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Brad Messenger LMSW, CEO

Brad Messenger

LMSW, CEO

Brad graduated from Michigan State University School of Clinical Social Work with his master’s degree in Social Work, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy. Brad spent time working for St. Vincent Catholic Charities and Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative where he witnessed the remarkable effects talk therapy has on physically and mentally ill patients. Not long after, Brad joined forces with CCMC and established CCMC Psychological Services and directed his psychology expertise towards an integration of psychology and primary care. Brad Now oversees the operations of CCMC Psychological Services, Gratiot Psychological Services, Midland Psychological Services, and Bay City Psychological Services.

Corrie Lovejoy Regional Manager

Corrie Lovejoy

Regional Manager

After several years in customer service, Corrie Lovejoy graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2012 with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  Realizing that she was much better behind the scenes, she decided not to pursue a degree in counseling; but rather came to manage a counseling office in 2014.

Clinical Directors

Jessica Charron, PsyD, LP Clinical Director - CCMC

Jessica Charron, PsyD, LP

Clinical Director - CCMC

Jessica graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s in Psychology and received her master’s from the Center for Humanistic Studies. Jessica then acquired a Doctor of Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology.

Following school, Jessica trained at a private practice in Farmington Hills and also performed in-home therapy for foster care in Detroit. Jessica has been with CCMC Psychological Services since they opened their doors in 2010.

In her spare time, she enjoys singing karaoke, playing disc golf, cooking and rollerblading.

Melanie Mitchell, PsyD, LP Clinical Director - Midland

Melanie Mitchell, PsyD, LP

Clinical Director - Midland

Melanie is originally from Virginia and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of William & Mary. She then moved to Atlanta and received her master’s and doctoral degree from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She has experience in private practice, college counseling, community mental health, and training and supervision of graduate students and is currently licensed to practice in Michigan, Illinois, New York, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Melanie specializes in relationship issues, identity and self-esteem, and trauma. Her approach to therapy is interpersonal in nature as she focuses on creating a safe, warm environment where clients feel comfortable taking risks and exploring difficult issues. She also specializes in psychological evaluations and has evaluated children and adults of all ages for various reasons, including learning disability/ADHD assessments, as well as more general evaluations for diagnostic clarification and therapeutic recommendations.

When she’s not in the office, Melanie enjoys attending concerts, cooking with friends, spending time with animals, binge watching tv shows, exploring new places, and reading.

Amanda M. Patterson, LPC Clinical Director - Gratiot

Amanda M. Patterson, LPC

Clinical Director - Gratiot

I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology and Masters in Counseling from Central Michigan University. Prior to joining the Gratiot team, I developed my clinical skills providing individual and couples therapy at CCMC Psychological Services and at the Central Michigan University Counseling Center.

I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults. I will use a variety of approaches in our sessions in order to understand and treat the root causes, not just the symptoms, of your issues. I prefer cognitive-behavioral, strength-based and relational therapy techniques that are designed to address you as a whole person. I believe that this deeper exploration and understanding allows for meaningful and sustainable healing and growth. I aspire to empower others in finding the path that can lead them to a more fulfilling life and engage them in their journey towards meaningful and lasting change.

When I am not in the office providing hope to others I can be found spending time with my husband and two daughters, Tori and Bella. Hobbies of mine include camping, swimming, reading, jogging, dancing, singing, and really anything at all to do with music. I look forward to working with you and hope to help you make a meaningful change in your life.

CCMC Psychological Services Care Providers

Nikki Bradburn Patient Advocate - CCMC

Nikki Bradburn

Patient Advocate - CCMC

Nikki has always enjoyed working in customer service and has done so in all of her past jobs. This job really allows her to give back and help others, which is something that is very important to her. She is currently working on going back to school to obtain a degree in the Psychological field.

When Nikki isn’t working, she enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, crafting, as well as photography.

Allison Kadlek Patient Advocate - CCMC

Allison Kadlek

Patient Advocate - CCMC

Allison graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Human Development with a minor in American Sign Language. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Health Administration through CMU in hopes to continue working in the mental health field.

When Allison is not working, she enjoys spending time with her friends and going to sporting events.

