therapeutic methods. Our clinical team has many years of experience, and most hold graduate degrees in the healthcare field.

Lynn Wadsworth, MS, LPC, LCAS, CTT-1

Clinical Director, Family Therapist

Clinical Team: Lynn Wadsworth, Clinical Director and Family TherapistLynn is licensed as a professional counselor and an addictions specialist. She holds a Master’s degree in mental health counseling from Western Carolina University. Lynn has worked with adolescents, young adults, and families for over 20 years and has received advanced training in the area of Internal Family Systems Therapy and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy.

Lynn’s career has included work in a variety of treatment settings, including residential treatment centers, therapeutic wilderness programs, inpatient hospitalization, youth detention centers, and intensive outpatient programs. Her experience also includes managing several adolescent addiction treatment programs, as well as providing psychiatric assessments in hospital emergency rooms.

Recently, Lynn’s primary professional focus has been providing support, coaching, and family therapy to families with a child in a residential treatment program. Lynn brings to this work a deep understanding and empathy for parents in crisis. One of her goals is to create a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship with all parents in order to improve the overall health of the relationships in their families.

When she isn’t working with families, Lynn loves spending time with friends and family and indulging her obsession with fabric and art.

Paul Weaver, MS, LPC, LCAS, CTT-2

Clinical Director

Clinical Team: Paul Weaver, Clinical DirectorWith a Masters in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University, Paul has worked extensively with Emerging Adults in both hospital and outpatient settings, largely focusing on the client with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders. Being deeply influenced by the work of Carl Rogers, Viktor Frankl, and Carl Jung, Paul tends to focus on themes of autonomy and power, identity formation, and meaning and purpose in his work with clients. Paul brings to Red Oak Recovery® experience and interest in clinical rehabilitation program development and training.

Paul and his wife’s passion for the outdoors and for sustainability drew them to the Asheville area. Working at Red Oak enables Paul to continue to focus on his work with Emerging Adults and explore his interests in Eco and Adventure Therapy. When not working, Paul, his wife, and their two young children spend much of their time camping, hiking, and enjoying the serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Derek Rutter, MA, LPC, LCAS-A, CTT-2

Clinical Supervisor

Deeply influenced by person-centered and existential approaches to therapy, Derek is passionate about co-creating experiences of self-examination, discovery, and acceptance, so as to embrace and motivate the whole person. While strongly rooted in Motivational Interviewing, Derek draws on a variety of approaches based on the needs of the individual. He has worked with adolescents and adults on a range of developmental, mental health, and addictions-related concerns in community-based, outpatient, and inpatient settings.

Specific areas of clinical experience include substance-related and addictive disorders, depressive and anxiety disorders, trauma, concerns of adult children of dysfunctional families, gender and sexuality issues, and adjustment challenges. Derek holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University and is pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist.

In addition to counseling, Derek is passionate about hiking, yoga, trail running, making things with his hands, playing and recording music, and spending time with his wife, family, and friends.

Liz Gundlach, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A

Primary Therapist

Clinical Team: Liz Gundlach, Primary TherapistLiz is a recent transplant from Upstate New York where she grew up in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains and spent summers canoe camping in the Adirondack State Park. Liz is excited about living in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with their prominent outdoor culture and abundance of space.

Liz received her Master’s degree in Social Work through SUNY Albany, and worked actively in various clinical settings to earn her License in Clinical Social Work. Liz brings a diverse range of experience working with clients with substance abuse issues, as well as dual diagnoses. She has a background in treating mental health disorders, specializing in the prevention of sexual abuse, anger management, trauma, and grief and loss. Liz has had the honor of working in hospice and palliative care, as well as the opportunity of working with parolees, probationers, and inmates. She is committed to integrating treatment due to the prevalence of substance abuse in varying populations across the board. Liz has a deep understanding of the impact of addiction on the family, and is passionate about assisting individuals and families in bridging this gap.

In her free time, Liz spends time circuit training, learning the methodical pursuit of climbing, listening to the blues, and exploring the never-ending mysteries these mountains continue to offer.

Mark Lemke, MSW, LCSWA, LCASA

Primary Therapist

Clinical Team: Mark Lemke, Primary TherapistMark is coming from facilitating Substance Abuse Intensive Out Patient Program (SAIOP) in the community of Asheville, NC. He has been doing SA treatment all through his internships and in his career. It’s truly a passion of his to help people find their recovery voice.

He grew up in Crown Point, IN near Chicago, but has spent his adult life in the great state of North Carolina. His experience in the Marine Corps, working with veterans at the Sierra Club led to him to get his Masters of Social Work to help people who struggle with addiction.

