Board Certified Music Therapist
Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy
California State University, Northridge, CA
Children with multiple disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy,
William's Syndrome; elderly with various forms of dementia and Parkinson's Disease; adults in team building and wellness programs.
American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)
Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT)
Special HealthRHYTHMS Moment:
There are many special moments that come to mind... during the
Inspirational beats part of the protocol, when asked to play on the
drum what makes him happy, an 8 year old boy with Autism played the
drum with a smile on his face and when done drumming he looked at his
mother with a gleaming in his eyes and said, "I love you, Mom. Making
music with you makes me happy." and they hugged each other. To be
able to share this moment with this family was truly special. Mom
could not help but to cry while sharing that this has been the first
time that her son told her that he loved her.
At an Assisted living facility, a woman told me that she did not
want to be part of the drumming and that she was tired of everyone
telling her what to do. She refused to accept an instrument and kept
her head down for most of the introduction. During the Rhythmic
naming part of the protocol, when it was her turn, she stated her
name to the group but refused to play her name on the drum. When
asked if she would give the group permission to play her name for
her, she said, "whatever!" Within a few seconds of the group drumming
and singing her name, she looked up and said, "Thank you". By the
time everyone was playing their instruments and singing songs, she
accepted my invitation to be my helper and help me sing and even
though she did not have an instrument, she kept the beat tapping her
foot. A few minutes after 'helping' me with the group, this woman was
smiling and singing for the world to hear and at the end she asked
for a drum and did not want to give it back when it was time to go.
To see this transformation take place was very self-actualizing to me
as a therapist and for the staff.
I see it every day, the power of music to help reach insight, to
change, to transform and make this world a better world. I feel
blessed for doing what I do and for the opportunity to be part of the
HealthRHYTHMS family. I thank Remo for his vision and for giving back
to the community.