Addison Swarthout Patient Advocate - CCMC

Addison Swarthout

Patient Advocate - CCMC

Addison is a hometown graduate with close ties to the community. He enjoys bettering the lives of the patients and the staff at CCMC Psychological Services. Addison is passionate about providing the best possible service to everyone that walks through our doors. In his spare time, you can find Addison spending time with his family, on the basketball courts, or with friends.

Robert E. Cartwright, MA, LLP - Care Provider - CCMC

Robert E. Cartwright, MA, LLP -

Care Provider - CCMC

Robert E. Cartwright earned his Bachelor and Master of Arts at Wayne State University. He then went on to teach at public schools. The eagerness to understand why students had problems in learning and behavior fueled Robert’s decision to go back to school for his master’s degree in Clinical and School Psychology. Robert has taught psychology at Cleary University, was Coordinator of the Psychology Lab at Wayne State University and practiced clinical psychology at Ford Hospital.

Robert has been a psychotherapist at CCMC Psychological Services since they opened their doors in 2010. Robert specializes in testing, literacy, ADHD diagnosis and treatment along with psychological counseling. When Robert isn’t in the office, he enjoys various outdoor activities along with reading, watching movies and going to the theater.

Emma Kahrs, LLMSW Care Provider - CCMC

Emma Kahrs, LLMSW

Care Provider - CCMC

After getting a bachelors degree in Art and Social Work form Eastern Michigan University, Emma went to the University of Michigan and received a masters degree in Clinical Social Work. She has clinical experience in many mental health settings working at a women’s center, a memory care assisted living floor, and volunteering with animal therapy, art therapy, youth, and special needs individuals.

She works with a range of ages and issues using a person-centered, eclectic therapeutic style; incorporating many therapy modalities in order to cater to client’s individual needs. She spends her free time running, enjoying her pets, drawing or painting, and spending time with family and friends.

Angela Kersey, LLPC Care Provider and Referral Specialist - CCMC

Angela Kersey, LLPC

Care Provider and Referral Specialist - CCMC

Angela graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Development and went onto receive a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling from Siena Heights University.  Angela has extensive experience in substance abuse and trauma both professionally and personally. Angela has been sober for over 19 years, and is passionate about helping others who suffer from addiction, trauma, depression and anxiety. When Angela is not in the office she enjoys working out, spending time with family (including her dogs), and going to the movies.

Calli Kreutzberger, MA TLLP, LLPC Care Provider - CCMC

Calli Kreutzberger, MA TLLP, LLPC

Care Provider - CCMC

Calli obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. She has clinical experience in a crisis intervention call center, university counseling center, and outpatient private practice. She works with a range of individuals and couples from a holistic, person-centered perspective. Calli uses a creative approach to therapy. She often integrates mindfulness and art therapy into her practice.  For Clinton County Medical Center Psychological Services, she conducts therapy services as well as psychological evaluations. In her free time, Calli enjoys being outdoors, attending concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

Michelle McDonald, LMSW Care Provider - CCMC

Michelle McDonald, LMSW

Care Provider - CCMC

Michelle graduated from Albion College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and went on to receive her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University. She has done extended amounts of volunteer work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for 10 years, and has previously worked with troubled youth and their families prior to joining CCMC. Michelle has done extensive work with individuals of all ages, specializing in anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, substance abuse, and ADHD.

When Michelle is not in the office she enjoys running and working out, spending time with family, playing with her dog, and working on various projects at home.

Robin Padilla, LLPC Care Provider - CCMC

Robin Padilla, LLPC

Care Provider - CCMC

Robin is a psychotherapist who works with a variety of age groups that range from children, adults, and couples, on a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, life adjustments, loss, trauma, and relationship issues. Her therapeutic style is an integrative one that utilizes a variety of tools to help create understanding, comprehension, solutions and/or shifts to achieve relief and healing.  Her therapeutic style, while empathetic and compassionate, is lovingly direct, helping to increase clarity and reduce confusion in what is often a confusing time in one’s life, when seeking out therapy. Her passion is helping to create the shift from suffering to empowerment to allow you to move forward in the world, with tools learned through therapy, and thereafter, in the rest of your life. Robin’s educational background includes attending Northwestern University, getting her M.A., in psychotherapy as a counselor.

She draws from both the excellent education she received as well as her own real-life experiences, as a powerful duo-combination, that allows her to both understand and effectively help those that seek therapy from her. She also loves animals and has several fur babies of her own.