He is truly passionate about teaching young adults the recovery process and take a person centered approach to therapy. He enjoys helping people find their voice and find peace in their recovery from addiction.

He likes to help people in recovery find their voice and help them transcend into happy, healthy individuals from the ground up. He’s very passionate about helping young adults find their recovery based values and them apply these values for long term recovery.

He enjoys spending time with his wife, family (Including his dog Hooch), reading science fiction, Blue Ridge Mountain Culture and all things nerdy.

Ben Lancaster, LPC, LPCS

Primary Therapist

Clinical Team: Ben Lancaster, Primary TherapistBen has been licensed as a professional counselor for almost 20 years and has been practicing as a therapist and involved with addiction recovery since 1989. He has worked in a wide variety of treatment settings including hospitals, residential, intensive outpatient, independent living, alternative school and public school, agency and private practice. Ben has enjoyed working with dual diagnosis, mental health and addiction recovery clients of all ages, and believes strongly that any person can make meaningful changes necessary to experience a purposeful and fulfilling life with the necessary support.

A native of North Carolina, Ben has appreciated the natural therapy of his homeland from coast to mountains throughout most of his life. Growing up farming tobacco, playing sports and working in the woods of eastern North Carolina gave an early experience of the importance of embracing nature and needing support. Graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986, an interest in psychology and religious studies was fueled, and continued to evolve with a Master of Theological Studies degree in 1991 from Vanderbilt University with a focus in human development counseling. Experiences of spirituality and community related to mental health and addiction recovery offered a natural fit for continued passion and learning for a lifetime.

Ben is a NC Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor. He has committed multiple years of advanced education to two major post graduate training programs – The Southeast Institute for Group & Family Therapy in Chapel Hill and the Appalachian Gestalt Therapy Institute (AGTI) in Asheville. He continues to be currently involved with AGTI. As a primary therapist at Red Oak, Ben brings an interest in co-creating experiences of connection, wholeness, and support for individuals and families who decide to make life-affirming changes toward long-term, sustainable recovery.

Ben is an avid UNC TarHeel fan and enjoys hiking and most outdoor activities. He also loves sitting by the fire in his mountain home with his Golden Retriever, Jackson and his wife, Peggy of 25 years.

Karyn Kaminski, MSW, LCSW, LCASA

Primary Therapist

Clinical Team: Karyn Kaminski, Primary TherapyAfter growing up in Ohio, Karyn moved around the country, and through different professions. She earned her B.S. in journalism at Northwestern University, and worked as a journalist in Chicago for five years before moving to New Mexico to work with youth at a ranch. Karyn spent eight years as a wilderness field guide and two and a half as a wilderness therapist. She finds the outdoors a powerful and healing environment.

Karyn received a Master’s of Social Work and a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Georgia. Her clinical experience includes individual and couples outpatient counseling, running a variety of specialty groups, and as part of an interdisciplinary DUI/drug court team.

Karyn enjoys working with clients who struggle with substance abuse, family conflict, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, anger and helping them see their strengths. Along with a relational approach, she uses her expertise in family systems, substance abuse and mindfulness to assist clients in defining their identity in an environment free from distractions. Her therapeutic approach draws from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, choice theory, and systems theory. She’s passionate about helping young men explore their interests and values.

Karyn enjoys the music, culture and outdoor opportunities of Asheville. Karyn and her husband love to travel and explore together. She loves to read and write, and enjoys hiking, skiing, gardening and relaxing outdoors in her spare time.

Jackie O’Neil, MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS-A

Primary Therapist, The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®

Clinical Team: Jackie ONeil, Primary Therapist at Willows at Red Oak RecoveryJackie comes to 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 Red Oak, 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 Red Oak 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.

Vicki Cook, LCSW

Primary Therapist, The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®

Vicki Cook is a “Navy Brat” and has lived in many places (including Spain). After her dad retired from the Navy she lived in Ohio for a short while, then moved to Florida for high school and stayed there many years after. Vicki went to Florida International University in Miami as a somewhat older student and graduated at 38 with a MSW. During this time, life events continued to bless her, teach her and sadden her.

Vicki entered recovery and has attended AA since 1989. Four years later her brothers died a year apart, both due to a drug overdose. They were twins and her only siblings. Her recovery support, family and other friends were a great support during this time. Their deaths encouraged her completion of college even more. She has worked with teenagers, adults and families in agencies that serve those with substance abuse and mental health concerns. Vicki has enjoyed her work as a social worker and counselor/therapist. One of her favorite memories was when, working at a SA treatment center, she was given permission to share her brother’s journey with the clients from a sister’s point of view.

