TONY ISSENMANN, PhD, LMFT

Executive Director

Dr. Tony Issenmann is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 15 years of experience helping adolescents and their families overcome challenges and create value-driven relationships. He earned his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University and his Ph.D. in Human Development from Virginia Tech.

Dr. Issenmann is relational in his leadership and therapeutic approach; he embraces experiential learning and utilizes interventions from family systems, cognitive-behavioral, emotion focused, and choice theory. He has clinical experience working in a variety of settings including a residential treatment center, wilderness therapy programs, community agencies and family therapy centers. Dr. Issenmann’s passion is to help people connect in ways that honor their values. His research and clinical work has focused on helping individuals and families achieve successful differentiation. In addition to supporting individuals and families as a primary therapist, Dr. Issenmann has many years of supervisory experience as both Director of Family Services and as Clinical Director.

When not working, Dr. Issenman enjoys trail running and spending time hiking, camping and reading with his wife and son.

Jack Kline, MS, LPCS, LCAS, CCS, CTT-2, MAC

President and Founder

Jack has more than 30 of experience in dealing with mental health, substance abuse disorders, recovery trauma, and the array of co-occurring mental health issues that go along with it. He also has extensive training in depression, bipolar disorder, gender identity issues, family issues, grief and trauma, conduct disorder, and developmental issues pertaining to adolescents and young adults. Jack holds a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling as well as the following six clinical licenses and certifications:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
  • Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist
  • Certified Clinical Supervisor
  • Certified Trauma Therapist – 2 Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Jack has specialized training in the following areas:

  • Substance abuse
  • Addiction/recovery issues
  • Trauma
  • 12-Step facilitation
  • Advanced relapse prevention therapy
  • Attachment disorders including Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Sexual abuse
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Adventure based counseling
  • Systemic family interventions
  • Clinical supervision

He has designed and helped open six other highly regarded programs in the field of adventure therapy focusing on substance abuse, mental health, trauma, and addiction treatment. He has provided care in both private-practice settings and the public sector. He presents nationally at various conferences on cutting-edge treatment for young adults and adolescents. The needs of the clients that he sees continually change, and so he believes our treatment team and program offerings must continually evolve.

Jack believes in an integrative approach that deals with the underlying emotional issues that are simultaneously present with chemical dependency substance use disorders. Consequently, he uses a holistic, strengths-based orientation that empowers clients to develop their inherent talents, skills, and resources.

Additionally, as a Black Belt in American Kenpo, Jack instructs Red Oak Recovery® clients in self-defense, personal empowerment, character development, and the underlying principles of self-respect, respect for others, and self-discipline.

Meg Nygren, CAI-II, CTP-I

Vice President of Marketing

Meg Nygren the team as the Director of Marketing for Red Oak Recovery programs. Her vast experience includes working in the marketing and business development arena, strategic planning, leadership development, and working with families, clients, and referral sources during the admissions process and throughout their treatment stay. She also has experience with regards to operations, regulation, and compliance in a prior role with Red Oak Recovery.

Meg delivers a high standard of excellence and offers a collaborative team spirit with those she works with. She enjoys working with families and professionals to help deliver solutions for customized treatment and long-lasting, sustainable recovery for those struggling with substance use, trauma, and mental health issues. Meg is a Certified ARISE Interventionist, Level II and a Certified Trauma Professional, Level I.

On her downtime, you can find Meg exploring the many things to do in beautiful Western North Carolina with her husband. Eric and miniature pinscher, Romeo.

Mick Masterson, CSAC

Vice President of Operations

Mick brings over 10 years of experience in mental health and substance abuse treatment. He has served in positions as direct care, admissions, transitional living management, program development and management, and operations. Currently, in his role as Vice President of Operations, Mick works to ensure Red Oak Recovery programs continue to offer quality and effective programming to our clients, with the highest standards of safety and accountability. Through effective recruitment, training and mentorship Mick ensures that Red Oak Recovery employs the most qualified and compassionate staff to deliver impactful and effective clinical and holistic treatment services.

Mick draws upon his own experience in recovery to connect with our clients and share his experience strength and hope. He is a firm believer that anyone and everyone can recover and works tirelessly to ensure that our clients are given the love, support, and tools they need to achieve the changes they seek in their lives.

Mick is a dedicated and grateful father of three girls. He spends his time away from work with his partner Carrie, their daughters, dogs, cats, chickens, and bees enjoying the beauty of Western North Carolina and the gifts that his life of recovery has provided.

Dr. Katherine “Katie” Dunlap, MD

Katie is originally from Northern Virginia, but she is a fourth generation visitor to Montreat, in Western North Carolina, and it is no surprise to now call this area home. She studied Classical Studies at Tulane University, Public Health University of Illinois at Chicago, and Medicine at Georgetown University. After Katie finished her residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Duke in 2016, she headed straight to the mountains and started working in community mental health and at an adolescent treatment facility.

Katie’s path towards medicine started later than most, initially wanting to pursue archaeological anthropology, but she found her calling while in the Peace Corps volunteering in Paraguay after college. She thought this would lead her to work internationally in primary care, but quickly discovered that psychiatry and working with children was the best fit for her. She enjoys working with and empowering families. As she started her own family, her interest working internationally changed into doing volunteer trips and she turned her focus to working in WNC.

Katie has been on the NCCCAP executive council since 2014 and finding ways to advocate for the pediatric mental health populations. In addition to working in underserved communities, her special interests are treating Autistic children and adults, adolescents transitioning into adulthood, medical education, and medically ill children with psychiatric comorbidities. Outside of Foothills, she is a faculty member for the MAHEC psychiatry residency and UNC school medicine. When Katie is not working, you will find her spending time with her two children, husband, and large dog. She enjoys hiking, painting, sitting on porches, reading, yoga, traveling, and exploring all the wonderful places WNC has to offer!

Contacting our Adolescent Treatment Staff

Want to speak with a member of our adolescent treatment staff? Contact Foothills at Red Oak Recovery by calling 866.300.5275. Our team looks forward to helping you and your family.