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Oasis Recovery Center has helped thousands of individuals find their path to freedom through addiction recovery. 

Meet our friendly and certified staff
Jonathan Wood
CEO and President 

Jonathan is a natural born leader with a wide range of experience in diverse avenues of collaboration, from real estate development projects to wireless internet infrastructure design. He has a passion for inspired action, which has propelled him into community outreach and networking. At a time when he was face to face with the destruction of addiction, both through firsthand experience, and in facing the death of a friend, he embarked on a new venture: to build a safe, supportive space for addicts to truly recover. Through lots of planning and logistics, and many synergistic connections, all the cooperative components of this heart-felt endeavor have come together to build an uplifting environment for recovery. Jon is ever-ready to lend a supportive role in any day-to-day operations of the center, and in assisting clients throughout their stay.
Clinical Team
Vern Eleazer, MS, LSAC, CCS, CCTP
VP of Operations and Clinical Director 

Vernetta received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western Carolina University, and she also holds a MA in History and a BA in Theatre Arts. She is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and uses ACT to help clients decrease their suffering and move in the direction of their values. She is passionate about the effectiveness of Experiential Therapy, and has witnessed clients accessing their under lying issues with the aid of creative approaches. She believes in the power and influence of the group process and its ability to propel clients into committed action through the solace of connection. Vernetta is also a HeathRhythms drumming facilitator and enjoys empowering clients to express themselves through rhythm.
Renee Minx, MSW, LCAS-A, LCSW-A
IOP Director

Renee received her Masters of Social Work degree with a substance use specialty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019. She earned her undergraduate degree in Special Education with a concentration in English from UNC-Greensboro in 2015, and holds a teacher licensure in the state of North Carolina. She founded a project in 2015 called Bears Share Care which raised awareness of interpersonal violence through social media and sent resources to survivors of abuse all around the world. In 2016, she worked as a therapy assistant at a substance use treatment center, Fellowship Hall, for two years. Renee spoke at a TEDx Guilford event in November 2016 on Stopping the Cycle of Abuse. She worked as a clinical social worker at Wake Baptist Hospital with an integrated healthcare treatment team in 2017, and as a clinical social worker at a substance use treatment center, Caring Services, in 2018. She is currently licensed as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Associate and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Associate. Renee is also a person in long-term recovery who values mindfulness, adventure, compassion, nature and human connection.

Jeremy Stalls CADC-I, NCCPSS
SACOT Facilitator and Wilderness Experiential Facilitator

Jeremy Stalls is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-I) and a Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS) who identifies as a person in long-term recovery and has worked in the treatment field since moving to Western North Carolina in 2017. Currently facilitator of the Oasis gender-specific IOP men’s group, Jeremy is committed to creating a safe space which can foster vulnerability and allow men to express themselves in a healing manner. Jeremy passionately believes in the power of stories to resonate with the human spirit and he strives to incorporate a diverse range of creative sources into his personal approach to treatment, often including mythology, literature, and folklore into the modalities which he employs in group. “If I can somehow evoke an intensely positive experience within a client, expose them to ideas which resonate with them, and play a role in convincing them that they can still recover the person they were always capable of becoming, then they have a good chance and I’ve done my job.”

Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Jeremy has been enamored with the mountains of Western North Carolina since his first visit and he has hiked extensively throughout the region. Moving to Asheville in order to pursue work in the treatment field, Jeremy is a huge advocate of the healing properties of the natural surroundings of the city and he can often be found outdoors pursuing an active lifestyle. An avid traveler, Jeremy enjoys traveling the world with his wife, Katie, and immersing himself in other cultures. He continues to credit the recovery process for the freedom he has found in life and Jeremy has found meaning in attempting to share that gift with others. “I’ve found my bliss and that is truly a gift.”