Ashly Sambaer, MA TLLP Care Provider - CCMC

Ashly Sambaer, MA TLLP

Care Provider - CCMC

Ashly graduated from Western Michigan University with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Before coming to CCMC, Ashly worked with children and adolescents who lived in her hometown community. She practices using a person-centered orientation and is devoted to walking with her client’s, hand in hand, toward their personal growth and healing. Ashly also has experience in psychological assessment. In her spare time, Ashly enjoys gardening, reading, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

P. Cristy Swarthout, LPC, CAADC Care Provider - CCMC

P. Cristy Swarthout, LPC, CAADC

Care Provider - CCMC

Cristy received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and then went on to receive her master’s degree in Counseling at the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, AZ. Following her degree, Cristy became a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). Cristy has also received training in Gambling Addiction and Auricular Acupuncture (ear), which is designed to detox the body and side effects from detoxing from substances.

Prior to her career with CCMC, Cristy worked with substance abuse and mental health disorders for 20 years. Cristy is married with two children and has four pets – two dogs and two cats. When she is not in the office, Cristy enjoys running, walking her dogs, watching her children play sports, watching Tigers baseball and reading.

Maggie Valade, MA TLLP Care Provider - CCMC

Maggie Valade, MA TLLP

Care Provider - CCMC

Maggie graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in biology from Oakland University, continuing on to receive her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. She has experience working with clients of all ages in a private practice setting, utilizing both individual therapy and psychological assessments. Maggie has specific experience working with individuals seeking bariatric surgery, neuropsychological disorders, as well as experience with those seeking more generalized counseling.

She works from a person-centered centered perspective, as she believes the client should have input in how counseling sessions go and what they want to spend their time talking about and working on. Her work at Clinton County Medical Center Psychological Services includes both therapy and psychological assessments. She enjoys therapy and assessments as using them together allows for another piece of the puzzle to be revealed. In her free time, Maggie enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and watching movies.

Nina Whitehill, LPC Care Provider - CCMC

Nina Whitehill, LPC

Care Provider - CCMC

Nina graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Western Michigan University – majoring in history and minoring in psychology. Nina then received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling and has been trained in experiential education along with issues relating to mental health and children.

Prior to joining the CCMC Psychological team, Nina spent one year with Child and Family Services and 22 years as a school counselor. Nina enjoys working as a counselor and finds helping people understand themselves and make positive changes in their lives to be extremely rewarding.

When Nina is not in the office, you can find her working in the yard, ballroom dancing, visiting with her family – especially her granddaughter, Janie – and spending time at the cottage in the summertime.

Gratiot Psychological Services Care Providers

Linnaea Carter Patient Advocate - Gratiot

Linnaea Carter

Patient Advocate - Gratiot

Fresh out of high school, Linnaea started work and maintained a position for 26yrs as a refrigeration repair woman. After that business closed, she returned to school at the age of 47 and received a degree in Medical Office Administration and Medical Office Technology. With her husband, she owns a small town construction company. She decided to put her degree to good use and become a full time patient advocate for Gratiot Psychological Services.

In her spare time, she paints barn quilts; some of which have made their home as far as Florida. She also loves to ride her Harley Davidson Deluxe on trips here in Michigan and places all over the US. When she’s not in the office or on the road, she enjoys boating, gardening and canning homegrown vegetables, and working on the family farm with her two grown sons.

Jessica Schrot Patient Advocate - Gratiot

Jessica Schrot

Patient Advocate - Gratiot

Jessie grew up in Gratiot county and has always enjoyed working within the community.  She is returning to Mid Michigan College in the fall to pursue her Bachelor's degree.  Ultimately, Jessie plans on working with children.

In her spare time, she enjoys coaching basketball and softball.  Jessie also loves golfing and spending time outdoors.

Leon Austin, PsyD LP Care Provider - Gratiot

Leon Austin, PsyD LP

Care Provider - Gratiot

Leon completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Religion from Southern College of Seventh-day Adventists (now Southern Adventist University) in Collegedale TN. He then completed a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology degree with a minor concentration in neuropsychology from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda CA.

