Josh is a board-certified music therapist, licensed music educator, and musician with over ten years of professional experience working in the Northern Virginia public education system as a professional music therapist. He is passionate about the benefits that music brings to our everyday life.
As an alumnus from The University of Kansas, he formally studied the classical guitar as his primary instrument and played the drums in a professional band. He then went on to intern at both the Colmery O'Neal Veteran Affairs Hospital in Topeka, Kansas and All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. He moved to Northern Virginia in 2005 to develop a music therapy program located at the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center. He worked there for seven years as well as at the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Home in Alexandria for three years.
Josh has additional experience working in the public education system at the elementary level as a music specialist for two different elementary school comprehensive service sites, which primarily serve students with autism, attention deficit, and emotional disabilities. He also has two years of experience as a music program director at a public high school with a comprehensive service site. Josh's professional interests and areas of expertise include practicing as a evidence-based clinician, understanding brain functions, and engaging the resistant learner. He presents on these topics regularly.
In his free time he enjoys being with his family and grilling.
Johanna is a board-certified music therapist living in Sterling, Virginia. Johanna uses her music therapy skills to help her clients find their voices and inner musicians. She received her Bachelors of Music Therapy from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia and completed her music therapy internship through Fairfax County Public Schools. Johanna is also working on the completion of her Master's of Music Therapy degree from Shenandoah University.
Johanna has experience working with children and adolescents with emotional disabilities, physical/fine/gross motor disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders/PDD-NOS. Johanna has presented at both national and regional music therapy conferences on the use of technology in music therapy sessions.
In her free time, Johanna enjoys spending time with her twin daughters and singing with her cappella ensemble, Euphonism.
Stephanie is a recent graduate from Colorado State University. She completed her internship in 2017 at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she worked with individuals in an inpatient psychiatric setting. She is experienced with working with people of many ages and walks of life, including individuals with developmental disabilities, those with mental healthcare needs, and older adults.
In 2015 she was awarded the Gaston Undergraduate Research Award by the American Music Therapy Association. Stephanie enjoys figuring out how things work and reading about psychology and music. She has a love of learning, sharing music with others, and helping other people grow through music. She is eager to bring music to as many people as possible in the local community and foremost loves people for who they are.
Stephanie also has a teaching and performance background. She has taught lessons to students on piano and guitar. In college she participated in marching band, jazz ensembles, and performed regularly in the local music scene. In her many years of music experience she has built up ability on keyboards, guitar, trumpet, bass, and even some drumset from time to time.
In her free time, Stephanie enjoys playing and performing music with friends, learning new tunes, going to museums and national parks, reading, writing, puzzles and puns.
Christy is a board-certified music therapist, a professional Hornist, and a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. A native of Central Pennsylvania, she earned a B.S. in Music Therapy from Duquesne University in 2007, and completed her internship at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, MA.
During the course of her internship, she gained experience working with children and young adults with multiple disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Myelodysplasia, and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Christy is an accomplished Horn performer and has studied horn performance at the Yale School of Music, and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She is currently a member of the United States Army Field Band, the Music Ambassadors of the Army. Raised in a musical family, Christy has experienced the profound influence of music throughout her life and is passionate about engaging others through joyful music making.
She currently resides in Silver Spring, MD, with her husband Jeremy and her golden retriever Sampson.
Vanessa is a board-certified music therapist, certified educator of infant massage, and an early childhood music and movement educator. Vanessa has 18 years of experience sharing music with children and their families in a variety of settings.
Vanessa graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelors in music therapy in 1996 and recently completed her Masters degree in music therapy in 2014 from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana. In addition, she will be taking the Child Life certification exam in March to complete her training to become a child life specialist.
Vanessa is a military wife who has had the opportunity of living in a variety of places and in turn has been able to work with families around the country. She currently lives in Alexandria and works with the early childhood population. In her free time, Vanessa is involved in her local church, enjoys exercising with her husband and two teenage girls in their Crossfit garage gym and engaging in continuing education opportunities.
Maxwell Thompson is a board-certified music therapist and certified neonatal intensive care unit music therapist from Tampa, Florida. Maxwell is passionate about the power of music therapy to create incredible change in the lives of others. He received his undergraduate education at the Florida State University, where he studied viola as his primary instrument, and was a part of various world and new music ensembles. While at FSU, he completed an honors thesis on the use of music therapy and devised theater/performance art with persons with HIV/AIDS.
His fieldwork placements granted him a variety of clinical experiences, including working in adolescent behavioral counseling, acute mental health, and various medical settings. His clinical internship at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC focused on working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness in a forensic psychiatric setting.
In his free time, Maxwell enjoys being active, exploring DC, and collaborating with other artists, practitioners, and researchers.
Gabriela is a recent graduate from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy with an instrumental concentration in classical voice. During her undergraduate career, Gabriela had several music therapy fieldwork experiences with a variety of clinical populations ranging from children and adolescents with developmental, emotional, and/or physical disabilities to adults living with acute and chronic mental illness. She completed her internship at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C. in 2014, where she worked with adults living with mental illness in a forensic psychiatric hospital setting.
Returning home to Prince Georges County, MD, her interest and passion for working with children with disabilities has led her to pursue a Master of Education degree in Special Education with teacher certifications in Early Childhood Intervention and Severe Disabilities at the University of Maryland College Park, which she anticipates completing in 2016. Gabriela also has experience in teaching private voice lessons.
In her free time, Gabriela enjoys spending time with family and friends, participating in Puerto Rican folkloric music and dance traditions, and beat boxing.