Meet Our Staff

Paula McCarther, LCSW, DCC


 Paula McCarther is the CEO and a therapist at Insight Renewal Center.  She spent 22 years as Director of School Based Mental Health at UAMS.  This allowed Paula to expand administrative skills while providing therapy to children, teens and adults suffering from  a myriad of emotional and behavioral disorders.  Her passion for helping people to grow  has manifested itself in the establishment of the INSIGHT RENEWAL CENTER.  Paula and the staff here respect our clients who are suffering.  We are dedicated to providing quality care. 

Elizabeth Buchman, LPC-TA


Elizabeth Buchman is a 9 year licensed outpatient mental health counselor who has worked with adults, adolescents and families.  She is devoted to helping her clients find balance, gain insight and improve their lives. She is passionate about helping people improve their lives. She frequently works with people who have issues related to perfectionism, co-dependency, trauma, relationship issues, grief, anxiety, and depression.  

Kelly Brown, LPC-TA


  Kelly is a 6 year licensed professional counselor focused on implementing evidenced-based collaborative treatments to generate healthy changes. She enjoys treating areas such as eating disorders, self-image issues, identity issues, anxiety, trauma, and ADHD.  Kelly has completed the coursework for eating disorders and is currently under the supervision of an eating disorder specialist to complete her CEDS (Certified Eating Disorder Specialist) certification.  She is trained in childhood/adolescent and adult trauma, play therapy, and uses evidenced based treatment methods. Kelly believes growth and change is possible for anyone and is willing to dig with her clients to get there.  She believes change is not easy or simple, but is dedicated to being there through the entire process. Kelly has spent most of her time working with children and adolescents, but enjoys working with adult as well. She is ready to give you or your child the tools to succeed, and improve the areas you desire to improve.

Kelly Sherman-Hester, LCSW, DCC


    Kelly is a licensed clinical social worker with experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.  She collaborates with her clients to support and empower each individual in a way that enhances healing and personal growth.  She works with a wide range of clients from those who are simply looking to gain deeper perspective for their daily lives to those who have experienced a variety of emotional and behavioral disturbances including, but not limited to, anxiety disorders, depression, grief, trauma, and personality disorders.  Kelly not only sees individuals but also works with couples, and she also has expertise in providing group therapy.  Kelly’s most recent certifications include Distance Credentialed Counselor, (DCC) allowing her to talk with clients via their home computer; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for working with clients who have experienced traumatic events; and the Gottman Method on the 10 Core Principles for Effective Couples Therapy.  Kelly’s passion is helping her clients learn healthy responses that promote self-confidence and improve the ability to connect with others.

Dustin Birdwell, LPC



Dustin Birdwell is a licensed professional therapist. He has primarily worked with teenagers and adults through school based therapy services.  His aim by using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Reality Therapy is to help his clients overcome their struggles and help them reach their fullest potential. He looks holistically at each individual client, assessing items such as values, family dynamics, individual perspectives, and personal goals. Empathy and compassion are a component of Dustin's listening skills.  He uses his skills to help build your strengths. Dustin loves working with our veteran population.  He draws from personal experience to able to channel his skills to help veterans who may be suffering from depression, anxiety, or PTSD.  Dustin incorporates behavioral modifications, problem solving, self esteem and self worth into the therapuetic process.  He owns has a therapy trained dog that can be used during sessions if a client would like to have a dog present. His name is Roman; he  has received training through Conway Canine Companions.

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