Offering the best in supervised medical care, Red Oak Recovery®’s medical team has experience in a variety of urgent care settings. With the unrelenting passion for medicine, their helping hands guide you or a loved one through any or all substance abuse repercussions.
Brady Schroer, DO
Psychiatrist & Addictionologist
Dr. Brady Schroer obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology with an emphasis in Chemistry. He attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. After medical school, he completed his general psychiatry residency at an internationally known psychiatric clinic. Dr. Schroer later worked in a large hospital setting for five years as a psychiatric hospitalist taking care of geriatric patients, caring for patients with psychiatric issues on the medical floors and ICU (intensive care units), detoxifying clients from alcohol and benzodiazepines, ECT treatment for depression, and served as Medical Director and Chief of Psychiatry.
Dr. Schroer moved to Western North Carolina in 2007 to become the Medical Director of the inpatient psychiatric unit and the detoxification unit at one of the areas top hospitals and served for seven years in that capacity. Most recently, he has been seeing clients ages 15 and over in sober living environments, residential treatments, and other outpatient settings.
He has vast experience from all different perspectives of addiction treatment and knows what it is like to be a family member of someone struggling with addiction. Dr. Schroer views addiction as a poor coping mechanism for past emotional pain and believes that the emotional pain that breeds hatred, anger, and resentment is what keeps us sick and looking for substances and behaviors to “numb it”. He is extremely compassionate and prefers to educate clients about their illness. He has learned a lot from the clients he has treated and uses that knowledge to help others move into a peaceful life.
Dr. Schroer is a Christian, loves car racing, golf, photography, and being out in the great outdoors. He feels especially fortunate to call Asheville his home!
Sarah Garrard, RN, BSN
Medical Services Manager
Sarah comes to us at Red Oak Recovery® with a colorful past filled with exploration, self-discovery and passion. Being raised overseas in both Europe and Asia by a British family, Sarah quickly learned the importance of cultural diversity. As an early adult, she continued her love of travel and headed up north to attend Art School in Toronto, Canada focusing on Glass Art. Once finished, she traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii to explore her career in glassblowing. Over the years she focused on her art as well as teaching adolescents and adults the craft of glass work. It was during her time in Hawaii that Sarah found a passion for hiking and nature. It was also during this transformative time that she discovered her love of helping and serving others.
With a new passion burning in her soul, she returned to academia and completed her EMS training and obtained her EMT-Intermediate. She went on to work in EMS which brought her back full circle to her hometown of Houston, Texas where she pursued her RN license and went on to complete her BSN from The University of Texas Health Science Center. Sarah continued to focus on Emergency Medicine in the hospital setting as an RN where she cultivated her craft of critical thinking for the comprehensive care of others.
In 2017 Sarah and her family relocated to Asheville to lay down some roots and raise a family. Moved by the beauty of the area and cultural diversity of Asheville, she has found her forever home. Bringing a strong clinical experience in healthcare and a passion for the outdoors she is excited to join the amazing team here at Red Oak to serve as a source of medical training, education, care, and support.
Sarah is married with two young boys and their family dog Charlie. She can be found enjoying her free time cooking, practicing yoga, enjoying live music or just hanging with her tribe.
Carson Evans, WFR, NREMT-B
Medical Services Coordinator
Carson joined the Red Oak Recovery® team in August of 2017 as a Clinical Technician. After years of working and recreating in a wilderness setting, Carson wanted to combine her passion for the outdoors with helping others.
Carson is now supporting the program through a new role. Her work ensures the highest level of care for our community. Carson is responsible for maintaining the smooth functioning of the medical department, as well as helping with any minor physical ailments that may occur on base or while in the field. Additionally, Carson enjoys interacting with our community, and providing care for Red Oak Recovery® as a whole.
When not at work, you will find Carson mountain biking, rock climbing, or hiking with her dog.
Hannah Lea moved from Durham, North Carolina where she worked as an EMT for ten years with various health care agencies including Duke University Health System, UNC Health Care, and Laboratory Corporation of America. She moved to Asheville and started at The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® as a Clinical Technician in 2017. She took on the role of Shift Supervisor and gets the privilege of using her medical background to stay present on the campus with the women in her new role as Medical Coordinator.
She finds beauty in working with young adults and is grateful to be part of the women at The Willows as they find their path in their recovery.
In her spare time, you will find Hannah soaking up the many activities that the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer. She takes her passion for the community and incorporates it with her love for animals by volunteering and fostering animals at the local animal shelter in Asheville.
Forest grew up on a family farm in Southern Indiana before heading to college in Boston, MA. While in college he studied Environmental Science, concentrating in Biology and Chemistry, and completed the Pre-Health track. He also became a Wilderness EMT while in school and worked for the college EMS service during the year. During the summers he mentored at risk youth in his community. Forest moved to Western North Carolina in the fall of 2017 to work for the National Park Service as a conservation biologist. When his contract ended, he was feeling drawn to return to helping people and transitioned into working as direct care staff within the mental health field. Forest worked for a wilderness based program as a guide for adults with co-occurring disorders and fell in love with his work. Forest’s move to Foothills at Red Oak Recovery® enables him to bring together his passion for working with people, his love of medicine and a profound understanding of the importance of patient advocacy in mental health.
Forest loves hiking and backpacking in the mountains, cooking heavenly vegetarian food, playing old time music and is beginning to dip his toes into the world mountain biking.