The MountainVIEW RECOVERY TEAM
Dr. Charles R. Young, MD
Dr. Young received his undergraduate degree in Biology from East Carolina University. During his undergraduate career he played collegiate soccer at UNC-Asheville, taught Emergency Medical Science for Pitt Community College, and was a Member of the National Ski Patrol at Wolfe Ridge. He went on to receive his medical degree from The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina in 1989. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine at the MAHEC Family Practice Residency Program in Asheville, NC. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and a member of both the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Young has been providing primary care to patients and their families for 31 years.
Dr. Young grew up in the Asheville area and is currently a staff physician at the Hot Springs Health Program in Madison County North Carolina. Dr. Young and his wife Lynn are parents to four boys, and now several grandchildren. He coached select level soccer teams for over 10 years. His current personal interests include training and competing with German Shepherd Dogs in the sport of Schutzhund.
Dr. Young’s family has not been immune to the disease of addiction. He understands that addiction is a complex condition. He is a strong believer that addiction, as a brain disease, is treatable. Modern science also agrees that addiction is a chronic disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. Dr. Young is an advocate for comprehensive, person centered treatment, and is a strong proponent of Medication Assisted Treatment for addiction.
Jeremy Mullis, LCAS, CSI
Jeremy Mulls is the Clinical Director for Mountainview Recovery. Jeremy has been working with individuals with mental health and addiction since 2008 and has been a North Carolina resident since 1982. Jeremy is currently licensed as a clinical addiction specialist and clinical supervisor and received his Master’s degree in clinical psychology with addiction specialty at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Jeremy’s area’s of expertise are with motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapies. Jeremy’s hobbies include spending time with his family, computers, guitar and gaming.
Jessica Shepherd, NCCPSS, CRC
Jessica was born and raised in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She has had her own struggles with substance abuse. After completing treatment locally, she transitioned to a Sober Living and became active in a 12-step fellowship. After waiting tables through early recovery, she had the opportunity to work for the sober living she resided in. After 5 years of working in Sober Living, Jessica discovered her passion for providing support for others struggling with substance abuse. She has been working to build relationships with other professionals to provide up to date, creative resources to meet the needs of those in recovery . She made a decision to go back to school and is currently working to obtain her Bachelors in Corrections and Human Support Services with University of Phoenix. Jessica also acquired her North Carolina Peer Support Specialist certification (NCPSS), CARR Certified Recovery Coach (CRC), as well as a Registered Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-R). Jessica is grateful for the relationships she has obtained in recovery, including her family, sponsor, sponsees, and friends who have become family. She regularly attends church at Pleasant Hill Baptist in Weaverville. She spends her leisure time participating in service, spending time with her boyfriend, taking care of her kittens, and surrounding herself with her loved ones.
Ginger Malcolm, CSAC, PSS
Ginger understands addiction from the inside out, as a person in sustained recovery herself and as an internationally certified substance use counselor, addiction recovery empowerment specialist, peer support specialist and recovery advocate. She has experienced first-hand the power of community to support recovery and has helped many in the past 8 years of being a LCAS. Ginger likes to say she is living proof that recovery happens and that her life is more beautiful and powerful now than she ever dreamed possible.
Alvarez Abernathy, csAc
Alvarez received a Bachelor‘s degree in Urban Affairs & Policy Analysis from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC. He also earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Public Administration from Southern from Southern Illinois University @ Edwardsville and his J.D. Degree Wake Forest University in Winston -Salem, NC
He began his career in Mental Health and Substance Abuse in December of 2014,working, as a Certified Peer Support Specialist & Case Management at The Neil Dobbins in Asheville. He worked as a Peer Support Bridger October Road/JFK –ADATC (Pilot Program). He is currently employed at Crossroads Treatment Center in Asheville, NC as a Substance Abuse Counselor.
Alvarez enjoys traveling, reading, running and working out at the gym. He is an Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Professionals and the Qualifier for licensed General Contractors in NC & SC.