Kristi Wrolstad

Kristi integrates her knowledge of the whole-self gained from being a Licensed Massage Therapist and Natural Therapeutics Specialist with the therapeutic power of the creative process from being a lifelong artist and dancer. She utilizes her training in Art Therapy, Dance and Movement Therapy, Qi Gong, Somatic Experiencing, and Internal Family Systems in her groups and individual sessions. She is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Counseling and will be certified as a Licensed Art Therapist this year. Kristi has been actively on a path of self-realization and healing for the past two decades. Her passion is to assist others in their journey
towards wellness and fulfillment. She is deeply inspired by her experiences in nature and her travels around the world.
Mary Davis
Recovery Coach
Mary is a recovery coach with a private practice in Asheville, NC. She is presently working toward her certification as a substance abuse counselor, facilitating DWI groups for Second Spring Counseling, and offering Life Skills classes to local sober homes to help their clients transition back into society after treatment without using substances to cope.

With a lifelong interest in wellness and helping others, Mary's work history includes 16 years as a bodyworker, four years as a depression coach, and two and a half years with Legacy Freedom Treatment Center pursuing her certification as a substance abuse counselor. She has received training in Peer Support work and Presence Based Coaching. Mary uses both of these evidence based approaches as the foundation of her work in building rapport with her clients around shared life experience, and developing greater self awareness with mindfulness practices to facilitate growth and change.
John Benton CADC-I
IOP Facilitator and Wilderness Experiential Facilitator

Originally from Richmond, Virginia, I made the decision to relocate here to western North Carolina about six years ago. As a person that struggled for many years with Substance Use Disorder, recovery and spiritual wellness are of utmost importance in my daily life. It’s because of this transformation, that I have been gifted the opportunity to work closely with others on their journey of healing. Substance abuse treatment can play such a substantial role in furthering one’s understanding of Substance Use Disorder, and provide applicable tools for anyone seeking freedom. With Oasis Recovery’s program rooted in evidence and mindfulness based approaches, it’s a wonderful experience to see those very same elements that enriched my life, begin working for others. It’s a privilege to be apart of such a loving, caring and inspiring community of individuals.
Cea Rubin, MSW, LMBT (NC #16448), RYT-500
Therapeutic Team

Cea listens to, supports, and empowers the people with whom she has the honor to work in therapeutic settings. She has supported clients in resolving diverse challenges, including but not limited to racing thoughts, “not-enough” feelings, crippling self-doubt, blacking out in episodes of anger, unresolved trauma, chronic pain, and active or passive suicidal ideation. She has had the opportunity to serve in therapeutic roles in a variety of settings, which include inpatient treatment units at the VA Hospital, inpatient psychiatric treatment for adolescents, outpatient mental health therapy in urban and rural settings, at a rape crisis center, and at a school for children on the Autism Spectrum. These experiences underscore Cea’s understanding of each individual’s uniqueness existing simultaneously with their inextricable connection to all. Thus, she calls upon her professional trainings to ensure she is meeting the needs of each individual with whom she works.

Cea has a Master’s in Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill; a B.A. in Theatre with a minor in Spanish from Davidson College; is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist with a specialization in Trigger Point Therapy; and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (500 hour) with a focus on Yoga Therapy. 
Mackenzie Kozak, MA, LCMHC-A, LCAS-A
Therapeutic Team

Mackenzie Kozak received her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville. She also holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing with a focus in poetry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.A. in English from Wake Forest University. With a background in the written and spoken word, Mackenzie believes in the power of naming as central to healing. She seeks to provide therapeutic support to clients by honoring their stories, believing in their ability to grow through experiences, and empowering them to make choices that align with their values. Her modalities of choice include person-centered therapy, ACT, and narrative therapy. She deeply appreciates the mindfulness focus of Oasis Recovery and is honored to be part of such a meaningful community. 
Emily Wilhoit, MCMHC
Therapeutic Team 

Emily received a Masters of Arts in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Montreat College. Her passion is to help people heal from their past, as well as to identify root causes for behaviors and cognitions that have caused difficulty in their daily functioning. In sessions, she often utilizes solution-focused brief therapy, gestalt therapy, and CBT. She loves to problem solve, provide thought-provoking questions about cognition and behavior, and look at a client's nonverbal communication as a form of expression beyond what they are saying. She is currently getting her dog certified as a therapy dog, to bring to sessions for clients who respond well to animals. In her free time, she likes to play volleyball, pickle-ball, and disc golf, as well as go on hikes and travel. 
Medical Team
Dr. Allen Bruce Gilpin
Physical Medical Director

Dr. Gilpin graduated from the Eastern Virginia Medical School at Norfolk in 1981. He completed his residency at the United States Naval Medical Center. Dr. Gilpin works in Asheville, NC and two other locations and specializes in Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine.    

