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Michael Carroll

Director of Business Development

Michael, a compassionate FSU graduate, seamlessly transitioned from corporate roles to a meaningful career in Behavioral Health. His journey, marked by personal triumphs over challenges, led him to a profound understanding of the struggles individuals face.

Having overcome his own obstacles, Michael is thrilled to be working with the Red Oak programs, which he believes represent “a true opportunity for patients to experience healing in an incredibly therapeutic environment alongside renowned clinical staff.”,  His background in organically growing businesses uniquely equips him to address the complexities of behavioral health with a nuanced perspective.

In his pursuit of aiding others, Michael has cultivated relationships with leaders across the nation in hospital systems, treatment centers, educational consultants, and interventionists, along with other vital areas of the field. His commitment goes beyond the ordinary, going the extra mile to connect families with the most suitable care options.

Now based in Charlotte, Michael’s dedication to helping others is deeply personal, rooted in his journey of restoration. Along with his wife Kate, he’s a loving parent of two beautiful children and adorable dog.  Beyond his role, Michael embraces a holistic approach to well-being, engaging in fitness, travel, and occasional rounds of golf.

In every aspect of his life, Michael brings a heartfelt commitment to helping individuals take vital steps toward long-term health. His narrative is not just a professional one but a testament to the transformative power of empathy and personal growth.

Maggie Cain

Maggie Cain, LCMHC-A

Director of Clinical Relations

Maggie is a Katy, Texas native before moving to play collegiate tennis in Arkansas. There she found her first career and love for helping people. Her first job landed her in the nonprofit fundraising sector. For thirteen years she was blessed with getting to raise awareness and much-needed funds for children and families seeking support, hope, and love through programs for psychiatric, emotional, and behavioral health care in Arkansas. After earning her Masters in Mental Health and Clinical Counseling in 2016 from Southern Arkansas University, she became a Licensed Associate Counselor in Arkansas and recently (2018) transferred her license to North Carolina as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate.

Additionally, for fourteen months beginning in December 2016, Maggie provided part-time counseling for Bradford Health Services IOP of Little Rock. Working with the clients and their families at Bradford Health Services. That experience, and her love of helping people, led her to a desire to stay in addiction treatment. Maggie found herself seeking through the clients’ strengths and desires for help to be a part of a team that feels the same passion for helping and ensures every client an opportunity to succeed.

Maggie’s biggest strength is that she finds daily happiness in helping others and helping families heal. Maggie lives in Mills River, with her husband and three very little children.

Josh Gunalda

Josh Gunalda

Admissions Director

Josh has over 21 years of experience working directly with clients and families in mental health and substance abuse treatment programs. Josh understands that it is through direct and professional collaboration that many families find the support they need. Josh is willing to work tirelessly for clients and family members to support them through these difficult decisions.

Josh’s journey began in a direct care role with adolescents in an experiential therapeutic program where he was propelled in the direction of service and education. From there, Josh was granted the opportunity to take his skills and experience to assist in developing and opening a new young adult substance abuse and mental health treatment program, where he served as a program director for several years. During this time, Josh facilitated countless family orientations and workshops, gaining invaluable insight into the broader needs of the clients he served, specifically the importance of family system support and education.

Aiming to expand his impact on those in need and fulfill his passion for helping others, Josh accepted a position in an admissions department supporting four separate treatment centers. This experience offered tremendous experience with a wide range of clients from all over the world. Josh accepted the director of admissions role for one of these programs, where he served for over nine years. Josh has since served as the director of admissions for two additional centers. Josh has worked alongside treatment professionals throughout his career, including therapists, psychologists, interventionists, therapeutic consultants, sober escorts, and community leaders.

Josh is a proud father of two active and amazing boys. Becoming a father was one of the most rewarding positions he could have asked for. Seeing his boys grow and experience life is a great pleasure for Josh each and every day.

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Doug Carter, CADC

Admissions Manager

Doug moved to Asheville from Maryland’s Eastern shore to pursue a career in wilderness and adventure therapy. His background encompasses restaurant management, agriculture, equine therapy, environmental literacy, and outdoor education. Before his work in admissions, he served as a Recovery Guide and then Program Manager for Red Oak Recovery®. Doug is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington College with degrees in English and Art History; upon graduating, he was a finalist for the Sophie Kerr Prize, the nation’s largest literary award for undergraduate creative writing.

One of Doug’s passions is teaching others how to cultivate the resources necessary to evolve as individual members of a team. Discovering value in varying perspectives, as well as fostering effective communication skills, propels his mission to enhance client and employee culture in the Red Oak community. His continuing education as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor has led him to incorporate self-inquiry, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and spiritual awareness in his professional and personal life.

At home, Doug finds himself fermenting food, tending to plants, reading, writing, and exploring the natural world. His belief in the connection of mental and physical health has inspired him to unify a practice of running, yoga, meditation, and high-intensity interval training. If not immersed in a hobby, Doug spends his time sitting by a fire under the stars with his partner.