Ashley is originally from Asheboro, NC where she graduated with a degree in Photojournalism in 2008, working as a staff photographer in NC until 2010. Ashley enjoyed advocating for others through photography and felt honored to document every day challenges and successes through photography, but was left with a desire to become more involved with working with others.
Ashley has worked in an outpatient setting since 2015 in rural WNC and in Asheville, NC providing direct care across the lifespan. She approaches therapy with a focus on relationships, how to build healthy connections with others, and working with clients to find a meaningful direction in life. Ashley also incorporates her own personal recovery experiences into working with others, when appropriate. She utilizes a variety of approaches when working with others, primarily incorporating Acceptance and Commitment therapy. Ashley has many roles at Real Recovery, which include meeting with all new clients for intakes, community referrals, individual therapy, coordinating discharges, tracking data outcomes for Real Recovery, and working directly with insurance carriers. When she is not in the office, she spends her time at flea markets, photographing WNC, eating cheap Mexican food, and raising a toddler.
Dr. Brady Schroer holds a BS 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 ICUs (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 area’s top hospitals and served for seven years in that capacity. Most recently, he has been treating adolescents and adults in sober living environments, residential treatment centers, community behavioral health, and outpatient settings.
James was born on a farm outside of a small town in southeastern Wisconsin. During high school and college he began to struggle with drugs and alcohol. Eventually this lead to admittance to several substance abuse programs. While getting sober, a few staff members had a profound affect on him in their eagerness to help struggling addicts.
After moving to Asheville, James began working at a wilderness treatment program in the area where he got his start in substance abuse. While there he started work on his Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) credential. James started as a House Manager with Real Recovery, but moved to Program Assistant in 2017. He now has his CSAC credential and is looking to go back to school and pursue a master’s level clinical education.
Lee Ann was born and raised in Grassy Fork, TN and she is a mother to three beautiful children. Lee Ann has worked in healthcare for 15+ years and joins Real Recovery as our medical assistant, providing support to our psychiatric and medical providers. Lee Ann assists with scheduling clients for all medical and psychiatric appointments in-house and external referrals as needed. She provides education to clients regarding medication and physical health well-being. Lee Ann also works directly with insurance carriers to obtain coverage of medications, including Vivitrol and Sublocade.
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