Who We Are

At The Prenatal and Postpartum Center of the Carolinas (PPCC), we are passionate about helping women and families. All of our clinicians have completed the training for professionals offered by Postpartum Support International.

Judith M. Thorne, MA, MS, Psy.D.
Director (Charlotte)

Dr. Judith M. Thorne practices as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Charlotte, NC. She possesses an MA in Applied Psychology (1989), an MS in Applied Psychology (1993) and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (1997). She currently serves on the Board of Directors of “NC Postpartum Support International,” has served on the board of “NC depression after delivery,” has been a resource for “NC moms supporting moms,” and has received certification from Postpartum Support International.

Dr. Thorne has been in private practice for over 20 years, treating children, adolescents, adults and couples. Over the last 18 years, she has become an expert in perinatal anxiety, mood and psychotic disorders. She also treats those who have experienced infertility and loss.

Dr. Thorne has taught at the University level, has conducted continuing education, appeared on local news to provide information and has acted as a supervisor to both psychologists and social workers. She personally experienced a postpartum adjustment after the birth of her first child and is passionate about helping others to navigate through this difficult experience.


Carol Peindl, MSN, RN, CS
Director (Huntersville/Concord)

Carol Peindl received her Masters Degree in Nursing from Ohio State University and her BSN from Case Western Reserve University. She is certified as a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Carol is a member of “Postpartum Support International” and a North Carolina State Coordinator for PSI.     

Carol has over 30 years experience as a maternal-child nurse. Additionally, Carol has led support groups for more than 20 years related to postpartum adjustment and/or depression, infertility, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  She has worked as a psychotherapist in private practice in Huntersville for 18 years. Her practice specializes in Perinatal Mood Disorders, Fertility, and Perinatal loss. Carol also is certified in EMDR and helps women with trauma, especially difficult delivery experiences. She is trained in Somatic Experiencing and Internal Family Systems. She enjoys working with couples helping them adjust to a new baby and keep their relationship strong.

Carol personally experienced 6 years of infertility and a miscarriage.  She is married and has two adult children.


Carole Bombardier, MSW, LCSW, CHT
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Carole Bombardier received her Bachelor of Science degree at the State University of New York at Albany in 1988. She completed her Master of Social Work training at Rutgers University. She subsequently earned her certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy. She is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists & National Association of Social Workers.

Carole has over 30 years of experience working with families, children and adults in a wide variety of settings including community centers, agencies, and public health in the areas of developmental disabilities, early intervention, and child & family issues. She has been in private practice for 13 years in Concord and Huntersville, NC. She has a special interest in women’s issues including pregnancy, infertility, prenatal and postpartum mood disorders and weight loss. She will be offering group classes on stress reduction, self esteem, and weight loss. As a certified fertility therapist she helps couples enhance their fertility naturally through hypnosis and other mind/body approaches.

Carole has been married for 26 years and has son, age 22, and a daughter, age 17.


Tanya Masci, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Tanya is originally from upstate New York where she received her BSW at Niagara University and her MSW at Syracuse University.  She received her licensure in NC as a clinical social worker in 2003 and began her private practice. Her experience as a social worker has allowed her to work with a variety of clients in both inpatient and outpatient settings treating both mental health and substance abuse. She has also worked providing mental health care for adolescents in a residential setting.

Tanya’s current focus is guiding woman and their families in developing understanding and providing support and assistance with perinatal mood disorders. Another passion she has is utilizing her certification in EMDR to relieve symptoms of PTSD, trauma-related experiences, depression, mood/anxiety disorders, and grief and loss. Her primary office is in Charlotte, NC.

Tanya experienced  postpartum depression/anxiety with both her sons, ages 10 and 8 years old.


Paulina Chin, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Paulina Chin received her Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1999.  She then went on to complete her Masters in Science from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2001.

Paulina has over 18 years of postgraduate experience working with children and families within community based organizations and private practice.  She also spent 6 years supervising clinicians and directing community based programs.  Her specialties include working with complex traumas and women’s issues that include pregnancy, infertility and prenatal and postpartum mood disorders.  Paulina is trained and certified as an EMDR therapist.  She is also bilingual in Spanish.

Paulina lives in Charlotte with her husband and two school-aged sons.

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Johanna Covault, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Johanna Covault received her Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology at University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2012. She then went to complete her Masters in Social Work from University of North Carolina Charlotte in 2014.

Johanna has focused her career on working with children and families with particular interest in infant mental health and supporting mothers. Her specialities including working with trauma, anxiety and depression, and women’s concerns including pregnancy, adjusting to motherhood, and prenatal and postpartum mood disorders. Johanna is trained and certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Johanna has office locations in Concord and Huntersville.

Johanna has been married for 8 years and has two daughters, ages 6 and 3 years old.

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