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!

Hannah Lea

Medical Coordinator

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.

Darius Bennett, MS, RDN, LDN

Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist

Darius completed his Master of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics at Saint Louis University and returned to the North Carolina area where he grew up to start his career. Darius is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and North Carolina Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist with a passion for working in pediatrics. Through combining both the clinical and community sides of nutrition his goal is to enhance client’s knowledge of nutrition, its benefit to the body, and develop positive food attitudes and habits during and after their time at Red Oak Recovery®. Personally, Darius enjoys being active through exercise and sports, such as volleyball and swimming, traveling, and, naturally, trying new kinds of food.