Ellen Sizemore, MA, MDiv, LPC, LCAS, CSI

Primary Therapist, The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®

Ellen Sizemore at Red Oak RecoveryEllen is excited to join The Willows 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 Woolridge, LSCW-A

Primary Therapist, The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®

Emily is a native of western North Carolina and is delighted to be a part of The Willows at Red Oak 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.

Todd Stebbing, CSAC-I

Case Manager, Alumni Coordinator

Clinical Team: Todd Stebbing, Case Manager, Alumni CoordinatorTodd grew up in Richmond, VA and graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Outdoor Adventure Education. Todd has a passion for helping people and using the wilderness for therapeutic value. Todd has seen his own battle with addiction and arrived at Red Oak Recovery® in 2014 as a client. After his stay at Red Oak, he moved to Asheville, NC and continued with the Asheville 12 step community to better his life. Todd has worked for recovery aftercare centers, wilderness guiding, and is now thrilled to be back at Red Oak.

“My life is dedicated to helping other addicts and alcoholics achieve happiness and a full life through sobriety. Red Oak was a huge part in helping getting my life back together, which is why I came back to work here. I want to help clients understand that it is possible to live life without drugs and alcohol and to achieve a happy, joyous, and free life.” In his free time, you can find Todd out with friends seeing live music, on the river fly fishing and canoeing, at a 12 step meeting, or on a hike with his dog Gunther. Todd also likes to rock climb, snow board, cook, play disc golf, ultimate Frisbee, and go swimming.

Shea McGinnis, CSAC-I

Case Manager, The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®

Clinical Team: Shea McGinnis; Case Manager at the Willows at Red OakOnce upon a time, Shea was a beach bum baby on the coast of North Carolina in a small town named Southport. She relocated with her family to Cary, NC at age 10, and attended college at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Shea has been in Asheville for 7 years now, and has been a waitress, art director, and intern at a non-profit for brain injury survivors. This last experience revealed her passion for working with people, which in turn, brought her to Red Oak. Shea is also in her own personal journey of recovery, and brings a strong knowledge of 12 step recovery to Red Oak clients. In addition, with a degree in Fine Art, Shea believes strongly in the significant impact the creative arts can plan in the healing process. 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. Red Oak fuels her passion to work with others, and she departs from her shift weekly with gratitude for so many beautiful shared experiences within this community.

David Wilder, CSAC-I

Case Manager

Clinical Technicians: David WilderDavid was born and raised in South Carolina. After completing high school in Columbia, he attended the College of Charleston and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. After years with struggles of his own, he spent time in a couple different treatment centers and finally found himself in Asheville, which served as a safe place to recover in a 12 step program. In the surrounding mountains and forests, he discovered the therapeutic value of nature, which plays a huge role in his own recovery.

He has held numerous positions over the years including 10 years with a large health insurance company, as a house manager for an aftercare program in Asheville, and most recently as a Recovery Guide here at Red Oak Recovery.

He is excited to share his passion, gentle spirit, ability to listen, and love for the outdoors with the clients at Red Oak. He stays active in the Asheville recovery community and also enjoys hiking, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends.

Jay Vaughan, CSAC-I

Case Manager

Clinical Team: Jay Vaughan, Case ManagerJay, an Atlanta, GA native, is excited to join the staff at Red Oak. He has struggled with addiction since he was 14 years old and has been in and out of treatment since he was 19. He is proud to say he has been clean and sober since October 14, 2014. Jay bring a knowledge of all sides of drug addiction – using, relapsing, getting clean and staying active in the program. As a Clinical Technician Jay’s work supports the clients and families with his experience with multiple programs and a family that has been beside him all the way. He has a great understanding of what the clients are going through and what they have been through up to this point. In his free time, Jay enjoys the outdoors and likes to spend time playing guitar and being with family and friends.

Lisa Hilt, MA, LCASA, RDT

Family Therapist

Clinical Team: Lisa Hilt, Family TherapistLisa is a licensed clinical addictions specialist associate as well as a registered drama therapist. She holds a Master’s degree in drama therapy from New York University. Most recently Lisa has specialized in family centered treatment, providing family systems work to adolescents and their families in the community of Whiteville, North Carolina.

For the past 6 years, Lisa has been working in the mental health field with a variety of populations in different settings. Her experience includes working in residential treatment with adolescents, with adults in an inpatient acute hospital setting, and with families in their home communities. She has written group curriculum for substance abuse programs in a hospital setting as well as completing assessments and treatment plans.

Lisa specializes in drama therapy, focusing on creative and embodied exploration of the different roles a person plays and working toward creating harmony among those roles. She enjoys implementing unique and creative interventions to encourage self-awareness, growth, and improved relationships.

As a strong advocate for self-care, Lisa ensures she is re-energizing during her free time by hiking, doing yoga, cuddling with her dog, and witnessing theater whenever possible.