Before joining Midland Psychological Services, Leon worked in a variety of clinical settings including (but not limited to) rehab and geropsychology, Social Security Disability psychological evaluations, adolescent group homes (for boys and girls) and the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Outside the office, Leon enjoys spending time with his wife Cheryl, reading, walking, bicycling, music and writing.

Sara Bruewer, LMSW Care Provider - Gratiot

Sara Bruewer, LMSW

Care Provider - Gratiot

I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from Central Michigan University and my Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Prior to working at Gratiot Psychological Services, I worked for several years at St. Vincent Catholic Charities Children’s Home in Lansing, MI as a residential therapist providing individual, group, and family therapy. I have been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model to help further address incidents of trauma in children and adolescents.

Outside the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also like to spend time reading, watching movies, painting or drawing, and being outside.

Alesha Hall, MA TLLP Care Provider - Gratiot

Alesha Hall, MA TLLP

Care Provider - Gratiot

Alesha Hall, MA, TLLP is originally from Isabella County, but has close ties to Gratiot County. Alesha attended Alma College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Gerontology. While receiving her Bachelor’s degree, Alesha participated in a number of internship and volunteer experiences at Masonic Pathways and Gratiot County Commission on Aging. Alesha went on to receive her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in Farmington Hills, MI. Through her graduate experience, she interned at Paula’s House Women Empowering Women in Monroe, MI where she worked closely with substance abuse clients and their families. Alesha is very excited to be a part of the Gratiot Psychological Services team.

Timothy M. Higgins, HCP, HAD Care Provider - Gratiot & CCMC

Timothy M. Higgins, HCP, HAD

Care Provider - Gratiot & CCMC

Timothy is a graduate of Michigan State University and provides hearing care, balance testing and vision care to Clinton County residents. His favorite part of being a provider is seeing his patients’ faces light up with joy when they can finally hear what they’ve been missing. From hearing the voices of grandchildren to the song of birds to the sermons on Sunday morning, better hearing has truly made an impact on the lives of his patients.

When he’s not in the office, Timothy enjoys landscaping, gardening and creating metal sculptures. He is a long-time resident of Elsie, MI where he lives with his wife, Susan, and their three children Sarah, Ella and Jonathon.

Brianna Peczynski, MA TLLP Care Provider - Gratiot

Brianna Peczynski, MA TLLP

Care Provider - Gratiot

Brianna graduated from Wayne State University, School of Education with her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis on Couples and Family Therapy.  Prior to joining the Gratiot team, Brianna completed her school internship at Perspectives of Troy Counseling Services, where she developed her clinical skills providing individual therapy. Brianna practices using an integrative orientation where she uses a variety of approaches in sessions to understand and treat the root causes, not just the symptoms. She prefers using a holistic, person-centered perspective, as well as cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, strength-based and rational therapy. Brianna's goal is to help the client find their own strength and healing, so they can develop the coping skills needed to live a more balanced and meaningful life. Brianna also has experience in psychological assessment, Grief and Christian Counseling and enjoys working with a range of individuals and couples, where she uses Emotion Focused Therapy and The Gottman Method.

In her free time, Brianna enjoys being outdoors, traveling, hiking, working out, reading, singing, playing the ukulele and spending time with family and friends.

Amanda Schulze, LLPC Care Provider - Gratiot

Amanda Schulze, LLPC

Care Provider - Gratiot

Amanda’s interest in people and their lives combined with her constant need to be creative helped her decide to receive her Master’s degree in Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy from Wayne State University.  Amanda has clinical experience working with people of all ages in an inpatient psychiatric setting, utilizing group, individual, and art therapy.

When not in the office, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.  She also is usually working on various art projects like jewelry making, crocheting, painting, and wood burning.

Morgan Townsend, LLMSW Care Provider - Gratiot

Morgan Townsend, LLMSW

Care Provider - Gratiot

Midland Psychological Services Care Provides

Rhiannon Parsons Patient Advocate - Midland

Rhiannon Parsons

Patient Advocate - Midland

Rhiannon joined Midland Psychological Services in February of 2019, filling the role of Patient Advocate in the office. She holds an insurmountable passion for helping others, and strives to do so every day in both her work and personal life. Rhiannon is a multifaceted artist and has set a goal to continue her education in Drama, Art, and Music Therapy so she can one day help people express themselves through creativity.

