Meet Our Counselors
Brad Messenger, LLMSW
Brad graduated from Michigan State University School of Clinical Social Work with his Masters in Social Work, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy. Brad spent some 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 the Psychological Services department.
When he’s not in session, you can find Brad participating in martial arts classes or at home with his wife, Julianne, and their four pets Peter, Luna, Zoe and Squeeker.
Jessica Charron, Psy. D, LP
Jessica graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and received her Masters degree from the Center for Humanistic Studies. Jessica then acquired a Doctor of Psychology degree from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology.
Following school, Jessica did some training at a private practice in Farmington Hills and also 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, Jessica enjoys singing karaoke, playing disc golf, cooking and rollerblading.
Robert E. Cartwright, MA, LLP
Robert E. Cartwright acquired his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees at Wayne State University where 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 Masters 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.
Nina Whitehill, LPC
Nina graduated with a Bachelors 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, spending time with her family – especially her granddaughter, Janie – and spending time at the cottage in the summertime.
P. Cristy Swarthout, LPC CAADC
Cristy received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and then went on to receive her Master’s in Counseling at 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 Tiger’s baseball and reading.
Tracey Darling, LMSW
Tracey graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelors degree in Social Work and went on to receive her Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University. Tracey has extensive experience working with individuals and groups of all ages, specializing in anxiety, depression, grief and loss, substance abuse, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Tracey values a collaborative and engaging therapeutic relationship and enjoys partnering with individuals and families on their path toward growth and positive change.
When Tracey is not in the office, she enjoys running, helping out on her farm, working on various art projects, and spending time with her family.