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.
Kat Coker, WEMT
Medical Operations Manager, The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®
A native originally from South Carolina, Kat was drawn to Western North Carolina by her love of the mountains. It was here in Asheville she attended Warren Wilson College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Leadership. Her focus while at Warren Wilson included valuable topics such as group dynamics and processing, experiential education for disabled populations, developmental psychology, and program planning. After graduation, Kat worked in the outdoor industry for a few years as a lead guide for a zip line company before eventually finding Red Oak and calling it her home.
In the two and a half years Kat has been with the Red Oak clinical rehabilitation team, she has worked her way from a Clinical Technician to Assistant Medical Coordinator, and now proudly resides as the Medical Operations Manager for The Willows women’s rehab program. Her passion for wilderness medicine and love for organization makes her a vital teammate for this role. From medication management for clients, to organizing logistics for medical appointments, Kat is the glue that helps keep the medical and operations teams running smoothly.
Currently a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT-B), Kat enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, and exploring the mountains of WNC. If not wandering outdoors on her day off, you can find Kat anywhere from the local community yoga studio, to baking up a storm in the kitchen.
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
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.