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.

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.

Tanner Balkcom, RN

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 facility 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.