Robert A. Fleury

Robert A. Fleury, M.D., DLFAPA, received his undergraduate degree from Springfield College in 1967. Following college, he became an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and spent one year in Vietnam. He was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, advanced to the rank of captain, and, in 1970, left the Marine Corps to embark on a career in medicine. Dr. Fleury received his medical training at Wake Forest University Medical School and then entered residency training in family medicine at the Eastern Maine Medical Center. Subsequently, he completed his training in psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. While at Dartmouth, he was appointed to Instructor of Psychiatry during his final year. At that time, he also authored medical school curriculum in the area of addictionology through a grant with the KROC Foundation. He received certification in psychiatry and neurology in 1983. He was awarded the honor of Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association in 1992.

Stoney Bowman

Stoney Bowman is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He has been working in the mental health field since 1996. His undergraduate training was at Carson-Newman College with a degree in psychology. He went on to get his nursing degree and practiced as a registered nurse at Central Regional Hospital for several years, working mostly with children and adolescents. He also has had experience in orthopedic medicine, having worked at Duke Regional. He discovered a primary interest in providing care for psychiatric patients and decided to return to school to receive his master’s degree in nursing which he completed at UNC Chapel Hill. He became employed at Carolina Behavioral Care in 2018.
Behavioral Health Technician
Aaron Corby
Male Director of Client Care 
Though born and raised in Arizona, relocating in Charlotte in his teens is what cemented Aaron as a North Carolina resident. With an exceptional talent for sports, Aaron found his calling on the baseball field, always striving to be the best. In his professional life as an accountant after college, he took this same desire with him. Unfortunately, his drive to excel burdened him with a one-way ticket down the path of addiction, or so it seemed. After many failed attempts to get clean in rehabs and detoxes over the course of nearly a decade, he finally found a way through in October of 2018, right before moving to Asheville. Aaron has a penchant for leadership. Before beginning his career in the field at Oasis Recovery, he spent innumerable hours volunteering with recovery non-profits, always helping the next addict in need. Working at Oasis has afforded him the opportunity to reach more people and to continue to spread the message that recovery is possible, no matter how long the path to it may seem. 

William Jamison
Behavioral Health Technician

William was born and raised in Asheville, NC. He enjoys backpacking and other wilderness activities. He has previously worked with individuals seeking impactful life experiences and spiritual growth by leading backpacking trips here in the blue ridge mountains. William has the unique experience of going through the entirety of programs offered at oasis as a client. He has a passion for community and cultivating a safe/accepting environment for all. His journey to recovery has been propelled by the love and support found at oasis and dedication to personal growth.
Business Development
John Libby
Admissions Director 
John was a recovery resistant addict for the better part of 20 years. Only when all other options were exhausted, he says, he would check into detox. In his words, “My dad died when I was 16, so my mom was the one left to keep me alive while I sabotaged any opportunity for progress. Eventually the lessons of a dozen treatment centers started to take hold. After trying many recovery communities in the southeast, I came to Asheville to find a unique and dynamic recovery community that felt like home instantly. The Asheville recovery community is large enough to facilitate all recovery needs, yet the city is small enough not to be overwhelming to someone in early recovery. Life has changed dramatically as I continue to work on long term sobriety in ways I could not have imagined. I work in this field with the hopes that I can play a small part in facilitating the excitement that comes with self-worth that I have felt in sobriety.”

