I received my bachelor’s degree from The University of Iowa and my Master’s degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, where I was awarded the Leadership and Service Award in 2011. I worked for 10 years at the Alzheimer’s Family Care Center, a division of RUSH Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago. From there, I launched a music therapy practice in 2002, and I am currently doing business as Northshore Music Therapy, Inc.
Additional Trainings include:
- Professional Music and Imagery Training- 2013
- Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy Certification- 2007
- Dementia Care Mapping Courses-2006
As a board-certified music therapist, I strive to be apprised of the latest research and be actively involved in professional organizations in order to best serve my clients, and in turn, my company. I belong to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), the Illinois Association for Music Therapy (IAMT), and the Certification Board for Music Therapists. I am the Government Relations Chair for IAMT and the Great Lakes Region of AMTA, where we are working for state recognition of music therapy through licensure. In recognition of this advocacy work, I was awarded the IAMT Service Award in 2015 and 2018, and, in addition, awarded the Changemaker Award, a national recognition given by the American Music Therapy Association. Taking an active role in my professional organizations helps to keep the profession of music therapy advancing, therefore increasing the number of people who will benefit.
My husband, Paul, and I are long-time residents of Park Ridge, IL, where we raised our two daughters. For my own musical fulfillment, I play the oboe in the Northshore Concert Band, one of the nation’s premier concert bands.