Board Certified Music Therapist
10 years experience in working with adults with mental health diagnosis in continuing day treatment setting
15 years experience in long term care activities working with individuals with brain disorders, long term care, respiratory care and dementia care. I am a leader in the Rochester Regional Health System. I empower recreation and creative arts therapists to engage residents in long term care and adult day health care. The team under my leadership has received 2 National awards through NCCAP. 2010 Activity department of the Year and 2012 Best Practice award. in 2014 the team won the Excellence in action award at Rochester General Health System with a $5,000 award to purchase supplies for recreation.
Activity Consultant Board Certified
Provides activity consultation to long term care facilities. Developed quality improvement tools. Working hands on with activity professionals to develop person centered programming. Provided seminars at social work and activity conferences.
immediate past president
January 2009 - January 2013
Achieved Competent Leadership and Advanced Communicator Bronze. Past President and 2 term Secreatary.
education outreach committee
national association for activity professionals
January 2007 - January 2012
Education outreach committee. Supplied resources and information for the development of the NAAP study guide in 2012. Presented of 2 seminars at the 2009 conference.
Director of Long Term Care Therapy
DeMay Living Center
January 2000 - January 2000
I lead a team of 9 recreation therapist whom provide person centered programming to individuals in long term care and adult day care. knowledge of the MDS 3.0 , progress notes, Therapeutic Recreation assessments and care plans. I am a servant leader, providing coaching and mentoring to all team members. As a 2 time recipient of national awards, I recognize the need for unique programming to meet all residents needs, including those requiring ventilator care and short term rehabilitation. I am a quality manager, maintain all departmental finances and develop quality departmental goals and objectives.
Mental Health Counselor/Music Therapist
March 1990 - December 1999
Mental health counselor in a continuing treatment program. Music therapist who facilitated music therapy services practicums with Mansfield University. developed treatment plans and facilitated group therapy. Specialized in programming for older adults.
MT-BC, ACC/MC/ALF/AD- AC-BC, CDP
January 1989 - January 2011
Author and creative recreation program development
I am the author of the Activities Director's Quarterly Seasonal Planner. A variety of recreational program ideas written for those working with individuals in long term care.
I am the author of It's A Party in the monthly periodical Creative Forecasting. Program ideas are written for engaging individuals in themed programming. It also includes ideas for those in short term rehabilitation and who are medically compromised in long term care.
Qualifications & Certifications
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy
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