While going through addiction recovery, 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, our team of Culinary Nutritionists work hard to keep you feeling great throughout your stay.
Matt grew up in Asheville with his older brother and parents, and has been in the culinary field for 13 years. He has had a passion for cooking since he was a child, and attended culinary school in Asheville at A-B Tech to further his knowledge. Matt shares his strong work ethic and ability to lead with clients as they work together to prepare meals, and enjoys connecting with them about sports, music, and whatever may come up. Matt is a team player and enjoys his role at Red Oak with this amazing company and crew. In his time off, Matt loves family time with his wife and daughter, being outdoors, amazing food, friends, and, last but not least, watching football is a must.
Kitchen Manager, The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®
When you meet Terri Lenhart, you’re likely to realize right away that she’s someone who is where she’s supposed to be, doing what she’s meant to do, in the right place and at the right time in her life. Like all of us, it’s been a journey for Terri, but her open heart, her expansive and curious mind and her zest and admiration for people and their stories are at the forefront of who she is. Hailing from Southern New Jersey, Terri has lived in Asheville for 15+ years, is a mother of four fine and fascinating adults and has spent 40 years in various aspects of the hospitality industry, most recently as General Manager of the Green Sage Cafe South.
Terri has a passion for people and their journeys, with a special focus on the environment, vegetarian food, women’s health and healing issues and a concentration on the mind-body connection. She believes we can achieve great progress both as individuals and in community when we commit to caring for our earth, our bodies and ourselves. She has a genuine desire to bring out the best in people in her care, on her team, on her watch. Her sense of warmth and welcoming is immediate and reliable and she carries the intention to create a secure space for those around her. You’ll recognize her by her generous smile, the light in her eyes and her enthusiasm and engagement in the people and project at hand!
Terri is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys kayaking, hiking and biking, and makes a serious effort to occasionally go dancing with her friends! She’s as comfortable challenging herself on a hot yoga mat as she is creating in a hot kitchen, preparing meals for family and friends. You’ll quickly agree she’s young at heart, full of verve, and ready for the adventure of life to keep unfolding.
Cook, The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®
Aoife grew up in a household that loved to entertain so there was always something cooking on the stove! When she was a teenager Aoife’s parents purchased a guest house along with a restaurant which was run by her mother. She loved the kitchen environment and observed her mother cooking and enjoyed the creative aspect of cooking, from the preparation to presentation. It didn’t take long for cooking to become one of Aoife’s passions. She enjoyed the process of planning a meal, and learning more about the nutritional value of food and how to prepare healthy dishes that are not only good for you but taste great.
In 1996 Aoife moved to Massachusetts where she eventually ran events out of her home, serving up delicious meals as well as hosting workshops on the benefits of healthy eating. She soon got requests from friends and acquaintances to cater events and eventually started working with a friend who ran a catering company that organized music events, private parties, and receptions for local businesses.
Music & Cooking are Aoife’s passions and there is nothing she enjoys more than sharing her love of cooking and music with friends and family.
Aoife is also a Certified Reflexologist & Yoga Instructor.
Nick is a native to Asheville and is the proud single dad to his 14 year old son. He loves music and plays the bass guitar. He also loves sports and played baseball for Blue Ridge Community College. His passion for cooking is what brought him to Red Oak and he looks forward to being able to impact someone’s life through nutritional therapy.
Kitchen Assistant, The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®
Wanderlust brought Bradley to Asheville from Astoria, Oregon in 2016 and he is happy to call the mountains home. He brings over 17 years’ experience of serving people in the restaurant and customer service field’s anywhere from the Pacific Northwest to Western North Carolina.
Bradley’s hope is to not only provide delicious and nutritious meals for clients and fellow staff but to also share his addiction recovery experience. He has been clean and sober since August 2013 and facilitates a 12 step group 3 nights a week and attends Buddhist/SMART recovery groups.
In his spare time Bradley enjoys cooking for friends, doing various projects as part of an art collective, playing guitar, singing karaoke, and attending and facilitating various recovery meetings. He is super grateful for the opportunity to join the Red Oak team!
Justin moved to the Asheville area from Durham five years ago thanks to his own person walk through the recovery process. He has a degree in Biology from NC State and discovered a passion for cooking while in college. He started his career in the culinary industry cooking at 42nd street Oyster Bar. Justin wants to bring an element of creativity and hope to the table. He will be working to provide a form of nutritional therapy and flavor profile to clients in hope of helping them realize the power of good, nutritional food.
Justin is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys skydiving, climbing, and rafting. As a father of a brand new baby boy he is working to show there is a future beyond addiction in a positive manner. He also learned some great life lessons from playing with the men’s U18 national team and UNC-Wilmington soccer team.
Kitchen Assistant, The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®
Born in St. Louis and raised in the smokey mountains of North Carolina, Christy Jeter has grown accustomed to providing fine dinning meals to WNC locals and vacationers. Her experience includes the catering of the “Flat Rock Playhouse,” Local community Church, two of the most elite country clubs and personal caterings for private parties. Cooking just came second nature to her early in life. She was intrigued by the aromas, flavors and functions of different herbs and spices. With 25 years of fine dining experience she has developed her creativity, spirit and passion in the culinary Arts. She has been privileged to work along side of some of the top Executive Chefs in the Carolina’s. Combining classic technique with the freshest local ingredients, and constantly changing menus. Christy’s Philosophy of cooking is: “With fantastic food, wonderful people, and the demystification of cooking, it is enjoyable when you open your kitchen and your heart and allow people to come in.”
Hiking, Camping and biking in WNC’s beautiful mountains are a few things Christy enjoys doing with her family in her spare time.