Zim (pronounced Zeem), has been a front-line clinician for over 30 years. He grew up in California, but considers Asheville home and has lived here for 30+ years. Zim has a Masters degree in Counseling from Western Carolina University, is a certified family therapist, and is a licensed clinical addiction specialist. He also has a background as a professional musician and comedic actor, which comes in handy working in the mental health field.
Zim believes everyone is in recovery from something, and that addiction is a reflection of our society that is very much out of balance. Balance, mindfulness, loving kindness, humor, and education are sources of skillful means to help people in recovery lead more fulfilling lives, and do the healing that engenders a return to healthy living.
Zim believes that therapy, recovery, and community should be based on healthy, emotionally intelligent, collaborative relationships. Everyone has gifts to offer, and people feel their best when they create lives in which they can give their gifts fully. We are excited to be building relationships with Asheville's thriving recovery community, and look forward to being of service toward taking the game to a whole new level!
As the director of an area Substance Use Disorder program Vernetta Eleazer knows what it takes to create a safe space for people to do their healing work. She is passionate about the effectiveness of Experiential Therapy, and has witnessed clients accessing their under lying issues with the aid of creative approaches. 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 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.
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.
Margaret Kirschner is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor - Intern (CSAC-I), meditation teacher, and Certified Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) who specializes in guiding individuals’emergence from addiction and trauma through mindful movement. With twenty years experience as a yoga teacher, she offers an integrated approach to thriving in recovery and has taught in a wide range of settings. Margaret safely supports individuals in learning to listen to and trust their bodies’ limits while also bringing an attitude of curiosity toward reaching higher possibilities, providing participants with a safe and empowering experience for healing their minds, restoring their nervous systems, and renewing their bodies. In addition to her certification as a Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Therapist at the 500-Hour level, Margaret is certified as a Dao Flow Yoga Practitioner, a registered prenatal yoga teacher (E-RPYT) and birth doula (CD(DONA), and along with Eddie LeShure, co-founder of A Mindful Emergence, LLC.
Eddie LeShure is a Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT 200), meditation teacher, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor Intern (CSAC-I), Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS), and person in long-term recovery. His primary passion is bringing evidence-based, trauma-informed mindfulness, therapeutic movement, and self-compassion practices into the realms of addiction recovery, trauma relief, and self-care. Eddie has been doing yoga since 1971, began meditating in 1982, and has studied and practiced on three continents with dozens of eminent teachers, spending the equivalent of two years in retreat setting. He teaches and leads groups in recovery settings, as well as in series classes, workshops, retreats, and regularly presents at conferences addressing addiction recovery. Eddie currently teaches yoga at Asheville Community Yoga, co-founded a weekly “Mindfulness and 12 Steps” meeting, and along with Margaret Kirschner, is co-founder of A Mindful Emergence, LLC.
Edward is enjoying sobriety and life in the mountains after a decade long struggle with opiate addiction. He overcame years of chronic relapse with a complete departure from his previous way of life and an energized focus on integrative health, with daily attention given to his physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Edward left his law practice and lifelong home in South Alabama to move his family to Asheville in 2017. In Asheville, he found a vibrant recovery community which nurtures sobriety and growth through unwavering support and encouragement in facing personal challenges. Edward understands that some of those challenges are often legal in nature. He uses his 10+ years experience in general legal practice to assist Oasis clients with any legal problem they may have, including criminal, civil and family law issues. He can facilitate communication with attorneys, family members and the court system when needed and makes himself available 24/7.
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 house, and in assisting clients throughout their stay.
Kyle has been through his own struggles with addiction and ended up in Asheville after seeking out additional support for his recovery. He made the official move from Houston, Texas, to the Asheville area with the intention to grow and gain some distance from his home town and the life he'd been living. Throughout his time here, he has learned how to build healthy relationships and live a life dedicated to recovery. For the past 3 years he has worked in the mental health and recovery fields, in the area of direct care within treatment centers and as a Program manager. His mission in life is to use his personal experience, strength, and hope to help others in their struggle with addiction.