Makenzie St. Louis, LCMHC-A, LCAS
I am dedicated and passionate about working with individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorders. I completed my Master’s of Science in Clinical Counseling at East Carolina University in May 2019. I also received my Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from East Carolina in May 2017. In addition to working with issues of addiction, I have a special interest in helping clients work through depression, anxiety, behavioral addictions, and trauma. I utilize a number of modalities while working with others, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). As a therapist, I view my role as supportive and collaborative. I hope to join alongside clients to navigate recovery, meet their own unique needs, and build a life worth living. I moved to the Asheville area in June 2019 with my fiancé and our cat. Some things I enjoy doing in my free time include hiking, camping, reading and cooking.
Jessica Otolinsky, LCMHCA
Jess completed her undergraduate degree in Communication at University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and continued on to earn her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah University. Jess is a native of central Pennsylvania though loves living in Asheville with her significant other. Her professional experiences include individual and group substance abuse outpatient counseling, child and teen hospital settings, case management, education, women’s behavioral health including a focus on pregnant mothers, in homes working with kinship and domestic adoptive families who have experienced trauma and working with children and families in an office setting. Jess is excited to be in this new role with Mountain View Recovery as she believes recovery is less of a destination and more of a lifelong journey that calls for great self-awareness and learning new ways. When she is not working, she is likely caring for her puppy and dog, painting, practicing yoga, camping or planning her next road trip to see family and friends or have an adventure in some new place!
Freda Woody, RN;BSN
My name is Freda Woody. I am native to this area. My family have been here for over four generations. I live on a small farm with my husband, Steve. We have over 20 goats (I have been known to bring bottle babies to work in a laundry basket and on a heating pad) and 50 chickens. Our Great Pyrenees dogs, Bristol & Nickel keep predators away from our farm. We also have a Boxer named Rocky, a manx tortishell cat named Gabby and a Senegal parrot named Dexter. We have an antique booth is Asheville, so we are auction, estate sale and yard sale champions. We enjoy doing anything together! I did not get married until age 46, but boy, did I latch onto a winner!! We have a camper on Lake Cherokee in TN and even enjoy going there in the winter. We are very supportive of our local 4 -H and FFA chapter. We are members of Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Leicester.
I attended AB Tech for my LPN and RN schooling. I graduated from Lee’s McRae College as an adult learner and obtained my BSN in my early 50’s. Nursing is all I have ever wanted to do. My mama watched General Hospital when I was growing up and I was on awe of Jessie Brewer, R.N. I loved watching her pin on her nursing cap in the nurse’s longue on the 7th floor. So, in essence, my profession was decided by a soap opera! I can remember loading hay onto a trailer when I was little. When we got to the end of a row, we got a little rest, as my Papaw turned the tractor and hay trailer around to head back the other way. I spent my few minutes of rest by giving the seed pods of a bull nettle a shot with a briar from another weed. I never had to practice giving an injection while in nursing school, because I already had it down pat!
Rebekah "Beka" Hampton
Behavioral Health Technician
& Peer Support Specialist
Rebekah “Beka” is a person in long term recovery from substance abuse. She entered into recovery at the age of 21 from consequences with the legal system. She completed treatment at a long-term treatment facility in Asheville and transition into sober living. In 2018 she completed her Peer Support Certification and in currently a student at AB Tech pursuing a degree in Human Services. In her free time she enjoys expressing herself through her creativity.
Jessi Davis- L.Ac
Jessi is a licensed acupuncturist in North Carolina and is nationally certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology by NCCAOM. Jessi received her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville. She has undergraduate degrees in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Outdoor Education. Jessi was an outdoor adventure guide for 11 years. This is where she first discovered her “medicine.” She loves how much healing happens when she sees people getting outside, moving, and having fun. Jessi believes movement is medicine and wants to provide the offering of Chinese medicine to the community to help relieve physical, mental, and emotional ailments that may be limiting a person’s ability to move around and enjoy their lives.