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
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!
Scott Elliott, EMT-I
Scott is a native of Asheville and has been engaged in many expressions of healing addiction treatment programs, both medical and spiritual, for the past 23 years.
He has served others professionally as an EMT-Intermediate, Medical Assistant, Surgical Technician, and Clinical Coordinator in both urgent care and family practice settings. After graduating from the NC School of Natural Healing, Scott deepened his exploration of healing, recovery, and the body-mind connection through becoming a licensed massage therapist.
In addition to his experience in healthcare, Scott has also completed extensive training in chaplaincy and clinical pastoral care. Scott completed Education for Ministry through the University of the South and additional theological education through the Lindisfarne School of Theology. He has served as a hospital chaplain in a level-one trauma center that included sharing spiritual care with patients and families in ICU, hospice, and behavioral health units. Scott is trained in Jungian-focused Spiritual Direction through the Haden Institute in Flat Rock, NC where he is currently completing certification in leading dream groups.
Scott has been in private practice as a Spiritual Director for almost 10 years working with clients recovering from PTSD and addiction and seeking guidance in exploring 11th-Step issues. Scott has developed a 5-session introduction to meditation course with a focus on health and healing which he has offered to individuals, in medical offices, and at the UNCA Life-Long Learning Center. He also teaches Zen meditation as a component of the Jungian Dream Leader Program at the Haden Institute. He is excited to be part of a team dedicated to healing and recovery.
Bob Cummings, CSAPC, WEMT
Bob has worked in the substance abuse treatment and substance abuse prevention field for over 30 years. In addition to working in the field, he worked street ministry with the homeless and homeless addicted population, worked in child protective services, and was the owner and lead teacher of a ShaoLin Kung Fu school in Asheville, achieving the level of ShaoLin Master Instructor.
As the Training and Development Manager, Bob is responsible for making sure that all staff coming to Red Oak Recovery® receive the best and most thorough training in the industry, and continue to upgrade their skills so as to provide the utmost in client care. Beginning from Day 1 and continuing through each staff member’s tenure, Bob schedules, arranges, and often does the actual hands on training. Responsible for the day to day smooth functioning of the Training and Development Program, Bob brings his management, teaching, and supervisory background to the staff and clients of Red Oak. He also utilizes his background in the Chinese martial arts to teach stress skills, communication skills, and physical fitness through kung fu, t’ai chi, pa qua chang, and other traditional ShaoLin modalities.
Originally from San Diego, Bob grew up in East Tennessee and now lives in West Asheville with his wife. They have three adult children between them, and are enjoying the peace and quiet of an empty house. In his spare time, Bob still teaches and studies ShaoLin Kung Fu, is an ardent canoeist, backpacker, fly fisherman, and loves doing all those things with his wife in the mountains of Western Carolina.
Rose Cowles, LPN, WFR
Medical Operations Manager, The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®
Rose has lived in the Asheville area for 22 years. Born in Jackson, WY and lived in boulder CO as a child, her love of mountains are deep. She raised her two children here and Southern Appalachia feels like home.
Recovery work has been a passion for some time. Rose was the medical coordinator at a wilderness therapy program working with adolescents. Most recently she has been working with her husband in their family business. They own two rock climbing facilities and a climbing guide service. Working in the healing environment of nature is important to Rose.
Her passions include rock climbing, biking, and spending time in water whether it be kayaking, SUP or snorkeling in turquoise water – this is her happy place.
She is very excited to be working with young adult women in recovery and to be part of the Red Oak team.