Outside of work, Rhiannon enjoys indulging in a plethora of projects, going on adventures with her loved ones, and volunteering for causes near and dear to her heart.

Kelsie Willsey Patient Advocate - Midland

Kelsie Willsey

Patient Advocate - Midland

Kelsie joined Midland Psychological Services in hopes that it would give her the inspiration and push she needed to go back to college. Fortunately for her, she was right!  When she isn't hard at work, she's taking online classes through Southern New Hampshire University in order to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.

In her free time, Kelsie enjoys spending time with her family, binge-watching Netflix, taking naps with her dog, and volunteering in the community.

Katie Jackson, LPC Referral Specialist & Care Provider - Midland

Katie Jackson, LPC

Referral Specialist & Care Provider - Midland

Katie graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Counseling from Liberty University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan. She specializes in working with adults experiencing Grief/Loss, Anxiety, Depression, Life Changes, Substance Abuse, and Trauma (past or present).

She has experience in private practice and has facilitated court-ordered therapy programs. As a former elementary school teacher, she also enjoys helping kids navigate the intrapersonal challenges of school life. When she is not working, Katie enjoys training for new hiking/climbing challenges. In March 2019, Katie climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro!

Christopher Morabito, LPC Care Provider - Midland

Christopher Morabito, LPC

Care Provider - Midland

Chris received his Bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and then received his Master's in Counseling Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi. Chris has worked in private practice and addiction rehabilitation facilities for the majority of his career. He enjoys working with individuals from all backgrounds and ages. Chris provides a therapeutic environment where the client can determine the pace and set the goals they want to work on. Gaining new perspectives and learning strategies to help build the life the client wants to live is part of Chris's therapeutic philosophy. Also incorporated in the therapeutic perspective, Chris primarily works with evidence-based practices and humanistic approaches.  When Chris is not working he enjoys being outside, reading, and spending time with family.

Kacee Myczkowiak, LLMSW Care Provider - Midland

Kacee Myczkowiak, LLMSW

Care Provider - Midland

Kacee graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She went on to receive her master’s degree from Michigan State University with a degree in Clinical Social Work. Kacee has experience working with individuals of all ages both in hospitalized psychiatric units and clinical therapeutic settings.

Kacee provides an inviting, friendly environment for all her clients and focuses on client goals to achieving their utmost best in therapy. Kacee uses a variety of therapeutic practices to highlight clients’ strengths to initiate success in sessions. When Kacee is not in the office she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family, and traveling to new and exciting places.

Elizabeth Neymeiyer, LPC Care Provider - Midland

Elizabeth Neymeiyer, LPC

Care Provider - Midland

Liz graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Neuroscience and went on to Oakland University where she received a Master of Arts in Counseling. Liz has over 13 years of experience working with both children and adults in a variety of settings. Liz has furthered her education and specialties over the years. She is certified as an Advanced Addictions Counselor and has been comprehensively trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). Most recently she became a Mentoring Institute Trained Supervisor to help new clinicians transition into the field. While trained in many Evidence-Based Practices, Liz prides herself on her human to human relationships with her clients. She promises to meet you where you are at and listen and support you on YOUR journey.

In her free time, Liz enjoys spending time with her dog, Maeve, being with loved ones at the beach and baking all things sweet.

Kyle West, MA LLP Care Provider - Midland

Kyle West, MA LLP

Care Provider - Midland

Kyle West has thirteen years of experience in working with both children and adults with a variety of mental health issues under the biopsychosocial model of mental health.  He enjoys doing psychological testing in order to enhance diagnostic clarity, as well as to evaluate educational abilities, memory impairment, parenting issues, criminal convictions and other mental health needs.

While he considers himself to be knowledgeable of a wide array of evidence-based practices, he prides himself on being a person-centered counselor who puts clients first and foremost above all other aspects of the therapeutic process. What he won’t do is tell you how to live your life, ask you to role-play your feelings or assign blame for problems. Besides, we all know it’s your family’s fault anyways… haha.
Instead, he promises to focus on your specific needs, to listen more than he talks, and to spend as much or as little time as necessary to be the bridge between you and your goals. Kyle hopes to get the opportunity to change people’s perspectives on counseling and help you achieve a level of functioning that is necessary to reach your full potential.

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