Corinne Brown

Family Support Specialist, The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®

Clinical Team: Corrine Brown, Family Support Specialist, The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®Corinne was one of the developers of the women’s program at Red Oak Recovery from its inception in August 2014. Corinne has worked as a therapist for the past ten years and as an educator for 17 years. Corinne is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York 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 work in adventure therapy for Red Oak Recovery’s Women’s Program.

Corinne now works on The Willows’ campus as our Family Support Specialist. She provides education and support for the families of our clients including weekly family phone sessions, webinars, and co-facilitating monthly 2-day family workshops. Corinne focuses on the specific needs of each individual family and assists them in exploring ways to strengthen relationships within the family system.

Corinne is grateful to be working with an impassioned team dedicated to supporting the lives of young people in their recovery process and feels honored to bear witness to the stories of families in recovery. She is drawn to the beauty and serenity of the mountains, and loves to run, cook, and take pictures.

Crystal Nero, MA, LPC, CADC

Family Support Specialist

Clinical Team: Crystal Nero, Family Support SpecialistCrystal joins Red Oak from the windy city of Chicago, IL, and is a graduate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Crystal is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, and a specialization in addictions. Crystal has previously worked with high-risk youth, and their families in a community mental health setting, and a women’s residential treatment facility. Most recently Crystal has worked in a men’s criminal justice setting with inmates, while maintain a private practice. For the past 4 years Crystal has been an advocate for Young People in Recovery and believes strongly in empowering individuals and their families.

Crystal is excited to call the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains home. In her spare time Crystal enjoys spending time with her two boys, photography, meditating, and can always be found planting or gardening.education and support for the families of our clients including weekly family phone sessions, webinars, and co-facilitating monthly 2-day family workshops. Corinne focuses on the specific needs of each individual family and assists them in exploring ways to strengthen relationships within the family system.

Corinne is grateful to be working with an impassioned team dedicated to supporting the lives of young people in their recovery process and feels honored to bear witness to the stories of families in recovery. She is drawn to the beauty and serenity of the mountains, and loves to run, cook, and take pictures.

Lee Anne Horne, PMHNP-BC, APRN, MSN

Nurse Practitioner

Lee Anne approaches every interaction as a privilege and honor to be invited to a vulnerable moment in your life. She respects each individual for the life story you bring to our work together and She views her role as a partner in your care. Together we determine goals of treatment and problem solve a pathway to improved health.

She has a rich background in psychiatric nursing with children, adolescents, adults, and senior adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She completed her training as a nurse practitioner at Wayne State University and she is Board Certified in Family Psychiatric Mental-Health Nursing.

Her practice focuses on medication management for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia. She has special interests in eating disorders, trauma and substance abuse.

Clinical Trainer and Trauma Expert

Judy Crane, LMHC, CAP, ICADC, CSAT-R

Clinical Team: Judy CraneJudy has over two decades of experience working in both residential and out-patient settings. In 2003, she brought her years of specialized training and her distinctive insights on treating trauma and addiction to create The Refuge-A Healing Place. Under her leadership, The Refuge has grown to become one of the foremost leaders in treating Trauma/PTSD and Addiction. Judy has moved on from The Refuge and spends her time Consulting, Teaching and Treatment through Spirit2Spirit Consulting. http://www.spirit2spirithealing.com/

She earned her B.A. at Rutgers, M.A. from New York Institute of Technology and is a Certified Addiction Professional in Florida, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, a Certified Hypnotist, EMDR and a specialist for healing trauma and PTSD. Her presentation and seminars on PTSD and sexual trauma resolution are known throughout the country. Judy’s specialized training, experiential methods, and holistic concepts are now being provided through a Visceral, Spiritual, and Profound 5 module training, Spirit2Spirit Trauma Healing.

Judy is an International speaker and trainer with an outstanding reputation as a premier expert on trauma healing and training others in her extraordinarily successful model of trauma and addictions treatment.

Psychologist

Dr. Carlyn Daubs, PhD, LP

Clinical Team: Carlyn DaubsCarlyn joined Red Oak Recovery® after obtaining her MS and PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas. Prior to joining the Red Oak team, Dr. Daubs treated children, adolescents, and families at many different therapeutic settings, including a community mental health clinic, university counseling centers, an adventure program, and a therapeutic boarding school. In addition to Dr. Daubs’ extensive clinical and assessment experience, she has also built and designed therapeutic programming for residential facilities for adolescents and their families.

Her research interests include family systems, parent-child attachment, internalizing and externalizing behavior problems, comorbid disorders, addiction processes, romantic attachment, and coping styles. In her spare time Dr. Daubs enjoys running, reading, and traveling.