Our Professionals

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Pamela Carey, M.Ed, LPCC-S, CCTP - Executive Director and Forensic Interviewer

has a Masters in Education with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling from Lindsey Wilson School of Professional Counseling. Ms. Carey is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals. 


Dr. Robin C. Whitaker, D.O - Physician

attended Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine receiving her Doctor of Osteopathy degree in 2002.  She then fulfilled a Family Medicine Residency at East Tennessee State University and followed with an Obstetrics Fellowship at Memorial Family Practice Residency Program in South Bend, IN. Dr. Whitaker returned to Eastern Kentucky in 2006 where she practices in a full scope family practice, Dr. Whitaker has a passion for Obstetrics, Women’s Health and Pediatrics.  As an employee at Quantum Healthcare in Hazard, Ky, Dr. Whitaker provides clinical as well as Obstetrics services.  Dr. Whitaker believes it is an honor to be able to serve in the area where she was born and raised.


Brandi Noplis - Victim Advocate Assistance

is a graduate of Hazard Community and Technical College with her  Associates of Arts in Education. Brandi is currently attending EKU where she is working towards her Bachelors degree in General Studies. During her time at EKU, Brandi assisted in a monetary fundraiser for the local Women’s Center for women who are victims of sexual assault. Brandi has experience in working with children in her practicum placements with Madison and Perry County school districts. 


Victoria Halcomb, BASW - Victims Advocate

is a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Social Work, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. Victoria has had practicum experience in the field with the Department of Community Based Services. She is also an authorized Darkness2Light facilitator.

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Jeffrey Combs, M. Ed, LPCC-S, - Forensic Interviewer

has also received his Masters in Educations with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling from Lindsey Wilson School of Professional Counseling. He is also a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and is CPR certified. Jeffrey's history includes providing outpatient therapy and providing therapy to children in foster care. 

Polly Thornsberry - Case Manager

has experience with the Care Cottage. She completed a practicum here in 2020. Polly has spent the past five years tutoring children with the Hindman Settlement School. She also completed a year of AmeriCorps. Polly and the Care Cottage staff are excited to add this new service to our center to help us  better serve our clients