Cooper DeNegre
Business Development
In 2013, Cooper moved to Asheville to begin his journey toward recovery. Since then, he has dedicated his time to helping others on their paths to recovery. Helping others find peace has become his passion as well as his full-time job. Working at Oasis Recovery allows Cooper to guide others toward the most important transformation of their lives. Cooper is vital to our team at Oasis.

Lindsey Lavery
Business Development
Born and raised in North Carolina, Lindsey sought recovery in Asheville, which is where she calls home. She says, ‘Being surrounded by a strong network of women I find myself living a purposeful and fulfilling life I never dreamed possible. Accountability and structure played a major part in my early recovery and set the standard for my recovery today. I understand how important these tools are and hope to pass them to my clients. In my free time I enjoy being present with my two beautiful children who are the most precious gift recovery has given me. I also enjoy nourishing the unconditional relationships recovery has afforded me.”
Lindsey is the full-time Outreach Coordinator at Oasis. Through her own journey in recovery, she says she’s come to find that her life experience, learned strengths, and combined knowledge of disease and recovery give her the tools she needs to excel in her position. She is delighted and beyond grateful to be a part of the Oasis team.

Amber Sisko
Utilization Review

Amber is passionate about the outdoors as well as helping others. After graduating Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, she went on to help women and children of domestic violence get back on their feet and find their voice again. Being new to the Asheville area after moving here in just February of 2020 from Cleveland, Amber is excited to explore everything that this unique city has to offer. This relocation has now led Amber here, where her compassion and drive to lift others up has drove her to encouraging the women of Oasis to remain on their path to recovery.
Christopher Scullin
Executive Director
Christopher was born and raised in North Carolina. He has enjoyed being out and free in nature his whole life. Christopher has traveled many roads in this lifetime already. He enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding, tending to his garden, making music, cliff jumping, traveling to music festivals, and building relationships. For the last five years, Christopher has found his passion helping individuals struggling with addiction. He has found a strong balance between wellness and nature. He sincerely enjoys sharing his passions with others. 

Stacy Greenwood
Operations Manager
The best way Stacy says she can describe herself stems from the following words: loyalty, dedication, and compassion. Stacy says, “What I admire most about working in recovery is clearing out a pathway for others to have the chance at a fulfilling life. Working with families and supporting our clients on their new journey's is what brings me peace. I myself am in recovery, and the mother of a child in recovery, and that has given me a clearer perspective on the suffering and heartbreak that so surrounds this field of work. Working at Oasis has benefited my own personal path in recovery tremendously. I love being a mother and grandmother now. Spending time with family is one of the most important things in my life. I enjoy going to see my parents and spending time with them at the beach in my free time. 
Stacy was born and raised in Minnesota and moved to Wilmington, NC in 1994. She moved to Asheville in 2016 to have a closer relationship to her children and grandson. Most of her professional career was spent as the owner/operator of a high volume child-care center licensed for 87 children, which she originally opened to help teen mothers be able to finish their education, and eventually expanded her business to include the public. Stacy has a bachelor's degree from the University of MN (Duluth campus) in Communications and Psychology.    

Trevor Kirby
Medical Coordinator

Trevor was born and raised in North Carolina and came to Asheville seeking recovery for himself. He enjoys spending time with his family, dancing, exploring, and traveling around the world with his church family helping others. Trevor believes Asheville’s strong recovery network and staying connected to others plays a huge role in him staying clean. Working one-on-one with clients is what keeps him passionate and excited about coming to Oasis every day. Trevor says, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”  
Michelle Wheeler - Family Support
Female Residential Director

Michelle hails from the close-knit community of Walkertown, NC. Her dharma has always been to help others. Addiction recovery is very near and dear to her heart. Having a child with a substance use disorder presented many challenges. Walking the path of recovery with her child, she found that a severe shortage of information and programs for families to learn to heal along with their loved ones. She started on a journey of her own to heal from the trauma of addiction. A common thread discovered in her journey were so few resources for the families of addicts. Michelle says, “The addict can heal; however, if the families do not share in the healing work, progress is slow. The family unit must heal at the same time to grow in a healthy way.”   
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