I became music therapist for many reasons. I love that there is a job in which I can be fully myself and have a great time doing it. I also believe that all people deserve to engage in music with other people, and that this is a primal need that should not go unfulfilled. Further, the research findings on the effects of music on our bodies, brains, and the ways we relate is just beginning, and I am excited to be a part of this cutting-edge profession.
I began my undergraduate studies in music therapy at the College at New Paltz, NY. I interned in 1997 at an incredible facility called Taconic DDSO, where I learned to engage people with severe developmental disabilities through musical improvisation. I continued this work with kids with developmental disabilities (especially autism) and older adults with neurologic issues.
I returned to school recently as a graduate assistant at the University of the Pacific, where I studied advanced music therapy techniques and taught undergraduate music therapists in both the classroom and the field. My thesis research examined the effects of rhythmically-cued bilateral arm movements for people with hemiparesis from stroke. I also received my Neurologic Music Therapy Fellowship at Colorado State this past year. Most recently, I finished a fellowship with MusicianCorps, where I created and implemented a music therapy program at the San Francisco VA. I am now in Private Practice in the Bay Area.