While getting well mentally, physically, and spiritually, having access to a healthy, balanced diet is crucial. Eating right and practicing good nutrition keeps the body strong and acts as a mood booster. Having a positive attitude paired with a healthy physique is ideal for undergoing drug addiction treatment. At Red Oak Recovery®, our Culinary Team works hard to keep you feeling great throughout your stay.

Tom Gaddy

Chef

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Matthew Schrader

Cook

Matthew comes from a health food background and has worked in several different fields within that industry for years. His life of chasing beautiful forested areas and desire to escape commotion has led him to Red Oak. He loves prepping, assisting, and cooking for groups of hungry folks in hopes of making meals a positive, healthy part of their day. Music and nature are ultimately what make him tick. As an avid record collector, he’s lived in gorgeous areas across the country, acquiring a smorgasbord of vinyl along the way. He currently lives in a cottage in the woods with an entire room devoted to his record collection and couldn’t be happier about it!

Joel O’Brien

Cook

Born in Boulder, Colorado and growing up in Nashville, Tennessee, Joel S. O’Brien has been lucky enough to travel abroad and within the United States to experience a range of personalities and cuisines. He loves connecting deeply rooted traditional cooking techniques across all cultures to the clientele and workers at Red Oak to create a beautiful and nourishing table. As a chef with training in fine dining, Southern, and East Asian cuisine, Joel always strives to not only feed others well, but to challenge himself and continue learning. He lives on a farm in Burnsville with his dearly loved wife Ann, a public-school teacher, his precious stepdaughter Audrey, and sundry farm birds, sheep, a dog and a few cats.