Our Psychiatrists and Therapists
He is a graduate of the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Thistlethwaite completed his residency in Psychiatry at Charleston Area Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, he is a fellow of the APA, and has worked in private practice as a psychiatrist for the past 24 years. Dr. Thistlethwaite is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and the American College of Forensic Examiners. Dr. Thistlethwaite currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at West Virginia University, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. His responsibilities include providing training to residency staff, grand round lectures, and mentoring third year medical students. Prior to focusing exclusively on outpatient psychiatry Dr. Thistlethwaite served as Chief of Psychiatry for Thomas Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Thistlethwaite also provides TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy Services at the TMS Center of West Virginia. Dr. Thistlewaite completed a visiting fellowship in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) at Duke University in 2013. He has been certified as a Brainsway dTMS system operator. He completed Neuronetics training program for TMS in 2012. Dr. Thistlethwaite also has worked extensively in forensic and correctional psychiatry with both adult and juvenile offenders. He continues to provide forensic psychiatric assessments.
Dr. Russell Voltin is the CEO of PsyCare.
He is a graduate of the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Voltin completed his residency in Psychiatry at Charleston Area Medical Center, and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Voltin has worked in private practice as a psychiatrist for the past 23 years. Dr. Voltin is a member of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Voltin currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to focusing exclusively on outpatient psychiatry, Dr. Voltin served as Medical Director for Thomas Memorial Hospital psychiatric unit, and as Medical Director of the Beacon Geriatric Partial Hospitalization Program. Other past work experience includes serving as an Assistant Clinical Professor and the Local Training Coordinator for Forensic Psychiatry at West Virginia University. He previously served as Co-Medical Director and Psychiatric Consultant for South Central Regional Jail. Dr. Voltin also has served as Guest Lecturer for the West Virginia College of Law.
Dr. Voltin also provides Transcranial Magnetic Stimulations (TMS) Therapy Services at the TMS Center of West Virginia. Dr. Voltin completed a visiting fellowship in TMS at Duke University in 2013. He has been certified as a Brainsway dTMS system operator. He completed Neuronetics training program for TMS in 2012. In the past, Dr. Voltin has been a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the American Medical Association, the West Virginia State Medical Association, the American Headache Society, and the Kanawha Medical Society. He also was previously a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners.Dr. Steven Dreyer is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a subspecialty in neuropsychology.
Dr. Dreyer received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Dakota. He has been practicing for over 30 years, and has been the Director of Psychological and Neuropsychological Services at PsyCare since 2000. He has an extensive background in both the assessment and treatment of various mental disorders. Dr. Dreyer also has developed an active forensic practice, conducting neuropsychological and/or psychological evaluations for both civil and criminal cases. He is the Neuropsychological Consultant for the Charleston Area Medical Center Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and is also a Clinical Associate Professor for the West Virginia University Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry.
Dr. Dreyer is an adjunct faculty member for the Marshall University Psychology Department Psy.D. Program. He is a Diplomate in Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology, through the American Board of Psychological Specialties. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists. Dr. Dreyer is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, West Virginia Psychological Association, International Neuropsychological Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He is a past President of the West Virginia Psychological Association. Dr. Dreyer is a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners.Amy Wehrle is a Licensed Psychiatrist specializing in children and adolescents.
Amy is a graduate of WVSOM and completed her residency at Charleston Area Medical Center. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a fellow of the APA, and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Wehrle is currently accepting new patients with an emphasis on children and adolescents.Dr. Alicia Smith is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
Dr. Smith completed her doctoral internship in clinical psychology at West Virginia University’s Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who is currently accepting new patients. She enjoys working with individuals (and families) of varying ages who are experiencing emotional difficulties that are negatively affecting their quality of life. She offers an integrative approach to treatment, and promotes overall health and well-being. Using CBT, as well as other modalities, Dr. Smith offers treatment for anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, trauma, and substance abuse/dependence. She also enjoys working with individuals with varying medical diagnoses and conditions to improve health behaviors promoting lifestyle change.Angela Null, M.S., is a Licensed Psychologist specializing in children and adolescents.
Angela (Anji) graduated from Radford University with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, specializing in children and adolescents. Anji has been employed in the field of psychology for nearly 25 years. Anji specializes in child, adolescent, and family issues, using cognitive behavioral and client-centered therapy techniques.Melissia Hardin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in treating children, adolescents, adults, and families.
She has been with PsyCare since 2003. Melissia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Marshall University and has been employed in the mental health field since 2003. She has worked in a variety of settings including: with young children, adolescents, and families in their homes; in a prison setting with adult men and women; in a hospital setting with children and adults of all ages; and currently in a private practice setting. She treats those struggling with a variety of behavioral and cognitive issues including stress, anxiety, depression, adjustment, ADHD, personality disorders, mood disorders, TBI, and chronic illness. She uses a variety of therapeutic strategies and techniques combining psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based techniques. When working with children, Melissia provides skills, guidance, and support to help parents, which, in turn, helps the child achieve their goals.Kathryn “Katie” E. Dawson, M.A. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in psychological testing and therapy services in children, adolescents, and adults.
Katie graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 1995 and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Marshall University in 1999, where she was valedictorian of her class. Katie joined the PsyCare family in March of 2019 with over 25 years of experience. She has mostly worked in private practice with children ages five and above, adolescents, and adults. She also enjoys working with couples and families. Katie offers an integrative approach to treatment, using Behavioral Modification, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, as well as other treatment modalities. She specializes in psychological testing and diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, trauma, ADHD, and medical diagnoses and conditions, including chronic pain.
Brenda (Bea) Carper, M.S., LCSW, is a Licensed Certified Social Worker.
She graduated from Concord College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Social Work and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Bea received her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from West Virginia University. She has been employed with PsyCare since 2000. Bea has been a psychotherapist for approximately 30 years, and specializes in individual, marital and family therapy. Her areas of expertise include treatment of depression, anxiety and relationship issues. She has also worked with addiction issues, including eating disorders. Bea has also completed several post graduate certification programs.Christy Haynes, MSW, LICSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Christy joined PsyCare in 2009. She graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and from West Virginia University in 2000 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Christy specializes in individual, couples, group and therapy with all age groups. She also offers therapy with the use of emotional support dogs. Christy has gained the highest level of licensure in her field since 2004, and has presented on a local and national level. She serves as an adjunct professor for West Virginia University Institute of Technology, and was recently appointed as a responding clinician in the disaster response procedures for a branch of Alpha Natural Resources.