Katharina grew up in the northeastern area of Pennsylvania and New England. She relocated to South Florida at a young age and experienced first-hand a life in addiction and shortly after surrendered to a life in recovery.
Katharina has dedicated herself to serving the recovery community. She always volunteers her time to pay it forward and shares her story in hopes of saving others from the throes of addiction that almost took her own life.
Katharina has an extensive background in substance use disorder and mental health treatment. This, accompanied by her clear understanding of the 12 steps and recovery, has allowed her relentless pursuit in helping individuals struggling with addiction. She strives to let every individual know that they are taking the very first step in a life-changing journey – emphasizing how important that first step toward their new life truly is.
Katharina’s extensive operational, clinical, substance use disorder and mental health background allows her to help not only those who are suffering, but also their families suffering as well.
Katharina has led many great teams in the behavioral health field. She specializes is facility start-ups, team building, turnarounds, CARF, Joint Commission and compliance with all state and accrediting bodies’ standards.
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.
Jeff is a person in long-term recovery from substance use disorder. His experience in the mental health and substance use disorder treatment and recovery field is diverse. He began this career in 2011 as a Peer Support Specialist and has worked in various settings in numerous roles serving individuals while he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work. He is still certified as a Peer Support Specialist and has since added credentials as Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate and Certified Clinical Supervisor.
Jeff values his roles of husband, father, brother and friend to those he loves. He enjoys woodworking, gardening and barbequing in his free time. Jeff believes that each person experiencing mental health and substance use disorders deserves to be treated with respect and have an opportunity to pursue wellness as a whole person.
Michael has a life-long interest in psychology and the transformative power of recovery from substance use and mental health challenges. He has experience working in direct care as a counselor, case manager, therapist and team leader. His clinical approach is centered on trauma-focused care, acceptance & commitment therapy and motivational interviewing.
Michael graduated with his master’s in counseling psychology from Golden Gate University in San Francisco in 2015. Through his interest in travel and Buddhism he considers himself at home in the world.
Jay is originally from Atlanta, GA. He came to Real Recovery after working years as a substance abuse counselor and case manager and now manages our BHT Staff and handles operations for Real Recovery while working with clients in their recovery process. Jay has multiple years of sobriety and is an active member in the recovery community. In his free time, Jay enjoys spending time with his daughter and wife as well as fly fishing, art and video games.
Buck joined Real Recovery in October 2022 after working in the recovery industry for 2 1/2 years. Previously he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Buck’s passion is to help others become their best selves. Outside of work, he really enjoys being outside hiking or camping, and being by the ocean and scuba diving.
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