Dr. 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!

Jeremy Pettit

Physician Assistant

Mr. Pettit has nearly 20 years of experience as a Physician Assistant. It was in middle school that he began to become interested in the functioning of the human brain. Although having experience in other areas of medicine, it is psychiatry that has continued to draw him. The balance of brain chemistry has such a profound impact on daily living and throughout life for both the better and sometimes the worse.

Growing up in Colorado, Mr. Pettit enjoyed motorcycling in the mountains, and distance running. Later in college, he went on to compete in biathlons, and triathlons, and enjoyed day trips of sport-climbing when he wasn’t working as a rafting guide on the Ocoee River in Tennessee.

Having a passion for the outdoors and helping others he went on to obtain the highest level of certification from the two leading schools, at that time, in Wilderness Medicine, SOLO, and Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA). From here he furthered his education as a Nationally-Registered Paramedic with advanced training in fixed-wing and rotor-wing transport, from UAB School of Medicine.

Mr. Pettit is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health/Fitness Specialist and has enjoyed keeping fit with mixed martial arts, kettlebells, gymnastics calisthenics, and training with the founder of Commando Krav Maga.

Pulling from his experience in medicine and outdoor activities, Mr. Pettit seeks to meet patients where they are in life and help them achieve the level of health they are looking for. Our minds affect every area of our life from scholastic performance, family relationships, friendships, marriage, work, etc.; therefore, it is essential to get to the root of mental/emotional challenges in order to experience a renewed state of mind that brings with it the tools needed to successfully meet life head-on.

Tanner Balkcom, RN

Operations Director, Registered Nurse

While working as a travel nurse, Tanner Balkcom met his future wife and moved to this area.  He earned his nursing degree in Virginia and has experience in many areas, including adjunct faculty at his local college teaching paramedicine and nursing, emergency room, operating room, intensive care and long term care. Prior to his nursing career, he worked running front-line calls as a paramedic, firefighter, and hazardous materials technician.

In his down time, Tanner loves spending time with his wife and daughter, working on diesel trucks, and building and flying drones.

Tanner enjoys using his twenty-plus years of experience in so many areas of the medical field to help others live their healthiest and highest quality of life.  He appreciates the opportunity to serve alongside the other staff members at Foothills as they collaborate to provide the best possible care for their Clients.

Elizabeth Wachacha, RN

Registered Nurse

Elizabeth has been a resident of Western North Carolina since 1999.  She has spent the majority of her career working with individuals suffering from severe persistent mental illnesses and addiction. Those experiences made for a great foundation for the work Elizabeth does at Red Oak Recovery®.

Throughout her career, Elizabeth has practiced mainly psychiatric and addiction nursing. Therapeutic communication and rapport building are two of her strongest skills and as an Assertive Community Treatment Team Nurse she has learned to treat her patients with holistic care. To Elizabeth, holistic care involves all aspects of the person as well as their environment and family.

Working with persons throughout the various stages of addiction, from pre-contemplation to recovery and maintenance, gives Elizabeth the ability to meet people where they are at in their journey. Elizabeth shares that she feels lucky to work in a professional environment where the employees are genuinely invested in the critical roles they share with their clients. She is grateful for the incredibly supportive community that Red Oak Recovery® has to offer.

Elizabeth is the parent of a teenager and enjoys working with young adults tremendously. An avid animal lover, she raises silkie chickens and has five dogs and one cat. Her past times include anything from spa days and shopping to hiking and floating down the river.