Team

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Brad Messenger

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

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.

Lara Hakamaki

Lara Hakamaki

Director of Corporate Development

Lara graduated from Albion College with her Bachelor's in Economics and Management with a dual minor in Psychological Sciences and Cell & Molecular Biology. She has certifications in Spanish and Osteoarchaeology. She is the head of Corporate Development, so she shares her presence with all of our facilities. She grew up in the Upper Peninsula and loves the outdoors. Lara is a very energetic and outgoing person. Her hobbies include makeup, fashion, cooking, cleaning, sports, and playing with her adorable dog, Jordyn.

Clinical Directors

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Jessica Charron, PsyD, LP

Jessica Charron, PsyD, LP

Clinical Director

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.

Amanda M. Patterson, LPC

Amanda M. Patterson, LPC

Clinical Director

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.

Christine Shaw, PsyD, LP

Christine Shaw, PsyD, LP

Clinical Director

Christine received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Michigan State University. She then moved to Chicago and earned her Master's and Doctoral degrees from Adler University. She has experience in community mental health, residential treatment facilities, hospitals and schools. Christine specializes in working with people who have experienced trauma, mood disorders, relationship problems, and members of the LBGTQIA+ community. Her therapeutic orientation is person-centered and integrative, utilizing stage of change, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior interventions to help people learn skills to live their best life. She also specializes in providing psychological evaluations for children and adults with concerns related to ADHD, cognitive impairment, intellectual and learning disabilities, personality assessments, or pre-surgical evaluations, as well as more general evaluations for diagnostic clarification and therapeutic recommendations. When she's not in the office, Christine enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, traveling to new places, watching movies and reading.

Care Providers

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Clinton County

Cheyenne Mendham

Cheyenne Mendham

Patient Advocate

Addison Swarthout

Addison Swarthout

Front Desk Supervisor

Samantha Benson, LMSW

Samantha Benson, LMSW

Care Provider

Mark Caswell, MS LLPC

Mark Caswell, MS LLPC

Care Provider

Paige Pung, LLMSW

Paige Pung, LLMSW

Care Provider

Emma Kahrs, LMSW

Emma Kahrs, LMSW

Care Provider

Calli Kreutzberger, MA TLLP, LPC

Calli Kreutzberger, MA TLLP, LPC

Care Provider

Jennifer Lantz, MS TLLP

Jennifer Lantz, MS TLLP

Care Provider

Alexia Lunetta, LLMSW

Alexia Lunetta, LLMSW

Care Provider

Ainslee McVay, LMSW

Ainslee McVay, LMSW

Care Provider

P. Cristy Swarthout, LPC, CAADC

P. Cristy Swarthout, LPC, CAADC

Care Provider

Maggie Valade, MA TLLP

Maggie Valade, MA TLLP

Care Provider

Nina Whitehill, LPC

Nina Whitehill, LPC

Care Provider

Gratiot

Kayla Lalk

Kayla Lalk

Patient Advocate

Leon Austin, PsyD LP

Leon Austin, PsyD LP

Care Provider

Anthony Michael Benedict, LLPC

Anthony Michael Benedict, LLPC

Care Provider

Tara Hyde, LLMSW

Tara Hyde, LLMSW

Care Provider

Sara Bruewer, LMSW

Sara Bruewer, LMSW

Care Provider

Lyndsay Chant, LLMSW

Lyndsay Chant, LLMSW

Care Provider

Alesha Dickman, MA TLLP

Alesha Dickman, MA TLLP

Care Provider

Michelle M. Harrast, LLPC

Michelle M. Harrast, LLPC

Care Provider

Timothy M. Higgins, HCP, HAD

Timothy M. Higgins, HCP, HAD

Care Provider

Lauren Marks, LLPC

Lauren Marks, LLPC

Care Provider

Rayna Oswald LLMSW

Rayna Oswald LLMSW

Care Provider

Morgan Sauve, LLMSW

Morgan Sauve, LLMSW

Care Provider

Midland

Kelsie Willsey

Kelsie Willsey

Office Manager

Tess Harner

Tess Harner

Patient Advocate

Alyssa Cavanaugh, LLMSW

Alyssa Cavanaugh, LLMSW

Care Provider

Noele Lucius, LLMSW

Noele Lucius, LLMSW

Care Provider

Kenneth Mize, LLMSW

Kenneth Mize, LLMSW

Care Provider

Christopher Morabito, LPC

Christopher Morabito, LPC

Care Provider

Marissa Ollech, LMSW

Marissa Ollech, LMSW

Care Provider

Amanda Schulze, LPC

Amanda Schulze, LPC

Care Provider