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!
Carmon Donnellan, RN, BSN
A Michigan native, Carmon and her two children relocated to the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2007 to embrace the diverse cultures that Asheville has to offer. With a bachelor’s degree in business management already in hand, she enrolled in Western North Carolina University in 2014 to pursue a new career in nursing. After two years, she graduated with a B.S. in Nursing, while working multiple jobs to support her family. Some of her strongest memories were working with underprivileged and neglected adolescents at a homeless shelter in Asheville. Her time there sparked an interest in psychiatric studies, a field she then earned a certification as a QMHP (Qualified Mental Health Professional) for adults and adolescence.
In 2016, Carmon began working with ACTT (Assertive Community Treatment Team), immersing herself into the community of clients with severe and persistent mental illness, extreme trauma, and most often – substance abuse. She worked relentlessly, seeking to help anyone she could and even spent time working at a child crisis center to better her understanding of adolescent mental health.
As an avid mountain biker and outdoor adventure seeker, Carmon spends most of her free time mountain biking or trail running in the mountains. Surrounded by the oldest National Forest in the eastern United States, she has developed an intimate relationship with the outdoors and enjoys sharing her love for nature with others. Her love for cooking and healthy living has also led her into a plant-based lifestyle, one that has helped fuel her countless adventures across the country. While Asheville is home, she’s traveled to top mountain bike destinations throughout Appalachia, as well as top destinations throughout Colorado, Arizona, and her favorite – New Mexico.
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.