Staff Department "Music Therapists"

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Kate Shannon, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Biography
Kate is a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) who earned her Masters of Creative Arts Therapy from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Kate also has earned two bachelor’s degrees in Music and Anthropology. She has worked with a wide range of individuals, but specializes in working with young children, teenagers, and young adults with disabilities. Kate has additional training in working with clients including individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorders, rare genetic syndromes, medical fragility, and other developmental disabilities. Through evidence-based decision making, Kate strives to address various needs through individualized interventions while improving or maintaining quality of life for each client.

Sara Schmidt, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Biography
Sara earned bachelor’s degrees in both music therapy and harp performance from Colorado State University. Sara completed her music therapy internship with Lawrence Public Schools in Lawrence, Kansas where she worked with clients ages pre-K through 12th grade. Following her internship, Sara became a Board Certified Music Therapist and began pursuing a career working with children and young adults. Sara has experience working with a wide range of clients including, individuals who are medically fragile, individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, children with behavioral disorders and adults in an assisted living facility. Sara seeks to provide a positive and supportive learning environment to help clients achieve their individualized goals.

Shelley McCluskey, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Biography
Shelley is a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) who earned her degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Shelley has had the privilege to work with individuals with disabilities and chronic medical conditions in both educational and professional settings over the past 5 years. She completed her music therapy internship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where she provided services across the inpatient rehabilitation, hematology/oncology, and intensive care units. Shelley creates a success-oriented environment by utilizing evidence- based interventions to assist her clients and their families in reaching their individualized goals.

Abi Carlton, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Biography

Abi completed her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree at Colorado State University, and became a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) in 2015. Abi will be pursuing her Master of Music Therapy degree at Augsburg College beginning in Fall of 2017; she also has a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and is completing the Child Life Certificate through the UCSB Extension. She has worked with a wide variety of individuals to provide music therapy services in settings including: hospice care, schools, nursing homes, and trauma groups. Abi aims to create a fun and engaging environment through music therapy, utilizing sensory, neurologically-informed and evidence-based techniques to help each client meet their individual goals.

Megan Sterzinger, MT-BC, NMT

Music Therapist

Biography

Megan is a Board Certified Music Therapist with training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). Megan received her music therapy graduate education at Colorado State University. She has a Bachelor of Art’s in Music from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, where she studied vocal performance. Megan has experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings including schools, nursing homes, hospital, respite care, and in home. Megan uses evidence-based music interventions to create a positive therapeutic environment for each client.

Shelby Riley, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Biography
Shelby is a graduate of The University of Kansas with a Bachelors of Music Education in Music Therapy. She interned at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and became a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) after completing her internship. Shelby has experience working in hospitals, behavioral health units, schools and in home. She has worked with a variety of clients including: individuals with traumatic brain injuries, special needs, palliative care and hospice patients. Shelby aims to provide an encouraging, therapeutic and creative space to help her clients work towards their individualized goals through a variety of musical applications.

Chris Wojdak, MT-BC, NMT

Music Therapist

Biography
Chris is a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) with training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). He studied at Nazareth College of Rochester in New York State where he received his Master’s in Creative Arts Therapy/Music Therapy. Chris also has a Bachelor’s in Music from SUNY Purchase where he studied music theory, psychology and audio engineering. His primary specialties are children and adolescents with mental illness, trauma, physical and developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and Down Syndrome, and chronic/terminal illnesses. Chris utilizes a neurologic, sensory-based and developmentally sensitive approach to music therapy that focuses on addressing functional goals and helping each client reach their full potential.

Lexie Tilson, MT-BC, NMT

Music Therapist

Biography
Lexie graduated from Colorado State University in 2011, earning her Master’s degree in Music Therapy. While at CSU, Lexie attended the Neurologic Music Therapy Training Institute, earning the title of Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT). After completing her college coursework, she fulfilled her music therapy internship at the Colorado Mental Health Institute, and served for the Colorado State Music Therapy Task Force. Following her internship, Lexie officially became a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) in 2012, and began following her dreams as a clinician.

Lexie has worked with a wide range of individuals including but not limited to persons on the autism spectrum, children with developmental disabilities, older adults with dementia, survivors of trauma and abuse, and mental health consumers. She is extremely thankful to have this amazing, gratifying career, and loves sharing her passion for helping others live happier, healthier lives!

Kate Funk, MM, MT-BC, NMT

Music Therapist

Biography
Kate Funk graduated from Colorado Christian University in May of 2012 with Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Music Performance and in Psychology.  After graduation, she was accepted into Colorado State University’s prestigious music therapy program, where she finished a Master’s degree with additional training in Neurologic Music Therapy techniques under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Thaut, renowned researcher and music therapist, in December of 2015.

Since pursuing higher education, Kate has had the privilege to work with diverse clientele, including older adults, older adults with psychiatric and medical diagnoses, school-aged children with developmental disabilities and/or delays, and in early intervention with children with developmental disabilities. During her internship, she had the opportunity to work in early intervention with typically developing children and children with developmental disabilities or delays. She became board certified in April of 2015.

Sara Wise, MT-BC

Music Therapist Supervisor

Biography
Sara is a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) with training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). She studied at Colorado State University where she received her Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy along with a vocal performance certificate. Sara’s primary specialties are children and adolescents with physical and developmental disabilities, trauma, mental health barriers, and chronic/terminal illnesses. Sara utilizes evidence-based music interventions to help achieve functional goals individualized to each client.